REMINDER NARA Executive meeting Thursday 3rd November 7.00 pm

The Executive meeting is being held at the clubhouse on Wingrove at 7pm on 3rd November.
We look forward to seeing you there. Club members are welcome to attend but are not able to vote at this meeting.
73
Yvonne
VA7YSF

REMINDER – NARA GENERAL MEETING THURSDAY 13TH OCTOBER AT 7.00 PM

REMINDER – NARA GENERAL MEETING

THURSDAY 13TH OCTOBER AT 7.00 PM

There is a slim possibility due to the weather forecast that the meeting will have to be rescheduled.

Watch for any announcement via this kind of communication or/and check the VE7NA webpage.

The meeting will go as scheduled unless communicated otherwise.

Don’t forget the Notice of Motion is planned for our meeting. Any questions please bring them to the meeting.

73
VE7GOA
Ron Gibson
NARA President

EMAIL ADDRESSES FOR CLUB UPDATES AND NOTICES

Please could you send me your email address if you would like to receive NARA updates, minutes, etc.
I will be continuing to send out email reminders and keep the webpage up to date to assist the new executive.
Please email to va7ysf@gmail.com
73 Yvonne

NARA EXECUTIVE MEETING Tomorrow 7pm

NARA EXECUTIVE MEETING THURSDAY 6TH OCTOBER 7:00PM
Club members welcome but will not be able to vote.

NEW EXECUTIVE

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

NARA AGM & GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING SEPT 29TH 2016 7PM

NARA AGM ABD GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING TOMORROW AT 7PM
LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU ALL THERE.

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!

REPEATERS VA7ANI AND VE7DNR

NOW ON THE AIR IN NANAIMO
VA7ANI 146.980 TSQ 141.3
VE7DNR 442.525 DCS 143
YAESU SYSTEM FUSION REPEATERS

PLEASE PUT THEM TO GOOD USE! ALL WELCOME!

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 :
@ ve7goa@gmail.com

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.

https://www.openoffice.org/

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
73
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 ve7hamradio@outlook.com
Hope to QSO with you on May 7 as we bring the repeaters back to life.

https://coastalhamradio.wordpress.com/2016/04/02/may-7-2nd-annual-repeat...

Gord VE7FKY
www.coastalhamradio.wordpress.com

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.

Thanks

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

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