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Posted by: VA3TS Tom
Yesterday, 19:51:34
Forum: Antennas, Operating
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Posted by: Rob_Walker
2021-01-16, 23:49:02
Forum: GBARC Nets HF , VHF
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Posted by: VA3KOT John
2021-01-16, 22:17:27
Forum: Announcements, Ideas, Opinion
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Despite the Stay At Home order Deals In Owen Sound is still open. The store does ask that you write your name and phone number on a sheet as you go in though. I went in this morning (Sat 16 Jan) and I noticed the shelves are looking a bit empty in some aisles. I hope this only indicates delay in getting new stock and not a general clearance.

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Posted by: VA3TS Tom
2021-01-16, 19:24:46
Forum: ISED, RAC Bulletins
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RAC Ontario Sections Bulletin for January 16th, 2021

This is V__3____, Official Bulletin Station for Radio Amateurs of Canada, with this week's bulletin

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL NEWS

1. Dayton Hamvention Cancelled for 2021

Unfortunately, several setbacks in the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic make necessary
the difficult decision to cancel Hamvention 2021.

Vaccine distribution both in the United States and around the world is lagging behind what
was planned. In addition, the emergence of a more communicable form of the COVID-19 virus
increases the potential for further public health problems in the next few months.
We make this difficult decision for the safety of our guests and vendors.

Those who had their tickets, inside booths or flea market spaces deferred last year will
be deferred again. Those who purchased 2021 tickets, inside booths or flea market spaces
will also be deferred.
If you desire a refund instead please email tickets@hamvention.org and we will contact you.

Stay tuned for information about a QSO party for the 2021 Hamvention weekend.
We are looking forward to the 2022 Hamvention!!!

--  Executive Committee, Dayton Hamvention 2021

2.  RAC Welcomes new Atlantic and Midwest Directors

As reported in the January-February 2021 issue of The Canadian Amateur magazine, following
the call for nominations for Directors of Radio Amateurs of Canada’s Atlantic,
Ontario North/East, Midwest and British Columbia/Yukon Regions, RAC would like to welcome
the following Radio Amateurs to our Board of Directors for 2021:

Al Penney, VO1NO, was elected as the new Director for the Atlantic Region,
Ed Richardson, VE4EAR/VE4VT, was elected as the new Director for the Midwest Region
Keith Witney, VE7KW, was re-elected as the Director for the British Columbia/Yukon Region
Allan Boyd, VE3AJB, was re-elected the Director for the Ontario North/East Region.

-- Glenn MacDonell, VE3XRA - RAC President and Chair

ONTARIO SECTION NEWS

3. ONTario Amateur Radio Service net - 49th anniversary.

Thanks to all that checked in. We had 867 checkins to celebrate our anniversary.
The busiest half hour was between 5:00 and 5:30 pm.
Thanks to those who stopped by to say hello.

-- Barry, VE3ISX - ONTARS Net Manager

ITEMS OF INTEREST

4. NOVA SCOTIA CONTEST WEATHERS THE STORM

A recent winter contest hosted by one Canadian amateur radio club turned out to be a disaster
-- and the members couldn't have been happier.

The Halifax Amateur Radio Club called their contest the "2-Meter Get on the Air Winter Event,"
and it was designed to challenge the hams' ability to stay connected in the face of an emergency.
For four hours on January 2nd, it was a dry run for disaster for John Bignell VE1JMB, the
club's director-at-large, and 50 or so other club members. It also turned out to be a frozen run:
the contest went forward despite a heavy snowfall that covered much of Nova Scotia.
John, who is also an EHS Advance Care Paramedic, said the contest underscored the need for hams
to have a reliable communications network when disaster strikes, as it did in 2017 when Bell
Aliant suffered a connection outage of landlines and cellphones in Eastern Canada.

John says the contest is also about having fun but it's important to remember too that when
the Red Cross, rescue teams or ground-search personnel need communications backup, hams should
be there and ready.

-- Amateur Radio Newsline and JOHN BIGNELL, VE1JMB


This concludes this week's bulletin. Does anyone require repeats or clarifications?
Hearing none, This is V__3____ returning the frequency to net control.

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Posted by: VA3TS Tom
2021-01-14, 05:12:04
Forum: Antennas, Operating
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Posted by: VE3WI Dave
2021-01-14, 02:04:29
Forum: Announcements, Ideas, Opinion
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From the ARRL Website:

Very low frequency (VLF) enthusiast Joe Craig, VO1NA, reports that Stefan Schaefer, DK7FC, copied his 50-character message transmitted from Newfoundland on 8.271 kHz, with a radiated power of 10 mW.  “This is a new record for amateur transatlantic VLF,” Craig told ARRL. “The mode used was EbNaut by Paul Nicholson. EbNaut is a synchronous coherent BPSK mode for use at VLF and low LF. Craig’s tower supports a VLF RL (rotated L) 10-meter (33 feet) average height and 100 meters (328 feet) long. VLF is the ITU designation for radio spectrum in the range of 3 – 30 kHz, corresponding to wavelengths from 100 to 10 kilometers, respectively.  “Since VLF waves can penetrate at least 40 meters (131 feet) into saltwater, they are used for military communication with submarines,” Craig noted.


The US Navy uses 24 kHz VLF to contact their subs.  They have several sites with massive antennas that transmit using 1 MW or more.  Here's a link to one of them:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Creek_...io_Station

73
Dave, VE3WI

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Posted by: VE3WI Dave
2021-01-12, 19:07:51
Forum: Events and Activities
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Just read on QRZ that DARA has cancelled the Dayton Hamvention again for this year Angry

Looks like we'll just be attending online hamfests, for the near future anyway.

Stay safe
73
Dave, VE3WI

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Posted by: VE3WI Dave
2021-01-10, 07:08:48
Forum: Events and Activities
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If you enjoyed the first QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo, you'll be glad to hear they are doing it again this year. 

Live seminars on 13-14 March, after that the presentations can be viewed until 12 April.

https://www.qsotodayhamexpo.com/

Registration is open now, $10.00 US$

73
Dave, VE3WI

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Posted by: Ve3dgy
2021-01-10, 03:59:04
Forum: Antennas, Operating
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So at John’s suggestion I put up a doublet today, about 40’ up and V’ed down 30 degrees to two trees. I used about 55-70’ of ladder line to my MFJ versa Tuner III over to my Yaesu 857D. I used 12 gauge insulated wire, it was touching tree branches in a couple of locations. 

To my surprise after doing the “rough” tuning by ear(max noise) I was receiving brothers in the US no problem (I monitored the frequencies from the waterfall on my IC7300 to locate good frequencies to listen to.) But:

I’m no expert on the MFJ tuner beyond my uTube training but what it was telling me was this:
1. At 100w output the meter showed about 10 watts going out and maybe 1 w reflected, couldn’t read an SWR(would have been high where the two needles crossed).
2. The radio’s SWR meter was showing an SWR of about 2:1
3. The radio’s PWR meter was showing about 30watts output
4. It was blasting the input of my IC7300

I CQed a few times, no response. I don’t know if I’m transmitting or not. The uTube showed the meter going up to 80w and reflected about 20 and a decent SWR, I can’t tell what’s happening with mine. But it receives crystal clear, doesn’t that mean a low SWR and that the output power should be high?

I checked the 857D manual and it will restrict output power if it detects a bad SWR.

So what might be happening here oh gurus of the airwaves.

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Posted by: VA3TS Tom
2021-01-09, 18:45:35
Forum: ISED, RAC Bulletins
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RAC Ontario Sections Bulletin for Jan 09th, 2021

This is V__3____, Official Bulletin Station for Radio Amateurs of Canada, with this week's bulletin

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL NEWS

1.  Former RAC Ontario North Regional Director Larry Thivierge, VE3GT SK

Radio Amateurs of Canada has received the sad news that former RAC Ontario North Regional
Director Larry Thivierge, VE3GT, became a Silent Key on January 1, 2021.

RAC would like to extend its sincere condolences to his family and friends.

In addition to serving as RAC Ontario North Director from 2000 to 2002, Larry also served
as the Ontario Section Manager for the Canadian Radio Relay League and
Radio Amateurs of Canada from 1976 to 1999.
Please stay tuned to the March-April 2021 issue of The Canadian Amateur magazine
for additional information.

-- Glenn MacDonell, VE3XRA, President, Radio Amateurs of Canada

2. Northernmost Reverse Beacon Net Node in Europe Launched

Thanks to a grant from the Yasme Foundation, the northernmost Reverse Beacon Net (RBN)
node in Europe went online on December 22. It was made possible by a Yasme Foundation
initiative to provide additional Reverse Beacon Network nodes in underserved areas.

This node is hosted by Radio Arcala, OH8X, very close to the Lapland Region. At and
above the Arctic Circle during hours of darkness. Polar path propagation offers a
footprint covering all of North America for many hours, even for stations within the auroral
oval. The OH8X RBN node will further help the study of the polar path mode.

The RBN node receiver is currently located at 65-11-03N and 26-14-53E, but may later
be moved even farther north to be into the heart of the auroral region of the Arctic Circle.

— Thanks to Radio Arcala for the info

ITEMS OF INTEREST

3. Listen to digital modes on any android device - droidstar for android download

This software connects to D-STAR, DMR, Fusion, NXDN, P25, and M17 reflectors
and gateways/repeaters over UDP. It uses open source vocoder software for all modes,
and requires no AMBE hardware ro remote servers. Dstar encoding is currently
not acceptable for QSOs, so TX has been disabled.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/detai...n_GB&gl=US

there is also video by va3sii on youtube

-- ian, g3zhi

4. Special theme announced for World Amateur Radio Day 2021

SARL News reports the IARU Administrative Council has chosen 'Amateur Radio: Home but
Never Alone' as the theme for World Amateur Radio Day on Sunday, April 18, 2021

In the days and weeks following the onset of the pandemic radio amateurs reached out
spontaneously to one another via the airwaves at the local, national and global levels.
Local “wellness nets” provided friendly voices and regular status checks to those,
especially the elderly, who are confined to their homes. “Stay safe” special event
stations in dozens of countries reminded us all of the importance of limiting the
spread of the virus. On-the-air activity was at an unprecedented level throughout
the rest of 2020, with record-breaking numbers of entries in the major contests.

While the development of effective vaccines offers hope for a return to some semblance
of normality later in 2021, the pandemic will still be with us when we mark World
Amateur Radio Day 2021. This theme offers the opportunity for our Member Societies
to tailor meaningful messages to the general public about the values of the global
amateur radio community.

-- Source SARL http://www.sarl.org.za/

This concludes this week's bulletin. Does anyone require repeats or clarifications?
Hearing none, This is V__3____ returning the frequency to net control.

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Posted by: Paul Caccamo <va3pc @ rac.ca>

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