Canadian Hams Make Use of New Privileges
At the first of the year, Canadian amateurs received privileges on 2200 meters (135.7-137.8 kHz). Just a few months later, Scott Tilley, VE7TIL, of Roberts Creek, British Columbia, and John Gibbs, VE7BDQ, of Delta, British Columbia, completed the first official Canadian two-way 2200 meter QSO on April 24. Using CW, the Canadian amateurs reported strong signals during daylight QSO on 137.100 kHz. Roberts Creek and Delta are about 41 miles (66 km) apart. Gibbs used a homebrew tube transverter at 100 W output into a short top-loaded backyard wire vertical, while Tilley was running 400 W from a homebrew FET transmitter into a 60 foot top-loaded wire antenna. “As well as heralding the arrival of a new ‘top band,’ the QSO demonstrates that even amateurs located in typically small city-sized lots can enjoy the challenges that 2200 meters has to offer,” Tilley told the ARRL. “Hopefully many other Canadian amateurs will soon be melting solder to join the fun on our new band!” More information on Canadian 2200 meter activity may be found on Tilley’s Web site and at the VE7SL Radio Notebook Web site.