Radio Frequency Super Spreader COVID-52 Event # 4



I worked VE3INP using a 5 watt Yaesu FT3DR with an Arrow Yagi at Dufferin Grove Park, Toronto as /Portable to my Mobile location at Richmond Hill Public Library – Yonge/Major Mackenzie  Icom 800H 50 watts to a Larsen 2/70 mag mount

This breaks the last RFSS event that was 11km

Stay Tuned for a 25km  Arrow to Arrow QSO being planned

We also had a copy on Den VE3BQK that was greater than the 25 km but no contact was made


Thanks to Yaesu for keeping us safe!

Comet HA-750Bl Mobile Antenna Review

Thanks to JE0DKR



The other day, when I visited a local OM house, I mentioned that I was planning a solo trip to Michinoku Mobile during the summer vacation, saying, “If you go anyway, you should get out of 18MHz or HB. I’ve been looking for an HB mobile ANT that can QRV while driving.

At first, I thought it would be nice to have an HM6 that can produce a lot with one car, but I gave up knowing that I couldn’t do QSY without getting out of the car one by one. I thought I would be a mono bander if I got off the car anyway. When I was thinking, “I think it’s definitely MD for performance, but I can’t afford to have all the coils …”, COMET’s HA750BL was recommended. It was painful that 10MHz, which is indispensable for mobile CW, is out of the standard, but the total length is 2.4m, which is about twice as long as it is an improved version of HA750B. In the worst case, I compromised because I thought it would be possible to put it on my Kranishi MTU.

<Characteristics of each band SWR>

On the way home, park the car in the middle of the rice field in the neighborhood, assemble the elements, connect to the 857 without adjustment, and check the SWR of each band. 7, 14 to 50MHz on the spec is about 1.2 with RIG’s SWR meter. It was like sending to a dummy load. (Maybe in a sense.) I tried 10MHz, which I was worried about, with no use, and it was about 1.7. “Maybe you can use 10MHz? I called the Miyakojima City Mobile Bureau in Okinawa Prefecture, and there was a one-time response. The opponent’s S wasn’t swinging, but if it wasn’t piled with the same PWR, it would be possible to get it. (10MHz is out of the manufacturer’s standard, so please take your own risk.)

<Communication result (7MHzCW)>

HB seemed to have poor CONDX and could not QSO with anyone, but I tried to issue CQ with 7MHz CW. It was about 30 minutes in the evening, but I was able to communicate with 10 stations. I wasn’t called anymore, so when I issued a CQ while driving on my way home, I was called by the Mito station. (However, when I got home, the hatchback base was moving without being able to withstand the wind. Hi)

After returning, I plotted the QTH of the communication station on a map and imagined the path of ionospheric reflection.



-Performance is good for mobile ANT. (It’s only
7MHz . Some people have a maximum of + 20dB.)・ QSY is easy anyway.
・ SWR 1.5 or less (excluding 10MHz) from 7MHz to 50MHz ・ No
need to worry about wraparound. (It seems that grounding is unnecessary, but the base is grounded.)
・ Is 50MHz a bonus? (It was about S3-5 different
from SG9700 .)・ Not suitable for hatchback base (base height 1.5mH + L = 2.4m = 3.9m, so it is too long and dangerous while driving. )

* Please note that this is a subjective impression after a short operation of about 30 minutes.


In the end, the original idea of ​​HB ANT, which allows QRV while driving, was missed, but I am very happy to be able to come out easily. In the future, I would like to try it in each band and accumulate results.

VE3IPS: It appears this antenna is 50 ohm dummy load with a 5:1 matching lossy balun like the CH-250B base antenna. This antenna can be replicated with a similar length of wire and a 4:1 balun with a tuner.
It transmits on 7, 14 and 56 Mhz as per the SWR chart. It is a compromise antenna but with proper band conditions and say 20-50 watts of power, you will make contacts.
 HA750BL Review This is a review of
Comet’s Broadband antenna HA-750BL.
Weekend ham, so the review was a little late.
By the way, there are many reviews for this antenna, so I think many of you already know the general idea. I installed it on the balcony, so I will report on the situation.
There is no adjustment for SWR and there is no problem at all.
7MHz … It was within 1.5 in any band. It was about 14MHz … 1.3. 21MHz ・ ・ ・ 1.1-1.3.
Sensitivity is definitely reduced.
I used to use a monoband V dipole, so I feel sorry for the comparison, but the S meter doesn’t really swing. The S meter does not shake, or even if I try to respond to a station that shakes faintly, it is not picked up. However, for stations where the S meter swings firmly, it will take about 55 to 57. In short, it depends on the condition.
QSO is possible.
Communication was established at 7MHz, 21MHz, and 24MHz. In particular, I had no plans to purchase an antenna for 24MHz, so it was a nice first communication. The feature of this antenna is that you can immediately QSY to other bands. It’s fun to press the band button on the rig and turn the dial. It will be interesting when the high band opens.
After all the antenna must fly. Therefore, it will not be the main antenna of a fixed station. Even if it can be received, the transmission ability is not good enough. Probably because it doesn’t resonate. I think it would be interesting if it was a mobile station.

The Wouff-Hong and Rettysnitch Legends

The Wouff-Hong and Rettysnitch Legends

Amateur Radio’s traditional and most sacred symbols

Two gruesome instruments of excruciating torture are used to enforce law, order, and decency in Amateur Radio operation. 

The Wouff-Hong and Rettysnitch Legends

By Rob L. Dey, KA2BEO1 – September 1997

A wonderful article about these two legends was written by L.B. Cebik, W4RNL2, and appeared in September 1996 QST, on pages 59 and 603. Cebik offered that “We should not be troubled by the size of the task at hand: Curing Amateur Radio of its illegalities and indecencies. We have many more folks available to wield the Wouff-Hong and the Rettysnitch. No, not on others, but on ourselves – to make sure that we set a model for how amateur operations ought to be conducted.”


The Wouff-Hong

The Wouff-Hong is used to enforce law and order in Amateur Radio operating work.”The Old Man” (T.O.M.), originator of the Wouff-Hong and the Rettysnitch, is known to be the one and only Hiram Percy Maxim, W1AW, founder of the American Radio Relay League (ARRL)4 in 1914. T.O.M. wrote his first mention of a Wouff-Hong and a Rettysnitch in 1917. In 1919, the league received an actual Wouff-Hong specimen directly from T.O.M. The first photo of the Wouff-Hong was published in July 1919 QST.

The Rettysnitch

The Rettysnitch is used to enforce decency in Amateur Radio operating work.In 1921, the Washington DC Radio Club presented the Rettysnitch to the league’s traffic manager. According to legend, the club received the Rettysnitch specimen from “The Old Man” himself. Cebik stated that “Even at its first public appearance, two of its teeth were missing, suggesting a long history of necessary and effective use. However, to this day, the Rettysnitch has lost no further teeth. It was ordered to be displayed by its mate.” The Wouff-Hong and Rettysnitch stories were retold by Rufus P. Turner, when he wrote “Hamdom’s Traditions: A Bedtime Story for Young Squirts” in May 1934 QST. According to Cebik, “In 1930, The ARRL Handbook had pictures of both instruments of enforcement. By 1936, only the Wouff-Hong appeared. By 1947 the Handbook had deleted both photos.” An editorial on the Wouff-Hong (without the hyphen) appeared many years later in February 1961 QST. Presently, both of these legendary instruments are on display at the ARRL museum in Newington, CT.

Do the Wouff-Hong and Rettysnitch still hold their mystical power over us today?

L.B. Cebik, W4RNL, answered this question well, when he asked “Why were the Wouff-Hong and the Rettysnitch so powerful to those early hams? Because those hams cared about Amateur Radio in their hearts. They desired that which they knew they could never have: A perfectly law-abiding, decent radio service that would inspire young and old alike to become hams or, lacking the inclination to electronics, to become admirers of hams. Every minute of on-the-air time was a chance to show how noble a pursuit Amateur Radio was and should always be. They feared the Wouff-Hong and the Rettysnitch as instruments of their own consciences, as they strove to meet the standards they set for themselves. And that is where you will find the Wouff-Hong and the Rettysnitch today – deep in your own conscience. If they seem to hold no power, then you know it’s time once more to elevate your standards a notch higher, and then to strive to achieve them perfectly.” He added, “May you never deserve their sting.”

1Rob L. Dey, KA2BEO, P.O. Box 1849, Point Pleasant, NJ 08742-1849, e-mail:
2L.B. Cebik, W4RNL, 1434 High Mesa Dr., Knoxville, TN 37938-4443, e-mail:
3This article originally appeared in the New England QRP Newsletter, edited by Dennis Marandos, K1LGQ.
4The American Radio Relay League, 225 Main St., Newington, CT 06111-1494, e-mail:


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we have found a Canadian version and are checking on authenticity

Festival Field Hockey Goalie Stick – Harrow Sports

Radio Frequency Super Spreader COVID-52 Event # 3

Another awesome event with record turnout

Longest contact was from Dovercourt Park to Bathurst and Wilson


BQK with his FT991 and Baefeng radio

INP with his wonderful FT3DR – Colour Display is awesome

IPS with Icom Mobile and Motorola

AJF up in North York

TGL with FT818

VWX with FTM300DR

There were other stations in there in the downtown core that I herd in the mobile working others

BQK may have had the strongest signal of all users from his FT991 base station setup

IPS and INP – in the Dovercourt Park with their Gortex  – Rain or Shine we QSO 52

Ian INP was running a half wave whip on his FT3DR. This radio has become popular with SOTA activators due to aprs able to run on the other band while yakking on 52


Stay tuned for HF ops and 446 simplex activity

Still Time to Apply for Foreign Service Information Management Technical Specialists-Radio Positions

Still Time to Apply for Foreign Service Information Management Technical Specialists-Radio Positions


The deadline to apply for US Department of State Foreign Service Information Management Technical Specialists-Radio (IMTS-R) positions is December 1, 2020.

Foreign Service IMTS-Rs design, install, and maintain radio and telecommunications systems. They provide radio support for presidential, congressional, and other VIP visits. These radio specialists work from a regional location, overseas, or domestically.

Extensive travel is required to support radio telecommunications systems, such as land mobile radio (LMR), HF, VHF, and UHF radio networks at State Department missions around the world.

Potential applicants should read the Foreign Service Specialist Foreign Service Specialist selection process page before applying. To begin the online application process, visit position announcement. The deadline to submit completed applications is December 31, 2019. Applicants must be US citizens, at least 20 years old to apply, and at least 21 years old to be appointed. Applicants must also be available for worldwide service and be able to obtain all required security, medical, and suitability clearances. Email for additional information. 

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is seeking telecommunications operator reservists


The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is seeking telecommunications operator reservists to assist in emergency recovery efforts on an intermittent, on-call basis. The deadline to apply is December 8, but FEMA will not take any applications beyond the first 200, which may come sooner than that.

These FEMA reservist positions seem well suited to radio amateurs. Duties include sending, receiving, and distributing HF radio messages between first responders using the phonetic alphabet, Morse code, call signs, continuous wave, and proper frequencies based on network requirements, as well as setting up, establishing, and maintaining an HF radio site in an austere environment and performing site analysis to determine an optimal location.

Among other requirements, candidates should have an understanding of radio wave propagation for day, night, and transitional period frequency use, and be able to maintain station message logs and compile communication reports.

The Reservist Program is an appointment type granted under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, Section 306(b), which authorizes FEMA to appoint such temporary employees as necessary to accomplish work authorized under the Act. See the position description on the USAJobs website for complete information.

$21.86 to $41.21 per hour



The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling on those who want to help protect American interests and secure our Nation. DHS Components work collectively to prevent terrorism; secure borders and our transportation systems; protect the President and other dignitaries; enforce and administer immigration laws; safeguard cyberspace; and ensure resilience to disasters. We achieve these vital missions through a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations. Make an impact; join DHS.

When disaster strikes, America looks to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to support survivors and first responders in communities all across the United States of America and its territories.  FEMA prepares the nation for all hazards and manages federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident. We foster innovation, reward performance and creativity, and provide challenges on a routine basis with a well-skilled, knowledgeable, high performance workforce. Please visit for additional information.

Now FEMA looks to you, join our team and use your talent to support Americans in their times of greatest need. We are seeking talented individuals who are eager to assist disaster survivors on an intermittent, on-call basis. FEMA Reservists are incident management responders, hired under the Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act. Reservists are a significant factor in the agency workforce in responding to disasters. These employees deploy to perform activities directly related to disasters, emergencies, projects, or activities of a non-continuous nature. Reservist positions are temporary appointments within the Excepted Service and are not to exceed 2 years in duration. Work opportunities are intermittent due to the irregular nature of disasters and Reservist employees are not guaranteed regular recurring hours, deployments, or renewal of employment.  Apply for this exciting opportunity to become a FEMA Reservist!

EMERGENCY ASSIGNMENT: Every FEMA employee has regular and recurring emergency management responsibilities, though not every position requires routine deployment to disaster sites. All positions are subject to recall around the clock for emergency management operations, which may require irregular work hours, work at locations other than the official duty station, and may include duties other than those specified in the employee’s official position description. Travel requirements in support of emergency operations may be extensive in nature (weeks to months), with little advance notice, and may require employees to relocate to emergency sites with physically austere and operationally challenging conditions.

In this position, you will be responsible for sending, receiving and distributing high frequency (HF) radio messages between first responders.

Typical assignments include:

  • Sending, receiving and distributing high frequency (HF) radio messages between first responders using the phonetic alphabet, Morse code, call signs, continuous wave and proper frequencies based on network requirements;
  • Setting up, establishing, and maintaining an HF Radio site in an austere environment; performing site analysis to determine location for optimal performance;
  • Understanding of radio wave propagation for day, night and transitional period frequency use;
  • Maintaining station logs of messages transmitted/received and compiling communications reports to inform disaster response.


Travel Required

76% or greater – In addition to frequent travel related to deployment(s), occasional non-emergency travel may also be required.

Garmin NUVI Geochron Hack

Thanks to WA2ISE for this brilliance. He is a ham radio maniac

Garmin nuvi GPS’s have been around just long enough that we end up with extras. Older ones we didn’t want to spend the money to update the maps. But you can use it in your shack to get very accurate time zulu. Get a 5V wall wart with a small USB plug and use it to power and charge the GPS. Assuming it can hear the GPS satellites, you can go to a screen with a clock. On the screen that says “Where to” and “view map” pick “tools”, then hit the down arrow to get to “world clock”. Hit that, and you’ll see a clock of your time zone plus digital time of 3 cities. Okay, go back to “tools” and pick “settings” and then “time”. You’ll see choices: 12 hour, 24 hour and UTC, and then select “UTC”. Then go back to world clock, and you’ll see time zulu as digits. Now select “World Map” to get a display of where it’s daytime, night, and where the grayline currently is. This is a strip of the Earth where propagation is usually good. This “World Map” looks a little like a miniature Geochron. And you’ll still have the time zulu (UTC) displayed. This will work anywhere in the world, great for DXpeditions and in the Mobile