NARAs new executive is now updated on the webpage. Thank you to all that have volunteered.



echolink on 146.640 and 443.900

Echolink and IRLP node 1003 is now available on 146.640 and 443.900. The 2 repeaters are linked at the moment. look for Ve7isc-r on echolink.
Make use of them!


VA7ANI 146.980 TSQ 141.3
VE7DNR 442.525 DCS 143


Ham Happenings

-Date : Sat. Sept. 3 , 2016

-Location : Cedar Hall - 2388 Cedar Rd.
With ample parking and
Air conditioned premises .

-Vendors : 9:00 am
-Buyers : 10:00 am
-No Sales Of Any Kind Until 10:00 am -
( in consideration of others coming from a greater distance. )

-Tables -$ 10.00
-Admission - $ 5:00

-For further information or to reserve a table contact Ron Gibson VE7GOA :

tel. : 250-714-6819

Talk In 146.64 Mhz with a tone of 141.3 hz

LowBand Antennas... A New Perspective.

We often see hams who set up their base stations by first erecting a 48' or 60' tower then plopping a rotatable tri-band beam on top for the DX. For the nets on the low bands they often install a single band or trapped dipole for 40 or 75 meters, usually hanging just below the beam in an inverted-vee format with the ends tied to a stake or tree maybe up 15' or so.

Well your doing it wrong...

A large majority of hams spend a fair amount of their time, particularly in the low sunspot years, on the low bands, often listening to and checking into the 75 or 40 meter nets, but are often disappointed in the performance of their oh so nice looking 'inverted vee hanging just below the beam.. yes they seem to work... yet often not to expectations particularly on the shorter distances out to around 350 miles... but hey, we can sometimes hear Winnipeg on a good night.

Have a look at the enclosed PDF attachment, I might add worth saving for a low band HF antenna seminar. It shows a portable ti-Band NVIS antenna designed to work best in a 300 mile radius for 80... a little larger radius on the 60 and 40 meter bands.

This portable emergency antenna is only 15' high with the ends tied to posts down to 2.5' off the ground. It's a good portable antenna that's easy to set up when camping too.

The message here is if you want superior performance in that all important 300 mile radius make the apex of your antenna only 15' in the air...... so that permanent inverted-vee off the tower should only be up 15', not 50' or 55'.

Edit... the attachment is in PPS format, however many folks don't have Microsoft Word or Office on their computers. If not I strongly recommend Apache OpenOffice download... only 139mb... and opens this and many other attachments, including MS Word Doc files with no problem.This clean and easy to use software is a good alternate to the pricey MS Office software suite.. and it's absolutely free.

Facebook pages

Please check out our Facebook pages. Nanaimo amateur radio association and Monday night island trunk net.

Ham happenings

September 3rd at the cedar community hall

Field Day 2016 Results

I submitted the E paperwork for Field Day this afternoon for VE7NA at Nanoose Bay. Results 16 CW QSO's 48 Phone SSB QSO's 160 QSO Points 450 Bonus Points claimed. Thank-you all who helped at Field Day
Gerry VE7BGP

Coastal Ham Radio's 2nd annual Repeater day is Saturday May 7

Coastal Ham Radio's 2nd annual Repeater day is Saturday May 7. The idea of repeater day is to bring to life the far too many seldom used repeaters we have. The aim of repeater day is quite simple. Between 11:00-15:00 on May 7 were asking all hams to get onto their favorite repeater and make a contact or two. The link below will give you the details plus has links to repeater data pages for freq., offsets, tones etc. Any questions please email
Hope to QSO with you on May 7 as we bring the repeaters back to life.


Club house clean up

There are a bunch of used Radio magazines down at the club that are up for grabs. If no one wants them they will be brought to the Alberni swap meet to be giving away then recycled.

Also the Tech room needs to be purged of item to be sold at Ham Happenings. We would like to get things sorted. What to keep and what to sell. This will be brought up at the meeting.


Winter field day

Happy New Year From XE1 Land

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


1)Ameritron AL-811 3 tube amp in mint condition
2)MFJ 3kw tuner not so mint
3)FT101D noT so mint
4)80 meter dipole with balun
All working and all for $499.97 or make an offer
This is a package only deal
Telephone is 250-738-0025


Canada Winter Contest Results

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?

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!

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