World Championship Bathtub Race 2011

JULY 24th 2011 11AM
Some pics of the event

IARU HF Championship

NARA will be participating in the IARU HF Championship Contest at the VE7NA Club Station beginning Saturday 1200 UTC and ending Sunday 1200 UTC 4:00 AM to 4:00 AM Local time July 9-10, 2011.

RAC Canada Day Contest Results

NARA Participated in the RAC Canada Day Contest at the VE7NA station.

Field Day Results

Field Day was a Great success at VE7NA Thank-you to all who helped make this event fun.

RAC Canada Contest

NARA is participating in the Canada Day Contest at the VE7NA Club Station.

Bath Tub volunteer sign-up list

Volunteers are required to help out with the Bath Tub Race. The bath tub race is on July 24, 2011. The Nanaimo Amateur Radio Association is supplying radio operators/spotters.

QSL arrangements for Royal Wedding Prefix

As the Royal Wedding prefix GR, MR and 2R replaces the traditional regional locator for G, M and 2 callsigns, it has been necessary for the QSL bureau to create a temporary special sub group to handle the expected large influx of cards.

Yaesu, ICOM, Kenwood Issue Statements Regarding Effects of Earthquake on Operations



According to a press release, no one from ICOM is known to be injured. No damage has been reported at ICOM’s headquarters in Osaka, or at either of their two main factories in Wakayama; both Osaka and Wakayama are located far south of the most severely affected areas. The branch offices in Tokyo and Sendai, however, did suffer some minor damage. “Most of ICOM’s facilities and systems are ready to get back to normal business, but supplier logistics, commuting issues and future power disruptions will affect our company,” the press release said. “It is too soon to tell how big an impact the earthquake and its aftermath will have on ICOM. We appreciate your interest and concern.”

Request for Information, Interference from Plasma Television Sets.

According to members of the Niagara Peninsula Amateur Radio Club, noise and signals originating from Plasma Screen digital television set are causing considerable interference to their HF activities and have asked RAC for help.

New Zealand Earthquake

Geoff ZL3PX said with the Civil Defence Network continues to work and AREC members are with the Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) teams providing on-ground communications.

Edge to Edge Marathon 2011

CECA & NARA members will be taking part in the Edge to Edge Marathon on Sunday, June 12 2011.

Device uses sea water steam as antenna to receive and transmit VHF signals

Increasing use of wireless communications require more and more antennas to support their data transmission. Many situations have limited available real estate for antenna placement. For example, Navy ships normally use metallic antenna elements to transmit and receive VHF (Very High Frequency) signals.

Amateur Radio Basic Certificate Course

NARA will be holding a course for the Basic Amateur Radio Certificate. The registration day will be February 2nd, 2011 at 7pm @ 1415 Wingrove St in Nanaimo (The old Departure Bay Firehall).

Jpole Calculator

Jpole Calculator

A jpole is a great antenna to build because of its simple design and construction materials.

Theft of New Westminster Mobile Command Vehicle Equipment

Recently there was a massive theft of equipment from the New Westminster Mobile Command Vehicle. Included in this were a number of amateur and commercial radio's. The theft occurred in Surrey over the holidays.

Attached in PDF is a list of serial numbers of the items that were stolen.

If you have any information or see any of this equipment online or at swap meets please call the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 referencing file number 10-169899.

Thank you,
Geoff Armstrong - VE7KA / VA7CWD
New Westminster Emergency Telecommunications

Dissolution of Netherlands Antilles Creates Four New DXCC Entities

The dissolution of the Netherlands Antilles has caused changes to the DXCC List.

Transforming Radio Amateurs of Canada

RAC has started a nation-wide change process for the organization. They are inviting all amateur radio operators to be a part of this change (members and non-members alike).

5.8 GHz Link

Update: January 6 2011. During the past few weeks the site was inundated with many feet of record snow. Icing possibly a foot thick covered the antenna causing the path to be lost. Well the link is back as good as ever and if anyone wonders how harsh a condition the NewCastle Ridge repeater site really is... just look at the links and attachments which show the progression of winter and how much snow NewCastle gets...

Cut and paste into your browser if the link doesn't open.

On Saturday September 4th 2010, NARA's members installed a 5.8 GHz data link to Comox, a distance of about 90 Km. A new link also connects the City of Nanaimo to NewCastle Ridge near Sayward on the North Island, a distance of over 204km. To view a live real-time image from a camera on NewCastle Ridge (4200'), please click the following link: (Updated July 13, 2011)

NARA Membership Dues

NARA Membership renewals are due 16 September 2010. The club year is from September to August.

ARRL Field Day June 25 – 26, 2011

NARA will be participating in Field Day this year. We will be operating from the Club station under the EOC category.

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