Happy Canada Day

All Coastal Ham Radio members wish both members and non members alike a fantastic and safe Long Weekend.  For those DX’ers outside the country try to make a contact with VE/VA and remember the RAC Canada Day contest starts at 0:00 UTC July 1.

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Radio Caroline ham radio station

(Editors note:  This brings back a lot of memories of growing up in the ’60’s for me even here in Canada.)

The Essex-based Martello Tower Group will be operating special event station GB5RC from the MV Ross Revenge, home of Radio Caroline, to commemorate five decades of offshore radio broadcasting

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Canada 150: Special Event Prefixes for Canada’s Sesquicentennial

At the Dayton Hamvention, Radio Amateurs of Canada announced that it has secured permission for all Canadian Radio Amateurs to use special call sign prefixes to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Canada’s Confederation.

National, regional and local events will take place throughout 2017 to celebrate the anniversary and Canadian Amateurs will let their counterparts around the world know of our celebration by using the following special prefixes:

Amateurs and clubs whose regular call signs start with VA will be able to use the CF prefix instead of VA (for example, VA3RAC will be authorized to use the CF3RAC call sign).
Amateurs and clubs whose regular call signs start with VE will be able to use the CG prefix instead of VE (e.g., VE4RAC will be authorized to use CG4RAC).
Amateurs and clubs whose regular call signs start with VO will be able to use the CH prefix instead of VO (e.g., VO1RAC will be authorized to use CH1RAC).
Amateurs and clubs whose regular call signs start with VY will be able to use the CI prefix instead of VY (e.g., VY2RAC will be authorized to use CI2RAC).
These special prefixes are optional and Amateurs can choose if and when to use the special prefix vs their normal prefix at any time during the year. Stay tuned to the RAC website for additional information

For more information on Canada150 visit http://canada.pch.gc.ca/eng/1342792785740.

Ham Radio operators convert to digital television

TV Technology reports some radio amateurs are now on-the-air using high definition digital TV

Ham TV has evolved right along with the rest of the industry, moving from mechanical scanning to all-electronic operation, then color, and eventually to digital video and most recently, high-definition imaging.

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All The Way Back To The Roots

Fellow Member John VE7AOV Files The Following Story

“Aircraft flutter” may soon be harnessed to a practical purpose. The B.B.C. reports that investigations are being made in the U.K. of employing commercial television and other broadcasting services to track aircraft. A reticulation of receivers, feeding information to a central facility, would furnish data for a computationally intense determination of aircraft location based on that receiver data.

As many readers will understand, Watson-Watt pioneered lighting tracking and, based on that work, went on to demonstrate that, theoretically, the emissions of a short wave transmitter could be used to detect the passage of an aircraft. A technically modest but now world famous field demonstration at Daventry followed. That work led on to the Chain Home radar system and its derivatives.

Read the B.B.C. item at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-33063353

John Nightingale
at radio station VE7AOV