The following are the presentations for Radio Talk 2013. This list will be updated on a regular basis, so check back or subscribe for the the most recent information.

Ferrites and Baluns

  • Presenter: Jacques Audet – VE2AZX
  • Summary:   Jacques Audet, VE2AZX, will present a comprehensive examination of Ferrites and Baluns. Jacques’ presentation will examine the utility of using Ferrites and Baluns using theoretical and practical examples.
    Additionally, Jacques will share testing techniques for Baluns as well as  methods for performing Ferrite measurements. Presentation in French.
    Jacques Audet, VE2AZX, became interested in radio at the age of 14, after playing with crystal radio sets and repairing old receivers.   At 17, he obtained his first ham license.  In 1967 he obtained his B Sc degree in electrical engineering from Laval University.  He then worked in engineering functions at Nortel Networks, where he retired in 2000.  He worked mostly in test engineering on a number of products and  components operating from dc to light-wave frequencies.  His areas of interest are in RF simulations, filters, duplexers, antennas and using computers to develop new test techniques in measurement and data processing.Jacques Audet, VE2AZX s’est intéressé à la radio à l’âge de 14 ans, alors qu’il s’amusait avec des récepteurs à crystal et réparait de vieux récepteurs. Il a obtenu sa première license de radio-amateur à l’âge de 17 ans.  En 1967 il a obtenu le diplôme d’ingénieur en génie électrique de l’Université Laval.  Il a travaillé plus de 33 ans chez Nortel Networks pour prendre sa retraite en septembre 2000.  Il a travaillé le plus souvent dans les départements d’ingénérie des essais de production au niveau des composants et systèmes opérant du courant continu jusqu’à la fréquence de la lumière.  Secteurs d’intérêt:  Simulations RF, filtres, duplexers, antennes et utilisation de l’ordinateur pour développer de nouvelles techniques de mesures et de traitement de données.

Les bâtis d’antennes de 2006 à aujourd’hui

  • Presenter: Guy Lamoureux – VE2LGL
  • Bio: Me Guy Lamoureux, avocat à la retraite, occupe le poste de président et directeur général de Radio Amateur du Québec depuis plus de 15 ans. Me Lamoureux est titulaire d’un baccalauréat en sciences (mathématiques-physique) de l’Université McGill et d’une licence en droit de l’Université d’Ottawa. Membre du Barreau du Québec depuis 1978, il a occupé plusieurs fonctions au cours de sa carrière dont celle de directeur administratif de l’Association Professionnelle des Optométristes du Québec, celle de commissaire à la Commission de l’immigration et du statut de réfugié et également celle d’adjoint législatif à la Chambre des communes. Il a aussi pratiqué le droit civil et commercial dans divers cabinets. Me Lamoureux est membre fondateur et membre perpétuel de la fondation de la Maison des jeunes de Longueuil et en a été membre du conseil d’administration pendant plus de 25 ans.
  • Summary: Guy Lamoureux, VE2 LGL, and Président-directeur general, will to speak on the current situation concerning antenna height restrictions and guidelines in Quebec municipalities. Presentation in French.
    Un résumé de la politique concernant les antennes et de l’attitude des municipalités.

Submarine and Navy Radioman – During the Early Days of the Cold War

  • Presenter: Donald Courcy – The Radioman – VE2CW
  • Summary: Donald, the “Radioman” will enthrall us on being a Navy Radioman during the early days of the Cold War during the 1960’s to 1970’s.
  • Bio: Donald Courcy began his career at the age of 17 as a Radioman in the Royal Canadian Navy in 1965 serving as a radio technologist and radio operator on board ships, on board submarines and at naval radio
    stations.  The Radioman left the Navy in 1973 to join the Federal Department of Communications as a Radio Inspector which involved assignments across Canada. In 1982, Donald Courcy began working as a Broadcast and Cable Television Consultant. Then, in 1985, Donald Courcy joined Telesat Canada. In 1997, Donald Courcy joined Federal Department of Industry (Industry Canada) where he worked until retiring in 2011.

Remote Control & Operating your Radio Station

  • Presenter: John Grow  – VE2EQL
  • Bio: John has had an interest in radio and communications since a very early age. His first experience was at his grandmother’s house. There was an old Atwater-Kent receiver with a dial that had names
    of far away places. Not understanding, or knowing anything about radio, unknown to me, I was hooked. As many of us, his start was via shortwave radio, and AM broadcast stations. My first real receiver was a Marconi Receiver No. 52. Without the covers, and no isolation on AC, I was shocked into the world of DX listening. Finally, after many years, he was licensed into the world of hamdom. Where, I stated many a time, “I’m at home.” His YL of 30 years is Suzanne Thauvette, VE2SZN. Their son, Justin is VA2WTF. We have two grandkids, Eliane 4.5 years and Liam of 2 months. Rest assured, that they will be elmer’d into ham radio.
    – Experimenter & Builder since the age of ~ 8 years old. Survived many shocking encounters.
    – Built first computer on breadboard & wire wrap. Who remembers the RCA 1802 COSMAC CPU?
    – Started an Electronics & Ham Radio at St. Jude Elementary & High School in 1995.
    – Donated 12 computer systems to St Jude Elementary & High School to start a computer lab.
    – Founding member of the “Kartem Amateur Radio Club”, VA2KSC for the Karnak Shriners. See QRZ listing under VA2KSC.
    – Started in 1990’s Santa Claus Communications to the North Pole, so patients at the Montreal Shriners Hospital can speak to Santa Claus directly via ham radio.
    – Co-organizer of Lobstercon, a QRP gathering in Brunswick, Maine for New England and Eastern Canadian hams. This is the 13-year of holding this event.
    – DX expedition to Guinea, West Africa. I was 3XY0D operating from Conakry, and Kankan, while on an energy installation project.
    – Written numerous amateur radio articles, featured in 73 Amateur Radio and eham, among articles in club newsletters & media spotlights.
    – Speaker & Presenter of ham radio topics for the past 14 years. Ham-con, Boxborro ARRL Conventions, Near-Fest, Atlanticon & QRP events. Also public speaker on Energy systems relating to Large Scale Solar installations, DC Back up Power, Emergency communications and power sources.
    Clubs & Associations:
    – Montreal Amateur Radio Club. Past director. VE2ARC
    – Club Radio Amateur Rive-Sud de Montreal, VE2CLM
    – Radio Amateurs of Northern Vermont, RANV
    – Northern Vermont QRP Society, N1QS
    – New England QRP Club, NEQRP
    – Kartem Amateur
    – Covey Hill Amateur Radio Club
    – Radio Amateurs of Canada
    – Radio d’amateur du Quebec
    – Elecraft K3, & Remote K3 station in Saint-Élie-de-Caxton, Quebec (2 hours NE of Montreal)
    – Kenwood TS950SD, fully loaded.
    – Yaesu FT817 QRP transceiver
    – Almost every QRP kit that has come out in the past 22 years, I have built.
    – Antennas are 176 ft. & 326 ft. dipoles fed with ladder line feeders, & Cushcraft R7 vertical.
  • Summary: This paper deals with the set up, installation and use of a remote amateur radio station, which does not require a dedicated computer system. It provides full control of all aspects of voice, data and other remote functions giving the user, the same experience as if he was in front of his communication equipment. This allows the user to experiment with a more elaborate antenna system and a quieter RF noise environment. Whereas, in an urban / downtown area, we are limited by space, and high RF & electrical noise interference. The possibility of interference (non-intentionally) with other receiver types or entrainment equipment is reduced. This provides the amateur radio operator, who lives in an antenna redistricted location or in an apartment / condo the chance to continue operation as long as he can log into an Internet connected remote station. The same would apply to a senior amateur radio operator who is in a residence.
    In the past, anyone who wanted to hook up a HF radio transceiver required a dedicated computer system at each site. Plus, all the connections to the computer and making sure the right programs are running. In many
    cases, there was no easy way to turn on the computer via a remote command, so the system had to, “be on” at all times. Also, the radio and related equipment has to be on. Many users in the past had a DTMF (Dual Tone
    Multiple Frequency) command via the telephone lines. With a phone call, a person entered a value on their phone keypad. The telephone line would be connected to a specialized box that would control a relay or contactor to turn on a computer and or power supply for the radio. Another telephone call would turn off the same devices. Please note, that an Internet connection is always required, as it used as the backbone for the communications.
    This set up works, only when everything else is working. It was very hard to get fed-back on what the equipment was doing. Yes, you could have used a remote log in program to control the other computer, as long as you had a connection. Then, there was the radio control and voice over IP program that had to be working. For many users, this system works for them. But, because of the independent programs and hardware required to work together, also created the potential for problems. And because the system is remote, might make it impossible to correct in a timely manner.
    Technology is providing us with newer hardware and software solutions. We are lucky that lower cost platforms, like the “Raspberry Pi” and “Beagle Board”, allows experimenters to embed dedicated software that will control & communicate with numerous devices. This frees up the requirement of having a computer system for just one task. The added benefit of an embedded package is, the control and monitoring features that are built into the hardware. This allows other developers to concentrate on front-ends of the radio user interface software that will run regardless of the hardware & control hardware. Many software developers have radio
    specific user interfaces that cover different radio manufacturers. So the front-end user interface could be different, dependent on the radio used, but the transport medium (control & monitoring & VOIP “Voice over IP”
    protocols) remain the same. It allows the user to change radios and only change the front end user interface that applies to the radio. The set-up problems, potential errors, frustrations and lost time is a major factor that
    can limit our enjoyment of ham radio. The remote station solution discussed and presented will show how easy it is to create your own remote station.
    The presentation will showcase, a very simple and dedicated remote control hardware and embedded hardware controller that can hook up to any major radio manufacturer. How to connect it all together, how it works, the front end user interface and total control & monitoring of your station, AC & DC Power, Antenna switching and SWR / Power monitoring. All the details on the investment and hardware / software required. Hands on presentation with a live remote station will be done. Information hand out will be given.

Remote Control Flying

  • Presenter: Alex Wenzl-  VA2FPV
  • Bio: For as long as he can remember, Alex Wenzl has been interested in flight. This fascination led to Alex’s being a radio control pilot for over 35 years. Alex holds a fixed wing pilots license as well as one for rotor craft.
    For the past 3 years, Alex has been flying First Person View (FPV) which led to a renewed interest in amateur radio. Alex’s growing involvement in ham radio and antennas is a natural fit with his electonics background and love of tinkering. It is no surprise that Alex enjoys discovering how things work.No doubt Alex’s passion and presentation will cause more hams to catch the Remote Control airplane bug!
  • Summary: A personal perspective of amateur radio and remote control flying

Hints for the Tinkerer

  • Presenter: Jimmy Howard –  VE2JWH
  • Bio: Jimmy Howard has tinkered with electronics since his childhood. Today, he is a successful, self-employed repairman, and, at times, a wizard of all things electronic. Jimmy joined the ham community in 1991, quickly achieving the Advanced and Morse qualifications. He is active on HF through microwaves, has completed WAS (Worked All States) on 144 MHz plus VUCC (VHF/UHF Century Club Award) on 50 MHz through 10 GHz. Jimmy’s homebrewing spans vacuum tubes, MMICs (Monolithic Microwave Integrated Circuit) and SMDs (Surface Mount Device). He enjoys VHF/UHF contests, EME (Earth-Moon-Earth contacts), sharing his knowledge and collecting antique radios. Jimmy Howard has presented at Radio Talk 2011 and 2012
  • Summary: In this presentation, Jimmy, VE2JWH shares a collection of tricks learned over years at the workbench. Amongst other hints: how to drill holes in foam, how to save your digital voltmeter when testing a mains transformer or how to prototype in style.

Presentation Schedule:

9:00 – 9:10 am
Opening remarks
9:10 – 9:50
Remote Control & Operating your Radio Station
 John Grow, VE2EQL
10:00- 10:40
A Comprehensive Examination of Ferrites and Baluns (in French/en Français)
Jacques Audet, VE2AZX
10:50 – 11:30
Hints for the Tinkerer
Jimmy Howard VE2JWH, Granby QC
11:40 – 12:20
Les bâtis d’antennes de 2006 à aujourd’hui (en Français)
Antenna Guidelines and Quebec Municipalities (in French)
Guy Lamoureux, VE2LGL, and President – Directeur General, RAQI
12:20 – 13:20
 Food Available On-Site
13:30 – 14:10
A Personal Perspective of Amateur Radio
and Remote Control Flying
Alex Wenzl, VA2FPV,
Vaudreuil-Dorion, QC
14:20 – 15:00
 Submarine and Navy Radio Operations – The Early Days of the Cold War
Donald Courcy, VE2CW
– The Radioman
15:00 – 15:10
Prize draw and closing remarks

All talks are followed by a 5 minute Q&A. Schedule subject to change.

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