North Delta Radio??

10/27/15 – Low power VF2686 is testing at 89.3 MHz with a maximum ERP of 15 watts directional at 91.8 metres HAAT at 49-08-54 122-53-33 in North Delta. The station, registered to Amrit Baani Radio Ltd., is officially licensed to neighboring Surrey. Its test announcements are in Punjabi and English.

40m End Fed Half Wave (EFHW) Antenna

Excellent piece on end feed antennas. Thanks Andrew for an excellent post.

Get out of the Radio Shack and Live Life

EFHW portable antenna for SOTA activations

Mention to anyone you are using an EFHW will prompt a discussion about the pros and cons of the EFHW versus the center fed 1/2 wave dipole. There are operators who swear their center fed 1/2 wave dipole is 2 S points better than the EFHW and vice versa. I am neutral on this subject, I have built both antennas and can confirm when they are used in the real world, on top of a mountain, neither antenna is better than the other. Choosing one antenna over another is about personal choice. The obvious difference between the two antennas is the feed point location and the feed point resistance. The EFHW is in the order of 3000 to 5000 ohms while the 1/2 wave dipole will be closer to 50 ohms in the inverted V configuration.

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ILLW a stand out on the calendar

(Editors note:  Just curious, do we have any lighthouses out here on the west coast that could be entered into this event for 2016? Before you ask, the lighthouse is on Mayne Island)
The premiere event, the International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend already has 75 registrations from 20 countries, each eager to be part of this annual portable activity.The basic aims are to promote the heritage of navigation that kept seafarers safe, and expose modern Amateur Radio to the wider general community.

On August 20-21, a large number head for lighthouses, lightships and marine navigation beacons, using portable Amateur Radio to put them on air.

Whether you’re in the Americas, Australasia, Europe, South Africa or Asia, there will be plenty of action.

There were about 500 in nearly 50 countries this year, and it seems likely to be repeated in the 2016 event in August.

To see the registrations so far, perhaps make one yourself, read past reports, or the easy guidelines, visit the dedicated website

Jim Linton VK3PC

JT65-HF HB9HQX version 1.0 now available

For JT65 lovers and who use HB9HQX software, Beat has released version 1.0.  One of the new add ons in version 1.0 is the ability to upload to eqsl.  This hasn’t been present in any of the older versions.  Besides myself several other people commented that it wouldn’t key the radio.  This version seems to have a default output power set around the 10% mark.  You will need to raise the output power level to at least 50% if not more.  50% works for me. Click JT65-HF HB9HQX to download and give it a try.  Hope to see you on the waterfall.

Gord – VE7FKY

As of early January 2016 version 1.4 is now available.  It solves some issues with previous 1.x versions plus has added on automatic upload to Club Log.

Three Antennas Installed on Mt. McDonald

(editors note:  Al’s note dates back to early October.  Maybe we can get an update to how it’s all working out.  Pros & cons.  If your not aware this is the Westcoast Amateur Radio Association in Victoria.)

Thanks to all that helped with new antenna installs today. It will take another week to install the coax jumpers and get the antennas on line. Looking forward to seeing how UHF repeaters work on new antennas.

Al Muir VE7BEU

Have We Dummy Up The Radio Exams To Much or…

While browsing various sites today looking for an interesting article to post on the site I came across a UK story where the Surrey Electronics and Amateur Radio Society had signed up 100 new members for this year.  Quite an achievement I thought, considering I had coffee with a ham from another club this morning and when I asked him how things were going in his club he said “we don’t do courses so we don’t have enough members.”  Between that comment and the article it got me thinking about an article I posted back in June about if we had dummy up the exams to much. Continue reading

Happy Birthday To Coastal Ham Radio

It was one year ago today that I launched Coastal Ham Radio online club.  The questions that were swirling around my head that day were,  was there a need for such a club, would anybody join and most of all did I know what the hell I was doing.  Little did I realize 12 days later my wife would suffer a stroke and where did that leave Coastal Ham Radio.  Between Surrey Memorial and Laurel Place where she spent five months in care, playing around and fine tuning the Coastal Ham Radio site gave me the release I needed from our families medical issues.

I brought the club online with a soft opening, and to this very day I have left any promotion to be word of mouth and/or finding the site.  In the first year we have accomplished a few things.  Yes, hams did want to join and we do have a modest membership.  Our membership has expanded outside Metro Vancouver to Victoria and Nanaimo on Vancouver Island. We have had members become involved and contribute to the site. We sponsored repeater day back in the spring which we will repeat in 2016.  We participated in Shake Out BC a few days ago and in November we will be holding our first Christmas coffee get together.

We have had a good first year and with the membership base we have were only going to get better and more interesting.

Thank You for your support and believing in Coastal Ham Radio