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The International Space Station is transmitting SSTV pictures to radio amateurs around the world on 145.800 MHz FM
The Slow Scan Television image transmissions are expected to continue until 1800 GMT Sunday, July 23 and can be received on simple equipment such as a handheld radio or scanner with an outside antenna. Continue reading
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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The VHF/UHF DX Book was written in the early to mid-1990s by a team of experienced VHF/UHF DXers and equipment developers, in an effort to pass on our knowledge and stimulate further developments. Continue reading
Fellow CHR member VE7OR would like to pass along that the ARRL’s January VHF contest is fast approaching (January 21-23). Continue reading
I would like to thank all who took part in the exercise today. I was a little surprised on the coverage area where the checkins were coming from. Continue reading
Now that ShakeOut BC is over for another year you might be questioning your rubber duckie antenna and it’s performance. Here’s a real simple weekend project for a two meter antenna by Randy K7AGE. Continue reading
Shake out BC is tomorrow at 10:20. Between 10:30 and 10:45 please monitor 146.520 for any checkins from not only CHR members but any amateur who wishes to check in. If your not available to checkin during that time frame please checkin via one of the other methods sent out in the last newsletter.
Just a thought. With the storm that is heading our way tonight if your available tune a radio to 146.52 frequency and listen for any members who may need assistance.
Assuming I don’t loose power my antenna covers most of Metro Vancouver and some of the islands. If I loose power I will have my HT’s on but my footprint will be considerable smaller.
And isn’t this what amateur radio is all about, helping others in time of need.
Gord – VE7FKY
BARC Members and friends of the club.
Good News. As of yesterday August 27, 2016, The VE7RBY VHF repeater has been relocated to the RPT site on Mount Seymour. This is a temporary situation until we can raise enough money to replace the tower at SFU. Continue reading