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--VE6BOX146.730 Athabasca--VE6PP 146.820 Whitecourt--VE6SS 146.880 Pigeon Lake--VA6RJK 146.790 Eagle Hill / Willingdon

All have 100Hz tone and offsets are all -600 KHz


CLUB INFORMATION

Weekly Newsletter and Swap & Shop Listing


6/3/2024



 

 



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

Paul Damion Sylvester Tyschuk Obituary


After several years of his fight with cancer we are profoundly saddened to announce the passing of Paul Tyschuk on May 21, 2024 at the age of 60. He will be forever remembered by his loving wife, Teresa, of 30 years, daughters Justine and Megan, and son-in-law, Robbie. He was predeceased by his father William, his mother Lillian, his brother Bill, and his cherished grandchildren, Aiden and Gavin.

There will be a service for family and friends of Paul, which will be held on Friday, June 7th at 2:00 PM at the Canora Community League, 10425 152 St NW, Edmonton. We encourage
you to wear bright colours or green to represent Paul's favourite CFL team, the Saskatchewan Roughriders. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the doctors, nurses, and care staff at the Cross Cancer Institute, as well as anyone who cared for Paul throughout his life. In lieu of flowers, donations in honour of Paul may be made directly to the Alberta Cancer Foundation or the Stollery Children's Hospital Foundation.






Message from the president, Neil Brown, VE6TCK/VE6JW:

Paul was diagnosed with stage 4 rectal cancer that had spread to his liver in 2017. He had 28 radiation treatments and bi-weekly chemo for 6 months followed by surgery to remove the tumor and 3 sections of his liver. This got rid of the cancer for a while, but in 2019 some nodules started forming in his lungs, so he went back on chemo and had to continue bi-weekly treatments to keep it at bay. It was quite an aggressive cancer but he never stopped fighting. In total, he had over 100 rounds of chemotherapy and I never heard him complain. He was able to stay active and felt quite well most of the time with a positive attitude. His motto was "I have the cancer, the cancer doesn't have me." His last update was February 10, 2024 that indicated there was no new cancer and things were stable, but that all changed suddenly and we lost Paul May 21, 2024. When Paul called me and asked me to do the net on May 7th, I wasn't too worried, it had happened before. When he called on the 14th his breathing and lungs were the problem as well as the back pain and I knew things were changing rapidly. Sadly, on May 22nd I did his Silent Key announcement. He was such a huge part of the QCARC and the Amateur Radio Community at large. Many have asked what do we do now, we do what Paul would have done: keep moving. The best way to honor Paul is to keep active and support the QCARC. In time we will find a way to honor him with something specific and permanent. He will be so missed by so many.

 

 
 FREE ONLINE ADVANCED AMATEUR STUDY COURSE NOW AVAILABLE

The Free Advanced Amateur Radio Course from Hamshack.ca is designed to assist licensed amateurs in upgrading their certification from Basic or Basic with Honours. It incorporates a novel QSL (Question Specific Learning) method, enhancing mobile learning through a focus on understanding the reasons behind answers, which aids in faster learning and better memory retention. The course is tailored for mobile use and includes visual aids, extensive quizzes, and exams to deeply cover advanced amateur radio concepts. It's freely accessible to anyone with a Hamshack.ca account, providing an invaluable resource for improving advanced amateur radio skills. The course is also recognized for its ability to simplify complex technical topics, making it a valuable tool for individual learners and ham radio clubs alike. Clubs can include the QSL Advanced course in their educational offerings for a minimal per-user fee, making it an economical option for member training. To integrate this program into club training, contact VE7DXE drosberg@telus.net

Here's a link to the course page:
QSL Courses - Hamshack

Here's a link to the blurb listing on the Hamshack website with a review from a user: Hamshack.ca Advanced Amateur Radio CourseStudy on Your Schedule! - Hamshack





Transprovincial Net

Check in Monday-Friday 11:00am MST on 7100KHz - NCS is Jim VE6JRR


IT'S OFFICIAL - The Eagle Hill Repeater Group is now a part of the QCARC. There was a unanimous vote by the executive of both clubs in favour of the merger and all members were notified of the opportunity. There was no opposition from anyone. The new special interest group will be led by Neil VE6TCK, the former EHRG president.
 

 

 
 
ANNOUNCEMENT - THE NEXT QCARC EVENT WILL BE:

QCARC FALL SOCIAL & FLEA MARKET
   
 
    DATE: October 12, 2024. PLACE: Canora Community Hall 10425 -152 Street Edmonton, AB
 
   
 
Vendor set up starts at 9:00. Flea market runs from 10:00 - 12:00 followed by the 50/50 draw.
 
We hope to see you at this excellent event!
 

 Admission
$FREE          Flea Market Tables $FREE        Refreshments $FREE

ALFA RADIO, GPS CENTRAL (RadioWorld) & ICOM CANADA WILL BE IN ATTENDANCE
 
To book tables email mail@qcarc.net  
 


           

 
NEW REPEATER ALERT! 145.110 -600KHz 100Hz Tone
UPDATE
 
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. Current coverage is about 25km for mobiles.
For those who are in range of this repeater, listen often because there are daily nets around the world connected to it that you can check in to. There is a list of nets and details on how to use the repeater at https://www.ve6idk.com/ More information will be added as the owner, Sven VA6XL (also VE6IDK) makes progress.


 
 
 

 
    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 EMAIL mail@qcarc.net

 
 
 

 
 
 
 
  


 

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


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 & TECHNICAL 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.  We can also assist hams get back into the hobby after being away from it for a length of time. Also, in many cases we may be able to help track down the source of interferrence or perform minor equipment repairs.

 

 

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 May-June 2024 SARC Communicator Journal (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
WAINWRIGHT    BATTLE RIVER AMATEUR RADIO ASSN MEETS AT THE WAINWRIGHT A&W    FOR MORE INFO EMAIL BILL va6rq.ham@gmail.com
                             
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

 









                                                                                                                                     

                                                                         

 

   

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 the club at mail@qcarc.net

 

ANOTHER GREAT BUY AND SELL RESOURCE IS HAMSHACK.CA

     
 

   

FREE!!

AL VE6OA IN EDMONTON HAS A TELETYPE MACHINE IN GREAT SHAPE THAT HE USED TO USE FOR RTTY. HE CAN'T TAKE IT TO HIS NEW PLACE AND HE DOESN'T WANT TO SEE IT GET SCRAPPED SO IT IS FREE FOR ANYONE THAT WILL TAKE IT AND MAKE USE OF IT. IF INTERESTED CALL AL AT 780-908-8580
 


NEW!!  WANTED BY MITCH VE6OH  mitch@andor.net

Mitch is looking for a lightweight 5th wheel RV trailer about 22-24 feet that is light enough to be towed with a 1990's vintage Ford F150 with a 5.8 litre EFI engine


NEW!!  WANTED BY AARON VA6ATC  aaron.t.conner@gmail.com

Aaron is looking for a bolt kit for a Delhi DMX series tower


FOR SALE BY TIES VE6TG IN EDMONTON tnidek@shaw.ca

Ties is downsizing and has the following items for sale:

Delhi Medium duty 48 foot tower $300.00

Cushcraft A4 Triband HF Beam antenna $300.00

11 Element 2 meter Beam antenna $100.00

Alfa Spid rotator with controller and 6 button mouse and cable. $700.00 OBO

Note: The tower and antennas are currently still standing. Arrangements can be made with the QCARC tower crew to take the items down for the buyer.

ICOM IC-737A HF rig comes with ICOM PS15 20 amp power supply $850.00 OBO

Motorola Radius CR1225 VHF repeater package complete with Sinclair Reslok 6 can duplexer. Currently tuned for 147.015 +600 offset.  $500.00

GW Model CRG-450 Signal Generator $50.00

Heathkit HM2102 VHF SWR Meter $50.00

Heath programmable frequency counter $50.00


UPDATED!! FOR SALE BY AL VE6OA IN EDMONTON algirard@telus.net

12 element 2 metre beam. $100.00

AEA Isopole 2 metre vertical antenna. $100.00

Davis Vantage Vue Solar-powered wireless weather station with data logger. Updates every five minutes using the free Davis weatherlink software. Records temp, wind, humidity, rain, dew point and pressure. $350.00  Here is a link to more info and pictures Davis Instruments

The house where the items are located in Blue Quill will be for sale in the spring.   There are    PICTURES HERE    of the house.
 


WANTED BY ARNOLD VE7IDK IN VERNON   ve7idk@telus.net

Arnold is looking for a pair of 9006 vaccuum tubes and he is also looking for tube type test equipment.


FOR SALE BY CAL VE6CLG IN PARKLAND COUNTY cal.gardner60@gmail.com  or 780-974-7511

Buckmaster 7 band OCF dipole, 300w model, covers 75/80, 40, 20, 17, 12, 10 & 6 meter bands. $175.00

Heil Pro7 headset for ICOM radios, includes ear pads and trigger type PTT switch. Not a lot of hours. Great condition. $225.00

ICOM SM-30 desk mic. Very good condition. $125.00

Open to offers on all.


WANTED BY ANDY VE6KP IN WETASKIWIN canadianmarconi@gmail.com

Andy is looking for an STK2048 II  audio chip. If you have any of these that you can sell to Andy, please let him know.    

 

 

FOR SALE BY STEVE VE6SRL IN DEWBERRY      ICOM IC-735 with matching autotuner and power supply. Asking $875.00

 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


WANTED BY BLAIR VE6AGH IN LETHBRIDGE  - ve6agh@yahoo.ca403-327-8207

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 the club at    mail@qcarc.net

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 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 AL VA6ALE IN ARDROSSAN  If you are interested contact Al at va6ale@aol.com There are photos of the items available on request.
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Barker & Williamson Broadband End-Fed Vee Antenna Model AC30.

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 Ãƒâ€šÃ‚©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 PROJECTand 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 available https://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 ÃÆâ 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)

YUKON AMATEUR RADIO ASSOCIATION YARA - Home Yukon Amateur Radio Association
 

  

 

   

 

 

 


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:

 

  • 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/


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 the club at 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 THE CLUB AT mail@qcarc.net . 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.cawhich 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.htmlfor 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 Wednesdayplease check out www.wcar.ca  for information

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