Thursday, July 10, 2020

We have just received word from the OCARC technical team that 360 degrees (3 sectors) of HAMwan have now been installed at Turtle Mountain. There's still some tuning and testing to do, but this is great news for Vernon HAMs.

With this in place, the NORAC technical team will point the Commonage West repeater site to use HAMwan for internet access. This will allow IRLP and PiEGOv2 to return to the site - yay!

For those of you itching to try out HAMwan, now is the time to buy a dish and make a project of setting it up.

Note that HAMwan network use needs to be unencrypted-HAM-project-related network traffic only. It is NOT for surfing the web or use as a wireless ISP to replace your home internet service. ;)

Check back for details on the VE7EGO client setup that will happen in the next few weeks. We'll document the settings used as well as the process to set up the client for Vernon use.

73,
Mike VE7KPZ
NORAC Vice-President 2017-2010, Technical Committee Lead 2020

July 1, 2020, Island Lake, Aberdeen Plateau, Central Okanagan, BC

Jane VE7WWJ and Mike VE7KPZ were looking for the ideal RF location for a great DX signal to the Eastern part of Canada. A bonus would be to get some kayak action in as one can't play radio all of the time. Island Lake was an obvious choice. A great spot up high on the Aberdeen plateau with no mountains to the East and central access to the Dee Lake chain of lakes for superb kayaking.

Once again, the pair jumped in the Unimog for another roving radio/kayak adventure. However, this time the roads were not that tough. Taking Bluenose Road South from Lavington it's only about 26 km of gravel to get to the lovely Island Lake rec site.