Category: Amateur Radio

Amateur Radio related items.

RadarBox Station Activated


AirNav RadarBox is a Windows PC and Raspberry PI software and hardware package which allows appropriately equipped aircraft to be seen on a simulated radar screen. A small receiver connects to the PC or Raspberry PI via USB and aircraft are detected using a small 1090 MHz antenna. By decoding ADS-B transmissions from aircraft, those aircraft are displayed on a computer in a similar display to that used by Air Traffic Control. Flight number, aircraft type, altitude, heading, speed are visible and updated every second. The RadarBox system can be used at any location, either as a stand-alone system, or connected to the Internet which allows additional […]

Former RAC President Farrell (Hoppy) Hopwood, VE7RD SK

From RAC Radio Amateurs of Canada has received the sad news that former RAC President, Farrell Hopwood, VE7RD, became a Silent Key on December 8, 2020 at age 91. The following information was extracted from the online obituary notice which was published in North Shore News on December 30. “Farrell worked for BC Tel for many years and was active […]

WSJT-X 2.4.0 Introduces New Digital Protocol Q65

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From WSJT-X version 2.4.0 has introduced a new digital protocol called Q65, which is designed for “minimal two-way QSOs over especially difficult propagation paths,” the Quick Start Guide says. “On paths with Doppler spread more than a few hertz, the weak-signal performance of Q65 is the best among all WSJT-X modes. Q65 is particularly effective for tropospheric scatter, ionospheric […]

Registration is now underway for RAC Basic Winter 2021 Course!

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For immediate release: Radio Amateurs of Canada is once again offering an online Amateur Radio course so that individuals from all across Canada can obtain their Amateur Radio Operator Certificate with Basic Qualification while continuing to practise social/physical distancing. The course will again be conducted with the assistance of the Annapolis Valley Amateur Radio Club (AVARC) of Nova Scotia. This […]

ARISS SSTV Event Scheduled for December 24 to 31


Celebrating 20 Years of Continuous Operations on ISS For immediate release: An ARISS Slow Scan TV (SSTV) event is scheduled from the International Space Station (ISS). This will be a special SSTV event to celebrate the 20th anniversary of ARISS on board the International Space Station. Twenty years ago, on November 13, 2000, the Expedition-1 […]

RAC Canada Winter Contest

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In December each year, Radio Amateurs of Canada sponsors the RAC Canada Winter Contest. Amateurs all over the world are invited to participate.  Contest Period: 0000 UTC to 2359 UTC December 19, 2020.  The global pandemic will most likely still be a fact of life on Saturday, December 19 when the RAC Canada Winter Contest takes […]

The Shop – New Additions


I have started to provide links to products from Network Radios, with those that I have already provided from Scanner Master and Amazon. Network Radios provides a range of amateur radios and networked radios, like RFinder, Boxchip, Siglent, Retevis, Ailunce, plus many more. I’ll be adding more products over time, but you are more then […]

Battle of Atlantic and Fern Blodgett Sunde bronze statue unveiling

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A Tribute to Fern Blodgett Sunde: first female radio operator to go to sea For immediate release: October 17, 2020 – Cobourg, Ontario The ceremony and monument unveiling may be viewed live (and will be accessible after the event) on Cobourg Media Facebook and YouTube, or by accessing the links at: Fern Blodgett Sunde Statue Unveiling Special We cordially invite […]

Solar Cycle 25 is Here!

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Analysis determines we are in Solar Cycle 25 The solar minimum between Solar Cycle 24 and 25 – the period when the sun is least active – happened in December 2019, when the 13-month smoothed sunspot number fell to 1.8, according to the Solar Cycle 25 Prediction Panel, co-chaired by NOAA and NASA. We are […]

ISS Cross Band FM Repeater Activated

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At 01:02 GMT on September 2 a cross band FM amateur radio repeater with a downlink on 437.800 MHz was activated on the International Space Station. The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) announcement reads: The ARISS team is pleased to announce that set up and installation of the first element of our […]

Proposed Two Metre (2m) Band Plan

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As announced in The Canadian Amateur magazine, the RAC Band Planning Committee has completed the new proposed 2m band plan. Radio Amateurs of Canada band planning committees coordinate the development of National Band Plans to provide guidance for the usage of the Canadian Amateur bands. These committees are made up of representatives from all regions of Canada. […]

Additional Linking for VE3RWN Repeater

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Linking Update: Daily, between 6am and 9pm the 145.150 repeater will be linked to: VE3TJU PictonVE3QAR BellevilleVE3KFR Campbellford You will hear the morning net at 10am daily, and the Tuesday evening Bay To Bridges Net at 7:30pm. This is intended to provide wide-area Hwy 401 coverage from Oshawa through to Belleville and Picton, and to […]

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