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EMO worker tries to drum up enthusiasm for ham radio

EMO worker tries to drum up enthusiasm for ham radio

In an emergency, ham radio is an essential form of communication, Mike Johnson says

A free workshop about ham radios will be held in Sackville on Oct. 22. (Nicole Williams/CBC)

A ham radio probably isn’t the first form of communication a person thinks about in an emergency, but sometimes, it’s the only one that works.

Ham radios can use wireless transmission to send messages to battery-operated radios.

And they can be useful when large storms knock out telecommunications, says Mike Johnson, the Cumberland Regional Emergency Management co-ordinator.

He is partnering up with EOS Eco-Energy and the West Cumb Amateur Radio Club to hold a free workshop in Sackville to try get more people interested in ham radios.

Different technology

Johnson, who is also a member of the WestCumb club in Amherst, N.S., said that when we lose essential communications such as cellphones, landlines and the Internet — a ham radio can come to the rescue. Hurricane Michael, which struck Florida this week, devastated normal channels of communications.

Storms that knock out telecommunications for long periods of time create more problems for co-ordinated emergency response, he said.

He said he’s already seen how ham radios could help in New Brunswick.

In January 2017, a massive ice storm knocked out power to thousands in the northeast for days.

Operators dwindling

“It became very difficult,” said Johnson.

Today, ham radios are considered a hobby more than a necessity, and not many people know how they work.

“Our numbers are dwindling,” Johnson said of the amateur radio clubs.

But younger members are needed, especially since the clubs’ services may be needed even more as the climate changes.

“We still use Morse code to this day,” he said.

Requires a test

Johnson said there are a few steps to becoming a ham radio operator.

“You need to study, take the test, once you pass it’s a one-time cost,” he said. “It’s good for life.”

After that, it’s just buying the equipment to use. Equipment for amateur radio costs between $300 and $5,000.

The workshop will be held at the Sackville Royal Canadian Legion on Monday, Oct. 22, at 6:30 p.m.

Online petition about radio interference

Online petition about radio interference
Deadline for signatures: October 4, 2018

Radio Amateurs in Quebec have told us of a petition involving a radio station that is “generating interference on purpose”.

While we have not had a chance to investigate the specific details of the incidents the petition refers to we agree with the importance of acting to support the security of high frequency communications.

Those interested in signing the petition can do so at the following website:

https://petitions.ourcommons.ca/en/Petition/Details?Petition=e-1631

The petition will be closed for signatures on October 4, 2018 at 9:33 am.

Alan Griffin

RAC MarCom Director

Jack Humphries VE6JRH/VA6IX Silent Key

Photo of Jack in operation

It is with sadness we announce the passing of Jack Humphries VE6JRH/VA6IX from Olds. Jack received his Amateur Radio license in June 2001 and had been very active on the bands ever since.  Jack was very instrumental in helping many hams obtain their licenses and he made many friends on HF and VHF.  Jack worked many stations around the world on various bands and was always listening and ready to engage everyone in a meaningful conversation. He will certainly be missed.

Jack’s funeral service will be held on Friday April 20th at 11:00 A.M. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 3802 57 Ave. Olds.

The following is from a profile of Jack, written on the CAARC web site October 30, 2003.

I grew up on a farm southwest of Drumheller, Alberta, just south of the Horse Shoe Canyon. I came down with Diabetes Mellitus in 1947, which certainly changed my way of life.

My father took ill in 1950 and my work load at age eight got considerably heavier, with lots of chores to do. Dad then suffered a stroke in 1952 and work around the farm got a lot harder. I started driving truck and hauling grain when I was ten years old. Dad passed away in 1953 when I was eleven. I had a younger brother and two younger sisters.

I met my XYL in Calgary during 1960 and we went our separate ways until we married in 1965. We lived in Calgary, on 42nd Street SW, had two children, a boy and a girl. We subsequently moved to Olds, Alberta in 1969. We bought a shoe store in 1974 and sold it during the devastating inflationary early eighties. I presently work in Life Insurance and Mutual Funds as an independent broker.

Please click this link to read the complete profile of Jack.

CAARC Members receive awards for volunteering during the last year.

CAARC Members receive awards for volunteering during the last year. Congratulations to the members who received Volunteer Service and Volunteer Service with Excellence awards.sam_8454

Congratulations to Doug VE6DJC on winning the GIZMO! We look forward to seeing what he adds to it for next year’s Christmas dinner!

 

 

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New volunteer net control operator

We have a new volunteer for the Monday evening net controller.
Thanks to Maria VA6TFL for your willingness to help with the net.
Any other volunteers would be welcomed to add to the list.
Thanks to the five other net controllers for taking your turn.
Please check Updated Net Controller List under the Net info TAB
73
Bob VE6BLD
CAARC Net Controller Co-ordinator

 

All Band portable antenna

Portable All Band Antenna

 

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manually adjustable for any HF frequency band 7 – 30 MHz
plus VHF & UHF bands 50 MHz / 144 MHz / 440 MHz

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New CAARC Executive for 2015 – 2016

The Annual General Meeting was held on Wednesday Nov 18th at the Red Deer Search and Rescue. Congratulations to the members who were elected to the new executive.new exec

CAARC Executive for 2015 – 2016
Past President   Bob King VE6BLD

President– Stephen Lee VA6SGL

Vice President– Rod Lins VE6XY

Secretary– Sandy Jacobs VE6SND

Treasurer– Karen McKinney VA6LDY

Directors

  1. Brian Davies VE6CKC
  2. Garry Jacobs VE6CIA
  3. Greg McKinney VA6GMC
  4. Jeff Low VA6JL
  5. Mike Mailiot VE6MIM

 Appointments
Repeaters

Skip MacAulay VE6BGT

Emergency Coordinator
Jeff Low VA6JL
Publicity
Bob King VE6BLD
Webmaster
Bob King VE6BLD
Net Control
Bob King VE6BLD

Maxdroid

 

Maxdroid

Modification to add a digital display and continuous frequency selection to VHF/UHF Maxtrac transceivers.

By

Avinoam Albo, 4X1HF Avinoam.albo@gmail.com

December 2014


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Conversion of a Maxtrac to a transceiver with display and frequency selection

In this article I will explain how to convert the venerable Maxtrac to a rig more user friendly to radio amateurs.  The modification requires  the addition of only a few inexpensive and easily available components.  When the modification is completed you will have a rig with digital display and frequency selection enabling continuous  coverage over the whole range of frequencies  where the VCO locks.  An external programmer is no longer needed.

Disclaimer:  Carrying out the modification described requires basic electronics skills.  Any modifications are the sole responsibility of the technician. This modification will likely void type certification for commercial radio service.   This article does not make any specific claims or recommendations.

Specifications of the transceiver after this modification

  • Digital display
  • Continuous frequency selection
  • Selection of transmitter output power (2 levels or more)parts required
  • Selection using VFO or memories
  • Selection of VFO frequency steps (5K, 10K, etc.)
  • Receive PL (on/off)
  • Scanning and saving frequencies to memory (future)

Required Components 

  • Maxtrac VHF or UHF
  • Arduino Nano 328 controller
  • Rotary encoder
  • LCD 08 X 02 (8 characters x 2 lines)
  • 3K, 4.7K, 8.2K, 10K resistors
  • Fine gauge insulated hookup wire such as wire wrap wire

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Horizontal Quad Antenna

Horizontal Quad Antenna

By:  Eli Kovo, 4X4LH (originally published in the IARC newsletter 08/2015 “HaGal” and used with permission of the author.  Translated by:  Earl, VA6TJ)

I recently came across an article in an issue of “73 Magazine” from 1978 raving about an antenna called “The German Quad” which [at that time] was used by about half the hams in Germany.   Below I summarize the main points of the article.

The first thing about this antenna is that it works without a tuner on 6 bands, from 10m to 80m and also on 2m.  I could not find confirmation that it works on 6m however I am confident that it will also transmit on that band.  Compared to a symmetrical dipole, the horizontal quad has the advantage that it can be fed anywhere, even at a point close to the shack as in illustration 1.

horizontal loop ill 1

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