The next meeting will be held on Tuesday April 18 2016 at 1930h. For all meeting dates, times and locations, see the Meetings page.
Our presenter for this meeting will be Gareth Perry from the University of Calgary talking about the CASSIOPE/e-POP Project.
The CASSIOPE/e-POP satellite carries the following experiments;
– CAScade Smallsat Ionospheric Polar Explorer (CASSIOPE) is a made-in-Canada small satellite weighing 500 kg that was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on Sept 29, 2013 on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. It was launched into low-Earth orbit with a perigee of 325 km, an initial apogee of 1500 km, and an inclination of 81 degrees.
– CASSIOPE has two payloads: the Enhanced Polar Outflow Probe (e-POP) space weather payload, and a communications technology demo payload called Cascade.
– e-POP consists of 8 scientific instruments to study outflow of plasma from the Earth’s ionosphere, the aurora, and radio wave propagation in space.
– Cascade is a commercial payload built by MDA that is a demonstration of Ka-band technology for fast data downlink (> 350 Mbps).
– RRI is a radio receiver with four 3-meter antennas in a crossed dipole configuration. It measures wave electric fields in the 10 Hz to 18 MHz range with a 30 kHz bandwidth.
– CASSIOPE is operated by our group here at the University of Calgary through a network of ground stations in Antarctica, northern Canada, and Sweden.
For more information https://epop.phys.ucalgary.ca/
We hope to see you there – come early for good seating!
The next meeting will be held on Tuesday March 21 2016 at 1930h. For all meeting dates, times and locations, see the Meetings page.
A prefix code has been added to the FARS’ IRLP node. You will need the prefix in order to use the node. The node is open to all licensed radio amateurs. Please email the Secretary to request the code, and note that you may be asked to provide proof of your IC Certificate.
The next meeting will be held on Tuesday February 21 2016 at 1930h. For all meeting dates, times and locations, see the Meetings page.
The next meeting will be held on Tuesday January 17 2016 at 1930h at Okotoks North Firehall on Millican Drive – click here for the map. Our presenter will be Jerry Clement VE6AB speaking on APRS.
For all meeting dates, times and locations, see the Meetings page.
A few of you have asked about how to use the VE6VPD IRLP node #1483 that was recently added at Aldersyde – please find some quick instructions here along with a basic coverage map.
Please be advised that the Crossfield repeater has been replaced. This site now requires 110.9Hz access tone.
Please let us know if you are experiencing any issue with the repeater.
Do you have two-way radio equipment you no longer require, and are looking for a non-profit society to take it off your hands?
The Black Diamond repeater has returned to on-air status and is linked to the FARS Repeater Network. The frequency is 145.430- and coverage is to the local Black Diamond Area. Thanks to Dann VE6TD, Stephen VE6ORM, Rob VE6RDJ, Scott VA6OC, Vince VE6LK for their efforts.
A new affiliate repeater VE6VPD has been added. It is located in Aldersyde and is at 145.470-. It is the new home of the VE6LK IRLP node 1483. This repeater is a joint effort between VE6LK, VA6DD and FARS. This repeater is not linked to the network, however provides increased coverage for the VE6LK IRLP node serving the area.