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Updated December 14th, 2021

John “Jack” Leahy, VE1ZZ (SK), appointed to the Canadian Amateur Radio Hall of Fame

From the RAC website

The Board of Trustees of the Canadian Amateur Radio Hall of Fame is pleased to announce that Garry Hammond, VE3XN and John “Jack” Leahy, VE1ZZ (SK), have been named to the Hall of Fame.

Radio Amateurs of Canada recognizes deserving Amateurs by appointments to the Canadian Amateur Radio Hall of Fame. The Constitution for the Hall specifies that the appointment as Member of the Hall is made for “outstanding achievement and excellence of the highest degree, for serious and sustained service to Amateur Radio in Canada, or to Amateur Radio at large”.

The Trustees of the Hall have interpreted the Constitution to mean that the person has performed significant service over many years to enhance the well-being of Amateur Radio.

Radio Amateurs of Canada and the Board of Trustees of CARHOF sincerely congratulate John “Jack” William Leahy, VE1ZZ (SK), on his appointment to the Hall of Fame. Sadly, Jack became a Silent Key on October 18, 2018 at age 85.

Jack Leahy, VE1ZZ, worked at Defence Research Establishment Atlantic (Department of National Defence) for 34 years. When he earned his Amateur Radio license in 1948 he was the youngest person in Canada to do so. He made friends and contacts from around the world, many of whom visited him at Head Jeddore, Nova Scotia to see his extensive communication towers and system.

His love of Amateur Radio and low-band operation spanned 70 years and he was very well known and respected on-the-air, both for his longevity and his kind way.

Jack gave freely of his experiences and knowledge of low-band DXing and the aspects needed to achieve these feats and he has been described as “one of the finest Top-band DXers ever to have lived”. He was recognized throughout the Amateur Radio world as a low-band ambassador for Canada. On 80 and 160 metres his was the premier low-band signal emanating from North America. His operating achievements are well documented in DXCC records at the American Radio Relay League.

It is not just the DX he worked, but how he did it and his attitude and kindness as a true Radio Amateur. He was very friendly to all callers and enjoyed rag chewing, but like most of the best LF DXers appeared to spend a lot of time listening, particularly if there was a new country around.

Jack’s interests were not limited to only the 160 metre band and he enjoyed 80 metres and VLF experimentation as well. He loved to talk to anyone with an interest in Amateur Radio and was always eager to share stories and his vast knowledge on building better rigs and making radio contacts to difficult regions. He won numerous awards and certificates over the years, was featured in books, magazines and local television on his accomplishments in the Amateur Radio world.

Radio Amateurs of Canada and the Board of Trustees of CARHOF sincerely congratulate Garry Hammond, VE3XN and Jack Leahy, VE1ZZ (SK) on their appointments to the Hall of Fame.

A detailed account of their achievements will be presented in an upcoming edition of The Canadian Amateur magazine.

For more information on the Canadian Amateur Radio Hall of Fame please visit:

Prepared by Frank Davis, VO1HP

Chair, Board of Trustees

Canadian Amateur Radio Hall of Fame

RAC Canada Winter Contest 2021: December 18

VE1RAC (and VE9RAC)will start calling CQ on 2m FM just after 00: 00:01Z on Saturday, 18 Dec. We will start on 146.52, work everyone we can copy, and as quickly as possible, carry on down the frequency list below. After 160 CW, we will return to 7150 LSB and call to see if anyone wants us to return to a previous frequency for a contact. Of course, frequencies will be +/- QRM.

Here’s the frequency list IN ORDER.


2m 146.52 * FM

2m 144.05 CW

6m 50.1 ** USB

6m 50.05 CW

10m 28.500 *** USB

10m 28.050 CW

15m 21.275 USB

15m 21.050 CW

20m 14.140 USB

20m 14.050 CW

40m 7.150 LSB

40m 7.050 CW

80m 3.740 LSB

80m 3.550 CW

160m 1.860 LSB

160m 1.830 CW

*5 ele vertical beam at 60’. We my need to turn it to work you.

**3 ele horizontal beam at 60’. We may need to turn it to work you.

*** All HF worked with 486’ loop at 50’. We need to re-tune on each band, but it’s pretty fast.

RAC Winter Contest Information

IRG Weather Net starts Monday November 1st

The Weather Net is held every morning, seven days per week starting at 7:30 a.m. Atlantic Time. Net control will gather your local observations and send them off to Environment and Climate Change Canada. ECCC uses the reports to fine tune their predictions and issue alerts in severe weather conditions. The reports are also used by other agencies such as River Watch and news media.

You might ask, "But don't I need a fancy electronic weather station??" Not at all - simple manual observations are fine. In fact, manual precipitation reports are more reliably done using simple gauges. In most cases, snowfall can only be reliably measured by real humans. The visibility and on-the-ground observations that you provide can tell the story that even ECCC's remote electronic stations do not.

For more information about how to report weather information, visit:

Documentary from George Dewar VY2GF

In August 2020 Bernie (VE9BGC) and myself were taking part in the International

Lighthouse Lightship Weekend (ILLW) from the rear range light next to the Wood

Islands lighthouse. A lady approached us and started asking about the setup and

amateur radio in general. I gave her my business card and a sheet outlining how to get

licensed. She said her name was Hannah she was from Dartmouth and was there with

her husband John and their daughter.

Later in the fall she contacted Bernie and I and revealed her and John were in the

business of making documentaries. Although this is their business she said they

sometimes do a human interest documentary and release it in the public domain. She

expressed a desire to produce a documentary featuring Bernie and I activating a

lighthouse. It was decided the best time to get together would be for the 2021 ILLW at

the four sites listed below. We asked to include Doug (VY2DS) and Darrell (VY2OM)

who planned to setup at Panmure Head.

On Friday, August 20, John arrived at 6PM and started taping Bernie and I setting up

the Rocket antenna at the rear range light. We then moved inside where we had the

Kenwood TS-480SAT running. John spent a good hour asking us questions about

amateur radio and our particular interest in lighthouses. The next morning John got to

see Bernie’s mobile setup at Panmure Head. He also saw Doug and Darrell setting up

their static operation. That afternoon he came to Point Prim to video my mobile setup.

The next morning he videoed Bernie at Cape bear operating mobile.

It will probably be in the winter before the documentary is available.

Wood Islands - CAN 535,536,537

Lighthouse -

Rear Range -

Point Prim - CAN 809

Cape Bear - CAN 092

Panmure Head - CAN 363

Wires-X Updates

Ron MacKay VE1AIC has updated information on his website dealing with a common problem with  Wires-X.  CLICK HERE

Ron's site has a wealth of information about amateur radio here in the Maritimes including repeaters, APRS , Digital modes including D-star, DMR, Fusion, Hot Spots and Packet.

Ron MacKay VE1AIC

Maritime Contest Club

A new link has been added to the website with the addition of the Maritime Contest Club.

If you would like to join the Maritime Contest Club, simply send a request to: [email protected]. Anyone with a valid Amateur license in the Maritimes and Newfoundland Labrador is welcome.

World Radio History Magazines

Here is the site I go to get books. Scroll down the page and on the left is a list of books from A’s up. I have a lot of them downloaded and in a file on a thumb drive. When you click on a Mag like popular electronics it has them listed by year and month some copies they don’t have

Ivan (Tiny ) VE9TIC

Contribution to Amateur Radio in Canada is my contribution to the amateur radio hobby, by providing an easy-to-use site for all licenced amateur radio operators to buy, sell and swap surplus ham radio gear. Hamshack has been developed to modern web development standards and incorporates an intuitive design to make it easy to add your ham radio listings to the site. In addition, Hamshack utilizes powerful filtering and search tools making it easy for users to quickly locate items listed on the site. Potential buyers can filter listings by ham radio category and item location. As well, Hamshack features a powerful Search function which dynamically displays items matching the search criteria entered.


Kings County ARC Ham of the Year  2020/2021

by Bob Schofield VE1RSM

It is with great pleasure that at our March 2021 meeting our past president, Wayne – VE1BAB, presented

Lysle Anderson  – VE1BZE with the KCARC’s Amateur of the year award for 2020/2021. Lysle was instrumental in purchasing and organizing the requirements to upgrade the Club’s VE1AEH Repeater. Through his hard work and many dedicated hours and trips to the repeater site, the club now has two repeaters. The new Digital Repeater is operational along with access to Echolink and IRLP (Internet Repeater Linking Project.)

Congratulations Lysle, well deserved and earned.

From all members of the KCARC.

WAP-WADA Honor Roll Plate to VE1HQ Sheldon R. Donaldson

VE1HQ, Mr. Sheldon Roy Donaldson from Pubnico, NS, Canada, is a keen DXer and Antarctic chaser. He has just received his WAP-WADA Honor Roll plate and certificate on Jan 8th 2021.

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New IRG repeater at Mount Carleton Park

Another new IRG repeater went on-air January 5! Mount Carleton Park (VE9MCP) on 147.120 + is the latest addition, bringing the total number of IRG repeaters to twenty-seven (27). The new site is near the park headquarters and will provide additional improved coverage in northern New Brunswick.

The new Mt. Carleton repeater joins Grand Lake (VE9GLA 145.190-) which was added in December 2019.

At this time, these two new repeaters are stand-alone and cannot yet be linked to other parts of the system. Planning is underway to reconfigure the IRG Zones at a later date which will include these two new repeaters in the link system.

Thanks to the folks at NB Department of Transportation and Infrastructure for their help with this project.

For more information on the International Repeater Group  CLICK HERE

Al Penney, VO1NO, elected as the new RAC Director for the Atlantic Region

Alphonse (Al) Penney, VO1NO, was born and raised in Corner Brook, Newfoundland. A Remco crystal radio kit Christmas gift, and the acquisition of a Halicrafters S-38D shortwave receiver as a boy sparked a lifelong fascination with the “magic of radio”. Al was licensed in early 1977 after taking an evening course sponsored by the local Department of Communications (DOC) Radio Inspector.

Al has served on the Executives of many clubs throughout Canada and the USA, including Vice-President of the West Island ARC in Montreal, and President of the VE2CMR ARC, Halifax ARC, West Carleton ARC in Ottawa, and the Pike’s Peak Radio Amateur Association in Colorado Springs while serving at NORAD Headquarters.

More recently he co-founded the Annapolis Valley Amateur Radio Club in Nova Scotia, a “virtual” club that appeals to those who do not like to take part in more traditional clubs.

Al has been involved with teaching prospective Amateurs since the early 1990s. He is one of the primary instructors for the Halifax ARC for their Basic and Advanced courses, and organized and taught the RAC Online Basic Course in response to the global pandemic. The two online courses completed to date have seen more than 300 students across Canada graduate, with another course starting in the New Year.

Al has been the RAC Band Planning Coordinator since 2013, and spearheaded the effort to update the Canadian HF band plans and have them published in a graphic format. He is currently coordinating the update of the VHF/UHF band plans. He lives in Aylesford, Nova Scotia on 10 acres he would like to turn into an antenna farm.

Al takes over from Dave Goodwin, VE9CB, who also just completed his second consecutive term and he previously served as Director from 2004 to 2006 and as RAC President in 2008. Dave will be continuing to teach RAC’s Advanced Courses and he is also going to be assisting with RAC’s communication efforts.

73 Magazines

I was purging some of my saved websites and came across this one, maybe some of you may be interested in looking at the old magazines. 73 Magazine (also known as 73 Amateur Radio Today) was a United States-based amateur radio magazine that was published from 1960 to 2003. It was known for its strong emphasis on technical articles and for the lengthy editorials in each issue by its founder and publisher, Wayne Green. The magazine title, 73, means "best regards" in amateur radio lingo.

73 and have a Great Christmas - Ken VY2RU