VA3XTO

Hamming it up at Signal Hill

 

 

Orgs

Industry Canada
Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC)
American Radio Relay League (ARRL)
KWARC
UWARC
AMSAT Radio Amateur Satellite
AMSAT Deutschland
Ontario DX Association

 

Radio

Yaesu
FT100 FAQ
Ham Radio Today
HCJB Eastern NA Sched
HCJB

 

WLAN 

HSMM
ARRL 802.11
more ARRL 802.11
IEEE 802.11 & Ham Radio
Wireless News
Community Centre Project UK (021105 Slashdot)
electronically steered, planar-phased antenna array
IEEE 802.11 & Bluetooth
NEC2 Antenna Profiler Software
Antenna Experiments
Helical 2.4g Antenna
802.11b Community Network
802.11 Networks
Free Networks Org
Waterloo Wireless
Wireless News (Globe)

 

In May 2001 I received my Basic certification from Industry Canada after having taken the classes offered by the local radio club. There is something about a set curriculum that makes things fall into place.

In my early teens, having read of some Ham Radio adventure I had picked up from the local public library, and having peered at the groovy looking equipment in the photographs, I decided that I needed to know more about this hobby. So I remember ordering a bunch of books from ARRL and subscribing to QST for a year, just to find out more.

I was introduced to the fun of Heathkit and ended up with a DX-60 AM/CW transmitter with VFO to go with the DX-160 receiver that I had gotten from Radio Shack. The equipment all soldered together and even started to use my code practice oscillator when along came cars and other such expensive teenage habits.

As it turns out, I still haven't gotten use out of that equipment, as I have only recently began practicing the code after a 25 year hiatus. Now that Industry Canada has set the requirements to 5wpm, I feel that perhaps I now stand a chance. I currently transmit at that rate but am working at bringing up my ability to receive.

Electronic gadgetry is still very much a fascination of mine and am simultaneously entertaining thoughts of the advanced curriculum. Of recent interest are spread spectrum for digital transmission.



                            Morse Code Table

        A  .-          N  -.          1  .----       .  .-.-.-
        B  -...        O  ---         2  ..---       ,  --..--
        C  -.-.        P  .--.        3  ...--       ?  ..--..
        D  -..         Q  --.-        4  ....-       (  -.--.
        E  .           R  .-.         5  .....       -  -....-
        F  ..-.        S  ...         6  -....
        G  --.         T  -           7  --...
        H  ....        U  ..-         8  ---..
        I  ..          V  ...-        9  ----.
        J  .---        W  .--         0  -----
        K  -.-         X  -..-        /  -..-.
        L  .-..        Y  -.--        +  .-.-.
        M  --          Z  --..        =  -...-

The following characters are included if one defines ALLPUNCTUATION :

        )  -.--.-      "  .-..-.      _  ..--.-      '  .----.
        :  ---...      ;  -.-.-.      $  ...-..-     !  -.-.--

            Procedural Signals (Prosigns) for Morse Code

    "+" over, end of message
    "*" please stand by ( 5  Wait 5 Minutes) (".-...")
    "=" (double dash) pause, break for text
CL          going off the air (clear)
CQ          calling any station
K           go, invite any station to transmit
    "(" go only, invite a specific station to transmit
R           all received OK
    "%" end of contact (sent before call) ("...-.-", known also as )

The following Procedural Signals (Prosigns) are included if one
defines ALLPROSIGNS :

    "^" new line (".-.-", the same as :a, ae)
    "#" invite receiving station to transmit ("-...-.-")
    "&" attention ("-.-.-")
    "@" understood ("...-.")

The following characters are included if one defines ALLINTERNATIONAL :

        :a  .-.-   (also for ae, the same as )
        `a  .--.-  (also oa, danish a with ring over it)
        ch  ----   (bar-ch ?, bar-h ?, ISO 8859-1 code 199 and 231 ?)
        -d  ..--.  (eth, overstrike d with -, ISO 8859-1 code 208 and 240)
        `e  ..-..
        ~n  --.--
        :o  ---.   (also for oe)
        :u  ..--   (also for ue)
        ]p  .--..  (thorn, overstrike ] with p, ISO 8859-1 code 222 and 254)
        paragraph  .-.-..  (ISO 8859-1 code 167 ?)

Special Characters and Groups (never included, placed here for completeness) :

Multiplication sign  -..-  (the same as x, ISO 8859-1 code 215 ?)

"Mistake, delete the last word"  ........  (actually six or more dots are
used for this purpose, eight dots are recommended).

Cut Numbers :
1   .-      6   -...           1   .-      6   -....
2   ..-     7   --.            2   ..-     7   -...
3   .--     8   -..            3   ...-    8   -..
4   ...-    9   -.             4   ....-   9   -.
5   ...     0   -              5   .       0   -

    
    

 

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