Archive for April, 2010

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for April 24, 2010

April 24, 2010

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for April 24, 2010

ONTARIO SECTION NEWS

1. CANWARN Training, May 8

CANWARN training will be offered  for Ottawa on Saturday, May 8th, 9 a.m., at the Kanata Legion, 70 Hines Road, in Kanata.

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. Smiths Falls Flea Market

The Rideau Lakes Amateur Radio Club will hold its flea market on
Saturday, May 8, at the Smiths Falls Youth Arena, behind the
Community Centre, at the corner of Cornelia St. (highway #43) and
Elmsley St. in Smiths Falls.

Open to the public at 9 a.m.; talk-in on VE3RLR repeater, 147.21 (+).  For more information visit their web page, ve3rlr.dyndns.org

— RAC Events Database

3. ARRL Code Practice and Bulletins on Echolink

W1AW’s CW code practices and CW/digital bulletins are now available
using EchoLink via the W1AW Conference Server W1AWBDCT. The audio is
sent in real-time following W1AW’s regular transmission schedule.
This is an experimental server, currently limited to 350
connections.  All users who connect are muted; and please do not send
comments via the Echolink text window.  For the schedule, visit
www.arrl.org/w1aw-operating-schedule

— ARRL Web

4. Contest Calendar Upgraded

Bruce WA7BNM has upgraded  his online Contest Calendar website,
www.hornucopia.com/contestcal.  There are more ways of viewing
contests, such as the very useful 8-day contest chart and graphic of
when the contests run.  You can also customize the site for the
contests you want to follow, and output iCal for your personal
calendars.

— ARRL Contest Update

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Bulletin sent from Official Bulletin Manager Brad Rodriguez, VE3RHJ.
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RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for April 17, 2010

April 18, 2010

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for April 17, 2010

NATIONAL NEWS

1. RAC Requests 60m Frequency Assignments

RAC has sent a formal request to Industry Canada, to authorize for the Canadian Amateur Service the same five 5 MHz frequencies that are now authorized in the USA. Two additional spot frequencies are
requested for exclusive  Canadian Amateur use.
RAC anticipates this request will go through a lengthy analysis and review at Industry Canada before being published as a Canada Gazette Notice for public comment. If all goes well, we may see authorization within a year.

— RAC Bulletin Service

2. Royal Canadian Navy Special Events

From May 1st to 31st, special event station CG7NAVY will celebrate the centenary of the Royal Canadian Navy. CG7NAVY will operate 80m to 2m using ssb/am/cw/fm;  vintage Canadian military radio equipment will periodically be used. A special QSL will be issued.  See qrz.com for information.

On May 15th, special event station CG3ADML, will celebrate  the
Founding Father of the Royal Canadian Navy, Sir Admiral Charles
Edmund Kingsmill.  The Admiral Kingsmill Corps, Navy League Cadets of
Canada, Ottawa, Ontario and Sea Cadets will be operate on 20, 40 and
80 meters, various modes, from the Royal Canadian Legion in Portland,
Ontario.

— RAC Database, QRZ.com, and ONTARS web page

ONTARIO SECTION NEWS

3. CANWARN Training, May 1

CANWARN training will be offered in Toronto on Saturday, May 1st, 9 a.m., at Environment Canada Headquarters 4905 Dufferin St. (Dufferin south of Steeles Avenue).

Also on May 1st at 9 am, in Cornwall, at the Cornwall Legion, 415 Second St. West.

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

4. China Earthquake Frequencies

The Chinese Radio Sports Association (CRSA) has asked that the
frequencies of 7050kKHz and 7060kHz be kept clear for emergency ham
radio communications following a devastating earthquake in Yu Shu
district, Qinghai province.

The earthquake measuring 7.1 on the Ritcher scale occurred on April
13th and has left 589 people dead, nearly 10,000 injured and 10,000
families needing to be resettled due to 99% of houses damaged.

— Southgate ARC News

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Bulletin sent from Official Bulletin Manager Brad Rodriguez, VE3RHJ.

Commentary from the OPN Net Manager

April 13, 2010

Today is April 13th 2010 and this coming weekend is the Ontario QSO Party that is being sponsored by the Contest Club  Ontario.

As you can see from the following maps the Province of Ontario is made up of many municipalities and counties…’

Above- Northern Ontario

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Above South Eastern Ontario

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Above- South Western Ontario

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Now the idea of this contest like all others is to make contacts but this time the multis are the counties of the Province of Ontario.  That would be the RED areas on the maps.  The more cities/counties you talk to the more your score get multiplied and there fore you have a higher score.

There is even a “clean sweep” catagory award for any station lucky enough to contact all the municipalities in Ontario

I will be participating in the contest as VA3QV and I believe you will also stand a chance of working VA3OPN (Ontario Phone Net) as our STM usually participates in this contest.

The idea of a clean sweep got me thinking however that if on a weekend that Ontario Amateurs would start calling CQ Ontario and try and work across the province why not check into the Ontario Phone Net 3.742 at 1900 hrs EDST or EST and try and work all of Ontario.  Our Net (your Net) needs the participation of amateurs across the province to be able to serve the citizens of Ontario and the Amateur Community by providing a province wide back up communications system.

If you don’t check into the Net there is a 99% chance that your municipality will not be represented.  If you have not checked into the net there is a 100% chance that your municiapality is not being represented…

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We could use your help…

Bob Sharp VA3QV OPN Net Manager




RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for April 10, 2010

April 10, 2010

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for April 10, 2010

ONTARIO SECTION NEWS

1. CANWARN Training, April 24

CANWARN training will be offered in Orillia on Saturday, April 24th, 9 a.m., at the Highwayman Inn, 201 Woodside Drive.

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

— Geoff Coulson, Environment Canada

2. Laurentian Net Seeks Net Controllers

The Laurentian Net is looking for operators to serve as Net Control
Stations.  A controller is needed every other Sunday evening, and a
list of alternates is needed for days when the scheduled NCS can’t be
available. The Laurentian Net meets every evening on 3.755 MHz at
6:45 pm Eastern Time.  If you can assist, please contact Shawn VE3PSV
Saturdays on the Laurentian Net,  or via NTS messsage.

— Shawn Gartley, VE3PSV, Net Manager

ITEMS OF INTEREST

3. International Marconi Day

April 24th is the date of the 23rd International Marconi Day, a
24-hour amateur radio event celebrating Marconi’s birthday. It is not
a contest — it is an opportunity for amateurs around the world to
make point-to-point contact with historic Marconi sites using only HF
communications.  For more information visit www.gb4imd.org.uk

— RSGB News

4. Ontario HST and RAC Renewals

As of July 1st, the Harmonized Sales Tax will be fully implemented in
Ontario, adding 8% to the cost of RAC membership.  HST Transition
Rules mean that as of May 1st, RAC will have to collect HST on the
portion of the membership that is after July 1st.  For one-, two-, or
three-year renewals before May 1st, RAC only collects GST (5%)
instead of the HST (13%).

— RAC Blog

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Bulletin sent from Official Bulletin Manager Brad Rodriguez, VE3RHJ.

OPN visits ARES

April 4, 2010

Just as a reminder to all Net Participants that the Ontario ARES operates a HF Net every Sunday on 40m at 1300 hrs Eastern time.  This works out quite well as most of us have been listening to the Ontario Swap Shop on 7.055 from 1200 to 1300 so your rig is warm and your antenna tuned…

As Net Manager of the OPN I would ask all NTS operators to take the time to check in to the ARES 40m net on 7.080 and when checking in mention that you are there representing the NTS and the Ontario Phone Net.

The 40m band is starting to behave and today I was able to check in with the Net Control Station in Sault Ste Marie using my FT817 QRP 5w radio and my Buddistick vertical antenna.

The above is what I was using but the picnic table was at a City Park and not at the ocean resort…

Perhaps once we start visiting their nets they might repay the favour and join us in the evenings…

73 Bob Sharp VA3QV Net Manager Ontario Phone Net

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for April 3, 2010

April 4, 2010

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for April 3, 2010

ONTARIO SECTION NEWS

1. CANWARN Training, April 17-23

CANWARN training will be offered in Hamilton on Saturday, April 17th,
9 a.m., at Nash Auditorium, Wilcox Building, Chedoke Hospital, Sanitorium Road.

And in Sarnia on Tuesday, April 20th, 7 p.m, at the Kinsmen Centre, (Oakroom Room), 656 Lakeshore Road.

Also on April 20th at 7 p.m. in Peterborough, at the Canadian Canoe
Museum, 910 Monaghan Road.

Training in Kitchener will be Wednesday April 21st, 7 p.m., at
Bingemans Conference Centre, 425 Bingemans Centre Drive.

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. Ontario QSO Party April 17th

The 13th Annual Ontario QSO Party will be held from 1800Z April 17 to
0500Z April 18, and from 1200Z to 1800Z April 18.  In the contest, stations outside Ontario make as many contacts with Ontario amateur radio stations as possible. Ontario stations contact as many stations as possible, both in Ontario and world-wide.  For more information visit the web page, cco.ve3xd.com/oqp

— Brad Rodriguez, VE3RHJ, OBM

3. Durham Region Hamfest

The North Shore ARC and the South Pickering ARC will hold the 34th Durham Region Hamfest on Saturday, April 17, at the Iroquois Park
Recreation Center, on Victoria Street at the corner of Henry Street in Whitby.  Open to the public at 9 a.m.; talk-in on VE3SPA repeater,
147.375 (+), no CTCSS tone required.  For more information visit drhamfest.tripod.com

— RAC Events Database

4. Rookie Roundup April 17th

The ARRL Rookie Roundup, SSB, will be held on Sunday, April 18, from
1800 UTC-2359 UTC.  This contest is designed to help newly licensed
amateurs build their operating skills on HF.  Any ham licensed in
2008, 2009 or 2010 qualifies as a Rookie.  Non-Rookies may only work
Rookies, while Rookies may work everybody.  Certificates will be
available for all participants to download; the top five high scores
from each US call area, Canadian province and Mexican call area will
be recognized on their certificate.  For more information visit
tinyurl.com/yetky6u (Yankee Echo Tango Kilo Yankee Six Uniform).

— ARRL Web Page
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Bulletin sent from Official Bulletin Manager Brad Rodriguez, VE3RHJ.