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April 18: World Amateur Radio Day 2016

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 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.

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.

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

 

 

January meeting minutes now available

Minutes from the January 2016 meeting are now available to KARC members.  Log into your account and go to the Files section to view the minutes.

Scenic photos from Greenstone Mountain

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

Greenstone repeater guy line repair update

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.

See attachments below for photos of the repair.

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