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IC-9700 Review

IC-9700 Review Here's a good review of the 9700 that's both pretty short and pretty thorough. What I like about this review is that it also tells you what the radio can't do. For example: * “Full duplex but cannot do crossband repeat” [3:47]…
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New Antenna Uses Saltwater and Plastic to Steer Radio Beams

New Antenna Uses Saltwater and Plastic to Steer Radio Beams Here's a really interesting article about using plastic tubes that can be filled and emptied of salt water to create a directional antenna. My reading of this is that they essentially create a 3 element yagi by filling the centre tube as the driven element and two other tubes as the reflector an…
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Communications for 2020 Trail Race Series

Communications for 2020 Trail Race Series After having provided communications for the Puddle Jumper race in 2019, Team Wolverine Athletics has approached us to help with the 2020 Sunshine Coast Trail Series. This should be a lot of fun! Stay tuned for more details...…
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Secret Antenna Tips

Secret Antenna Tips…
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Monitoring Winlink Traffic

Monitoring Winlink Traffic To over simplify things a bit, there's a debate right now about Winlink with respect to our inability to monitor traffic between other parties. When someone sends you a message over the air, you receive it in your inbox, but other hams watching the exchange will only be able to see the callsigns involved, the subject line, and a …
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For New Members

For New Members I just created an intro page for New Members. Have a look and feel free to edit/add anything that you think might help anyone joining our club.…
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VE7SCK Update

VE7SCK Update The VE7SCK 440 repeater information has been updated with the BC Amateur Radio Coordination Council and will show next time they update their site. I've also updated the tone to 100.0 Hz on the repeater itself so you'll need to change your radios accordingly: VE7SCK442.650…
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US Air Force Gets Flex HF Radios

US Air Force Gets Flex HF Radios It is sort of the American dream: start a company in your garage and have it get crazy big. After all, Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, and even Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard did it. Seems hard to do these days, though. However, one ham radio company that has been pushing the edge of software defined radio appears to be well on the w…
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New Logo?

New Logo? Our current logo presents a few challenges: * It's wider than it is high (21:16), which makes it a bit awkward for some web applications since it doesn't fit well in a square. * It has some very fine details (the tower, the ice cap, the water in the valleys) that don't scale down well.…
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Icom IC-705 Announced

Icom IC-705 Announced IC-705 has just been unveiled by Icom at the Tokyo Ham Fair. This is a portable HF/VHF/UHF transceiver featuring SDR technology, internal battery, GPS, Bluetooth and D-STAR. Output power is 10W on external 13.8V supply or 5W on internal battery.…
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What's New on the Website

What's New on the Website This is a running post that we can bump back up to the top whenever we make significant changes or add sections to the website. How-To * NEW: APRS on Windows computer with signalink. * Winlink P2P messaging. * handling pdfs on the website. Emergency Page…
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Potential Field Day Sites

Potential Field Day Sites Porpoise Bay The Park at Porpoise Bay has two covered areas and plenty of trees to hang antennas. One of them is even halfway between two good trees over 20m away on each side (enough room for an 80m dipole!): View from the road looking toward the water.…
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W7LI Repeater

W7LI Repeater Around 19:00 tonight (Thursday), I managed to hear a Net on W7LI. This repeater is about 450 km south of the Coast and 100 km south-west of Portland. It's over 3000 feet above sea level and transmits at 100W on the same frequency and tone as our repeater. It also IDs on voice.…
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VECTOR President Interviewed on CBC

VECTOR President Interviewed on CBC On July 11, 2019, VECTOR president Mike Watkins spoke with Stephen Quinn on The Early Edition.…
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RC Fire Hall

RC Fire Hall Today, VE7XNC and VE7HZF relocated the club's antenna from the North East corner of the fire hall to the South East corner. With Chief Pat's permission, we ran the coax just above the fire station's communication closet, where the repeater will be installed.…
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Ham Locked Baofeng Radios

Ham Locked Baofeng Radios Fleetwood in Surrey is selling Baofeng radios that can only transmit on ham bands and are FCC approved. These would make excellent prizes for new hams. Ready for pre order! Hi folks. I was just notified via email that the “Ham Locked”…
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Winlink P2P

Winlink P2P I've finally managed to send P2P messages back and forth between my station,VE7HZF, and the SCRD EOC station VE7SCE using Winlink Express. If others want to experiment with this, I'll leave my station on and tuned to 144.970 MHz. If enough people are interested, I'll acknowledge receipt of the messages I get on the Tuesday evening net.…
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Simplex Test on Largo Rd

Simplex Test on Largo Rd For the net tonight, VE7HZF drove to the “top” of Largo road just past where the Puddle Jumper's Aid Station 1 was (49.4296,-123.5586). The elevation was 680m above sea level and the car was positioned slightly to the west side of the “…
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VE7BNV Up and Running on Bowen

VE7BNV Up and Running on Bowen VE7LTD has installed a new repeater on Bowen Island: * Callsign: VE7BNV * Frequency: 146.720 MHz * Offset: -0.600 MHz * Tone: 100.0 Hz UPDATE July 26 2019 VE7LTD setup a link this morning on VE7BNV to VE7NSR (443.200+) in North Van. They will eventually link it to VA7ICS (147.200+ T225.7Hz) on Fromme. The linking r…
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Lots To Do

Lots To Do I'm bumping this post back to the top before or monthly meeting this Saturday... Our last monthly meeting was packed with actionable items and many of us have some homework to do before the next meeting. One item that the executive discussed at the end of the meeting was to migrate the meeting minutes over to this website. This is done and m…
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Podcast of Canadian Ham Radio Exam Questions

Podcast of Canadian Ham Radio Exam Questions I just found these two links and also added them to our links page: * Podcast of the Basic Question bank: Just the questions and correct answers. * Podcast of the Advanced Question bank: Just questions and correct answers. The audio files can be downloaded directly from these sites, or copy and paste the …
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BC Distracted Driving Law

BC Distracted Driving Law Here's the latest (November 2017) [ document] regarding distracted driving law in BC, which includes the use of ham radio. I think I'll print a copy and keep it in the car in case I ever get pulled over for using my radio.…
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Farewell to Ron Kaiser - VA7GRK

Farewell to Ron Kaiser - VA7GRK Ron Kaiser, VA7GRK, is leaving the Coast and moving to Ottawa to be closer to family. Ron has been an integral part of our club over the years. He has filled the roles of club Treasurer and Net Controller. Ron will be greatly missed by the club.…
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Sold IC-A6

Sold IC-A6 One of the radios that was donated to the club from Jim Wilkinson was a IC-A6 VHF Air Band Hand Held Transceiver. I kept this radio with me and listed it on Craigslist to sell it on behalf of the club. I'm happy to report that someone local just picked it up tonight for the asking price of…
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Field Day 2019 Newspaper Coverage

Field Day 2019 Newspaper Coverage <https://www.coastreporter.net/community/columnists/elphinstone-ham-radio-club-holds-annual-field-day-1.23882521>…
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Suppression of a Local Noise Source Using a RSPduo

Suppression of a Local Noise Source Using a RSPduo This is so cool! Every time I see something like this, I dream of a perpendicular, bi-directional beverage antenna system.…
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California Earthquakes and Propagation

California Earthquakes and Propagation Interesting look at the California earthquakes and propagation: <http://www.arrl.org/news/view/report-california-earthquakes-disrupted-hf-propagation-on-west-coast>…
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BCARCC AGM in TCA

BCARCC AGM in TCA The Canadian Amateur has a write up of what took place at the BCARCC AGM on May 26th:…
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Ham Radio a Hobby or Utility?

Ham Radio a Hobby or Utility? An article about the debate that is happening in the US about encryption and proprietary protocols in amateur radio. <https://spectrum.ieee.org/tech-talk/telecom/wireless/is-ham-radio-a-hobby-a-utilityor-both-a-battle-over-spectrum-heats-up>…
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Field Day 2019 Preliminary Results

Field Day 2019 Preliminary Results Entry received at: 2019-07-07 21:24:15 UTC Submitted by: Robert Beaupre, VE7RBE Call Used: VE7SCA GOTA Station Call: (NONE) ARRL/RAC Section: BC Class: 1A Participants: 6 Club/Group Name: A Power Source(s): Battery, Solar…
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Island Trunk System - Newastle Ridge Building Replacement Appeal

Island Trunk System - Newastle Ridge Building Replacement Appeal I just received an email from Chris Anton VE7TOP (Director of the North Island ARS) regarding one of the crucial nodes to the Island Trunk System that needs a lot of work. See his email here:…
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2m Band Endangered?

2m Band Endangered? * Robert posted this on June 13: from f4fxl.org * Robert posted an update on June 30: from ARRL * Robert posted an update on July 3: from mailman.pelitr.com * Patrick posted an update on July 5: from RAC…
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First ever transatlantic 2m contact

First ever transatlantic 2m contact <https://hackaday.com/2019/06/22/a-two-metre-bridge-across-the-atlantic-for-the-first-time/>…
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Field Day 2019

Field Day 2019 On Saturday June 22nd, the group met at Tim Horton's at 09:30. We had our coffee and chatted. VE7YEE and VA7GRK were at coffee but were unable to participate in Field Day. VE7RG, VE7TBP, VE7XNC, VA7SMI, and VE7RBE headed to Maryanne West Park at 10:00. VA7ILO met the rest of the group at the park. This was our second field day at this pa…
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Club Media Coverage

Club Media Coverage <https://www.coastreporter.net/community/features/radio-relay-league-field-day-set-for-june-22-1.23863377> " Very nice article Robert! --- Patrick, VE7HZF 2019/06/22 08:13"…
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Arthur (Jim) Wilkinson - VE7CGP

Arthur (Jim) Wilkinson - VE7CGP It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Arthur (Jim) Wilkinson of Sechelt, BC. He passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 19, 2019 at Sechelt Hospital. He is survived by his daughter Jackie (Steve) Day; granddaughter Summer (Richie) Day- Luoma; and his best friend and fi shing partner, Hugh (Sandi) Monroe.…
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ARRL Field Day 2019

ARRL Field Day 2019 On Saturday June 22nd, the club will be participating in ARRL Field Day. Field Day is ham radio's open house. Every June, more than 40,000 hams throughout North America set up temporary transmitting stations in public places to demonstrate ham radio's science, skill and service to our communities and our nation. It combines public serv…
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2019 Puddle Jumper Classic

2019 Puddle Jumper Classic On Saturday June 8th, eight club members and three hams from the community spent the day providing communications for the 25k and 50k Puddle Jumper Classic trail runs. The club prepared extensively for the event with multiple site visits, meetings, and online information sharing.…
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Open Source Electronics Lab for $30/USD

Open Source Electronics Lab for $30/USD <https://github.com/EspoTek/Labrador>…
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IRLP Maintenance

IRLP Maintenance IRLP will be down for maintenance until further notice. VE7RBE…
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The BC Forest Service Radiocommunication Field Handbook

The BC Forest Service Radiocommunication Field Handbook I was looking around for BC Forest Fire Frequencies and found this list on radioreference.com with no explanation of what's being used where. Then I found the BC Provincial Natural Resource Sector Radio System page, which links to the [Radio Communication Field Handbook], a 56-page pdf that includes p…
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Report from the BCARCC AGM

Report from the BCARCC AGM On Sunday May 26th, the British Columbia Amateur Rado Coordination Council (BCARCC) held its annual AGM. The club sent VE7RG and VE7RBE as delegates. BCARCC was generous as they sent VE7QC to pick VE7RG and VE7RBE up at the Horseshoe bay ferry terminal.…
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RemoteQTH: Open Parts for Ham Radio Stations

RemoteQTH: Open Parts for Ham Radio Stations I just discovered <https://remoteqth.com> from a link I followed about their 8-direction, 4-square, phased-vertical array. The most interesting part of their site is that all their gear is free/open source hardware: the documentation is on a wiki and the designs are posted in various CAD file formats.…
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Radio interference from Solar Panels

Radio interference from Solar Panels Not a lot of details from this QRZnow article but it seems to me the issue would be with the inverters more than with the panels themselves.…
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A Walk Through of Hamvention 2019

A Walk Through of Hamvention 2019 For your viewing pleasure: <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aYz5yo3hnoU>…
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2019 AGM

2019 AGM This past Saturday, the club held its annual AGM. In attendance were: VA7LEH, VE7YEE, VE7DNK, VE7TBP, VE7RG, VA7AGG, VA7SMI, VE7HZF, VA7ILO, and VE7RBE. VA7GRK passed along some equipment to the club and prior to the meeting members looked it over and took things they needed. The rest will be stored at VE7RBE's QTH.…
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Thank you Jim VE7CGP

Thank you Jim VE7CGP On Saturday, I went to Jim's place in Sechelt to collect the donation he made to the club. Most of the equipment consisted of old CB radios, power supplies, SWR meters, speakers, and mobile antennas. But there were also two Marine Mobile radios and one newer Air Band Hand Held. After spending most of the day Sunday and a few more h…
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Building a Dummy Load

Building a Dummy Load If you need a dummy load, here is a good article on building one out of a pile of resistors. Hackaday article: <https://hackaday.com/2019/05/17/the-50-ham-dummy-loads-part-2/>…
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New SDRuno release will implement receiver diversity

New SDRuno release will implement receiver diversity "“This weekend at Hamvention (Dayton, Ohio) Andy, Mike and Steve from SDRplay will be showing an early version of Diversity reception running in SDRuno with an RSPduo. The RSPduo gives users the ability to implement receiver diversity as it contains two independent tuners that are phase and time synchro…
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New Date for the AGM

New Date for the AGM After some discussion at the Saturday coffee meeting and due to some members unable to attend the proposed May 25 AGM, it was decided to hold the AGM on Saturday, May 18th instead. VE7DNK has confirmed the booking of the Watermark meeting room for that date.…
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Preparing for the Puddle Jumper Classic #2

Preparing for the Puddle Jumper Classic #2 This past Sunday, VE7HZF and VE7RBE went with Mike and Randi, the Puddle Jumper Classic race organizers, to the three race stations and the start/finish. We discussed: * precise locations of the race stations…
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Certificate Backorder

Certificate Backorder Update (May 7): I just got my new certificate so it looks like they're back on track. Apparently Industry Canada, I mean Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada is unable to print new certificates at the moment. I received this email from them on April 10th:…
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aprs.fi Server Upgrades, and Raw Packets UI Abuse

aprs.fi Server Upgrades, and Raw Packets UI Abuse Interesting article on the aprs.fi blog about some upcoming changes to the site.…
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Custard Antenna

Custard Antenna Custard Antenna…
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Preparing for the Puddle Jumper Classic

Preparing for the Puddle Jumper Classic The Sun Coast Amateur Radio Club Society is in the midst of preparing to do radio communications for the Puddle Jumper Classic race. The race is a 50/25km annual running race that takes place on the Sunshine Coast. This year, the race will be held on June 8th, 2019. The race starts at the beautiful…
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April Monthly Meeting

April Monthly Meeting The Club's April monthly meeting was held April 27th. In attendance were: VA7LEH, VE7YEE, VE7DNK, VE7RG, VE7TBP, VE7HZF, and VE7RBE. The discussion was wide-ranging and thoughtful. Highlights include: * keeping the Tuesday morning net at the same date and time…
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Amateur Radio in Space Pioneer Astronaut Owen Garriott, W5LFL, SK

Amateur Radio in Space Pioneer Astronaut Owen Garriott, W5LFL, SK The US astronaut who pioneered the use of Amateur Radio to make contacts from space — Owen K. Garriott, W5LFL — died April 15 at his home in Huntsville, Alabama…
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5G and Weather Forecasting

5G and Weather Forecasting 5G is likely to put weather forecasting at risk…
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Playing with Software Defined Radio

Playing with Software Defined Radio I wrote a blog article on using CubicSDR (Software Defined Radio) with my NVidia Jetson Nano. <https://smist08.wordpress.com/2019/04/16/playing-with-software-defined-radio/>…
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NPR (New Packet Radio)

NPR (New Packet Radio) " NPR (New Packet Radio) is a custom radio protocol, designed to transport bidirectional IP trafic over 430MHz radio links (ham radio). This protocol is optimized for “point to multipoint” topology, with the help of managed-TDMA. Bitrate is up to 500kbps (net, effective bitrate).…
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Hams try to re-carve the amateur radio spectrum in fight over open or encoded broadcasts

Hams try to re-carve the amateur radio spectrum in fight over open or encoded broadcasts Radio enthusiasts argue signals must travel in the open, for the sake of national security Would be nice for all if any digital formats on the Ham bands are open for all.…
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Highest SOTA Activation

Highest SOTA Activation History was made in February on an Argentinian summit. Tom Rudzinski, SQ9FVE, made Summits on the Air (SOTA) history on February 16 by activating Aconcagua in Mendoza, Argentina. At 6,962 metres (22,841 feet) above sea level, the mountain is the highest peak in both the Southern and Western hemispheres.…
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In New Zealand,Charged for Having a Baofeng Radio

In New Zealand,Charged for Having a Baofeng Radio From QRZ: "On 24 of August 2018 Mr Elvis Johnstone was stopped by Police in the Whangarei area. On search of Mr Johnstone’s car, police located a Baofeng UV-5R two way radio. When switched on the device was set to the same frequency as the Northland Police channel.…
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JS8Call v1.0 is here

JS8Call v1.0 is here Just received this email from Jordan, KN4CRD: " Hey Folks! This is not a test, this is not a joke, it's actually happening. The public release of JS8Call version 1.0 is here! You'll find all of the public releases (now and future version) of JS8Call downloadable from this page:…
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SCRD Antenna Upgrade Installation

SCRD Antenna Upgrade Installation The upgrade of the SCRD Emergency Operations Centre Radio Station is nearing completion with the installation of a new set of commercial grade antenna to replace the amateur GP3's and GP6. We selected Comprod Inc. wideband dual 144/440…
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ES’HAIL-2: Hams Get First Geosynchronous Repeater

ES’HAIL-2: Hams Get First Geosynchronous Repeater In the radio business, getting the high ground is key to covering as much territory from as few installations as possible. Anything that has a high profile, from a big municipal water tank to a roadside billboard to a remote hilltop, will likely be bristling with antennas, and different services compete for …
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iFixit Tools

iFixit Tools iFixit is a crowdsourced repository of instructions on how to fix various electronics. A few months ago, I bought their Pro Tech Toolkit and Magnetic Project Mat to fix my cellphone. And today, I used the kit again to change the speaker on my IC-T7A handheld radio. I was very happy to be able to use some of the plastic tools from the kit.…
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Integrating Google Assistant with IRLP

Integrating Google Assistant with IRLP https://hackaday.com/2019/01/05/google-assistant-now-available-on-ham-radio/…
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Individual causing malicious interference triggers parliament petition

Individual causing malicious interference triggers parliament petition This happened in Quebec. From QRZ.…
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ITU is strengthening e-comms

ITU is strengthening e-comms An interesting article about how the ITU is strengthening emergency telecommunications in the Americas using Winlink. Thanks Bob (VE7XNC) for sharing.…
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Es'hail-2

Es'hail-2 ES’HAIL-2: HAMS GET THEIR FIRST GEOSYNCHRONOUS REPEATER…
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THE $50 HAM

THE $50 HAM Here are a couple of blog posts from Hackaday on becoming a Ham for 50 dollars. * THE 50 DOLLAR HAM: GETTING YOUR TICKET PUNCHED * THE 50 DOLLAR HAM: ENTRY-LEVEL TRANSCEIVERS FOR TECHNICIANS…
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Surrey PREOC

Surrey PREOC Last Friday (March 8), Bob (VE7XNC), Jim (VA7JIR), Patrick (VE7HZF) and Sieg (VA7LEH) travelled to Surrey to visit our Provincial Regional Emergency Operations Centre (PREOC) located on Green Timbers Road. Their installation was very impressive: Outside:…
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Canada’s Amateur Radio Population Showing Continued Growth

Canada’s Amateur Radio Population Showing Continued Growth 03/12/2019 According to Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) President Glenn MacDonell, VE3XRA, Amateur Radio in Canada grew by 1,758 new licensees in 2018 — the largest number in the past 4 years. In his March editorial in RAC’s member journal The Canadian Amateur, MacDonell reported that the country’s h…
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Bitcoin Coders Send International Lightning Payment Over Ham Radio

Bitcoin Coders Send International Lightning Payment Over Ham Radio In what appears to be a first-of-its-kind transaction, two developers working in separate countries have successfully sent a bitcoin lightning payment over radio waves. Article from CoinDesk…
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March 7 2019 Club Update

March 7 2019 Club Update The past month has been a busy one for the club. The club launched a new website at scarcs.ca. The old website at ve7rxz.ca served us well for many years with VE7TBP keeping the site updated. VE7HZF has much experience with the Doku wiki system and felt that it would be a good avenue to bring more members into the editing process…
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Website Upgrade

Website Upgrade Welcome to the new SCARCS website! Big thanks to Robert for making sure that everything runs smoothly under the hood, and to Marc, for creating most of the initial content. Aside from looking different, the two big differences between the new and old sites are:…
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