VK1AD WSPRLite 100 mW on 20m

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VK1AD WSPRLite beacon past 24 hours to 0945 UTC 26 March 2017

Radio amateur stations in Europe, North America, New Zealand and Australia who report receiving my 20m 100 mW WSPRLite signal.  My antenna is a 40m OCF wire dipole with the feed point at 8 metres above ground level.

WSPR Map – 26 April 2017

VK1AD WSPRLite 20m 100 mW signal – 24 hours to 0945 UTC 26 April 2017

26 April 2017 – VK1AD WSPRLite 20m 100 mW signal

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Geomagnetic Storm Watch Remains in Effect

NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) says a minor (G1) geomagnetic storm watch remains in effect for April 24-26, due to the continued influence of a large, recurrent, negative-polarity coronal hole high-speed stream (CH HSS). A coronal hole is an area of the Sun where the magnetic field folds back, and solar wind escapes. This follows on the heels of an unexpected coronal mass ejection (CME) impact on April 22.

Conditions on HF are no better than fair, with conditions on the higher bands (17 through 10 meters) deemed poor. A G1 warning had been in effect until 1500 UTC today.

The odds of a G1 storm are 50-50. The upside is that the CH HSS increases the chances of auroral displays at lower-than-typical latitudes. NOAA says migratory animals are affected at the G1 and higher levels, and aurora is commonly visible at high latitudes (northern Michigan and Maine).

A G1 storm can cause weak power grid fluctuations and possibly impact satellite operations. According to NOAA, during storms, the currents in the ionosphere, as well as the energetic particles that precipitate into the ionosphere, add energy in the form of heat. This can increase the density and distribution of density in the upper atmosphere, causing extra drag on satellites in low-Earth orbit.

The local heating also creates strong horizontal variations in the ionospheric density, which can modify the path of radio signals and cause GPS errors. Geomagnetic storms can generate harmful geomagnetic induced currents (GICs) in the power grid and in pipelines.

(As seen from the ARRL news section)

A Novelty UHF Radio that works

As I said in my last newsletter the Ahuago UHF transceiver is about the size of my thumb and it does work at that size?  At our CHR monthly coffee gathering we put it through its paces from inside Tims at Nordel Crossing.  Besides being inside, there were power lines just outside from where we were sitting.  From Scott Road and Nordel Way we raised the Surrey UHF repeater and made a contact.  The report we received was 5×5 full quieting.  Considering the size of the radio I was pleasantly surprised with the incoming audio quality.

The radio has 16 available channels all being programmed from a PC.  There is no screen so you either better have a good memory for channel allocations or have them written on a piece of paper which probably will be bigger then the radio.

It comes with a charger, charger cable, a set of earbuds which I didn’t try, a lanyard, and a set of instructions if you want to call it that.  You will need to buy a programming cable if you don’t already have one but it looks pretty standard from ones used in other gizmos.  It’s a 2.5 watt output.

Is this Radio for everyone.  Certainly not, it’s for the ham who would like a novelty radio that works to show off to others and have some fun with.  On the flip side it could be kept in a glove compartment for a future qso.  Another purpose I thought if you were setting up a ham swap meet or some other event with other hams it less bulky to carry around while setting up then with a handheld.

For more details checkout Fleetwood Digital Products

Hyack Parade – Saturday, May 27 – Operators Needed

Received the following from Ken Clarke (VE7BC)


The New Westminster Hyack International Parade is on Saturday, May 27.

Operators assigned to the assembly area and parade officials will start communications at 08:00 and those assigned to points along the parade route will start a little later. The event starts at 10:30 with the Vancouver Police Motorcycle Drill Team and the parade follows. We are usually all done by around 13:00. Continue reading

Club Log is Now a Logbook of The World Trusted Partner

Club Log has become the first logging service to achieve Trusted Partner™ status for Logbook of the World® (LoTW), ARRL and Club Log have announced. Radio amateurs holding LoTW “callsign certificates” who have uploaded logs to Club Log now can readily cross-post them to the highly secure LoTW —world’s largest repository for confirming Amateur Radio contacts. Continue reading