The Elmira Radio Club meets the fourth Wednesday of every month, except July and August, at the Elmira Firehall at 44 Howard Avenue, Elmira, Ontario. The October meeting is preceded by the Silent Key Dinner at 5 PM at a restaurant of the Club’s choosing. The past few years, the dinner has been at the Crossroads Restaurant on Hwy 85 (Arthur St.) coming into Elmira.
The Club owns and operates a Kenwood UHF Repeater (444.700 /+5 offset / 131.8 tone) located South-West of Elmira, and a Yaesu Fusion UHF repeater (444.700 /+5 offset / 123 tone) at the Elmira Firehall. A Yaesu Fusion VHF repeater (147.390 /+.6 offset / 123 tone) is also located at the Elmira Firehall. Note that this repeater was moved from pltone 131.8 to 123 in September of 2016.
A daily net is held every morning from 08:15 till 09:00 on the VHF repeater at 147.390. This VHF repeater is on IRLP node 2403 and EchoLink node VE3ERC-R. The UHF repeater is IRLP node 2404.
On Wednesday morning there will be a shortened net due to the weekly coffee get-together, the times are 08:00 till 08:30. This shortened net uses the same VHF repeater, at frequency 147.390.
A full net will be held on all Wednesday evenings, except the Club meeting evening on the 4th Wednesday, from 20:00 till 21:00 on the regular repeater frequency. All nets are run by a number of members of the Elmira Radio Club, with the schedule listed in the Club Newsletter and on the Calendar.
The nets can also be found on the EchoLink *TECHLINK* conference on EchoLink node 9229. Join the Elmira Radio Club nets on this conference server. (Although you can go directly to EchoLink node VE3ERC-R, you may have difficulty connecting during the nets.) Note that the conference server is disconnected at 09:15 daily and at 21:00 sharp Wednesdays.
Repeater Equipment Details
The current repeater equipment for UHF is a Kenwood, model TKR 820, running 15 Watts out of a Duplexer into a four element Bluewave UHF Antenna on top of the Elmira Feed Mill at an elevation of about 100Ft. The VHF machine is a Yaesu Fusion repeater, located in the Firehall, with the antenna on the siren tower. There are also two microwave mesh nodes, one 2.4 GHz, one 5.8 GHz, on the siren tower. These will eventually be used to provide digital communications to the repeater site and to the area served by the Elmira Radio Club. There is now an HF antenna for 40M, 20M and 15M located on the roof of the Firehall, which should be available to allow operating HF before, during, or after Club meetings.
There are three spare repeaters ready to go if the main equipment fails. One repeater is installed at Al’s location and the other repeater is in Carl’s hands. Bruce VA3QB no longer has room for the IRLP computer, so until it is relocated to somewhere with an adequate antenna, IRLP on the UHF repeater will not be available.
Other Club Equipment
The club’s field day equipment is as follows:
The main antenna is a 3 element beam which is good for 40 meters through 6 meters.
The secondary antenna is a G5RV.
The tower consist of a 2-inch pipe with slip-in guides and guy wire connectors. An antenna rotor and controller completes the assembly.
The first HF transceiver is a Kenwood, model TS440 and an Icon, model IC746.
Power is supplied via a Honda generator. 2.5 KW, True Sine wave.
Club Officers and Incorporation
At the June 2018 meeting, the club elected the following executive and committees for the Club:
- President: Brian, VA3DXK
- Vice-President: Ted, VE3TRQ
- Secretary: Tom, VE3DXQ
- Treasurer: Paul, VA3PDC
- Trustee: John, VE3JXX
- Newsletter Editor: Bob, VE3IXX
- QSL Manager: Paul, VA3PDC
- Repeater manager and maintenance person: Wes, VE3ML
- Website Admin: Ted, VE3TRQ
- Maple Syrup Festival: Al, VA3TET
- $40 annually for RAC members, $50 annually for non-RAC members
- Payable in March of each year
Sometime in 1990 a group of 7 people decided that they would setup a radio club. All members were from Elmira, ON. Bob Naylor appears to have been the leader of the group. Carl Roney, Jim Heidmiller and John Wood were part of the initial club members and are to this day still active club members.
Past President were (apparently)* John Scheringa, Jim Heidmiller and John wood. Alan MacDonald was elected president in 2008. Silent keys are Michael Dent and Bing Harris.
*History is sketchy at best. If there are members that have a better picture of it all please let me know.