Quarter Century Amateur Radio Club Weekly Newsletter and Swap & Shop Listing 10/21/2020

 

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


I hope you had a good filling of leftover turkey last week. It has cooled down and it was below freezing for most of this past weekend. I had the good fortune to pick up some good ham gear recently, a couple HF rigs that I am having fun with. And I finally added new info and pictures to my QRZ page. Please check it out when you have a chance. I started another round of chemo last week and it has gone well.

 

DUE TO COVID 19 THERE IS NO QCARC FALL SOCIAL AND FLEA MARKET THIS YEAR

 

RAC NEWS by Ernest Clintberg VE6EC - RAC Director AB NT NU

Know someone interested in becoming a radio amateur? Check on the RAC website for online training offerings https://www.rac.ca/rac-online-advanced-amateur-radio-course-fall-2020/

Other resources 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 both Basic and Advanced study.

And from the recent email sent to all RAC members by Jason Tremblay, VE3JXT
RAC Community Services Officer: C
omplete information about the upcoming Simulated Emergency Test Saturday, October 31 is on the RAC website at the following links:
Important Update:
https://www.rac.ca/update-on-simulated-emergency-test-saturday-october-31/
Main SET webpage:
https://www.rac.ca/simulated-emergency-test/ 

 

PLEASE SUPPORT RAC!! THEY WORK HARD TO SUPPORT ALL AMATEURS!!  MANY BENEFITS ARE AVAILABLE TO RAC MEMBERS WHO ARE ALSO MEMBERS OF QCARC OR ANY RAC AFFILLIATED CLUB

 

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/22282021/57223-rge-rd-203-rural-sturgeon-county-none Call VE6TR - Rob if you have more interest and questions. 780-940-9826


Edmonton Area 5 day WX forecast:

Wednesday 10/21 mix of sun and cloud Low -11 High -3

Thursday 10/15  mix of sun and cloud Low -13  High -6

Friday 10/16 cloudy Low -12 High -6

Saturday  10/17  mix of sun and cloud Low -13 High -5

Sunday 10/18 sunny  Low -6 High -1

 

For current solar conditions go to https://www.wm7d.net

 

Information on Winlink Wednesday is on the website www.wcar.ca               


The 2M SSB net is on 144.200 USB Sundays at 10:00am and 8:00 PM 

 

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.

 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. 

Feel free to call out on any of the QCARC repeaters at any time to have a fun QSO with someone.

OTHER EVENTS ON HF AND 2 METERS

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 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 3.750 MHz

2 meter SSB net Sunday 10:00AM and 8:00 PM 144.200 MHz USB

Trans Canada net Sunday 12:00PM 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 8:30PM)

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

 

OCTOBER  BIRTHDAYS, ANNIVERSARIES, ETC.

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

Lyle, VE6EMF and his wife Irene have an anniversary and Irene’s birthday this month.

Hubert VE6AMY and his wife Erna VE6YMA have an anniversary this month.

Mike VA6WM and his wife Jenny have an anniversary this month.

Terry VE6EM has a birthday this month.

My brother Bill, who lives in Teslin, YT turns 65 this month.

 

HAM RADIO FUNNY OF THE WEEK

Q:  How do you greet a ham radio operator?

A:  With a short wave.

 

DID YOU KNOW?

In the early days of radio, a need for regulating the available frequencies became apparent and amateur transmissions were restricted to a range of shorter wavelengths, essentially crippling them for long distance communications at the time. Hams were given access to “200 meters and down,” meaning frequencies whose wavelengths were shorter than 200m.  In other words, anything above about 1.5MHz was fair game. These bands were deemed “useless” for commercial and government use. Unknown to the regulators at the time, the HF bands above 1.5MHz turned out to be ideal for world-wide communication via ionospheric propagation (lucky hams!). Even these modest frequencies were banned through World War I, but the restriction was lifted. Ham radio soon saw a flourishing that led to wireless communication between the UK and North America and subsequently many other locations around the world. This prompted a need for international standards, which were established by treaty around 1928. Ham radio was interrupted once more during World War II and subsequently went through a few revisions to the allocated frequency bands, leading to the current standards. Today, about two million hobbyists worldwide participate in ham radio.

Swap & Shop listings for this week:

The QCARC has for sale:

HAM 4 rotor new style with auto brake delay in new condition with approx 70 feet of cable and factory plug in connectors $250.00 

HyGain TH3-MK3 triband yagi in new condition with balun coil and 40 feet of coax 250.00

DMX 32 foot tower with hardware and wall brackets in good condition $100.00

Package price for all 3 is $450.00. If interested call Paul 780-232-7012 or mail@qcarc.net

 

Alfa Radio has for sale several good pieces of gear from the estate of VE6ERL and other consignors. Check out the listings at www.alfaradio.ca                                                                                               

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.  Asking $450. 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

 

Garry VE6CIA has for sale from the estate of VE6GHP  

ICOM DUAL BAND FM TRANSCEIVER IC-2800 with remote colour display head, and dtmf mic $300.00 

Comet CD-270D SWR/PWR meter $60.00          

Also many more items listed at http://www.caarc.ca/news/ve6ghp-estate-for-sale  

They have to go, make an offer.  

Contact Garry VE6CIA 403-343-1930 or ve6cia@gmail.com

Also part of 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. ricmartin@telus.net

 

IF YOU HAVE ANY ITEMS OF INTEREST TO THE LOCAL AMATEUR RADIO COMMUNITY THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO ADD TO THIS WEEKLY NEWSLETTER, EMAIL mail@qcarc.net

73, Stay well and be safe….

Paul VE6UFO, QCARC Secretary Treasurer and Net Manager