The SSARS helped out with communications for the
Swiftsure International Yacht Race
in 2013, 2014 and 2015, providing communications from the Swiftsure Bank
back to Victoria. In 2016, the SSARS crew was at Neah Bay.
- RAC Radio Amateurs of Canada
RAC is not a club. It is a national organization with a
mandate to enhance Amateur Radio. Overall performance
should be measured in whether spectrum is being enhanced
and defended and whether Amateur Radio is growing or
Canadian Callsign Lookup
Canadian Available Call Sign Search
- Study Guides
for obtaining Basic or Advanced qualification in Canada
- Other Amateur Radio Clubs in BC
- BC Public Service Net
3729 KHz 01:30 UTC
(18:30 PST winter / 17:30 PST summer)
- Provincial Emergency Program (see below)
Emergency Management BC
- CRERCC - voice and packet frequencies
Vancouver Island Trunk System
Vancouver Emergency Community Telecommunications Organization
- BC Boater's Net
- UI-View32 Windows APRS Client
- Byonics TinyTrak TT3 and TT4
- Argent Data - OpenTracker
OT, OTUSB, OT2m,
OT3m, T2-135, T3-135, T3-301, AD-WS1
- British Columbia Amateur Radio Coordination Council
- IRLP Internet Radio Linking Project
- BC HF Swap Net
- Delta Amateur Radio Society
ComFest Swap Meet Oct 2 2016
- BCFMCA (VE7RPT etc.)
- Langley Amateur Radio Club
- Burnaby Radio
- Coquitlam Amateur Radio Club
- Radioworld - Toronto
- Radioworld - Calgary (GPS Central)
- Durham Radio
Queale Electronics - a division of Interior Electronics Ltd.
Victoria - Burnaby - Kelowna
- Impulse Electronics 1-2851 Oak Street, Chemainus, BC
- BC Robotics in Nanaimo for Raspbery Pi and Arduino
- Prolific USB to Serial Driver (Windows) 4.6 MB download
- N1MM Logger+ logging software
- Winlink Express (formerly RMS Express)
- D-RATS is a communications tool providing
chat style messaging and file transfers with a D-STAR radio, a TNC or a network connection. If that link doesn't work, try the D-STAR Info page.
This new section will deal with propagation... how it works and tools to
help forecast how the sun and the ionisphere are treating us.
Useful Devices, Kits & QRP...
- The µBITX (micro-BITX) is a
multi-band SSB/CW transceiver that covers all bands between 80M through 10M.
The µBITX builds on the success of the popular BITX40 by Ashhar Farhan VU2ESE.
It has a 45 MHz roofing filter and a 12 MHz filter in the IF. The push-pull
final uses a pair of inexpensive IFR510 transistors. Like the BITX40, it
uses a Raduino (Arduino & Si5351A synthesizer) for the VFO. It puts out
about 10W on 80M to 30M, about 7W on 20M to 15M, and 2W on 12M to 10M.
It has dual VFOs, RIT and a CW keyer. The µBITX also has a general-coverage
receiver that covers from 500 kHz to 30 MHz. It has variable rate tuning.
The µBITX is just $129 USD with free shipping.
- The BITX40
QRP 40M transceiver with a RADUINO (Arduini & Si5351A synthesizer) for the VFO,
complete with LCD display is still available. For experimenters, this "kit" provides
a frequency agile 40M transceiver that covers all of the 7 MHz band. Some users
have tweaked it to add CW, RIT, dual VFOs, AGC, S-meter, and even other bands
and a full 3.5 MHz to 30 MHz receiver. To use it on other bands, it only needs
changes to the bandpass filter which is used in TX & RX, and the LPF which
is used only in TX, and a tweak to the software for the VFO. The BITX40 is
just $59 USD with free shipping.
- QRP Labs just released the
QCX high-performance single band 5W CW transceiver with a 200Hz CW filter. It has a
microswitch right on the circuit board that can be used as a straight key as well as an
iambic keyer. It can also run as a CW or WSPR
beacon. It is available for 80, 60, 40, 30, 20 or 17M with more bands to follow. It uses
the increasingly popular rock-steady Si5351A for a synthesized VFO with rotary encoder
tuning and a 16x2 LCD display. The synthesizer is controled by an Atmega 328. The QCX has
dual VFOs and and can run split or use RIT. It has 12 message pre-sets and 16 frequency
pre-sets. It can also decode CW and show it on the LCD dispslay. As if it couldn't get
any better, it also has its own alignment and test equipment built in. Running on 7-16V,
it will put out 3-5W. The QCX in kit form is a lot of radio for just $49 USD. To see
who is behind QRP Labs, take a look at this interview with
Hans Summers G0UPL.
Please disregard the incorrect URL that flashes on the screen about 30 seconds in.
- W4RT Electronics filters
for FT-817, FT-857 etc. site down?
- Pignology Piglet, Pigtail,
Pig Remote for remote control of rigs
- mRS mini Radio Solutions
PC based Network analyzers
- Hendricks QRP Kits
QRP SSB and CW transceivers
- LnR Precision
PAR End-Fedz antennas and QRP radios
- YouKits QRP CW tranceivers,
tuners, antenna analyzers
Lithium bateries for FT-817 or the shack, FG masts
Undoubtedly, amateur radio operators have enthusiastically adopted computers in the shack. However, there
has also been a quiet revolution in the world of micro-computers. The first
Raspberry Pi came out in February of 2012.
While it was originally designed to promote the teaching of basic computer science in schools
and developing countries, it is a fully-functional Linux computer as powerful as some desktop
and laptop computers from just a few years ago. Only your imagination will limit what can
be done with it.
The Arduino is a micro-controller, but is often used in conjunction with a Raspberry Pi as well as a stand-alone device. Note... an Arduino is usined in the VFO for the BITX40 mentioned above.