Amateur Radio is a hobby. And it’s also a public service.
Amateur Radio does not rely on internet or telephone links so it is a good back-up system when those systems fail. When modern communications go down in times of emergencies and disasters, certified and licensed Amateur Radio operators lend their qualifications, skills, experience, and equipment to provide voice and data communications to government and relief agencies. Amateur Radio operators don’t need cell towers, the Internet, or radio repeaters to get the message through to and from anywhere in the world.
It’s for these same reasons this technology is relied on to stay connected while travelling to some of the most remote locations in the world, overland and by sea.
Wikipedia has more.
Follow this link for a post about Amateur Radio while overlanding.
The following are some of the amateur radio resources I use.
- National Research Council’s Web clock (Official times across Canada)
- WWV – 2.5, 5, 10, 15, and 20 MHz (USA)
Propagation and Band Conditions
- SolarHam – Solar conditions provided by VE3EN
- Space Weather Canada
- Australian Space Weather Service
- Penticton Observatory SFI Measurement (Natural Resources Canada)
- VOACAP – Voice of America Coverage Analysis Program
- Automatic Position Reporting System Internet network (APRS) is used by amateur radio operators to transmit real-time position information, weather data, telemetry, and messages over the radio. For example, a hiker, cyclist, vehicle, or even a balloon, equipped with a GPS receiver, a VHF or HF transmitter, and a small computing device transmits it’s location, speed, and course in a small data packet. This transmission can be received by other by other APRS stations, including iGate receiving site. IGate sites forward the received information to systems connected to the Internet can send and display information transmitted anywhere in the world.
- Grid Square Locator
- Azimuthal Map
- WSPR at APRSinfo
Amateur Radio operators you may want to follow
- My Amateur Radio list on Twitter
- Claude Jollet – VE2DPE – Ham Radio Secrets
- Steve, VE7SL – Mayne Island, B.C – 630 Meters evangelist
- Randy Hall, K7AGE – YouTube
- Cliff Batson, N4CCB – QRP evangelist, host of QRP School on the Web and YouTube
Digital & Software
- Dog Park Software – Don VE3VRW – Mac & iOS Amateur Radio Applications
- DX Lab Suite – by David Bernstein, AA6YQ
- Winlink – provides world-wide email by radio to areas impacted by emergencies and to licensed amateur radio operators (sailors, adventurers, etc.) who find themselves without Internet access.
- WSJT-X (Includes FT8, WSPR) by Joe Taylor, K1JT
- Canada – Call Sign Search
- Canada – Available Call Signs
- Canadian Call Sign Database from Mark Bramwell, London, Ontario
- ITU Prefixes
- Ham Call
- Call sign search at QRZ
National and International Associations
- Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC)
- American Radio Relay League (ARRL)
- Deutscher Amateur Radio Club (Germany)
- International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) –Wikipedia Entry
- International Telecommunications Union (ITU)
- Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB)
- Properly licensed Canadian Radio Amateurs have advanced operating privileges in CEPT countries (mostly European countries) without obtaining additional licence
- CEPT includes most, but not all, European countries, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Peru, Israel, South Africa, the Netherlands and its overseas territories, and the USA. (pdf)
- DARC – Operating in Germany
- Canada has signed reciprocal agreements with many other countries, including Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Columbia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Iceland, Panama, Trinidad & Tobago, Uruguay, and Venezuela.
Regulations for Canadians
- FAQ — Travelling Canadian Amateur Radio Operators
- RIC-3 — Information on the Amateur Radio Service
- Canada – RBR-4 — Standards for the Operation of Radio Stations in the Amateur Radio Service (pdf version)
- Canadian Table of Frequency Allocations
- Canadians Operating Amateur Radio in Foreign Countries
The following are the more widely used »
|QRL||Are you busy? –or– Is this frequency in use?
I am busy. –or– Please do not interfere.
|QRM||Is there any (Man made) interference?
There is man made interference.
|QRN||Is there any atmospheric noise? Static
There is atmospheric noise.
|QRO||Shall I increase power?
|QRP||Shall I decrease power?
|QRT||Shall I stop sending?
|QRU||Do you have any messages for me?
I have no messages for you.
|QRV||Are you ready to receive?
I am ready to receive.
|QRZ||Who is calling me?
You are being called by ____ on ____ khz (or Mhz).
|QSB||Are my signals fading?
Your signals are fading.
|QSL||Can you acknowledge receipt?
I acknowledge receipt.
|QSO||Can you communicate with ____ direct or by relay?
I can communicate with ____ direct (or by relay through ____ ).
|QSP||Can you relay a message?
I can relay a message.
|QSY||Shall I change to another frequency?
Change to another frequency.
|QTH||What is your location?
My location is…
ARRL Quick Reference Operating Aids
Disasters and Emergencies
- Environment Canada Public Weather Alerts
- National Hurricane Center
- The Hurricane Watch Net
- Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network
- AC6V – 6000 links across 133 pages
International Telecommunication Union Phonetic Alphabet
A – Alpha
B – Bravo
C – Charlie
D – Delta
E – Echo
F – Foxtrot
G – Golf
H – Hotel
I – India
J – Juliet
K – Kilo
L – Lima
M – Mike
N – November
O – Oscar
P – Papa
Q – Quebec
R – Romeo
S – Sierra
T – Tango
U – Uniform
V – Victor
W – Whiskey
X – X-ray
Y – Yankee
Z – Zulu
- 1 – Unreadable
- 2 – Barely readable, occasional words distinguishable.
- 3 – Readable with considerable difficulty.
- 4 – Readable with practically no difficulty.
- 5 – Perfectly readable.
- 1 – Faint signals, barely perceptible.
- 2 – Very weak signals.
- 3 – Weak signals.
- 4 – Fair signals.
- 5 – Fairly good signals.
- 6 – Good signals.
- 7 – Moderately strong signals.
- 8 – Strong signals.
- 9 – Extremely strong signals.
- 1 – Sixty cycle a.c or less, very rough and broad.
- 2 – Very rough a.c., very harsh and broad.
- 3 – Rough a.c. tone, rectified but not filtered.
- 4 – Rough note, some trace of filtering.
- 5 – Filtered rectified a.c. but strongly ripple-modulated.
- 6 – Filtered tone, definite trace of ripple modulation.
- 7 – Near pure tone, trace of ripple modulation.
- 8 – Near perfect tone, slight trace of modulation.
- 9 – Perfect tone, no trace of ripple or modulation of any kind.
- 73, (Morse: −−••• •••−− ) means “best regards” in amateur radio lingo
- In the early days of amateur radio, there were few transceivers available commercially. Consequently, creative and resourceful licensed amateur radio operators were left to build, or hack together their radios, often using parts salvaged from other equipment. These were the original hackers.
73 » Robert VE9CDN