Archive for February, 2010

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for February 13, 2010

February 13, 2010

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for February 13, 2010



1. OPN Net Control Stations Wanted

Due to winter holidays and medical issues, the Ontario Phone Net (OPN) has an immediate need for 4 Net Control Operators.  Each position is for one shift a week.  Two are full time positions, one a 5-week temporary posting, and one is an 8-week temporary posting. The OPN currently meets daily at 1600 Eastern Time, on 3742 kHz. If you would like to help out, please email opnreport (at) gmail dot com.

— Bob Sharp, VA3QV, OPN Net Manager


2. Burlington Flea Market

The Burlington Amateur Radio Club will hold its Spring Flea Market on
Saturday, February 27, at the Royal Canadian Legion, 828 Legion Rd.,
in Burlington.  Open to the public at 9 a.m., talk-in on  VE3RSB
repeater, 147.210(+) 131.8 Hz tone.  For more information see

— RAC Events Database

3. Sarnia Licence Course

The Lambton County Radio Club will hold a Ham Radio Basic
Certification Course at the Sarnia Police Headquarters, 555 North
Christina Street, in Sarnia. The course will begin on Saturday,
February 27th, 2010 and run for four weekends on alternating
Saturdays thereafter.  Registration closes on Feburary 22nd.  For
more information, visit and click the “Activities”

— RAC Events Database

4. RTTY Contesting for Newbies

The Northern California Contest Club has published an online
seminar, “RTTY Contesting for Newbies.”  Topics include RTTY
fundamentals and interfaces, common problems, and demos of setting up
MMTTY, N1MM, and Writelog software. The video file is 115 megabytes
and can be downloaded at

— ARRL Contest Update

Bulletin sent from Official Bulletin Manager Brad Rodriguez, VE3RHJ.

Thinking of a change???

February 10, 2010

With the promise of better weather comes the reminder that the band conditions will be changing as when they do we change the start time of the net back to its 1900 EASTERN time slot.

If you get a chance start listening in the evenings around 1800-2000 on the 80m band and tell me how things are for you at that time.

Your input will determine when the change will occur…

More on this later…


Bob Sharp VA3QV Net Manager Ontario Phone Net

Further to Yesterdays Posting for NCS

February 8, 2010

I was mentioning the need for Net Control Stations:

Here is our Schedule as of todays date:

Monday-     VE3RHJ     Brad

Tuesday-     Temp Open Shift- Unsure of Duration

Wednesday- Temp Open Shift- Approx 1 Month Duration

Thursday-     Temp Open Shift- Approx 2 Month Duration

Friday-           Temp Open Shift- Approx 2 Month duration

Saturday-    VA3PB Paul covering shift for approx 2 months

Sunday-     VE3PSV     Shawn


Tuesday- Joe is off on long term medical leave and his date of return is unknown.

Wednesday- Ian is off for approx 1 month and then will be returning

Thursday- George is heading south for the winter and will be back in approx 7 weeks

Friday- Is currently open but Paul VA3PB has shown an interest in returning to his old time slot and give up his Saturday Slot once we change back to the Summer hours Net time of 1900hrs

If you can help out or would like more information please contact the Net Manager

Net Control Stations Wanted

February 7, 2010

Due to winter holidays and medical issues I have an immediate need for 4 Net Control Operators.

Two would be a full time positions – (one shift a week)

One would be a temp posting for approx 5 weeks ( one shift a week)

One would be a temp posting for approx 8 weeks ( one shift a week)

The pay is lousy but the time off is great…

If you would like to help out please contact the Net Manager

Bob Sharp VA3QV Net Manager Ontario Phone Net

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for February 6, 2010

February 6, 2010

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for February 6, 2010



1. Sunday ARES Net Frequency Change

The Sunday afternoon Ontario ARES HF net has moved to 7080 kHz to
take advantage of improving propagation and to keep away from the
heavy US usage of 7100 and up.  The net meets at 1 pm EST (1800

— Bob Howard VE3YX


2. Thinking Day on the Air

The Girl Guides’ 2010 World Thinking Day on the Air (TDOTA) will be
February 20 & 21.  This is an opportunity for the members of the Girl
Guides and Girl Scouts  to talk to other members all over the world
via Amateur Radio.

To celebrate the centenary of Guiding, several special event stations
will be on the air from the U.K.  In Ontario, the 95th Hamilton
Guides will operate station VA3TVW. For more information see

— via RSGB News

3. Canada Day Results Available

The results for the 2009 Canada Day Contest have been published on
the Radio Amateurs of Canada Web site, in PDF format at (Yankee Eight November Yankee Victor Zulu
November).  Plaques and certificates will be going out in the next 30
days. Plaques will be mailed as in previous years and the
certificates will be emailed out as PDF files suitable for printing.

— ARRL Contest Update

4. Field Day Packets Now Available

Field Day 2010 is June 26-27, and the ARRL has already made its Field
Day packet available for download.  It includes the complete rules
(including changes for 2010), as well as other reference items such
as forms, ARRL Section abbreviation list, entry submission
instructions, a Frequently Asked Questions section, guidelines for
getting bonus points, instructions for GOTA stations, a kit to
publicize your event with the local press and more. Find it at

— ARRL Web

5. Hams in Haiti

Spectrum magazine, the official publication of the Institute of
Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), has a great article
about the success of ham radio operations in Haiti.  Read it online

— via RAC Blog

Bulletin sent from Official Bulletin Manager Brad Rodriguez, VE3RHJ.

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for January 30, 2010

February 1, 2010

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for January 30, 2010


1. Haiti Frequencies Released

The HF frequencies used to respond to the immediate needs of the
Haiti Earthquake, 14.300MHz, 14.265MHz , 7.045MHz, 7.065MHz,
7.265MHz, 3.720MHz, 3.977MHz have now returned to normal use. The
groups who have been passing messages on those frequencies will
revert to monitoring mode or their normal operations.

There are still a number of radio amateurs in the country attached to
relief groups who may still be heard on the amateur bands on various
frequencies.  As always, please listen before transmitting, and if
you hear any station passing emergency traffic then leave the
frequency clear and avoid causing QRM.

— IARU Region 1 News

2. Haiti Reciprocal Licensing

CONATEL (the Haitian Telecomm regulator) has set up temporary offices
and released a public notice. Amateurs wishing to operate in Haiti to
assist with disaster relief need to contact CONATEL to get formal
reciprocal operating clearance, before any use of telecommunications
equipment or the spectrum resources.  Contact CONATEL at Number 97,
Avenue Panaméricaine, in Pétion-Ville between 9 AM and 1 PM,
telephone 3454-0541, 2516-0000, or 3702-1414, or at these e-mail
addresses : techommunication (at), or info (at)  Note that Haiti is an international call; dial 011
and then country code 509 before the phone number.

— ARRL Web


3. Great Lakes Net Time Change

Starting January 30, the Great Lakes Emergency and Traffic Net
(GLETN) will change its operating time from 6 pm Eastern to 6:30 pm
Eastern Time.  As band conditions improve the net will move back to 8
pm in half-hour increments.

— via Shawn Gartley, VE3PSV


4. Nominations Open for Dayton Amateur of the Year

The Dayton Amateur Radio Association is soliciting nominations for
its Amateur of The Year, Special Achievement, and Technical
Excellence Awards.  This year nominations are also sought for Club of
the Year.  These recognize amateurs who have made significant
contributions to the art and science of amateur radio.  The
recipients will be honored at the 2010 Dayton Hamvention.
Nominations close on March 15th.  For information visit

— Amateur Radio Newsline

5. Morse Code on Canadian Coin

A new commemorative coin honoring the centennial of the Canadian Navy
features a line of Morse code around the outer edge. The characters
spell out the Navy’s motto, “Ready Aye Ready,” in both English and

— CQ News Service

6. ARRL Elects First Female President

The American Radio Relay League has elected First Vice President Kay
Craigie, N3KN, as the organization’s new president, succeeding Joel
Harrison, W5ZN, who did not seek re-election. Craigie is the first
woman to hold the League’s top position.

— CQ News Service


Bulletin sent from Official Bulletin Manager Brad Rodriguez, VE3RHJ.