Quarter Century Amateur Radio Club

Box 473, Edmonton, AB, T5J 2K1 Email: mail@qcarc.net  website: www.qcarc.net    QCARC Membership Form

Check out the Quarter Century Amateur Radio Club Facebook page.

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 al -600 KHz


CLUB INFORMATION

Weekly Newsletter and Swap & Shop Listing

12/6/2023 by Paul, VE6UFO





NEWSLETTER FORMAT


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


CURRENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

IMPORTANT NOTICE - EDMONTON WINTER MAJOR AMATEUR RADIO EVENT
EAGLE HILL REPEATER GROUP AGM, FLEA MARKET & UKRAINIAN MEAL
    The EHRG, who runs the VA6RJK repeater is moving their annual event to Edmonton
    DATE: February 10, 2024. PLACE: Canora Community Hall 10425 -152 Street Edmonton, AB
   
Vendor set up starts at 8:30. Flea market runs from 9:30 - 11:30 followed by the 50/50 draw, AGM and then the meal. The hall will be divided and the flea market area will be open to vendors only until 9:30 but the rest of the hall will be open for people to wait inside and enjoy a free refreshment where it is warm.
We hope to see you at this excellent event!

 Admission
$5.00          Flea Market Tables $10.00        Meal $25.00 per person

The delicious Ukrainian meal will be perogies, cabbage rolls, nalyshnyka, kobassa and dessert.

FLEA MARKET TABLES AND MEALS MUST BE BOOKED IN ADVANCE. Book early to make sure you get yours. There are only 25 meals left and only 18 tables left.   Contact Paul VE6UFO 44bunyak@telus.net


           

NEW REPEATER ALERT! 145.110 -600KHz 100Hz Tone
A new repeater, VE6IDK has been established in Spruce Grove, AB. Its primary intended use is for AllStarLink but feel free to use it for analog FM operations. The repeater is currently in testing mode and may have a few flaws. It also requires a better controller to make the UHF work. Current coverage is about 25km for mobiles. Further testing and improvements to come. For more details and how to use it go to https://www.ve6idk.com/ More information will be added as Sven makes progress.

If anyone has a good used Arcomm RC210 or similar 3 port controller that they could donate or sell cheap to support this project please email Sven ve6idk@gmail.com 


HAMSHACK.CA RADIO GIVEAWAY - LIST AN ITEM TO WIN!!
WOW! What is probably one of the best ham radio buy and sell resources out there, Hamshack,  is now 3 years old!
To recognize this milestone, a special year-end giveaway has been announced. Up for grabs is a slightly used Yaesu FT-897.
This all in one "shack in a box" could be yours on Jan.1, 2024. What's required to win? Details HERE




AIRCRAFT TRACKING ARTICLE UPDATE
  THERE HAVE BEEN RECENT AND SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN THE AIRCRAFT TRACKING WORLD
ARNIE VA3WDR HAS JUST UPDATED HIS ARTICLE WITH THE NEW INFORMATION.     CHECK IT OUT HERE
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION YOU CAN CONTACT ARNIE BY EMAIL arnie@weisbrot.ca


  



 

QCARC'S EXPENSES ARE PAID FOR BY DUES, CASH DONATIONS AND THE SALE OF DONATED ITEMS

IF YOU HAVE ITEMS TO DONATE FOR THE CLUB TO SELL CONTACT VE6UFO 780-232-7012 or mail@qcarc.net





  



IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE ADDED TO THE LIST TO RECEIVE THIS NEWSLETTER WEEKLY, PLEASE EMAIL TO mail@qcarc.net


VE6UFO's WEEKLY COMMENTARY

 Well, here in the Edmonton area, we've made it through November with hardly any snow or cold temperatures compared to other years where a lot of our annual snowfall comes in November Typically in December, there is an increase in parties and other gatherings and if you partake in any of these events, I hope you have a great time but please don't drink and drive.


SHOW AND TELL!


SHARE PICTURES AND DESCRIPTIONS OF YOUR HANDYWORK TO HELP INSPIRE OTHER HAMS TO DO SOME BUILDING. PLEASE COMPOSE YOUR ARTICLES TOGETHER WITH PICTURES IN PDF FORMAT AND EMAIL THEM TO mail@qcarc.net

    CLICK   HERE TO CHECK OUT ALL THE PREVIOUS ITEMS ON THE SHOW AND TELL PAGE AND WATCH FOR NOTIFICATONS WHEN THERE ARE NEW ITEMS POSTED






                        

                                                                        


  

                                                                                                                                                       

WHAT'S YOUR CLUB UP TO?

IF YOUR CLUB HAS EVENTS OR NEWS THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO ANNOUNCE HERE,  EMAIL mail@qcarc.net

QCARC TOWER TEAM - HAMS HELPING HAMS! mail@qcarc.net

We are dedicated to helping out any ham or their family that needs assistance with station takedowns and dispersal or the setup of new stations.


SARA CLUB MEMBERSHIP DRIVE
PLEASE SUPPORT THE SOUTHERN ALBERTA REPEATER ASSOCIATION. SARA IS DEDICATED TO PROVIDING THE AMATEUR COMMUNITY IN ALBERTA WITH A RELIABLE NETWORK OF LINKED REPEATERS.  MEMBERSHIP INFORMATION AT
www.saralink.ca


The current edition of the Surrey Amateur Radio Club Newsletter is available at  The Communicator Digital Edition: The November - December Communicator is now on-line (ve7sar.blogspot.com)

NOTICE - WEB DOMAIN CHANGE

The Northern Alberta Radio Club web domain has changed from narc.net  to tnarc.ca.  Please update your records accordingly. 

The Northern Alberta Radio Club event volunteering registration page is at The Northern Alberta Radio Club - Volunteer (tnarc.ca)

                                                                                                                                                       

                                 



SATURDAY MORNING COFFEE GATHERINGS STARTING AROUND 9AM
LEDUC COMMON RICKY'S ALL DAY GRILL
WEST END PAT & MIKE'S RESTAURANT
A&W 109 STREET & KINGSWAY AVE 
      FORT SASKATCHEWAN      USUALLY AT PIONEER HOUSE  BUT SOMETIMES AT FRESON BROTHERS    LOCATION UPDATES AT https://www.fsarc.com/meet.htm

                             
THE WHITECOURT GROUP HAS LUNCH ON THE 2ND SUNDAY OF EVERY MONTH AT NOON AT THE A&W ON HIGHWAY 43 IN WHITECOURT





NEW! HF Propagation map in real time. HF Propagation Map (dxview.org)

THE QCARC 2M NET TAKES PLACE EACH WEDNESDAY AT 8:30 PM ON THE VE6QCR AND VE6PP REPEATERS
This net is a fun on - the - air get together where you can share with other hams what you have been up to and answer our question of the week.


CONTEST CALENDAR

WA7BNM Contest Calendar: 12-Month Calendar








EDMONTON AREA 5 DAY WX FORECAST


Wednesday 12/6  Mix of sun and cloud High 3 Low -4


Thursday 12/7  Mix of sun and cloud High 1 Low -2


Friday 12/8  Sunny High -1 Low -10


Saturday 12/9 Sunny High -1 Low -11


Sunday 12/10  Mix of sun and cloud  High 0 Low -11

 


                                                                                                                                   DECEMBER BIRTHDAYS, ANNIVERSARIES, ETC.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

                                                                          If you or an amateur you know is celebrating something let me know and I will list it here….   mail@qcarc.net




Birthdays
  Betty VE6BTY
Wayne VA7WB
Brian VE7NRD
  David VA6DJ
  Sig VE6SP



FUNNY OF THE WEEK

 
Why was Santa's Little Helper depressed? He had low elf esteem.


DID YOU KNOW?

Each year in North America, over 15,000 people go to emergency rooms during November and December for injuries related to holiday decorating accidents. 


IF YOU HAVE ANY ITEMS OF INTEREST LIKE PICTURES, A PERSONAL STORY OR ANYTHING ELSE THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO ADD TO THIS WEEKLY NEWSLETTER, EMAIL mail@qcarc.net

73, Stay well and be safe. Have a good week!!



Swap & Shop

To list something here, please email Paul, VE6UFO at mail@qcarc.net or call/text 780-232-7012

ANOTHER GREAT BUY AND SELL RESOURCE IS HAMSHACK.CA


UPDATED!!     FOR SALE BY QCARC  If you are interested contact Paul VE6UFO mail@qcarc.net or call / text 780-232-7012

A pair of 4-1000 tubes in good condition removed from a working FM broadcast radio transmitter. $150.00 for both.

Yaesu FT901DM HF transceiver in nice condition. Tested and has good RX and TX on all bands. $300.00 OBO

Delhi DMX medium duty 48 foot tower $350.00 OBO

 


FOR SALE BY STEVE VE6SRL IN DEWBERRY      ICOM IC-735 with matching autotuner and power supply. Asking $975.00

Will ship at buyer's expense or can drop off in the Vermillion or Lloydminster area. For further details srlamden@hotmail.com   call 780-847-3530  or text 780-808-9010


FREE!!     FOR GIVEAWAY BY ROB VE6YXE IN BEAUMONT      ve6yxe@gmail.com or text 587-588-6848

Rob has to give away the last 3 years of the RAC TCA magazine free for anyone who wants to come pick them up.


FOR SALE BY IAN VE6OHS IN BARRHEAD   hamdabbler@gmail.com    780-284-7486

Ian has for sale a rack mounted 2U drawer that originally cost over $100.00. Open to offers. Text or email to request a description or photos of this item.


WANTED BY BLAIR VE6AGH IN LETHBRIDGE  - ve6agh@yahoo.ca 403-327-8207

As usual Blair is looking for military radios of any kind but below is a list of some specific items.

19 SET- THIS IS NEEDED FOR THE VERMILLION LEGION

Military Sets:

Marconi CP-24 or CP-44 Aircraft Transmitter

Antenna for CP-34

WS-58

Command Set Racks

Let him know what you have.



WANTED BY MAURICE VA6MA 10 inch tubular tower sections, at least 5 or more. Contact Maurice at   780-288-9697


FOR SALE BY QCARC ON BEHALF OF A CLUB MEMBER If you are interested contact Paul VE6UFO mail@qcarc.net or call / text 780-232-7012

Cushcraft 10m monoband yagi with a 30 foot tubular guyed tower - no rotator $200.00

Cushcraft 15m monoband yagi with a 40 foot tubular guyed tower - no rotator $200.00


FOR SALE BY BILL VA6RQ IN RIBSTONE  If you are interested in Bill's items email him at  va6rq@rac.ca

Yeasu FT767GX with 2m  and 70cm modules. $500.00

Used SCS Pactor Modem PTCII-EX with P3 licence. Comes with cables for the Yaesu FT857 (Computer to Radio for CAT control and Radio to TNC) $700.00 O.B.O.                                                     

New in Box Hygain VB-64DX 4 Element 6M Beam ant for $325.00 Radio World price - $411.00



For sale by Terry VE6LL of Thorsby    Contact Terry by email  beaujangles04@hotmail.com or phone 780-991-0573  

Davis Vantage Vu Pro 2 wired weather station. Includes data logger unit  to feed weather into to the internet.  In good condition.  $350.00 OBO


Wanted by Lars, VA7LP of Richmond, BC  Contact Lars by email trinorca2@icloud.com

Lars is looking for a HEX Beam. If you have one that you want to part with, please let him know.    



FOR SALE BY BILL REIMER 703-975-8212  bill.r2@aol.com

2  PRC74C military backpack HF rigs. HERE is a link to a full description.  Asking 500.00 OBO EACH plus shipping from Manitoba.


FOR SALE BY PAUL VE6UFO IN STONY PLAIN mail@qcarc.net or text 780-232-7012

Valor PHF160B mobile 160 metre HF antenna $75.00



FOR SALE BY ARNOLD VE7IDK IN VERNON   Arnold is downsizing and has the following for sale. If interested email ve7idk@telus.net
 Military H-189 Handset asking $25.00

 Heathkit HW-100 with power supply & speaker, for parts or repair. Untested $100.00
 Heathkit SB-614 Station Monitor, working condition $ 100.00 each  ( Have Two )
 HP-400B VTVM . . .  the Cadillac of VTVM . . open to offers
16 ft tall custom machined Center Loaded Vertical Antenna  for 40 thru 6 meters Comes complete with all parts and guy ropes & ground radials. Asking $300.00


FOR SALE BY AL VA6ALE IN ARDROSSAN  If you are interested contact Al at va6ale@aol.com There are photos of the items available on request.
*************************************************************************************                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Barker & Williamson Broadband End-Fed Vee Antenna Model AC – 1.8 – 30.
Designed for operation from 1.8 MHz to 30 MHz, the antenna comes fully assembled and pre-tuned so no measuring or cutting is required. Depending upon its configuration, the AC 1.8-30 MHz  End-Fed Vee Series of antennas sell from $1595 USD to $2095 USD, plus taxes & shipping. This is your opportunity to get one at a fantastically discounted price! $1000 CAD obo
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Hewlett Packard Model HP AC-60B Bridging Transformer. 
At the channel modem level, it can be used for all types of communications audio test work involving telephone, radio, microwave and digital systems. Have 4 available. $25 each
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Protective Circuit Test Unit AEM-TE-1424 complete with test leads.
Excerpt from Department of the Army Technical Manual TM 11-5830-240-15 1964
This is special equipment for testing and adjusting the protective circuit of the DE-1492C Amplifier. It is normally supplied for depot use only. $25
 
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Rayovac AN / PRC-77 Magnesium Battery, non-rechargeable. New, still sealed in plastic bag. NSN 6135-00-926-8322. These batteries were packaged around 1990, so their effectiveness cannot be guaranteed. Sold for collectible value only. Have 20+ available. $5 each
 
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Al also still has to give away tin sheets in 2 different sizes 16"x27" and 14"x18" that can be used as 2m ground planes or whatever. They are FREE for the taking.






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


THE U of A CUBESAT HAS BEEN DEPLOYED BY THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION


THE ALBERTA SAT GROUP IS ASSISTED BY THE NORTHERN ALBERTA RADIO CLUB IN THIS PROJECT


HERE IS AN INTERESTING VIDEO ON THESE ACTIVITIES











VE6OG MEMORIAL WSPR BEACON

The new VE6OG WEAK SIGNAL PROPAGATION REPORTING beacon went into service on Saturday 11/26/2022. It is part of the HB9VQQ INTERNATIONAL WSPR BEACON PROJECT and it is located in DO23ts about 60km Northwest of Edmonton, AB. The screenshot below shows typical North American coverage in addition to signals travelling over the Arctic Circle into Europe. There have also been spots into Asia, Africa and Oceania. The 200mw ZachTek transmitter and Diamond CP6 vertical antenna (formerly used by Kathy VE6HI, SK) are sending signals 3 times per hour on the 80, 40, 20, 15 and 10 metre bands. You can do a search for VE6OG here   and view the map of signal paths in real time or a table of spots. Thanks to the Abbott family and the QCARC for their assistance with this project. Les was an avid WSPR user and he would be proud of this legacy.



There is a VARA FM WIDE Winlink RMS, VE6HM-11 on 145.090 MHz at the VE6HM repeater site in east Edmonton. There also is a digipeater, VE6MM-1 north of Edmonton available on that frequency that can be used to connect to VE6HM-11 if needed.


The results of the survey conducted by RAC on callsign policy are now availablehttps://www.rac.ca/regulatory-advocacy/


EZNEC Antenna Software by W7EL is now free. Grab a free copy of EZNEC - Ray is making it available as he has retired.
The newest version, EZNEC Pro/2+ v. 7.0, is available as of Jan 14, 2022      Here is the link:          EZNEC Antenna Software by W7EL         


OTHER CLUBS  AROUND THE WESTERN PROVINCES
SOUTHERN ALBERTA REPEATER ASSOCIATION (saralink.ca)

SASK ALTA RADIO CLUB Sask Alta Radio Club (saskaltarc.ca)

NORTHERN ALBERTA RADIO CLUB The Northern Alberta Radio Club (narc.net)

NORTH CENTRAL ALBERTA AMATEUR RADIO CLUB North Central Alberta Amateur Radio Club - (ncaarc.ca)

AMATEUR RADIO EMERGENCY SERVICES EDMONTON ARES Edmonton and Area – Amateur Radio Emergency Service

CENTRAL ALBERTA AMATEUR RADIO CLUB CAARC Central Alberta Amateur Radio Club

FORT SASKATCHEWAN AMATEUR RADIO CLUB www.fsarc.com

PEACE COUNTRY AMATEUR RADIO CLUB Peace Country Amateur Radio Club | VE6ARC

CALGARY AMATEUR RADIO ASSOCIATION (caraham.org)

FOOTHILLS AMATEUR RADIO SOCIETY Foothills Amateur Radio Society (fars.ca)

COLD LAKE AMATEUR RADIO SOCIETY CLARS - HAM (clares.ca)

MEDICINE HAT AMATEUR RADIO CLUB (mharc.ca)

SOUTHERN ALBERTA AMATEUR RADIO CLUB Southern Alberta Amateur Radio Club (saarc.ca)

CALGARY COMMUNICATIONS CLUB https://ccc.myrac.ca/

QUARTER CENTURY WIRELESS ASSOCIATION WILD ROSE CHAPTER 151    http://nicholasjanzen.ca/qcwa-chapter151/index.html

BATTLE RIVER AMATEUR RADIO ASSOCIATION VA6RQ@RAC.CA

NORTH OKANAGAN RADIO AMATEUR CLUB Home - NORAC

ORCHARD CITY AMATEUR RADIO CLUB | The Orchard City Amateur Radio Club (ocarc.ca)


 


A presentation about the new RAC Auxillary Communications Service is available at  https://www.rac.ca/auxiliary-communications-service-presentation/



THE ALBERTA PUBLIC SERVICE NET WEBSITE HAS A LOT OF GREAT INFORMATION INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING:

CHECK IT OUT AT http://www.apsn3700.net/


Winlink Wednesday UPDATE

Checkins to the Alberta and Eastern Canada Winlink Wednesday nets can be sent via Winlink to Bill VA6RQ and Bryan VY2OG together as one checkin.

Information on how to check in to the USA Winlink Wednesday is at Original Winlink Wednesday



The Alberta Weak Signal Net takes place every Sunday at 10:00AM and 8:00PM Mountain on 144.200 USB. Net control is Bob, VA6ZO in Red Deer.


The Okanagan SSB net is Tuesdays 7:30 PM Pacific on 144.200 USB. The Okanagan bunch also ragchews on Fridays at 7:00PM Pacific 144.200 USB


Silent Key - Les Abbott, VE6OG


We'll Miss you, Les!

Les Abbott, VE6OG of Edmonton passed away on October 9th, 2022 at the age of 78 years. He was a member of QCARC since the Club's formation in 1985 and he served in many capacities including President, Vice President, webmaster and repeater custodian and always stayed involved even after being made a Lifetime Member in 2017. Les was first licenced as VE3GMU in 1969 and has held VE6OG since moving to Edmonton in 1976. Les loved working on radio equipment and if he couldn't repair it, probably nobody could. After cominhg to Edmonton, Les spent many years working for AGT/Telus. Les was a great guy and he helped a lot of people in the community and in the amateur community as well. There is an obituary at Foster & McGarvey - Edmonton Funeral Homes (fostermcgarvey.com) Sincere sympathies to the Abbott family from the QCARC.



QCARC ANNOUNCEMENTS
JOIN QCARC OR RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP BEFORE MARCH 31 AND TO BE ENTERED INTO THE DRAW FOR OUR 250.00  EARLY BIRD CASH PRIZE
QCARC Membership Form    Membership dues and donations can be e-transferred to mail@qcarc.net

THANKS VERY MUCH TO ALL THE MEMBERS WHO CONTINUE TO SUPPORT QCARC WITH MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS AND DONATIONS!!

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 Wednesday 8:30PM on VE6QCR and VE6PP repeaters. After the 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

Stephen Lee VA6SGL is the RAC Director for AB NT NU.

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 movement of the International Space Station can be tracked in real time at Live Space Station Tracking Map | Spot The Station | NASA

Here is a link to a page on the WCAR website about understanding propogation: https://www.wcar.ca/education/up/

Don VE7DXE in Victoria, BC has established www.hamshack.ca which is a great 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

A garden hose reel works well for hanging up those rolls of spare coax. They can be found at garage sales for a buck or two.

"QUICK DISCONNECT" mounts are available to easily change resonators for your HF mobile antennas. There are also some good multi-band mobile antennas out there.

Rough running gas powered generator? This problem is often caused by gas with ethanol added. Small engines don't like it so run straight gas or add fuel stabilizer to the tank.


When re-assembling a used yagi or vertical antenna made of aluminum make sure to remove any oxidation at the joints using a ScotchBrite pad or equivalent and use new stainless steel hardware.

Always keep your signal and audio cables as far away from the power cords as possible. If you have them all bunched together, you will have problems one day.

A way to check a long run of coax for loss is to use a dummy load and wattmeter at the radio and at the antenna end of the coax and compare the output readings. If the loss is very low the 2 readings will be very close to the same on either end.

Lay down those radials the easy way! Using a lawn edger for putting down radials!

Do not set an external tuner directly on top of your HF rig or you could have distorted TX audio on some bands. Make a 2 inch separator out of non-conductive material.

If the fan on your power supply or rig comes on a lot, add a small external fan on the back of the unit to help keep things cooler.

Have you ever gotten into your vehicle to find that your battery was dead because you forgot to turn off your mobile radios? Modern rigs have a programmable Auto Power Off (APO) that you can use to make the radio turn itself off after a pre-set period of inactivity.

On vehicles with roof racks, a tiltover mount for your HF mobile antenna can be easily made by attaching the L part of a mirror mount antenna bracket to the roof rack with a single bolt just tight enough that the mount will move by hand 90 degrees as required. For pickup trucks, you can mount the bracket to a pole in the box or on the bumper or trailer hitch. Ensure proper grounding.

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!!

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

The Alberta Week Signal 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