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

KH1/KH7Z Baker Island DXpedition news

* Topband advice by George, AA7JV
Hello TopBanders –The KH1/KH7Z will be active on 160m from Baker Island from June 27 to July 6 (note that dates are tentative and may change — please visit http://baker2018.net/ for updates).

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BCQP 2018 Results — please tell club members


Everyone who submitted a log electronically in BCQP 2018 will be receiving a similar email with links to results information. But I want to let clubs know, too, so that individuals who didn’t send in a log have access to this year’s results for future reference.
Please feel free to forward this email to members of the club and/or mention at your next meeting.
The BCQP homepage is http://orcadxcc.org/bcqp.html and all info can be accessed from there. Or use the links below for specific content.
2018 Report
BCQP is the only regular on-air event that puts BC in the spotlight. I can’t say this strongly or often enough. And the support and encouragement offered through local clubs is so important. Thank you for keeping the BCQP profile high. But let’s build on the momentum and build the profile even higher for 2019.
Rebecca VA7BEC
BCQP Contest Coordinator

Could a new Entry Level Licence boost VHF/UHF activity?

Found this interesting article on Southgate ARC.  Although the story is relating mainly to the UK and parts of Europe I wonder if this could happen here?  Is it happening here already?  The other big question if it’s happening here does anybody  care?  The article points out how repeaters are under used.  Well we have seen that happen here also.  I’ve left the comment section open what do you think?
Activity on the 144 MHz and higher bands is at its lowest for decades at a time when commercial interests are prepared to pay £1 million per MHz annually for spectrum Continue reading

The VE3HLS Grand Finale Rove! Satellite grids to be activated

Ken, VE3HLS, reports, ‘Get out your highlighter and circle June 15th, 16th and 17th on your calendars!
You don’t want to miss ‘The VE3HLS Grand Finale Rove!
This will be my final significant rove before I retire from satellite ops and get down to planning the next chapter of my life as I prepare to retire in Thailand.

I will follow the St. Lawrence Seaway down from Lake Ontario to the Gulf of St. Lawrence, activating FN14, FN15, FN24/25, FN35/36, FN46/47, FN57/58 and FN59/69 along the way down and back.

As always, the inspiration for the rove is a result of a few of you posting your grids QSLed maps to Twitter. I read them and base future roves on the gaps I see in your maps.
I’ll work out a basic schedule over the next week or two and post it on the AMSAT-BB and on Twitter.”


FT8 Activity Bumping Up at Some Expense to Other Modes

05/17/2018 from the ARRL

Despite largely dismal HF conditions, there is no doubt that the recent FT8 digital protocol has made hams more enthusiastic about getting on the air. The mode has caught on so quickly that co-developer Joe Taylor expressed surprise last fall at the rapid uptake of FT8 for making contacts on HF bands. Judging by Logbook of The World (LoTW) data, more than 2.3 million FT8 contacts were uploaded in 1 month — a net gain of 1.2 million contacts on all modes over the same month last year, ARRL Radiosport Manager Norm Fusaro, W3IZ, said. Over the same period, activity in some of the other modes has declined. Continue reading