SWL Jamming in the Cold War Era

Many of us hams of the old school started out as s.w.l.s in our youth. The international broadcast bands at the time were occupied by stations shoulder to shoulder. One of the details we encountered was jamming. We could often hear in North America that broadcasts from the B.B.C., V.O.A., Radio Liberty and many others were being jammed. Continue reading

Radio Caroline ham radio station

(Editors note:  This brings back a lot of memories of growing up in the ’60’s for me even here in Canada.)

The Essex-based Martello Tower Group will be operating special event station GB5RC from the MV Ross Revenge, home of Radio Caroline, to commemorate five decades of offshore radio broadcasting

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Amateur Radio & Distracted Driving In BC

(Editors note:  Received this email from Lou VE7CGE today regarding BC and the distracted driving.  Please read it and take notice.  If you wish to leave a comment please do, but keep it in good taste and no finger pointing please.)

I am attaching an e-mail that I received today from my good friend Fred Houghton VE7FFK regarding distracted Driving by Radio Amateurs. I have added some of my own comments as well as the very special article on this subject by Bill Gipps VE7XS our Pacific region RAC Director. Continue reading

VA7RSI is up and running.

Hi Everyone;

VA7RSI is up and running—We seemed to have resolved the audio issue and the duplexer is as good as we can tune it with Al’s TinyVNA. I think at some point I’ll have to contact one of two Hams that have more accurate test gear to make sure we’re getting optimum isolation with minimal signal loss at our two frequencies, but for now I think it’s working. The location is not ideal—my place—but after I am convinced all the settings are good and it’s reliable we’ll move it to another home—which has yet to be determined. I will move the antenna higher when I can too.
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