RAC Confirms IC’s Responsibilities

[html] Subject: [RAC-Bulletin] RAC Bulletin #2008-13: Erroneous E-mail Sparks Petition – RAC Confirms IC’s Responsibilities
On 18 May 2008, a petition began circulating on the Internet that quotes an unsigned e-mail from the Toronto District Office of Industry Canada (IC)
stating that Industry Canada is no longer the  regulatory body overseeing the amateur radio service, and that amateur radio is self-policing.
Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) contacted IC on 20 May, the first working day after the petition began. IC have confirmed that its contents are incorrect.
IC clearly affirmed they are the regulatory authority for Amateur Radio in Canada. The originator of the petition, Eddie Pereira VA3EDP, has since received a message from the acting Director of IC’s Toronto District Office confirming that the original unsigned e-mail was sent in error. Eddie will be meeting an IC official in the near future to discuss a spectrum
management issue that was the cause of his initial inquiry with IC.
RAC asks all Canadian Amateurs to contact RAC first if they have specific concerns about IC’s willingness or ability to supervise the Amateur Radio Service. RAC is here to serve the interests of all Canadian Amateurs and we will do our best to ensure IC listens to our concerns.

Sent by: Dave VO1AU/VE3AAQ
President, Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC)
Pr©sident, Radio Amateurs du Canada (RAC)
RAC’s Annual General Meeting will be held in conjunction with the Winnipeg
Hamfest 8-10 August 2008
L’Assemblé annuelle de RAC prendra lieu au Hamfest de Winnipeg les 8  10 ao»t
see/voir: http://www.mts.net/~warc/hamfest/


Rail Gun

[html] "navy_rail_gun_small.jpg"This is a new "rail gun" the US navy is testing on one of their ships..It uses a electromagnetic field pulse to shoot a projectile over 200 nautical miles… It takes 3 million amps to shoot his thing for each projectile..The kinetic energy of a solid projectile hitting something at this speed is equal to a cruise missle hitting it, but a lot cheaper to use…
The average ordinary 15 inch gun now can only shoot around 15 nautical miles… The energy needed to shoot the solid projectile at mach 8 is around 32 megajoules… Its calculated to shoot this gun
6 times per minute the ship will have to supply 16 megawatts of power…They want to achieve a goal of a 64 megajoule weapon which would take a staggering 6 million amps to shoot…
They still need to develop a breakthrough in material construction so that the guns themselves won't be shreaded by each high velocity barrage…
Submitted by Skip VE6BGT

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Google APRS site

[html] Check out this google APRS site for lots of excellent tracking, maps, graphs  and stats updated in almost real time , along with info on APRS stations!! Click this link for google APRS site. Then type in the station call you want to track.

New Baseline Repeater Shack

[html] The new radio shack on top of Baseline mountain has been installed and all the equipment has been transferred over."new_building-small2.jpg" "back_of_racks.jpg"
This new building is top notch and we are very lucky to be able to use it.
Thanks goes out to Husky Oil for giving us access and especially for  designing the new building for us to have our own rack to put the VE6VHF repeater into. Also for the use of DC power which is generated up there by TIG generators and solar panels. Also thanks goes out to Dick at Communications Group for all his help and supplying us with new LMR cables to hook our ant ports to the new Poly Phaser grounding panel on the wall..Our feed line doesn't go right into the shack any more so we needed new cables made. 
Some more work needs to be done to clean up the cables on the outside of the building to add the cable tray over to the tower itself and then a new support for our long feed line over to our tower… We poured a new cement base for this support while we were up there and Comm Group will finish this later on…Skip

More pixs are in the Gallery in VE6BGT's album on club repeaters… [/html]
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Powerline tower down

[html] A tractor and a high tension line tower tried to occupy the same space…it does not work. pics on ve6ckc gallery

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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

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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Facts on Ham Radio

[html] Thought people might be interested in reading some of these facts on Ham Radio.  I've added it to the links as well so it can be found after this news item is archived.  Its kind of an Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) which I think would be a good addition to this site for new hams to find out more about what amateur radio is all about.

It's a page by By Steven R. Hurst, KA7NOC


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 >