Archive for August, 2010

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for August 28, 2010

August 28, 2010

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for August 28, 2010


1. Ottawa Amateur Radio Club Hamfest

The Ottawa Amateur Radio Club will hold its 14th Annual Hamfest on
Saturday, September 11, at the Carp Agricultural Fairgrounds, 3832
Carp Road, in Carp.  Open to the public at 9 a.m.;  talk-in on VE2CRA
repeater, 146.94 (-), 100 Hz tone.  For more information visit

— RAC Events Database

2. Barrie-Orillia Hamfest

The Barrie and Orillia Amateur Radio Clubs will hold their joint
hamfest on Saturday, September 11, at the the Oro-Medonte
Fairgrounds, north on Hwy 11 to 7th line of Oro-Medonte, and then
just past the Airport on 7th line. Open to the public at 8 a.m.;
talk-in on VE3LSR repeater, 146.85 (-), 156.7 Hz tone.  For more
information see

— RAC Events Database

3. Pakistan flood disaster update

The Pakistan Amateur Radio Society (PARS) reports that emergency
communications support has been extended in the past week to three
more villages. Food and non-food items have been provided to around
1,000 families in the Charsadda and Nowshera areas. A medical camp
was also established which has treated almost 700 patients.

About 30 hams are providing help to those who have fled the flooded
areas, using repeaters and 2m simplex. Hand-held radios and cross
band repeaters and antennas have been offered from Turkey. PARS
continues working in collaboration with Islamabad Jeep Club members
with their 4WD sport utility vehicles delivering essential relief
supplies, with medical help being provided by the Pakistan Academy of
Family Physicians.

— IARU Region 1 News

4. Antique Radios Web Page

Jim Tripp WA6DIJ has quite a collection of old radios, which you can
see on his web page,  Be sure to visit
the Hallicrafters and “boat anchor” collections.  As Jim says, “real
radios glow in the dark.”

— via ARRL Contest Update


Bulletin sent from Official Bulletin Manager Brad Rodriguez, VE3RHJ.

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for August 21, 2010

August 21, 2010

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for August 21, 2010


1. Transforming Radio Amateurs of Canada

At the RAC Annual General Meeting in Halifax on 6 August, President Geoff Bawden, VE4BAW, officially launched RAC’s transformation process. The intent of which is to provide context and set the stage
— specifically, the why, how and what of RAC’s transformation.

We hope that all Canadian amateur radio operators, members and future members, read the documents at and reflect on the information they contain.

Then we ask for your comments, suggestions and recommendations on how to transform Radio Amateurs of Canada.

— Peter West, VE3HG, RAC VP of Public Relations


2. Laurentian Net Seeks Liaison Stations

The Laurentian Net is looking for stations to bring traffic from that net to the Ontario Phone Net, and vice versa. The Laurentian Net meets every evening on 3.755 MHz at 6:45 pm Eastern Time, 6:40 pm on Sundays.  The Ontario Phone Net meets every evening on 3.742 MHz at 7:00 pm Eastern.  If you can assist, even one night a week, please contact Shawn VE3PSV on either net, or via NTS message.

— Shawn Gartley, VE3PSV, Laurentian Net Manager


3. 2010 Field Day Logs Received

The 2010 Field Day logs received list has been posted at It includes all logs received — web, email, and paper.  Any changes, corrections, or missing inquires should be sent to ARRL Field Day Manager Dan Henderson, N1ND, via e-mail, fdinfo (at)

— ARRL Web

4. Contest Canada E-mail Group

Tom VE3CX has created a new Yahoo group called Contest_Canada. To
join, please send an email to Tom’s intention is to create a forum where issues of interest to Canadian contests can be discussed.

— ARRL Contest Update

5. New CQ VHF Web Page

CQ Magazine has launched a new and easier-to-navigate website for CQ VHF magazine.  CQ VHF is a quarterly magazine edited by Joe Lynch, N6CL devoted to “Ham Radio Above 50 MHz.” You can browse the new web layout at

— Amateur Radio Newsline

Bulletin sent from Official Bulletin Manager Brad Rodriguez, VE3RHJ.

Just in from RAC Bulletin Service

August 16, 2010

This has just come in from the RAC Bulletin service; I’ve shortened it for on-air reading.  If you have not already read this week’s bulletin, please add this as item #1, under “National News.”  73, Brad


1. IRESC Active in Pakistan

The International Radio Emergency Support Coalition (IRESC) is
currently operating in Pakistan, Turkey, and India, in support of
search and rescue and relief operations in response to the flooding
in Pakistan.  IRESC is currently handling EMCOMM traffic and may need
to pass health and welfare traffic.  The IRESC Conference Server is
on Echolink node 278173.

IRESC is a coalition of volunteer communicators with
members in 38 countries and affiliations with other emergency
response organizations.  For more information visit

— RAC Bulletin Service

Important news about RAC

August 15, 2010

Please go to the RAC Blog and read the following post…


Bob Sharp VA3QV Net Manager Ontario Phone Net

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for August 14, 2010

August 15, 2010

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for August 14, 2010


1. Grounding for Lightning Protection

Radio World has a series of three “Tech Tips” on how to ground
commercial radio station antennas for lightning protection.  Much of
that information is also relevant to amateur stations.  See the
articles at,, and

— ARRL Contest Update

2. Wind Loading Calculations’s Wiki has a handy reference for antenna wind loading
calculations.  You can see it at (Two Echo Lima
November Zulu Kilo Oscar).

— ARRL Contest Update

3. RFI from LED lamps

Many hams have discovered that CFL (Compact Fluorescent Lamps) emit
radio frequency interference.  Some have hoped that LED lighting will
solve the problem.  But New Zealand’s Radio Spectrum Management
department reports that LED bulbs can produce RFI, too.  The problem
is that the current regulators in LED bulbs use switching circuits
similar to CFLs.  So check those LEDs for interference before you
install them.

— Southgate ARC News

4. ARRL Contest Corral

The ARRL’s “Contest Corral” is the list of upcoming contests that is
published in QST Magazine.  This list includes all ARRL-sponsored
contests and most other major ham radio contests. Visit and click the link for “Contest Corral” for the monthly listings.

— ARRL Web

Bulletin sent from Official Bulletin Manager Brad Rodriguez, VE3RHJ.

Update from Net Manager

August 9, 2010

August 9 2010.

As of todays date I am still off the air at home due to the failure of my autotuner.  While trying to jury rig a temporary solution to the problem a support line for the W3EDP broke and now I have no antennas in the air.  Testing of the radio and the tuner are planned for early this week…

I will try to get an antenna up and running for the Wednesday and Thursday Nets but no guarantees at this time and the station will also be QRP as the only working tuner I have at this time is a QRP Tuner.

Please hold all net reports for now as I will try to get them on Wednesday/Thursday if band conditions allow.

Hoping for the best…


RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for August 7, 2010

August 9, 2010

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for August 7, 2010


1. Junk in the Trunk fleamarket

The Ontario Swap Shop will hold its second annual Junk in the Trunk –
Loonie Event on Saturday, August 28, at the Newmarket Theatre, 505
Pickering Crescent, in Newmarket.  Open to the public at 9 a.m.;
talk-in on 146.520 simplex.  For more information see

— RAC Events Database

2. North American QSO Party

The North American QSO Party, SSB, will run from 1800Z August 21 to
0600Z August 22.  The object is to work as many North American
stations as possible, on 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, and 10 metres.
Exchange operator name and province or state.  For details visit and click the “Contests” button.

— National Contest Journal

3. New World Record on 10 GHz

A group of six Swiss hams have set a new record for the longest
contact made on 10 GHz using SSB: 2696 km, from Ilha do Sal (one of
the northern Cape Verde islands) to Portugal. Using a 20 W
transmitter and a 90 cm parabolic reflector with 35 dB gain, these
hams, contacted Portugal on the morning of July 10 for almost 25

— ARRL Web

4. Travel Antennas for HF

Phil AD5X has published articles on both a 60-10 meter travel
vertical, and a 40-10 meter travel dipole. Both are easy to build,
and very compact. Visit and click “Articles”, then click
the links in the “Antennas” section.  Both articles are PDF files.

— ARRL Contest Update

Bulletin sent from Official Bulletin Manager Brad Rodriguez, VE3RHJ.

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for July 31, 2010

August 1, 2010

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for July 31, 2010


1. Maplecon 2010

The “Maplecon” QRP Gathering will be held August 20-22 at Emily Provincial Park, Omemee, Ontario.  Gather with fellow QRPers for a  fun and relaxing weekend of camping, QRP operating,  demonstrations, show & tell, and swap/trade/sell.

Day visitors (no camping) are also welcome.  For more information visit

— Ontario Swap Shop Web Page

2. International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend (ILLW)

This year’s ILLW will run from 0001 UTC August 21 to 2359 UTC August
22.  The objective is to promote public awareness of lighthouses and
lightships and their need for preservation and restoration, to
promote amateur radio, and to foster International goodwill.  Over
400 lighthouses in some 50 countries around the world participate.
For more information visit

— ILLW Web Page

3. VB1H and VC3L Special Event Stations

From August 11-15, special event station VB1H will be on the air from
Harris Island, IOTA NA-126, to commemorate the 225th Anniversary of
the Arrival of the Planter Loyalists to the Tusket Islands. There
should be 2 HF stations, CW & SSB.  Please qsl to VE3EXY.

From August 21-22, special event station VC3L will be active from the
historic Oakville harbour lighthouse at the Oakville Yacht Squadron,
for the International Lighthouse/Lightship Weekend.  QSL direct via
the info on for call sign VC3L.

— RAC Events Database and

4. Ontario QSO Party Results

Final results for the 2010 Ontario QSO Party are available online at Scores are listed by Ontario county, US
state, and by country. Plaque and certificate winners are listed on a
separate page. Certificate winners may download their certificate
from this page.

— ARRL Contest Update

Bulletin sent from Official Bulletin Manager Brad Rodriguez, VE3RHJ.