Archive for January, 2010

Updated information from Ontario STM

January 14, 2010

The following comes to us from VE3GNA Glenn who is the Section Traffic Manager for Ontario

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From: “EMCOMM MONTHLY” <emcomm@cot.net>
To: <Undisclosed-Recipient:;>
Date: Thu, 14 Jan 2010 11:44:15 -0800
Subject: HAITI DISASTER SPECIAL EMCOMM BULLETIN NR 2

THIS BULLETIN IS SENT TO MULTIPLE EMAIL GROUP FILES.
YOU MAY RECEIVE MORE THAN ONE COPY.

TO: ALL EMCOMM STATIONS
FROM: D W THORNE, K6SOJ, WRRL-1
DATE/TIME: JAN 14, 2010 1940Z
SUBJECT: HAITI DISASTER SPECIAL BULLETIN NR 2

INFORMATION GATHERED FROM VARIOUS SOURCES — DISSEMINATE AT WILL

ADDITIONAL AMATEUR FREQUENCIES that may be active with EMERGENCY traffic:
3977, 3985, 7265, 7290, 14265, and 14300 kHz.

REMINDERS:
Avoid transmitting within 3 kHz (on either side) of these frequencies except for EMERGENCY or PRIORITY traffic.

Normal protocol for major disasters is NO INBOUND “Health and Welfare” (W) or Routine (R) traffic for a minimum of 72 hours.  There are only 143 (est.) licensed amateurs in Haiti. Only one or two stations are known to be QRV.   It will probably be much longer before any inbound DWIs (Disaster Welfare Inquiries) can be handled or processed.  Even when W or R  traffic addressed to Haiti can be accepted, it may be many weeks before relief agencies have information or means to contact survivors and reply.

RECOMMEND: EMCOMM traffic stations my accept message traffic…but advise the originating person/party that it will be held until a means to forward/deliver it can be established.  (After Hurricane Katrina there thousand of DWIs that were never delivered.)

SUGGEST: EMCOMM operators advise persons with DWIs to contact U.S. Dept. of State, the American Red Cross or the Salvation Army (they all have websites for this purpose) and follow the instructions provided.

BULLETIN from JAN 13:
All radio amateurs are requested to keep 7045 kHz and 3720 kHz clear
for possible emergency traffic related to the major earthquake in Haiti.

International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Region II Area C Emergency
Coordinator Arnie Coro, CO2KK, reports that as of 0245 UTC on January
13, nothing had been heard from radio amateurs in Haiti, but that the
above frequencies were being kept active in case any Haitian hams
manage to get on the air, and in case of other related events in
surrounding areas, including aftershocks and a possible tsunami.

NOTE:
7045 is CW only.  (RTTY and data is also legal in the U.S.)
3720 is CW and phone (LSB) in U.S. and is limited to advanced and extra class amateurs

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Updated Haiti Info from RAC Bulletin Service

January 13, 2010

The following is from the RAC Official Bulletin Service Ontario Manager

The list of frequencies to keep clear has been expanded: 14.265 MHz, 14.300 MHz, 7.045 MHz, 7.265 MHz, 3.977 MHz and 3.720 MHz.  Please revise the announcement accordingly.

If you want to forward this information by email, the following was just sent to the ARES-Alert list.  This appears to be the official ARRL bulletin at http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2010/01/13/11288/?nc=1

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IARU Region 2 Requests Frequencies Be Kept Clear After Massive
Earthquake Strikes Haiti

On Tuesday, January 12 at 4:53 PM Haiti time (2153 UTC), a magnitude 7.0 earthquake hit 10 miles (15 kilometers) west of Port-au-Prince, the island nation’s capital. Communications in and out of Haiti have been disrupted. No word has been received as of yet from any of Haitian Amateur Radio operators. The ARRL encourages US amateurs to be aware of the emergency operations on the following frequencies: 14.265 MHz, 14.300 MHz, 7.045 MHz, 7.265 MHz, 3.977 MHz and 3.720 MHz.

IARU Region 2 Area C Emergency Coordinator, Arnie Coro, CO2KK, is coordinating a multi-national response by hams. There are organized nets on 7.045 and 3.720 MHz; amateurs are asked to monitor the frequencies, but to also keep them clear of non-essential traffic.


Amateur Radio operators should also be aware that emergency traffic pertaining to the Haitian earthquake is expected on the SATERN frequencies of 14.265 MHz, 7.265 MHz and 3977 MHz, according to SATERN’s leader, Major Pat McPherson. The Salvation Army is accepting health and welfare traffic requests on its Web site.

“As late as 9:45 PM local time (0245 UTC), we have not been able to
contact any amateur or emergency services stations in Haiti,” Coro said in an e-mail. “Amateurs from Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and Venezuela are monitoring the 40 meter band frequency. We are still keeping watch on 7.045 MHz, hoping that someone in Haiti may have access to a transceiver and at least a car battery to run it,” but so far. no HH stations have checked in. Tuesday’s quake was felt in the Dominican Republic, which shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti, and in Eastern Cuba, but no major damage was reported in either place.

The January 13 edition of The Daily DX noted that Pierre Petry,
HH2/HB9AMO — who was in Cap Haitien (about 140 km north of
Port-au-Prince) is “okay”; Petry is in Haiti working for the United
Nations World Food Program. Later today, he will be traveling to the capital.

The UN’s 9000 peacekeepers in Haiti — many of whom are from Brazil — were distracted from aid efforts by their own tragedy: Many spent the night hunting for survivors in the ruins of their headquarters. “It would appear that everyone who was in the building, including my friend Hedi Annabi, the United Nations’ Secretary General’s special envoy, and everyone with him and around him, are dead,” French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner said Wednesday, speaking on French radio. UN
peacekeeping chief Alain Le Roy would not confirm that Annabi was dead, but said he was among more than 100 people missing in the rubble of its headquarters. He said only about 10 people had been pulled out, many of them badly injured. Fewer than five bodies had been pulled from the rubble, he said. The United Nations said the capital’s main airport was “fully operational” and that relief flights would begin on Wednesday, January 13.

The situation in Haiti is still chaotic. More information will be
posted as soon as possible. Information is being validated and shared between many amateur groups and news sources as it unfolds.

—– end quoted text —–

73, Brad

Brad Rodriguez, VA3VR/VE3RHJ – ve3rhj@rac.cahttp://www.ve3rhj.net
RAC Official Bulletin Manager, Ontario
ARES District E.C., Bruce District      http://www.racaresontario.ca

Haiti Earthquake Info

January 13, 2010

Hi all, if you have not already read this week’s Ontario Bulletin,
please add the following item.  If you *have* already read the
bulletin, please read this at the first suitable opportunity.  Thanks,
Brad VE3RHJ.

1. Haiti Earthquake Frequencies

All radio amateurs are requested to keep 7045 kHz and 3720 kHz clear for possible emergency traffic related to Tuesday’s major
earthquake in Haiti.

International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Region II Area C Emergency Coordinator Arnie Coro, CO2KK, reports that as of 0245 UTC on January 13, nothing had been heard from radio amateurs in Haiti, but that the above frequencies were being kept active in case any Haitian hams manage to get on the air, and in case of other related events in surrounding areas, including aftershocks and a possible tsunami.

— CQ News Service

Can you spare an hour of your time???

January 12, 2010

Here is our Temporary Operating Schedule for Net Control Stations.  At this time I am looking for someone to pick up the Tuesday Shift and the Friday Shift although Fridays is temporary at this time.

I will honestly admit the pay is lousy, but the hours are good and you get a chance to help out both your community and the amateur community

Sunday………….VE3PSV……Shawn

Monday………..VE3RHJ…….Brad

Tuesday………..OPEN……….. VE3PSV Covering

Wednesday……VE3HMS…… Ian

Thursday………VE3WKJ……George

Friday……………OPEN…………VA3QV Covering

Saturday………..VA3PB………Paul

73

Bob Sharp VA3QV Net Manager Ontario Phone Net


RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for January 9, 2010

January 9, 2010

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for January 9, 2010

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

ITEMS OF INTEREST

1. Boatanchor Pix

Enjoy photos of some old friends at KB8TAD’s Boatanchor Pix web site,
tinyurl.com/nbkpk (November Bravo Kilo Papa Kilo).  The site also
includes links to many free manuals, schematics, PDF books and
reference sources.

— ARRL Contest Update

2. DigiTalk Users: Avoid Windows 7

DigiTalk is a PSK31 program for visually-impaired users.
Unfortunately,  Patrick WA0TDA has discovered that it does not work
with Windows 7, which does not include the “Microsoft Agent” from
previous Windows versions.  Hams using Digitalk should stick with
Windows XP or earlier.  To obtain Digitalk, visit
www.qsl.net/kh6ty/digitalk.htm

— Handi-Ham News

3. 102-Year-Old Ham Back On The Air

Ethel Williamson, VE3DTW, a former lighthouse keeper, had been off
the air for at least 20 years. The Welland branch of the Handy Ham
Amateur Radio Club of Canada  set up a radio at her long-term-care
home so she could get back on the air.  Her first QSO was an IRLP
contact with Melbourne, Australia.

According to the Welland Tribune, Ethel became a ham after the Second
World War. She turns 103 in March and can be heard now on the VE3WCR
repeater, IRLP node 2248. Welcome back, Ethel!

— Amateur Radio Newsline

4. CW Operators’ Club

The CW Operators’ Club has been formed to bring together Amateur
Radio operators who enjoy communicating by Morse Code (CW).  CWops
encourages the use of CW in Amateur communications, and it supports
CW activity through planned events.

CWops is international in scope, membership and management. Its focus
is the use of CW, whether for contesting, DXing or ragchewing.  See
www.cwops.org for more information.

— Amateur Radio Newsline

5. Canadian ARISS Web Site

A new Web page has been developed by the Ottawa Valley Mobile Radio
Club which provides information on amateur radio and the ARISS
(Amateur Radio on the International Space Station) program. Visit
www.ovmrc.on.ca and select “ARISS” at the bottom of the left side
menu.

— AMSAT News

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Bulletin sent from Official Bulletin Manager Brad Rodriguez, VE3RHJ.

New for 2010

January 7, 2010

Well concidering its the start of a New Year and the fact that someone noticed an error on our old banner I thought it would be a fitting time to bring out our new Winter- Spring 2010 Ontario Phone Net Banner.  I call it the Winter-Spring Banner because when we change times back to 1900hrs later this year when band condition change back to favour later start times the banner will change to reflect those changes.

Its a good thing I don’t make my living as a “Graphic Artist” but I think its not too bad for a beginner…

73

Bob Sharp VA3QV Net Manager Ontario Phone Net

2009 Year End Stats for OPN

January 6, 2010

Ontario Phone Net

2009 Year End Report

Bob Sharp VA3QV Net Manager

2009 Ontario Phone Net
Month Sessions QNI QTC Duration
January 31 181 144 501
Feburary 28 179 151 380
March 31 182 61 321
April 30 177 160 339
May 31 222 179 411
June 28 185 171 404
July 31 239 154 409
August 31 233 118 410
September 30 226 134 400
October 42 390 103 1030
November 30 222 143 452
December 30 219 137 431
Sessions QNI QTC Duration
TOTALS 373 2655 1655 5488
Sessions QNI QTC Duration

This past year has been a rebuilding year for the net and so far things are looking promising.  In addition to our “On Air” activities the Net also expanded its presence on the WEB with the start of this blog.  In the time from July 2009 when the Blog was brought “on-Line” to the end of 2009 we had a total of 1403 visits.

As you know the Net also assisted Emergency Management Ontario and Ontario ARES by operating the HF Net for the 2009 Simulated Emergency Test (SET) in October 2009.

I am looking forward to bigger and better results for 2010

73 Bob Sharp VA3QV Net Manager Ontario Phone Net

NTS get Mentioned in January TCA

January 5, 2010

I guess some of my attempts at conversing  (EMAILS and NTS Messages) to  VPFS Doug VO1DTM finally paid off as the NTS got an excellent write up in the Jan-Feb 2010 TCA magazine. 

Check out Page 66 in this months magazine…

Also in the Ontario Section Managers Report we also see that our Stats are now up to date.  Still a little bit of confusion on who the Net Manger is as one month is Vacant, one month its me and then the next month its Glenn but the big thing is that our stats from the OPN are being published.

Currently I am working with the VPFS , the Ontario STM and the RAC Ontario North Director to operate a special event station to draw attention to the NTS across Canada as well as here in Ontario.  There are many details to be ironed out yet and as soon as this can be done you will be able to read about it here as well as in our “The Canadian Amateur” magazine.

73 Bob Sharp VA3QV Net Manager Ontario Phone Net

Updated NCS Schedule as of Jan 4th

January 4, 2010

Here is our Temporary Operating Schedule for Net Control Stations.  At this time I am looking for someone to pick up the Tuesday Shift and the Friday Shift although Fridays is temporary at this time.

Sunday………….VE3PSV……Shawn

Monday………..VE3RHJ…….Brad

Tuesday………..OPEN……….. VE3PSV Covering

Wednesday……VE3HMS…… Ian

Thursday………VE3WKJ……George

Friday……………OPEN…………VA3QV Covering

Saturday………..VA3PB………Paul

73

Bob Sharp VA3QV Net Manager Ontario Phone Net

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for January 2, 2010

January 2, 2010

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for January 2, 2010

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

ONTARIO SECTION NEWS

1. New EC for Sudbury

Pat Dopson, VE3HZQ has been confirmed the new EC for the Sudbury
region and takes over the helm from Stiig Larsen VE3LBX who has
served double duty as DEC in the Killarney District.

Pat brings dedicated leadership to this very active amateur radio
community and will provide the Sudbury region with co-ordination and
viable emergency communications planning in this new role as the
latest appointed position within the ARES.

— Bob Gammon, VA3RX, Ontario SEC

2. Who says NTS is obsolete?

Ontario Section Traffic Manager Glenn Killam, VE3GNA, chronicles two
examples of how the National Traffic System can still “hold its own”
in these days of instant communications.  His article can be read on
the racaresontario.ca web site — click “Official Bulletin Service”,
then “Extended Bulletin Articles”.

— via Ontario Phone Net blog

ITEMS OF INTEREST

3. Amateur Radio Scholarships Available

The non-profit Foundation for Amateur Radio (FAR) is now accepting
applications for 48 scholarships for the 2010-2011 academic year, to
assist radio amateurs pursuing higher education.  Some of these
scholarships are available to non-U.S. amateurs. Applications must be
received by March 31, 2010. For more information about eligibility
and applications, visit www.farweb.org

— via Handi-Ham News

4. Great Circle Map Software

Roger, SM3GSJ, has recently updated his Great Circle Map software
GcmWin to support VOACAP. It now produces colorful propagation maps
as well as telling you which way to point your HF beam.  It’s a free
download for Windows or Linux.  Find it at www.qsl.net/sm3gsj

— Southgate ARC News

5. XW-1 is now HO-68

China’s first amateur radio satellite, XW-1, has now been designated
Hope-OSCAR 68 by AMSAT.  The latest official information about HO-68
can be found at the AMSAT-China web site, www.camsat.cn.  Click on
the British flag for the English language version.

— AMSAT News Service

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Bulletin sent from Official Bulletin Manager Brad Rodriguez, VE3RHJ.