As 2015 comes to a close I would like to thank our members for supporting and believing in an online club. On January 1, 2015 we had one member (namely me) and by the end of the year we had grown to 11 members.

In the spring we promoted repeater day which we will promote again in 2016. In October we participated in Shake Out BC and had our first Christmas coffee in November. We had throughout the year members sending us articles for the site.

The Plan is to have an EP exercise in January.  Stay tuned for details.  If you have any ideas on projects, get togethers etc. for CHR please forward them to me.

As 2015 is drawing to a close I would like to take this opportunity to wish  all our members, their families and readers of our website a very Happy New Year, with lots of good DX and great health in 2016.






Solar flare and Earth-directed CME

Big sunspot AR2473 erupted on Dec. 28th, producing an M1.9-class solar flare, a minor radio blackout in the southern hemisphere, and a coronal mass ejection (CME) that appears to be heading directly for Earth. Continue reading

Real-time band conditions website

(ed note:  The link is posted on the sidebar to the right under propagation data.  One of our members has been using this for some time now and reports it to be very accurate.)

The purpose of this experimental Web site is to provide 24-7-365 actual
(REALTIME) band condition information to CW QRPp, QRPe and CW/SSB for Contesters interested in increasing their scores.

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Ham Radio operators convert to digital television

TV Technology reports some radio amateurs are now on-the-air using high definition digital TV

Ham TV has evolved right along with the rest of the industry, moving from mechanical scanning to all-electronic operation, then color, and eventually to digital video and most recently, high-definition imaging.

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Preliminary CQ World Wide Survey Results Suggest Contesters Trending Older

The CQ World Wide Contest Committee has posted the preliminary results of its September survey of CQ WW participants. The committee received 5117 responses from contesters around the world, the greatest number — nearly 2600 — from Europe. An analysis of the results showed that most survey participants were in the older age brackets and that there were not many youth participants. Continue reading

How The Teleprinter Works – 1940

Produced by the GPO Film Unit. Models are used to demonstrate the working of a teleprinter. Shown is how the pressing of a key on the keyboard generates a five unit teleprinter code, is then transmitted as a serial code to the teleprinter line and finally is decoded to select the correct character on the type wheel of the printing mechanism of the receiving teleprinter. Continue reading

The Very First DX – December 12, 1901

Marconi at 04.30 GMT on 12 December 1901, Guglielmo Marconi succeeds in sending the first transatlantic wireless communication demonstrating that radio waves transmissions could be transmitted across the Atlantic ocean, disproving detractors who told him that the curvature of the earth would limit transmission to 200 miles or less.

The Italian inventor received in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada, the letter S in morse code (three dots) transmitted from Poldhu, Cornwall, in England.

You can read the rest of the story at DX Zone.  Just being a little picky here but they keep referring that the signal was received at Newfoundland, Canada.  Newfoundland didn’t join Canada till 1949.