NARA Christmas Potluck and Awards Night

To NARA Members.....

Christmas Pot luck at the club at Wingrove location Dec 10th.
Open at 6pm, dining at around 7pm, awards at 8pm.
done around 9ish to give us a some time to tidy up.

Any questions contact Ron Gibson 250-714-6819

Do You 'Prep'? Shouldn't You?

Do You 'Prep'? Shouldn't You?
Dan Kolton (K0AST) on November 22, 2015
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Okay, I'll be the first to acknowledge I think TEOTWAWKI (The End Of The World As We Know It) crowd is a little off their rocker. Sure, mankind has gone through some tough times, and in a nuclear age, even tougher times are always a distinct, if remote possibility.

That said, shouldn't we all be doing at least a little "prepping"?

Several years ago, the power went out at our house for 9 days. It affected a large area, which also meant no power for gas stations, restaurants, and all those other conveniences one takes for granted. Over the years I had always kept a 4000w generator around, as well as 25-35 gals of stabilized gas, much to the delight of my wife who liked to poke fun at me for it. Well the year we lost power for nine days, she took it all back.

Unfortunately I did not have enough gas to last nine days, and had to drive roughly 15 miles to find the nearest working service station. The lines were 1/2 block long; the tempers were a hair short. I waited my turn, refilled all my cans, and headed back home. That year we would run the heat in the house up to 85 degrees at night, shut down the generator, put it away, and wake up to 53 degrees in the morning. BTW, did I mention it was VERY cold out?

So why bring this up now?

We lost power again to a windstorm around noon yesterday. And I was out of gas. So I dutifully went to get gas at the nearest (maybe 8 miles away) working station, as well as ice for the fridge. No need to run the generator set when it is not cold out, but better to be prepared for the long haul. Anyway, tempers were already flaring a mere 6 hours after the power had gone out, and ice was already in short supply.

Last night, on the local VHF net, a few of us were working off battery power, and a few definitely did not check in because they had NO power of any kind. I checked our own 'battery box' to find a significant lack of AA batteries. No 9-volts either.

Are we good hams if we cannot respond to even a minor possibility of an emergency?

I won't even go into prepping of food here. And I certainly will not address weapons, a big political football.

Personally, I live in the Seattle region, an area now known for being one standard deviation past having a 'big one' earthquake. In a recent New Yorker Magazine article, this was addressed, and later followed up upon by the same author in answer to his quoting a FEMA official saying the region would be 'toast' if the big one hit.

In our particular case, given geography and highway/road systems, FEMA believes our region would become a number of 'pockets' of civilization that would encounter difficulty leaving their areas. One need only look back upon Hurricanes Katrina or Sandy to see how woefully unprepared the feds would be in such a situation.

Yesterday, as I drove to get some gas for the generator set, I paid particular attention to how I would 'evacuate' my own QTH if needed. It didn't look all that good if cars were blocking the roads, out of gas, or worse.

So this year, I am becoming a 'prepper'. The gas has been replenished; every family member's car is getting a 24-hour bag of necessities in case they need food, or outdoor gear for survival to get home if 'the big one' comes. And I plan to stock up on enough water and canned goods for at least 3-4 weeks.

What will this all cost me to do it right? Maybe $1.5-2k, but I spend that on vehicle insurance alone every year. Isn't my family worth it otherwise?

I'm joining the 'preppers'.

Shouldn't you?


Monday night 2m net on the Island Trunk System

The net is held every Monday night on the ITS at 8pm.
See you there!

80m/10m Sunday night net

The net will be every Sunday night at 8pm on 3.744mhz lsb and 28.500 mhz usb. We will start with voice checkins and cw practice for anyone wanting to do that on 80m then swing up to 10m and have voice checkins there.
Hope to see u there.

Sun, 11/01/2015 - 20:00 - Tue, 11/01/2016 - 20:00



NAQP Results

VE7NA was activated for the August SSB North American QSO Party. I was the solo operator using the name Eric VE7DJA sk and Eric's oldie IC-730 I got fixed up at the VE7NA Station. Results 47 QSO's 27 Multipliers snd a score of 1,242 Points.
Gerry VE7BGP

VE7TUB Results

Thank you to all who came out and teamed up to help in our VE7TUB Special Event Station. I queried the log file and made up the VE7TUB Log for 2015. We had 135 QSO's during the Special Event Station despite poor summer doldrums propagation conditions. Cooler but nice WX helped to make the 2015 Special Event a successful event. Again Thanks everyone.
73 Gerry VE7BGP

For Sale

Tektronix 465 oscilloscope DC – 100 mhz dual channel delayed time base w/ 2 probes manual (print & CD) excellent $ 300.00
Ballantine 3028 bench DMM LED display w/ leads, manual, excellent plus a 2nd. 3028 w/ display problem, repairable $ 70.00
Heathkit IM 4100 counter DC – 30 Mhz factory built w/ cable manual v.g. $ 35.00
Joseph Orgnero VE7LBI 250 722 2707

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ASTRON RS 35A Power Supply
MFJ 969 Tuner
$650 Contact Loyd VE7FCO @ 250-729-7323

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Canada Day Contest Results

Our Club Station was activated for the Canada Day Contest. Loyd VE7FCO hosted the SSB Phone operations at his home QTH. I did the CW Portion at the VE7NA club station. Results 187 QSO's 1,422 QSO Points 42 Multipliers and a Claimed Score of 59,724 Points. Again sweltering hot weather as the Heat Wave carried on.
Gerry VE7BGP

Field Day Results

Our club station VE7NA/7 took part in Field Day 2015 out at the Nanoose Bay Pentecostal Campgrounds. We had about 20 members show up for the event this year. Results of our efforts were 145 Phone QSO's 25 CW QSO's a total of 195 QSO Points and 300 Bonus Points for ARRL Message Received, A Public Place and an Information Boot set up. A good time was had dispite the Record Breaking Heat Wave on that weekend. Lets plan to make FD 2016 even more fun!
Gerry VE7BGP

The 146.64 Repeater Now Dual Mode

The 146.64 repeater has now been replaced with the Yaesu C4FM FDMA repeater. Both digital and analog users may use the repeater. Great news, you don't have to wait for the courtesy tone, cuz there isn't one.

NARA Basic Amateur Radio Course 16th May introduction. Course 23rd - 31st May 2015

Next Amateur Radio course 23rd, 24th, 30th, 31st May 2015.
There will be an Introduction to the course on 16th May.
To register please contact Bob Smits at
Cost $60.00



Saturday 18th APRIL 2015 1pm - 7pm Demonstrations of voice and digital modes. Foxhunt. Cake, Hotdogs, Refreshments available.

If members are able to come and contribute some time to the above this would be appreciated.

Contact Ron Gibson VE7GOA 250 714 6819 for more information.

NARA Tonight - training night - combined with CECA

TONIGHT 3RD MARCH.... NARA TRAINING – by David Judd – Ohms Law – everything you wanted a refresher on
combined with.... CECA TRAINING – by Devan Banman & others – RMS Express.

Look forward to seeing you at the club.
If anybody has been considering joining CECA tonight will be a good time to see have to send traffic etc. and ask any questions you may have.

73 de VA7YSF

VI8ANZAC is On The Air

The Darwin Amateur Radio Club (DARC) continues to be active with the VI8ANZAC callsign to mark the Albert Chalmers Borella journey re-enactment - and has caused many dog-piles on the bands. DARC President Gary Gibson VK8GN reports that concentration has been on 40m, 20m, 15m and 10m. The lower bands are a bit of a challenge during the Australian northern wet season with very high noise levels.

ARRL International DX Phone Contest, March 7-8

Set aside your CW key, and shake those dits and dahs out of your ears. It’s time to get your voice in trim or to program your digital voice keyer. The SSB weekend of the ARRL International DX Contest is Saturday and Sunday, March 7-8 (UTC), and in this major event on the radiosport calendar, the DX will be looking for stations in the US and Canada. There are entry categories for single ops and for multioperator teams as well as a choice of power levels in each category, from QRP to full legal limit. In other words, there’s a place for Big Guns, Little Pistols, and everyone in between. Excitement and enthusiasm levels will be high, and it’s a terrific opportunity to boost DXCC totals too.

144.390 FM APRS Balloon Heads for UK

The solar powered around-the-world high altitude balloon was released by the California Near Space Project team on Monday, February 23 and is expected to reach the UK on Friday. The APRS beacon should have a radio range of up to 400 km.

Astronaut Ham Renews License, Plus Four New Astronaut Hams

Michael Fincke, KE5AIT recently renewed his Amateur Radio license through February 18, 2025. Fincke served on Expedition 9 (April 18 to October 23, 2004), Expedition 18 (October 12, 2008 to April 8, 2009),and STS-134 (May 16 to June 1, 2011). He currently holds the American record for the most time in space, 381.6 days.

ARRL International DX Contest 2015 CW Event is February 21-22

CW, DXing, and contesting come together and go global February 21-22 for the 2015 ARRL International DX CW contest. This HF contest season has seen incredible high-band conditions and record entry numbers, and as it draws to a close, this is a terrific opportunity to get on the air and get in on the fun. It’s the US and Canada working the world in this event.

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