Author Archives: VE3FMQ

About VE3FMQ

Have been a licensed Canadian Amateur Radio operator for 50 years and have have Advanced and CW endorsement. I can cover all bands from 160 Meters to 70 cm. My favorite modes are FT8 and FS8Call.

Understanding the Amateur Radio QSL card. Part I layout and design.

The Amateur Radio QSL card dates from the early days of radio when confirmation of the reception of a radio station’s broadcast, be it amateur, commerical or broadcast, became popular. Origially the confirmation was either written out, or typed out … Continue reading

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Can you turn a tree into an antenna?

Apparently you can, and if you follow this link you will find a group of ham/experimenters doing just that in front of an audience. Operating as mobile amateur radio station PA7RB (Netherlands), they were able to make contacts through out … Continue reading

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Welcome to the “Ragchew Ramble” NET on VE3TWR

A new VHF NET is open to all licensed amateur radio operators who can check into the VE3TWR repeater on 145.410 -.600 offset tone 103.5 which is held at 1500 hrs (3 pm) every Tuesday and Friday. The NET is … Continue reading

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An Overview of WSPR and its use

I have been enjoying using an interesting low power mode called WSPR lately. WSPR stands for “Weak Signal Propagation Reporter” and it can be used in several ways. The software was developed by Joe Taylor, K1JT, who is a Princeton … Continue reading

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