Monthly Archives: December 2011

What Ham Radio is All About

Here’s a new video from the ARRL shot during last year’s Hamvention in Dayton, Ohio. Highly recommended viewing. Advertisements

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The importance of Services

This week I was delighted to learn that we had yet another Amateur Radio enthusiast join our club – Many thanks Mr Harold Smith (VA3SMH) – Welcome to the Oakville ARC! What really caught my attention was the memo line … Continue reading

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Christmas Dinner 2011

A quick, but important “Thank You” to Jim Byers VE3AJ  for his effort & skill in organizing the club Xmas dinner over the last few years. Xmas 2011 was another success at “Tuckers” on the Burlington /Oakville border. Great food … Continue reading

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Why CW?

Back in the old days, all Canadian hams had to pass a CW test at 10 wpm and then run CW for at least six months before they could apply for a 10-meter SSB endorsement on their basic license. After … Continue reading

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How Much Power?

Contesters and DXers use kilowatt amplifiers to help cut through pileups. Running a big amplifier is not for the newcomer as any defect in the station will become immediately known once you switch on the amp. Also for maximum efficiency … Continue reading

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What other HF Antennas Are Out There?

If you realize that almost all antennas are really just dipoles, it gets pretty easy to see that the cheapest way to get on the air is with two wires of equal lengths cut to the appropriate frequency and feed … Continue reading

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What other HF antennas?

Some hams say if they could have only one HF antenna it would be a multiple-band vertical. There was one on the Ontario Swap Shop recently for $50 which for an antenna which can get you on four or more … Continue reading

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