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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.

Lowering the tower and beam at VE7WWW

A team of KARC members and friends lowered the tower and beam of SK Bill Foster, VE7WWW on the morning of July 26.  Myles spent a couple evenings setting up the falling derrick system, and his friend Rolf helped build the base anchor for the falling derrick.  Myles also honed his slingshot skills shooting weighted lines through the tower legs to allow him to get a series of support ropes hooked to the falling derrick, and two guy ropes to help the team stabilize the tower while lowering.

Myles (VE7FSR), Dave (VE7LTW), Vern (VE7VGO), Rolf and Don worked together to lower the tower, using the winch on Myles' Jeep to control the tower on the way down.  Everything went smoothly and the tower was quickly lowered towards the back yard, the beam was removed, and the tower was detached from the tilt-base and placed in the back yard.

See below for more pictures of the tower before and after, including some pictures of the tilt-base and falling derrick assembly. Thank you to the team for coming out to help, 73!


Good old-fashioned antenna raising party!

On Saturday, July 14, the KARC crew got together to help club member Charles (Chuck) Hays, VE7PJR, install his "home-brewed" 43 foot vertical HF antenna.  Chuck built the antenna from aluminum irrigation pipe, and constructed his own mount and base insulator.  He is using an LDG RT-600 remote tuner and has installed 4,000 feet of copper ground radials (feel free to count them in the photo below!).

The new antenna should give Chuck an excellent signal, and be a great companion to his HF receiving loop. I can only imagine the bandwidth you get with a radiator that big!

Helping with the installation was Adam (VA7AQD), Dianne, Dave (VE7LTW), Vern (VE7VGO), Myles (VE7FSR) and Rolf. Chuck had done all the hard work ahead of time (laying out the radials must have been fun on that hillside slope!) and the crew just had to tie off the guy ropes and lift the antenna (aka pipe) onto the base insulator.  The process went well and the crew was soon back to Chuck's kitchen for welcome cookies, burgers, and cold drinks.

Have a look below at some more photos from the event.

The Doctor Will See You Now!

"Taking Amateur Radio on Vacation" is the topic of the latest (June 21) episode of the "ARRL The Doctor is In" podcast. Listen...and learn!

Sponsored by DX Engineering, "ARRL The Doctor is In" is an informative 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 also email your questions to doctor@arrl.org, and the Doctor may answer them in a future podcast.

Enjoy "ARRL The Doctor is In" on Apple iTunes, or by using your iPhone or iPad podcast app (just search for "ARRL The Doctor is In"). You can also listen online at Blubrry, or at Stitcher (free registration required, or browse the site as a guest) and through the free Stitcher app for iOS, Kindle, or Android devices. If you've never listened to a podcast before, download our beginner's guide.

RAC Canada Day Contest 0000 UTC to 2359 UTC July 1, 2018

Each year on July 1, the anniversary of Canada’s Confederation, Radio Amateurs of Canada sponsors the Canada Day Contest and Amateurs all over the world are invited to Canada’s Birthday Party on the air.

Contest Period: 0000 UTC to 2359 UTC July 1, 2018.

Bands and Modes: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, 6 and 2 metres, CW and phone (SSB, FM, AM, etc.)

Suggested frequencies: CW – 25 kHz up from the band edge and for SSB – 1850, 3775, 7075, 7225, 14175, 21250, 28500 kHz. Check for CW activity on the half-hour.

Exchange: Stations in Canada send RS(T) and province or territory. VEØs and stations outside Canada send RS(T) and a serial number.

QSOs: Contacts with stations in Canada or VEØs are worth 10 points. Contacts with stations outside Canada are worth 2 points. Contacts with RAC official stations are worth 20 points. RAC official stations are: VA2RAC, VA3RAC, VE1RAC, VE4RAC, VE5RAC, VE6RAC, VE7RAC, VE8RAC, VE9RAC, VO1RAC, VO2RAC, VY0RAC, VY1RAC and VY2RAC. You may work any station once on each of the two modes, on each of the eight contest bands.

It is prohibited to make CW contacts in the conventional phone sub-bands and phone contacts in the conventional CW sub-bands. Contacts or soliciting QSOs through a repeater during the contest period is not allowed.

Multipliers: Thirteen in total, Canada’s 10 provinces and three territories. Each multiplier may be counted once on each mode on each of the eight contest bands. The multipliers, with their postal abbreviations and prefixes are: Nova Scotia [NS] (VE1, VA1, CY9, CYØ); Quebec [QC] (VE2, VA2); Ontario [ON] (VE3, VA3); Manitoba [MB] (VE4, VA4); Saskatchewan [SK] (VE5, VA5); Alberta [AB] (VE6, VA6); British Columbia [BC] (VE7, VA7); Northwest Territories [NT] (VE8); New Brunswick [NB] (VE9); Newfoundland and Labrador [NL] (VO1, VO2); Nunavut [NU] (VYØ); Yukon [YT] (VY1); and Prince Edward Island [PE] (VY2). Certain special Canadian prefixes in use at the time of the contest may also apply; however there may be no more than 13 multipliers on each band/mode. Please use the multiplier abbreviations, in square brackets, noted above.

Final Score: The total QSO from all bands multiplied by the total number of multipliers from all bands.

More pictures from the 2018 Bill Foster Memorial Field Day

Adam uploaded a couple more photos from Field Day this past weekend, and I took a screen capture of our final scores from the N1MM+ contest logging program (we also managed to work N1MM on RTTY on Sunday!). We also had a fabulous potluck supper on Saturday night, but we were all so busy enjoying the goodies that we forgot to take any pictures.  Thank you to everyone that brought all the awesome food for the potluck and the goodies that kept us fed during the contest!










We used the projector at the PREOC as a second monitor on Adam's station. This gave us a really big view of what was happening on FT8!











Adam was pretty intense on Saturday night!  He was really trying to make those contacts on FT8!











Quentin and Myles calling CQ on Saturday night before I wiped out the front end of Adam's radio. Next year we need to put a little more space between the antennas, buy some band-pass filters, use a front-end saver, or all of the above!  Lesson learned!

73, and see you all next year at Field Day!

KARC interviewed for (and on) Field Day by the CBC!

On Sunday morning, CBC reporter Tara Copeland dropped by the the KARC Field Day operation to chat with Myles, Adam and youngster Quentin about Field Day, amateur radio operation in general and some of our impressions of it.  Have a listen below - this segment ran on CBC Kamloops' "Daybreak" program Monday, June 25, 2018.




CBC Interviews KARC Field Day 2018


2018 Bill Foster Memorial Field Day Update #2

We had a great day today, and here are some more photos from Field Day 2018 at the Central PREOC.

Chuck, VE7PJR works the "bug" on 40M CW.

Quentin (one of our "yutes"!) and Myles, VE7FSR work the pileup, while Chuck, VE7PJR copies the ARRL Bulletin.  Dave, VE7ODS watches on from the back row (Dave was our back-up ears for making sure we got the call signs correct).

Adam, VA7AQD, waits expectantly for confirmation of his QSO on FT8.










TS-480SAT set up as an extra HF station to simulate the need for additional comms during an emergency at the Central Provincial Regional Emergency Operations Centre (PREOC).  This station was hooked up to one of the extra antennas (G5RV) we deployed at the PREOC at Emergency Management BC here in Kamloops.

Close up of Chuck, VE7PJR, working CW with his Vibroplex "bug".  Keeping "old school" alive at Field Day 2018!

Bill Foster Memorial Field Day Update

The HF beam and G5RV are both up, and the team is busy working Field Day contacts on FT8, CW, and SSB voice.  Here's a picture of two of the stations and our operators Chuck (left) and Adam (right). Dave (far right) is supervising.










The tri-band beam and temporary support for the G5RV antenna.

2018 Bill Foster Memorial Field Day will be held at the Central PREOC

The Kamloops Amateur Radio Club will host the 2018 Bill Foster Memorial Field Day at the Emergency Management BC Central PREOC at 1255-D Dalhousie Drive (https://goo.gl/maps/rRkdvRfJ4sB2 or see attached map for information on parking, etc).

VE7UT will be operating as 3F BC (3 stations from an official EOC) for the first time ever!  Daytime we will be able to operate simultaneously on 10/15/20, 40 and 80M; and in the evening we can operate simultaneously on 20, 40 and 80M. We will also have a GOTA station (VE7KAZ) and two VHF stations active, an information table, and some educational activities are planned during Field Day.  We can definitely accommodate and would welcome a CW operator, so bring your straight key or paddles, or use ours!

Setup will begin at 1700 hours local time Friday, and VE7UT will operate from 1100 PST (1800 UTC) Saturday, June 23 to 1100 PST (1800 UTC) Sunday, June 24.

The annual Field Day Potluck Supper will be held on Saturday evening, so please bring something and join us for dinner.

We invite visitors, other amateur radio operators, members of the public, elected officials, etc. to stop in and learn about amateur radio and emergency management, or to just spend some time on the air with us this Field Day.

For more information please contact Myles, VE7FSR at ve7fsr@telus.net or by phone at (250) 318-5150.

The Central PREOC, at 1255-D Dalhousie (around the back of the building):


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