Archive for October, 2009

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for October 31

October 31, 2009

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for October 31, 2009

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

NATIONAL NEWS

1. GlobalSET November 14

On Saturday November 14, from 1800 to 2200 UTC, the International
Amateur Radio Union will activate “GlobalSET  2009”, a Global
Simulated Emergency Test that encourages Hams to pass simulated
emergency traffic using standard National Traffic System format.

The Radio Amateurs of Canada, a member society of IARU Region 2,
encourages all Canadian Radio Amateurs having an interest in
emergency communications to participate.  Rules and a list of
participating stations may be found at  www.iaru-r1.org.  Search
under the heading, “Emergency  Communications”, working group.

This is great opportunity for RAC members to observe and practice
important traffic passing skills that are so important to the
fundamentals of the Amateur Radio Emergency Service. Those Amateurs
planning to participate are requested to register  with the RAC Vice
President for Field Services as soon as possible by emailing
vo1dtm (at) hotmail.com .

— Doug Mercer, VO1DTM, RAC VP Field Services

ONTARIO SECTION NEWS

2. OPN Needs Liaison Stations

The Ontario Phone Net (OPN) needs needs volunteers to carry traffic to and from the Second Region Net (2RN).

Stations are needed to check into 2RN at 13:45 Eastern Time on 3.925 MHz, pick up any traffic destined for Ontario, and then check in to OPN at 16:00 Eastern to pass that traffic to the net.

Stations are also needed to pick up OPN traffic at 16:00, and pass it to 2RN at 18:30 Eastern, again on 3.925 MHz.

These are all phone nets; no CW is required.

If you can help, please email me, opnreport (at) gmail.com

— Bob Sharp, VA3QV, OPN Net Manager

3. U.S. and foreign hams not exempt from Bill 118

It seems the three-year exemption from Ontario’s Bill 118 granted to
amateurs applies only to operators holding radio certificates issued
under the Radiocommunications Act (Canada). This means foreign
amateurs including hams from the U.S. are not exempt from immediate
prosecution under Ontario’s distracted driving legislation.

— RAC Blog

ITEMS OF INTEREST

4. Winter Olympics Special Event Stations

Members of the Vancouver Olympics Amateur Radio Group will be
activating three special event stations to promote and commemorate
the Vancouver Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games to be held in
February and March of 2010.

The first station, VG7V, is on the air from October 1st through
November 30th. Then Then, VG7W will be active from December 1st
January 31st. Finally, VG7G will be active from February 1st and
continuing through March 31st, 2010.  Operations will be on all bands
and modes.  Contacts will be posted to ARRL’s Logbook of the World.
Commemorative QSLs will be available in April 2010; see qrz.com for
details.

— Amateur Radio Newsline

5. Amateur Radio Newsline on Echolink and IRLP

Thanks to Skip Hansen, WB6YMH, the weekly audio newscast from Amateur
Radio Newsline can now be heard around the clock via Echolink and
IRLP.

On EchoLink just connect to the Newsline conference, node number
6397, or dial the word “news” on the DTMF pad. On IRLP connect to
experimental node 0016 providing that access to “experimental nodes”
have been enabled by the node operator. Once you do either, the
server will play the news in 2 minute chunks with 10 second pauses
between them to reset timeout timers and give you an opportunity to
disconnect simplex nodes. Audio is stopped during the pauses so no
content is lost.

— Amateur Radio Newsline

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Bulletin sent from Official Bulletin Manager Brad Rodriguez, VE3RHJ.
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CW Traffic Net

October 29, 2009

I received an email from our STM Glenn VE3GNA about the following nets.  I have edited out a few sentences for content but if you can assist with your CW Skills or if you just want to listen in…

Hit and Bounce (HBN) and Hit and Bounce Slow Speed (HBSN) nets.

These nets have been in operation since 1938 for HBN and 1976 for HBSN. HBN meets daily on 7042 khz (Mon to Fri) and 7114 khz on weekends at 8:30 am ET while HBSN is daily at 7:30 am on 3576 khz.

Currently we have seven stalwarts in the role of NCS, but would like to encourage increased participation. Both nets have a role as independent wide-area nets outside the traditional NTS format, as their timeslots take advantage of early morning propagation to provide coverage for traffic purposes.

Average speed on HBSN is between 10 and 13 WPM and HBN is conducted at between 22 and 30 WPM. All traffic handlers will QRS to accomodate anyone who requires a slower speed.

I would like to ask for your support as OPN manager and Bulletin manager to promote these two valuable nets, and to help us get additional CW operators back on the paddles and straight keys.
Thank you and 73,
Glenn VE3GNA- Net Manager HBSN

If you need more information feel free to contact Glenn

73bob

Upcoming event

October 29, 2009

The following is brought to our attention by the Glenn VE3GNA who is the Ontario Section Traffic Manager (STM)

ntsred

2009-10-27

IARU Announces GlobalSET 2009

On Saturday November 14, 2009, from 1800 to 2200 UTC, the International Amateur Radio Union will activate GlobalSET 2009, a Global Simulated Emergency Test that encourages Hams to pass simulated emergency traffic using standard National Traffic System format.

The Radio Amateurs of Canada, a member society of IARU Region 2, encourages all Canadian Radio Amateurs having an interest in emergency communications to participate.

Rules and a list of participating stations may be found at http://www.iaru-r1.org. Search under the heading, Emergency Communications, working group.

This is great opportunity for RAC members to observe and practice important traffic passing skills that are so important to the fundamentals of the Amateur Radio Emergency Service.

Those Amateurs planning to participate are requested to register with the RAC Vice President for Field Services as soon as possible by emailing vo1dtm @ hotmail.com .

Doug Mercer VO1DTM (RAC CEC)
Vice President Field Services – Radio Amateurs of Canada Inc.

 

 

2009 SET Results

October 27, 2009

As you know on October 3rd and October 7th 2009

emo2 Emergency Management Ontario (EMO ARES)

Requested that the Ontario Phone Net be activated to provide HF Communications Support for the Simulated Emergency Test Exercise to be held on the two dates mentioned above.

Here are the stats from the HF Portion of the SET.

132 Individual Stations checking in which represented

57 Ontario Municipalities which in turn represented

30 Local ARES Groups which included

10 Municipal Emergency Operations Centers

In addition these stations handled a total of:

35 pieces of NTS Traffic

From our perspective given the normal poor band conditons I am pleased with the Nets Performance during this exercise.

My thanks to all who participated.

73bob

Bob Sharp VA3QV Net Manager OPN

HF Radio Operators Wanted

October 26, 2009

helpwantedHELP WANTED

Due to the changes in the start time of the Ontairo Phone Net we are in need of the following assistance.

Net Liason to 2nd region Net–  Twice a day we meet up with the 2nd region net (2RNas we call it) and drop off any traffic we have and pick up any thats coming our way.  This is a “voice net” so that eliminates one problem some of you would have (me included…)

Here is whats needed….  You check in to 2rn at 1345 eastern on 3.925 and you pick up any traffic from the net destined for the Province of Ontario and then you check in to the Ontario Phone Net at 1600 eastern and pass whatever traffic to the net.

Or if you are not available for the afternoon session you could check into the Ontario Phone Net at 1600 eastern and pick up any net traffic for the 2nd region net and then take it to 2rn at 1830hrs once again on 3.925.  You would then check into 2rn and pass the traffic (if any) into the system.

All thats required is a desire to help out and a station capable of checking into the net (this means hearing the net) on 3.925 either at 1345 or 1830 along with being able to check into the Ontario Phone Net on 3.742 at 1600 eastern.

There are two other times that we meet up with 2rn in a CW traffic net and if you are curious on this aspect please contact the Ontario Section Traffic Manager VE3GNA Glenn who normally checks into the OPN on a nightly basis.

Try listen in on 3.925 and if you think you can hear everyone well enough to participate , and you think you could help out let me know.  Please remember that the people you are hearing have been doing this for years and are very experienced.  This shows in the speed in which they pass traffic so they will slow down for a newcomer and will also warmly welcome any newcomers who join them.

Also with the changes in our start time we are in need of stations across the province to check into the Ontario Phone Net to see if the net has traffic your your area of Ontario.  Please check into the Ontario Phone Net which still meets at 3,742 at 1900 eastern for this week but will be switching to 3.742 at 1600 eastern starting this Sunday when we switch over to our winter hours.

If you can help out please let me know

73bob

Bob Sharp VA3QV Net Manager Ontario Phone Net

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for October 24, 2009

October 24, 2009

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for October 24, 2009

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

NATIONAL NEWS

1. Quebec Section ARES

I am pleased to announce the formation of a new ARES Group for the Quebec Section. Under the direction of EC Mike Lachaine VE2EXB, RAC Certified Emergency Coordinator, the group will serve municipalities in the St. Jean Sur Richelieu region of Quebec. With the assistance of Quebec Section Manager Gilles Lariviere VA2SGL, Mike and his group have already met with some municipal emergency coordinators in the area and have run some training sessions. Congratulations folks and welcome aboard! — Doug Mercer, VO1DTM, RAC Vice President Field Services

ONTARIO SECTION NEWS

2. New EC For Renfrew County East

The region of Renfrew County in eastern Ontario now has a new leader to help co-ordinate the ARES. Paul Dowdall, VA3COG has accepted a two year service appointment as Emergency Coordinator for Renfrew County East. With a dedicated background in law enforcement and now as community emergency communications provider Paul is certain to build an active ARES program in Renfrew County East and extend his leadership role as required in the Seaway/Capital District — Bob Gammon, VA3RX, Ontario ARES SEC

3. Bill 118 Precautions

Within the next few days police in Ontario will begin to pull over drivers they see texting or talking on cellular telephones. It is entirely likely that some amateur radio operators, who are legally exempt from Bill 118, will be stopped if they are seen to be operating their mobile radio equipment. In order to prevent any unnecessary delay, amateurs in Ontario should consider carrying a copy of their Certificate of Proficiency plus a copy of the exemptions section of Bill 118, which you can find on-line at tinyurl.com/yh8ocwa (Yankee Hotel Eight Oscar Charlie Whiskey Alpha) — RAC Blog

4. Grey County Simulated Emergency Test

Grey County ARES completed its 2009 S.E.T. exercise on Saturday Oct. 17th. We activated stations at four municipal EOCs: Grey County, Owen Sound, Hanover, and Durham. The goal of this year’s exercise was to establish a communications network without using any of the VHF repeaters. Messages were handled on two local 2m simplex nets and an 80m HF link from south to north. Most of the messages had to be relayed. Some had to take three hops. This exercise did not include any out-of-county messages to provincial nets or to provincial EMO. While all of the EOCs do have an emergency power source, we did not use them for this test. This was our first exercise that included our new station VA3GCO in the Grey County Building. Thank you to all who contributed to the success of this event. For a more detailed report see the “Extended Bulletin Articles” at the racaresontario.ca web page. — Bob Droine VE3LKD, ARES EC for Grey County I

TEMS OF INTEREST

5. ARISS Contact with Boy Scouts of Canada

On Saturday, October 3, Scouts of Canada in Ottawa, Ontario experienced an Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact. Three hundred scouts and parents were present as Robert Thirsk VA3CSA answered questions about life and work in space. Thirsk turned over a few questions to Mr. Guy Laliberté, Cirque De Soleil president and spaceflight participant. Audio was fed into the EchoLink AMSAT and JK1ZRW servers. The ARISS contact was held in conjunction with the Scout Science Badge Award system. — AMSAT News Service

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Bulletin sent from Official Bulletin Manager Brad Rodriguez, VE3RHJ.

The OPN Needs your help

October 21, 2009

ntsredHELP WANTED

Due to the changes in the start time of the Ontairo Phone Net we are in need of the following assistance.

Net Liason to 2nd region Net–  Twice a day we meet up with the 2nd region net (2RNas we call it) and drop off any traffic we have and pick up any thats coming our way.  This is a “voice net” so that eliminates one problem some of you would have (me included…)

Here is whats needed….  You check in to 2rn at 1345 eastern on 3.925 and you pick up any traffic from the net destined for the Province of Ontario and then you check in to the Ontario Phone Net at 1600 eastern and pass whatever traffic to the net.

Or if you are not available for the afternoon session you could check into the Ontario Phone Net at 1600 eastern and pick up any net traffic for the 2nd region net and then take it to 2rn at 1830hrs once again on 3.925.  You would then check into 2rn and pass the traffic (if any) into the system.

All thats required is a desire to help out and a station capable of checking into the net (this means hearing the net) on 3.925 either at 1345 or 1830 along with being able to check into the Ontario Phone Net on 3.742 at 1600 eastern.

There are two other times that we meet up with 2rn in a CW traffic net and if you are curious on this aspect please contact the Ontario Section Traffic Manager VE3GNA Glenn who normally checks into the OPN on a nightly basis.

Try listen in on 3.925 and if you think you can hear everyone well enough to participate , and you think you could help out let me know.  Please remember that the people you are hearing have been doing this for years and are very experienced.  This shows in the speed in which they pass traffic so they will slow down for a newcomer and will also warmly welcome any newcomers who join them.

Also with the changes in our start time we are in need of stations across the province to check into the Ontario Phone Net to see if the net has traffic your your area of Ontario.  Please check into the Ontario Phone Net which still meets at 3,742 at 1900 eastern for this week but will be switching to 3.742 at 1600 eastern starting this Sunday when we switch over to our winter hours.

If you can help out please let me know

73bob

Bob Sharp VA3QV Net Manager Ontario Phone Net

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for October 17, 2009

October 17, 2009

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for October 17, 2009

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

NATIONAL NEWS

ONTARIO SECTION NEWS

1. New Time For OPN

Effective Sunday, October 25, the Ontario Phone Net will move its start time up to 16:00 hrs local time. That means 16:00 Eastern Daylight Time for the week of October 25th, and 16:00 Eastern Standard Time starting November 1st. The time change is due in part to the changes in propagation with the 80m band. When the conditions change in the spring the net will revert to its 19:00 local start up time. For more OPN information please visit the Ontario Phone Net Blog    –Bob Sharp, VA3QV, OPN Net Manager

2. New EC For Cornwall

The Seaway District in eastern Ontario has a new Emergency Co-ordinator for the City of Cornwall. Earle DePass, VE3IMP of St. Andrews becomes the latest addition to the ARES team and provides an impressive background in community services and dedicated leadership skills in the Cornwall area. Several Assistant EC’s have been selected to help build a viable Emergency Communications program and the Ontario ARES welcomes Earle to this new role and wishes every success in all his future efforts to co-ordinate this expanded ARES group. — Bob Gammon, VA3RX, Ontario ARES SEC.

ITEMS OF INTEREST

3. 4U1UN Special Event Station

To celebrate the 64th General Assembly of the United Nations, 4U1UN — the Amateur Radio station at the UN — began operating as 4U64UN on September 22. According to The Daily DX, 4U64UN will be on the air for 64 days on all bands and modes. QSL via Logbook of The World (LoTW) or direct to Herbert Aeby, HB9BOU. Logs will be uploaded to LoTW once the event is over. QSL cards will be mailed out starting in December 2009. — ARRL Web

4. Nominations Open for 2009 ARRL Humanitarian Award

Nominations are open for the 2009 ARRL International Humanitarian Award. The award is conferred upon an amateur or amateurs world-wide who demonstrate devotion to human welfare, peace and international understanding through Amateur Radio. Nominations and supporting materials for the 2009 Award must be submitted in writing, in English, to the ARRL by December 31, 2009. For details see http://www.arrl.org/FandES/field/awards/humanitarian.html — ARRL Web

5. New Canadian Callsign Lookup Database

Dave Allen, WB0TAQ, has released a new version of his CallWin callsign lookup program, that will look up Canadian as well as US callsigns. Go to Dave’s website, wb0taq.home.att.net, look for the file callwinplus.zip. Download the zip file, and unzip into an appropriately named folder on your computer. You will get three files, callwin+.exe, autoupdate+.exe and zlibl.dll. The dll file goes to the IC website and downloads the latest Canadian update. The new autoupdate program has two update buttons, one for US and one for Canadian calls. The US updates are posted each Sunday by Dave. The Canadian updates are posted daily Monday to Friday; you can update CallWinPlus once a week if you prefer. The main advantage of this database is that it is resident on your computer, so you don’t need to access either RAC or QRZ for address information. Questions may be e-mailed to me at ve3gna (at) xplornet (dot) ca. — Glenn Killam, VE3GNA, Ontario STM This concludes this week’s bulletin.

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Bulletin sent from Official Bulletin Manager Brad Rodriguez, VE3RHJ.

OPN Changing start times

October 15, 2009

To: Participants of the Ontario Phone Net and other interested parties

From: Bob Sharp VA3QV Net Manager OPN

October 15 2009

Please be advised that effective Sunday October 25 2009 the Ontario Phone Net will be moving its start time up to 1600 hrs (local eastern time).

The time change is due in part to the changes in propagation with the 80m band and when the conditions change in the spring the net will revert back to its 1900 hr start up time.

Just a reminder that the start time of 1600 hrs would be considered “local” time and will not change with the change of Eastern Daylight to Eastern Standard on November 1 2009.

For more Ontario Phone Net Information please check out the Ontario Phone Net Blog located at:

https://ontariophonenet.wordpress.com

73

Bob Sharp VA3QV Net Manager Ontario Phone Net

OPN Time change

October 14, 2009

Just to set the record straight………..

The OPN (Ontario Phone Net) will be moving to an earlier start time due to changes in band conditons for the winter months.  As a matter of record last winter we operated at 1600 EASTERN.

I have sent out an email asking my Net Control Stations (NCS) for their opinions on a starting time and will wait a few more days for the replies to come in and be concidered.

Once a decision has been made it will be posted here, mentioned on the Ontario Phone Net itself along with being sent to the RAC Bulletin Service for inclusion in the RAC Official Bulletin.

At this time I will confirm that the OPN will be changing times but I cannot at this time let you know what the new starting time will be or what date the change will come into effect.

73bob

Bob Sharp VA3QV- OPN Net Manager