Archive for July, 2010

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for July 24, 2010

July 25, 2010

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for July 24, 2010


1. Brantford Hamfest

The Brantford Amateur Radio Club will hold its Hamfest 2010 on
Saturday, August 14, at the Burford Fairgrounds, 6 Park Avenue in
Burford. Open to the public at 9 a.m.; talk-in on VE3TCR repeater,
147.150 (+) tone 131.8.  For more information visit

— RAC Events Database

2. Girl Guides Contact ARISS

On Friday, July 16, the Girl Guides of Canada spoke with astronaut Doug Wheelock, KF5BOC via Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS). The initial call to the ISS was made by the Commissioner of Girl Guides of Canada.  The girls had gathered at Guelph Lake, Ontario for the Guiding Mosaic 2010 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Girl Guides in Canada, and were supported by the  Guelph Amateur Radio Club.

— AMSAT News and Girl Guides of Canada

3. WorkedGrids software

WorkedGrids is a freeware Windows application, developed by Bertrand
VE2ZAZ, that displays a map showing Amateur Radio grid squares logged
using a third-party logging program. It uses colors to display up to
four bands concurrently.  The program reads the plain-text ASCII log
files generated by most logging programs. WorkedGrids can be
downloaded from (Two Four Oscar Kilo Romeo
Tango Mike)

— AMSAT News Service

4. Seven CQ WorldWide Contest Disqualifications

The CQ WW Contest Committee has continued its crackdown on cheating
in log checks on the 2009 CQ WorldWide SSB contest, tossing out the
top QRP score and moving a top low power entrant to the Assisted
category.  Seven “red card” disqualifications and four “yellow card”
warnings were issued, mostly for unclaimed assitance or unverifiable
QSOs. For more information visit


Bulletin sent from Official Bulletin Manager Brad Rodriguez, VE3RHJ.


OPN Needs your help

July 18, 2010

Once again I am forced to come to you with a request for assistance.  The Ontario Phone Net is in need of several Net Control Stations. 

This would be an excellent chance for anyone with an interest in ARES to cross train so they will know how to interface with the NTS in exercises or actual deployments.

If you need more information or wish to assist please contact the OPN Manager or check into the OPN on 3.742 at 1900hrs EASTERN.


Bob Sharp VA3QV OPN Manager

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for July 17, 2010

July 18, 2010

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for July 17, 2010

1. EmComm East in Rochester

The third annual EmComm East conference is slated for September 18,
in Rochester, New York.  EmComm East is an ARRL-sanctioned Amateur
Radio emergency communications conference where operators can attend
training sessions on technical topics, learn from served agencies,
and interact with other EmComm operators from all over the area.  For
more information visit

— ARRL ARES E-Letter

2. Russians win WRTC

In a very close finish, the Russian duo of Vladimir Askenov RW1AC and
Alexey Mikhailov RA1AIP won a narrow victory in the 2010 World
Radiosport Team Championship, the first time a team from outside
North America has ever won the top prize in the “World Cup” of the
ham radio contest community.


3. VHF/UHF Contesting

Todd KC9BQA has published an eight-part series of articles aimed at
newcomers to VHF+ contesting. The articles are designed to help
someone get started with contests above 50 MHz. See them at

— ARRL Contest Update

4. Operating on 2200m

As of December 2009, Canadian amateurs have been authorized to use
the 2200 metre band (135.7-137.8 kHz) on a secondary basis.  VE7SL
maintains the “136 kHz Report,” listing who is on the air and who is
building.  See his web page at (Two Whiskey Tango
Echo Whiskey Juliet Two)

— VE7SL web page

Bulletin sent from Official Bulletin Manager Brad Rodriguez, VE3RHJ.

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for July 10, 2010

July 10, 2010

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for July 10, 2010


1. VOACAP On-line

VOACAP (Voice of America Coverage Analysis Program), a well-known HF
propagation program, is now available online, at web page  The online version uses a QTH locator based on
Google Maps, and gives its prediction as a color-coded “circuit
reliability” graph showing the probability of achieving a CW-grade
transmission quality between the transmitter and the receiver.

— ARRL Web

2. Two-way contact on 8.97 kHz

What is believed to be the first Amateur Radio two-way contact on
8.97 kHz using truly radiated fields took place on Friday, June 4,
2010 between DJ2LF and DF6NM, over a distance of 20.2 km.  This is
well outside the reactive near field zone.  For details visit

— Southgate ARC News

3. National Traffic System web page

The ARRL has a very useful web page on the National Traffic System, with introductory and training material, and links to resources.
Much of this information is applicable to Canada.  Visit

— via Glenn Killam, VE3GNA

4. Coax Cable and Stubs tutorial

Jim K9YC has published a tutorial on “Coaxial Cable and Stubs for
Your HF Station,” available as a 10-page PDF file at This tutorial is in FAQ format and would be
particularly good for contesters that are beginning to optimize or
expand their stations.

— ARRL Contest Update

Bulletin sent from Official Bulletin Manager Brad Rodriguez, VE3RHJ.

Broken Links and missing pictures

July 4, 2010

Today I was showing a friend the blog on his computer and suddenly noticed that there was a picture that should of been there…  As it turns out I had uploaded directly from an email attachment and unless you had access to my email you would not see it…  I quickly copied the picture to a public directory and re uploaded it and you can see it…

The moral of this story is….  I am human and often do make mistakes….  Sometimes something that looks like its in the right place on one of my 3 laptops might not look right on your monitor.  Sometimes like the last goof up I upload a file from a private directory which means I can see it on line but you can’t…  If you see a mistake please don’t assume I know its there and let me know so I can look into it and make any corrections that might be needed…


RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for July 3, 2010

July 3, 2010


RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for July 3, 2010


1. New RAC Director for Quebec

Congratulations are extended to Mr. James Keep, VE2KHC, who was
recently appointed as the RAC Director for Quebec for the remainder
of a two year term ending December 31, 2012.  Mr. Keep is a Certified
Emergency Coordinator, has trained with  the Sécurité Civil Quebec
and is also a registered Radio Amateurs of Quebec Inc. member.

— RAC Bulletin Service

2. XL2I Special Event

Members of the NA-128 Contest Group will activate the special
callsign XL2I from Isle-aux-Coudres, Quebec between July 23-25, 2010 during the IOTA Contest to commemorate the 475th anniversary of arrival of the explorer Jacques Cartier.

The group will operate many stations on 6 to 80 meters, SSB, CW,
RTTY, and PSK31.  A station will be dedicated on 6m. During the IOTA
Contest, a station will be dedicated to the contest exclusively on CW
or SSB. QSL via VE2CQ (bureau or direct).

— RAC web page and

3. ISS packet repeater active

The Amateur Radio AX.25 FM packet repeater on the International Space Station (ISS) is now active on 145.825 MHz.

Amateur Radio Stations callsigns heard via ISS can be seen on APRS
maps. In order to appear on a map, a position report in a valid APRS
format must be digipeated through ISS, then be heard by an internet
gateway station, which then forwards it on to the APRS Internet
System.  For more information visit

— Southgate ARC News


4. Ethics and Operating Procedures

The document “Ethics and Operating Procedures for the Radio Amateur”
was adopted by the International Amateur Radio Union in 2008.  There
is now a new website,, where all
official versions in 25 different languages can be downloaded.

— IARU Region 2 News

5. QRZ Launches Online Logbook and the ARRL’s Logbook of the World are both facing new
competition. has announced the launch of its online logbook,
which will be fully integrated with the callsign database.
will begin to issue its own operating awards and certificates, based
on entries in its system.

— CQ News Service
Bulletin sent from Official Bulletin Manager Brad Rodriguez, VE3RHJ.