Upcoming ARDF Events

Happy longest day of the year and start of the Summer!
Important dates coming up for the ARDF (please check website for more details www.ardf.ca):
Jun-23 -> ARDF 80m demo at  SARC Field Day 
Jul-7 -> Practice ARDF foxhunt 80m
Aug -> Visit and ARDF fox-hunt in Victoria (TBD)
   Our annual traditional event with friends from Victoria. Last years event was sprint ARDF with 12 transmitters hidden and on 12sec transmitting cycle, hence as sprint name.
Sept -> Abbotsford ARDF fox-hunt (TBD)
   We would like to have another event in this area to popularize the sport.
Should you have any questions, ideas, suggestions, etc, please contact us.
Many 73s

Field Day CW and SSB Exchange


Field Day exchanges are not difficult if you follow the cheat sheet


  • VE3YRA“CQ Field Day, Victor Echo 3 Yankee Radio Alpha, Field Day”
  • W1AW“Whiskey One Alpha Whiskey”
  • VE3YRA“W1AW, Copy my Thirteen Alpha, Golf Tango Alpha”
  • W1AW“QSL. Copy my Five Alpha, Connecticut”
  • VE3YRA“QSL, Thanks. This is VE3YRA. Field Day.”


  • W1AW“W1AW”
  • W1AW“QSL 5A 5A CT CT”

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Another Antenna for the Field Operations – The Windom or the Off Center Fed Dipole


This is another antenna variation of the dipole probably created by Mr. Windom back in the 1930s (someone please fact check this).

It needs a 4:1 or 6:1 balun. I used a Palomar version that seems to work as it should.

I had a line winder 3D printed and some #26 silky wire and 30 mins on the workbench and bingo an antenna is born.

I tried it out in the field using a tree to hoist it up as an inverted V configuration (duct tape at the 65 foot mark allowed me tie the paracord to it but a zip tie could work as well) as well as a dipole set up.

I don’t think i noticed any difference in performance either configuration.

I may add a ring loop at the center point allowing either configuration and letting the surroundings denote the set up.

From a stability point of…

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Online petition about radio interference and Jamming IS ham radio – Get used to it and move on


Extreme measures are needed when “bad Hams behave badly” and the Quebec hams are moving forward to resolve a jamming problem in their area.


We have this problem in the GTA area where many repeaters shut down due to nefarious activity, harassment and jamming efforts by a gang of radio hoodlums. This has spilled over onto the world of anonymous blogging and hate mail campaigns.

I don’t really care anymore about all of this as there are many other repeaters to use…

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Canadian Hams Operating In Europe


As I plan a trip to Europe, I naturally plan to operate in European countries. The good news is that we have reciprocal licensing arrangements

CEPT License
Member Nations of the European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications Administrations (CEPT) all share the same amateur radio reciprocal licensing requirements. Canadian Amateurs are permitted to operate from most European countries without the requirement of obtaining additional licensees or permits.

The following countries outside of Europe also participate in CEPT:

Netherlands Antilles
New Zealand
South Africa
The United States
US and Canadian citizens visiting a CEPT Country
The United States and Canada currently accept CEPT licenses within areas controlled by the US Federal Communications Commission or Industry Canada respectively.

CEPT member countries accept the Canadian Advanced Class License ONLY

Canadian licensed stations are required to provide upon request:

A Canadian passport, Copy of the licensee’s CEPT permit; and A valid…

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SharkRF openSPOT” – Block Diagram


The “hot spot” is becoming mainstream in Ham Radio (a virtual repeater on the Internet). When this virtual repeater is accessed, the assigned reflector relays the transmissions to the access station, so you can listen to the communication of all the stations participating in the reflector, you can also call and communicate. The recent popularity of reflectors can not be overlooked by the fact that amateur stations in the world that can connect to the Internet can communicate with each other where in the past a repeater was needed.

With many digital repeaters shut down in the GTA, many hams have reached into their wallets for new gadgets to make QSOs with. The bonus is the Hot Spot is also perfect for travel. Make contacts on your favorite digital mode while on the beach in Bahamas. Many hams are gettinga MD-380 DMR handheld and a hotspot and now can access the world…

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SFO Marconi Shrine and the PackTenna Mini Antenna


I just had to make some QSO with my FT-817 and pocket friendly PackTenna Mini Antenna configured for 20m EFHW.

I spent an hour trying to find the shrine and its at the bottom of the hill not at the top. BTW the top has wonderful views of Alcatraz and a cool automated bathroom.

I was able to toss my water bottle into the trees to get some elevation and garner 2 5×5 contacts into Colorado and San Diego. I was only running 2.5 watts with the internal battery pack but as they said “your kind of light but the audio is clear and hear you” and “you are qrp at the Marconi shrine? are you in San Francisco?’

I gotta tell ya’ll that antenna needs no tuner and is ideal as a carry along for the FT-817 and Elecraft KX radios. I just need to find a hard sided…

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SOTA Activation #2 VE3/SO-099


I had planned this activation for some time as #2 based on the fact its 1 hour north of Toronto. I had a death in the family, a rained out date, work commitments and then we had a scheduled ARES Exercise and thought that there would be an ability to possibly also get some 2m contacts in the logbook.

It seems that many hams do not monitor any 2m simplex channels so being able to make contacts and test out 2m coverage would be a bonus. I was trying to make contacts on the designated 2m Simplex channel for the ARES exercise and no luck was had.

The forecast showed the possibility of thunderstorm activity so with the chance of lightning on a high point exposed with high towers in the air could prove to be risky so I made plans to operate for about an hour.

The VE3 database…

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