A “Whisper” (WSPR) for Canada C3: Coast to Coast to Coast

​An Epic Journey to Celebrate Canada and Connect Canadians

A Canada 150 Signature project, Canada C3 is a 150-day expedition from Toronto to Victoria via the Northwest Passage. It will inspire a deeper understanding of our land, our peoples and our country. Continue reading


The sun’s magnetic dynamo is weakening

Bruce Dorminey, writing on Forbes, says that astronomers now confirm that the Sun’s magnetic dynamo is likely to eventually disappear causing our star to lose its 11 year magnetic cycle

In fact, a billion years from now, they say, interplanetary spaceflight could become even more treacherous, since the Sun’s protective magnetic heliosphere would weaken or even disappear, leaving our solar system unshielded from incoming cosmic rays.

In a paper submitted to the journal Solar Physics, co-author Travis Metcalfe confirms that the Sun, a yellow dwarf (G-spectral type) star is indeed making a long term transition in its magnetic activity cycle.

Over the next one to two billion years, we have confirmed that the Sun’s magnetic cycle period will get longer before disappearing entirely.

Read the full story

thanks to Southgate ARN

Geomagnetic storm underway

A moderately strong G2-class geomagnetic storm is underway on May 27-28 as Earth moves through the wake of a CME that swept past our planet just hours ago.

High-latitude sky watchers should be alert for auroras, especially in the southern hemisphere where deepening autumn darkness favors visibility.

Check Spaceweather.com for more information and updates.


Latest version of JT65-HF-HB9HQX-Edition

May 16 update to JT65 HF HB9HQX is now ready for download.  If you haven’t tried this different mode you should give it a try.  It’s like watching paint to dry but once you tried it your hooked.  With the bands not in good shape this is one mode that still can get through in when others can’t.


The Fence Fan Dipole

Came across this somewhat stealth multiband dipole antenna project.  Brought me back to when I was first licensed in the early ’80’s living in a condo residence I built one a bit more crudely designed then this one, but it did get me on the air with no complaints from my fellow neighbors at the time.  Had a lot of fun with it. Continue reading


Rare Canadian Satellite Grid Expedition

VE, CANADA (Rare Canadian Satellite Grid Expedition). Ken, VE3HLS, has
announced that he plans to operate from four never-activated grids on
the satellites grids this weekend (May 20th and 21st). Continue reading


Highlights from our 2017 ARDF campagn

Hi all,

Finally feels like Spring!

Most of us must be excited about this upcoming weekend events. Thank you again for being our biggest supporters. Continue reading


Manitoba Schools will be flying High Altitude Balloons (HABs) tomorrow: Thursday, May 4

RAC bulletin on this event.



May Surrey ARC ‘Communicator’ Newsletter

Here is the link to the May 2017 Surrey ARC ‘Communicator’ newsletter. As always, it’s in .PDF format and contains many ‘hot links’ to additional information on the Internet if you read it on your screen.

If you choose to print it, set your PDF reader print dialog box to ‘Fit page to margins’ so that it fits a letter size sheet, or you may lose the margins.

Click on this link: SARC-1705 to read or download the newsletter or copy this link in your browser: http://goo.gl/5EMTXU .

We’d love your feedback to the email address below and we welcome contributions of articles, club news and events.

We hope to see you at our next General Meeting on May 10th at 7pm at the PEP Regional HQ. There will be an interesting presentation on home-built SDR, our Fox Hunt and Field Day.

John Schouten VE7TI

SARC Communicator Editor