Dayton Hamvention 2022 is not just going to be a premier hamfest but a reunion, as organizers prepare for the first gathering at the Xenia Fairground and Expo Center in Ohio after two years of cancellations. Hamvention's general chairman Rick Allnut WS8G told us in a phone interview that committees have been meeting and volunteers are committed to making up for the time lost to pandemic cancellations.

Hamvention will be happening on Friday May 20th through Sunday May 22nd with an international reception scheduled on Thursday May 19th. Rick said the registration site is already taking bookings from vendors and inside exhibitors and individual visitors can already buy their tickets. All details are available on the website. Rick said: "Tickets are all printed and ready to go."

Amateur Radio Operator in Canada by Age

 Amateur Radio Operator in Canada by Age

Total of Active Amateur Radio operators:   73,755
Average Amateur Age:    63

Transatlantic Friendship Power by Steam

Learning about technology isn't always what it seems. As a group of girls in England recently found out, technology can lead to something wonderfully personal....called friendship. Jeremy Boot G4NJH picks up the story from here.

The 11- and 12-year-old girls are called the STEAMettes, a name that's a nod to their shared interest in Science Technology Engineering, Art and Maths. For the past four years the Kent County youngsters have been guided by John Hislop G7OHO, a retired physics teacher and an ambassador in STEM learning. Most recently John has taught them such basics as soldering and the coding of a microbit computer they were going to use to send CW they'd learnt.


The digital amateur TV magazine known as CQ-DATV, has published its final issue. 

Geri Goodrich KF5KRN has that story.GERI: In a publishing lifetime that lasted for eight years with 100 issues, the amateur television magazine CQ-DATV filled a gap left by the demise of two earlier ATV magazines and had been widely read among enthusiasts. 

That era has ended with the publication of its latest - and last - issue, released in October. 

The production team's Trevor Brown G8CJS writes in this 100th issue: [quote] "All good things must come to an end and CQ-DATV is no exception." [endquote] 

The digital-only publication reports that it received more than 500,000 downloads during its lifetime and was welcomed by readers who had lost "Der TV Amateur," published in Germany and "Repeater" published in the Netherlands. 

CQ-DATV credits Ian Pawson G0FCT who introduced the magazine in 2013 as a digital publication and served as its editor. The magazine, which also became available as a PDF edition, is making all of its 100 issues available for download.

They can be obtained by visiting the link that appears in the text version of this week's newscast script on our website 

Radiofrequency (RF) Radiation / Radiofrequency Exposure and Mortality

Radiation is the emission (sending out) of energy from any source. X-rays are an example of radiation, but so is the light that comes from the sun and the heat that is constantly coming off our bodies.

When talking about radiation and cancer, many people think of specific kinds of radiation such as x-rays or the radiation made by nuclear reactors. But there are other types of radiation that act differently.

Radiation exists across a spectrum from very low-energy (low-frequency) radiation to very high-energy (high-frequency) radiation. This is sometimes referred to as the electromagnetic spectrum.

The electromagnetic spectrum illustration below shows all of the possible frequencies of electromagnetic energy. It ranges from extremely low frequencies (such as those from power lines) to extremely high frequencies (x-rays and gamma rays), and includes both non-ionizing and ionizing radiation.

Examples of high-energy radiation include x-rays and gamma rays. These rays, as well as some higher energy UV radiation, are forms of ionizing radiation, which means they have enough energy to remove an electron from (ionize) an atom. This can damage the DNA (genes) inside of cells, which can sometimes result in cancer.

Amateur HAM Radio Deceased/Death/SilentKey Best Standard Practices

One of the members of our local radio club has been asked to help dispose of the ham radio equipment of a recent Silent Key. He is wondering if there are any Standard Practices or recommendations available, so he does not have to reinvent the wheel.

Does anyone in the group have experience with a similar situation?

2021 Canada Call sign prefixes are issued province or territory of residence

2021 Canada Call sign prefixes are issued province or territory of residence

Canada Call sign prefixes are issued according to one's province or territory of residence

Call sign prefixes are issued according to one's province or territory of residence by the following table:

HF Transceivers - What do you get for your money Today?

HF Transceivers - What do you get for your money Today?

HamRadioNow: Florida Repeater Council

HamRadioNow: Florida Repeater Council?

Bryan Fields W9CR is accusing the Florida Repeater Council of being corrupt and inefficient to the point of inaction. It stems from his attempt to coordinate a 220 MHz band repeater in Tampa Bay, FL. Bryan's account is that the process went from delay to friction to outright hostility.

Bryan has launched a reform group with this web site where he makes his case. He's produced a 15-minute YouTube video that also details the story (which we've condensed into about 3 minutes and inserted at the very end of the show), and now this 90-minute HamRadioNow Episode in which host Gary Pearce KN4AQ grills Bryan mercilessly (OK, he asks a few pointed questions), and David Goldenberg W0DHG supplies the average ham perspective, asking questions that have bedeviled frequency coordinators for decades (where do they get their authority, who do they report to, who's supposed to fix this?).

We've invited the FRC to appear on a future show to respond, and Gary realizes (again) how much we need to do a Repeater Show or two with some of the rich history of ham radio repeaters, a close look at the issues and problems repeater users, owners and coordinators face, and some predictions of the future. 

Dayton Hamvention Cancels 2021 Show

“Unfortunately, several setbacks in the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic make necessary the difficult decision to cancel Hamvention 2021,” a January 11 announcement from the Hamvention Executive Committee said. Sponsored by the Dayton Amateur Radio Association (DARA), Hamvention was set to take place May 21 – 23 in Xenia, Ohio.

“Hundreds of volunteers have been working to do everything necessary to bring this Hamvention to the many amateur radio enthusiasts and vendors who support the Dayton Hamvention. Vaccine distribution both in the United States and around the world is lagging behind what was planned. In addition, the emergence of a more communicable form of the COVID-19 virus increases the potential for further public health problems in the next few months. We make this difficult decision for the safety of our guests and vendors. Those who had their tickets deferred last year will be deferred again.”

Amateur Radio Certification Facts

Traditionally, amateur radio operators were issued two separate authorizations; an Amateur Radio Operator Certificate and a radio station licence. The Amateur Radio Operator Certificate was issued for life and had no fee associated with it, while the radio station licence was issued on a yearly basis and a licence renewal fee was charged.

Effective April 1, 2000, Industry Canada (ISED) has combined these documents into one authorization, the Amateur Radio Operator Certificate. This certificate is the sole authorization required to operate amateur radio apparatus in the amateur radio service.

Although it is no longer necessary for amateurs to renew their licence annually, they are required to inform Industry Canada of any changes in their mailing address.

DroidStar is an application for Android with Amateur ham Radio

DroidStar is an application for Android, similar to the DUDE-Star software

For now it allows to receive the D-Star, DMR, Fusion, NXDN, and P25 modes.

This app connects to D-Star and Yaesu Fusion reflectors and repeaters via UDP and decodes the audio and data without the need for AMBE

It can also be broadcast on all of them except D-star

It is an application in development

Search your android device for DROID-Star or visit

DroidStar is an application for Android with Amateur ham Radio

Updated   (daily updates)
December 29, 2020