VA6DX FPV Flight over Red Deer Picnic

From Barry Bergstrom VA6DX

Hey Bob. Here’s a quick video of the FPV flight from last weekend. You’re welcome to embed it on the CAARC site if you like; just but a note on to watch it in 720p or 1080p for a better effect. 

Thanks Barry great video

Bob VE6BLD

 

 

RAC ARES

RAC/ARES meets in Red Deer Alberta
RAC/ARES members took advantage of the recent Central Alberta Amateur Radio Club Hamfest in Red Deer Alberta to meet and discuss issues ranging from recruitment training and organization.
Alberta ARES has had a busy period providing communication services to their communities with the recent floods in Calgary and High River and the Slave Lake fires as only two examples.

Left to right… Neal Sunderland VE6NL the new Section Emergency Coordinator for Alberta, often seen driving around the province visiting members in his Holiday Rambler Class A RV, Jeff Low VA6JL Red Deer Emergency Coordinator and veteran of the recent floods as well as Garry Jacobs VE6CIA Alberta Section Manager.  Inset, Ian Burgess VA6EMS Emergency Coordinator for Calgary. [1]

Geoff Bawden, VE4BAW
Acting CFSO and President RAC

 

RCMP

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police amateur radio Group in Ottawa will be operating a Special Event Station VE3RCMPduring the Field Day contest weekend, June 28-29, 2014.  We plan also to activate the call sign during the RAC Canada Day Contest July 1st.

The Special Event Amateur Station will be commemorating the 75th anniversary of the first RCMP owned and operated radio-to-patrol-car dispatch system that was commissioned in the fall of 1939 using the call sign VY8T and thus initiated a continuing Radio Support-Service within Force.   VE3RCMP during Field Day will be operated by current and retired members of what is currently known as the RCMP National Radio Services Directorate, Ottawa.

The last time VE3RCMP was obtained for field day operations was in 1989 during the the 50th anniversary.  We hope the 4 letter suffix will not cause too much confusion to other FD contest station operators.

Special QSL cards are being prepared to confirm contacts with VE3RCMP.


Norm Rashleigh, VE3LC

RAC Bulletin

June 16th 2014

Red Deer Hamfest – Central Alberta Amateur Radio Club

Hams from many parts of Alberta met last weekend at a hamfest in Red Deer hosted by the Central Alberta Amateur Radio Club (CAARC).

Groups such as the Southern Alberta Amateur Radio Club (SARA) and Alberta RAC/ARES took advantage of the opportunity to meet and conduct their business. RAC President Geoff Bawden, VE4BAW and Director Mitch Mitchell, VE6OH, (Alberta and Northwest Territories and Nunavut) were proud to make a presentation of RAC shirts to CAARC Club President Bob King VE6BLD and Garry Jacobs, VE6CIA Alberta Section Manager.

Mr. Bawden made a presentation on the recent history of RAC and outlined our future. The return of RAC to financial solvency and its accomplishments since 2010 were discussed with members.

RAC would like to acknowledge and thank CAARC for the grant of $600 to help cover Mr. Bawden’s travel expenses.

Mr. Bawden will be visiting other groups in Alberta before he returns home to Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Web link with photo: http://wp.rac.ca/red-deer-hamfest-central-alberta-amateur-radio-club/

 

Rac Comms

Guest Operation in Brazil during FIFA 2014 World Cup

Guest Operation in Brazil during FIFA 2014 World Cup

 2014/06/09

The Brazilian Amateur Radio League – LABRE – has filed a request and obtained special permission from ANATEL, the Brazilian Telecommunication authority for foreign amateurs wishing to operate during the FIFA World Cup.

Radio amateur operators who visit Brazil for the 2014 FIFA World Cup will be able to be on air without bureaucracy. During June and July, any foreign amateur will be able to operate in Brazil regardless of the existence of reciprocity agreement between countries. No IARP or CEPT license are necessary and no fees are required.

Amateurs who wish to operate in Brazil must send to LABRE the following documents
– Copy of a valid passport (identification pages)
– Copy of amateur radio license of his/her country
– List of cities in which he/she intends to operate and the respective periods
– Email address for contact

The documents must be scanned and sent to executiva@labre.org.br

For further information, contact George Gorsline, VE3YV RAC International Affairs Officer.
VE3YV@rac.ca

MS Bike Tour 2014

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you. I had enough volunteers sign up and the event went splendidly!
VE6BLL, VE6BLD, VE6CIA, VE6HPY, VE6MIM, VE6UNK, VE6XY, VE6SYL, VE6VY, and VA6JL for assisting via EcoLink. Thank you for your time. You all did a fantastic job.

Radio airwaves get buzzed from pot

Subject: Radio airwaves get buzzed from pot
BlankRan across this in USA Today. Thanks BOB K6YBV!!

Radio airwaves get buzzed from pot By Trevor Hughes,

A few years ago, retired electrical engineer Tom Thompson noticed it was
getting harder and harder to hear his friends across the country talking to
him on their ham radio sets. So Thompson built a portable antenna system to
track down whatever was interfering with his radio transmission.

The culprit? Marijuana grow operations, whose powerful grow lights can emit
interference blocking radio broadcasts on the ham and AM spectrums.

The first grower he encountered wasn’t pleased to know Thompson, now 73,
could tell what was going on. “He said, ‘What are you going to do, call the
cops?’ Thompson said. “And I said, ‘Well no, it’s a federal matter.

‘ With 22 states and the District of Columbia allowing medical marijuana,
and Colorado and Washington permitting recreational use, there’s been an
explosion in the number of people growing their own pot, much of it indoors.
With that growth has come increasing interference from the grow lights,
which suck down huge amounts of electricity to shine upon budding marijuana
plants. Growing pot indoors is usually more secure and gives the grower more
control over light, water and insects, which results in higher-quality
plants commanding a premium price.

The interference problems from one type of system have gotten so bad that
the amateur radio association, ARRL, filed a formal federal complaint on
behalf of the country’s 720,000 licensed ham operators. The problems are
worse in Colorado and California, said Sean Kutzko, an ARRL spokesman.

The interference is caused by what are known as “ballasts,” electronic
systems controlling the grow lights. Unless they’re properly shielded, the
ballasts can throw off a wide range of interference. “We’re seeing numerous
cases … and that’s causing us a problem,” Kutzko said. “We just want to
make sure the manufacturers are in compliance with FCC laws. The FCC has the
power to regulate anything that interferes with licensed radio
transmissions, such as ham sets, but also cellphones and AM radios.

Ham Radio on Fox News

http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2014/05/19/ham-radio-old-technology-gets-new-respect/?intcmp=obnetwork

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FOX Project Cube Sat

Reprinted from AMSAT NA
Phase 1 Fox satellites are 1-Unit CubeSats. They each include an analog FM repeater that will allow simple ground stations using an HT and an “arrow” type antenna to make contacts using the satellite. This was the mode made so popular by AO-51. The Phase 1 CubeSats also have the capability of operating in a high-speed digital mode for data communications. Two of our phase 1 Fox satellite projects have already been accepted into the NASA ELaNa program for free launches.

Preliminary Fox Keplerian Elements

We now have a launch for Fox-1 in 2014.  These Keplerian elements approximate the perigee, apogee, and inclination of the orbit.  They have been tested in several popular tracking programs, and will give a good feel for the availability and footprint to be expected.  Other details will depend on the launch site and deployment profile.

FOX-1
1 99999U 13001A   13115.03159480  .00000000  00000 0  00000 0 1    14
2 99999  64.0000 106.4735 0200000 270.0000 180.0000 14.81480000    10

With the IARU coordination received, the uplink frequency will be 435.180 MHz, and the downlink frequency will be 145.980 MHz.  For those using the SatPC32 tracking program, you can add the following line to the DOPPLER.SQF file:

FOX-1,145980,435180,FM,FM,NOR,0,0,Preliminary

We will update these as the launch approaches and more specific information becomes available.

Fox-1 Engineering Prototype.

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    • Koffee Klatch Join the local Hams for coffee at the A and W in the Village Mall across from Wall Mart on the North hill in Red Deer. .Listen to VE6QE 147.150 MHZ plus 600 for directions. See you there!
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    • Koffee Klatch Join the local Hams for coffee at the A and W in the Village Mall across from Wall Mart on the North hill in Red Deer. .Listen to VE6QE 147.150 MHZ plus 600 for directions. See you there!
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    • Koffee Klatch Join the local Hams for coffee at the A and W in the Village Mall across from Wall Mart on the North hill in Red Deer. .Listen to VE6QE 147.150 MHZ plus 600 for directions. See you there!
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    • CAARC 2 Meter NET Please check in to the CAARC net on VE6QE 147.150+ repeater.,VE6VHF 146.91-, VE6PZ 145.210 -, VE6UK 145.25 -...
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