QRP Rig Comparison , FT817 / X108G / X5105 / mcHF RS-918

QRP Rig Comparison , FT817 / X108G / X5105 / mcHF RS-918

Here is a video explaining the basic comparisons to each one of these radios. You may or may not have seen all of these HF radios, and a video of each one can be seen on my channel. If you are familiar with each one of these radios, and you are debating which one to get, then this video will give you a general idea as to which one may best fit your needs. 

Video Here:

Web Hosting Service Now Available for RAC Affiliated Clubs

Web Hosting Service Now Available for RAC Affiliated Clubs
Effective July 1, 2020

The Radio Amateurs of Canada is pleased to announce it is now offering an additional new benefit to our Affiliated Clubs: the ability to host your club’s website on the RAC server.

And depending on how you choose to set up your domain, in some cases there will be no cost for this new service!

Radio Amateurs of Canada runs our IT services using OVHcloud, a Montreal-based internet service provider (ISP) that offers affordable high-performance dedicated servers and a wide range of cloud-based services.

Features and Services

RAC Affiliated Club Program

The RAC Affiliated Club Program provides an opportunity for Canadian Amateur Radio Clubs to provide support to their national Amateur Radio association, Radio Amateurs of Canada.

The program provides valuable services and benefits that enhance the Amateur Radio experience for the affiliated club’s members including the RAC Affiliated Club Insurance Program. There are great savings on club liability and equipment insurance.

A list of affiliated clubs can be found at: https://www.rac.ca/affiliated-club-listing/
Benefits of Affiliation

There are a number of important services and benefits which RAC makes available to affiliated Amateur Radio clubs:

Low Cost Amateur Ham Radio Repeater Controller

I agree that the Pi and Allstar software are the way to go. Here is a controller I built for a local repeater. Keep in mind it does NOT have to be this complicated but even so the cost of all the items shown is probably well under $200. The basic controller is just the Pi, USB FOB, power supply and cabling which comes in at under $100. The end result is a controller that gives you significantly more features and an inexpensive path to add more ports if necessary.




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?