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ARRL VHF Contest June 11-13, 2016

The ARRL June VHF Contest begins at 1800 UTC Saturday, and runs through 0259 UTC Monday (June 11-13, 2016).

Amateurs in the US and Canada (and their possessions) are encouraged to work as many amateur stations in as many different 2 degrees x 1 degree Maidenhead grid squares as possible using authorized frequencies above 50 MHz. Stations outside the US & Canada (and their possessions) may only work stations in the US (and its possessions) and Canada.

Myles, VE7FSR will be joining the Coquitlam Amateur Radio Club (VE7SCC) at Pavilion Mountain again this year.  Visitors are welcome to come out and visit, or give us a call on 2M or 6M and say "hello".

Emergency Services Day First of its Kind

Emergency Services Day First of its Kind

For the first time ever, Emergency Services in Kamloops joined forces to present Emergency Services Day. The free event combined Emergency Preparedness Week with National Police Week to provide the opportunity for residents to meet their emergency response community.

Visitors learned about Kamloops community’s emergency services teams and how to be better prepared for an emergency event.  The event took place in the North Parking Lot of Aberdeen Mall on Saturday, May 14th and the event featured a variety of emergency services partners, ranging from the Provincial Emergency Radio Communications Service (PERCS), Kamloops Fire Rescue, RCMP, BC Ambulance Service, CN and CP Police, Conservation Service, the Air 4 RCMP Helicopter, the BCSPCA, and many others.

PERCS volunteers Gina Charlesworth (VA7AIR), Bill Foster (VE7WWW), Myles Bruns (VE7FSR) and Mike Knauff from Emergency Management BC set up and staffed the PERCS tent, and visitors learned how amateur radio volunteers provide Emergency Radio Communications in the Province of British Columbia in support of their local municipality, Emergency Management BC or other response agencies.

ARRL Propagation Bulletins

ARRL members can subscribe to receive regular propagation bulletins from K7RA, but non-ARRL members can also access this useful information at http://www.arrl.org/w1aw-bulletins-archive-propagation

The most recent report can be viewed here:  http://www.arrl.org/w1aw-bulletins-archive/ARLP019/2016

“ARRL The Doctor is In” Podcast Now Available

ARRL has posted a new guide, “Find a ‘Doctor’ Near You” to help “ARRL The Doctor is In” visitors to locate and download and enjoy the popular podcast. The inaugural episode on HF Verticals remains available. “ARRL The Doctor is In” is sponsored by DX Engineering.

“ARRL The Doctor is In” is a lively discussion of all things technical. Listen on your computer, tablet, or smartphone — whenever and wherever you like! Every 2 weeks your host, QST Editor in Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, Joel Hallas, W1ZR, will discuss a broad range of technical topics. You can e-mail your questions to doctor@arrl.org, and they may be answered in a future podcast.

Does CW Really Get Through When Nothing Else Can?” will be the topic of the “ARRL The Doctor is In” audio podcast, available on April 21.

Enjoy “ARRL The Doctor is In” on Apple iTunes or on Stitcher (sign in or use as a guest). You can also listen to the current episode on Blubrry.

Podcast episodes will be archived on the ARRL website.

IRLP Node 1080 VE7TSI back online

After several months of no service and looking for a new home, VE7TSI, KARC's IRLP Node 1080 is finally back on the air, accessible as per normal via VE7RKA (instructions are on the Local Repeaters page).

The node has had a computer upgrade, and depending on how plans develop we may move the node again, though we would expect further downtime to be much less in the future.

For now, please feel free to make use of it and enjoy!

Exercise Coastal Response 2016

Emergency Management B.C. (EMBC) is in the process of developing Exercise Coastal Response, a full-scale major earthquake and tsunami response exercise which will take place in the Port Alberni region from June 7-10, 2016.

This exercise will also involve the real-time deployment of the Provincial Coordination Team (PCT), a cross-government group that can be activated to bring support to a local authority in an emergency, and the Heavy Urban Search and Rescue (HUSAR) team from Vancouver. In addition to HUSAR and EMBC, multiple levels of government, various jurisdictions in Canada and the U.S., and a number of provincial ministries, First Nations, Crown corporations, first responders and internal and external agencies will all be invited to participate.

This exercise will enhance provincial emergency readiness and response capabilities for a catastrophic earthquake.

Local volunteers from the Kamloops Amateur Radio Club and the Provincial Emergency Radio Communications Service will be participating in Exercise Coastal Response. If you are interested in more information or would like to volunteer, please contact Bill Foster (VE7WWW) or Myles Bruns (VE7FSR).

Mysterious cosmic radio bursts found to repeat

Astronomers for the first time have detected repeating short bursts of radio waves from an enigmatic source that is likely located well beyond the edge of our Milky Way galaxy. The findings indicate that these "fast radio bursts" come from an extremely powerful object which occasionally produces multiple bursts in under a minute.

Read more at:

http://phys.org/news/2016-03-mysterious-cosmic-radio.html#jCp

http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/fast-radio-bursts-repeat-1.3472668

K9LA Propagation Presentation from the Special February Club Meeting

Carl Luetzelschwab (K9LA) delivered another very informative presentation to the club last night. If you weren't able to attend, the presentation is available for download below.

If you have HF propagation questions or topics you'd like to learn about, please let us know and we will arrange another webinar with Carl.

Special February Club Meeting - Propagation webinar with K9LA Carl Luetzelschwab

The Kamloops Amateur Radio Club will be hosting a special meeting on February 4 at 7PM at the Kamloops Innovation Centre, where Carl Luetzelschwab (K9LA) will be presenting his second webinar on radio propagation.

This special presentation is open to all amateur radio operators, or anyone with an interest in radio propagation.

Here is some background on Carl:

http://k9la.us/
http://k9la.us/html/webinars.html
Carl's bio

 

 

We will be holding this meeting at a DIFFERENT LOCATION and TIME, so please make note that the February 4, 2016 meeting will be held at the Kamloops Innovation Centre Society, 348 Tranquille Road, Kamloops https://goo.gl/3XdHkf (see map at right) and the meeting starts at 7PM.

If you'd like to do some background reading and preparation before the presentation, please see the file attachments below. The New DX’ers Handbook, Chapter 6 “DX Propagation Basics” provides a good basic explanation of HF propagation.

An excellent resource, albeit a bit complex, is the NM7M “The Little Pistol’s Guide to HF Propagation”, available for free download (15MB!) at: http://k9la.us/NM7M_The_Little_Pistol_s_Guide_to_HF_Propagation.pdf

Hams should bookmark these two sites, where you can run up-to-the-minute propagation predictions for your QTH:
VOACAP Online Coverage Maps: http://www.voacap.com/coverage.html
VOACAP Online for point-to-point predictions: http://www.voacap.com/prediction.html

Please get the word out to all your ham friends, and mark it in your calendars!

Scenic photos from Greenstone Mountain

Panoramic photos taken from the top of Greenstone Mountain on January 10, 2016.

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