Coastal Ham Radio Club

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Coastal Ham Radio Club is for the amateur radio enthusiast. We are a group of local British Columbia amateurs who wish to socialize, learn, share and promote the hobby. Membership is free and let’s you post comments, questions, suggestions etc. plus gives you a voice to how we shape and grow Coastal Ham Radio. Polk around the site and you will find an enrollment form in the about page.

 

Rat Tail Net Sunday Morning 730am Pre Breakfast net

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We ran the Rat Tail net yesterday and No Checkins and NO Traffic for any users who run Rat tails on their FT-60 Yaesu handys

The RatTail Antenna Booster
 is a patented technology. This passive device attaches to a handheld radio operating in the VHF Marine, VHF Aircraft or 2 meter ham radio bands. An increase in transmitted energy of 9 to 12dB (800% – 1600%) is seen when measured at a distance of 1.2 miles (2 km) or more. This increase results from a transformation of your radio’s 1/4 wave vertical antenna to a 1/2 wave dipole antenna. Thus more energy is delivered to the horizon. This makes it very useful for emergency rescue operations where rescue workers are having difficulty getting their message through to a base station. Boaters will double their range from a small craft to land. This device only works on handheld radios. A 5…

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Icom 705 and the HFJ-350M in the Field

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A quick trip to the park to test out my antenna mount and counterpoise

I was able to work into Alabama on 20m. 40m was very QSB so I did not try it

I did make a 50 Mhz FM contact as well showing the usefulness of the Toy Box antenna

The HFJ-350m does need a counterpoise

YOU MUST READ THE MANUAL BECAUSE ON 20M THE RADIATOR LENGTH IS AROUND 800mm. DO NOT EXTEND THE LENGTH OF THE WHIP ALL THE WAY OUT AS THAT IS OVER 1200 mm and IS TOO LONG

read the manual read the manual read the manual

Please be careful as a very strong wind gust was about to topple it over which means the whip antenna would be damaged very easily and spare parts may not be available.

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Numbers Stations – 6 7 8 5 6 7 8 5

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What are Numbers Stations? Well this is subject to conjecture with some believing they are weather
broadcasts in 5 figure codes, some others believe they may be hoax broadcasts. The majority of those who
have listened to these signals over long periods believe they are from several of the world’s secret service
agencies to outstations or agents in the field. There is now a significant amount of evidence in public
documents and books to support this with the USA’s CIA, Britain’s MI6, Israel’s Mossad and Germany’s
BND just some of the countries represented.

Messages are sent in various modes e.g. Plain language, CW or Digital modes. The languages used in the
first example vary also depending on the country of origin of the signals and they also use both female and
male voices and these voices can be “live” or synthesised and can be in AM, USB or SSB modes…

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The Comet HFJ-350M TOY BOX – IT NEEDS A COUNTERPOISE TO WORK

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The Comet HFJ-350M, Portable 9-Band (6M-80M) or FHJ-350M Toy-Box, Portable 10-Band (6M-160M), 1/4 wave base loading telescopic antenna for HF through 6M. Frequency can be changed by means of shorting plug. This antennas requires a counterpoise and antenna tuner

IF YOU NEED TO ASK WHY THEY CALL IT THE TOY BOX THEN ITS NOT AN ANTENNA FOR YOU

This antennas requires a counterpoise and antenna tuner

Compact (less than 15in) portable antenna for your SOTA, POTA or other operation where a small high performance antenna is required.

The HFJ-350M is designed to be used with a counterpoise in order to work properly.

It covers the 3.5, 7, 10, 14, 18, 21, 24, 28 and 50 MHz bands.
Maximum power is 75 Watts SSB on 80 meters and 100 Watts SSB on 40 through 6 meters.

This antennas requires a counterpoise and antenna tuner

Recommendation level Recommendation level (5.0)

Purchased for ic-705
We have…

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A Mystery Frequency Disrupted Car Fobs in an Ohio City, and Now Residents Know Why By Heather Murphy

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A Mystery Frequency Disrupted Car Fobs in an Ohio City, and Now Residents Know Why By Heather Murphy

A Mystery Frequency Disrupted Car Fobs in an Ohio City, and Now Residents Know Why
By Heather MurphyMay 4, 2019
Virginia Avenue in North Olmsted, Ohio, where residents complained that their car key fobs and garage door openers had stopped working.Dustin Franz for The New York Times

Virginia Avenue in North Olmsted, Ohio, where residents complained that their car key fobs and garage door openers had stopped working.Dustin Franz for The New York Times
It sounded like something from an episode of “The X-Files”: Starting a few weeks ago, in a suburban neighborhood a few miles from a NASA research center in Ohio, garage door openers and car key fobs mysteriously stopped working.

Garage door repair people, local ham radio enthusiasts and other volunteer investigators descended…

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Tired of FT8 why not give PSK a try

For some reason I’ve never really had great luck with WJST-X in getting it to run properly. The last couple of days I’ve had some real issues and my mind is thinking is it the radio, is it my rigblaster blue, the levels, the clock you name it.

Many months ago I thought I would give PSK a try since I hadn’t used that mode for quite some time. Well I found the mode totally dead and figured FT8 had killed off another mode. That was until today.

So in frustration, and my thinking leading me to believe this is a software issue and not a hardware issue I decided to run FLdigi. What I was attempting by doing this was not to make any contacts I just wanted to see any incoming gibberish to confirm the computer was seeing some sort of incoming signal. This is the issue with WJST-X, waterfall has signals but not decoding.

Low and behold I didn’t see gibberish, what I saw was decoded incoming signals and not just one or two but quite a few. For the next two hours instead of finding the issues with WSJT-X I had many enjoyable QSO’s. In fact I had a very enjoyable QSO with a ham in Colorado who has been a ham since 1935 and he’s 100 years old. Had to laugh a bit he was complaining living in a assisted care centre he can’t get a better antenna yet he had one of the strongest signals of the day. Decided I better go qrt for a bit an have some lunch.

After lunch I thought do I dare try this again, is the band still open, will my software still run so I gave it another try. Low and behold made another few contacts.

What I’m really trying to say is with the band conditions starting to improve instead of being stuck on FT8 all the time since it’s quick and easy why not give some of the other modes another try and see how you fare. Good DX everyone not only on FT8 but all the other modes out there. Hopefully I’ll meet you on another mode.

73 – Gord VE7FKY

SENDING PICTURES AND TEXT MESSAGES WITH YOUR D-STAR ICOM 705 RADIO

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SENDING PICTURES AND TEXT MESSAGES WITH YOUR D-STAR 705 RADIO (more fun than FT8)

 

Wednesday – Oct. 14, 21, & 28 at 7:30 PM (MDT) – D-Star Picture Net on REF072D w/REF055D backup. The RS-MS1A Android App (available in Google Play) users with the ID-31A, ID-51A PLUS (anniversary model) and 51A Plus2, IC-705, ID-4100, ID-5100, and IC-7100 radios will need the OPC2350LU data cable. If the Bluetooth module is installed in the 4100 and 5100 then the cable is not needed. The RS-MS1l App (available in iTunes Store) for iOS users can also be used with the ID-4100 radio only. The IC-9700 users are welcome and encouraged to join too. We will be exchanging pictures, text messages, and positional information.

There is a free Windows app, ST-4001W from ICOM and ST-4001A (available on Google Play) that processes any .jpg or .png picture to the right pixel size and can…

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