Archive for October, 2009

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for Oct 10

October 10, 2009

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for October 10, 2009

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

NATIONAL NEWS

1. Military Radiolocation System to Operate on 70 cm

Industry Canada has authorized the Department of National Defence to use a digital system called Enhanced Position Location Reporting System (EPLRS) on the 430-450 MHz band. Canadian amateurs use this band on a no-protection, non-interference basis. The EPLRS is similarly authorized, which means that no new restrictions will be imposed on Canadian amateur operations in this band. There is a slight potential for interference to amateur radio systems, typically in the form of a minor audible clicking noise. If you encounter such interference, please report it to RAC via email, regulatory (at) rac (dot) ca. Please report the geographical location, date, time, frequency and mode being used by the amateur station, and a description of the interference. — RAC Bulletin Service

ONTARIO SECTION NEWS ITEMS OF INTEREST

2. Jamboree-on-the-Air

October 17 and 18 will mark the 52nd worldwide Scouting Jamboree on the Air (JOTA). Held the third full weekend in October each year, this is the premier operating event for Amateur Radio and Scouting around the world. Officially designated Scout frequencies for SSB are 3.690, 3.940, 7.090, 7.190, 14.290, 18.140, 21.360, 24.960, 28.390, and 50.160 MHz. For more information visit http://www.scout.org/jota or http://www.arrl.org/scouts/jota — ARRL Web

3. York Region Hamfest

The York Region Amateur Radio Club will hold its 33rd hamfest on Saturday, October 24, at the Markham Fair Grounds, 10801 McGowan Road, just north of Elgin Mills Road, in Markham. Open to the public at 9 a.m.; talk-in on VE3YRA repeater, 145.350 (-). For more information visit http://www.yrarc.com — RAC Events Database

4. Toronto Open Source Week

Toronto has prolcaimed October 24-30 as “Toronto Open Source Week.” Several events are scheduled, beginning with the Ontario Linux Fest on Saturday October 24. For a full list of events, visit http://www.opensourceweek.ca — Brad Rodriguez, VE3RHJ, OBM

5. Lambton County Club offering US Ham Exams

The Lambton County Radio Club is sponsoring an ARRL-affiliated Volunteer Examiner team, which will be authorized to administer exams in Canada for all three classes of U.S. Amateur Radio licences. This is offered to Canadian citizens or permanent residents who would like to obtain a U.S. licence without traveling across the border. You must have a mailing address somewhere in the United States where you can receive US domestic mail. Exam sessions are scheduled for Saturday, December 5th, 2009 as well as Saturday, January 23rd, March 27th and May 22nd, 2010, at the Sarnia Police Headquarters Training Room, 555 North Christina Street North, in Sarnia. Pre-registration is REQUIRED and absolutely NO “walk-ins” will be accommodated. All sessions will begin promptly at 2:00 PM. For more information contact Keith Baker via email, va3ksf (at) rac (dot) ca. — Keith Baker, VA3KSF, President, Lambton County Radio Club

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Bulletin sent from Official Bulletin Manager Brad Rodriguez, VE3RHJ.

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RAC Special Bulletin

October 7, 2009

The following was copied from the RAC Bulletin Service via email

RAC Bulletin 2009-032E – Military radiolocation system to operate on 70 cm.
2009-10-07

Military radiolocation system to operate on 70 cm.

As described in Schedule I of RBR-4, amateur usage of the
430-450 MHz (70 cm) band is on a no-protection,
non-interference basis. Amateurs may not cause interference
to nor be protected from interference from stations licensed in
other services operating in that band. The same is true in the
United States, and amateur operations on this band in a number
of areas of the United States have power limits imposed on them
in order to avoid interference to radiolocation services
operated by the US military.

Industry Canada has informed RAC that it has authorized the
Department of National Defence to use a digital system called
Enhanced Position Location Reporting System (EPLRS) on these
frequencies. The EPLRS system consists of mobile, fixed,
transportable and airborne stations that use 5 MHz-wide spread
spectrum channels to provide strategic telemetry information
for military platforms. This authorization is on a
no-protection, non-interference basis, which means that no new
restrictions will be imposed on Canadian amateur operations in
this band as a result.

Industry Canada has informed RAC that there is a slight
potential for interference to amateur radio systems, typically
in the form of a minor audible clicking noise.

If Canadian amateurs encounter such interference, they are requested to report it to RAC at <regulatory @ rac.ca>. The information reported should include the geographical location, date, time, frequency and mode being used by the amateur station, and a description of the interference.

Questions or concerns regarding the planned implementation of
EPLRS may be sent to <regulatory @ rac.ca>.

Richard Ferch, VE3KI
Vice President, Regulatory Affairs – Radio Amateurs of Canada

Simulated Emergency Test Part 2

October 6, 2009

After the success of the first part of the SET on Saturday I am pleased to announce that the Ontario Phone Net will be activated Wednesday October 7th between the hours of 0900 and 1300 in support of Emergency Management Ontario for the 2nd part of SET 2009.

We plan to be operating HF Voice COMMS on 3.742 with 7.153 as a back up frequency.

Scheduled Net Control Stations are as follows:

0900-1000- VE3WKJ

1000-1100- VE3GNA

1100-1200- VE3PSV

1200-1300- VE3HMS

Net Manager VA3QV will be backup NCS for the operators and assisting with relays if needed.

The purpose of this exercise is to see if the various EOCs (Emergency Operation Centers) across the Province can talk (using HF Voice and VHF linked systems) to the PEOC (Provincial Emergency Operations Center) in Toronto.  VE3EMO will be activated from the PEOC for this exercise.

The Ontario Phone Net is pleased to assist Emergency Management Ontario and represent RAC Field Services in the Ontario Section in this exercise.

73

Bob Sharp VA3QV Net Manager- Ontario Phone Net

SET Report -FYI

October 5, 2009

At this time I thought I would bring you up to speed on how things went on the HF Radio side of things during Saturdays SET Exercise.

The Ontario Phone Net in support of Emergency Management Ontario (EMO ARES) supplied Net Control Stations on 3.742 in the 80m band from 0830 hrs to 1500 hours and then again from 1830hrs to 2100 hrs.

Although at this time I do not have all the reports in from the Net Control Stations I can proudly say that we were able to conduct a Province Wide 80m HF Net under what could be called not the best conditions.

All Parts of the Province were heard from (Eastern Ontario to North Western Ontario and all areas in between) at one time or another on the 80m during this Simulated Emergency Test.

Part two of the test will be conducted on Wednesday October 7th… once again on 3.742 with 7.153 as a back up frequency… starting at 0900 hrs and finishing at 1300 hrs

Once the reports are all in and tallied I will post a more detailed report here that will also be submitted to RAC Ontario Section (STM) and  Emergency Management Ontario (EMO ARES) but for now believe me when I make the following statement:

“We Did Good!!!”

73bob

Bob Sharp VA3QV– Net Manager Ontario Phone Net

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for October 3, 2009

October 4, 2009

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for October 3, 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. Bill 118 In Effect Oct. 26

Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation announced today that Bill 118
is coming into effect as of Oct. 26. The new law will make it illegal
for drivers to talk, text, type, dial or email using hand-held cell
phones and other hand-held communications and entertainment devices.
Following a three-month period that begins October 26, where the
focus will be on educating drivers, police will start issuing tickets
on February 1, 2010.

All two-way radios in all vehicles with the exception of emergency
responding vehicles must be hands-free in three years time.  At the
end of the three-year exemption, all commercial, CB and amateur radio
equipment used in moving vehicles by the vehicle operator must be
hands-free in operation.

— RAC Blog

ITEMS OF INTEREST

2. Hamilton Hamfest

The Hamilton Amateur Radio Club will hold its 2009 Hamfest on
Saturday, October 17, at the Ancaster Fairgrounds, 630 Trinity Rd.,
at the southwest corner of Hwy 53 & Hwy 52, about 1 mile south from
the Hwy 52 exit from the 403.  Open to the public at 9 a.m.; talk-in
on VE3NCF repeater, 146.76 (-), tone 131.8.  For more information
visit www.hamiltonarc.ca

— RAC Events Database

3. Midway Island DXpedition

The 2009 Expedition to Midway Island, DXCC Entity KH4, will take
place from 9 October to 19 October 2009.  For more information see
www.midway2009.com

— K4M Expedition Team

4. ARISS Contact with Cedarview School

Students attending Cedarview Middle School in Ottawa experienced an
Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact on
Thursday, September 24. Astronaut Robert Thirsk, VA3CSA answered 20
questions put to him by the students. CTV Ottawa and other local
media provided news coverage.

— ISS Fan Club

5. Old IRCs About to Expire

If you do a lot of QSLing and regularly use International Reply
Coupons (IRCs) you should be aware that the old-style IRC — the
Michelangelo two fingers about to touch — was recently replaced, as
of July 1st, by a new coupon — the Nairobi model IRC.

The old style IRC will be accepted for redemption at post offices
around the world until December 31st 2009. Anyone with a stockpile of
this older IRC version should make plans to cash them in for stamps
as soon as possible.

— Howard Dickson, VE1DHD, via RAC News Service

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Bulletin sent from Official Bulletin Manager Brad Rodriguez, VE3RHJ