RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for September 12, 2009

This is The Ontario Phone Net Blog, Official Bulletin Station for Radio Amateurs of Canada, with this week’s bulletin

NATIONAL NEWS

1. Help Requested – ACORN Net

The Army Cadet League of Ontario is investigating the establishment of a Royal Canadian Army Cadet radio network based on Amateur Radio technology. Dubbed ‘ACORN’, for ‘Army Cadet Ontario Radio Network’, the aim is to support optional training and certification of Army Cadets as licenced Amateur Radio operators throughout Ontario. Possible pilot sites for this initiative include Dryden, Thunder Bay, Timmins, North Bay, Stratford or London, Oakville, Cobourg, 709 Communications Unit at Fort York in Toronto and 2332 Communications Unit in Ottawa. Radio Amateurs of Canada has been asked to facilitate this project by identifying Radio Amateurs who live in the pilot areas and have the interest, time and qualifications to mentor and provide instruction to young would-be hams, as well as to assist in setting up and managing Amateur Radio stations. Any interested Radio Amateur residing in a pilot area is asked to contact Rod Hardman, VE3RHF, email address rod.hardman (at) gmail.com. Military experience would be helpful but is not a requirement. — Bob Cooke, VE3BDB, RAC President

2. Decision Expected Soon on Bill 118

A decision by Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation in regards to exemptions to Bill 118 (the Bill to limit cell phone use by drivers in moving vehicles) is expected to be announced at any time. All Ontario Radio Amateurs who are concerned about the possibility that Bill 118 might curtail the operation of two-way radio equipment while driving a vehicle in Ontario are encouraged to contact their local MPP and Transport Minister Jim Bradley. For the latest information on Bill 118 please visit the RAC Blog site at http://www.racblog.wordpress.com — Peter West VE3HG, RAC VP Public Relations

ONTARIO SECTION NEWS

3. VE3HCB Silent Key

Timothy Smith, VE3HCB, EC for Cornwall ARES group since 2004, passed away at the age of 61 at his home in Cornwall on September 3. He was a retired Electronics Communications Instructor with Nav Canada; Chairman of CRAG, and President of the Saint-Lawrence Valley Amateur Radio Club. I know that Tim Smith will be greatly missed by the ARES in Cornwall, and his presence will be missed at our future ARES District meetings. — Michael Hickey, VE3IPC, Seaway/Capital ARES District EC

ITEMS OF INTEREST

4. Win A Free DXpedition For A Young Ham

The 6Y1V contest team is sponsoring one young ham operator (age 21 or under) to join our team and receive an all expense paid trip to operate in the 2009 CQWW SSB or CW contest. To qualify, you must send an email to contest (at) 6y1v.com, containing an essay of 500 words or more, in English, describing how you got started in ham radio, who guided you through the process, and tell us why you should be selected for this DX/contest opportunity at 6Y1V. Please include your full name, call sign and home address. We are looking for a young ham, with some DX/contest experience. You can reside in any country in the world provided you hold a valid amateur radio license in your country. Applications will be accepted until September 30, 2009. For more information see http://www.6y1v.com/youth.htm — Amateur Radio Newsline

5. Ontario VHF Association meeting

The Ontario VHF Association will hold its annual meeting on Saturday, September 26, in the Seventh Semester Room (downstairs KB135) at Humber College (North Campus), 250 Humber College Blvd., in Etobicoke. Talk-in on 146.52 simplex. There will be guest speakers, a “show and tell,” and a mini-flea market. For more information visit tinyurl.com/mmmnr3 (Mike Mike Mike November Romeo Three) — RAC Events Database

6. London Flea Market

The London Amateur Radio Club will hold its 32nd annual flea market on Sunday, September 27, at the Western Fair Grounds, Special Events Building, located at 900 Kings Street, in London. Open to the public at 9 a.m.; talk-in on VA3LON repeater, 147.060 (+), 114.8 Hz tone. For more information visit http://www.larc.ca. — RAC Events Database ===============================================

Bulletin sent from Official Bulletin Manager Brad Rodriguez, VE3RHJ.

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