VA7AA Richard and VY1DG David (Marsh Lake Yukon) want to wish the members and friends of the Nanaimo Amateur Radio Association Feliz Año Nuevo (Happy New Year). We are located in the coastal community of Punta Perula, Jalisco Mexico, about 120km south of Puerto Vallarta. David and his partner Lucy have a lovely little home not 1km from me so we can easily chit-chat back and forth on our little 4watt Baofeng portables. No repeaters here gang, although there are apparently a couple in Manzanillo area about 150km south of me.
Ron VE7WBR and Fred VE7FM are also snowbirding in the Melaque area, about 75km south of me
It was great to reconnect with the members of NARA and attend the annual Xmas get-together on December the 10th. I had arrived in Nanaimo from Calgary only the previous evening so the date chosen was by chance quite fortunate for me.
New Years Eve... whata show it was... Mexico is a noisy place because for much of the evening there were ear splitting rocket bombs exploding in the air, flares, Chinese lanterns hanging in the sky, loud fire crackers going off and whistling fireworks galore, even heard the stacatto rat-tat tat of some automatic weapon fire off in the distance...and by midnight there was a sort of bluish pall of haze and smoke and hanging in the streetlight illuminated still air of the town. Mexicans like to party hearty so much of the night was filled with the oompah-pah of Mexican Banda music. Many vendors in the jardin (village square) selling trinkets, and plastic this and that... or selling michaladas and cocos-frios into which you pour copious amounts of Bacardi Rum.
We too were suffering no pain... a pollo dinner (chicken) in cream washed down with copious amounts of wine along with a few drinks, topped of with 21 tequila egg-nogg.
I am not really on the air... the RG58U coax was ripped off my 10m half square by the hurricane... so will again hire my wiry little Mexican friend who will for 50 pesos shinney up the palm tree and drop it down for me... I will quickly re-attach the coax and he'll put it back up in the tree.. as a treat he can hack down gets a few cocos while I am busy reconnecting the feedline... the cocos here are the African variety and are very sweet, eons ago transplanted by the Spaniards.
Hopefully everyone had a great holiday and wishing the best for the new year
Richard VA7AA and David VY1DG
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LEN RABIN VA7NCW
The VE7NA Club Station was activated for the Canada Winter Contest Saturday Dec. 19 zulu time. I was the solo operator and I operated both modes bands from 160 to 10. I operated the oldie but great Clubs IC-730 on the low bands Friday evening when the bands were noisy. Results 109 QSO's, 680 QSO Points, 33 multipliers, Score 22,440 Points Claimed. Thank-you to the Vistors that came by. I enjoy the RAC Contests.
73 Gerry VE7BGP
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'.
The net is held every Monday night on the ITS at 8pm.
See you there!
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.
HERE IS A GOOD LINK TO A VIDEO TO SHOW PEOPLE WHAT HAM RADIO IS ALL ABOUT. HOPE IT SPARKS SOME INTEREST!
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.
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
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
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YAESU FT 840 HF RADIO
ASTRON RS 35A Power Supply
MFJ 969 Tuner
$650 Contact Loyd VE7FCO @ 250-729-7323
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.
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!
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.
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 email@example.com
EVERYBODY IS INVITED TO NARA'S BIRTHDAY PARTY / OPEN HOUSE AND TO CELEBRATE WORLD AMATEUR RADIO DAY.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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