Quarter Century Amateur Radio Club

Box 473, Edmonton, AB, T5J 2K1 Email: mail@qcarc.net     QCARC Membership Form
Membership dues and donations support these QCARC owned repeaters:

         VE6QCR 146.640 Stony Plain--VE6BOX 146.730 Athabasca--VE6PP 146.820 Whitecourt--VE6SS 146.880 Pigeon Lake All have 100Hz tone and offsets are all -600 KHz 

Weekly Newsletter and Swap & Shop Listing 3/3/2021 by Paul, VE6UFO


NOTE- NEWSLETTER FORMAT CHANGE

NEW CONTENT APPEARS DIRECTLY BELOW AND ITEMS AFTER THE SWAP & SHOP LISTINGS ARE REPEATS. IF THIS NEWSLETTER IS NEW TO YOU PLEASE READ THE WHOLE THING.

Hello all,
March came in like a lamb and according to superstition you can brace yourself for nasty weather in about 4 weeks but statistically over the last 10 years it has only been correct 50% of the time. HF propagation has been terrible lately due to solar storms. Maybe it's a message to go outside and enjoy the nice weather instead of sitting in front of a radio or computer or TV.... I spent the afternoon today out in my shed organizing the vast collection of donated items that the club will sell when we can finally have flea markets again. This summer maybe? We can only hope!!

IF YOU HAVE ANY ITEMS OF INTEREST THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO ADD TO THIS WEEKLY NEWSLETTER, EMAIL mail@qcarc.net 73, Stay well and be safe. Have a good week!!
Paul VE6UFO, QCARC Secretary Treasurer and Net Manager



                                                                                                                    

UPCOMING VIRTUAL HAMFEST EVENT
THE QSO TODAY PODCAST GROUP IS PUTTING ON AN ONLINE HAMFEST MARCH 12-14.  ALL THE DETAILS AND EARLY REGISTRATION IS AT www.qsotodayhamexpo.com

Edmonton Area 5 day WX forecast:

Wednesday 3/3 sunny Low -6 High  6

Thursday 3/4 sunny Low 0 High 4 

Friday 3/5 sunny Low 0 High  10

Saturday 3/6 mix of sun and cloud Low -7 High  7

Sunday 3/7 mix of sun and cloud Low -8 High  3

MARCH BIRTHDAYS, ANNIVERSARIES, ETC.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            If you or an amateur you know is celebrating something let me know and I will list it here….
Happy Birthday this month to:
VE6UFO

HAM RADIO FUNNY OF THE WEEK
Definition - Db's Loss  --  Fortunately, lightning struck the tower and the wasps were totally destroyed.

DID YOU KNOW?    

Starlink is a satellite internet constellation being constructed by SpaceX, which is run by Leon Musk, maker of Tesla vehicles providing satellite Internet access.The constellation will consist of thousands of mass-produced small satellites in low Earth orbit, working in combination with ground transceivers. SpaceX plans to sell some of the satellites for military, scientific, or exploratory purposes. The SpaceX satellite development facility in Redmond, Washington houses the Starlink research, development, manufacturing, and orbit control. The cost of the decade-long project to design, build, and deploy the constellation was estimated by SpaceX in May 2018 to be at least US$10 billion.

Product development began in 2015. Two prototype test-flight satellites were launched in February 2018. Additional test satellites and 60 operational satellites were deployed in May 2019. As of September 2020, SpaceX was launching up to 60 satellites at a time, aiming to deploy 1,440 of the 570 lb spacecraft to provide near-global service by late 2021 or 2022. SpaceX started a private beta service in the Northern United States in August 2020 and a public beta in October 2020, service beginning at high latitudes between 44 and 52 North.

On 15 October 2019, the United States FCC submitted filings to the ITU on SpaceX's behalf to arrange spectrum for 30,000 additional Starlink satellites to supplement the 12,000 Starlink satellites already approved by the FCC During Beta, users can expect to see data speeds vary from 50Mb/s to 150Mb/s and latency from 20ms to 40ms in most locations over the next several months as they enhance the Starlink system.

TECH TIP
To make it easy to see what you are doing when trying to work with connections at the back of all the various pieces of gear on your operating desk, mount a mirror on the wall behind the equipment. I saw this years ago when visiting the station of Dave VE6KD. Great idea, Dave!!

Swap & Shop listings for this week: 

Mitch, VE6OH is looking for a good used 4X4 truck preferably diesel with trailer towing package and an RV around 25 ft. Contact Mitch at 780-446-8958 or email ve6oh@rac.ca

For sale by Egon, VE6EGN ve6egn@gmail.com a Yeasu FT-950 HF/6m rig in good shape with mic and power cord. Brochure: Yaesu FT-950-Brochure | RigReference.com Asking 900.00

Wanted by Blair, VE6AGH an RCAF WWII transmitter model AT-12. It's Air Force blue, about 18 inches high, 9 inches wide and 14 inches deep and has handles on the top and front. Blair can be contacted at 403-327-8207 or ve6agh@yahoo.ca

From the VE6GHP estate near Brooks, AB:
64' tower with HF and VHF antennas, Needs to be taken down. Not sure what the antennas are or what the price is but it may be free for the taking to whoever takes it down.
For information contact Helen 403-378-4988 or geporter@eidnet.org

Wanted by Ric, VE7CUP 2 or 3 position remote antenna switches, working or not. Ric is also in search of a 3 to 5 element 15m monoband yagi that can be disassembled for shipping to BC. And/or  any aluminum tubing, round or square 1/2" to 3" .If you can help Ric out with any of these items, please email ricmartin@telus.net

For Sale by Bill VA6RQ

New in Box AR270B 2M/70cm Ringo Vert Ant 5.5-7.5db for $275 Radio World price - $333

New in Box Hygain LJ-204BA 4Elm 20M monoband ant for  $675 Radio World price - $772

New in Box Hygain VB-64DX 4Elm 6M Beam ant for $195 Radio World price - $225

New in Boxes (2) Cushcraft A148-10S 2m 10El yagi ants $195 each Radio World price -$259  if you buy both it comes with a used co-phasing harness

USED CDE CD-45 light duty Rotator (good condition) $100

USED Hygain Ham III med duty rotator well used (new bearings) $100

If you are interested in Bill’s items please email him at   va6rq@rac.ca

FOR SALE BY PAUL VE6UFOTHESE ITEMS ARE ALL NEW IN BOXES – IF INTERESTED, PLEASE CONTACT PAUL AT 780-232-7012 or mail@qcarc.net

(2) LDG 200 watt balun RBA-4:1      RETAIL 42.00  ASKING 30.00 each

Daiwa model CN-460 140/450MHz 15/150 watt cross needle SWR and power meter RETAIL 100.00 ASKING 70.00

Icom DTMF microphone HM-154T FOR IC 7000 OR 7100 RETAIL 98.00 ASKING 60.00

Kenwood multifunction microphone MC-47 RETAIL 80.00 ASKING 50.00

Yaesu MH31 hand mic with 8 pin round cable for FTDX3000 and other rigs Asking 30.00

FOR SALE BY DAVID VA6DJ - ITEMS CAN BE PICKED UP OR SHIPPED OUT OF LLOYDMINSTER AT BUYER'S EXPENSE.   PHONE/TEXT 306-304-1356 OR EMAIL djames2000@hotmail.com
Open to reasonable offers.

  1. AEA PAKRATT 232- Model PK-232MBX with cables – $60
  2. Astron RS-20M power supply – $140
  3. Astron RS-7A – $80
  4. Archer Video processor -$5
  5. Connect Systems Inc CS-900 -$100
  6. Connect Systems Inc CSI Private Patch V -$40
  7. Edmo Inc Model EJ-109 Counter Frequency Counter – $55
  8. EICO Oscilloscope Model 460 – no probes – $60
  9. Heath Condenser Checker Model C-3 – $100
  10. HealthKit Speaker HS-24 -$10
  11. HealthKit Model V7A w/test cables – originally purchased 1954 – $75
  12. HealthKit 2M HW-2036A w/mic -power on normal ops $50
  13. HealthKit HW-202 -no power on $20
  14. Heath HP-1144 Power Supply -powers on – no dc $20
  15. Heathkit reflected power meter AM2 F/R SWR Meter -$10
  16. Icom IC-A110 w/used SM-25 desktop mic New air band bought as backup but never needed. -$800
  17. Icom IC-751A w/HM-36 includes original box -$500
  18. Icom IC-765– powers on – VFO works – no rx/tx. Supposedly an easy fix to someone who wants to work on it. – $500
  19. Kenwood TK-710 w/desk mic $50
  20. Kenwood AT-230 – $200
  21. Magnavox 10” colour tv – $5
  22. Motorola Talk about T5625 2 handsets and charger – $25
  23. MFJ-206 Antenna Current Probe – $25
  24. Pyramid Gold Series Regulated PS-35G – $110
  25. Radio Shack PRO-137 Race 1000 Portable Scanner -$100
  26. Realistic PRO-22 Scanner w/external antenna jack (BNC) includes Air/amateur/commercial -$80
  27. Realistic PRO-57 Scanner – All works includes antenna/ ac power supply – $30
  28. Realistic PRO-58 scanner – power cord works but only in special spot external antenna jack – $10
  29. Stark Model 10A R.F. Signal Generator – $150
  30. Yaesu FRG-7 Receiver – $400
  31. Capacitance Substitution Box – $10
  32. Resistance Substitution Box – $10

BELOW IS OLDER CONTENT THAT YOU HAVE ALREADY SEEN IF THIS IS NOT YOUR FIRST TIME READING THIS NEWSLETTER


GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

JOIN LOCAL COVID COFFEE RAGCHEWS ON VE6QCR & VE6PP REPEATERS THURSDAYS AT 10 AM AND ON THE FT. SASK CLUB REPEATER 147.270 +600 SATURDAYS AT 9:30 AM

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO PLACE AN ORDER WITH DIGI-KEY AND NOT PAY SHIPPING, CONTACT KEVIN VE6KJM AND HE CAN DO A COMBINED ORDER FOR YOU ve6kjm@gmail.com

Large ham radio friendly acreage for sale: 74 Acres 50 minutes NE of Edmonton on the North Saskatchewan River.  RF quiet area on a beautiful nature/outdoor lovers paradise adjacent to Redwater Natural Area.  3 towers incl 110 foot and 2 tilt overs; 48 and 64 feet, 12 Volt Battery Bus system, low loss cable runs, shack in metal building (RF quiet).  Newly renovated Shack in the heated shop with feed lines and grounds.  See listing for details:    https://www.realtor.ca/real-estate/22729663/57223-rge-rd-203-rural-sturgeon-county-none     Call VE6TR - Rob if you have more interest and questions. 780-940-9826

The Edmonton Area 2M SSB net is on 144.200 USB Sundays at 10:00am and 8:00 PM 

Winlink Wednesday emails can be sent via Winlink to Alex, VA6MCP. Instructions on how to do this are on the website www.wcar.ca

AR100 Hamfest - The celebration of 100 years of amateur radio in Alberta. THIS EVENT HAS BEEN DELAYED UNTIL AT LEAST 2022.  When there is a new date further information will follow.

QCARC ANNOUNCEMENTS

JOIN QCARC OR RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP BEFORE MARCH 31 AND TO BE ENTERED INTO THE DRAW FOR OUR EARLY BIRD CASH PRIZE
The form is on our website www.qcarc.net  Membership dues and donations can be e-transferred to QCARC

THANKS VERY MUCH TO ALL THE MEMBERS WHO HAVE SENT IN MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS AND DONATIONS!! SO FAR, THE RESPONSES TO RENEWAL REQUESTS HAVE BEEN GREAT!! IF YOU ARE A MEMBER AND HAVE NOT RECEIVED A RENEWAL REMINDER, THAT IS BECAUSE YOU ARE ALREADY PAID UP FOR THE COMING MEMBERSHIP YEAR.

When needed, QCARC helps amateurs or the famly of silent keys with tower work and station dispersals. We can sell your items for you at the flea markets or swap and shop. If you would rather not be bothered trying to sell items you can donate them to QCARC. If you need this type of assistance contact VE6UFO at 780-232-7012 or mail@qcarc.net

Another benefit of being a member is that you can purchase items at MRO Electronic Supply with your proof of QCARC membership. There is a 25.00  minimum.

QCARC SELLS DONATED ITEMS AT FLEA MARKETS TO RAISE MONEY TO OPERATE OUR REPEATERS AND KEEP MEMBERSHIP DUES LOW.  IF YOU HAVE ITEMS TO DONATE PLEASE ARRANGE PICKUP WITH PAUL VE6UFO AT mail@qcarc.net OR 780-232-7012. THANKS VERY MUCH TO ANYONE WHO HAS RECENTLY DONATED ITEMS TO THE CLUB.

QCARC has 2 ISED accredited examiners:
Ernie VA6EJR
va6ejr@gmail.com 
Mitch VE6OH ve6oh@rac.ca

QCARC weekly 2 meter net and Swap & Shop Wednesday 8:30PM on VE6QCR and VE6PP repeaters.    If you have any items wanted or for sale you can list them live on air during the swap & shop or call / text Paul VE6UFO at 780-232-7012 or email mail@qcarc.net  After the Wednesday night 2m net stations are encouraged to stick around for a fun round table ragchew QSO session.

Do you know of a new ham or a ham getting back into radio after years away from the hobby that needs equipment and/or help getting a station set up? We can help!!! mail@qcarc.net

RAC NEWS

Ernest Clintberg VE6EC is the RAC Director for AB NT NU and Stephen Lee VA6SGL is the Alberta Deputy Director for RAC. 

If you are not a RAC member, please consider joining as RAC helps protect and advance amateur radio in Canada and around the world. RAC members who are also members of RAC affiliated clubs such as QCARC get special insurance coverage. Details of this coverage are found at https://www.rac.ca/insurance/

MISC. AMATEUR RADIO RESOURCES

The Whitecourt group’s website www.wcar.ca is maintained by Alex VA6MCP. This website includes solar conditions, information on Winlink Wednesday and many other resources. The Whitecourt group has done a lot to promote amateur radio and QCARC commends them for that. NEW  -  Alex  has just added to the WCAR website resources on understanding propogation: https://www.wcar.ca/education/up/

Don VE7DXE in Victoria, BC has established www.hamshack.ca which is a great new site with a fully functional buy and sell feature and other new resources being added all the time. Check it out often!!

The Surrey Amateur Radio Club has a great newsletter and the latest edition can be found at  www.ve7sar.net 

If you are trying to learn Morse code or increase your speed, there is a great YouTube resource. Search for HamradioQRP which will get you to the site. These videos are a terrific help.


Another good resource including solar conditions is https://www.wm7d.net

Here is a link to the RAC Canadian Amateur Radio Band Plan chart Canadian Amateur Radio Band Plans (rac.ca)

Know someone interested in becoming a radio amateur? Resources for home learning include Hamstudy Basic available through Amazon, and Coax Publications for Basic and Advanced study manuals https://www.coaxpublications.ca/ Further, Cold Lake Amateur Radio Society (CLARS) hosts a training website http://www.clares.ca/va6hal%20training.html for Basic and Advanced.  RAC  also has  an Advanced course available at  no cost for  members  that  have a  Gold  Leaf  Membership.


MISC. TECH INFORMATION

Here is a link to plans for an inexpensive and easy to build 5 band HF Vertical Antenna N5VEG 5 Band HF Vertical "Wonderstick" Antenna (hamuniverse.com)

Directional Finding (Bunny Hunting) Techniques and plans for building a high gain cubical 2 meter quad antenna and sniffer
http://www.qcarc.net/VE6OB%20Bunny%20Hunting%20Article.pdf 


Here is a link to plans for an easy to build HF multi band fan dipole MULTI BAND HF FAN DIPOLE ANTENNA DESIGN (hamuniverse.com)

When building a station, it is important to determine the correct coax to use. Transmission line losses must be kept at a minimum to achieve optimum performance.  

Here is a link to some coax loss charts.  https://www.w4rp.com/ref/coax.html
If you are re-using coax make sure there is good continuity and check it with a wattmeter and dummy load - MOST USED FLEA MARKET COAX IS GOOD FOR THE SELLER, NOT THE BUYER!!

Here is a link to a handy dipole antenna length calculator and various other resources:
Dipole Antenna Length Calculator (everythingrf.com)

Need to find the grid square for your QTH? Try this: Amateur Radio Ham Radio Maidenhead Grid Square Locator Map (levinecentral.com)

Here is a listing of some of the nets and other gatherings that take place regularly:

Daily

There is a lot of activity on the 2 meter simplex frequency 146.490 in Edmonton.

Various 40 and 80 meter ragchew groups take place all morning long from about 7:00AM until 10 or later. Look around the bands for an opportunity to join in on an interesting QSO.

Saskatchewan weather net 8:00AM Sask time 3.753 MHz

Aurora Net 2300 UTC   7.100 MHz

Saskatchewan Net 0100 UTC 3.735 MHz

Alberta Public Service Net 0130 UTC 3.700 MHz

BC Net 0130 UTC 3.729 MHz

160 meter ragchews take place 9:00 PM or later usually on frequencies above 1.890 MHz.

Weekly

Alberta ARES Net Sunday 9:00AM mountain time 3.750 MHz

Edmonton Area 2 meter SSB net Sunday 10:00AM and 8:00 PM 144.200 MHz USB

Trans Canada Net Sunday 2:00PM 18:00 UTC 14.140 MHz

Sunday 6PM VE6KM B linked to ref001C is the international DSTAR Net

Sunday Evening Aurora Net 9:30PM Central time 7.100 MHz

Monday 8:00PM on VE6KM B linked to reflector REF016B is the Alberta DSTAR Net

Monday Amateur Radio Information Net 3.729 MHZ right after the BC net about 0230 UTC

NARC weekly 2 meter net Tuesday 7:30PM on VE6HM repeater 147.060 -600

IRLP Trans Canada net Wednesday 9:00AM on VE6HM repeater 147.060 -600

Winlink Wednesday please check out www.wcar.ca  for information

Friday 7:00PM on VE6KM B linked to ref001C Canadian Dstar Net