A Walk in the Forest – Portable OPS

I had a chance to try out my ManPack and NVIS antenna up at some land I have up North. The weather was fantastic and the bands were ope. I was hoping that the QSB would not be an issue.

I managed to knock of some contacts and even managed to break my portable antenna. No worries as I now have a problem to solve and can put some energy into a fix.

10 Watts on the low bands does work and I have been getting S7 to S9 reports on stations I can hear at 20-40 over 9

The spring whip is several S units below my reference antenna and I plan to scope out my NVIS portable antenna that is a quick link

Get out and Make QSO

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WHAT IS THE BEST ‘BALCONY ANTENNA?’ G3YCC

WHAT IS THE BEST ‘BALCONY ANTENNA?’

I asked the question: ‘what antenna would you recommend for use on typical hotel balcony?’

Here are the replies:

Frank,

For a portable I have two wires that are center loaded. Each wire consists of two-8ft-6in wires with a center coil consisting of 20 turns of wire on a 1-1/12 in PVC pipe form about 3 inches long. It is fed with 300 ohm line and a tuner.

For your balcony you can hang one out the balcony and lay the other on the floor, hang it as a vertical dipole if you can get it to the upper balcony, or even string or snake it out on the floor of the room (both legs).

It tunes up nice on 40M and 20M. Quite versatile and compact to carry.

Alan KB7MBI

Frank,

For portable operation, I use 2 (Hamstick) Mobile Antennas with an adapter to configure them as a loaded dipole.

Mine are for 40M. This setup with an ATU allows me to work 40 & 20 Meters.

I use a Camera Tripod for support.

I have used this setup in Motels/Hotels with my SW-40+, SST-40 or OHR Explorer for 20M.

I usually place the tripod on top of the Bureau (Dresser?)..

I’m sure this same method can be used for a balcony.

Rick – WA8RXI Taylor, MI. USA

Frank:

Well, think it through Frank!

What is light weight, portable and takes up no room! That’s right, a dipole! There are all kinds of trick ways of putting it up, both inside and outside. The best is what ever you can get away with! I have taken a closet pole out for a center mast and run the antenna wily nilly up down , back and forth and it works with some kind of cheap tuner! Open wire feeders OF COURSE! 450 ohm is best, but 300 ohm will surely work and at qrp levels even RG-174U in a pinch. Center insulator, a large shirt button, end insulator, a small sleeve button. what holds it up, well, mono filament fishing line is fine but string will work in a pinch. If you must throw it over a roof or something poke a hole through a tennis ball and use that! also works great if high in a hotel and must drop out a window. Much better than a lag bolt or large NUT that will swing and break a window at worst or bang and rattle in the wind on some poor soles window below you!

These tricks have worked in Hawaii, Florida and Ecuador for me. If I have room I carry a backpackers fishing pole that collapses to one foot long and extends to around 8 feet long. Great for casting fishing line through TREES and even can substitute for a center mast on a balcony!

Walt K8CV

Frank,

The only reasonable balcony mount antenna is a either an end fed wire or some sort of mobile antenna. The end fed wire is the simpplest but is dependent upon a support at the far end. I do not condone just dropping a wire out of a window.

Almost any mobile antenna works in this application and someone makes a screw on mount that will hold it on a balcony rail. I have seen and used Outbackers and others.

A good ground makes up the system. It can be as easy as 5 or 7 wire rotator cable trimmed for each band or a 15 or 20 foot piece of wire and a ground tuner. In either case it can be run around the baseboard.

73

Bruce Muscolino

Hi Frank:

The best I have found for convenience is a Hustler Resonator set. I have a set of resonators for 15m, 20m & 40m that can either be run separately on the base whip or run altogether (similar to a Spider Antenna – only MUCH cheaper) with a $6.00 three-resonator adapter plate. If you mount three bands on the one base “stick” remember to tune up the lowest frequency resonator first and work your way upwards through the other resonators in order of increasing frequency.

The base “stick” is about 48″ long and the resonators average about 18″ to 24″ apiece with their little tuning whips. You will need a standard 3/8″-24 threaded mount (I use the mag mount from the car) to keep the antenna assembly vertical and the connector to feed it with coax.

Since it is basically a 1/4 wave vertical you have to either work it against a ground plane (believe it or not, a regular $3.00 “Space Blanket” with the aluminized side face down works pretty well as the surface resistance of the aluminized size is REALLY low – just a few ohms per inch) or if your balcony is up a bit you can dangle down a counterpoise suitable for the lowest frequency you are working. If you have a steel railing on the balcony that’ll probably provide enough of a counterpoise.

I purchased my set of Hustler resonators, the base “stick” and adapter plate from Texas Towers for about $100.00 for the whole show. So it turned out pretty inexpensive for a compact 3-band antenna. Of course it makes an excellent mobile antenna too!

Hope that helps “balcony operators” out there. ūüôā

David Gwillim

KB2TQX

Hi Frank,

The B&W model AP-10 that covers 40 through 2 meters is made to order for balconys.

Mine fits in a med sized suitcase and lays flat in a plastic ZipLock bag about 8X10 inches and about 2.5 inches thick. Has everything in the bag including counterpoise.

73 Bill WJ5O

Frank–

Read an article a while back describing a hamstick mount for balcony use. Hamsticks are those fiberglass poles for mobile HFing with wire wound ’round them and a stainless steel whip at the top. Basically this fellow took a metal electrical box and mounted a standard mobile antenna mount on it, and attached radials to it. Then, he put the box in a flowerpot, with the radials coming out the sides of the flowerpot. Finally, the filled the flowerpot with cement, making sure the mobile mount (but not the electrical box) was exposed and level.

Hamsticks here are about $20 US, so it’s bit on the high side if you are wanting to go multiband.

I suppose this mount would also work with any mobile HF antenna available, so if you ever do any mobiling you might already have a suitable antenna!

72/73 Chris AA9HD

Hi, Frank,

I use an Outbacker TriSplit, which breaks up into three two-foot sections and tucks nicely into a small vinyl case. It covers all the HF bands quite nicely.

The problem is that you need a ground plane, of course. I’ve used a scrap piece of sheet metal (mine came from my uncle’s air conditioning business), but that is fairly heavy and cumbersome, at least for someone my size. It does work well, though.

72/73, Caity KU4QD

 

 

I have worked Japan using a Pac-12 homebrew antenna on 15m off a hotel balcony. The Buddipole is another great antenna as a dipole or using it as a stick.

 

The other antenna is to take a 20 foot fish pole and extend it outwards and run a wire out to the tip. I would hang using a small weight enough wire for 40m. A small MFJ-16010 manual tuner loads it up nicely with a counterpoise on the railing or a wire tossed around the balcony. Experiment. You can work DX for sure.

 

John VE3IPS

 

 

 

 

My thanks to the above for their input. I hope it is of use to fellow amateurs.

Frank, G3YCC

FAQ: ‘Which is the best antenna for portable (backpacking) use?

Frank G3YCC was an inspirational mentor to myself and i have built many of his creations over the years.

The QRP world heard of the passing of Frank G3YCC – who most know of from the masses of information he put at our disposal through his website. Frank put a lot of time & effort into this and it would be a great pity if that work was lost.

I am providing some rebroadcasts of his web site content in memory of him but to also pass on his viewpoints. Lots of good stuff here.

 

 

FAQ: ‘Which is the best antenna for portable (backpacking) use?

The following are the opinions expressed by various amateurs. I suggest you read them all and decide for yourself which antenna suits your requirements. Thanks to those who spared the time to assist with their ideas.

I will kick off this discussion with some views of my own.

On my last visit to VK, as VK5GCC, I took a 33 foot wire, a 17 foot counterpoise and a home made L-match. With this in different locations I was able to work some good DX (including into the UK on 40m) using 2 watts.

I found I could get good results on the three bands I used mostly, 40, 30 and 20m CW. I used the antenna from different locations and in my experience, an end fed needing one support only has an advantage over the dipole idea. The counterpoise was pressed into service as a single wire and occasionally was connected to any adjacent metal, a nice metal water tank in one location and a bed frame in another.

On another location, in Scotland, I used a 40m dipole fed with 300 ohm ribbon to a balanced AMU, which worked well on four bands. The centre of this antenna was attached to string thrown over a tree branch and tied to a stone on the ground. Quick to erect and worked well.

Frank G3YCC

 

I have two favorites and take them both:

 

  1. Dipole, cut to length, usually 40 or 20M.

 

  1. Half wave length wire plus a similar counterpoise and the ZM-2 tuner.

Usually configured as a vetical but have used it as a horizontal antenna.

 

I use the dipole if I can find two suitable supports.  If I have only one

support my experience is that the wire/tuner combination work better than

the dipole as an inverted V.

 

Bob KI0G

I have strong feelings about a “best” antenna. First it depends

on whether you are planning to work most/all bands. If so, then THE antenna

for me is the Collins 637-T1 or ‘T2. This is a somewhat heavy unit for the

long trip backpacker, but for less rigorous weight demands, or portable

use, it is ideal. The antenna is contained in a tough plastic body weighing

a little less than 3 lbs. sized about 5 inches by 9 inches. It has two

dials on either end you set to zero with the coils of #14 phosphor-bronze

antenna wire wound inside. The dials are then calibrated in MHz, and all

you have to do is reel out an appropriate “frequency” from each side. There

are appropriate fasteners to hold it tight while in use, and a molded in

place to attach a rope to raise the unit. When finished, just reel it back

onto the two reels using the spinners mounted on the dial-faces and you’re

off to your next QTH. It has a type-N connector for your coax. They have

become available on the surplus market, and, while they are not cheap, they

are a superb, rugged answer to portability, and compactness while camping

or back-packing.

73

 

Ed N4XY

 

 

I am a rank newcomer in backpacking / QRP operating. But, given that, I just

use a wire dipole fed with coax. Currently using RG8X / 14 gauge wire as I had

several made up, but plan to make up some from a lighter gauge and RG58.

I don’t mess with a tuner. I mount it inverted vee style or, preferably,

dipole style (depending on available trees on that cliff). Always try for a

significant dropoff in the desired direction (see AA7QUs notes in ARS website).

 

Grant K7GT

 

My favourite is a kite-borne vertical Zepp.¬† That is, a “vertical”

half-wave of wire held up by a kite and fed at its lower end with one leg

of the lightest 300 ohm ribbon cable I can find (the other leg of the

feeder remaining disconnected of course).¬† The “vertical” naturally always

slopes away from the wind, depending on the type of kite and strength of

wind at the time of operating.  However, a well trimmed box kite or

parafoil kite can hold the wire at better than 45 degrees to the ground

and, in any case, I’ve never noticed that the slope made much difference to

the results.  The parafoil kite is ideal for this type of operation since

it flies well in light winds, has good lifting power and, most importantly,

has no rigid parts so it will roll into a small bundle and squeeze easily

into a rucksack.  Of course, this type of antenna is only good for windy

days.¬† I’ll leave other contributors to suggest the best antennas for

non-windy day back-packing!

 

Dave G3LSL

My favorite backpack antenna is a 40 meter center-fed inverted-vee with an

open angle of about 100 degrees; fed with 50′ of 440 ohm stranded

ladderline.

 

I cut the antenna to 67′, use a homemade 1/4″ plexiglass T with three slots

as strain relief for the antenna’s feedpoint.¬† Drill 1/4″ holes in ends and

top for a rope support.

 

A tuner and SWR bridge are needed, but can work very efficiently with a

Z-Match and a resistive type LED bridge used so successfully in Joe N2CX’s

Rainbow Tuner and the AZ ScQRPion  LED/SWR kit.  In fact, the Emtech ZM-2

used this technique.  One downside is if the height is not substantial then

must ensure the ladderline is not looped, away from metal objects.  One

could make the feedline 30′ and make a 20’ patch cable in case the antenna

can be brought to good heights in the field.

 

This is my favorite antenna for the following reasons:

 

  1. Ease of setup. Only one tall tree or support necessary.
  2. Not necessary to lengthen and/or shorten the elements to resonance based

on environment or a particular band of band segment.

  1. Multi-band; able to work 40 through 10 meters with one antenna.
  2. More omnidirectional vs. a conventional flat-top dipole. Maximizes QSO

possibilities.

  1. Nice gain figures on 20 and 15 meters. Also the inverted-vee has better

gain figures on 10 meters vs. a flat-top dipole configuration.

  1. Stranded ladderline is much easier to wrap up when done. I use cheap

masking tape to secure.  It tears off quite easily with residue left on the

feedline (as is electrical tape).

  1. Have been very successful with this portable setup for the past 3 1/2

years.

 

Kevin N2TO

 

 

If you are TRULY backpacking the only way to go is a super-lightweight wire

antenna. Some time ago I bought some 17-strand copper coated steel, PVC

sheathed #26 AWG antenna wire (Product #541 – The Wireman, South Carolina ,

USA). The stuff is quite incredibly strong, and makes a great lightweight

long-wire (300 feet weighs around 8 ozs) for either tree installation or kite

lofted (using the wire as the kite “string”) with a parafoil, all-cloth kite

just a few ounces in weight, that folds up into “nothing”. If using the kite

support system it is essential to use something like a 10K 1 watt resistor

from the antenna wire to ground at the tuner to bleed off static induced in

the wire by the wind and other atmospheric sources. You also need a

counterpoise for the above which you should lay out in the direction of the

antenna itself enough for at least an 1/8 to a 1/4 wave of the lowest

operating frequency you are planning on using.

 

If you have the weight allowance in your backpack about 60 feet of skinny 300

ohm ladder line along with two 51 foot lengths of the lightweight antenna wire

discussed above plus some small, homemade plastic insulators make for a great

center-fed Zepp style antenna that will tune to just about all the bands you

want to work with a balanced tuner or a regular unbalanced tuner with an

external  home constructed 4:1 balun (15 or so turns bifilar wound on a

suitable size toroid for your operating power).

 

I love wire antennas for backpacking as they are relatively inexpensive,

efficient, lightweight and can be scrunched down to almost no space.

 

David  KB2TQX

 

I think the best Antenna for backpacking is,  a 1/2 wave long wire.  I take

66+ feet of # 24 Stranded wire coiled up with an Aligator clip on one end.

I have a small length of rope with a tennis ball on one end of it, I toss it

up into a tree, attach the free end of the wire to my rope and pull it up

into the trees.  Clip the 1/2 wave length wire to my rig and have at it.

Free end of wire can be doubled over itself to make for 1/2 wave Antenna on

any band 40 Meter and higher.

I don’t worry about a counterpose or ground wire, everything seems to work

fine.

This is a simple, light weight, very cheap, system, that is very easy/fast

on putting it up and taking it down, and gives what I think are very good

results.

 

72

Jim, KU4QW

 

 

I’ve had a lot of success with a plain dipole, usually in the Inverted Vee

configuration.  I had a 15 foot mast that I strapped to the external pole

of a tent and then ran the two legs to convenient trees etc.  I never used

a tuner which simplifies matters and never used a SWR meter which saved

worry and stress.

 

I tried it out at the same height at home and then used it repeatedly

without any problem.

 

All my /P operation was from camping sites reached by car so weight wasn’t

a major consideration.

 

72,

 

Jim, VE2KN

 

 

I like the SLV as it makes for a fb walking staff when collapsed and

sets up in no time at all. Also, performs well from high ridges above

the tree line where it would be difficult, if not impossible, to put up

a dipole. Vern Wright’s (W6MMA) mods also add a great deal of

versatility and convenience to the basic idea.

 

Arth W6AGS

 

 

End-fed vertical half-wave wire with counterpoise.

 

(1)¬† Very compact, with little or no feed line — only a small L/C tank circuit

for matching/tuning.

 

(2)  Omni-directional

 

(3)  Low take-off angle

 

(4)  Only one support wire (no need to look for two nicely spaced trees)

 

(5)  Can also be set up as a sloper, inverted-V, inverted-L, etc., where a

sufficiently high support cannot be found, where directionality is desired,

etc.

 

72 DE K1CL,

Chuck.

 

My favorite backpacking / hiking antenna is the St. Louis Loop ( SLL ) which

does require a transmatch if you are using it as a multi-band antenna with

twinlead / ladderline.

 

This is a very forgiving antenna that produces results. It has been published

in the Peanut Whistle, NorCal QRPp, and CW Ops Australia.

 

The SLL can be used horizontal, vertical, or as a sloper. the sloper version

uses only support pole, which can be a ‘Black Widow’ or other 20 foot fishing

pole. Actually if you are backpacking into the trees or to the desert, this

antenna is ground independent, has no radials, is field repairable and provides

a small footprint. Depending on how the antenna is set-up, the operator

has the option of cloud warming to low takeoff angle for dx. This is a most

useable antenna for many occasions.

 

Walter AG5P

 

2 meters and up:

1) rubber duck of the rig

2) hb9cv (2el for 2meters and 3el for 70cm)

 

HF :

20 met V inv. dipole

home brew 5 band vertical

some wire and a h.b. tuner

commercial 5 band whip

20 metres loop

 

Silvio I1SU

Possibly it’s no use of speaking about¬† t h e¬† best ant to be used for

/p.I have been several times in G and in GM this summer.

All depends on the situation. To cut a long story short:

 

For the upper bands – 10 Mc – I use the upper-and- outer because it is

easily to be mounted with the help of a fishing pole and the radial can be

used for tuning and there is no need of looking for a tree or any other

means to fix the ends of the wire.

 

When operating from a b&b site I use the longwire fed through coax from

the DTR 7 this coax then being matched to the wire with a C and a ferrite ring attached to 7 Mc.

I had this rig in Northumberland this yr from my room down to the fence where I used  a 4 m fishing rod to lift the end of the wire.

 

And only a thin wire is seen, nobody will ask…Possily only one will ask

what fish could be caught with this array.

 

Dieter DL2BQD

 

 

By far the best, most reliable antenna is a simple dipole. I use a 40

meter dipole fed with RG-174 and it works great. I don’t use / need a

tuner, it is compact and light, and always performs! That’s my two cents.

 

Mike WA6ARA

My standard backpack antenna is a set of dipoles for

the 5 pre-WARC HF bands. I have a 10m length of RG-174

coax cable with an insulator on one end, and separate

color-coded wires which I can add in any combination.

All antennas are pre-cut for best performance in the

favored part of the band when installed as an inverted

Vee with the center up 4m and the ends about 2m off the

ground. I don’t use an ATU – just put it up and operate.

 

This kit was originally built for an extended trip “down

under”, and I wanted something to handle all the bands

available on my Argonaut. By using #22 insulated, stranded

wire and RG-174, the weight is quite low. I can put up

a 10m dipole during a lunch stop, or the complete set

if I will be somewhere for a day or two.

 

Assembly is fairly simple, especially after using it a few

times. (Yes, it as been done in the dark.) First, I choose

the bands I want to operate, tie the wires through a hole in the

center insulator (for strain relief), and attach the ends under

the wing nuts. (Each wire is stripped at one end, and has a loop

tied in the other.) Then I select one of the longer wires

and tie my throwing rope on the free end, throw a weight over

a handy tree, and use the wire to hoist the feedpoint. This

gets at least one wire up as high as possible. The remaining

wires are tied off to branches, rocks, grass, etc., using

pieces of nylon cord ranging from 3 to 10m long.

 

Practice and experience are important for it to go smoothly.

The most common problem is using a rock which is too light

to pull the throwing rope back down to within reach. Once

on a sandy beach in VK7 I couldn’t find a rock, so I filled

an old sock with sand. Also, practice tying knots which

can be untied easily: I use variations of the bowline,

slippery sheet bend, and tauntline hitch. In retrospect,

skills such as rock throwing and knot tying may be more

important to enjoying QRP backpack operation than the

specific type of antenna used.

 

All ropes and wires in my kit are wound in a figure-8

between thumb and little finger of one hand. This also

takes practice, but it greatly reduces tangles. Rubber

bands are a simple way to secure each piece after it is

wound. (I don’t have room to explain my method of tying

them off.)

 

One design problem for SSB/CW ops in Region 2, is how to

cover the entire 80m band (3.5 – 4.0 MHz). I solved this

by cutting the 80m wires only 55′ long: I add the 10m

wires on the ends for the top of the band, or the 15m wires

for the low end. A typical 5 band configuration uses 4 sets

of wires: 40, 20, 10, and (80 + 15).

 

I’ve operated QRP portable from KH6, KL7, VK, ZL, VE1, and

several US states. Sometimes it has required creativity

to put up an antenna. In VK6 I propped the feedpoint up off

the rocks with a 1m stick, and still worked W4. The

individual wires can be combined in various ways to make

more elaborate antennas (such as full wave loops, long wires,

half squares, etc.) when conditions permit. In one case I

connected the 40m and 80m wires as a twisted pair feedline

on a 20m dipole (which was tied between two rock crags –

the rig was level with the antenna, but the ground dropped

100m in the length of the feedline!)

 

For real serious backpacking with a single- or dual-band

rig, I would probably use and end-fed wire. 65′ would be

a good length for 40m and 20m. The tuner would be an “L”

network designed for this wire on these bands: small

toriod coil, slide switch to select coil tap, and trimmer

capacitor – about 1″ square.

 

For a serious contest trip, I take along a balanced

tuner, twinlead, and extra wire. This allows maximum

antenna creativity, depending on the available

supports. Long wires, vee beams, loops, and colinear

arrays are good candidates.

 

My best portable antenna probably was one I put up for

Field Day in Southeast Alaska. It was a zepp fed 135′

wire sloping down from a cedar tree to a post that I had

erected on the tide flats (at low tide.) When the tide

came in, I had a sloping wire over salt water, pointing

stateside. The rig was placed on a couple pieces of

driftwood used as a table. I was so engrossed operating,

however, that I didn’t watch the tide as it continued to

advance up the beach… it came within a few inches of

sending me maritime mobile!

 

Good luck!

 

Dale WB6BYU

 

 

I am very much a newbie to backpacking and QRP, too. But… what I used this

summer was a pair of wire dipoles fed with ~36 ft lengths of RG58 coax.

Our rigs were NorCal 40A for 40m and MFJ 9020 for 20m. I have since sold the

MFJ and am anxiously awaiting the NorCal 20 kit.

 

There have veen several articles written regarding backpacking antenna systems

in QST. A common configuration is to have both a 40m and 20m dipole from a

common coax line. Another is to have a single coax run but have various add-on

legs to the elements to make the resultant antenna resonant on various

bands from 40 up through 10m.

 

When backpacking, I am not about to carry along a Tuner/SWR /Power meter just

to get a slightly more efficient antenna system. I will carry any extra weight as spare batteries, thank you!

 

Grant  K7GT

On the backpacking antennas. I have been using computer ribbon cable (28

awg) for dipoles “and feedline”. I just make a simple knot wherever I want the center to be and spread out the conductors for the dipole. I then make a

loop knot on each end of the dipole and support with fishing line.

I know it sounds crazy, but it works. During sweepstakes with 2 watts

(SST) I worked CO, MD, MI, TN, IL and others. I call this the “Ultra-Lite

Knot Antenna” . With the Emtech ZM-2 tuner this makes a really

lightweight portable antenna system.

 

Dave AB5PC

 

I use the Norcal Doublet which I have made up using #26 Silky wire and then use the speaker wire for the download. It loads up nicely with the ZM-2 or the Elecraft T1. I also have a couple of the light weight 9:1, 4:1 and 1:1 baluns I made up.

 

John VE3IPS

 

Mobile NVIS Experiment

Remember for mobile or portable work the antenna must be tilted. I am rebuilding a Harris HF Milpack radio that I hope to use for mobile/portable work. I am looking for the antenna bracket as shown below.

mobile nvis

tilt bracket. png

Ontario Distracted Driving Update

RAC has been active representing Canada’s ham radio interests and this is of great concern for those involved in ARES activity. We hope for a good outcome that will continue to provide an exemption.
For immediate release
 
 
Update: November 22, 2017: we are awaiting a decision by the Ontario Ministry of Transportation
 
RAC Directors Allan Boyd, VE3AJB (Ontario North/East) and Phil McBride, VA3QR (Ontario South), had a very productive meeting with Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) officials on Wednesday, May 31, 2017. The purpose of the meeting was to consult with industry stakeholders on Ontario’s Distracted Driving Law and, specifically, the current five-year exemption for the handheld use of two-way radios set to expire on January 1, 2018. The meeting resulted in a very productive exchange of information.
 
Allan contacted the MTO in mid-October and asked for an update. An MTO official advised him they have all the materials that was presented to them at their earlier meeting including:
  • a detailed briefing note for the Minister
  • condensed versions of all the legislation from the other provinces in their exemption sections
  • articles on the concentration levels of full duplex versus half duplex conversations
  • information about Radio Amateurs of Canada and a copy of The Canadian Amateur magazine
  • documents stressing the importance of the use of radios including the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) program
  • the complete package of all the supporting letters that RAC received on the issue
  • a letter signed by RAC President Glenn MacDonnell, VE3XRA, outlining RAC’s position
They advised that a final decision will be announced in a media conference by the Minister of Transportation on the exemption issue prior to the expiry date on January 1, 2018.
 
RAC will issue a bulletin as soon as we receive any information and we will also post the information here on the RAC website and on the Distracted Driving webpage at: http://wp.rac.ca/distracted-driving/
 
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Additional Background Information:
 
Distracted driving regulations continue to be an area of interest for many Canadian Radio Amateurs. These regulations are made and enforced by Provincial governments and can vary considerably from province to province and over time. Radio Amateurs of Canada has prepared a list of links to current regulations in all provinces that have established them. They can be found on the Distracted Driving webpage at: http://wp.rac.ca/distracted-driving/
 
Radio Amateurs of Canada representatives in our regions often work to clarify regulations where Amateurs may be caught up in them or when the regulations are being created or modified. A committee was formed to monitor the legislation and work with government officials on a province by province basis to look after the interests of Canadian Amateurs. This committee is under the direction of RAC British Columbia/Yukon Lead, Bill Gipps, VE7XS. Two provinces are the focus of current activity: British Columbia and Ontario.
 
In British Columbia, Bill Gipps, VE7XS, together with two local Amateurs (Chris Scholefield, VE7QCS and Dave Miller, VE7HR), met several times with representatives of the BC Government to discuss BC distracted driving regulations and their application to Amateur Radio. The BC Government completed their stakeholder engagement and published a new document in February 2017 which clearly spells out that Amateurs can use ‚Äúpush to talk‚ÄĚ buttons, on our Amateur Radios, while operating in our motor vehicles.
 
RAC will continue to provide additional information about distracted driving regulations on the RAC website as it unfolds. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact your Director at any time at the address shown on page 4 of The Canadian Amateur magazine and on the website at http://wp.rac.ca/board-of-directors/.
 
Stay tuned to the RAC website for more information.
 
 
Alan Griffin
RAC MarCom Director
 

In Defense of Myself against Attacks by a local Ham

I am tired of this ongoing garbage being spewed out by this ham with so many call signs hiding behind the hate crime blog ve3twr.com an ve3twr.ca. He had moved all his hate from the blogspot domains which Google removed for abusive content to stolen domain names. I have the right to defend my self  and explain the truth behind the false accusations made by him.

Update: Nov 15, 2017

1. I am now being accused of selling a license to a gentleman named William VA3HBO. I have talked to him on the air several times but I have never met him. He has been very helpful in helping me program a Motorola Radio I purchased from a local ham that programmed incorrectly. He is also a target to ongoing and systemic harassment. I can validate that I was not the Volunteer Examiner that submitted his ham license tests to Industry Canada.

2. Repeaters Shut Down

In my 40 years as a ham and 3 years in DMR, I have never seen 4 repeaters turned off due to targeted and systemic jamming (radio harassment). This will affect any ability for various ARES groups to provide emergency communications and assist the first responders in case of a true emergency. There are also hams that rely on these repeaters for daily communications and they too have been impacted in a negative way due to bad behaviour.

I have been informed that VA3XPR, VE3YYZ Analog, VE3YYZ Digital and VE3TWR have been shut down until further notice.

I was hoping to use the VE3YYZ Allstars link for remote access and was informed about the shut down.

What has been referred to as nefarious activity that has been occuring the past week has caused the repeater owners to make hard decisions to pull the plug until a solution to the problem can be found.

I would believe the TFM Club would have the right to them but in retaliation, he took them for a safer haven for his abusive content. Another local ham, has now purchased all of his call sign domains and created a website at http://www.ve3wzw.com. I will let those two go back and forth with their postings. I am not surprised as to what the truth really is as the local community speaks up.

I do not care to attack him as it serves no purpose. It is very obvious he does not like me and other lical hams that are in his hit list.

He has accused me of jamming him and he came to realize that it was not me and he apologized. So where does this hatred start?

He is attacking any member of a board, president of a club, any one with more radios than him, any one who knows morse code and anyone that is honest and gives a lot to the radio community.

I do not need to post my achievements and success stories as i have nothing to prove and those that know me understand that when I had my Aura read by a Geomancer he said ” You give more than you take and you do it with love and passion”.

I used to defend this guy and actually introduce him to local hams as a friend of mine. I made a mistake and a bad judgement in character.

I do not know how he has the time to be busy with all this hatred against myself and others. I do know that I do need to straighten out all the fake news being spewed out by this individual.

I have a right to defend myself against his vicious and slanderous attacks on his blogs and explain my side of the story. I have asked many times to be a man and “Man UP” to sitting down and trying to understand his concerns and clear up any misunderstandings.

I know he broadcasts emails to his followers with remarks attacking me. For what¬† the reasons I do not know and frankly don’t care as I can only allow others to make their own judgments about him.

He started attacking members at my radio club and sought to have me kicked out. It did not work as he proclaims on his website. Now, he is the President of his radio club. I wonder what ethics he will follow and what examples of goodness he will bestow on the members. Will he teach a radio class, will he cheat a radio class, will he volunteer time and effort into the community, was he voted into the club or self appointed as the leader? Many questions are being asked and I do wish him success and hope he can bring some positive energy into the club and not spread toxicity and hatred.

I was friends with Andre and he shared a lot of his personal strengths and weaknesses until one day he decided he was choosing new friends. I met his girlfriend, shared a swap table at the Hamex hamfest, invited him to attend Dayton and other things good friends do. I know and knew that Andre has a good heart and is a very giving individual. I am not one to judge and will allow others to decide themselves. May God Bless you and be forgiven for all of your sins. You have chosen a path guided by Satan. Good riddance I say to all your toxicity and pent up anger. God forgives you and loves with all his heart. We will continue to pray for you and hope that one day you will accept his love.

I will update these as I scrape them of his website with my response in defense. People need to hear both sides of the story.

Andre, you have posted my address, my mothers address, on your blogs and I have photos of you that has been shared with family and friends and 911 will be called if you show up for any reason in their vicinity.

In defense of the many attacks by Andre Vanier VE3WZW, VA3AGV and VE3SP and many others conducted over the radio airwaves, emails and web postings:

York Region CLUB Accredited Examiner PAID $200 HAM Tickets Accredited Examiner John Leonardelli VE3IPS PAID $200.00

This is a lie. I did not sell licenses to 16 applicants for $200 each and I would like to see the proof. I was offered $100 to drive out to Hamilton and spend 5.5 hours of my day for the exam to be written by Hughy VE3DJZ. He passed and got his Basic license. Hughy was charged $250 by Andre but I was given the agreed upon $100.

John Leonardelli VE3IPS disparaging comments #8          Disgrace РJohn Leonardelli VE3IPS disparaging comments #8

This is the whole D-Star vs DMR debate where the Motorola boys claim superiority over everyone. If you read the text 3 times you will see its nothing to get excited about.

– Toxic insults “BLACK NIGGER”¬† Racist Abuses | invasion of privacy | POLICE AND OTHERS HAVE

False Lies: I am not a racist and have ever uttered this word against him. If you look at his picture you will realize that he does not actually look to be the ethnicity that he claims he is being attacked for. I have no idea where he came up with this.

UNDER ATTACK FROM VE3IPS FOR NO REASON UNDER ATTACK FROM VE3IPS FOR NO REASON

This was actually written up on another hams website (VE3HTB) for which again I have no idea what caused this to transpire but he is a fiend of the hate crime blog publisher. I don’t know the guy and he was made a member of a local radio club I started. A Cease and Desist letter was sent to the individual and he did remove the slanderous and libelous posting. 

– CHILD ANSWER ABUSIVE PHONE CALL Invasion of privacy | Threatening | harassment

– 28 repeated hungup phone calls in 1 hours from @VOIPGURU

I did call the person a few times to try to have a conversation as to why he is attacking me. When we did connect he hung up on me and when I called back he had forwarded his Magic number to York Region 911. I have wireline landline so no idea how twitter can place telephone calls. How does a twitter account make telephone calls? No children answered the telephone and Andre is not married and has no children. If a child answered the telephone then I would ask what a child is doing in Andre’s home?

After this incident i get lots of hang ups with odd numbers on the CLID. This is known as CLID spoofing a feature of Magic jack. He has a Magic jack number. 

https://twitter.com/voipguru      | Threatening | Racist Abuses | harassment

I don’t see any hate crimes on this twitter account. Do you?

VE3TWR Racist РTFMCS Racist Amateur HAM Radio TORONTO  Amateur HAM Toronto CANADA a BLACK idiot (Racist)

Please see above. This is a repeat to create a longer list

VE3TWR Racist – TFMCS Racist Amateur HAM Radio¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Racist Abuses | invasion of privacy | Abuses¬† –¬† https://ve3twr.blogspot.com/

Again more hate crimes being disseminated. This blog was removed and I can only imagine I was based on not conforming to Googles code of Ethics.

– Threatening emails #3 –¬† 23 repeated in 1.5 hour (deleted/SPAM)¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† John Leonardelli VE3IPS

Oh was this the Cease and Desist Email I sent you once?

РFraud website was created abusive (police reported)   Fraudulent | identity theft | Threatening |

Harassment

I am not aware of what this is referring to

РFraud Facebook homophobic profile created abusive  (police reported)              homophobic and FAKE FACEBOOK profiles

РThreatening content    Threatening |

Harassment

Again more lies. In fact, he published an email where I was telling him that someone had created these fake sites and had pictures of my home, address and other pictures that break copyright laws. I had the Soundcloud removed and the Facebook site removed. I cannot believe Andre came to my house and took photos for this so he could publish my address and photos stolen from my QRZ.com and blog. Why would I create a Facebook site with my personal information and photos on it? THis is just a spin he is putting on the fake news.

РPredatory and Clueless Behavior           | invasion of privacy | pictures and video around HAM home 2016

I have no photos of his apartment or any videos and cannot understand why I would need to. In fact, I did not even know where he lived until we were friends for over a year. Where are these photos or videos published?

РRepeater Territorial Behavior  Threatening

I have no idea what this even means.

J.Leonardelli VE3IPS threatening voice mail POLICE REPORTED   John Leonardelli VE3IPS with threatening voice mail messages

A voice mail was left on his Magic jack number indicating that he was spotted in front of my house (probably taking pictures for the Facebook site). I did get his license plate. This was reported to the Police. I asked him to stop harassing my family. An email was also sent

РJohn Leonardelli VE3IPS Abuses            Listen to audio here

I am not sure what this is but can only imagine that someone was playing tapes of my voice on the repeater. There are tapes of him swearing and harassing me.

– Racist Abuses – BLACK F.ING NIGGER – perfect for legal “Black Fucking Nigger” see audio many recordings

Again this is not me and is a repeat of the two entries above

РSlander             Paul Edward Briscoe VE3KU VE3GPB slanderous accusations

Again this is not me and is a repeat of the two entries above

John Leonardelli VE3IPS delusional 6 unsolicited emails John Leonardelli VE3IPS delusional rant and 6 unsolicited belligerent emails blast (threatening)

I would not call a Cease and Desist email delusional or threatening. Hey he is harassing me and my family. YES police and RCMP were notified

– 34 repeated hungup phone calls in 2 hours from @VOIPGURU Threatening | https://twitter.com/voipguru

РToxic insults    Racist Abuses |

Harassment

I don’t know where this comes from as I did make calls to his cellphone (actually it’s a magic jack number as he does not own a cellphone) to try to gain insights into his harassing activity against me. Funny, I get these weird magic jack calls to my home number with odd area codes and if you answer they hang up.

РDisparaging comments              John Leonardelli VE3IPS disparaging comments #8

A repeat

John Leonardelli VE3IPS threatening 6 unsolicited belligerent emails       John Leonardelli VE3IPS delusional rant and 6 unsolicited belligerent emails blast (threatening)

A repeat

РStalking a HAM person Home  homophobic and FAKE FACEBOOK profiles

I am not the creator of the fake Facebook account and complained to have it removed due to the exposing of personal information about me.

РThreatening emails #4 Р16 repeated in 30 minutes (deleted/SPAM)      John Leonardelli VE3IPS with threatening voice mail messages

A repeat

Р32 repeated hungup phone calls in 2.5 hours from @VOIPGURU           | invasion of privacy | harassment

A repeat

Toxic and slanderous accusations without proof              Michael Kenneth Walker VA3MW slanderous accusations

This has nothing to do with me.

email received with HATRED AND ABUSE             RECEIVED РHATRED AND FRAUD AND ABUSE

No clue what this is about

threatening and intimidation     VE3RPT РHERE IS THE WARNING

I don’t use VE3RPT o not sure what this is

AUDIO EDITING / AUDIO MANIPULATION            YOUTUBE Рprofile РJust Jammers

This is not me and the audio is attacking me

AUDIO EDITING / AUDIO MANIPULATION            GTA user profile on youtube | harassment

This is not me and the audio is attacking me

John Leonardelli VE3IPS delusional rant MORE unsolicited email              John Leonardelli VE3IPS delusional rant MORE unsolicited belligerent emails 2

No idea what this means

VE3TWR Racist РTFMCS Racist Amateur HAM Radio TORONTO  Amateur HAM Toronto CANADA a BLACK idiot (Racist)

See above comments that I did not utter any racist remarks. He is not a black man so I do not understand his comments.

John Leonardelli VE3IPS disparaging comments #8          Disgrace РJohn Leonardelli VE3IPS disparaging comments #8

About what?

Leader Henry Blais, VE3HJL Toronto FM Communications            Leader Henry Blais, VE3HJL of TFMCS.org. Toronto FM Communications Society

This has nothing to do with me

John Leonardelli VE3IPS – listen to his delusions of grandeur and abuses

Yes I enjoyed listening to your melt downs. I have the audio files. Swearing, Yelling and abusive in nature that it can make your ears burn and he claims I am delusional?

VE3TWR Repeater SHUT DOWN !

Andre had VE3YYZ also shut down and posted on the website by Eric VE3EI

REPEATER SHUT OFF while he was talking

No idea what this is about but it relates to Andre showing up with his slanderous remarks and looking to argue with any ham on the air. Thus, TFMCS shuts it down when he starts swearing.

http://hamtoronto.blogspot.ca

Another hate crime blog owned and operated by Andre

 

I will keep up to date to the latest content and post my defense accordingly.

 

How to get a 2 Letter Canadian Ham Call

Log into the Industry Canada website every night at midnight and do an availability search

If there is an available call sign then complete the application form and submit it to Industry Canada

In a few days they will send you an invoice for the application fee

Congratulations you now have a 2 letter call sign that at one time meant you are an advanced ham with morse code skills

Today, it means nothing!

My two letter callsign is hardly used as its on my repeater and I use my original call sign for on air use.

Be careful as there are others logging in every night to also get that elusive 2 letter call sign before you

QRP Frequency List – Worldwide

I was asked the other day by a local ham where the QRPers hang out as he wanted to slide his Icom 7300 down to 5 watts.

I have crystals for the 3580, 7040 and 14060 frequencies as thousands of QRPers have so expect that as a good starting point.

 

 

Bands Freq Mode Region
160m 1.810 CW  
1.815 CW VK
1.843 CW Europe
1.843 SSB Europe
1.910 SSB  
80m/75m 3.530 CW VK
3.540 CW US
3.560 CW  
3.690 SSB Europe
3.710 CW US Novice
3.985 SSB  
40m 7.003 CW Japan
7.028 CW VK
7.030 CW Europe & US
7.035 CW QRP-L
7.040 CW US
7.060 CW Europe
7.090 SSB Europe
7.110 CW US Novice
7.122 SSB  
7.285 SSB  
30m 10.106 CW  
10.116 CW  
20m 14.060 CW  
14.285 SSB  
17m 18.086 CW GQRP
18.096 CW  
18.130 SSB  
15m 21.060 CW  
21.110 CW US Novice
21.285 SSB Europe
21.385 SSB  
12m 24.906 CW  
24.950 SSB  
24.956 SSB
10m 28.060 CW  
28.110 CW US Novice
28.355 AM Japan
28.360 SSB Europe
28.365 SSB Europe
28.385 SSB US
28.995 AM Japan

The Truth about the $200 License Deal claimed by a local GTA ham

As falsely reported on http://ve3twrabuse.blogspot.com/2017/10/tfmcs-and-repeater-ve3twr-promotes.html and ve3twr.com amd ve3twr.ca by a well known local radio spectrum operator known as Mr V

My friend Mr V approached me to help his friend Hughy out in Hamilton with a ham exam as there arent any local VEs

I said no its too far for me, have him come to Toronto

Mr V said it could not happen as Hughy does not have a car and he will not pick him up, bring him to Toronto and drive him back home

Several weeks later i get offered some money to do it

I said for the $100 I will drive 1 hour to Hamilton, conduct the exam for 2 hours, go for lunch and pay, drive an hour back home. That’s 5 hours of my time.

I was told several times to not contact Hughy or communicate with him as he has Asperger’s syndrome or some high anxiety issue and I would spook him out preventing him from being calm to write the exam

OK

However, it turns out that Hughy told me that Mr V charged him $250 dollars for the exam. Well, the envelope from Mr V to me was $100. I have no idea where the $150 went or what it was for.

I had an agreement for $100 for 5 hours of my time to go out to hamilton to do this. It covered my gas, time, printing of exam, coffee and the lunch tab.

Normally, my fee is $20 but many were done free for the radio club or through the radio classes. I heard that some charge $50 for the exam but that is too much in my mind.

The last test I did was for $20 and it took two attempts¬† ¬†….I still charged $20 for 3 hours of my time.

So I can honestly say that I do not charge $200 for exams, I have not licensed 16 hams for $200 and am very disappointed that my friend Mr V would make such accusations. This has nothing to do with the York Region ARC.

I have made several attempts to try to have a one on one conversation to better understand the false accusation but my meeting request was always refused.

Begging for money? Any smart person can see the tweet is a retweet from M0scu.uk asking for hams to buy him a beer it is not me sending that.

Mr V continues his attacks against me and I am tired of his harassment and slanderous abuse.

I even got an email from my friend Mr V about his new website which surprised me but then I was not surprised about it. It did not show up on the hacked Twitter account @ve3twr and its brother @444group

 

Mark Smith <ve3wzwandre@XXXXX.com>

2:18 PM (22 hours ago)

 
to bcc: me
VA3HBO William Marquis stole my my domain name and call sign.
He has made a fake website that’s full of untruths.
He has stolen my intellectual property
I have reported this to Toronto Police and The RCMP
Please do not read the web site.
73’s
Andre

I went to the fake website to see what was going on. I can only imagine that this will continue until Mr V decides to stop his abuse against me but in the meantime I continue to defend myself against his slanderous and libel remarks and attacks. He now uses the name Mark Smith as an alias among others. I am now confused how he created another website to promote his blogs.

He has a target goal of 4000 hits a day on the ve3twr hate crime websites. which will earn him over $4000 a month in Google adclicks and pay-per-click affiliates revenue. So his hatred is clearly drievn by revenue generation.

He switched his traffic from the blogspot domain after Google shut it down for violation of its rules due to the harmful and harassment nature of the content.

Please Mr V I ask you again to “Cease and Desist” your slanderous, Libel, Cyber Libel and Harassment against me and my family.

I understand this hatred that started with TFMCS staff has propagated to more hams in the community and dragged me into the mix.

I valued our friendship the past few years and can proudly say that I was able to learn from you the good things about our hobby and how to be a better parent to children. You helped me strengthen my faith with God and I will always be thankful for that.

God will forgive you and allow you to repent and heal your soul so you can spend more time with your girlfriend and her children.

God loves you with all his heart and blesses you and is trying hard to take you from the clutches of Satan.

We will continue to pray for you and hope that one day you make a honourable decision.

God Bless you and your family

John VE3IPS

 

 

 

 

 

 

30 Meter Ham Band – Why Forgotten?

30 Meters, (10.100 ‚Äď 10.150) MHz

30 Meters is a relatively unknown WARC band. It also is a narrow band with only 50 KHz of bandwidth available. Many hams don’t operate on this band.

It is also an excellent DX band and has propagation in between 20m and 40m. The modes allowed are CW and Digital modes and also a popular QRP band. QRP activity can be found around 10.106 and 10. 116 MHz

Give 30m a try and you may just be surprised as to the DX that can worked on and it’s relatively QRM free.

Also there are some great CW transceiver kits for this band for the builders out there looking for a weekend project.