Quarter Century Amateur Radio Club
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 5/5/2021 by Paul, VE6UFO
Last Thursday April 29 at the Edmonton Oilers home game
against Calgary a ceremony was held for Military Appreciation Night. One of the
participants was our own local ham Kevin Clements, VA6RCN who is in the Royal
Canadian Navy and appropriately his position in the ceremony was that of Radio
Operator. Congratulations to you Kevin and the other participants in the
ceremony and thanks to all military personnel past and present for your service.
IF YOU HAVE ANY ITEMS OF
INTEREST THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO ADD TO THIS WEEKLY NEWSLETTER, EMAIL firstname.lastname@example.org 73, Stay well and
be safe. Have a good week!!
Paul VE6UFO, QCARC Secretary Treasurer and Net Manager
THE RED DEER PICNIC WILL NOT TAKE PLACE THIS YEAR DUE TO COVID 19
CONTEST CALENDAR FOR THE COMING WEEK
Arkansas QSO Party 1400Z, May 8 0200Z, May 9 http://www.arkqp.com/
VOLTA WW RTTY Contest 1200Z, May 8 1200Z, May 9 http://www.contestvolta.com/rules.pdf
CQ-M International DX Contest 1200Z, May 8 1159Z, May 9 http://cqm.srr.ru/en-rules/
50 MHz Spring Sprint 2300Z, May 8 0300Z, May 9 https://sites.google.com/site/springvhfupsprints/home/2021-information
Wednesday 5/5 mix of sun and cloud and showers Low 4 High 15
Thursday 5/6 sunny, windy Low 10 High 19
Friday 5/7 cloud, wind, rain Low 3 High 15
Saturday 5/8 windy , showers Low 2 High 9
Sunday 5/9 mix of sun and cloud Low 3 High 13
MAY BIRTHDAYS, ANNIVERSARIES,
If you or an amateur
you know is celebrating something let me know and I will list it here….
Happy Birthday this month to:
Brad Pool VE6NG
Walther Loff VE6LW
Susan Chalifoux VA6SUE
Egon Backe VE6EGN
Keirnan Burr VA6IP
Fred Burwell VE6YM
Greg Shalay VA6GWS
And very happy belated 66th Wedding Anniversary wishes to Harvey Trace VE6HLT and his lovely wife Esther.
FUNNY OF THE WEEK
My friend Tony asked me not to say his name backwards and I said "Y NOT??"
DID YOU KNOW?
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.
Swap & Shop listings for this week - To list something here, please email Paul, VE6UFO at email@example.com or call 780-232-7012.
Ceramic cartridges and needles for older Garrard 2025 turntables
- Astatic 133D and 140D cartridges, N50SD & N60SD needles.
Contact Evan VE6BIC 780-902-3353 - TEXTING PREFERRED.
For sale by Howard VE6FS an 80 meter AM transceiver that was a CFCW 790 kHz AM broadcast transmitter converted to 80 meters by the late great Lindy Olson VE6LO. Howard also has a dozen or so 1 inch diameter solid fibreglass sucker rods about 20 feet in length each. Please contact Howard by texting him at 780-222-2525
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
Wanted by Ric, VE7CUP 2 or 3 position remote antenna switches, working or not. Ric is also in search of any aluminum tubing, round or square 1/2" to 3" . If you can help Ric out with any of these items, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
WANTED BY PAUL VE6UFO – Remote Rig RRC-1258MKIIs control unit PLEASE CONTACT PAUL AT 780-232-7012 or firstname.lastname@example.org
SALE BY DAVID VA6DJ - ITEMS CAN BE PICKED UP OR SHIPPED OUT OF
LLOYDMINSTER AT BUYER'S EXPENSE. PHONE/TEXT 306-304-1356 OR
Open to reasonable offers.
Astron RS-20M power supply – $140
Astron RS-7A – $80
Archer Video processor -$5
Connect Systems Inc CS-900 -$100
EICO Oscilloscope Model 460 – no probes – $40
HealthKit Speaker HS-24 -$10
HealthKit Model V7A w/test cables – originally purchased 1954 – $75
HealthKit 2M HW-2036A w/mic -$30
HealthKit HW-202 doesn’t turn on -$20
Heath HP-1144 Power Supply - no dc. $20
Heathkit Reflected PowerAM2 F/R SWR Meter w/manual -$10
Kenwood TK-710 w/desk mic $50
Magnavox 10” color tv – $5
Motorola Talk about T5625 2 handsets and charger – $25
MFJ-206 Antenna Current Probe – $25
Radio Shack PRO-137 Race 1000 Portable Scanner -$80
Realistic PRO-22 Scanner w/external antenna jack (BNC) includes Air/amateur/commercial -$60
Realistic PRO-57 Scanner – All works includes antenna/ ac power supply – $30
Realistic PRO-58 scanner – power cord works but only in special spot external antenna jack – $10
Stark Model 10A R.F. Signal Generator – $150
Yaesu FRG-7 Receiver – $300
BELOW IS OLDER CONTENT THAT YOU HAVE ALREADY SEEN IF THIS IS NOT YOUR FIRST TIME READING THIS NEWSLETTER
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:
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.
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 examiners:
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 the net,
stations are encouraged to stick around for a fun round table ragchew QSO
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
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.
Here is a link to a page 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 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
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.
Directional Finding (Bunny Hunting)
Techniques and plans for building a high gain cubical 2 meter quad antenna and
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)
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