Throw Back Thursday

This is taken from the CARF (now known as RAC) Repeater Directory from 1990.  You will notice tones were not in use back then.

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The following link will give the full Canadian Listings.

https://ve3ips.files.wordpress.com/2018/03/carf-1990-repeater-directory1.pdf

My thanks to VE3IPS for supplying the information.

 

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I’m glad to see they were having fun with FT8 but…..

With Club log reporting that more then 1/2 of today’s contacts are made by FT8 (Feb 2018) I’m wondering how many out there understand this is a low power mode. As you can see by Randy’s latest video they don’t seem to follow the steps below, but their having fun and maybe that’s what it’s all about. Maybe I’m missing something, should you really crank it to 100 watts to make a contact?? Continue reading

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

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

LOTW Now Accepting FT8

LOTW has issued a new ADIF file and included in it is the new FT8 mode along with a few others. I used TQSL yesterday and uploaded all my FT8 contacts with success. Your good to go if you have been saving them for LOTW to get up to speed. eQSL and QRZ.com have been accepting for awhile now.

Gord – VE7FKY

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.

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