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.


Celebrate World Amateur Radio Day

Sunday 18 April is World Amateur Radio Day (WARD) and this year marks the 96th anniversary of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU), which was founded at the 1925 International Radiotelegraph Conference in Paris.

The IARU has chosen “Amateur Radio: Home but Never Alone” as the theme for World Amateur Radio Day 2021. The theme acknowledges that during our physical distancing to reduce the spread of COVID-19, amateur radio stands out as a welcome respite for its variety of activities and opportunities. On World Amateur Radio Day, all radio amateurs are invited to take to the airwaves to share global goodwill with other amateurs

Central States Spring Sprint 2m SSB Contest


I had a chance to grab a 16 ft painters Pole, my Yaesu FT-857D and an Arrow 3 element yagi and take off to the park for an hour of contest fun before it got too dark.

The Yaesu is on an Alice frame pack.

I was QRV in about 15 minutes operating out of the back of the SUV – stand up style

I made 19 contacts into 4 Grid squares but the gold happened when K8ZR responded to my CQ

Anthony was 176 miles away proving my basic set up was highly effective. My goal in each Sprint is to try to work a new grid and try out different rover set ups.

I am looking to add a Printle Plate to my trailer hitch and use an aluminum mast in place of the painter pole. Its OK for a light yagi but I have heard of them…

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For GTA Hams Only


Recommended Repeater Operating Procedures

  1. Use simplex wherever possible freeing the repeater for necessary uses.
  2. Monitor the repeater (listen) or determine if the repeater is in use and if there are any peculiarities in its operation. After listening for a few seconds, identify, un key and listen to see if it was quiet for a reason and to allow someone to let you know if there is a reason not to continue (low audio, low signal strength, etc). Then, if all OK, proceed.
  3. Don’t break into a contact unless you have something to add. Interrupting is no more polite on the air than it is in person. Interruption without identification constitutes malicious (and illegal) interference.
  4. Use the minimum power to key up the repeater. To make contact, simply indicate that you are on frequency. For example “VE3ZZZ monitoring”. Do not kerchunk.
  5. Remember Amateur Radio transmissions are being monitored by many non-hams with…

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Why not try 10 meters

Every so often over the years I give 10 meters a try an usually it’s a big fat goose egg. Today was a different story. I was on FT8 and thought let’s see if anyone is on the waterfall.

To my surprise there were a couple on so why not I sent out a couple of CQ’s to see what would happen. Low and behold first CQ I scored a contact in the lower 48. Well that was a nice treat. Before I could throw out a second CQ Brazil was calling, after that QSO it was followed up by 4 more Brazilian stations either calling me or answering my CQ. Had one more US call before I headed for lunch.

I checked PSK Reporter just to see and I was reported solidly through North, South and Central America. Hopefully this is an upward trend for the band as over the years I have enjoyed 10 meters.

NVIS Notes – The Real Deal


Several real world comments on NVIS antennas from Kurt KD7JYK

Kurt popped up out of his lurkers hole to make the following comments that I totally agree upon with my comments:

  1. “NVIS is not an antenna, a frequency or a radio”

There is no special NVIS antenna as its just a dipole

NVIS usually happens below 8 Mhz when the FoF2 layer is in play as it is dependent on atmospheric conditions to work

Any HF radio can be used

2. “RF going thataway, in this case pretty much up”

If the RF signal is radiated at between 70 and 90 degrees there is a good chance it goes up and is reflected back down by the F2 layer within the regional range the resulting signal pattern effects.  Kurt explains the RF going up in a narrow beam of the bandwidth between 10 and 2 on a clock face.


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