Proposed Revisions to the Canadian Table of Frequency Allocations

The Government of Canada has just released a consultation document to implement the changes from World Radio Conference 2015 (WRC-15) including 60 metres. Note that these are in addition to continuing the domestic allocation of five channels congruent with the United States. The announcement was made in Gazette Notice SMSE-005-17 which can be found below and at http://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/smt-gst.nsf/eng/sf11254.html The […]

Packet Module Status – July 25, 2017

ARISS has received several reports stating that the packet system on ISS is down. Here is what we know and our current forward plan. The packet system in the Columbus module started to act up late last week, sending only a beacon. The ARISS team requested a power recycle by the crew, and with that […]

BCDx36HP Digital Improvement Firmware Release

Releasing 1.11.31 for both the BCD436HP and the BCD536HP, today. This update is the culmination of months of public beta testing and has resulted in a greatly improved DMR functionality, which utilizes the full power of trunktracking on these systems. It also provides improvements in the decoding of P25 systems. Thanks to everyone who participated […]

APRS Packet on the ISS

This morning, I returned back to using APRS to connect to the International Space Station. I reconfigured my Kenwood TM-D710 to send and receive APRS packets from the ISS on the 145.825 MHz APRS frequency.  This frequency has been used as the universal APRS packet channel for most of the newer Amateur Radio APRS satellites […]

RAC Canada Day Contest 2017

Each year on July 1, the anniversary of Canada’s Confederation, Radio Amateurs of Canada sponsors the RAC Canada Day Contest. Amateurs all over the world are invited to Canada’s Birthday Party on the air and this year is very special as Canada is celebrating its 150th Birthday. In recognition of this milestone, the RAC Canada […]

Wellington Ready for Royal Visit

Wellington is ready to roll out the red carpet and welcome the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall on Friday. Prince Edward County officials held a debriefing with vendors Thursday evening at the Wellington Church in preparation for Prince Charles and Camilla’s visit to the Farmer’s Market set for 1:15 p.m. Friday afternoon. […]

Record-breaking Canadian sniper also saved lives

The sniper who shattered the record for the longest confirmed kill also saved lives, the deputy commander of Canadian special forces said. Brig.-Gen. Peter Dawe told The Canadian Press on Wednesday that Islamic State fighters were gathering for an attack on an unsuspecting Iraqi military unit when the Canadian commando fired the 3.5-kilometre shot. The […]