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Cochrane Winter Rally 2019

  • 26 Feb 2019 10:53 PM
    Reply # 7189394 on 6967125

    I think as Garry stated if your radio only has tone out to repeater there should be no problem.  A tone of 110.9 doesn't generate much hum.  Where the problem arises is when one programs in Tone squelch on ones radio and the repeater doesn't output a tone.  Because CARA, FARS and SARA are requiring tones to access repeaters, I have the coresponding tones for all repeaters supported by these clubs programmed in my radios even if the repeater does not require a tone to activate.  This then means I don't have to manually or use software to program Tone out from my radio at a later date.  I have used tones on RNQ for the 3 rallies I have attended with no apparent problem on my end or net control.  

  • 26 Feb 2019 4:58 PM
    Reply # 7189133 on 6967125

    If we all planned, prepared and everyone showed up exactly as planned then using tones is possible.  The reality is last minute substitutes who are not pre programmed might struggle to set a tone.  Not all members of the CSCC are HAM's but they do have radios and in an emergency might try to call out but a tone would prevent that.  Yes all volunteers will all have their manuals and no on ever sits on their mic along  with rallies never run late.  Since we are on a "private" repeater ie one that no one but us knows about I think the frequency is secure enough.   

  • 26 Feb 2019 11:37 AM
    Reply # 7188561 on 6967125
    Peter LaGrandeur (Administrator)

    In regards to the programming of my radio frequencies for an event, I do all that ahead of time, using the info provided by the Radio Coordinator.  Many thanks goes to Garry VE6GDS for all his planning.  :-D 

    It's good to have all the frequencies for an event programmed into one's radios in case we get redeployed to unscheduled places during the event.

    I have the RT Systems PC based spread sheet style programming interface for several of my radios, and I program the event frequencies into my various radios using that.

    If it saves anyone time, I'm attaching my data file for the event, for my radio, the Kenwood TM-D710A mobile.  I've also attached the exported data file, in *.TAB spreadsheet format, which can be imported into other programming software for other makes/models of rigs.  Use these as a starting point for your own programming.  Delete the channels you don't need.

    Disclaimer: I have double checked the accuracy within but users should also check the data themselves for errors.

    **NOTE:  This forum's uploader would not upload these files with their proper extensions.  For the forum to accept them as an upload, I temporarily appended ".jpg" to the end.  

    To download them, right click on each thumbnail below and select "save target as ...", and save to your local directory.

    After that, change their file extensions to what they should be.  You should be able to figure it out.   :-D  (delete the ".jpg" off the end of the file name)

    Hope all this helps.

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    Last modified: 26 Feb 2019 4:25 PM | Peter LaGrandeur (Administrator)
  • 26 Feb 2019 9:10 AM
    Reply # 7188248 on 6967125
    Peter LaGrandeur (Administrator)

    Hi Garry,

    Would you terribly mind refreshing my memory as to how you specifically plan to implement APRS at the upcoming CW rally? 

    I remember you going over many APRS topics at the January VHF meeting, but I don’t specifically recall how you were going to apply it.

    It doesn't appear like the net controllers will have APRS in the comm trailer, so I gather you will have your own APRSIS32 software and monitor set up in your vehicle to maintain an overall situational awareness?

    Anything more?  Messaging maybe?

    Maybe let the radio team know what you are doing so we can all participate and learn more about APRS.

    Last modified: 26 Feb 2019 11:49 AM | Peter LaGrandeur (Administrator)
  • 26 Feb 2019 9:02 AM
    Reply # 7188238 on 6967125
    Peter LaGrandeur (Administrator)

    Hi Garry, thx for all your extensive good work on organizing the radio team for the 2019 CWR.  Well done!  Don't forget to remind everyone to configure their APRS settings to broadcast an identifier name for their location or function for the day.  For example: BLOCK01, BLOCK02, ALPHA, BRAVO, SERVICE, RECOV01, RALLYMAS, etc.  Each TNC probably only allows 6-8 characters for an identifier.

    If you have people moving between positions during the day, they will have to adjust their identifier at each move.  Everyone remember their manuals!

    Last modified: 26 Feb 2019 11:49 AM | Peter LaGrandeur (Administrator)
  • 26 Feb 2019 12:27 AM
    Reply # 7187696 on 6967125
    Garry Spicer (Administrator)

    Hi Harry;

    I believe the repeater team normally leaves the tone off for the RNQ repeater. However, it is an option that can be activated if need be. Either way, it won't hurt anything if you have a transmit tone activated on your radio.

    Garry, VE6GDS

  • 25 Feb 2019 8:53 PM
    Reply # 7187356 on 6967125

    Are you sure about the tone for RNQ?  In the past there was no tone to use RNQ as it made things too complicated.

  • 25 Feb 2019 12:57 PM
    Reply # 7186548 on 6967125
    Garry Spicer (Administrator)

    Radio Configuration Guide

    Here is a link to the Radio Configuration and Operation Guide for the rally. This document has the operating frequencies for the event as well as recommendations for effective communication practices. Please take careful note of the guidance for minimizing interference. This is especially important when using cross-band configurations.

    Thanks go out to Dana (VA6DJH) for assistance with editing.

    Garry, VE6GDS


  • 21 Feb 2019 11:43 PM
    Reply # 7178221 on 6967125
    Garry Spicer (Administrator)


    Here are some maps for the Cochrane Winter Rally!

    First, here is an overview map from Google Earth to show you where the event is taking place.

    Next, here is a set of detailed maps that show where the various blocker locations and control points will be.

    Also, here is a .kml file for your GPS or APRS software.

    Finally, here are instructions about how to open a .kml file in Google Maps, in case you want to create your own detailed views.

    Stay tuned to this forum as more material will be posted over the next few days. We're about a week away from the Pre-Op briefing, and I hope to see everyone there!


    Garry, VE6GDS

    Last modified: 21 Feb 2019 11:49 PM | Garry Spicer (Administrator)
  • 18 Feb 2019 1:20 AM
    Reply # 7170591 on 6967125
    Garry Spicer (Administrator)

    Radio Operations at Rallysport Events '101'

    We're going to try something a little different for this year's Cochrane Winter Rally. In the past, our pre-op briefings tended to go longer than we wanted. Additionally, we found that people who were new to rally radio operations often felt a little overwhelmed with all the ideas and terminology related to rally events. To address these issues, a team was struck to develop what we're calling the '101' document.

    The '101' document is intended to provide rally radio operators with a foundational understanding of what happens at a rally, who is involved, and where to find more information. Key terms are explained, roles are described, other references are listed, and some important practices are presented. Much of this material has been extracted from the pre-op briefing slides, so this should make our briefings ... briefer!

    Please take the time to download a copy (link below) and read it prior to the pre-op briefing on Friday 01 March. While this guide is oriented at people who have had little exposure to rally events, experienced operators may also benefit from a refresher. In any case, the briefing will assume that everyone is fully familiar with the contents of this guide. While specific questions about the '101' material will be addressed, we will no longer be presenting these basics during the pre-op briefings.

    Thanks go out to Vince d'Eon (VE6LK) and Keith Morison (VA6PIX) for their help in conceptualizing and developing this guide.


    Garry, VE6GDS

    Last modified: 18 Feb 2019 1:21 AM | Garry Spicer (Administrator)

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