CG3EXP beacon reception reports can be exchanged for electronic QSLs (two methods) & you can also participate
in a new awards program. For details check out the CG3EXP QRZ.com web page. The Canada C3 expedition & beacon program
runs until 28 October.
Solar Eclipse QSO Party & requests for data from all radio and astronomy
hobbyists in North America
is being solicited. Various projects have been setup, so pick one & have fun when the sun & moon rendezvous on 21 August.
See hamsci.org for more.
ISS SSTV transmissions scheduled for 20 July to celebrate 20th anniversary of ARISS. See ARISS web
14 June 2017
As part of Canada's 150th birthday celebrations, the Canadian C3 expedition by the MV POLAR SEA (a retired
Canadian coast guard light ice breaker & bouy tender) is now on her epic & historic voyage. Over 150 days, the ship
is travelling down the lower Great Lakes, St. Lawrence River, up the east coast of Canada, through the famous Northwest Passage
(NWP) & back down the west coast to Victoria.
Amateur radio operator Barrie Crampton, VE3BSB, suggested the ship could
be outfitted with a WSPR beacon transmitter & tracked by radio enthusiasts using the WSPRnet. This was approved & a
WSPR system was installed on the ship (not an easy task!). It has been beaconing on the 20, 30, & 40 metre bands (as CG3EXP) for
the past two weeks & thousands of spots have been uploaded to the WSPRnet server.
Finally able to drive to the post office & get my new "toy", a SOTABeams
WSPRlite QRPp transmitter. Will have more
to write about it later, but it's an amazingly powerful electronics work of art, combining software & hardware in a very small
package (I was shocked!).
27 April 2017
Added my new May-Jun TCA column QRSS CW: Part 3 (ATD029) to the All Things
Monster ice storm has shutdown the Thunder Bay area as April literally goes out like a lion! Ice pellets
& freezing rain & more snow in the forecast.
28 March 2017
Added my new Mar-Apr TCA column QRSS CW: Part 2
(ATD028) to the All Things Digital section.
Got a new Softrock RXTX Ensemble QRP/QRPp CW/SSB transceiver by
Tony Parks, KB9YIG. He's built 200+ of these kits so it was worth the extra few dollars to have one made by hands. An unbuilt
Softrock kit, bought a few year ago, has been collecting dust because I just can't work up the nerve to tackle the elicate SMT
soldering required for some of the board's circuitry.
The working version is being "burned" in sending dual WSPR &
QRSS SMT beacons (40 metre band). It's one sweat little SDR & only draws 20 ma (receive), which is outstanding (250 ma for 1 watt
output @ 12 VDC) so it's a backpack QRPers digital delight! A W10 netbook "drives" it, powered by SLA batteries (9 Ah for
portable or field "work" & 36 Ah in the shack).
28 February 2017
Added my new Jan-Feb TCA column QRSS
CW: Part 1 (ATD027) to the All Things Digital section.
09 February 2017
Added new reissued & revised SSTV
article from my past TCA columns for early 2016 in the All Things Digital