What a treat when The Canadian Amateur arrives in the mailbox. This bilingual 74-page national magazine is a treasurer
house of news and ideas. It’s one of the primary benefits of being a member of Radio Amateurs of Canada. Tons of technical articles along with all the regular operating columns, departments and news from the RAC executive make TCA a welcome addition to every Canadian amateur radio station.
BTW did you know that you can use rain to make your signal go farther on the 10 GHz band? It’s true an Barry Malowanchuk, VE4MA, shares some of his thoughts and experience about this challenging band that most of us have never tried. Barry’s portable station (see photo on page 33) looks pretty manageable and even comfortable with his folding chair setup beside what looks to be a highway.
And, if truth be told, I didn’t understand everything in the article but that’s nothing new for me in ham radio. Back in the late 60s when as a teenager with my dad I attended the Skywide Amateur Radio Club in Toronto’s west end there were many technical meetings. I can remember Ray, VE3UR (think he was VE3CCR back then) talking about getting on RTTY with the Model 60 printer. Didn’t understand all of what was being said but it was thrilling nonetheless.
Now we’re able to communicate using rain. Next thing you know it will be smoke signals but I think that’s already been done