“It’s not real Ham Radio!” by Chris G7DDN

(This a a bit of a long read, but it opens up a lot of questions where this hobby is going these days.  Comments are open on this – what’s your opinion?)

A Pioneering Background

I was musing recently on the wonderful history of Amateur Radio, from the early pioneers with spark transmitters and the race to get the first signals across the Atlantic, up to the Microwave enthusiasts who developed the way forward for space communications and satellite technology (and, whisper this, mobile phone technology!) Continue reading


Color the bands green


Radio amateurs around the world will celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day on the air during the St Patrick Award activity. The St Patrick Award activity will get under way at 1200 UTC on March 16 and continue until 1200 UTC on March 18. (St Patrick’s Day is March 17.) Continue reading

WSJT-X Version 1.9.0

The WSJT Development Group is pleased to announce a Release Candidate of WSJT-X Version 1.9.0. This is a second beta release, so it’s called v1.9.0-rc2. A first candidate release, v1.9.0-rc1, has already been tested in the field by a small test group. A General Availability (GA) release of v1.9.0 will be announced at a suitable time in the near future. After that time you should no longer use any -rc# candidate. Continue reading


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


BC clubs: Log deadline for BCQP 2018 is March 5, 2018


This is a general reminder to clubs in BC about the log submission deadline for BCQP 2018. The deadline is March 5, 2018.

If anyone in your club participated in BCQP 2018 and intended to but has not yet submitted a log, please encourage him/her to send it in before March 5. Continue reading


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


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.


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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More than a hobby

The Squamish Chief interviews Gursimran Gill VA7GUR and Tom Gilchrist VE7NG about amateur radio and its wide-reaching applications Continue reading


SteppIR Urban Beam

This is a small beam perfect for the suburban or downtown home owner looking for some gain on 20m to 6m (30m/40m it is like a dipole). The 4 foot boom with a 16 foot turning radius will fit perfectly in a townhouse 17 foot lot. Typical of a 2 element yagi the gain is […]

via SteppIR Urban Beam — ve3ips


Yuma Hamfest

Fellow Coastal Ham Radio member VE7HRA files his review of the Yuma Hamfest.

The Yuma Hamfest is over…. no big prizes this year.  there was $25000, yes $25000 worth of door prizes this year!! Wow they sold out of tickets, too. Beverly and I won some small hourly door prizes, though. Continue reading


Numbers stations: The ‘spy radio’ that anyone can hear

BBC News report that for decades, people around the globe have been able to listen in to mysterious spy broadcasts from all over the world with just a radio. Continue reading