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Gord Jewsbury

CQ CQ...VE7JBY [ Amateur (HAM) Radio ]

What do those licence plates spell? On the back of my vehicle you will see VE7JBY. This is my Amateur Radio Callsign

  • The "VE" signifys Canada
    (Sometime you may also see VA or VY)
  • The "7" signifies British Columbia, SK=5, AB=6, BC=7 Etc...
  • The last three are letters "JBY" are ones that I selected to personalize my Amateur Radio Callsign. 
  • I also hold 2 other Callsigns VE7RGJ & VA7YA
 

My Radio History...

 
 

In 1982 I took a course at HMCS Quadra (a Sea Cadet Training Camp in Comox, BC) Called Operations / Communications. Part of this course enabled me to write an exam for me to receive my Restricted Radio Telephone Operators Licence. This enabled me to get a summer job in the Communications Center of the Camp, and eventually be one of the course instructors in 1985.

in 1987 I received my Citizens Band (CB) Licence (XM1338458) and played a large part in the formation of an Organization called "ROARS" Radio Operators Association for Road Safety. (RAR002). This organization monitored Channel 9 on the CB Band on Vancouver Island in BC. Other Citizen Band Clubs I was associated with were; KWW881, BC952, MU010, BK002, G67, TI695 & 58XRAY1595. Most of these clubs were DX Clubs.

In 1989 I attended an Amateur Radio Course in Kelowna, BC with the Orchard City Amateur Radio Club and Received my Basic and then my Advance Certification for Amateur Radio. I played a very active roll in the Club especially in Packet Radio (I ran a Packet BBS for many years, Linked with a landline BBS called "The Amateur Link BBS"), APRS, Community Events, Club Newsletter & Club Executive. My Callsigns in BC were; VE7TGR (Used on Voice) & VE7RGJ (Used on Digital)

in 2001 I moved my family to Winnipeg and transfered my Callsigns to Manitoba.
VE4OK, VE4TGR and VE4GRJ replaced my BC Callsigns.

In 2004 I found that my employment did not let me have the spare time I needed to explore the hobby so I was only able to participate from time to time so in late 2004 I packed up my Station Equipment and tucked it away.

in 2010 I have begun to unpack and dust off the boxes of my equipment and get active with Amateur Radio again. My plan is to be a more active member of the local HAM Community. I have since re-newed my memberships in the clubs you see along the right side of this screen.

In 2015 I was able to relocate back to British Columbia to the city of Prince George and transfered my Callsigns back to BC.  VE7JBY, VA7YA and VE7RGJ replace my MB Callsigns.  It was nice to be able to get the RGJ callsign back that I used years ago on Packet Radio.

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Station Equipment...

 
 
VE7JBY STATION AND EQUIPMENT

RADIO HF/VHF/UHF: Kenwood TS-2000
HF ANTENNA 1: Comet CHA-250Bx Vertical 
HF ANTENNA 2: G5RV Jr.
VHF ANTENNA: 2M Vertical Dipole
UHF ANTENNA: VHF/UHF Dual Band Open Coil Whip

DIGITAL:
Alinco DR-1200 Data Radio (Packet / APRS)
TNC:  Kantronics 9612+TNC
VHF ANTENNA: Homebrew Copper JPole

MOBILE:
Kenwood TM-D700a 
MOBILE: Icom 2820H - DSTAR
PORTABLE: Kenwood TH-D7ag
PORTABLE: Icom W32a

ITEMS I CURRENTLY HAVE THE FOLLOWING  "FOR SALE"  $400.00 O.B.O.
Prefer to sell the 4 items together
HF RADIO: 
Yeasu FT-707
DESK MICROPHONE: Turner 251 LO-Z Dynamic Vintage Microphone
TUNER: KW-107 Supermatch
POWER:  20A 13.8v Power supply

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Packet Radio

 
 

Packet Radio is a particular digital mode of Amateur Radio ("Ham" Radio) communications which corresponds to computer telecommunications. The telephone modem is replaced by a "magic" box called a terminal node controller (TNC); the telephone is replaced by an amateur radio transceiver, and the phone system is replaced by the "free" amateur radio waves. Packet radio takes any data stream sent from a computer and sends that via radio to another amateur radio station similarly equipped. Packet radio is so named because it sends the data in small bursts, or packets.

I ran a Packet BBS (VE7RGJ) using FBB Softwatre back in the 90's in Kelowna, BC. This Packet BBS was also linked to a Landine BBS (The Amateur Link BBS) using Mustang BBS Software and "DOORWAY" that enabled people to "dial in" and then depending on access be able to get out over the air onto Packet Radio. Unfortunatly when the Internet was opened to the General Public and
E-Mail became more popular this mode soon lost its interest.

However, Packet Radio is still alive for the few Hard Core Packet Operators on 145.010 Mhz. Packet Radio is also available via TELNET to enable better accessability.

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APRS - Automatic Position Radio System

 
 

Unlike packet radio, where stations connect to each other in order to exchange information, APRS operates in an unconnected fashion. All stations use a single frequency. On the VHF 2m band - the most commonly used band for APRS - APRS uses 144.800MHz in Europe and 144.390MHz in the USA. HF is also used, with many HF stations acting as gateways between HF and VHF creating the potential for a worldwide radio-based network.
Stations transmit their position reports, beacons, telemetry, messages and so on using unnumbered AX.25 frames for any other stations within range to hear. Other stations that receive the frames may retransmit them after inserting their callsign into the data. Stations that do this are called digipeaters. They are generally well-sited stations with a good coverage area that help to extend the range of low power mobile users.
Much of the information sent by APRS stations - beacons, position reports, objects, telemetry and bulletin messages - is not addressed to anyone in particular. Other information such as text messages are addressed to a specific station, which transmits an acknowledgement when it receives it. To try to guarantee reception, an APRS station will retransmit a message several times with an increasing delay between each attempt until an acknowledgement is received from the recipient station. However after several failed attempts retransmission will stop. Unlike with cellular SMS APRS has no mechanism for storing an unacknowledged message until the recipient comes on the air and is able to receive it.

Winnipeg APRS for the past 24 hoursI started to get involved with APRS in the mid 90's. The Internet was growing fast and Packet Radio interest was slowing. Because this was a digital mode for Amateur Radio I started to explore what I could do with APRS.

If you click on the logo to the left you will see the APRSactivity in Winnipeg in the past 24 hours. If I have been active on APRS in the past 24 hours you will see my callsign (VE7JBY) show up on the map.

CLICK ON THE APRS LOGO
to see Prince George, BC's APRS Activity

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Other Digital Modes

 
 

Lately I have been exploring other digital modes of communication, PSK31 is fast becoming one of my favorite modes of Ham Radio Communication.

PSK31 or "Phase Shift Keying, 31 Baud" is a digital , used primarily in the amateur radio field to conduct real-time informal conversation. It uses the computers sound card to create tones to transmit on the radio via an interface cable . It allows many keyboard-to-keyboard conversations to happen in a small amount of bandwith.

On the screen you see what Amateurs call the "Waterfall" when you click on one of the waterfall lines you see the decoded text in another screen.

PSK31 Waterfall

Other Modes that I have tried that are simular and use the same software is RTTY and Olivia.

RTTY stands for Radio Teletype which has been around for awhile, it uses a dual waterfall stream and seems to be slower than PSK. Olivia also appears slower but has less errors in the decoding process.

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Website Visitor Information

 
 
 

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Topics on this page...
My Radio History
My Station Equipment
Packet Radio
APRS
PSK & Other Digital Modes
Website Visitor Information
eQSL Radio Stats
QRZ.com Bio
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Radio Organizations that
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Radio Amateurs of Canada
MAPLE LEAF
OPERATOR

QRZ Website

eQSL
S i l v e r
M e m b e r

Emergency BC

Amateur Radio Emergency Services

Provincial Emergency Radio Communications Service

 

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