Why Not Try Another Band?

Fired up the rig today (Saturday) and saw quite a few on the waterfall on 20m. Made a few contacts but couldn’t help to think I was being lost by other stations over top of me. I’m use to this especially on a Saturday when their seems to an upswing Of hams on. Continue reading

Eureka Weather Station activation

Operators Alexey VE1RUS and Pierre VE3KTB will once again activate the Eureka Weather Station and Eureka Amateur Radio Club (probably the most northerly located amateur radio club in the world) from Eureka, Nunavut (NA-008), as VY0ERC sometime between February 4th and April 1st. Continue reading

More Info On Winter Field Day


​For immediate release:


Winter Field Day is presented by the Winter Field Day Association (WFDA), “a dedicated group of Amateur Radio operators who believe that emergency communications in a winter environment is just as important as the preparations and practice that is done each summer but with some additional unique operational concerns.” Continue reading

PackTenna Mini 1:1 Balun – Arctic Field Test — ve3ips

I have just gotten the new PackTenna 1:1 balun shipped from San Jose and wanted to test it out in cold weather conditions. Please see the link below for operation in frigid arctic weather. The balun performed very well as expected due to the low loss design and effective choice of an appropriate balun ferrite […]

via PackTenna Mini 1:1 Balun – Arctic Field Test — ve3ips

WSPR beacon on the way to the Antarctic


The DARC report the hardware for the planned WSPR amateur radio beacons are now on their way to the Neumayer III base in Antarct

This is a joint project of the Technical University of Munich, University of Bremen and the DARC e.V.

The installation consists of a beacon transmitter for the 160m to 6m bands with a power output of 5 watts and a WSPR multi-band receiver based on a Red Pitaya, which simultaneously monitors all bands from 160m to 15m and can deliver up to 700 WSPR receive reports to the web every hour.

The commissioning of the system at the German research station “Neumayer III” is planned for January 2018.

Source http://darc.de/

Is this where amateur Radio is going?

For many years now besides myself lots of other amateurs have been asking where is the hobby going and how do we attract younger people into the fold. For me, and I’m and old timer in the hobby, the thrill of the hobby has always been “how and where am I getting out to.” For others it’s been getting to know people in different places on voice or cw, and still others have their various reasons why the hobby attracts them. Continue reading

40 Meter Vertical Array ~ 40 Meter 1/2 wave Dipole – Top Band Chordal Hopper

The N6BT DXU-32 … I have had two occasions where I was able to test my fantastic 40M phased vertical array against other antennas. I say fantastic only because when you compare the height requirements and maintenance requirements, the phased array has tremendous bang for the buck. The DXE DV-40-P … First I compared it […]

via 40M Phased Vertical Array ~ 40M Half Wave Dipole — Top Band Chordal Hopper