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To provide basic theory, installation, operation, and troubleshooting of SSB HF Marine Radio and Pactor modems for sailors, typically those leaving for offshore cruising. Martin Dunsmuir, with more than 40 years of experience, provides consulting and expertise in this field.

When: Saturday Oct 21, 2017
10 AM to 3:30PM
Where: Vancouver Maritime Museum, T.K. Gallery
1905 Ogden Avenue
Vancouver, British Columbia  V6J 1A3
Presenter: Martin Dunsmuir, White Squall Consulting
Contact: Shannon Rae

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Marine HF SSB Radio

Saturday, October 21, 2017     Vancouver Maritime Museum, T.K Gallery room

Understanding, Installing and Operating HF Marine Radio Transceivers

Do you understand the benefits of an HF SSB radio system for off-shore cruising?  What makes up an HF SSB radio system and how does it work?  What is the difference between Ham and commercial SSB HF marine radio?  How do you choose an HF SSB radio?  What are the Canadian HF radio licensing issues?  How can an HF SSB radio system be used for emergency communications?  What is the best HF Marine Antenna?  Is grounding your HF SSB marine radio important?  Is there a simple way to troubleshoot an HF SSB radio system?  This presentation is specifically designed for the non-technical off-shore cruiser that wishes to have a basic understanding of an HF SSB system and would like to be able to perform basic system troubleshooting if a problem occurs. 

A recently published 67 page manual with the same title as this seminar and containing the same information in detail will be available at the seminar for $30.00. 

E-mail using High Frequency Single Sideband Radio

Are you wishing to cruise off-shore and still keep in touch with your friends and family using e-mail from anywhere in the world?  How does a system like this work and how reliable is it? 

What basic hardware and software do I require to set up this system?  Do I require a license to do this?  Is this system easy to install and operate?  How expensive is this system? 

Can this system be used for anything other than to send text e-mail?  This presentation is designed for the non-technical off-shore cruiser and will answer the above questions in a clear and concise manner. 

About our Presenter  

Martin Dunsmuir, AScT, VE0MD, VE7BDF

Martin has been registered as an Applied Science Technologist in the electronics discipline with the Applied Science Technicians and Technologists of B.C. (ASTTBC) for over 30 years and has held an advanced amateur radio license for over 40 years.  He has an extensive background in HF, VHF, UHF, microwave and satellite systems and has experience with Canadian Motorola, Telus, ITT and 10 years with Teleglobe Canada at their west coast satellite earth station near Lake Cowichan.  He was a faculty member in the Electronics Engineering Technology program at Camosun College for 14 years, teaching communication systems theory and applications. 

On retiring from Camosun College in 2001 Martin set up White Squall Consulting Inc. and has combined his love of sailing with his passion for communication systems, providing HF and data communications consultation for off-shore sailors. 

He lived and worked from his home-built 60 foot ketch for 25 years and only recently moved ashore.


Date and Time


Saturday, October 21, 2017    10:00 AM to 3:30 PM

Lunch: there is a great seafood themed food truck arriving for your purchase of great food for lunch.


Vancouver Maritime Museum, T.K. Gallery Room 


Cost  Individual and Couples Pricing:


BCA Members - $95 each (includes The HF Marine Radio book)

                        - $65 for spouse / partner if registered at same time

Non-members - $120 each (includes The HF Marine Radio book)

                        - $90 for spouse / partner if registered at same time

Note: only one booklet per couple.  

Cancellation Fee:
There is a $15 processing fee in the event of student cancellation.

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