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Digital Amateur Radio

The following are the different digital modes being used the the Durham Region area. Some of the repeaters are in multi-mode, where different modes are available in addition to regular FM voice. DMR – Digital Mobile Radio DMR, or Digital Mobile Radio, is explained in more detail, via my scanner DMR page, but a more simplistic…Continue readingDigital Amateur Radio

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Durham Region Repeaters

An amateur radio repeater is an electronic device that receives a weak or low-level amateur radio signal and retransmits it at a higher level or higher power, so that the signal can cover longer distances without degradation. Many repeaters are located on hilltops or on tall buildings as the higher location increases their coverage area,…Continue readingDurham Region Repeaters

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WebSDR

Software-defined radio (SDR) Software-defined radio (SDR) is a radiocommunication system where omponents that have been traditionally implemented in hardware (e.g. mixers, filters, amplifiers, modulators/demodulators, detectors, etc.) are instead implemented by means of software on a personal computer or embedded system. While the concept of SDR is not new, the rapidly evolving capabilities of digital electronics render practical many processes…Continue readingWebSDR

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Amateur Radio – APRS

Amateur Radio – APRS in holding pattern.Continue readingAmateur Radio – APRS

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DMR in Durham Region Area

For updated DMR information, click here. The following DMR repeaters are available in the Durham Region area. BrandMeister Network VE3SBX – Ajax – 442.3625 – CC3 VE3LBN – Oshawa – 443.9875 – CC3 VA3WIK – Singhampton – 442.1875 – CC4 VE3NUS – Toronto – 444.2875 – CC1 TalkGroups 9 = Local/Region 91 = Worldwide 93…Continue readingDMR in Durham Region Area

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Amateur Radio Training

Amateur Radio operators come from all walks of life. They are all ages, sexes, income levels and nationalities. Some prefer Morse code, voice communication on a hand-held radio, or data messages transmitted via satellite. Others like to build equipment themselves or to experiment with aerials. The hobby of Amateur Radio is varied and fun. Whatever…Continue readingAmateur Radio Training

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Durham Radio Closes Business

RAC – We have received the sad news that Durham Radio Sales & Service Inc has decided to cease operations.  A message on their website made the following announcement: “We regret to inform you that Durham Radio Sales & Service Inc., after nearly 25 years in the industry – closed its doors forever at 3:00 PM…Continue readingDurham Radio Closes Business

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Revised Canadian Table of Frequency Allocations

Revised Canadian Table of Frequency Allocations now includes additional 15 kHz for 60 Metre Band with the same power limits as earlier allocated spot frequencies. RAC – In August 2017, the Department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) issued “Proposed Revisions to the Canadian Table of Frequency Allocations”. These proposed changes followed decisions made at the…Continue readingRevised Canadian Table of Frequency Allocations

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Distracted Driving in Ontario

[UPDATED] RAC – Distracted driving regulations continue to be an area of interest for many Canadian Radio Amateurs. These regulations are made and enforced by provincial governments and can vary considerably from province to province and over time. In Ontario, RAC Directors Allan Boyd, VE3AJB (Ontario North/East) and Phil McBride, VA3QR (Ontario South) have been…Continue readingDistracted Driving in Ontario

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HAM Radio Operators Still Have Role To Play

ANNE FARRIES – The people who keep communication lines open when disaster strikes are looking for new talent. That’s amateur radio clubs, and they’re increasingly filled by people above the age of 50, who would like to prepare the following generation to help in a crisis, says Mike Johnson, emergency management co-ordinator for Cumberland County. “We…Continue readingHAM Radio Operators Still Have Role To Play