World Amateur Radio Day (WARD), observed every April 18, marks the founding of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) in 1925. As they do every year, Radio Amateurs worldwide will take to the airwaves to celebrate Amateur Radio’s contribution to society.
“April 18 is the day for all of Amateur Radio to celebrate and tell the world about the science we can help teach, the community service we can provide, and the fun we have,” the IARU said in announcing World Amateur Radio Day 2016. “We hope you will join in the fun and education that is World Amateur Radio Day!”
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
On January 10, 2016 Myles (VE7FSR) and his friend Bert made the trip up to Greenstone to make a permanent repair to the broken guy line. A new "pre-formed dead end" was installed, replacing the temporary fix undertaken last December. While we were up there we dug down through the snow and inspected all the other guy lines at the ground end of the tower -- they look OK and should last through the winter. Next summer a closer inspection should be made at both the tower and ground end of all guy lines, and any dead ends that look questionable should be replaced with new ones.