RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for 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.

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