Archive for May, 2010

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for May 29, 2010

May 29, 2010

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for May 29, 2010


1. Laurentian Net Advisories

On SUNDAYS only, the Laurentian Net now starts at 18:40 Eastern Time.
This is to accomodate the Ontario Swap Shop which starts on the same
frequency, 3.755 MHz, at 19:00 Eastern.  From Monday through Saturday
the Laurentian Net still starts at 18:45 Eastern.

Also, the Laurentian Net is seeking liaison stations to carry traffic between that net and the Ontario Phone Net, once a day.  If you can assist even one or two days a week, please contact Shawn VE3PSV, Saturdays on the Laurentian Net, or via NTS message.

— Shawn Gartley, VE3PSV, Laurentian Net Manager

2. GLETN Pre-Net Times

The Great Lakes Emergency and Traffic Net (GLETN) meets daily on
3.932 MHz, at 20:30 Eastern Time.  Please note that there is now a
pre-net starting half an hour before, at 20:00 Eastern.

— Shawn Gartley, VE3PSV


3. London Vintage Radio Flea Market

The London Vintage Radio Club will hold its annual flea market on
Saturday, June 12, at Hammond Manufacturing, 394 Edinburgh Road in
Guelph, on the east side of the parking lot.  Open to vendors and the
public at 7 a.m.; free admission to the public.  The Hammond Museum
of Radio at 595 Southgate Road in Guelph will also be open that day.
For more information visit web page

— RAC Event Database

4. ARRL Audio News Returns

Effective May 27, after a hiatus of nearly four months, the ARRL
Audio News is available at  For the
time being, it will only be available as one mp3 file; ARRL will no
longer be breaking it up into segments.  It will not be available by
telephone, though that feature may return in the future.

— ARRL Web

5. Battle Harbour

Right here in Canada there is a site begging for a few devoted,
adventurous ham operators and it has not one but two towers.
Battle Harbour is an island off the southeast shore of Labrador. It
is a National Historic District operated by the Battle Harbour
Historic Trust.

Neil Galloway, VE3VNG, describes the location and its history in an
article on the ARRL Web page.  You can read it at (Three Xray Golf Charlie Charlie Yankee Charlie)
Or read more about the island at

— ARRL Web


Bulletin sent from Official Bulletin Manager Brad Rodriguez, VE3RHJ.

The Ontario Phone Net needs your help

May 23, 2010

At this time due to the poor band condition on 80m the net is in serious need of the following:

Net Liaison Stations -Local

The duties of a Net Liaison Station is to check into the net and represent your area by picking up traffic coming in to your area.  All you need to do is check into the Net (1900hrs daily on or about 3.742) and check in representing your home area.  With the poor band conditions you also might be able to help us with relays.


Net Liaison Station- Regional  Level

The Ontario Phone Net receives and sends its traffic to/from the 2nd Region Net.  This Net meets daily on 3.925 at 1345hrs, 1530hrs, 1830hrs all times in eastern (EST or EDST).  You check into the Net when they call for Net Liaison Stations and advise that you are “going to” or “coming from” Ontario and either you have no traffic or list the traffic you have.


Please give a listen on 3.925 and see if you have a good enough copy on one of the sessions to assist us.

Without your assistance the net is in danger of not being able to properly serve the Ontario Section in Traffic Handling

If you have any questions or would like to be scheduled into the rotation please contact Bob Sharp VA3QV OPN Net Manager either by the email link provided or by checking into the Ontario Phone Net and hoping there is propagation between Ottawa and where you live…


Bob Sharp VA3QV Net Manager Ontario Phone Net

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for May 22, 2010

May 23, 2010

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for May 22, 2010


1. Hams “Stand Down” from Chinese Earthquake Relief

Amateur Radio operators have ended their disaster response to the
April 14 earthquake that struck China’s Qinghai province. Amateur
radio operators from Beijing, Sichuan, Shandong, Anhui, Qinghai and
Jiangsu were widely involved in the disaster relief actions, and
amateurs worldwide were asked to keep frequencies clear.  While
relief operations continue, “all of the Amateur Radio heroes have
returned to their daily life.” 
(Two Foxtrot Papa Zulu Six Three Three).

— ARRL Web


2. CANWARN Training, week of June 7th

CANWARN Training will be offered Monday, June 7th, at 7 p.m., at the Atikokan Fire Hall, 101 Goodwin St., in Atikokan.  On Tuesday, June 8th, at 7 p.m., at the Longbow Lake Fire Hall Training Room, in Kenora.  On Wednesday, June 9th, at 7 p.m., at the Best Western, 349 Government St., in Dryden. And on Thursday, June 10th, at 7 p.m., at Confederation College, corner of William St. and Edward St. N., in Thunder Bay.

These are the last scheduled CANWARN traning sessions for 2010. If you plan to attend a CANWARN session, please confirm by email to canwarn.ontarioregion (at)

— Geoff Coulson, Environment Canada


3. Central Ontario Hamfest

The Guelph and Kitchener-Waterloo Amateur Radio Clubs will hold the
36th Annual Central Ontario Hamfest on Sunday, June 6th,  at the
Waterloo Regional Police Association Recreation Park just off the 401
at Hwy 97, in Cambridge.  Note the new day and location this year!
Open to the public at 9 a.m.; talk-in on VE3KSR repeater, 146.970 (-)
131.8 Hz tone.  For more information visit

— RAC Event Database

4. Streetsville Special Event

The Mississauga Amateur Radio Club will operate a special event
station from the Streetsville Bread and Honey Festival, on Saturday
June 5 and Sunday June 6.  VE3MIS will be operating from 1400Z to
2000Z on 28.480, 21.315, 14.240, and 7.230 MHz +/- QRM. For more
information visit and click the “Public Service” link.

— RAC Events Database

5. Special Event Station CF3NAVY

Special event station CF3NAVY will be active from June 4 to July 3, to celebrate the 100th Anniverary of the Royal Canadian Navy. Operations will be 160m through 2m, and 70cm, using AM, FM, SSB, SSTV, PSK, CW, and RTTY.  QSL via VE3RCN.

See CF3NAVY on for more information.

— RAC Events Database and QRZ.COM

6. UNITEC-1 Launched

Amateur Radio Venus satellite UNITEC-1 was launched May 21st (Japan
Standard Time) by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, and
separation of the satellite from the H-IIA F17 launcher has been
confirmed.  This makes UNITEC-1 the first interplanetary Amateur
Radio satellite.

Signals have been received from its 5840.0 MHz beacon from about
300,000 km away.  For more information, the latest news, and
monitoring software, visit the Operations Centre website,

— Southgate ARC News and AMSAT News


Bulletin sent from Official Bulletin Manager Brad Rodriguez, VE3RHJ.

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for May 15, 2010

May 15, 2010

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for May 15, 2010


1. Windsor ARES EC Selected

The City of Windsor now has a newly appointed Emergency Coordinator working with Municipal Officials and Emergency Services providers.
Tim Mousseau VE3TMY has become the new ARES EC designate with an extensive Municipal background as Administrative Clerk, Director of Public Works, Certified Technician, and completion of the EMO Emergency Preparedness and Response course.

These service qualifications and a desire to plan and coordinate
emergency communications resources for Windsor make Tim the ideal
choice to represent the Ontario ARES in this capacity.

— Bob Gammon, VA3RX, Ontario ARES SEC

2. CANWARN Training, Grand Valley and Napanee

CANWARN training will be offered for Grand Valley on Tuesday, May 25th, at 6:30 PM, at the East Luther Grand Valley Community Centre, 90 Main St. North.  This session has special significance given that it will be almost 25 years to the day since the devastating Fujita Scale 4 tornado that hit Grand Valley and areas to the east on May
31st, 1985.  The session will begin with a welcome message from the

CANWARN training will be held on Saturday, May 29th, at 9 AM, at the Royal Canadian Legion Hall, 26 Mill St E., Napanee.

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

— Geoff Coulson, Environment Canada


3. WX4NHC Annual Test

The annual WX4NHC On-the-Air Station Test from the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami will take place Saturday, May 29, 1300-2100 UTC.  This is not a contest or exercise; this is an equipment test.



WX4NHC will be on-the-air on HF, VHF and UHF, plus 2 and 30 meter APRS. Suggested SSB frequencies are 3.950, 7.268, 14.325, 21.325 and
28.525 MHz, +/-QRM. They will mostly be on 14.325 MHz and will announce when WX4NHC will change frequencies.  WX4NHC also will be on
the VoIP Hurricane Net 1700-1900 UTC (IRLP node 9219, EchoLink WX-TALK Conference 7203).

Stations working WX4NHC should exchange their call sign, signal
report, location and name, as well as a brief weather report, such as
“sunny,” “rain” or “cloudy.”  QSL to WD4R, NOT to the NHC, and
include a self-addressed, stamped envelope.

— ARRL Web

4. Boat Anchor Manufacturers

For a bit of history, visit
You’ll find information about several classic ham radio
manufacturers, including Central Electronics, E. F. Johnson, Gonset,
National Radio, and World Radio.

— via Glenn Killam, VE3GNA, Ontario STM

Bulletin sent from Official Bulletin Manager Brad Rodriguez, VE3RHJ.

From the Brass Pounders Quarterly

May 9, 2010

The following was sent to us from Glenn VE3GNA Ontario STM and we both thought it was worth sharing.

The following was attached to the article so …

THIs electronic newsletter is free to all who may wish to receive it. YOu may upload it to bulletin board systems; ftp sites etc. so long as no fees are charged for access to it. INdividual articles retain the copyright of the author.

Plan your work, then work your plan

As I write this it’s the MOnday evening after the earthquake
in Chile. I’ve been sitting here reading another electronic
publication which deals with amateur radio, and emergency
communications. AS usual, it offers some good food for

I’ve been doing some cogitating, because I don’t think I
gave a good answer to a question I was asked SAturday
morning. before I get to answering the question let me tell
you how it is I came to be thinking about it at all.

I was doing other work around here, 14300 khz tuned on my
transceiver and the volume high enough I could hear it
throughout the house as I went about some chores. I heard
some discussion of the tsunami warnings, and figured it was
a good thing to keep one’s eyes and ears toward.

A fairly new traffic handler jingles my phone that morning
and wants to know what response NTS is prepared to make. He
also expressed some concerns that he wasn’t hearing any NTS
activity after the Haiti earthquake except the normal book
messages. I think that we cleared that up when I explained
that formal NTS basically covers the U.S. and CAnada.

But then he asks this question. IF NTS isn’t prepared to
respond to such as this Tsunami then what good is it? Why do
we do all this work?

THe problem isn’t that we’re not prepared, at all. NTS
people on the west coast I’m sure were prepared. They were
prepared to bring up tactical circuits if the need arose.
They were prepared to handle a higher than normal volume of
traffic, were this necessary. But, making plans before the
fact is counterproductive. IT’s sort of like the old phrase
“he jumped on his horse and rode madly off in all

NEt managers and area staff personnel do of course need to
be aware of such conditions as that earthquake and the
tsunami warning, and need to be thinking ahead of time about
how the system should respond. But, until the need is
actually known and the available resources surveyed there is
little point to doing a whole lot of planning. As it turned
out, CHile handled things quite well with its own
communications infrastructure and utilizing some amateur
radio. THe state of Hawaii has a good civil defense plan,
and the citizens responded appropriately. Mobilizing a
massive effort of NTS personnel in the pacific area would
have been counterproductive at the time this op called me on
the phone.

Had things turned out different for Hawaii or elsewhere
along our pacific coast I’m sure that NTS leadership
throughout the system would have responded rapidly, and
adequately, whether that be bringing up extended sessions of
the region net for the effected region; extra TCC skeds,
pressing additional digital stations into service, etc.

We in NTS must remain vigilant so as to be able to respond
appropriately to these emergencies, but it does little good
to put the cart before the horse. We have to remember that,
even with a disaster such as a hurricane, or the
aforementioned potential disasters with the TSunami, that
the first few hours aren’t going to provide us with much of
an opportunity to serve, unless we live nearby. REgular
traffic handlers within the disaster zone are going to be
busy assisting served agencies and their families. THey’ll
be needed to man tactical nets and step into the void
created when the communications infrastructure crumples.
After a few hours to a day or so they’ll be able to offer
such services as outbound health and welfare traffic for the
displaced. That’s when the rest of the system needs to be
ready to respond with adequate capability to keep this
traffic moving toward its destination.

An old adage I live by says “plan your work, then work your
plan.” Before you can plan your work, you must know what
that work is.

THere’s another part of planning your work, however. WE
don’t exist in a vacuum here in NTS. IN fact, over the last
decade we’ve seen a steady erosion in the respect the system
is given by those in the volunteer emergency communications
community. Yet, when listening to tactical nets utilizing
voice, I can tell right away if ncs has done any work as a
net control for a busy traffic net. I can tell which
operators are seasoned traffic handlers.

NTS still trains and provides quality operators to these
local and regional tactical nets, although their NTS
participation is never acknowledged as the reason they are
high quality operators.

Past leaders in the system thought long and hard about how
the system should work. THey brainstormed, tested ideas in
practice and worked out a system which can provide 24/7
coverage for the disaster area, and the rest of the country.
Trained operators are available, their stations ready to go.
some who are still able bodied are even able, willing, and
trained to deploy to help their neighbors in need. But, we
can’t expect our resources to be utilized if those on the
sharp end of the emcomm rope don’t understand what we do,
and that we can still be effective when we’re needed.

why don’t they understand this? We who are traffic handlers
haven’t really reached out to educate our section emergency
coordinators and those they lead. We haven’t publicized what
emergency plans we’ve developed to bring our region and area
nets online for extended operations to support emcomm. WE
haven’t made sure that the section leaders we serve can
reach us easily to ask us to mobilize those resources. IF
they don’t know you’re there, you won’t get the call.

We have good people out here ready and willing to help. SOme
of them are newcomers who got involved just for this reason.
That’s why they came to us. They wanted the training we
provide, but they want something more than make work
exercises and the same ole same ole. They want to feel that
they’re in a position to actually contribute when that brown
stuff hits the fan blades.

YEs, we need to train these newcomers, and we need to
emphasize that if you want to be part of the action you’ve
got to get the training. NO two ways about it, you’ve got to
have the training.

Along with asking them to do the parts of the training that
after awhile don’t seem to be fun, and reinforce lessons
already learned through repetition we owe them something
else. We owe these newcomers our efforts at promoting the
system, addressing quality control issues and presenting our
system as a high quality resource that the public can count
on. NOtice I didn’t mention agencies here, although they’re
part of that public we serve. I don’t define that public by
a bunch of alphabet soup or other agency acronyms. Section
97.1 of the rules means what it says, that we are there to
serve “the public” in times of emergency or disaster.

On the other hand, newcomers should understand that we
provide the basic foundation. They should get involved in
their local ares groups, demonstrate their abilities by
volunteering to take net control slots and handle other
duties. Meanwhile, they should take advantage of training
offered them by the agencies we serve. THe effort to educate
the emergency coordinators doesn’t end with us in leadership
positions, it goes all the way to every regular NTS

FInally consider this. The ARRL division I reside in has a
memorandum of understanding in place among its sections which
assures them of mutual aid when a disaster warrants it.
THis means that when a hurricane threatens the gulf coast
we’re prepared to stand up an emergency tactical net.
Since I’ve become the net manager for this net I’ve been
doing some recruiting as we’ve lost a few net controls over
the last couple of years, and we can always use more.
DUring hurricane Katrina a multi-section tactical net
operated for a period of about two weeks straight, 24 hours
a day, 7 days a week. COnsider net control shifts as
two hour tours of duty. THis means that I might need quite a
few good net control stations.

WHo do I look to first when seeking volunteers willing to be
called up? I look to those I know have experience in
controlling busy nets. Especially for the first few hours of
operation I want those net controls outside the affected
area who have proven ability to handle fast paced busy nets.
As time passes I’ll try to assign those operators I don’t
know as well who have stepped up to the plate.

THis is where our high quality traffic handlers should be
serving when that old brown stuff hits the fan blades. This
is also why I’m not going to get all heated up about
standing up a nationwide response involving the system,
until it’s known what is needed. As an area chair for
central area, in the situation of the Tsunami I would take
my cues from NTS leaders in the pacific area, who are closer
to the situation and can better formulate an appropriate plan.

73 de nf5b

Glenn thought you would find it interesting and so do I.  If you would like more information drop me an email…

Bob Sharp VA3QV- Net Manager Ontario Phone Net

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for May 8, 2010

May 9, 2010

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for May 8, 2010


1. Global Simulated Emergency Test

The Global SET will be held on  May 15, 2010 from 0400-0800 UTC. To
review the rules and list of participating stations, visit (Three Seven Charlie Four Bravo Romeo Golf). If
you plan to participate in the May exercise, please e-mail  Doug
Mercer VO1DTM to register.

Another Global SET is tentatively scheduled for November 13, 2010
from 1100-1500 local.  This will be confirmed during GAREC this

— via Doug Mercer, VO1DTM, RAC VP Field Services


2. Girl Guides Special Event Station

Guiding Canada will be celebrating their 100th Anniversary on May 15th with a Canada-wide Rally. Over 6000 Guides and leaders will
attend the Toronto venue at Ontario Place. The Emergency Management Ontario Radio Group will be setting up a Guides On The Air (GOTA)
Station, call sign VE3EMO, operating on 14.140 MHz -/+ and on the Ontario Public Service Reflector 9035.

All stations are invited to join us in this special celebration from 10:00 am to 4:00pm on May 15th.

Over venues in Ontario include Thunder Bay & Sudbury.

— Jim Taylor, VA3KU, EMO Amateur Radio Program Coordinator


3. New EC for Orangeville / Dufferin

A new Emergency Co-ordinator has been selected to represent Orangeville and Dufferin County.  Alex Giger, VE3LFJ has accepted the appointment effective May 5th, and will be working closely with Brad Rodriguez VE3RHJ DEC for Bruce District to develop emergency communications planning and public service leadership for Orangeville and the surrounding area of Dufferin County.

The Ontario ARES team welcomes Alex to this position with recent RAC
membership and also being the latest appointed ARES Official in the

— Bob Gammon, VA3RX, Ontario ARES SEC


4. LM Contest Log Software

LM is a program to “post process” contest logs.  LM allows you to
edit your log after the contest, enter a paper log, and convert logs
between many different file formats.  This is handy if you are using
a general-purpose logging program that produces ADIF files, and you
need to submit Cabrillo format files to the contest.  LM is freeware
and can be downloaded from

— ARRL Contest Update

Bulletin sent from Official Bulletin Manager Brad Rodriguez, VE3RHJ.

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for May 1, 2010

May 3, 2010

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for May 1, 2010


1. CANWARN Training, May 15-19

CANWARN training will be offered for Sudbury on Saturday, May 15th,
9:30 a.m., at the Lionel E. Lalonde Centre, 239 Montee Principale,

On Sunday, May 16th, at 7 p.m. at the Waterfront Inn, 208 St.
Mary’s Drive in Sault Ste Marie.

On Monday, May 17th, at 7 p.m, at the Days Inn, 14 Mountjoy St.
South, in Timmins.

And on Wednesday, May 19th, at 7 p.m., at the Ontario Provincial
Police Communication Centre, 877 Gormanville Road, in North Bay.

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

— Geoff Coulson, Environment Canada

2. Inter-County CANWARN Network

The new Inter-County CANWARN Network (ICCN) is being launched this
spring, and will be activated on the new Ontario Public Service IRLP
Reflector # 9030 during severe weather events that generate watches
and warnings issued by Environment Canada Toronto.

The purpose and benefit of this network will be to provide a
co-ordinated link between adjacent counties in the warned regions,
and to create a continuous path for the delivery of urgent weather
reports directly to the Toronto Weather Office using the online
reporting form or the dedicated landline number.

— Bob Gammon, VA3RX, Ontario ARES SEC


3. WorldRadio Online

The May 2010 edition of WorldRadio Online magazine is live and posted
free at

— Handi-Ham News

4. “Discover Homebrew” at Dayton

The Dayton Hamvention and the Midwest VHF/UHF Society will host a
“Discover Homebrew” demonstration area at the Dayton Hamvention, May
14-16 in Dayton, Ohio.

Located in booths 179, 180, 191, 192, and booths 203, 204, 215, and
216 in the North Hall, there will be 6 eight foot tables available to
accommodate many homebrewers simultaneously. AC power will be
provided, along with HF and possibly VHF antenna access. All you need
to do is bring your favorite home built project, set it up and
demonstrate it to anyone who is interested.

The only restriction is that no sales may be conducted from the demo
area. If you have commercial plans for your project, it is fine to go
ahead and talk about them.  For details, see

— Amateur Radio Newsline


Bulletin sent from Official Bulletin Manager Brad Rodriguez, VE3RHJ.