Quarter Century Amateur Radio Club Weekly Newsletter and Swap & Shop Listing 11/25/2020

 

Hello all, my  name is  Paul  VE6UFO  from Stony Plain, AB and  I  compose  this  club  newsletter  each  week.

Well this week has not been too eventful in ham radio other than a few inversions in this area that have made conditions favorable on VHF. The numbers of Covid cases are really going up rapidly. Please do everything you can to keep yourself and others safe and minimize your social gatherings at this time.

You will notice that I have modified the newsletter a bit – hope you like it!

GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

JOIN OUR COVID COFFEE RAGCHEW ON VE6QCR & VE6PP REPEATERS THURSDAYS AT 10 AM

STOLEN EQUIPMENT TRAILER/TOWER – SEE LINK BELOW!!

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1R4XLXSBeogFU0cibX9vHHEoRzKFOH7_0FA9Jk05EBf0/edit?usp=drive_web

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.  Newly renovated Shack in the heated shop with feed lines and grounds.  See listing for details:        https://www.realtor.ca/real-estate/22593097/57223-rge-rd-203-rural-sturgeon-county-none  Call VE6TR - Rob if you have more interest and questions. 780-940-9826

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

 AR100 Conference – July 30, 31, August 01, 2021 is the celebration of 100 years of amateur radio in Alberta. There are several parties interested in making this event happen but they need volunteers to fill the committee positions and start the planning process. PARTICIPATION FROM ALL CLUBS IN ALBERTA IS WELCOME!  If you can volunteer to be on the committee or help with this hamfest in any other way, please contact Robert Septou, VE6AIA rseptou@telus.net or phone 780-437-2504.

Edmonton Area 5 day WX forecast:

Wednesday 11/25 mix of sun and cloud  Low -7 High  -2

Thursday 11/26 cloudy Low -2 High  1

Friday 11/27 mix of sun and cloud  Low -2 High 1

Saturday 11/28 mix of sun and cloud  Low -10 High 1

Sunday 11/29 mix of sun and cloud  Low -6 High -3

QCARC NEWS
When needed, QCARC helps its members or the family 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 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.

To Join QCARC or renew your membership, the form is on our website www.qcarc.net  Membership dues and donations can be e-transferred to mail@qcarc.net   

QCARC SELLS DONATED ITEMS AT FLEA MARKETS TO RAISE MONEY.  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 weekly 2 meter net and Swap & Shop Wednesday 8:30PM on VE6QCR and VE6PP repeaters.    If you have any items wanted or for sale you can list them live on air during the swap & shop or call / text Paul VE6UFO at 780-232-7012 or email mail@qcarc.net After the Wednesday night 2m net stations are encouraged to stick around for a fun round table ragchew QSO session. 

RAC NEWS
Ernest Clintberg VE6EC is the RAC Director for AB NT NU

This year’s RAC Winter Contest is on December 19,  0:00 UTC to 23:59 UTC

Due to Covid 19, ISED has agreed to give permission to examiners to provide exams online.

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/

 NOVEMBER BIRTHDAYS, ANNIVERSARIES, ETC. 

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

Happy Birthday to Willy, VE6WZK/VA6WZ who turns 80 this month.
My twin grandsons Aiden and Gavin Mitchell turn 2.
Sue VA6SUE and Ron VE6VJ Chalifoux celebrate 4 years of wedded bliss this month.
Happy Birthday to Monty, VA6PG who turns 77 this month.

 HAM RADIO FUNNY OF THE WEEK

True story submitted by Al Girard, VE6OA
Before I retired I was a news and sports cameraman with CFRN TV, which is now known as CTV, Edmonton. One morning while I was on early shift I heard on my scanner of a serious collision on the Sherwood Park Freeway, so I went there to shoot it for the news. As I pulled up to the scene, a cameraman from ITV pulled up behind me. A Mountie on the road called the ones in the ditch who were working on the wrecked vehicles and announced “Be aware that the Mike Echo Delta India Alpha has arrived”. I took my camera out of my car and went up to him. I said, “You’d be surprised to know that some of us guys in the Mike Echo Delta India Alpha can Sierra Papa Echo Lima Lima.”
I sent that story to Reader’s Digest. They published it in “All In A Day’s Work” and sent me a check for $400 USD. Al, VE6OA

DID YOU KNOW?

The International Space Station (ISS) is a multinational collaborative project between five participating spaceagencies: NASA (UnitedStates), Roscosmos (Russia), JAXA (Japan), ESA (Europe), and CSA (Canada).

Swap & Shop listings for this week:                                                                                     

PRICE DROP - For sale by Todd VA6TGS an Alinco DX-SR8 HF Transceiver, comes with face disconnect kit. Encoder (Tune) wheel is a little loose but works fine.  Good starter rig.  Now Asking $400. Todd also has a Motorola MSR2000 repeater box VHF 30w. Crystal controlled.  Box only, no duplexer or controller. Offers or trades.  Free to good cause .Todd can be reached by phone at 780-706-0075.

 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 ve6agh@yahoo.ca

From the VE6GHP estate near Brooks, AB:
64' tower with HF and VHF antennas, Needs to be taken down. Not sure what the antennas are or what the price is but it may be free for the taking to whoever takes it down.
For information contact Helen 403-378-4988 or geporter@eidnet.org

Wanted to by Ric, VE7CUP 2 or 3 position remote antenna switches, working or not. Ric is also in search of a 3 to 5 element 15m monoband yagi that can be disassembled for shipping to BC. If you can help Ric out with any of these items, please email ricmartin@telus.net

FOR SALE BY PAUL VE6UFO – THESE ITEMS ARE NEW IN BOXES – PRICES ARE SIGNIFICANTLY LOWER THAN RETAIL AND THEREFORE NOT NEGOTIABLE  CONTACT PAUL AT 780-232-7012 or mail@qcarc.net

Yaesu YSK 7800 separation kit RETAIL 89.00 ASKING 25.00

LDG Z-100PLUS  auto tuner  RETAIL 230.00 ASKING 170.00

(2) LDG 200 watt balun RBA-1:1     RETAIL 42.00  ASKING 30.00 each

(2) LDG 200 watt balun RBA-4:1      RETAIL 42.00  ASKING 30.00 each

LDG FT meter external analog meter for FT-857 and FT-897 RETAIL 80.00 ASKING 60.00

LDG FTL-meter – Large external analog meter for the FT-857 and FT-897  RETAIL130.00  ASKING 90.00

Yaesu speaker/microphone model MH-34 RETAIL 50.00  ASKING 30.00

Icom automatic antenna tuner model AH-4  RETAIL 400.00 ASKING 300.00

Yaesu mobile HF/6M transceiver model FT-891   RETAIL 950.00  ASKING $750.00

(2) universal multimedia headset with microphone RETAIL 25.00  ASKING 18.00 Each

Daiwa cross needle SWR and power meter model CN-501   RETAIL 145.00  ASKING 100.00

MFJ mobile SWR/Watt meter-model MFJ-818 RETAIL 115.00  ASKING 70.00

Daiwa cross needle SWR and power meter model CN-460M  RETAIL 100.00  ASKING 70.00

Diamond antenna precision SWR power meter model SX-200 RETAIL 148.00  ASKING 100.00

Icom DTMF microphone HM-154T FOR IC 7000 OR 7100  RETAIL 98.00  ASKING 70.00

Kenwood multifunction microphone MC-47 RETAIL 80.00  ASKING 50.00

MFJ mobile antenna matcher model MFJ- 910  RETAIL 50.00  ASKING 35.00

Heil sound side boom headset model BM-17 RETAIL 160.00  ASKING 110.00

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.

NEW – 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 at https://bit.ly/SARC20NovDec

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.

 Here is a listing of some of the nets and other gatherings that take place regularly:

 Daily

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

IF YOU HAVE ANY ITEMS OF INTEREST 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