Special Event callsigns for Canada in 2017

Canada’s 150 Birthday Special Event Callsigns starts Jan 1st 2017 and lasts
until end of the year Dec 31 2017 to Commemorate Canada’s 150 Birthday

Canadian ham radio operators may choose to change their prefix on their ham radio callsign should they choose to signify this historic event

VE to CG
VA to CF
VO to CH
VY to CI

For example VE7DAO would become CG7DAO

I operate from Victoria, BC and can be contact on our local IRLP node #1030 if you would like to make a contact.    73

“ Canadians, let’s hear you on-the-air with your new callsign. ”

Come join the Facebook Group that I created for this Canada wide event.

Bermuda Ham Radio results


In the days I was in Bermuda I was able to contact 77 stations on HF and VHF using the callsign VE7DAO/VP9. The station consisted of a Yaesu FT 920 with a Cushraft A-3S HF antenna running between 75 – 100W. Other band antennas included 40, 80 and 160 metres which were wire dipoles and did well for reception and contact reports from other stations.  It wasn’t all ham radio.  I visited the island like any other tourist would do. Swimming, sightseeing and shopping were the highlights. Sone of the best highlights were the aquarium, zoo, the crystal caves.  It was truly a wonderful place to go.

I am in the process now of producing a QSL card.  Here is the front image.

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Bermuda DX

I will be leaving in less that a week to start a holiday in Bermuda and will be staying at Ed Kelly’s VP9GE place who has a ham radio station that visitors can use.  This is truly the highlight of my trip as well as many other amazing places and things to there.  The Beaches, the caves, the water, the sun and of course the sea, sky and all those shops.  There is also an IRLP node on the island, 8255 that I will use to call home through to stay in touch with my Ham Radio friends back home in Victoria BC.   If you hear me on the air give me a call.  I plan to send QSL card to those I make contacts with.


Silverstone B-64 balloon still flying

The B-64 balloon launched at 06:51 GMT on July 12, 2014 from Silverstone (in the UK) is still in the air transmitting on 434.500 MHz using Contestia 64/1000 and APRS

On Saturday, October 3 Phil Heron MI0VIM reported decoding data while it was over the North Atlantic ocean, coming up to 6th time it would pass the United Kingdom on it’s continuing journeys around the world.

B-64 was built by radio amateur Leo Bodnar M0XER, he made both the plastic foil envelope and the solar powered transmitter payload which weighs just 11 grams.

See the B-64 track at


July 31 B-64 completes first journey around the world



Useful balloon links


AMSAT-UK http://amsat-uk.org/

New book for hams about HF Software Defined Radio

Hi folks, there is a new book for amateur radio operators and short wave listeners who want to know more about SDR.  It is called An Introduction to HF Software Defined Radio.
You can read a summary and order a copy at Amazon or at https://www.createspace.com/4845320.

The book is for amateur radio operators and anyone who would like to have a more technical introduction to software defined radio receivers and transceivers, for the high frequency and short wave bands. Most of the concepts are illustrated with helpful diagrams and pictures. It covers; the different types of SDR, how they work, tests used to measure their performance, the components of a typical direct conversion SDR, code in the FPGA, and the elements making up SDR software for the PC.

76 pages, full colour, large 11″x 8 1/2″ format (for the diagrams), many diagrams and tables, hardly any maths or software code.

Chapter 1: Introduction to HF Software Defined Radio
Chapter 2: The QSD method
Chapter 3: The DDC method
Chapter 4: SDR performance measurement
Chapter 5: The SDR transceiver, what’s in the box (including the FPGA)
Chapter 6: Myths about the dynamic range of SDR receivers
Chapter 7: SDR software on the PC

Frame structures, Ethernet and USB frames
Key software modules, Kiss Konsole block diagram
The wideband spectrum display
The transmit process
The receive process
Command and Control

VE3RCMP Special Event Station

June 17th 2014

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police amateur radio Group in Ottawa will be operating a Special Event Station VE3RCMP during the Field Day contest weekend, June 28-29, 2014.  We plan also to activate the call sign during the RAC Canada Day Contest July 1st.

The Special Event Amateur Station will be commemorating the 75th anniversary of the first RCMP owned and operated radio-to-patrol-car dispatch system that was commissioned in the fall of 1939 using the call sign VY8T and thus initiated a continuing Radio Support-Service within Force.   VE3RCMP during Field Day will be operated by current and retired members of what is currently known as the RCMP National Radio Services Directorate, Ottawa.

The last time VE3RCMP was obtained for field day operations was in 1989 during the the 50th anniversary.  We hope the 4 letter suffix will not cause too much confusion to other FD contest station operators.

Special QSL cards are being prepared to confirm contacts with VE3RCMP.

Norm Rashleigh, VE3LC