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Celebration of Life for Stanley Jones, VE7SJK

On Sunday April 7, from 2 - 4 PM at the Heffley Creek Community Hall, 6995 Old Highway 5, a celebratin of life for Stan will be held.

We look forward to seeing you there!


KARC to run basic amateur radio licensing course

Dates and location TBA soon! 

Requires commitment of 12 consecutive weeks - approx. 2 hours once per week during the evening and does require some study.

Cost is $125 per person, which includes the cost of the manual

Please click the link to contact Dwight Morrow for further information or to register, or call (250) 318-2441.

KARC March meeting coming up this Thursday the 7th!

This coming Thursday, March 7th, the Kamloops Amateur Radio Club will be holding their monthly meeting in Room 1411, Old Main Building on the TRU campus.

Please check the maps when you enter Old Main - 1411 is on the main/ground level and is very easy to get to, but one does have to watch the room numbers closely if just wandering without having looked at the floor maps.

Further information on the location and parking can be found in our announcement from last month.

Look forward to seeing you there!


Next KARC club meeting Feb. 7, 2019

The next KARC meeting will be the first Thursday in February, the 7th, at 7:30pm.  We are going to meet in the Old Main building at TRU, Room 1411

After-hours parking should be pretty easy at TRU (and it's free after 5PM), but please check the following so you're not heading to the wrong place:

Google Map showing the campus and Old Main marked

TRU parking information - General / Visitor should be appropriate for us.

Clarification from Chuck:

After 5:00 p.m. parking is free at TRU. You do NOT have to only park in the Visitor spots.

The only restrictions are that you CAN NOT park in any "Reserved" spots (all identified by individual blue signs in each spot, with a number like "B24"), and you also cannot park in any loading zone, service vehicle spot or any spot marked "No Parking."

Look forward to seeing you there!



November meeting postponed

Please be advised that the KARC November meeting is being postponed to a future date and location.  We will hopefully have a new date/time and location posted on Saturday evening (3rd). 

Please stay tuned!

“Black Swan 18” Exercise to Test US Government/Amateur Radio Interoperability on 60 Meters

Black Swan 18” is a communications exercise aiming to test how well responders, emergency management agencies, and non-government organizations (NGOs) activate, operate, and complete communication missions, specifically in terms of the volume, accuracy, and speed of radio traffic. The scenario for the October 4 – 10 Black Swan 18 will be a series of winter storms and associated events. ARRL Field Organization teams have been invited to adapt this activity as the basis of their annual Simulated Emergency Test (SET). Operational periods by participating organizations should not exceed 48 hours.

“In a high-impact disaster, response will need to include many organizations bringing their unique expertise and resources to bear in a coordinated fashion,” the Black Swan 18 announcement explains. “Black Swan 18 will test this ability to operate across geography and among complementary organizations. Cooperating forces include the Ohio Military Reserve (2nd Battalion), the ARRL Ohio and Iowa sections, and Air Force MARS.”

For this exercise, communication between US government radio stations and Amateur Radio stations is authorized on the five channels at 5 MHz where the Amateur Service has secondary status. Exercise communications must yield to real-world emergency communications. Interoperability will remain in effect for the duration of the exercise.

The exercise will run in three stages:

1. “Build-Up” is October 4 – 5, when organizations involved in preparation for large events or response to localized emergencies may wish to participate.

2. “Intense Action” is October 6 – 7, when most organizations will be establishing operating stations and handling radio traffic in support of emergency preparation, response, and recovery. Organizations that cannot participate during the “Intense Action” timeframe may run their own exercises in any 48-hour window during the scenario.

3. “Recovery” is October 8 – 10, when organizations preparing for and engaged in recovery operations may wish to participate.

Localized severe weather events and effects may cause activation in the week before or the week after the scheduled timeframe.

Ohio Military Reserve will provide exercise controllers on SHARES stations NNO5HA, NNO5HD, and NNO5HG. This activation has been approved by the FEMA Spectrum Manager. 

New Beta Version WSJT-X 2.0 Boasts Major Changes

Hot off the press from the ARRL Letter!

As promised, the WSJT-X Development Group has announced a new "candidate release," WSJT-X 2.0 rc1. This beta version of the popular digital mode suite incorporates many new FT8 and MSK144 features that will be of particular interest to the Amateur Radio contesting community. It includes all FT8 DXpedition Mode changes already developed in WSJT-X 1.9.1.

"Enhancements to the FT8 decoder ensure that in most situations decoding sensitivity is slightly better than for the old protocol. Symbol rates and occupied bandwidths are the same as before, and false-decode rates are significantly lower," the user notes explain. "The decoding threshold for MSK144 is a fraction of a decibel higher than before, owing to the slightly larger message payload and higher code rate." WSJT-X 2.0 introduces no significant changes to the JT4, JT9, JT65, QRA64, ISCAT, Echo, or FreqCal protocols.

The new features are summarized on the WSJT-X website and in the Quick-Start Guide to WSJT-X 2.0. Contest-related changes include:

  • Support for standard ARRL Field Day exchanges, such as 6A SNJ.
  • Better support for North American VHF contests, with improved handling of grids and /r rover call sign designators.
  • Six-character locators and call sign suffix support for portable operators, focused on EU VHF contesting.
  • Support for standard contest exchanges in the ARRL RTTY Roundup, such as 579 MA or 559 0071.
  • Support for call signs of up to 11 alphanumeric characters, to accommodate non-standard and compound call signs.

Support for new exchanges should expand the ability of contesters to use FT8 and other WSJT-X protocols during contests that allow digital contacts and where the exchange is a traditional signal report and state/province/country.

According to the release notes, WSJT-X 2.0 also offers "significantly better sensitivity" (about 1 dB) for the WSPR decoder. In addition, color highlighting of decoded messages provides worked-before status for call signs, grid locators, and DXCC entities on a by-band basis. Color highlighting can also identify stations that have -- or have not -- uploaded their logs to "Logbook of The World" (LoTW) within the past year.

Those participating in WSJT-X beta tests are expected to report their experiences to the developers and upgrade to the general availability release when it becomes available. Visit the WSJT-X web page for more information.

Theme for World Amateur Radio Day: April 18, 2019

Theme for World Amateur Radio Day: April 18, 2019  “Celebrating Amateur Radio’s Contribution to Society”

For immediate release:

The International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) has announced that the theme for World Amateur Radio Day, April 18, 2019, will be “Celebrating Amateur Radio’s Contribution to Society”.

The Administrative Council (AC) of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) held its annual in-person meeting on September 8 and 9, 2018 in Seoul, Republic of Korea, immediately prior to the IARU Region 3 Conference. The AC is responsible for the policy and management of the IARU and consists of the three IARU international officers and two representatives from each of the three IARU regional organizations.

After consideration of several possible alternatives the theme for World Amateur Radio Day, April 18, 2019, was confirmed as “Celebrating Amateur Radio’s Contribution to Society”.

Attending the meeting were IARU President Tim Ellam, VE6SH/G4HUA; Vice President Ole Garpestad, LA2RR; Secretary David Sumner, K1ZZ; regional representatives Don Beattie, G3BJ, Hans Blondeel Timmerman, PB2T, Reinaldo Leandro, YV5AM, Ramón Santoyo, XE1KK, Gopal Madhavan, VU2GMN, and Peter Young, VK3MV. Present as observers were regional executive committee members Jay Bellows, K0QB, Ken Yamamoto, JA1CJP, and Don Wallace, ZL2TLL.

The next in-person meeting of the AC is scheduled to be held immediately prior to the IARU Region 2 Conference in Lima, Peru at the end of September 2019. Virtual AC meetings will be held by teleconference as required.

For more information visit: https://wp.rac.ca/iaru-administrative-council-meeting-focuses-on-wrc-19-preparation-and-succession-planning/

KB6NU Ham Radio Blog and 3D printed parts for ham radio

Dan Romanchik, KB6NU, is a prolific writer, blogger, podcaster, and all-around interesting guy! I follow his blog and have listened to him on the ICQ Ham Radio Podcast.  Recently he blogged about 3D printed parts for ham radio and I thought I would share this with KARC members because there is some really interesting stuff going on in the maker space. One of the commenters stated that he has over fifty 3D printed pieces in his ham Go Box!

Have a look at the column (linked below) and learn what ham's are doing with 3D printers.


VA7SPA Silent Key 1935-2018

KARC member Stratton "Paul" Angrave, VA7SPA, passed away on July 21, 2018.

Paul is survived by his loving wife Jan of 41 years, his brother Joe Gagnier, several nieces, nephews and cousins.  Paul was an active volunteer with the Provincial Emergency Radio Communication Service, becoming a volunteer at the Central PREOC in 2004.  Paul was an valued member of the club, and he will be dearly missed.

In lieu of flowers, you may make a donation to the BC Lupus Association or a charity of your choice.


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