Satellites Carrying Amateur Radio Payloads Among Those Lost in Launch Explosion

The RACE and GOMX-2 CubeSats were among more than 2 dozen satellites lost after an unmanned Orbital Space Sciences (OSC) Antares 130 vehicle exploded spectacularly shortly after launch at 2222 UTC on Tuesday, October 28, from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport on Wallops Island on Virginia’s Eastern Shore. Both satellite packages carried Amateur Radio payloads. The Antares is a new medium-class launch vehicle developed by OSC. The rocket exploded about 6 seconds after launch, sending a huge ball of fire hurtling toward the ground, which set a massive fire at the NASA launch site.

CW Operating

The South African Radio League say a detailed report-back document from the IARU Region 1 conference is in the final stages of preparation and will soon be available for download from a link on the SARL web. During the conference many aspects of day to day amateur radio operations were discussed and decisions agreed on. Over the next two months SARL news will highlight some of these discussions. One of the discussions concerned CW operating.

KP1-5 Project Gets Permission to Activate Navassa Island (KP1) in January 2015

The KP1-5 Project has received word from the US Fish & Wildlife Service that it may activate Navassa Island (KP1) in January 2015. The DXpedition will be a maximum of 14 days, and exact dates will be determined by USFWS mission requirements and weather windows.

Canadian Amateurs Authorized to use Special Prefix in Their Call Signs

In remembrance of the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Empress of Ireland, Canadian Amateurs may use the prefixes; CF for VA, CG for VE, CH for VO, CI for VY. Of the 1,477 people aboard, 1,012 perished in 14 minutes.

9M2SE Pangkor Island IOTA DXpedition

My name is Piju and my call sign is 9M2PJU and I'm from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. I would like to announce about 9M2SE Malaysian Special Expedition Team Island On The Air (IOTA) AS-072 activation and DXpedition on 7, 8 and 9 November 2014.

CQ Reconsiders Its Policy on Crimea for CQ-Sponsored Contests

CQ has reversed its just-announced policy that it would no longer accept logs for any CQ-sponsored contest from stations in Crimea operating with Russian-issued call signs and is adopting a new policy that is in harmony with ARRL’s DXCC policy. In announcing the shift, CQ Publisher Dick Ross, K2MGA, cited concerns raised by “a large number of contesters around the world” that CQ was unfairly denying Crimean radio amateurs the opportunity to fully participate in CQ-sponsored contests.

STATIC Summer 2014

Distracted driving: B.C. adds 3 demerits points for talking on phone

Effective October 20 2014 drivers caught talking on their cellphones or programming a GPS while driving will be penalized with three demerit points on their licence.

For Sale

Western Radio WR-2400 Synthesized UHF Transceiver
With Mobile Mounting Bracket & Mike
Programmed with Vancouver BC Area Repeaters as of 1985
$30 + Shipping
ICOM IC-211 All Mode 2 M Transceiver Serial 03521
with AC, DC power connectors
$60 + Shipping
ICOM IC – RM2 Computerized Remote Controller for IC-211, IC-245 or IC-701
Serial 03004
ICOM IC – EX1 Extension Terminal to allow RM2 to control more than 1 radio
Both Items together $60 + shipping
Heathkit – HM-102 SWR/Power Meter – up to 2000 watts. Good working order.
$20 + shipping
ICOM IC-22A 2M FM transceiver 1/10 Watt – with Mobile Bracket, 22 channels of crystals.
$39 + shipping
ICOM IC-30A UHF FM Transceiver. Serial 3203. With mounting Bracket, Mic, 16 Channels of
crystals (holds 22).
$39 + shipping
Johnson Viking Ranger 160-10 M AM/CW transmitter. Have owned more than 10 years and never
plugged it in – needs RECAPPING and NEW RESISTORS FIRST. Good candidate for a
$275 + shipping – be aware this is a very heavy beast – at least 100 lbs.
Johnson tube type TR-SWITCH 250-39 Covers 1.8 – 30 Mc 4000 Watts Peak. Has not been used or
plugged in past 10 years – NEEDS RECAPPING, NEW RESISTORS first. Comparatively rare item
$60 + Shipping
Will do a package deal with Ranger and TR-Switch for $300 + Shipping.
Contact Bob Smits, VE7HS, 250-245-2553

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VA7MPG Duties as BC Yukon Section Manager Ending 01 Nov 2014

My duties as Section Manger for the BC Yukon Section of the Radio Amateurs of Canada will come to an end November 1, 2014.


Congratulations to all our new Hams.
We had 7 students to start. 6 sat the exam, everyone passed, 4 got HF privilege.
Well done
David Edwards VA7DGE
David Naugler VE7AJX

THANK YOU - K9 Triruff XTerra volunteers

Thank you to everyone that came out and helped with the dog triathlon yesterday(October 4th). It was a fantastic day and the day stayed dry. I have uploaded photographs and chek6 also came out to film after we had left and Rob mentioned NARA during the interview.
We have been invited back next year.


We are urgently requiring another 2 hams for this event... if you are able to help please email Yvonne at Thank you. This is the 2nd year the event has run in Nanaimo and we have been approached to help again with the Radio Communication for the Race.

Roster Updated

Roster has been updated. If you have sent in your membership to Bob Smits VE7HS there is a slight delay while the information is being processed and sent to me. If your name doesn't appear on the roster as paid, please email me at and let me know. Thank you. 73

BEGINNERS CW (review) starts October 7th at 7pm

Contact Ron Gibson or phone 250-714-6819
Thank you to David Judd who is teaching the course again.

HAM HAPPENINGS 2014 photos uploaded

What a fabulous day we had. Great to see so many faces, both old and new. Congratulations to all the prize winners. A HUGE thank you goes out to all the NARA members that volunteered and helped to make this a wonderful day with no hiccups.


EMAIL if interested.
You can start studying by downloading the training material under tab to left 'amateur radio training' $50.00

Sat, 09/27/2014 - 09:00 - Sun, 10/05/2014 - 16:00


Hi All,
The attached pdf file contains a list of ham gear for sale . One of our
local hams is in a care home and his XYL has asked me to list some of
his gear. I have not seen any of the rigs so do not know what their
condition might be. His XYL put the list together and made up the
asking price.
Let me know if you are interested
Mike VE7GN

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Each year the Nanaimo Amateur Radio Association hosted a Amateur Radio SPECIAL EVENT STATION VE7TUB to help Advertise the World Championship Bath Tub Races.

Field Day QSO Results & Canada Day Contest

I have successfully transferred the Field Day Logs to the In Shack Logging Computer. A big Thank-you to all who helped make Field Day 2014 the success it was Results from the QSO logging Program 73 CW QSO's and 72 SSB QSO's for total of 218 QSO Points and a 200 Bonus Points for the Messages Received and sent to SM Paul VA7MPG.

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