VE6BLD

Welcome to the CAARC web site. I have been a Ham since 1978 and I am active on most modes from HF to UHF Satellite communications.


Posts by VE6BLD

Long-Lost U.S. Military Satellite Found By Amateur Radio Operator

There are more than 2,000 active satellites orbiting Earth. At the end of their useful lives, many will simply burn up as they reenter the atmosphere. But some will continue circling as “zombie” satellites — neither alive nor quite dead.
“Most zombie satellites are satellites that are no longer under human control, or have failed to some degree,” says Scott Tilley.
Tilley, an amateur radio operator living in Canada, has a passion for hunting them down.

Click this link to read the complete story.

Bob VE6BLD

‘I thought it was a dying art’: Why this Hamilton veteran wants to revive ham radio

‘I thought it was a dying art’: Why this Hamilton veteran wants to revive ham radio

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The Annual CAARC Christmas Pot Luck Supper

The Annual CAARC Christmas Pot Luck Supper

was held on Sunday December 1st in  east Red Deer at the 

Eastview Estates Community Association Center.

About 43 people enjoyed a tremendous pot luck supper with ham turkey and tons of other dishes. Marvin VE6CJY was the lucky winner of the new and old GIZMO.

New CAARC Executive 2019 – 2020

The new CAARC executive  was voted in at the November Annual general meeting. The dual band mobile antenna was won by Mike VE6MIM. The minutes will be uploaded soon. Go to Members D/L  tab and click new executive for names.

New web site encryption coming soon.

Within the next week or so dreamhost will be adding secure hosting (https) to all customer subdomains hosted on either dreamhosters.com or dream.press,  Traffic to and from this site will soon be encrypted by default, ensuring that its contents can’t be intercepted en route by any unauthorized third parties on the web.

That’s right – visitors to this site will start to see the little green lock icon next to your web address in their browser.
You will see no downtime as a result of this change. You’ll simply start receiving the benefit of encrypted transmissions within the next few weeks.

Thankyou

VE6BLD

Web Site Administrator

Central Alberta Amateur Radio Club members prepared for emergencies while having some fun last weekend.

https://www.reddeeradvocate.com/news/ham-radio-operators-in-central-alberta-tune-in/

Field Day 2019– 99 pictures.

I finally found a new Gallery widget to add multiple pictures at a time!! Check out the field day pictures by clicking the Field Day 2019 TAB right of the Swap and Shop. Thanks to Bob VE6BLD, John VA6SJA and Ray VA6RSO for the pictures.
Click any picture or click View Slideshow below the pictures.

Bob VE6BLD

HAM RADIO 2019 in Friedrichshafen Reports 14,300 Attended from 50 Countries

06/27/2019

While thousands were enjoying ARRL Field Day over the June 21 – 23 weekend, some 14,300 visitors from more than 50 countries arrived on the shores of Lake Constance in Friedrichshafen, Germany, for HAM RADIO 2019. Show officials said this 44th event attracted about 400 more visitors this year. The previously reported 2018 attendance of 15,460 included radio amateurs, invited Scouts, and attendees at the concurrent and co-located Maker Faire, which did not take place at this year’s show. This year’s show boasted 184 exhibitors and associations from 32 countries.

ARRL fielded a contingent of representatives to HAM RADIO 2019, headed by President Rick Roderick, K5UR.

“The ARRL booth was busy,” reported ARRL Product Development Manager Bob Inderbitzen, NQ1R. “Many international attendees joined ARRL or renewed their memberships. It was nice to meet so many radio amateurs from around the globe.”

Inderbitzen said a substantial line formed on Friday and Saturday morning as applicants for DXCC and other popular ARRL Award programs queued up to have their QSL cards verified by volunteer ARRL Card Checkers. Some 40 candidates sat for their US license examinations on Saturday, organized by ARRL Volunteer Examiner team leader Manfred Lauterborn, DK2PZ/K2PZ.

Inderbitzen added that many international attendees joined ARRL or renewed their memberships. “QST is enjoyed the world over,” he said. ARRL has nearly 9,000 international members.

Inderbitzen also said he was struck by the large number of younger attendees. “Many of these young radio amateurs and prospective hams attended Ham Camp,” Inderbitzen said. “A large contingent representing Youngsters on the Air (YOTA), an initiative of IARU Region 1, helped promote the 2019 YOTA summer camp, August 11 – 17 in Bulgaria. During HAM RADIO, young hams carried the YOTA flag to each of the stands organized by International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) member-societies, gathering crowds to cheer on the young hams.”

ARRL representatives attending the convention in Germany also included International Affairs Vice President Jay Bellows, K0QB; CEO Howard Michel, WB2ITX, and Regulatory Information Manager Dan Henderson, N1ND.

HAM RADIO 2020 will take place June 26 – 28.