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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
One of these is a beacon at 14.070
Happy New Year
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





Free HandHeld winner


         The draw for the Free Hand Held at the Annual General meeting was won by a new ham to the Red Deer area.     Congratulations to Steve GW7GCD and we welcome him  and his wife Maria to the area.

End Fed Antenna by MOSHE INGER 4Z1PF HaGal Israel Amateur Radio Club Magazine

End Fed Antenna by MOSHE INGER 4Z1PF HaGal Israel Amateur Radio Club Magazine, issue 410, June 2013 translated by Earl VA6TJ
What more could we wish for? An easy to build antenna made from inexpensive materials, covering all
the HF bands! The simple end fed antenna described in this article meets these requirements.
A half wave end fed antenna exhibits a high impedance to the transmitter. This mis-match is too high
for most external or internal antenna tuners to deal with. However we can use a transformer to
overcome this mis-match.



Click this following link to download the rest of the article in PDF format

end fed antenna 4z1pf translation

Boston Marathon 2013 – Bombs, Carnage and Amateur Radio Operators

Glacier Waterton Hamfest

Hamfest Time!!!
Registration is open! Available here is the 2013 registration. Hope to see you there!!

George Forsyth AA7GS
212 Skyline Drive N.E. (Home)
Great Falls, Montana 59404

George Forsyth (work)
207 2nd Ave So. (shipping)
Great Falls, Montana 59405

FEMA training:
Montana’s Ham Radio Forum:

Director: Glacier Waterton International Hamfest
Member: North Central Montana Auxiliary Communications Group

ICS 100-200-230-250-288-700-702-800-802-813-907-ARECC-CERT-FEMA AUX COMM-FEMA COML-

North Central Montana Auxiliary Communications Group Net:
AE7OC 7PM Thursdays 146.740 (N7YO) Echolink 37656 IRLP NODE #7908 (147.300)

Contact ISS

All visible passes over the next five days starting Feb.19, 2013 of the ISS for us are at about 54deg N and occur between 6:30PM and 8:30PM.

Rx on 145.800 and Tx on 144.490

Volunteers provide key emergency communications

Volunteers provide key emergency communications

EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS: Russell Storry, emergency radio coordinator, recently participated in a practice session during which an email was sent and received using ham radios and netbook computers.
Equipment allows emails to be sent using ham radios and battery-powered computers
by Laura Walz |
Published: Wednesday, December 12, 2012 11:21 AM PST
Ham radio operators in Powell River are a key part of the region’s emergency response system. Members of Powell River Amateur Repeater Society and Powell River Amateur Radio Club volunteer to be part of the emergency radio communication unit, which comes under the umbrella of Powell River Regional Emergency Program (PRREP).

A major disaster on the West Coast would have the potential to knock out communications, including telephone and Internet service. The unit would activate equipment kept in an emergency communications trailer, which can be set up wherever an Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) would be established. Both the Powell River Regional District and City of Powell River have contributed funds for equipment, as well as a grant from BC Gaming.

The emergency radio communications group, which has 10 regular members, is part of Emergency Management BC (EMBC), said Russell Storry, emergency radio coordinator. “We have identify cards and coverage through WorkSafeBC for a tasked event,” he explained. “We complement Emergency Social Services [ESS] and ground search and rescue.”

The trailer is equipped with generators and fuel, Storry explained. “Our task is to pass messages. We provide backup communications in the event that telephones and Internet are not available.”

The group recently added a system which enables them to send digital messages within the region and also to Victoria, using a combination of amateur radios and other equipment. The system allows an EOC in Powell River to have outside communications and both send and receive messages.

Digital messages can be sent between two ham radios connected to netbooks or laptop computers that can run off batteries, explained Derek Poole, a radio operator with the unit. “With the software we’re using and that hardware, we can send text messages, emails back and forth,” he said.

Without the system, communications would be voice-to-voice over the radio, Poole said, or actually picking the message up physically and delivering it. “The problem with a real large-scale event can sometimes be the radios can really get tied up with the urgency of the communications,” he said. “This uses a different system, a different set of frequencies and it’s very fast. When you send a message with this method, once it’s all set up and you push the go button, it’s a matter of a few seconds and it passes the whole message. It doesn’t tie up the airways to any extent at all.”

Currently, the system works radio-to-radio directly, so it is restricted by distance. The plan is to install a digital repeater on Texada Island, which would allow the group to work in more isolated areas, Poole said.

While the system is somewhat slower than normal Internet service, it is possible to send small attachments, Poole said. “For example, if you had specific, written instructions that you had to pass on, the commander or whoever was in charge could sign that off and send it off signed to another location,” he said. “They could receive it and it could be an official document as part of whatever exercise you are involved in.”

Poole said he was excited about the new capabilities, which he said has applications for search and rescue as well. “If we were in the backcountry and there were poor communications back into the front, we could do equipment requests or resource requests using this system.”

The group is looking for more members, said Storry. “The issue for us would be if we had an event, to provide volunteers on a continuous basis around the clock for a number of locations takes a lot of people.”

People interested in volunteering don’t have to have their own ham radios, but most do. People do need an amateur radio licence to use amateur radio bands, Storry explained, and computer skills are helpful.

Members of the society assist newcomers with learning how to become an EMBC registered radio communications volunteer. The society meets on the first Saturday of the month from September to June at the Cranberry Training Centre.

Interested readers can find more information by following the PRREP links on the regional district’s website.

Bob Heil, (video casts) with various co-hosts and guests, will cover the excitement and importance of ham radio

Bob Heil, with various co-hosts and guests, will cover the excitement and importance of ham radio – from tossing an antenna wire in a tree allowing you to talk to the world, to the importance of ham radio operators in time of disasters.

Records live every Wednesday at 6:00pm PT/9:00pm ET.  Also see drop down menu under ARTICLES.

Weather Radio Net

There is a fairly new net on Saturday nights called the Weather Radio Listeners Newsletter Net. It is hosted by Gordon Maybee, VA3WXA out of Toronto. It begins at 8pm Atlantic, 7pm Eastern on IRLP Reflector 9034 and if you have a computer, Echolink node 223557. It has information about Weather Radio and also CANWARN. It will also include weather warnings across Canada and power outages. We are trying to make this a Cross Canada Net to include all provinces and Territories.We are looking for station from Québec to participate as we do not have any stations checking in from there yet.

We are looking for stations who are interested in weather to take part. If you have a weather station, you can report your findings at your QTH or if you have any local severe weather going on, you can report on that.

For more information about the net, go to The Maritime Amateur website and click on CANWARN. Once there, click on CANWARN news where you will find articles on this net. Here is the direct link: