Ontario Section News Bulletin for week of July 2

July 9, 2011

Official Bulletin, RAC Ontario Section

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for July 2, 2011

This is V__3____, Official Bulletin Station for Radio Amateurs of
Canada, with this week's bulletin

NATIONAL NEWS

1. RAC Annual General Meeting

The RAC Annual General Meeting (AGM) has been scheduled for Saturday,
July 30 at 1:30 pm.

For the first time in RAC's history the AGM will be held in historic
St. John's, Newfoundland and will be held in conjunction with Hamfest
NL 2011 hosted by the Society of Newfoundland Radio Amateurs.  The
event will be at The Battery Hotel & Conference Center on historic
Signal Hill.

All RAC members are encouraged to attend the Annual General Meeting.
For more information visit www.sonra.ca and click the Hamfest 2011
link.

-- The RAC Report

ONTARIO SECTION NEWS

ITEMS OF INTEREST

2. Submit Your Field Day Logs!

The report submission deadline for 2011 ARRL Field Day is 11:59 PM
EDT on Tuesday, July 26.  Participants are encouraged to submit their
required summary sheet using the online submission application found
at www.b4h.net/cabforms. This web form allows you to submit the
summary sheet directly to the ARRL. 

-- ARRL Web

3. The "Night of Nights," July 12

On July 12th every year, from 3 p.m. to midnight, the historic Morse
code radio station KPH returns to the air in commemoration of the
closing of commercial Morse operation in the USA.

Frequency and reception report information for KPH and other
participating stations can be found at the Maritime Radio Historical
Society web site, www.radiomarine.org.

-- via Glenn Killam, VE3GNA

4. New SATERN Director Named 

Salvation Army Major Richard Shirran, VE3NUZ, has been appointed as
the new head of SATERN, the Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio
Network. He succeeds Major Pat McPherson, WW9E, who retires with the
new appointment, 23 years and one day after the first SATERN net was
held. 

-- CQ News Service

5. New Access Rules for QRZ.com 

Users of the QRZ.com callsign database must now be registered and
sign in before getting access to any name or address data. Owner Fred
Lloyd, AA7BQ, explained that the system was being slowed down 
automated systems trying to harvest massive amounts of data.
Registration is free.

-- CQ News Service

This concludes this week's bulletin. Does anyone require repeats or
clarifications?
Hearing none, This is V__3____ returning the frequency to net control.

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Bulletin sent from Official Bulletin Manager Brad Rodriguez, VE3RHJ.

Upcoming Night of Nights

June 28, 2011

The commercial CW operators who are still alive return to the airwaves for a night of handling traffic and sending special messages. Many of them are hams. K6KPH will hopefully also be active in the ham bands.

July 12th every year
from 3 p.m. to midnight
at the Historic RCA Coast Station KPH

In the annual “Night of Nights”, historic Morse code radio station KPH returns to the air in commemoration of the closing of commercial Morse operation in the USA.

Frequency and reception report information for all stations appear at the Maritime Radio Historical Society web site.

KPH, the ex-RCA coast station located north of San Francisco, returns to the air for commemorative broadcasts every year on July 12 at 5:01 p.m. PDT (13 July at 0001 GMT). On July 12, 1999, the last commercial Morse transmission in the U.S. was thought to have been broadcast at 5:00 p.m. PDT (13 July at 0000 GMT). Now the Maritime Radio Historical Society’s own KSM carries on the tradition of commercial Morse. Transmissions are expected to continue until at least midnight PDT (0700 GMT).

Members of the public are invited to visit the receiving station for this event. The station will be open to visitors beginning at 3:00 p.m. PDT. The station is located at 17400 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard and is on the route to the Point Reyes lighthouse. Watch for a cypress lined driveway on the right about a mile past the entry to Coast Guard station NMC.
Directions to Bear Valley Visitor Center
Directions from Bear Valley Visitor Center to Historic RCA Coast Station KPH

Night of Nights is an annual event held on the 12th of July by the Maritime Radio Historical Society (MRHS) to commemorate the history of maritime radio and the closing of commercial Morse operations in the USA. These on-the-air events are intended to honor the men and women who followed the radiotelegraph trade on ships and at coast stations around the world and made it one of honor and skill.

Once, the maritime mobile bands were populated edge to edge with powerful coast stations operating from virtually every country on every continent. Once, the ships of world trade and the great passenger liners filled the air with their radiograms – and with their calls for help when in danger on the sea. Now those bands are largely silent.

But once a year the Maritime Radio Historical Society returns stations KPH, KSM and KFS to the air. Other stations including WLO, KLB, NMC, and NOJ often join in. In 2007, Coast Guard station NMN was also heard for the first time since the US Coast Guard ended the use of Morse. Calls from ships at sea make the event seem as if the golden age of maritime radio has returned.

For the 2007 Night of Nights, the Maritime Radio Historical Society had K6KPH on the air on several frequencies to receive signal reports from amateur stations for the first time. The operators at K6KPH are veteran Morse operators, including former KPH staff members, with years of experience “sitting the circuit”. These seasoned commercial operators are on duty at the receiving station at Point Reyes, CA listening for calls from ships and sending messages just as they did for so many years before Morse operations were shut down. This gives Maritime Radio Historical Society information about how well the stations are being heard and gives amateur stations the experience of what it was like to work a real coast station.

The transmitters are located 18 miles south of Point Reyes in Bolinas, CA at the transmitting station established in 1913 by the American Marconi Co. The original KPH transmitters, receivers and antennas are used to activate frequencies in all the commercial maritime HF bands and on MF as well.

Many of the KPH transmitters are 50s vintage RCA sets. KFS uses a 1940s vintage Press Wireless PW-15 transmitter on 12Mc. This is the transmitter that was in service at KFS on the “last day” of American Morse and is thought to be the last PW-15 in service in the world. The transmitting antennas include a Marconi T for MF, double extended Zepps for 4, 6 and 8Mc and H over 2s for 12, 16 and 22Mc.

KPH sends traffic lists, weather and press broadcasts as well as special commemorative messages, some of which are sent by hand. At other times the KPH, KSM and KFS “wheel” are sent to mark the transmitting frequencies.

KPH and KSM are operated by the Maritime Radio Historical Society in cooperation with the Point Reyes National Seashore.

Further information on this event may be found on the Maritime Radio Historical Society web site

Introducing The CW Open!!!!

June 27, 2011

To all you CW aficionados out there. Dust off the straight key, clean up the bug, get the paddles out of mothballs and let’s have some fun!

73,

Glenn VE3GNA

To all who are members of ham clubs (DX, contest, local). Please copy and paste the info below to your clubs’ reflectors. If the club has a newsletter, please forward it to the editor. The more people who know about CW OPEN, the more participants we’ll have. And, the more who show up, the better result for everyone. Thank you all in advance.

Please email me (k6rb@baymoon.com) to let me know where you’ve posted it.
Thanks. Use the subject header “info posted”
_____________________________________________________

Coming…The World’s First “CW Open” Events

What? Three separate 4-hour contests, each separately scored and awarded

When? August 20, 2011 from 1200-1600Z and 2000-2400Z and August 21 from 0400-0800Z

Mode? CW

Bands? 160, 80, 40, 20, 15 and 10

Categories? Single operator (QRP <5w; LP >5 but <100 w; HP >100w); Packet, Skimmer, and Reverse Beacon systems are allowed

Teams? Yes, teams of 10 or less, no geography restrictions

Club competiton? Teams (see above)

Exchange? Serial number + name

Scoring? Each 4-hour contest starts at 0 points, 0 mults; work someone once per band per event; score 1 point per QSO per band and 1 mult per call sign once per event

Awards?
*Trophy for 1st place in each time period.
*Plaque for 1st place in each power level in each time period
*Trophy for over all combined score of all three time periods.
*Plaque for 1st place for each power level in the combined score group.
Note: if the same entrant wins multiple awards, they may be combined.
*Certificates for achieving more than 100 QSOs in any or all time periods

Logging software support? N1MM, WriteLog, TR4W, CQ/X, SD, GenLog (more, check “rules” page –see below)

Log submission? One log per event; Cabrillo format

Deadline for Log submission? By 2400Z on September 5, 2011

Rules? http://www.cwops.org/cwopen.html

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Ontario Section Bulletin for Week June 13

June 14, 2011
RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for June 11, 2011

This is V__3____, Official Bulletin Station for Radio Amateurs of
Canada, with this week's bulletin

NATIONAL NEWS

ONTARIO SECTION NEWS

1. Killarney District ARES report

Manitoulin/North Shore ARES has added Pat Dopson VE3HZQ, as an
Assistant Emergency Coordinator, in charge of technical matters. The
group has been asked to assist the organizers of an Air Show that is
to be held on Manitoulin Island in September. 

On May 29 some members of Sudbury ARES and the Sudbury radio club
provided emergency communications during the annual MS Walk. Thanks
go to VE3's VPD, SNA, and WMJ; VA3AJV;  and to VE3's
TXO and DUW who provided bicycle rover coverage along the walk route.

-- Stiig Larsen, VE3LBX, DEC Killarney District

2. Eastern Ontario ARES Report

The Ottawa ARES / EMRG group was notified on May 19th of a city low
water advisory due to a failure of a major water pipe.  As part of
their contingency planning, the City Office of Emergency Management
asked if Ottawa ARES / EMRG would be able to provide communications
between water distribution points.  The group is prepared but has not
yet been activated.

-- Michael Hickey VE3IPC, DEC Eastern Ontario

3. Submitting Bulletin Items

Amateur Radio groups in Ontario that wish to announce upcoming
events, or report on their activities, are invited to send brief
items to the Official Bulletin Manager email address,
obm (at) ve3rhj.net.

-- Brad Rodriguez, VE3RHJ, OBM

ITEMS OF INTEREST

4. VC9M Special Event

From June 25 to July 25, including Field Day, special event station
VC9M will be active to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the
Moncton Area Amateur Radio Club, Inc. QSL via VE9EMM.  For more
information visit www.maarc.ca

-- RAC Special Events Database

5. NIST Time Widget

The U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology, who operate
WWV, also have an on-line time widget,  which  displays both the
accurate time and your Internet delay.  See it at
www.time.gov/widget.html

-- ARRL Contest Update

This concludes this week's bulletin. Does anyone require repeats or
clarifications?
Hearing none, This is V__3____ returning the frequency to net control.

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Bulletin sent from Official Bulletin Manager Brad Rodriguez, VE3RHJ.

RAC ONTARIO SECTION BULLETIN FOR WEEK JUNE 5

June 5, 2011
RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for June 4, 2011

This is V__3____, Official Bulletin Station for Radio Amateurs of
Canada, with this week's bulletin

NATIONAL NEWS

ONTARIO SECTION NEWS

1. OPN Interim Manager

James Davidson, VE3TPZ, has offered his services as a temporary Net
Manager for the Ontario Phone Net, effective June 1.  James will
continue in this role until a permanent successor is appointed.
Please join me in welcoming James to this post. 

-- Glenn Killam VE3GNA, Ontario Section Traffic Manager

ITEMS OF INTEREST

2. AMSAT Field Day

Field Day 2011 runs from 1800 UTC June 25 to 2100 UTC June 26.  The
AMSAT Field Day competiton encourages the use of analog and digital
amateur satellites to make contacts.  The exchange is the same as for
regular Field Day contacts.  Note that only ONE contact is allowed on
each single channel FM satellite. This restriction includes the
International Space Station.  A PDF of the complete rules, including
scoring information, is at tinyurl.com/amsatfd2011

-- AMSAT News Service

3. The Adventures of Zack and Max

Icom America has produced a series of comic books based on amateur
radio for youngsters.  Titled "The Adventures of Zack and Max," they
follow the adventures of the two teen hams with stories designed to
provide the reader with some basic information about ham radio, its
history, its applications, and its relevance in the world today.  So
far there are seven issues, along with matching coloring books for
the younger set.  They can be downloaded in PDF format at
tinyurl.com/hamcomics 

-- Amateur Radio Newsline

4. FEMA Administrator Calls Amateur Radio "The Last Line of Defense"

In an FCC forum on earthquake communications preparedness, U.S.
Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Craig Fugate
praised Amateur Radio, saying:

"During the initial communications out of Haiti, volunteers using
assigned frequencies that they are allocated, their own equipment,
their own money, nobody pays them, were the first ones oftentimes
getting word out in the critical first hours and first days as the
rest of the systems came back up ... I think that there is a tendency
because we have done so much to build infrastructure and resiliency
in all our other systems, we have tended to dismiss that role 'When
Everything Else Fails.' Amateur Radio oftentimes is our last line of
defense."

Fugate observed that despite all efforts, public service
communications will fail, and a strong Amateur Radio community is
essential.  In his words, "most of the time they're going be bored
... But when you need Amateur Radio, you really need them."

-- ARRL Web

This concludes this week's bulletin. Does anyone require repeats or
clarifications?
Hearing none, This is V__3____ returning the frequency to net control.

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Bulletin sent from Official Bulletin Manager Brad Rodriguez, VE3RHJ.

Ontario Phone Controllers Wanted

June 2, 2011

Greetings everyone from the James VE3TPZ/VA3WR

We are in need of Net Controllers on Wednesday’s and Saturday and also have the need for some backup net controllers who could assist when a regular net control operators are away on.  If you wish to learn or be a regular or backup net control operator please contact myself or anyone of the net contollers on the OPN .

 

James Davidson VE3TPZ/VA3WR EMAIL ve3tpz@rac.ca

 

ONTARIO PHONE NET CONTROL SCHEDULE UPDATED

June 2, 2011

Greetings Everyone.

This is VE3TPZ  James I’m filling as the Temporary Manager for the Ontario Phone Net.

At this time there are no script changes or other changes other than an updated Net Controller Schedule.

The current Script that Our Last net manager Ian VE3HMS has written up is working fine so I will remain with it.

 

Our net controllers are as follows

Sunday       VE3TPZ JAMES

Monday      VE3RHJ Brad

Tuesday      VE3PSV Shawn

Wednesday    Open (VE3TPZ |filling in )

Thursday     VE3WKJ George

Friday          VA3PB PAUL

Saturday’s   Open (VE3TPZ will fill in  if Available)

If I have omitted someone please advised me ASAp by email AT ve3tpz@rac.ca

James Davidson VE3TPZ/VA3WR

Ontario Phone Net Contollers Schedule

June 2, 2011

Greetings Everyone.

This is VE3TPZ  James I’m filling as the Temporary Manager for the Ontario Phone Net.

At this time there are no script changes or other changes other than an updated Net Controller Schedule.

The current Script that Our Last net manager Ian VE3HMS has written up is working fine so I will remain with it.

 

Our net controllers are as follows

Sunday       VE3TPZ JAMES

Monday      VE3RHJ Brad

Tuesday      VE3PSV Shawn

Wednesday    Open (VE3TPZ |filling in )

Thursday     VE3WKJ George

Friday     OPEN

Saturday’s   Open (VE3TPZ will fill in  if Available)

If I have omitted someone please advised me ASAp by email AT ve3tpz@rac.ca

James Davidson VE3TPZ/VA3WR

Good News

May 30, 2011

I received an e-mail today from James Davidson, VE3TPZ, offering his services as temporary OPN Net Manager until such time as a permanent manager is appointed. I would like to take a moment to thank James for his willingness to assume the role. James will take over effective June 1, 2011.

I know that we all wish him well in this endeavour.

73,

Glenn VE3GNA STM

Rac Bulletin for Week of MAY 28

May 29, 2011

Official Bulletin, RAC Ontario Section

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for May 28, 2011

This is V__3____, Official Bulletin Station for Radio Amateurs of
Canada, with this week's bulletin

NATIONAL NEWS

1. Ontario Distracted Driving Appeal

Bill Unger, VE3XT, RAC Director Ontario North/East, is co-ordinating
the drive to exempt Amateurs in Ontario against the Distracted
Driving legislation (Bill 118). He needs letters of support from
third party groups and organizations.  If you help with
communications for any group or are part of an emergency response
procedure for your community, please ask them for a letter.

The letter need not say that amateurs need to operate mobile, but
just a strong statement that Amateurs are important to the operation
of their event or emergency preparedness plan. The letters can be
addressed either to Kathleen Wynne MPP, Ontario Minister of
Transportation, or to your individual group.

-- RAC Bulletin Service

2. RAC Ontario South Director Elected

Congratulations are extended to Jeffrey Stewart, VA3WXM  who was
recently elected as the RAC Director for Ontario South for the
remainder of a two year term which ends December 31, 2011. Mr.
Stewart emerged with the majority vote over Nelson  Jenking, VA3NDJ
in a mail ballot closing May 13th.

Mr. Stewart has been a certified amateur operator since March 1999
and involved in many aspects of the hobby, including a recent term as
President of the Mississauga Amateur Radio Club.

-- Paul Burggraaf, VO1PRB, RAC Corporate Secretary

ONTARIO SECTION NEWS

3. CANWARN Training, June 13-16

The last CANWARN training of 2011 will be offered at these locations:

June 13th, 7 PM, Thunder Bay, at Confederation College,  McIntyre
Building, Rm. 195, corner of William and Edward Streets.

June 14th, 7 PM, Fort Frances/Emo, at the Emo-Lavalle Community
Centre, 78 Colonization Road, Emo.

June 15th, 7 PM, Kenora, at the City of Kenora Fire and Emergency
Services Facility and Regional Training Centre, 100 14th Street North

June 16th, 7 PM, Dryden, at the Dryden Fire Services Training Room,
189 Colonization Avenue.

If you will be attending a CANWARN training session, please send an
email to Geoff.Coulson (at) ec.gc.ca, so that he can reserve space.

-- Environment Canada

ITEMS OF INTEREST

4. London Vintage Radio Club Flea Market

The London Vintage Radio Club will hold its annual flea market on
Saturday, June 11, at Hammond Manufacturing, 394 Edinburgh Road
North, the corner of Speedvale and Edinburgh, in Guelph.  Note: this
is NOT the Hammond Museum location.  Open to public and vendors at 7
am. For more information visit lvrc.homestead.com/fleamarket.html

-- RAC Events Database

5. WX4NHC Station Test

The annual WX4NHC On-the-Air Station Test from the National Hurricane
Center (NHC) in Miami will take place Saturday, June 4, 1300-2100 UTC
(0900-1700 EDT). The purpose is to test all the radio equipment; this
is NOT a contest or simulated hurricane exercise.

WX4NHC will be on the air on HF, VHF and UHF, plus 2 and 30 meter
APRS. Suggested SSB frequencies are 3.950, 7.268, 14.325, 21.325 and
28.525 MHz, +/-QRM.  WX4NHC also will be on the VoIP Hurricane Net
1700-1900 UTC (IRLP node 9219/EchoLink WX-TALK Conference).

Stations working WX4NHC exchange call sign, signal report, location
and name, plus a brief weather report, such as "sunny", "rain", or
"cloudy".  QSL via WD4R and include a self-addressed, stamped
envelope. Do not send cards to the NHC. 

-- ARRL Web

6. Experimental 70 MHz Beacon

A new 70 Mhz beacon, WE9XUP, is on the air from the United States
operating under a non-amateur experimental license.  It operates on
70.005 MHz from its location atop Apple Orchard Mountain in Bedford,
Virginia, 4200 feet above sea level, Grid Square FMO7fm.

WE9XUP is currently scheduled to run 24 hours a day until September
1st transmitting in Morse.  Its primary purpose is propagation study,
including trans-Atlantic E-skip.  Send reception reports to Brian
Justin via e-mail at WA1ZMS (at) arrl (dot) net.

-- Amateur Radio Newsline

This concludes this week's bulletin. Does anyone require repeats or
clarifications?
Hearing none, This is V__3____ returning the frequency to net control.

=====================================================================
Bulletin sent from Official Bulletin Manager Brad Rodriguez, VE3RHJ.

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