Archive for February, 2012
Good day, eh!
So my family and I are heading out for a month long RV trip across Canada this summer (Montreal to Banff). I have been getting very excited about this as we are now only a few month away & there’s a million things to do before we take to the road.
I have been planning our itinerary, including driving time, stops, attractions, camp sites, gas consumption (whis is depressing when you actually calculate the $$$ of it!), etc, etc.
Of course, Ham Radio will be an integral part our trip. Not only is this a great tool in case of an emergency, but, it’s fun too! We will be active on VHF/UHF, HF, GFRS, and (new to me) APRS.
I will be bringing along my good old trusty Kenwood TS-440S 100W HF rig (the tank), which I have travelled with in the past & love to operate (I do not operate HF while driving).
I will also be experimenting with APRS. In light of this, I have decided that this was a good time to break down & treat myself to my 1st NEW rig: The Kenwood TM-D710A mobile transceiver. I have done much research in the past few weeks, and look forward to setting up all this cool gear in our RV.
I’ll keep you posted in the weeks to come, including technical specifications of my installation.
73 for now, de Pete
…aaaaaaaaannndd, here we go again!!!
Our 2nd offering for this week is all about Ten-Ten International, by Bill VE3MEW
Ten-Ten International Net, or 10-10 for short, is an organization of amateur radio operators dedicated to maintaining high levels of amateur radio communications on the 10-meter amateur band (28.0-29.7 MHz). Established in 1962, 10-10 has grown continuously since that day, with some ups and downs according to the numbers of sunspots and the openness of the band. As you read this, the number of 10-10 numbers issued to members is over 76,000. 10-10 would welcome your membership in the organization if you have an amateur radio license with 10-meter privileges.
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73 de Pete
This week’s presentation: Summits On The Air (S.O.T.A.), by Sarah KC4TXG
Ever dreamed of being as mountaineer? How about an armchair mountaineer? Yes, whether young or old, new to the hobby or not, both are possible & within every hams reach! Listen in & find out how, it’s easier than you might think.
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73 de Pete
I’ve been getting up early for the past few days & taking advantage of great proapagation just before sunrise, & having GREAT QSOs on 40-meter sideband.
It’s a great way to start every day, & a good opportunity to meet fellow enthusiasts. I’ve had the pleasure of chatting with hams from Boston, MASS to the British Virgin Islands.
A QSO a day keeps the doctor away!
Oh yeah, & check out: http://qso365.co.uk/
73 until next time
VE2XPL – Montréal, CANADA
Well…it’s gone. my very 1st HF rig went to a local amateur who had wanted one since he was 1st licenced, but could not afford it at the time. He has since tuned the it up, tightened a few screws here and there, and given the rig new life.
I still have the faithful TS-440S, work horse of the shack which I use daily, usually getting onto 40 meters at dawn right before I leave for work. I always find plenty of friendly folk to chat with while I eat me cereal. A good way to start each day.
My 1st HF Radio can now be yours!!!
Manufactured in 1979.
A Ham Radio Classic, and a piece of Amateur Radio History.
Hybrid HF Radio.
Contact me for details: firstname.lastname@example.org
73 de Pete VE2XPL in Montréal.
This week’s presentation: KIT BUILDING, with Scott N5HUM
YES, you can BUILD YOUR OWN!!! Your host will take you on a magical journey to start you on your way to HomeBrewing!
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73 de Pete