For The Builders Out There

Fellow Coastal Ham Radio member VE7KWK passes along a link for those of us who like to get out the soldering iron and create a new toy to play with.

https://coastalhamradio.wordpress.com/interesting-links/

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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

Why Not Try Another Band?

Fired up the rig today (Saturday) and saw quite a few on the waterfall on 20m. Made a few contacts but couldn’t help to think I was being lost by other stations over top of me. I’m use to this especially on a Saturday when their seems to an upswing Of hams on. Continue reading

Is this where amateur Radio is going?

For many years now besides myself lots of other amateurs have been asking where is the hobby going and how do we attract younger people into the fold. For me, and I’m and old timer in the hobby, the thrill of the hobby has always been “how and where am I getting out to.” For others it’s been getting to know people in different places on voice or cw, and still others have their various reasons why the hobby attracts them. Continue reading

LOTW Now Accepting FT8

LOTW has issued a new ADIF file and included in it is the new FT8 mode along with a few others. I used TQSL yesterday and uploaded all my FT8 contacts with success. Your good to go if you have been saving them for LOTW to get up to speed. eQSL and QRZ.com have been accepting for awhile now.

Gord – VE7FKY

VE7QCS and Whisper Mode

Fellow DX’ers, I thought you might be interested in this.

I’ve been running multiband WSPR for the last few days and notice that the best DX consistently opens between 2-4 am local time on 40m. Below are the spots for my station over 10,000km ranked by greatest distance. All but one of them are on 40m and in this time range. Continue reading

Ham Trip To The South

(Editors note:  fellow CHR member VE7HRA once again is on his annual adventure to the south and his visits to the hamfests.  He files the following report)

 

Oh what to do to get out of the cold BC winter?
Well let’s just head south and see what we can do that is ham related.
Ah, Quartzfest, the third week of January. Let’s dry camp in the middle of the Arizonia desert for a week. 6 miles south of Quartzsite Az. Pull of Highway 95 follow the signs and look for all of the RV’s with strange antennas sticking up. A week camping with lots of like minded folks. Seminars, demo’s, campfires, hobo stew, cast iron cooking, a hootenanny, meeting old friends and a Saturday early morning swapmeet. What could be better. Continue reading