Trailer Report – April 2015


This is being sent to those who may be interested in
the preparation being made to have the trailer taken out to the Sicamous
Safety Fair in the Askew’s lot on Saturday, May 30th.

On Tuesday, April 28th, Simon, David and Ron by prior arrangement spent about
three hours doing the following:

-Dealt with wasps resident in the trailer bumper and to a lesser extent inside the trailer.
-Cleaned the battery terminals and put the batteries on charge with ac line current.
-Disconnected the batteries before leaving
-Tidied the inside of the trailer somewhat.
-Started the Honda 2k generator and ran it for about 15 minutes.
-Simon took the SARC club banner on its frame home for cleaning
-David hitched up and moved the trailer forward about 6 feet out of its winter ruts.
-Raised the tower to its vertical position to see how it worked but did not raise the sections
-Removed the one steel mast which would no longer fit completely within the tube on top of the trailer
-Stored the steel mast alongside Peter’s old flatbed trailer in the yard
-Removed the rotor and rotor cable from the top of the tower but replaced the 1-1/2 inch pipe so that the tower could be
secured by rope for transit.

We hope to do some washing of the trailer particularly on the front window panel covers a day or two before May 30.
We also hope to make arrangements to take the trailer to Sicamous on Friday, May 29, for overnight storage perhaps
at the Fire Hall.
My apologies, David and Simon, if I have missed any tasks.
A good start to prepare for use of the trailer for Safety Fair, Field Day, etc.

73– Ron



Wanted: Radio Repair Tech

AEJ shop

Radio Repair Tech

Most people like to help out, but no one wants to give too much of their time away for free. On the flip side no one wants to pay the highest rates for parts and service in a field of expertise that they don’t understand or can’t do themselves.

I understand this scenario in the field of computers and networking, that’s my background, I like to help when possible, I prefer to be paid a little, and my fear is that too much of my time will be used up by others if I always give it away for free. That said, I want to help, I don’t like to see people ripped off, or pay too much for a simple solution.

You’ve heard the saying “Good, Fast or Cheap – Pick Two!” Well I personally prefer Good & Cheap (ha ha), I have enough radio gear now that ‘Fast’ is rarely a motivation, so nothing should be a rush, if it takes you weeks, I’ll probably have no problem with that.

So with that said, I’m looking for someone with an electronics / radio repair background who is willing to share some of their time and knowledge, wants to be compensated a fair wage for their work, and best of all shares a love of radio.

Up till now my experiences in used radio gear purchases has been a 50/50 success, half the time I luck out and it works, the other half it doesn’t work, and I don’t even know where to start to get it fixed it. I’ve had some help and advice as well (which I appreciated greatly), but people leave busy lives and I don’t want to impose on anyone too much.

If you live in the North Okanagan, have some spare time and lots of repair experience, I would really like to open a diagloue with you.

Contact me please – Aaren (VA7AEJ)

Lumby BC




1) 40′ Antenna Tower – 4 10′ sections tube Triangle $375.oo

2) Realistic PRO-2006 Scanner 400 channel (hyperscan) comes with omni-directional Antenna & GRE super-amp 3001 ( all for $385.oo)

3) Realistic PRO-2020 Scanner (20 ch) $25.oo  SOLD

4) Electronic Keyer Paddle MFJ-422B $80.oo OBO SOLD

5) ICOM IC-H16 (Handheld) offers  SOLD

6) Realistic PRO-33 (20 ch) scanner (Handheld) offers  SOLD

7) Realistic PRO-30 (16 ch) scanner (Handheld) offers  SOLD

8) Power Converter AC to DC $20.oo  SOLD

9) Comm Series 10, ICT…AC to DC $30.oo  SOLD

10) Assortment of connectors, approx 20, various, 6 in their pkgs.  SOLD

Comes in plastic tray organizer…$40.oo OBO  C SOLD

11) Books , magazines, antennas and cables.  SOLD

I’m moving, make me a decent offer, help me out guys !

Dawne VE7DWN Phone- 250-375-0057 (Westwold)

or email :

Service Monitor at Meeting

The program at the Regular Monthly Meeting on February 12, 2015 in the Piccadilly Mall Board Room offered club members an interesting opportunity to test their rigs and their antennas for SWR, Actual Power output at different power settings and on different frequencies and bands, Sensitivity and so forth.

Equipment tested was provided by VE7RAW, the club’s  APRS and Portable Emergency Kit, and from the following individuals: VE7BPH, VE7SHG, VE7IU, VE7RLE, VE7LOG, VE7OHR, VE7ETE, and VA7HDY, although not all of these members were present.

We put the club’s service monitor, watt-meters and various MFJ antenna analyzers to to good use.

The club was also pleased to meet its newest member, Darrell Bellerive VE7IU, who has recently moved to Chase and will also join the Kamloops Amateur Radio Club.

We were pleased to have a technical program tonight, and hope to have others, in the months following our Annual General Meeting on March 12, 2015 in this location and at               the usual meeting time.                           IMG_0810 IMG_0745 IMG_0747 IMG_0749 IMG_0753 IMG_0761 IMG_0764  IMG_0770 IMG_0771 IMG_0774 IMG_0775 IMG_0782  IMG_0790 IMG_0792  IMG_0796 IMG_0799 IMG_0806 IMG_0808

FOR SALE: Closing Down Station

FOR SALE: Closing Down Station.

Tower:  70-foot tower, originally manufactured commercially in Vernon. Hinged base.                    Includes: 5-element HF beam Wilson System I. ;  4-element 2-metre beam ;                    Rotor CDE or CDR.                                                                                                            Must be dismantled by the buyer.    $350.

Mobile:  Icom 228 H complete with mounting bracket. $125.

Mobile:  ITC Multi 2000. FM CW SSB 12 volt and 110 volt. 10 w. $100.

Power Supply: Pyramid Phase III Regulated 35 amp. With  Current meter and Voltage                            meter. $150.

Signal Enhancer: MFJ signal enhancer II.  Dual tunable SSB / CW filter. $30

Lo-Pass Filter:  Bencher YA-1 RF filter up to 1.5 kW. New $79. Offers?

Phone:  Hans VE7BOD   250-835-8324

The Journey of Toshihiko Miyagawa…[written by JoAnn]

The following is a detailed Remembrance of Tosh sent over the holidays to Bill VE7KDK and Jenny VE7KIY with best wishes to them and to all club members from Ken and Eileen Kajiwara with appreciation for us “being so respectful and friendly to both him and my mom.”

Tosh was the son of Hikojiro and Ryu [Ohashi] Miyagawa, born May 28th, 1917 at Mount Mary Ann near Mission, B.C. His mother Ryu died during the Spanish flu epidemic in 1920. Hikojiro took Tosh back to Japan later that year and married Hisae Yamamoto and brought the family back to Mission, B.C. where he owned property. From this latter marriage, Tosh gained sisters Hideko [Yosh Nishi]. Akiko [Aki] [Harry Tanaka], Sonoko [Soni[ [Tom Takasaki], Jiro, Miye [May] [Shig Ono]. Osamu [Sam], Satoru [Bob] [Carol, Etheline] and Noriko [Shirley] [Tom Higa].

Tosh had an ordinary childhood living in Mission, going to the English and Japanese language schools, helping a friend deliver newspapers, sliding down Kudo Hill in the winter, doing chores like filling the bathhouse tub with water and gathering raspberry canes under the tub and lighting it daily, playing soccer, judo and fishing. To help out the family, he worked in the family fields and also at local hop farms.

After finishing Grade 8, a friend, Tash Moriyama, encouraged him to work for Peter Bain at Mike Johnson’s sawmill at Steelhead. He moved up from “whistle punk”, stacking lumber, felling trees to become a high climber and high rigger. By 1934 he was working for Kahei Kamimura. Tosh said the only injury suffered during those years were a few cracked ribs from walking on logs. Yosh Nishi worked for Kamimura as a faller.

As a young man, he had a group of friends centering around Frank [Mas] Hattori who had a vehicle. They would drive to Vancouver, down to White Rock to dig clams and to Harrison Hot Springs, swim and play baseball.

On December 4, 1941, Rev. Yutetsu Kawamura officiated at the marriage of Tosh to Harumi [Joyce] Kudo. Prior to that Tosh had bought and been given land upon which to build a home. They only lived there until the following March when they were evacuated to Alberta. From this union Tosh and Joyce had two daughters, JoAnn and Arlene.

As a result of the move to Alberta, Tosh worked in the sugar beets at Diamond City, helped with seeding at Byron Tanner’s farm in Wrentham and then worked as a farm hand and cowboy [riding, branding] at George Wesley’s farm and ranch. His sister Hideko cooked at the Wesley ranch in Granum.

Byron Tanner was able to get Tosh a job with Martin Madge in Milk River in February 1945 where he worked in the garage and on the Madge farms. He got to fly with Paul Madge fixing machinery on various farms and did the spraying of 2-4D as Paul had the rights for selling the weedkiller.

In 1957 he joined Lyle Walker in renting land to farm which he did until 1969 when his wife Joyce died. He sold his farm equipment and started to work for Daryll Smith at Frank Smith’s electrical store.  He also worked as an electrician for Mike Angyal.

During this time he played baseball, fished, curled, became a scoutmaster and an amateur radio operator under the call sign VE6VE.

On November 7, 1970 Tosh married Lillian Watte which gave him two new daughters, Eileen and Vivian. They lived in a trailer in Milk River which they then took to Salmon Arm. B.C. where they proceeded to build a house on Gleneden Road. Tosh found work as an electrician wiring houses for builders like Gordon Bettles, Hugh Metcalfe and Ian McDermott. Eventually he retired and Lillian and Tosh moved to a condo in Enderby. Lillian died December 2, 2003.

Lillian and Tosh were active in RV’ing with Good Sam and their own club, and with the mini-hamfests as Tosh kept up his amateur radio status as VE7DLA. They fished annually at Heriot Bay, made their own wine, entertained friends and family.

In 2008, at the age of 90, he was moved to Vancouver to be closer to family. He resided in a senior home where he had the near daily morning visits from Arlene and had wonderful home-cooked meals and home care at Eileen and Ken’s residence.

In early February, Tosh moved in with Eileen and Ken. On March 11. 2014, Tosh passed away peacefully at home with Eileen, Ken and Kiki at his bedside.

Tosh was a quiet, generous and gentle soul who lived a long and fulfilling life. He will be dearly missed.Tosh-BLOG001


Since long before I became a ham in 1993, members of the Shuswap Amateur Radio Club have provided Emergency Communications for this major Salmon Arm cross-country skiing event in the Larch Hills.

As a fledgling skier in the loppet, I can distinctly remember being cheered on by Al VE7CAL stationed at what is now my favorite spot [Radio 3] at the bottom of Baby Moon Walk, about half-way through the 17 km. race loop.  Al, a teaching colleague, first interested me in the hobby and later became a valued mentor.

This year on January 17, 2015, Net Control from the chalet was provided by David VA7HDY and Richard VE6NT. Others manning the four radio checkpoints included Rob VA7AYL Radio 1, Terry VA7TSG and Celia VE7NIA at Radio 2, the very busy South Hub where some skiers pass as many as four times, Ron VE7RLE at Radio 3, and Patrick VE7FAT at Radio 4.

For those who have never skied the loppet or assisted with its communications, the photos provide a look at the hustle-and-bustle of waxing pre-race, our transport to the checkpoints in a skidoo trailer, usually sitting backwards to avoid the stinging pellets from the sled tracks, a look at the South Hub checkpoint staffed by Rotary and ski club course volunteers.

The final shots were taken upstairs in the chalet where radio net control share space with the computer folks who provide a constant flow of data to downtown Salmon Arm where lists of finishers are compiled, awards made and so forth.

David and Richard had already finished and packed up by the time I got down from the hill and were not photographed this year.

There were no significant mishaps or medical emergencies this year [Celia doubling as a communicator-First Responder provides oxygen and a defibrillator.] Other Salmon Arm Nordic Club ski officials — course sweepers, skidoo operators, other First Aid, etc.– use portable radios rented from Vella Radio. One of these Vella-provided radios is also monitored by our SARC net control

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