“Discover the HF Experience” Aims to Dazzle Technicians, Newcomers

Contesting clubs in Canada and New England have joined forces to invite non-hams, new hams, and even old timers to discover HF radio in the 21st century firsthand, by getting on the air and operating remote stations. Beta test “Discover the HF Experience” events will take place in April, with the debut on April 2 in Manitoba. A subsequent special event in Massachusetts will take place on April 10, using the call sign K1K. A major rollout is expected at Dayton Hamvention® in May, with four operating positions at ARRL EXPO. The “Discover the HF Experience” concept stresses that “short-wave” Amateur Radio is just as compelling now as it was 100 years ago.

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Comedian, Actor, TV Writer and Personality Garry Shandling, ex-KD6OY, SK

Comedian, actor, and TV personality Garry Shandling, ex-KD6OY, died March 24 after suffering an apparent heart attack in Los Angeles. He was 66. Shandling became a ham as a teenager in the 1960s, long before he entered show business.

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Building a magnetic loop antenna and broadband amplifier for your SDR

In this guest post, Dave Gahimer, K9ZCE, describes how you can build a compact (dual) magnetic loop antenna to improve reception from your inexpensive SDR.

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2016 QRP Day – June 17

Dear Colleagues:

The interest in QRP activities is everlasting in amateur radio community worldwide.

QRP radio communications testify high ability of radio amateurs, and offers advantages concerning, among others, the reduction of QRM on the amateur bands.

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IOTA news from OPDX


21 March, 2016

Island activities:

AS-037. After Taka’s, JA8COE, activation of IOTA AS-056 look for him to sign as JA8COE/6 from Kami Koshiji Island between March 22-24th. QSL via JA8COE, direct, by the Bureau or ClubLog.

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Going to Cape Verde


1) Participation to WPX SSB as D41CV

I am on my way to Cape Verde to take part into CQWW WPX SSB Contest (26-27 March 2016)  from the D4C Contest station in the Multi / Multi category.

The special callsign will be D41CV  celebrating the 41st Anniversary of Independence of Cape Verde . – See more at: http://d4c.cc/?p=1194

2) Installing the 23cm beacon at D4C

I am carrying the 23cm equipment to put in the air D4C/B on 1296 Mhz band

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Heard Island DXpedition news

The VK0EK team are now on their way to Heard Island.
The team left Cape Town on March 10th onboard the famous ‘Braveheart’ which was recently used by the VP8STI/VP8SGI team earlier this year. The voyage to Heard Island will be about 10 days. Continue reading


MacLoggerDX Version 6.01 released

Dog Park Software is pleased to announce that version 6.01 of MacLoggerDX has been released.

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Top 7 Free DX Cluster Clients for Windows


Monitoring the spots

Basically a DX Cluster is a sort of chat room, or BBS into which amateur DX hunters can post about DX either worked or simply heard.

Many DXers monitors web DX clusters just to learn what’s on the air in that particular moment, but many others use the cluster like as a watchdog, to get alarmed when a particular station get spotted on the air.

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May 7, 2nd Annual Repeater Day


Many repeaters over the last several years have increasingly gone very quite.   In an attempt to make these repeaters more active CHR is sponsoring it’s 2nd annual Repeater Day.  This is a real simple event.  We’re asking all amateurs on Saturday, May 7 between 11:00 & 15:00 to have a QSO(s) on a repeater(s) of your choice.  You can schedule the time if you wish or throw out some monitoring calls and see if you can raise a fellow ham or who knows maybe make a new friend.  It doesn’t get any more simpler then that.

If you wish you can leave a message below to what repeater and time you will be monitoring.  Repeaters South Of The Fraser are listed on our website.  Metro Vancouver can be found here.  By all means you can make a contact on one of the digital modes, d-star, mototubo, fusion, IRLP, echolink etc.  In other words as one of our members always says “Get On The Air And Make Some Noise.”

Repeaters Outside The Metro Area:

Vancouver Island

BC North

BC South

Any Questions feel free to leave a comment below.