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MARCH - CLARA Chatter Party: 1700Z, Mar 21 to 1700Z, Mar 22 and 1700Z, Mar 25 to 1700Z, Mar 26

CLARA Chatter Party: 1700Z, Mar 21 to 1700Z, Mar 22 and 1700Z, Mar 25 to 1700Z, Mar 26
Mode: CW, Phone
Bands: 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, 2m
Classes: Single Op (Low/High)
Max operating hours: 24
Max power: HP: >200W
LP: 200W
Exchange: RS(T) + Name + (state/province/country)
Work stations: Once per band per mode
QSO Points: 10 points per QSO with CLARA member
5 points per QSO with CLARA family member
5 points per QSO with non-member YL
1 point per QSO with OM
Multipliers: Each VE province/territory once per band per mode
Each DXCC country (must be YL QSO) once per band per mode
Score Calculation: Total score = total QSO points x total mults
Submit logs by: April 24, 2017
E-mail logs to: ve9glf[at]nbnet[dot]nb[dot]ca
Mail logs to: Linda Friars, VE9GLF
35 Upper Quaco Road
Baxter Corner, NB E2S 2S2
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2017 YEAR of the YL Ham Radio Operator


Here is your chance to shine on the Ham bands.
this is an incentive to get all YL's to push those PTT button's on
ALL Ham radio bands.
if you want to know where YL's hang out try 14.288

When on the band calling CQ please take a minute to specifically
ask for YL's only.

All YLs - Please join us on Echolink for YL Ham Echolink Net every
Thursday evening at 8pm Eastern Time

(Friday 01:00UTC Winter/Friday 00:00UTC Summer)!

All YLs welcomed to participate (OMs encouraged to listen if you like)!
Look for us on Echolink ALARA Conference Node 286905.

mac logging program >>
log4om robust logging program

also the equivalent to echolink is echomac

to upgrade one option is free study guide

everyone is waiting to have a qso with YOU .. being a YL.

last but not l…


I challenge anyone (especially YL's) to have one qso with a YL from every state WAS-YL?

here are the details

YLRLs Have Wonderful Certificates
For questions, information and submission on the following certificates:
Worked All States YL (WAS-YL) Worked All Continents YL (WAC-YL) YL Century Club (YLCC) DX YL YL-DXCC YL-Digital Modes
Contact the YLRL Certificate Manager:
Val Lemko VE5AQ
1125 Iroquois St. W.
Moose Jaw, Sask. Canada S6H 5C1

Worked All States YL (WAS-YL)
1. Available to any licensed Amateur in the world.
2. Contact must be made with a duly licensed YL in each of the 50 states in the U.S.
3. The District of Columbia may be counted for Maryland.
4. There are no time or band limitations.
5. In qualifying for this certificate, it is possible to work the SAME YL in each of the 50 states.
6. The list of contacts must be arranged alphabetically

Worked All Continents YL (WAC-YL)
1. Available to any licensed…

Bent Dipoles

here is some great information on dipoles thanx to KK4obi

Bent Dipoles link

there is more if you click on the link

This web site is devoted primarily as a resource for amateur radio operators
to see what happens if they bend a half-wave dipole.

The performance of a dipole is highest when it is not bent. When a half-wave or full-wave dipole is bent: the gain goes down; the resonant length gets shorter; the frequency goes higher; the impedance decreases. Only when the length is three or more half-wavelengths can bending increase gain as you transition into gull-wing, half-rhombic V and rhombic antennas.

To help understand what happens to a bent dipole, you will see graphs showing the changes in Gain, Resonant Length, SWR, etc. as well as polar charts of far field radiation patterns and 3D flyover views as a bend point is moved or angle of bend changes.

1. We start with bending the ends of an ordinary center-fed dipole limited by an attic, garden, wall, etc. or to reduce turning r…

Science, Technology, Engineering and Math: Education for Global Leadership >>> Amateur Radio YL's

“[Science]“[Science] is more than a school subject, or the periodic table, or the properties of waves. It is an approach to the world, a critical way to understand and explore and engage with the world, and then have the capacity to change that world..."

— President Barack Obama, March 23, 2015

The United States has developed as a global leader, in large part, through the genius and hard work of its scientists, engineers, and innovators. In a world that’s becoming increasingly complex, where success is driven not only by what you know, but by what you can do with what you know, it’s more important than ever for our youth to be equipped with the knowledge and skills to solve tough problems, gather and evaluate evidence, and make sense of information. These are the types of skills that students learn by studying science, technology, engineering, and math—subjects collectively known as STEM.

Yet today, few American students pursue expertise in STEM fields—and we have an inadequate …

beverage antennas

here is some more information on beverage antennas w8ji thanx

beverage antennas link

My History With Beverages

I originally began experimenting with long, low, wire antennas in the 1960's. Even though I had a working mostly homebrew station, I now realize I had only a small idea what I was doing, and almost no understanding of what made antennas work.

My entry into Ham radio was from modified broadcast radios, and the very active 160-meter mobile group in Toledo, Ohio. I always thought the longer the antenna, the better the "pickup". was fascinated by the distant AM broadcast, lower shortwave, and 160-meter signals heard with long antennas. My early antennas were nothing more than hundreds or thousands of feet of very thin magnet wire, strung over tree limbs and along telephone poles (which had steel climbing pegs), all through a typical crowded 1950's suburban neighborhood. Unfortunately my early experiments were hampered by lack of room. Thin magnet wire, unwoun…