Cell phones might not work after a strong earthquake, say Vancouver radio operators

‘Ham’ radio volunteers in Vancouver would provide emergency communications in the event of an earthquake or other natural disaster Imagine there has just been a strong earthquake. You are desperate to contact your family to make sure they are safe. You reach for your cell phone, but are greeted with a busy signal. That’s exactly […]

via Cell phones might not work after a strong earthquake, say Vancouver radio operators —


New DX-TRAVELER.EU website

We are building a convenient platform on the site DX-TRAVELER.EU for traveling Radio amateurs.

Radio amateurs who plan to go without their equipment look at our website and receive assistance in obtaining radio equipment and antennas from the Owner in new places during the lease.


Visit the website at https://www.dx-traveler.eu/

(As seen on Southgate ARC)

New callsign for the Polar Prince

With the successful completion of the Canada C3 Expedition culminated upon the Polar Prince’s arrival in Victoria, British Columbia it has been necessary to retire the CG3EXP special event call sign.

An opportunity arose to have the Polar Prince carry the Ultimate 3 WSPR beacon as the ship returns to the East Coast via the Panama Canal.
For this unique Amateur Radio opportunity, the Polar Prince is now transmitting with the call sign VE0EXP.

Michael, VE7XMC, a graduate student from the University of Victoria where they are currently assembling an Ultimate 3, undertook and made the necessary call sign change.

We invite all Amateurs to continue tracking the Polar Prince as it completes the circumnavigation of North America.

Alan Griffin
RAC MarCom Director
Radio Amateurs of Canada

Millennials Are Killing Ham Radio

I just wanted to write this to start the conversation in order to disrupt amateur radio’s status quo, in response to K0NR’s blog, “Is The Internet Destroying Amateur Radio?” This was a great analysis by Bob, and it really paints a picture of the current state of the hobby, including the apparent distaste for internet-connected…

via Millennials Are Killing Ham Radio — NØSSC’s Ham Radio Blog

This Amateur Radio Direction Finding is a lil different..

(Came across this interesting idea from VK land for Christmas and getting hams involved in the season.)

You’ll be following and listening to the fox no doubt dressed as Santa.

Yes it’s the Townsville Amateur Radio Clubs annual MONSTER XMAS LIGHTS TOUR.

Get out your Santa Hats, flashy pins and Christmas Costumes and get ready for a magical mystery tour of the light fantastic !

Australia’s famous TARC Monster Xmas Lights Tour is on again, happening Friday evening December 15th.

It’s a Drive Yourself Dazzling Spectacular and all mobile shack chariots will need to monitor 146.5MHz during the tour to hear instructions from the guide (or foxy Santa’s) vehicle.

If you do not have a 2metre transceiver in your vehicle – don’t worry as a
handheld will be lent to you.

Be sure to pack an esky with plenty of cool water and cool bananas as the tour will be happening in a dehydrating climate!

MXLT organiser Gavin VK4ZZ, with help from stage surveyors, is currently
plotting a way around the City of Townsville.

The tour should end by 10pm at a secret destination.

New product for antenna testing



SOTABEAMS has released details of latest addition to their antenna testing system, the WSPRlite Flexi, today.

Building on the success of the WSPRlite Classic, the Flexi increases coverage from 6 metres through to 630 metres.


The Flexi also incorporates a number of new facilities including a unique interference avoidance algorithm to help it avoid interference from other WSPR users. When combined with the DXplorer.net website, WSPRlite provides a unique way to look at antenna performance and to see how propagation varies in real-time.

Details at:

(As seen on Southgate ARC)