Software Defined Radio

This is very interesting.  Who knows, it may soon be possible to have all the different wireless technologies available on one chipset, all presented as just another ‘ethernet’ device (or maybe many devices.   If  there was an  associated hardware signal to indicate ‘oops.. we’ve had to change networks’ or some other smarts, it would make things very interesting in the whole arena of Terminal/Node Mobility for Internet connected devices

Beavers Eye View.

We departed Whistler this morning after there had been over 2 inches of snow overnight (nuts!).

Whistler Snow

We arrived in Vancouver just in time for lunch. Seeing as it was such a nice day, we wandered down towards the waterfront for a look around, where we came across a Air Charter company. As I had never been in a floatplane, I just could not resist, though I couldn’t persuade Dee to join me. So after some organisation and a quick cup of hot chocolate, Peter (the pilot), another gentlemen and I, headed out to our DHC-2 Beaver (below) for a scenic flight around Vancouver.

The Beaver

The smoothness of the take-off and landing really surprised me (Peter informed me that it had not the smoothest take-off as he had to avoid some debris), though it has been quite a few years since I was in a light aircraft. The landing was the gentlest I think I’ve ever experienced. I guess I have been conditioned by the bumpy landings that are almost normal now in commercial aircraft.

See the obligatory pictures here.

Whistler – Day 2

What a blast! Solely due to the patience and enthusiasm of our instructor Larry, and his ‘shadow’, Alex, our entire group made progress today. I managed to improve my turns to be more HGV like, rather than 747 like, woohoo! Unfortunately our education is now on an indefinite ‘hold’ as we are heading back to Vancouver tomorrow. Just to make it more annoying, it started snowing this evening, so tomorrow will most likely be one of the best skiing days of this week. We’ll just have to come back someday.


Ohmygosh it is cold, very cold.  I’m not made for this -11 this morning, rising to -8 this afternoon, looking forward to a balmy -2 tomorrow.


So far, learning to ski other than being cold, has been good fun, though pains are occurring in strange places this evening.   We’re heading out tomorrow for another day of ‘learning’ at the conclusion of which, I hope to be able to turn a tighter circle than a 747, but I wouldn’t bet on it.

Let the vacationing begin

IETF is over, and boy was it a tough week, acronyms everywhere, drafts and protocols being the main topic of conversation (the odd bit of sci-fi trivia), quite intimidating for a newbie, though all-in-all very interesting.

Today, Dee and I began our vacation, this morning we headed out to Capilano Bridge to see what it was all about, then came back into downtown, and headed across to Granville Island. The Granville market was almost Bazaar like, though not quite on the same scale. Very enjoyable to wander through. We even managed to pick up a few items so that jolly-fat-guy will have something to ho ho ho about over Christmas.

Last Wednesday evening I attended a meeting of the Vector Emergency Communications group. It was an AGM so I didn’t hang around too long, though I did get a quick tour of the EOC from Fred, VE7CX, before he had to tend to his AGM duties.

Early Thursday morning, I headed out to Burnaby Communications for a few more items for that jolly-fat-guy, and while there John, VE7AYP and Bill, VE7CIM, strongly suggested that I should attend the North Shore Amateur Radio Club’s monthly meeting.  So after a evening pass from herself was obtained (through sniffles), I headed out to North Shore.  Leif Erickson, VA7CAE and the rest of the club made me feel very welcome and during a break in the talk showed me around their communications centre.  The speaker for the evening was Mike Andrews, VE7MPA, regional manager in the BC, Ministry of Public Safefy and Solicitor General, who gave a very interesting presentation on the concept of  Disaster Response Routes, an overview of Disaster Response, and how Amateur Radio operators fit into the overall plan.  Very interesting indeed.

Next stop, Whistler!