Archive for March, 2010

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for March 27, 2010

March 28, 2010

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for March 27, 2010

ONTARIO SECTION NEWS

1. CANWARN Training, April 10-16

CANWARN training will be offered in Windsor on Monday, April 12th, 7 pm, at the Caboto Club, 2175 Parent Avenue.

CANWARN training will be offered in London on Tuesday, April 13th, 7 pm, at the Four Points Sheraton Hotel, 1150 Wellington Road.

If you plan to attend a CANWARN session, please confirm by email to
canwarn.ontarioregion (at) ec.gc.ca.

— Geoff Coulson, Environment Canada

ITEMS OF INTEREST

2. AMSAT use on Boy Scouts Anniversary

AMSAT-NA is supporting the Boy Scouts of America 100th Anniversary Jamboree by dedicating an AO-51 V/U FM repeater for the event. From Friday April 16, 15:00 UTC until Sunday April 18 19:00 UTC, an AO-51
repeater will be allocated for Jamboree use. All users are requested to give way to Jamboree stations or QSO’s with Jamboree stations.

The frequencies used will be 145.880 FM uplink, and 435.150 FM
downlink, no PL tone required.

— AMSAT News

3. Passport to World Band Radio closing

The publishers of Passport to World Band Radio, who ceased
publication of their print guide in 2009, are now shutting down their
web site. According to an announcement on www.passband.com, it will
be closed in late March.

— CQ News Service

4. New Version of HAMCALC

George Murphy, VE3ERP, has released HAMCALC version 118. This popular
package of simple calculators now includes a Filter Tutor, a Filter
Impedance Matching utility, a calculator on the Cark Y Airfoil, and
upgrades the Stripline-Bandpass Filter, Humidex, and Wind Chill
calculators.  Download it from tinyurl.com/yf6bd94 (Yankee Foxtrot
Six Bravo Delta Nine Four).

— ARRL Contest Update

5. Winding Your Own Transformers

If you want to know how to wind your own power transformer to repair
old equipment or build new stuff, visit Manfred XQ2FOD’s Web site at
tinyurl.com/yljasqz (Yankee Lima Juliet Alpha Sierra Quebec Zulu). It
has lots of illustrations and photos, and a design spreadsheet to
help with the calculations. Be sure to browse the other pages around
the site, including the supporting Transformers and Coils page.

— ARRL Contest Update

Bulletin sent from Official Bulletin Manager Brad Rodriguez, VE3RHJ.
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Attention Net Participants

March 28, 2010

I had a quick before Net Chat with the STM on 3.742 last night and we were really being hammered by splatter from both above and below.

Granted the WPX contest made it worse, but most days there is a group on 3.740 who start up after our warm up starts and don’t really seem to care that we are already in session.T here is also a group on 3.745 that jumps in at about the same time and both groups must be running more than 100w.

I can only see this getting worse as the band conditons continue to improve which bring even more amateurs back to 80 m in the evenings.

Anyhow Glenn and myself discussed the potential for moving the net frequency down lower in the Canadian Band (as an example 3.642) as it seems less crowded down there.

Several other Canadian nets have moved down just to find some quiet space to operate.

So before anyone panics or jumping to conclusions please remember that this is just thinking out loud…

I think  that some of you out there are using 80m dipoles with no tuner so a QSY down would most likely mean you would have to do some antenna work.  Is this the case???  Would a QSY down be a hardship???  Would you follow the net if we did QSY?

If you have a tuner and/or a multi band antenna then the QSY would not really be an issue but… I know some people just don’t like changes…

I for one would appreciate a quieter frequency but like I said this is just thinking out loud (for now at least)

Give me your opinions…

Send them to me via email to opnreport@gmail.com

All comments will be held in confidence but if you want to voice your opinions then you can also add them as a comment to this posting for all to see.  The choice is yours…

But one way or another let me know your opinions so either we can devise a new COMMS PLAN or revise the old one to better serve the Ontario Section.

73

Bob Sharp VA3QV Net Manager Ontario Phone Net

New Net Times increasing Participation

March 23, 2010

First of all let me start off by saying that 40% of people don’t believe that Statistics prove anything…

Now I will tell you that after tabulating the Net reports for the last 18 days that our net participation (Number of stations checking in) has increased by just under 27% since we switched back to 1900 hours 9 days ago.

However this does coincide with the drop we took when we switched to the 1600 start time when the band conditions started to fail earlier in the season…

We are back to where we were when we started but for the net to do its job properly we would need a greater level of participation from the Amateur Community in Ontario and especially from the local ARES Groups who along with the NTS comprise RAC Field Services in Ontario.

The later start time ( when more amateurs are home and finished supper) along with the much better band conditons in the evenings should bring a much needed increase in participation.

We can’t do it without you!!!

73

Bob Sharp VA3QV Net Manager Ontario Phone Net

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for March 20, 2010

March 20, 2010

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for March 20, 2010

NATIONAL NEWS

1. Section Manager Elections

Charlie Marsh VO1VZ has been re-elected Section Manager for Newfoundland and Labrador for a two year term starting July 1, 2010.
Jan Schippers VE4JS has been returned as Section Manager for Manitoba for a two year term of office that will begin on July 1, 2010.

Mr. Chris Pitre VE3CTP/VE3ZO has been elected as the RAC Director for Ontario South for the remainder of a two year term which started January 1, 2010 ending December 31, 2011.

All three candidates ran unopposed, eliminating the need for
balloted elections.

Congratulations are extended to them all.

— RAC Bulletin Service

2. IARU Report on Chilean Earthquake

For a copy of the final report from the IARU on the earthquake in
Chile, please go to tinyurl.com/yj7dl68 (Yankee Juliet Seven Delta
Lima Six Eight — NOTE that’s Delta Lima, not Delta One).

— Doug Mercer, VO1DTM, RAC Vice President Field Services

ONTARIO SECTION NEWS

ITEMS OF INTEREST

3. Iroquois Hamfest

The Iroquois Amateur Radio Club will hold its IRAC Fourteenth Annual
Flea Market on Saturday, April 3, at the Iroquois Civic Center, on
the southwest corner of Elizabeth Dr South and Dundas St. Open to the
public at 9 am; talk-in on 145.29 (-) repeater. For more information
visit www.iroquoisarc.ca.

— RAC Events Database

4. Homebrew Challenge winners

The ARRL has announced the winners of its Second Homebrew Challenge.
This challenge was to build a 40 metre linear amplifier to boost 5
watts to 50 watts, for a cost of under $125 using readily available
parts.  Two winners achieved a cost of about $30: Donald W. Huff,
W6JL and David W Cripe, NM0S.  Three other entries cost less than
$110.  For details visit tinyurl.com/yfttfsm (Yankee Foxtrot Tango
Tango Foxtrot Sierra Mike)

— ARRL Web

5. Don’t press F1 on that web page

Microsoft has warned users of Internet Explorer to NOT press the F1 key for help, if a web site prompts you to.  Pressing F1 can allow a
hostile web site to infect your computer.  Windows 7 and Windows
Vista are not vulnerable to this problem.  For more information see tinyurl.com/ydgdjal
(Yankee Delta Golf Delta Juliet Alpha Lima).

— via Amateur Radio Newsline

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Bulletin sent from Official Bulletin Manager Brad Rodriguez, VE3RHJ

NTS- an example of how things work

March 15, 2010

During a “Google” search on various topics I found the following link.  It will take you to a site that has a simulated (fictional) description of how a CW session of the Eastern Area Net is conducted.

As you may or may not know the Ontario Phone Nets joins the 2nd Region Net 4 times a day to pass traffic in and out of Ontario.

Well at predetermined times the 2nd region net meets with the Eastern Area Net to pass traffic in and out of the 2nd region to the Eastern Area of North America.

These nets meet every day (they never close) to keep the traffic flowing in an orderly manner.  In addition the Eastern Area Net meets with the Pacific Area and the Central Area numerous times a day to keep things moving as well so as you can see its a never ending story so to speak…

But getting back to the topic of Todays post the following is a link to an excellent description of how a CW Traffic Net is conducted…

>>>>>THE LINK IS HERE<<<<<

I hope you find it as informative and interesting as I did.

If you have any questions please leave them as a comment and either the Ontario Section Traffic Manager (STM) or myself will do our best to answer them as a comment to your comment.

73bob

Bob Sharp VA3QV Net Manager Ontario Phone Net

With a new start time comes other changes

March 15, 2010

Sundays net went quite well with Shawn VE3PSV as NCS and we were able to take advantage of the better band conditons at 1900 hrs.

Now that we have changed from 1600 EST to 1900 EDST we do have some changes in the NCS Roster.

DAY                  NCS             NAME        LOCATION

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SUNDAY_____VE3PSV___Shawn___Cambridge

MONDAY_____VE3RHJ___Brad_____Markdale

TUESDAY_____VE3TPZ__James____Stratford****

WEDNESDAY__VE3HMS__Ian______South River

THURSDAY____VE3WKJ_George____Brampton

FRIDAY______VA3PB____Paul_____Brampton

SATURDAY___VA3QV____Bob_____Ottawa

**** VE3TPZ should be starting his new duties on March 23rd and VE3PSV will be covering March 16th.

The “Warm Up” will start approx at 1830 hours and will normally be conducted by Shawn VE3PSV on or about 3.742 depending on frequency usage  and band conditons to hold the frequency for the Net at 1900 hrs

If you have any question please email the OPN Net Manager

73  Bob Sharp VA3QV Net Manager

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for March 13, 2010

March 13, 2010

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for March 13, 2010

NATIONAL NEWS

1. Release of Emergency Frequencies

Emergency frequencies 7050, 7095, 3738 and 14200 MHz are now released
from emergency use by the Radio Club de Chile (RCCH). Dr. Galdino
Besomi CE3PG, President of the RCCH and Dr. Cesar Pi Santos HR2P,
IARU Emergency Communications Coordinator Region 2, offer sincere
gratitude to all Hams Worldwide for their understanding and
cooperation during this difficult time for the citizens of Chile.

— via IARU Region 2 News Service

2. Access to 137 kHz

Industry Canada has approved access by Canadian radio amateurs to the
Low Frequency (LF) band 135.7 – 137.8 kHz, subject to certain
conditions.  Amateur use is permitted on a Secondary basis subject to
Footnote 5.67A, which states: “Stations in the amateur service using
frequencies in the band 135.7-137.8 kHz shall not exceed a maximum
radiated power of 1 W (EIRP) and shall not cause harmful interference
to stations of the radionavigation service operating in countries
listed in No. 5.67. (WRC-07)”.

Industry Canada has  advised that Canadian radio amateurs may now use
the band and that Schedule I of RBR-4 Standards for the Operation of
Stations in the Amateur Radio Service will be amended in due course.

— RAC Bulletin Service

ONTARIO SECTION NEWS

3. CANWARN Training Schedule

The 2010 CANWARN Training schedule has been published.  You can find  it online at www.emergencyradio.ca/canwarn.shtml.  The first session is April 12th, in Windsor.

— Jim Taylor, VA3KU, EMO Amateur Radio Program Coordinator

4. OPN Time Change Reminder

As of Sunday March 14th, the Ontario Phone Net has reverted to its
evening start time, 7 pm Eastern on or about 3742 kHz.


— Bob Sharp VA3QV, OPN Net Manager

ITEMS OF INTEREST

5. Brampton Hamfest

The Peel and Mississauga Radio Clubs will hold Ham-Ex 2010 on
Saturday, March 27, at the Brampton Fair Grounds, at Heart Lake Road
and Old School Road in Brampton.  Exhibits and Demonstrations at 8
AM, Flea Market at 9 AM.  Talk-in on  VE3PRC 146.880 (-) no PL tone,
and VE3MIS 145.430 (-) 103.5 Hz tone.  For more information visit
www.ham-ex.ca

— RAC Events Database

6. ARISS Annual Report Posted

The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) Annual
Report 2009 has been posted to the AMSAT Web site. Find it at
tinyurl.com/yfswv62 (Yankee Foxtrot Sierra Whiskey Victor Six Two).

— AMSAT News Service

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Bulletin sent from Official Bulletin Manager Brad Rodriguez, VE3RHJ.

News from RAC

March 11, 2010

RAC Bulletin 2010-007E – Canadian Amateur Radio Access to 137 Khz.  2010-03-10

Industry Canada has approved access by Canadian radio amateurs to
the Low Frequency (LF) band 135.7 ? 137.8 kHz, subject to
certain conditions. The Revised Canadian Table of Frequency
Allocations, promulgated in December 2009 to incorporate changes
arising from decisions taken at World Radiocommunication Conference
(WRC) 2007, permits amateur use on a Secondary basis subject to
Footnote 5.67A.

The Footnote states: “Stations in the amateur service using frequencies in the band 135.7-137.8 kHz shall not exceed a maximum radiated power of 1 W (EIRP) and shall not cause harmful interference to stations of the radionavigation service operating in countries listed in No. 5.67. (WRC-07)”. Industry Canada has advised that Canadian radio amateurs may now use the band and that Schedule I of RBR-4 Standards for the Operation of Stations in the Amateur Radio Service will be amended in due course.

Richard Ferch  VE3IAY/VE3KI
Vice President Regulatory Affairs  Radio Amateurs of Canada

DONT FORGET THE NET WILL BE CHANGING START TIMES

SUNDAY MARCH 14TH NET WILL START AT 1900 EST

Reminder of our Start time change

March 8, 2010

As most Net Participants are aware, the Ontario Phone Net will be reverting back to its Spring/Summer start time of 1900 EASTERN to compensate for the changing 80m band conditions.

At this time it is planned that the change in the start time will coincide with the change from Eastern Standard to Eastern Daylight Savings time with the Sunday March 14th NET starting at 1900 EASTERN.

STARTING ON SUNDAY MARCH 14TH 2010

The change in start times will also affect our Liason times with the 2nd region net and there will be more information on this in the near future.

Bob Sharp VA3QV OPN Net Manager

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for March 6, 2010

March 7, 2010

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for March 6, 2010

NATIONAL NEWS

1. Update from Chile

Reinaldo Leandro, YV5AMH, President of the IARU Region 2 Executive
Committee, on March 1st spoke with Dr. Galdino Besomi, CE3PG,
president of the Radio Club de Chile.

He informs that soon after the earthquake, the Emergency Net was
activated in the whole country, first on VHF and then on HF. All the
board and club members are actively working in close coordination
with civil and military authorities.

Three days after the earthquake the request for news about people in
the affected countryside areas is one the main activities occupying
the radio amateurs.

— RAC Bulletin Service

ONTARIO SECTION NEWS

2. HF Nets Discussion

There will be an evening of discussion on Saturday, March 13,
on 3.755 MHz, immediately following the Laurentian Net at about 7 to
7:15 pm.  This will be to discuss procedures and policies relating to
the Ontario Phone Net and other provincial nets.  Topics will include
net liaisons, alternate net control stations, callup sequences, and
silent key reports.

— Shawn Gartley, VE3PSV, Laurentian Net manager

3. Second Region Adds a Net

In conjunction with the 36th anniversary of Bill W2MTA’s appointment
as the Second Region Cycle 2 Net manager on April 1, 2010, 2RN will
be instituting an additional net in Cycle 2.

The net will convene at 3:30 pm local time on 3925 khz. In most cases the net control
station will be  the same as on the 1:45 pm session.

This poses an additional challenge for the Ontario Phone Net, as there needs to be a liaison station present at 3:30 pm to receive incoming traffic for Ontario.

The Cycle 3 session at 6:30 pm will act as the incoming net for later arriving traffic and the 7:45 pm session in Cycle 4 continues to be the outgoing net on CW.

If anyone has questions please contact VE3GNA, email ve3gna (at)
xplornet dot ca.

— Glenn Killam, VE3GNA, Section Traffic Manager

4. Great Lakes Net Time Change

Effective March 14, the Great Lakes Emergency and Traffic Net will
change its operating time from 7 pm to 8 pm, Eastern Time.  This is
the same day we switch from Standard to Daylight Savings time.

— via Shawn Gartley VE3PSV

ITEMS OF INTEREST

5. VE3GYQ Silent Key

Dr David Toth, VE3GYQ, President Emeritus of Tucson Amateur Packet
Radio (TAPR), passed away Friday, February 26 after a long battle
with cancer. He was 55. A resident of Spencerville, Ohio, Toth served
as a Director and Executive Vice President of TAPR in the 1980s and
was elected President of the organization in September 2005. With his
advancing illness, he decided not to stand for re-election last
October and was instead named President Emeritus with Steve Bible,
N7HPR, taking the reins as TAPR President.

— ARRL Web

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Bulletin sent from Official Bulletin Manager Brad Rodriguez, VE3RHJ.
DON’T FORGET WE CHANGE TO SUMMER HOURS THE FIRST DAY OF THE CHANGE TO DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME