Coastal Ham Radio Newsletter

Dealing with some email issues I’m having I’ve posted the November Newsletter online.

Gord VE7FKY

coastalhamradio.files.wordpress.com/2018/11/november-newsletter.pdf

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For The Builders Out There

Fellow Coastal Ham Radio member VE7KWK passes along a link for those of us who like to get out the soldering iron and create a new toy to play with.

https://coastalhamradio.wordpress.com/interesting-links/

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.

 

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