ALL THINGS CANADA -  A group for 🇨🇦 Canada Amateur Ham Radio operators  📻 
Used for discussions, it is a collaboration group and discussion for Canadians.

2020 List of Fleamarkets, Hamfests - CANCELLED

Sharing events for the next 3 months from : 

36th Annual Smiths Falls Flea Market CANCELLED --- (5 days from now)
Rideau Lakes Amateur Radio Club 
Starts on Saturday, May 9, 2020
Smiths Falls, Ontario

The Halifax Amateur Radio Club Flea Market --- (19 days from now)
Starts on Saturday, May 23, 2020
Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia

How to work amateur radio satellites with your handheld (HT) radio

How to work amateur radio satellites with your handheld (HT) radio
Canada Amateur Radio Satellites

The cheap garbage baofengs did more for amateur radio's growth than anything else in the last 10 years

The cheap garbage baofengs did more for amateur radio's growth than anything else in the last 10 years

Obviously just my opinion here. But I see the love/hate relationship with these junker baofengs. I have a few myself, they've been fine. But it's a great way for people to take the tech license, learn where their local club is, and just in general learn about amateur radio.

My buddy, in his 30s, smart guy, has absolutely no clue what a ham radio is or what you do with one. I think the little baofeng army is for guys like that to have an easier path to getting into it, if they choose.

So yeah, that's my defense of the oft maligned baofeng.

what do you use your radio for? [noob question]

hi everyone. i've been lurking this forum for a few weeks now since i started thinking about getting into amateur radio. the amount of information on the web is incredible.
one of the problems i find with all of the information is that it requires a bit of knowledge already in order to understand it. yes, i know, studying for the test will explain a lot of things but most of those are technical. bands, antennae, analog & digital, and so on.
what i'm really curious about is what people are actually doing with their radios.
some of the things i have found are:
emergency preparedness, when nothing else is working, hams can still get through so they can be used for communication when phones/internet don't work
conversation, chatting with other hams just for the sake of chatting
seeing how far you can reach, is that what is called contesting or is there another name for seeing how far away you can speak to someone
what else do hams do?

Why is it called ham radio?

Why is it called ham radio?
“Ham radio” is a nickname for amateur radio. There are many theories about how our hobby came to be known as ham radio, but the one I like comes from the days when all radio communications was in Morse Code and many men (and women, too) made their livings as professional telegraphers. These telegraphers were proud of how well they could send Morse Code. They chided the amateur radio telegraphers as being “ham-fisted operators,” meaning that their sending was awkward and inefficient. Along the way, this got shortened to “ham operators” and the hobby became known as “ham radio.”
Whether or not this story is true, the ham in ham radio is definitely not an acronym, and should never be spelled HAM. Nor should the hobby be referred to as simply “ham” without the word radio. I prefer to call it “amateur radio” myself, and even that term doesn’t describe all that we do.

What do hams do?

What do hams do?
If I haven’t lost them at that point, I try to tell them about all the services that amateur radio provides and all the other fun stuff that amateur radio operators do. This includes:

Emergency communications,
Operating Morse Code,
Building kits,
Experimenting with computers like the Raspberry Pi,
EchoLink and IRLP,
Vintage radio,
QRP (using low-power transmitters),
Etc., etc., etc.

Of course I never have enough time to tell them all about amateur radio. So, that’s what I’m going to try to do with this book. I want this book to not only serve to get folks interested in amateur radio, but also to help newcomers get involved in our hobby. If I do my job right this book will be a combination of Ham Radio for Dummies, AC6V’s DXing 101, and the ARRL Operating Manual.

There’s a lot of nonsense floating around out there about amateur radio, and I’m making it my job to get it straight, so that the amateur radio can be both the public service and the hobby that it was meant to be. That’s my “no-nonsense” approach to ham radio.

DAPNET POCSAG Post Office Code Standardisation Advisory Group

POCSAG is an asynchronous protocol used to transmit data to pagers. The name is an acronym of the POCSAG (Post Office Code Standardisation Advisory Group)

FCC DA 18-980 Chinese BaoFeng Radio Ban Will Regulate USA Amateur Operators

FCC DA 18-980 Chinese BaoFeng Radio Ban Will Regulate USA Amateur Operators

The FCC has issued a Public Notice called an "FCC Enforcement Advisory," Number DA 18-980, dated 24 Sept 2018. It essentially makes worthless nearly all Chinese-made UHF/VHF ham radio handhelds imported into the country over nearly a decade that can also transmit outside the ham bands (which is nearly all of them). Watch this video for details and an interim update.

DMR Network in Toronto CANADA : jamming | interference ** SHUT DOWN **

DMR Network in Toronto CANADA :  jamming | interference ** SHUT DOWN **

Southern Ontario :  Presently May 2018, most area accessible repeaters have been disabled due to jamming / interference / abuse.

Analog FM :  Presently May 2018, many area accessible analog repeaters have been disabled due to jamming / interference / abuse.

This is a disappointment !!!