Happy Canada Day

All Coastal Ham Radio members wish both members and non members alike a fantastic and safe Long Weekend.  For those DX’ers outside the country try to make a contact with VE/VA and remember the RAC Canada Day contest starts at 0:00 UTC July 1.


Capacitor types – Properties of different types of capacitor

Capacitor types – Properties of different types of capacitor

Find out all about the different properties of the various capacitor types: electrolytic; ceramic; tantalum; plastic film. Find out what they are; how they can be used; and the various attributes of each type.


More details: http://www.electronics-radio.com/arti…

Website: http://www.electronics-radio.com

Radio Caroline ham radio station

(Editors note:  This brings back a lot of memories of growing up in the ’60’s for me even here in Canada.)

The Essex-based Martello Tower Group will be operating special event station GB5RC from the MV Ross Revenge, home of Radio Caroline, to commemorate five decades of offshore radio broadcasting

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BCQP 2016 Results


Sorry if I am duping you in the notification process but better to be in the loop than forgotten/ignored.

The official results and the post-event report for BCQP 2016 have been uploaded to the BCQP section of the Orca DXCC website and are now available for viewing and downloading in PDF format. The report includes my thoughts as contest coordinator, the usual number crunching and a summary of results. Continue reading

Where did all the sunspots go?

Something interesting is happening on the sun.
On Friday, June 3rd, the sunspot number dropped to 0, and the solar disk is still blank this weekend.

This is a sign that the sun is slowly shifting into a new phase of the solar cycle.

Learn more about the transformation on Spaceweather.com.

I spotted this post on Southgate ARC.

Amateur Radio & Distracted Driving In BC

(Editors note:  Received this email from Lou VE7CGE today regarding BC and the distracted driving.  Please read it and take notice.  If you wish to leave a comment please do, but keep it in good taste and no finger pointing please.)

I am attaching an e-mail that I received today from my good friend Fred Houghton VE7FFK regarding distracted Driving by Radio Amateurs. I have added some of my own comments as well as the very special article on this subject by Bill Gipps VE7XS our Pacific region RAC Director. Continue reading