Coastal Ham Radio Club


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.



BC clubs: Log deadline for BCQP 2018 is March 5, 2018


This is a general reminder to clubs in BC about the log submission deadline for BCQP 2018. The deadline is March 5, 2018.

If anyone in your club participated in BCQP 2018 and intended to but has not yet submitted a log, please encourage him/her to send it in before March 5. Continue reading

New FT-818 Yaesu is not really a New QRP rig its the same rig with a new Battery


Yaesu has released their new update to the FT-817 after over 20 years and it’s a boring update and may not be a big success as hoped to be.


Martin Lynch and Sons the largest UK stockist for Yaesu is accepting deposits for this $600 British pounds sterling ($1100 CAD)

The new FT-818 incorporates all the many basic and attractive features of the ever-popular FT-817ND while providing upgrades desired by many existing owners.

The FT-818 provides 6W of solid output power with external DC power source. The supplied Ni-MH battery pack (SBR-32MH) has been upgraded to now provide larger battery capacity – 9.6v/1900mAh. The FT-818 includes the build in TCXO-9 oscillator that gives the FT-818 fantastic frequency stability (+/-0.5ppm). 5Mhz band (WRC-15 frequency is also available on the new FT-818.

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GO BOX Out in the Field


Getting out in the field and practising radio operations is always a lot of fun. This time I had a car battery and a big SLA as I wanted to also run 100 watts using the NVIS antenna as well as a vertical.

I was ecstatic working the special event Indianapolis 500 station on 40m  on the first try.

The site was ideal for radio work until York Regional Police showed up.

Based on the garbage I found while erecting the antenna farm I am not surprised they dropped by to a radio check.

The officer did not understand that during the Emcomm exercise we had comms into the York Region Public Safety liaison teams.

Once I explained what I was doing he went onto his next task of the day and I jumped back into 2m simplex while keeping an mic on 40m.


John VE3IPS/portable

The box weighs…

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40M NVIS with the Chameleon CHA Hybrid Micro Antenna (MPAS)


Chameleon Antennas makes the brilliant MPAS system which is comprised of various components.

This lends itself to field, bush and portable operations very well for the active have radio operator that is on the go.

Its a 60 foot longwire and a whip element for two different configurations (many more ideas at their website in the documents section)

I like to operate this as a NVIS set up with the antenna about 5 feet off the ground on the 40m/60m band and its easy to get signal reports by checking into the numerous nets.

Running 10 watts calling CQ can be time consuming if the band is light as many hams dont bother with weaker signals (and many have poor antennas – if you cant hear em you cant work em)  anymore but running NVIS I can make good contacts within the regional zone easily.

If you dont have the…

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