Quarter Century Amateur Radio Club / Whitecourt Amateur Radio

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

Membership dues and donations support these QCARC WCAR 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 5/18/2022 by Paul, VE6UFO



THE FIRST ANNUAL QCARC EDMONTON SPRING FLEA MARKET WAS A SUCCESS !

 


OUR NEXT FALL SOCIAL / FLEA MARKET WILL BE NOV. 5, 2022 - WATCH FOR DETAILS

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



50th Anniversary Red Deer Picnic

Finally it's back and celebrating 50 years as one of the best events in Alberta!
JUNE 17, 18, 19 2022
FOR DETAILS GO TO www.caarc.ca


QCARC MEMBERSHIP EARLY BIRD PRIZE WINNER

  CONGRATS TO JOHN KRAMER VE6JFK, THE WINNER OF THIS YEAR'S $250.00 CASH PRIZE

ALL MEMBERS RENEWED FOR THE FOLLOWING YEAR OR BEYOND BY MARCH 31 HAVE A CHANCE TO WIN $250.00
    
QCARC Membership Form



THE QUARTER CENTURY CENTURY AMATEUR RADIO CLUB IS HAPPY TO ANNOUNCE THE OFFICIAL FORMATION OF A NEW SUBSIDIARY BRANCH OF QCARC CALLED WHITECOURT AMATEUR RADIO.  THIS GREAT GROUP OF AMATEURS IN THE WHITECOURT AREA HAS HAD A REPEATER AND WEBSITE WCAR.CA FOR A FEW YEARS NOW AND HAS EXPRESSED A DESIRE TO EXPAND ON THEIR ACTIVITIES AND THIS WILL HAPPEN UNDER THE UMBRELLA  OF THE  QCARC.








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.

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
I had a lot of fun with a yard sale here at home last weekend, although the weather was a bit unpleasant at times. The main thing is that it helped get rid of some stuff and now we are continuing with spring cleaning and getting some gardening done as well. Back to cutting grass again. And now we have the hockey battle of Alberta which should be entertaining.


NEW FEATURE -- SHOW AND TELL!
SHARE PICTURES OF YOUR HANDYWORK TO HELP INPIRE OTHER HAMS TO DO SOME BUILDING. EMAIL mail@qcarc.net

CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE SHOW AND TELL PAGE



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!!
Paul VE6UFO, QCARC Secretary Treasurer and Net Manager and Newsletter Authour and Website Guy....





                                                                                                   


    

CURRENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Special Callsigns are available in honour of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee Special Call Signs Available in Honour of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee (rac.ca)

RAC Weather Spotter Workshop "Beyond Canwarn" May 18  RAC Presents Weather Spotter Workshop “Beyond CanWarn”


There is a new VARA FM WIDE Winlink RMS, VE6HM-11 on 145.090 MHz at the VE6HM repeater site in east Edmonton. There also a digipeater, VE6MM-1 available on that frequency that can be used to connect to VE6HM-11 if you are not quite close enough to connect directly.


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.
FRESON BROS. FORT SASKATCHEWAN




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         


The current edition of the Surrey Amateur Radio Club Newsletter is available at The Communicator Digital Edition: The May - June 2022 Communicator Periodical (ve7sar.blogspot.com)

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)

NORTH OKANAGAN RADIO AMATEUR CLUB Home - NORAC

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


WANTED

The Northern Alberta Radio Club is in need of a small (6x6) building that was or can be used as a repeater shack at a potential new site. If you have or know of something that is available please contact Mitch, VE6OH ve6oh@narc.net

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

Winlink Wednesday information is at WCAR.CA and Winlink Wednesday emails can be sent via Winlink to Bill VA6RQ.

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

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


THE QCARC WCAR 2M NET TAKES PLACE EACH WEDNESDAY AT 8:30 PM ON THE VE6QCR AND VE6PP REPEATERS

CONTEST CALENDAR

WA7BNM Contest Calendar: 12-Month Calendar

Here are some specific upcoming contests of interest:
ARRL June VHF Contest
https://www.contestcalendar.com/contestdetails.php?ref=43

ARRL Field Day
https://www.contestcalendar.com/contestdetails.php?ref=57

RAC Canada Day Contest
https://www.contestcalendar.com/contestdetails.php?ref=60

CQ Worldwide VHF Contest
https://www.contestcalendar.com/contestdetails.php?ref=73



Edmonton Area 5 day WX Forecast

Wednesday 5/18 Showers Low 6 High 12

Thursday 5/19 Showers Low 6 High 11

Friday 5/20 Sunny Low 1 High 12

Saturday 5/21 Sunny Low 2 High 14

Sunday 5/22 Mix of sun and cloud Low 3 High 18

 


MAY BIRTHDAYS, ANNIVERSARIES, ETC.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

If you or an amateur you know is celebrating something let me know and I will list it here….
Birthdays


Brad VE6NG

Walther VE6LW

Susan VA6SUE

Egon VE6EGN

Keirnan VA6IP

Fred VE6YM

Greg VA6GWS

Gord VE4HE

Garry VE6TIV



FUNNY OF THE WEEK  

Did you hear about the guy that got 2 watchdogs? He named them Timex and Rolex.


DID YOU KNOW?
The most powerful commercial radio station ever was WLW in Cincinnati broadcasting at 700kHz AM. During certain times in the 1930's the station's output was 500kw and at night it covered half of the globe.


Swap & Shop listings for this week - 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


WANTED BY PAUL VE6UFO - A GOOD USED KENWOOD TS-480HX (200W VERSION)

Also for sale by Paul:

Blue Wave - 2 bay VHF Repeater Antenna with 1/4 wave spacing. Similar to Sinclair 210-C2 Asking $100.00

Several NEW Larsen NMO150 VHF antenna coils at 10.00 each

Cub Cadet BB230 gas powered backpack leaf/snow blower. Almost new. Asking 225.00

Call/text Paul  780-232-7012 or email  mail@qcarc.net


NEW!    For sale by QCARC   56 foot Delhi tower available May 21 Asking $400.00 includes delivery within 60km of Edmonton Call/text Paul  780-232-7012 or email  mail@qcarc.net

For Sale by Bill VA6RQ If you are interested in Bill’s  items please email him at   va6rq@rac.ca

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

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


Listing by Blair VE6AGH - ve6agh@yahoo.ca 403-327-8207

Update Blair is looking for a 19 inch Enclosed equipment rack.

As usual Blair is looking for military radios of any kind but below is a list of some specific items. Blair will be at the Edmonton Flea Market, so you can arrange ahead of time.

Military Sets:

Marconi CSR-2, CSR-5, CP-24, CP-34, CP-44 or an AT-12 RCA Aircraft Transmitter

Let him know what you have.

Also Blair is trying to find an Anson WWII aircraft wing. If you know where such a thing exists please let Blair know.


Wanted by Ron VE6VJ a Yaesu FBA12 6 cell AA alkaline battery case of a FBA12H 10 cell AA battery cas for a Yaesu FT530 handheld. This battery case should also fit a Yaesu FT416, FT415, FT816, FT76, FT26. Ron is also looking for a 456KC crystal (plus/minus 2kcs) for a 1940 vintage HRO Senior Receiver crystal filter. From pictures the crystal was round with about 1-3/8 diameter and had larger pins about 3/8 inch spacing. The newer recivers had the crystal mounted inside the crystal filter box and were smaller but would likely work fine. ve6vj@rac.ca or call 780-475-4508 home or 780-868-3335 cell.

Wanted by Arnold VE7IDK A 4 pin Desk microphone for a Tempo 2020 hybrid radio. Email ve7idk@telus.net

Al, VA6ALE has tin sheets in 2 different sizes 16"x27" and 14"x18" they could be used for 2m ground planes or whatever. They are FREE. If interested email va6ale@aol.com

Wanted 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

Wanted by Ric, VE7CUP remote antenna switches, working or not. If you have any for sale, please email ricmartin@telus.net


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

GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

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 Bill, VA6RQ.  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.  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 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

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


i