New FT-818 Yaesu is not really a New QRP rig its the same rig with a new Battery

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Yaesu has released their new update to the FT-817 after over 20 years and it’s a boring update and may not be a big success as hoped to be.

VERY DISAPPOINTING YAESU AND YOU ARE LETTING THE CHINESE EAT YOUR BOWL OF RAMEN NOODLES. 

Martin Lynch and Sons the largest UK stockist for Yaesu is accepting deposits for this $600 British pounds sterling ($1100 CAD)

The new FT-818 incorporates all the many basic and attractive features of the ever-popular FT-817ND while providing upgrades desired by many existing owners.

The FT-818 provides 6W of solid output power with external DC power source. The supplied Ni-MH battery pack (SBR-32MH) has been upgraded to now provide larger battery capacity – 9.6v/1900mAh. The FT-818 includes the build in TCXO-9 oscillator that gives the FT-818 fantastic frequency stability (+/-0.5ppm). 5Mhz band (WRC-15 frequency is also available on the new FT-818.

The FT-818 includes all the…

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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