Coastal Ham Radio

BC Amateur Radio South Of The Fraser

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.


Calling All Mac Computer Wizards Out There – Help!

Well if nothing else the title caught your attention.  I need some help/advice.  I have been running for months now WSJT 65 software on my Mac computer into my USB Signalink without issue.  Yesterday it was running OK and it suddenly stopped on the outgoing transmission.  Receive is fine.  I’ve checked the preference settings and there OK.  I’ve even reinstalled the software and that didn’t make a difference.  FLdigi still works, so I figure the issue is in the software.

Any suggestions or advice greatly appreciated. The comment suggestion is open.




Sunspot Count reaches 7 year low.

The sun has now been blank (no sunspots) for 14 consecutive days. To find a similar stretch of blank suns in the historical record, you have to go back to April of 2010–a time when the sun was emerging from a deep Solar Minimum. The current stretch of spotlessness heralds a new Solar Minimum expected to arrive in 2019-2020. Continue reading

Hmmm the tease is alive

Still using that obsolete SWR/wattmeter and antenna tuner? Get ready for your future. Coming in March. Continue reading

My Digital Day


As you have heard me say before just because the various propagation programs say a certain band is poor don’t give up on it.  And so be it, it happened again today for me on 15m.   Continue reading

CW Maritime Radio Event

Maritime Radio Day will take place in mid-April, with activity — all on CW — centering on International Naval Frequencies, 1,824; 3,520; 7,020; 10,118; 14,052; 21,052, and 28,052 kHz. Maritime Radio Day is held annually to commemorate nearly 100 years of CW maritime wireless service. Register online. Continue reading

VE7QCS and Whisper Mode

Fellow DX’ers, I thought you might be interested in this.

I’ve been running multiband WSPR for the last few days and notice that the best DX consistently opens between 2-4 am local time on 40m. Below are the spots for my station over 10,000km ranked by greatest distance. All but one of them are on 40m and in this time range. Continue reading

uBITX (micro-BITX) 10 watt SSB/CW Transceivers

Into kit building here’s the plans for according to the author an inexpensive home brew project Continue reading

Radio Amateurs of Canada announces two new partnerships: Survivormate and The Personal

Radio Amateurs of Canada aims to strengthen Amateur Radio in Canada and support its members in many ways Continue reading

BCQP Log Deadline


This is a general reminder to clubs in BC about the log submission deadline for BCQP 2017. The deadline is March 7, 2017. Continue reading

St Patricks Day March 17 Is On The Air


Many people worldwide, annually celebrate St Patricks Day by going green, with many amateurs running special event stations as part of the festivities. Continue reading