RAC Canada Day Contest

the RAC Canada contest is only a few hours away.  Are you participating.  Any club members let us know how you did and we will post it.

Rules can be found at:  Canada Day Contest Rules

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Another Solar Storm Neading Our Way

A third solar storm flared up Thursday, and power-grid operators are again bracing themselves for a potentially damaging geomagnetic storm, according to NOAA.The moderate storm conditions are expected to arrive on Earth Saturday and continue until Sunday, said the agency’s Space Weather Prediction Center.

GB1JSS Summer Solstice: Radio Hams To Gather At Galleywood Common

Here’s a neat challenge for those liking to contact special event stations
Amateur radio special event station GB1JSS will be active during the Summer Solstice on Sunday, June 21, the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. The event is open to all radio amateurs and listeners. Continue reading

All The Way Back To The Roots

Fellow Member John VE7AOV Files The Following Story

“Aircraft flutter” may soon be harnessed to a practical purpose. The B.B.C. reports that investigations are being made in the U.K. of employing commercial television and other broadcasting services to track aircraft. A reticulation of receivers, feeding information to a central facility, would furnish data for a computationally intense determination of aircraft location based on that receiver data.

As many readers will understand, Watson-Watt pioneered lighting tracking and, based on that work, went on to demonstrate that, theoretically, the emissions of a short wave transmitter could be used to detect the passage of an aircraft. A technically modest but now world famous field demonstration at Daventry followed. That work led on to the Chain Home radar system and its derivatives.

Read the B.B.C. item at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-33063353

John Nightingale
at radio station VE7AOV

Randy, K7AGE builds a 10 meter dipole

For the novices or if you have never built a dipole antenna before Randy (K7AGE) has an excellent couple of videos showing how to build a dipole antenna.  His videos shows that you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to build an antenna.

building the antenna

tunning the antenna

you should be able to build this antenna for a few bucks, so why not give it a try and let us know how you made out.

Have We Made The Radio Exams To Easy!

Having coffee last week with a fellow Coastal Ham Radio member, we were discussing how quiet the repeaters are and well just a lack of ham activity in general.  I mentioned my usual pet peeve about where are all these people who pass the exam and then we never here from them again.  His reply was maybe we have gone to far in making the radio exams easy. Continue reading