Misc

VE6BLD multi-coax junction box on my tower

I have just completed building and installing a multi-coax junction box on my tower. I have 9 coaxes coming down the tower and feeding through a 4 inch pvc conduit to the basement. Every time a thunderstorm approached I would have to go behind my operating desk in the shack and disconnect them all. Two of the lines are 7/8 inch hardline with 1/4 inch solid core center conductor. Any lightning strike would have a direct path to the shack- not great!! I had an old aluminum weather proof  box which was used for a chart recorder in a town pump house. Please see the pictures for the construction and finished product. There is also another WP box three feet away to connect the coaxes from the house to a grounding bar during bad weather. The red banana plugs ground the disconnected  coax coming down the tower after they are disconnected. This way there is no path for the lightning to enter the house through the coaxes.

CAARC Participation in 2020 ARRL Field Day

Paul VA6MPM has agreed to co-chair distribution of information for CAARC members’  (and any other interested amateur’s) entries in the ARRL Field Day.

We encourage your participation in the 2020 ARRL Field Day on June 27 and 28, and your submission of your individual station score to the ARRL. The 24 hours of on-air operations start at 1800Z June 27. You may operate for any convenient part of that period.

We are going to publish what we hope are bite-sized chunks about participating in Field DayThe official ARRL Classes for one or two participants are (from easiest to hardest), choose one:

  1. Home station using only one of your own call signs (Class D). Another licenced household member may also use this station equipment with only one of their own call signs for a separate entry. Class D stations may not count contacts made with other Class D stations. Using emergency power for a home station changes your class to Class E and allows you to claim a bonus and also allows contacts with any Field Day Station to be counted.
  1. Vehicular Mobile (Class C): Stations in vehicles capable of operating while in motion and normally operated in this manner. Normally used by one operator with his own call sign.
  1. Small group portable (Class B) set up and operated by no more than two persons. This can be your regular equipment set up so as to operate from your back yard, and I believe, your garage if it is not your regular operating position. A variant is Class B – Battery, in which All contacts must be made using an output power of 5 Watts or less and the power source must be something other than commercial mains or motor-driven generator. Set-up must start later than 0000 UTC on the Friday (Thursday afternoon or evening local time) preceding the Field Day period. Set up your station up with an effort of a total of 24 hours or less.

In the QST Field Day results each class is listed in in its own category, so in essence, you will compete with similar stations.

We will make further posts, about:

  1. Which QSOs can be counted and what you have to record for each QSO,
  2. Point score for each type of QSO
  3. Multipliers and bonuses
  4. Reporting your score

Background, official rules, and many hints can be found at http://www.arrl.org/files/file/Field-Day/2020/2020%20Field%20Day%20Packet(1).pdf .

Comments or questions to Paul VA6MPM (find his email on QRZ.com), or John VA6SJA, va6sja@rac.ca .

John VA6SJA and Paul VA6MPM

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Okotoks sunset

Had a great weekend with our son and daughter in law in Okotoks. Had a fantastic sunset one night. Here are a few shots. Check the Gallery for more or click the newest image on the home page to link to the Gallery.

Bob

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Humpback whale foundation called Juniper Foundation

Post from Brian Davies from down under
20 m beacon
Last year I learned about the humpback whale foundation called Juniper Foundation in Hawaii. They have deployed hydrophones on “wave gliders” see link http://www.jupiterfoundation.org/projects.shtml
One of these is a beacon at 14.070
Happy New Year
Brian
 
Thanks
73 to all….+31 on xmas day we swam in the ocean morning and afternoon.

CAARC Christmas Pot Luck Supper

The CAARC Christmas Pot Luck Supper was enjoyed by approximately 35 guests on Sunday December 1. Thanks to everyone who attended and brought such good food. The following great pictures are provided by Karen VA6LDY, thanks Karen.IMG_3260IMG_3262IMG_3263IMG_3264IMG_3265IMG_3266IMG_3267IMG_3270IMG_3272

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VE6EI (Silent Key)

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Gordon Crayford VE6EI
from Lacombe became a Silent Key on
February 11th 2007  after a lengthy illness. Gordon was one of the founding members of the Central Alberta Radio League (now CAARC). He was born in Cowley AB. In 1917 his father was a building contractor doing construction in the town of Frank when the slide occurred. Gordon was always very interested in the causes and effects of the Frank Slide and wrote a book in 1987 called
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More Weak Signal Activity This Weekend

[html] This weekend brought a lot of people out of the weeds on VHF/UHF/ and above because of the contest that was being held… I missed the Sunday morning group but Sunday evening brought a lot of us together and Bob, VE6BLD, and myself worked a lot of stations mainly north of us on these bands…The biggest thrill for me was working Grant, VE6TA on 1296.100 Mhz who lives approximately 100 miles north of me….My equipment is mainly setup for satellite uplink operation and doesnt have a Tx/Rx relay so I hade to swap the 7/8 hardline back and forth to work him totally on this band…We used CW at first and then switched to SSB and had a short QSO which was actually quite strong in signal stength…Grant is using a 18 foot dish right on the ground with about 600 watts looking through trees (EME setup) but I was only running about 30 watts into a 25 turn helical which has a bad SWR at this freq and is about 45 feet high and also looking right through a bunch of trees…Skip [/html]
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2 meter SSB NET and long distance signal report..

[html] There has been a new Net created to spark more activity on the higher bands� like VHF and UHF…Every Sunday morning at 10AM we meet on 144.200 and see who can work who on USB….Some of us run high power and large ant arrays and others run smaller equipment, it’s all open for the experiment…Then we also meet Sunday evening at 8 PM local time to try it again as some of us can’t make the morning get together…

I made a schedule with Doug, VE5UF who lives by Saskatoon to see if we could make the connection…The first night I got the freq we were going to meet on mixed up so we missed each other and the rest of us continued on..The following day (Monday) we rescheduled by e-mail and tried it again…I had everything all set up and was working on something else when I heard him tune up just before the scheduled time….So I called him and we had a good QSO for about 15 minutes, this is a distance of just around 300 miles… Doug was able to record the audio from me and send it around to the SSB group…The signal was moderate and then become very strong then faded again a little but we were able to hear each other fine the whole QSO…In the recording you can only hear me as his audio is not connected to the computer to be recorded…
This is the farthest I have worked with using meteor scatter etc….We are going to do it on a regular basis to see if it was just conditions or see if this path is possible regularily…..Skip, VE6BGT
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CAARC Member Wins Award

[html] Hello all, I was very excited today when Sarina brought home a parcel from the post office…It was from AMSAT —The Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation…I had no idea what it could be!! Inside was… More >