Archive for September, 2010

VA3QV for a final…

September 28, 2010

First of all some minor housekeeping stuff….

I will make every effort to check in the Net on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday of this week  to pick up the last of the Net Reports for September.  My final report for the month of September will be sent via email to the Ontario STM as soon as its completed.

I have given the STM the keys to the office or at least the user log in and password for this blog and he will be keeping things running till my successor as Ontario Phone Net Manager has been determined.  I have asked Glenn to change the password after I make this posting…

The email account OPNREPORT@gmail.com which I have been using for the last 16 months or so will be closed early in October as I will no longer be net manager.  Contact the STM with any issues you might have in the interim.

Finally…

I would like to thank the Net Participants for their support during my time with the net.  Your assistance has been invaluable and without your hard work the net could not function or continue to function.

Once Liz and myself get some details ironed out I plan to resume participating in the net at some level.  This could take a bit of time but you should hear me every now and again…

It has been a pleasure to be associated with such a talented group of communicators…

It is my hope that you will support my successor and keep the net functioning in the future.

73

Bob Sharp VA3QV

Outgoing Net Manager Ontario Phone Net

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2010 SET Update

September 26, 2010

To all Net Participants:

As mentioned in the previous post

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for September 25, 2010″

The Simulated Emergency Test (SET) is an annual emergency
communications exercise, administered by ARRL and RAC. Both the
Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES) and the National Traffic
System (NTS) are involved.  The SET gives communicators the
opportunity to focus on the emergency-communications capability
within your community, while interacting with NTS nets.

For Canada EXCEPT Ontario, the SET will be held October 16.
Ontario will be holding its provincial SET at a later date, to be
announced after October 23.

Individual ARES units and other groups
are free to conduct their SETs anytime between September 1 and
November 30 if an alternative date is preferred. The activity period
should not exceed 48 hours.  For more information visit
tinyurl.com/3979kom (Three Nine Seven Nine Kilo Oscar Mike)

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At the time of posting this entry (Saturday September 25th at 1945hrs EDST) the Ontario Phone Net has not been notified by either  EMO Ontario or the Ontario ARES group of any tasking for the Ontario SET.


As the SET exercise will occur after my resignation takes effect please look for a notice from the incoming Net Manager or the Ontario Section Traffic Manager concerning extra sessions of the net to support the SET.

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73

Bob Sharp VA3QV

(outgoing) Net Manager Ontario Phone Net

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for September 25, 2010

September 25, 2010

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for September 25, 2010

NATIONAL NEWS

1. Simulated Emergency Test Dates

The Simulated Emergency Test (SET) is an annual emergency
communications exercise, administered by ARRL and RAC. Both the
Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES) and the National Traffic
System (NTS) are involved.  The SET gives communicators the
opportunity to focus on the emergency-communications capability
within your community, while interacting with NTS nets.

For Canada EXCEPT Ontario, the SET will be held October 16.
Ontario will be holding its provincial SET at a later date, to be
announced after October 23.

Individual ARES units and other groups
are free to conduct their SETs anytime between September 1 and
November 30 if an alternative date is preferred. The activity period
should not exceed 48 hours.  For more information visit
tinyurl.com/3979kom (Three Nine Seven Nine Kilo Oscar Mike)

— RAC Web Page

2. RAC Director Elections

Congratulations to the following:  William (Bill) Gipps, VE7ISV /
VE7XS has been re-elected as the RAC Director for British Columbia /
Yukon.  Derek Hay, VE4HAY has been re-elected as the RAC Director for
Midwest.  Bill Unger, VE3XT has been re-elected as the RAC Director
for Ontario North / East.  Everett (Ev) Price, VO1DK has been elected
as the new RAC Director for Atlantic.  All ran unopposed, eliminating
the need for a balloted election.  All were elected for a two year
term from January 1, 2011 to December 31, 2012.

The RAC Executive and Directors wish to extend a sincere “Thank You”
to Mr. Len Morgan VE9MY, outgoing Director for Atlantic, for his
service to the  RAC and dedication to amateur radio.

— RAC Bulletin Service

ITEMS OF INTEREST

3. Bonaire DXpedition

From October 10th to 24th, a combined Dutch and American operating
team will operate from the island of Bonaire, activating the island
for the first time as a new DXCC entity.  Bonaire is currently part
of the Netherlands Antilles which are scheduled to be dissolved as a
unified political entity on October 10th.  The five islands of the
former Netherlands Antilles are expected to become new independent
entities for DXCC.  For more information about the expedition, visit
www.bonaire2010.com

— Amateur Radio Newsline

4. Transcontinental Railway Special Event

The last spike of the Canadian Pacific Railway was driven on November
7, 1885.  To commemorate the 125th anniversary of this event, special
event station XM7CPR will operate from October 15th to November
15th.  Operation will be on all HF bands.  For more information check
XM7CPR on qrz.com.

RAC Special Events database

5. Jamboree On The Air

The 53rd Jamboree On The Air (JOTA) will take place on 16 and 17
October, starting Saturday at 0000 hours local time, to Sunday 23:59
hours local time.  JOTA is an annual event in which Boy and Girl
Scouts and Guides from all over the world speak to each other by
means of Amateur Radio, mostly with the assistance of local radio
clubs and individual radio amateurs.  This year’s event will be
noteworthy for the Boy Scouts of America as they celebrate their
100th anniversary.  For more information see the ARRL web page at
tinyurl.com/jota-arrl, or the Scouts web page at tinyurl.com/jota53

— Scouts and ARRL web pages

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Bulletin sent from Official Bulletin Manager Brad Rodriguez, VE3RHJ.

Brad Rodriguez, VA3VR/VE3RHJ – ve3rhj@rac.cahttp://www.ve3rhj.net
RAC Official Bulletin Manager, Ontario
ARES District E.C., Bruce District      http://www.racaresontario.ca

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for September 18, 2010

September 17, 2010

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for September 18, 2010

NATIONAL NEWS

1. Special Event Station VC1J

On Sunday, October 24th, the Westcumb ARC in Amherst, NS will operate
special event station VC1J to commemorate 65th Anniversary of the
United Nations and UNESCO.  The station will operate from the Joggins
Fossil Cliffs which became a UNESCO site last year.  A special QSL
card will be available.

— RAC Bulletin Service

2. Special Event Station CG3MUG

During the month of November 2010, special event station CG3MUG
will be operated to celebrate the 100th  birthday of the Thunder Bay
Marine Communications and Traffic Centre, VBA.  For more information
check CG3MUG on qrz.com.

— RAC Bulletin Service

3. New RAC HQ Appointments

I am pleased to announce that Chris Wiesner, VA3SM has assumed the position of Office Co-ordinator and Dave Parks, VE3AV/VA2LGQ, is continuing in his role as Membership Administrator. Chris is full-time while Dave is part-time. Offices hours are Monday to Friday from 10:00  to 16:00 Eastern Time and the telephone number is 613-244-4367 or toll-free 877-273-8304.

Our treasurer has also engaged the part-time services of Lyne
Lamothe-Phillips as bookkeeper. With these changes we look forward to
offering improving service to Canadian Amateurs in general and our
members in particular.

— Geoff Bawden, VE4BAW, RAC President

ITEMS OF INTEREST

4. Please Keep 7065 kHz Clear

In response to Hurricane Karl, which came onshore in Mexico as a
Category 3 hurricane, the Mexican Emergency Net is operating on
7065 kHz. All stations not involved in passing hurricane-related
traffic are requested to keep that frequency clear, according to
IARU Caribbean area Emergency Coordinator Arnie Coro, CO2KK.

— CQ Bulletin Service

5. Echolink for Android and iPhone

EchoLink software is now available free of charge for Android and
iPhone smartphones.  If you own one of these devices and are a
validated EchoLink user, you can access the EchoLink system from
nearly anywhere where WiFi or 3G networking is available. EchoLink for Android is available from the Android Market; EchoLink for iPhone from the Apple App Store.  For more information see
www.echolink.org/support.htm

— AMSAT News Service

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Bulletin sent from Official Bulletin Manager Brad Rodriguez, VE3RHJ.

From the OPN Net Manager

September 15, 2010

To all Ontario Participants:

September 15 2010

This is to advise you that on September 14th 2010 I contacted the Section Traffic Manager for Ontario VE3GNA and advised him that I would be unable to continue on in my position of Net Manager- Ontario Phone Net.  Glenn has replied and accepted my resignation.

I will be giving up my position effective at the end of the Net on September 30th but will gather Net Reports and submit the September Net Report to the STM.

If anyone needs more information please  contact the STM

I thank everyone for their support and hard work in the last 16 months and know that they will support my successor in the same fashion.

73bob

Bob Sharp VA3QV (outgoing Net Manager- Ontario Phone Net)

From the Ontario Section Traffic Mgr

September 13, 2010

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The following come to us via the ARRL News Service and was brought to the nets attention by the Ontario STM.

New York Judge Declares Amateur Radio Is Not a Cell Phone


TAGS: amateur radio, amateur radio service, arrl, ARRL Regulatory
Information, cell phone, citizens band, mobile radio, mobile rig
09/10/2010

In many states and localities, it is illegal to talk on a cell phone (without a hands-free device) while behind the wheel — doing so can result in a ticket and possibly a large fine. But on May 30, 2010, when a New York ham was talking on his mobile rig, he didn’t think he was doing anything wrong. Except that the officer who pulled him over and cited him with a $100 fine didn’t quite see it that way.

Steve Bozak, WB2IQU, of Clifton Park, told the ARRL that when he was pulled over while driving to Troy — about 16 miles away — he assured the officer that he was not speaking on a cell phone, but on his handheld transceiver.

But according to Bozak, the officer said “it was all the same to him.” So Bozak decided to fight the ticket in court.

“Honestly, it’s not the fine or the ticket, but that all the other hams who use mobile radios have to hide the fact we are mobile in Troy,” he told the ARRL just days after he was cited. “I will do my best to settle this
politely and correctly, for all of the ham community. So I will follow the
course and have my day in court, to ‘tell it to the judge.’ This matter
affects 38,000 hams in New York State.”

Unfortunately, when Bozak had his day in traffic court, he lost his case.
But he didn’t give up and took his case to City Court where, on September 8,
the judge dismissed the case in Bozak’s favor. Bozak argued that his use “of
a handheld Amateur Radio does not fit the definition of a mobile telephone,
and as such, the present charge should be dismissed.” The prosecutor’s
office did not submit a response in opposition.

Saying that New York’s Vehicle and Traffic Law defines a “Mobile Telephone”
as a “device used by subscribers and other users of wireless telephone
service to access such service,” and that a “Wireless Telephone Service” is
defined as “two-way real time voice tele-communications service that is
interconnected to a public switched telephone network and is provided by a
commercial mobile radio service,” the judge decided that Bozak’s handheld
transceiver did not fit that description.

“A review of 47 C.F.R.§20.3 reveals that Citizens Band Radio Service is
defined under private mobile radio service not commercial mobile radio
service,” the decision read. “Therefore, the Court finds that the use of an
Amateur Radio device does not fit the definition of a mobile telephone as
defined under the Vehicle and Traffic Law” As such, the judge dismissed the
case in Bozak’s favor.

“While the court cited the Citizens Band Service instead of the Amateur
Radio Service, the ruling very is favorable to amateurs on the precise point
of law raised,” said ARRL Regulatory Information Manager Dan Henderson,
N1ND. “The principle of law is spot on. This is a great ruling in New York
and exactly what we had thought would happen.”

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for September 11, 2010

September 13, 2010

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for September 11, 2010

NATIONAL NEWS

1. Commercial Activity on 2m and 70cm

Industry Canada advised both RAC and RAQI on Friday, Sept 10, that
their Montreal office had temporarily authorized a number of 430 to
450 MHz frequencies, and a single VHF frequency on 145.555 MHz, to
support communications for many European entrants of a cycling event
to be held on Quebec City and Montreal on Sept 10 and Sept 12
respectively. According to IC, frequencies were chosen to avoid
known amateur repeater channels.

This type of authorized intrusion by Industry Canada of non-amateur
communications in amateur spectrum is highly unusual and is a matter
of great concern to Radio Amateurs of Canada.  RAC will be taking the
matter up with Industry Canada officials.  RAC wants to know if
actual interference has been caused to amateur communications; please
report any observations to regulatory (at) rac.ca

— RAC Bulletin Service

ONTARIO SECTION NEWS

2. Laurentian Net Seeks Net Controllers

The Laurentian Net is looking for operators to serve as alternate Net
Control Stations, 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, 6:40 pm on Sunday.  If you can assist, please contact
Shawn VE3PSV on the Laurentian Net, or via NTS messsage.

— Shawn Gartley, VE3PSV, Net Manager

ITEMS OF INTEREST

3. London Hamfest

The London Amateur Radio Club will hold its 33rd Annual Flea Market
on Sunday, September 26, at the Western Fair Grounds in London.
Open to the public at 9 a.m.; talk-in on VA3LON repeater, 147.060,
114.8 Hz tone.  For more information visit www.larc.ca

— RAC Events Database

4. ARES Marks 75th Anniversary

The Amateur Radio Emergency Service is celebrating its 75th
anniversary between September and December of this year. The anniversary date is based on the first published mention of an organized amateur radio response organization, in QST magazine in September, 1935. ARES has gone through several name changes over the years, but its mission has always been the same – providing communications during emergencies and disasters when normal means of communicating are either disabled or overloaded.

— CQ News Service

5. QCWA Seeks Youth Mentoring Stories

Dave Hayes, VE3JX, who writes the QCWA column in WorldRadio online
magazine, is looking for input from Quarter Century Wireless
Association members regarding their involvement in youth oriented
projects such as ham radio youth mentoring and education.   If you
are a QCWA member and have experiences with any aspect of ham radio
youth mentoring, please send your story along with any related photos
to Dave, ve3jx (at) rac (dot) ca.

— Amateur Radio Newsline
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Bulletin sent from Official Bulletin Manager Brad Rodriguez, VE3RHJ.

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for September 4, 2010

September 4, 2010

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for September 4, 2010

ONTARIO SECTION NEWS

1. ONTARS CW Net

ONTARS is starting a Slow Speed CW net segment during its regular
schedule. The CW net will be every Friday at 2 p.m. Eastern,
beginning September 10, on the ONTARS frequency of 3.755 MHz. The
format is informal just as the voice net is. For more information see
www.ontars.net

— Glenn Killam, VE3GNA

ITEMS OF INTEREST

1. Pakistan Relief Frequencies

Several HF, VHF and UHF frequencies have been set aside for  relief
communications in Pakistan. The HF frequencies are 7.070, 14.200 and
14.300 MHz.  Please cooperate by keeping these frequencies clear.

— via CQ News Service

2. Missisauga Amateur Radio Club 25th Anniversary

To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Mississauga ARC, special
event station VC3M will be active from September 18 to October 18, on
all HF bands except the WARC bands.  For QSL and other info, see
VC3M on QRZ.com.

— RAC Events Database

3. Halton County Radial Railway Event
A QSL card from their 2005 special event station

On September 18th, the Mississauga Amateur Radio Club will once again
operate a Halton County Radial Railway special event station, from
1400 to 2000 UTC, using call sign VC3M. SSB Frequencies will be 7.227
MHz, 14.240 Mhz, 21.315 MHz, 28.480 MHz +/- QRM.  For more
information visit www.marc.on.ca

— RAC Events Database

4. Portuguese AM Feast

The Association of Radio Amateurs of the Alentejano Coast in Portugal
invites everyone to participate in a special commemoration of
Amplitude Modulation, using the 80, 40, 20, 10 and 2 metre bands, on
Sunday, September 19.  HF frequencies will be

3.685 MHz – from 06:00 to 08:00 UTC
7.100 MHz – from 08:00 to 11:00 UTC – alternate frequency 7.143 MHz
14.286 MHz – from 13:00 to 14:00 UTC
29.075 MHz – from 14:00 to 15:00 UTC

The objectives are to provide an opportunity for the use of antique
or collection transmitters, and to promote practical training and
knowledge about an emission mode that is falling into disuse.

— Southgate ARC News

5. Software Freedom Day 2010

September 18th is Software Freedom Day, a worldwide celebration of
Free and Open Source Software.  Ontario events will be held in
Kingston, Pickering, and Waterloo.  For more information visit
www.softwarefreedomday.org

— Brad Rodriguez, VE3RHJ, OBM
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Bulletin sent from Official Bulletin Manager Brad Rodriguez, VE3RHJ.