Century Amateur Radio Club / Whitecourt Amateur Radio
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
50th Anniversary Red Deer Picnic
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
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
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE SHOW AND TELL PAGE
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 email@example.com
73, Stay well and
be safe. Have a good week!!
Paul VE6UFO, QCARC Secretary Treasurer and Net Manager and Newsletter Authour and Website Guy....
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
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)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
A presentation about the new RAC Auxillary Communications Service is available at https://www.rac.ca/auxiliary-
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:
General Net Information
Several Alberta KiwiSDRs - Direct links, just click and go. These help when reception conditions are poor
Net Control Information
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
WA7BNM Contest Calendar: 12-Month Calendar
Here are some specific upcoming contests of interest:
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
Saturday 5/21 Sunny Low 2 High 14
Sunday 5/22 Mix of sun and cloud Low 3 High 18
MAY BIRTHDAYS, ANNIVERSARIES,
If you or an amateur
you know is celebrating something let me know and I will list it here….
FUNNY OF THE
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
Sale by Bill VA6RQ If you are interested in Bill’s
items please email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
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 - email@example.com 403-327-8207
Update Blair is looking for a 19 inch Enclosed equipment rack.
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.
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. firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
VE6OH is looking for a good used 4X4 truck preferably diesel with
trailer towing package and an RV around 25 ft. Contact Mitch at
Ric, VE7CUP remote antenna switches, working or not. If you have any
for sale, please
BELOW IS OLDER CONTENT THAT YOU HAVE ALREADY SEEN IF THIS IS NOT YOUR FIRST TIME READING THIS NEWSLETTER
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.
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 email@example.com
VERY MUCH TO ALL THE MEMBERS WHO CONTINUE TO SUPPORT QCARC WITH
MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS AND
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com OR 780-232-7012. THANKS VERY MUCH TO ANYONE WHO HAS RECENTLY DONATED ITEMS TO THE CLUB.
QCARC has 2 ISED accredited
Ernie VA6EJR firstname.lastname@example.org
Mitch VE6OH email@example.com
QCARC weekly 2 meter net
Wednesday 8:30PM on VE6QCR and VE6PP repeaters. After
stations are encouraged to stick around for a fun round table ragchew
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!!! firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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
Here is a link to the RAC Canadian Amateur Radio Band Plan chartCanadian 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
Techniques and plans for building a high gain cubical 2 meter quad
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)
building a station, it is important to determine
the correct coax to use. Transmission line losses must be kept at a
achieve optimum performance.
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:
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.
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