Archive for October, 2010

Official Bulletin, RAC Ontario Section

October 30, 2010

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for October 30, 2010


1. Global Simulated Emergency Test

The next GlobalSET runs from 1100 until 1500 local time November 13, 2010. This is a great chance to practice your emergency traffic passing skills. For a full list of frequencies and rules, please visit the IARU Region 2 website, To participate you *must* register with the RAC VP of Field Services.

During GlobalSET, the Radio Club Peruano (RCP) will celebrate it’s 80th anniversary, and will be the Region 2 HQ station with the special call sign OC80A. Look for them on the IARU Center of Activity
frequencies on 15, 17, 20, 40 and 80 meters.

— Doug Mercer, VO1DTM, RAC VP Field Services


2. New ARES Mutual Aid Manual

The new Ontario ARES District Mutual Aid Program Manual DMAP-2010 drafted by DEC Mike Hickey VE3IPC and group partners from Seaway/Capital Districts is now available in completed form is being
made available in a 33 page e-mail attachment for all Ontario EmCom Groups and interested members. This document is the result of much dedicated work and will become a valuable tool to set a new higher
standard in EmCom Coordination and the application of mutual aid protocol throughout all of Ontario.

— Bob Gammon, VA3RX, Ontario ARES SEC


3. Kingston Hamfest

The Kingston Amateur Radio Club and the Military Communications and Electronics Museum will hold a Breakfast and Tailgate Hamfest on Saturday, November 13, at the Communications Museum at CFB Kingston.
Breakfast at the Garrison Golf club at 7:30; swapmeet open to the public at 8:30. Talk-in on VE3KBR 146.94 (-), 151.4 Hz tone. For more information visit

— RAC Events Database

4. Hams Provide Support in Chile Mine Rescue

The miraculous rescue of the 33 trapped miners in Chile has received worldwide media coverage. One aspect that has not been covered is the participation — since Day 1 — of amateur radio operators from the
Radio Club Copiapó, CE1CPI.

According to the Radio Club de Chile, there is very little communications infrastructure in the remote area and the hams played a vital role in keeping everyone in contact with each other. The club provided communications support between government authorities and equipment operators in the mine complex, among various response agencies and for families of the trapped miners.

— CQ News Service

5. 77th ARRL Sweepstakes

The object of the ARRL Sweepstakes is for stations in the United States and Canada to exchange QSO information with as many other US and Canadian stations as possible on 160, 80, 40, 20, 15 and 10 meter bands. The CW contest runs from 2100 UTC Saturday, November 6 through 0300 UTC Monday, November 8. The SSB contest runs from 2100 UTC Saturday, November 20 through 0300 UTC Monday, November 22.
Complete information and the Sweepstakes Operating Guide can be found at

— ARRL Web

Bulletin sent from Official Bulletin Manager Brad Rodriguez, VE3RHJ.


Official Bulletin, RAC Ontario Section

October 23, 2010

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for October 23, 2010




1. Aurora Webcam
The Canadian Space Agency has set up a camera in Yellowknife to broadcast the aurora borealis to the general public. It’s part of a 5-year educational initiative to raise awareness of space weather and the sun’s influence on Earth. See it online at
— ARRL Contest Update

2. CY0 DXpedition, FRIDAY – October 22: DXpedition DELAYED; 160 – 6 M (including WARC bands) – CW SSB RTTY
Today, prior to our planned departure to Sable Island on Saturday, a major safety issue was discovered with the charter aircraft that requires repair before we can fly. As of this writing, parts have not yet been located and it is estimated that acquiring parts and completing the repairs will extend as much as 3 weeks or longer.
Thus, we will be returning to the US to “regroup” and reschedule a
return for another try.
Hopefully, a new date can be announced in the near future. Info and details will be posted on this website, as they develop. Thanks to all for your patience and understanding.

3. Nominations Open for ARRL Humanitarian Award
Nominations are open for the 2010 ARRL International Humanitarian Award. The award is conferred upon an amateur or amateurs who demonstrate devotion to human welfare, peace and international understanding through Amateur Radio.
Nominations should include a summary of the nominee’s actions that qualify for this award, plus verifying statements from at least two people having first-hand knowledge of the events warranting the nomination. All nominations and supporting materials must be submitted in writing in English to ARRL International Humanitarian Award, 225 Main St, Newington, CT 06111 USA. Nomination submissions are due by December 31st.
— ARRL Web

4. York Region Hamfest
The York Region Amateur Radio Club will hold its hamfest on Saturday, November 6, at the Markham Fair Grounds, 10801 McGowan Road at Elgin Mills Road, in Markham.
General admission at 9 a.m.; talk-in on VE3YRA repeater 145.350 (-). For more information see

Bulletin sent from Assistant Official Bulletin Manager Paul Caccamo, VA3PC

Official Bulletin, RAC Ontario Section

October 16, 2010

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for October 16, 2010


1. RAC Membership Poll:

Fellow amateur radio operators;
The Board and Executive of the Radio Amateurs of Canada are meeting at the end of October to develop a vision for RAC in the 21st Century. In addition we will be establishing a two year operational plan for 2011 and 2012.
We are asking current, past and future potential members of Radio Amateurs of Canada, amateur radio clubs and associations to provide your thoughts and recommendations on a set of questions which will be found on our website. We would appreciate receiving your response by October 20th.
We have already received submissions from a number of members, clubs and associations and we wish to thank you for your input. Feel free to add to your previous comments. Please visit the RAC website at to provide your input.
–Geoff Bawden VE4BAW – Président, Radio Amateurs du Canada

2.Announcement from IARU Region 2 conference:

It was announced that El Salvador has decided to sign the IARP agreement amendment.
This very significant news means that shortly the IARP and the CEPT Intenational Amateur licences will be harmonized and become one.  This is the first concrete step towards a worldwide international roaming permit that has long been wished for by the IARU as well as the Amateur community.
–RAC Blog



3. New DXCC Entities:

On Sunday, October 10, five Caribbean islands changed their governmental status at the same time. Two DXCC entities (the island pair of Bonaire(PJ4) & Curacao(PJ2) and the three island group of St Maarten(PJ7), Saba(PJ6) and St Eustatius(PJ5)) were deleted from the
DXCC list of active entities.
They will be replaced by four new entities on the DXCC List (bracketed numbers are DXCC country codes): (517) Curaçao; (518) Sint Maarten; (519) Saba and St Eustatius, and (520) Bonaire.
The event date and time for these changes will be 0400 UTC, October, 10 2010. Confirmations for these new entities will be accepted for credit starting January 1, 2011. Other administrative changes and actions will be announced as they are finalized.

4. VC3A and VE3IYOB Special Events

From October 29 to November 29, special event station VC3A will commemorate the 400th Anniversary of the birthplace of English Canada: Cupers Cove, Newfoundland, in the year 1610. For QSL information search for VC3A on
Also, from November 1 to November 30, special event station VE3IYOB will commemorate the UN International Year of Biodiversity.  QSL via VE3NOO.
— RAC Special Events Database

5. Montreal South Shore Hamfest

Saturday, October 23, 2010
Place Desaulniers, 1023 Taschereau Blvd. Longueuil (10 minutes from
downtown Montréal)
Times: Vendors 6h00, visitors 9h00
Table $ 10.00 (individual entry(s) not included)
General Admission $ 5.00
Talk-in frequency:  145,390 ( – ) VE2RSM CTCSS 103,5Hz
Free parking
For more info:

Bulletin sent from Assistant Official Bulletin Manager Paul Caccamo, VA3PC.

To all OPN Participants

October 11, 2010

I am opening discussion on the subject of whether or not to change the seasonally adjusted net start time this year. In recent years, due to rough winter short range communications conditions, the net start time had been changed to 1600 hrs local. Last year, this caused quite a few issues for a number of the participants.
My current thoughts on the subject are based on the following: In a real emergency scenario, we cannot pick and choose conditions. We have to deal with what the conditions are at the time. We should be using each and every regular session of the net to practise as if it could be a real emergency scenario. This means also in good conditions and in bad.
Therefore, I am suggesting that the net stay at 1900 hrs local and in tough conditions we practise making use of any and all relays available to us.
As the OPN is a group-team effort, my suggestion is open to discussion and the final decision will be based on the wishes of the majority of active participants.
In order to get a sense of your wishes I ask that you respond ‘yay or nay’ to the following poll: Should we keep the start time for the net at 1900 hrs local, year round?
You may add your suggestions or opinions following your response to the poll.
Thank you for your participation,


Official Bulletin, RAC Ontario Section

October 9, 2010

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for October 9, 2010


1. IARU Region 2 Conference Reports

RAC President Geoff Bawden, VE4BAW, and Vice President International
Affairs Daniel Lamoureux, VE2KA, have been in Salinitas, San
Salvador to participate in the IARU Region 2 Triennial Conference
held from Oct 4th to 8th. Their brief reports have been issued as
RAC Bulletins and can be read at, or at

— RAC Bulletin Service

2. Ballooning and Ham Radio

As part of the Shaftesbury High Altitude Robotics Project (SHARP),
students and teachers from Shaftesbury High School in Winnipeg will
launch a balloon with two APRS beacons, VE4SHS-14 and VE4SHS-9, from
Erickson, Manitoba on October 22nd at 10:00 Central Time. The balloon
is expected to land near or east of Portage, Manitoba after a three
hour flight to an anticipated altitude of 100,000 feet.

— RAC Bulletin Service


3. New OPN Net Manager

Ian Cope VE3HMS has been appointed Net Manager of the Ontario Phone
Net (OPN), effective Thursday, October 7. OPN participants were
polled and wholeheartedly approved the selection, as has the Ontario
Section Manager. Please join with me to welcome Ian aboard.

— Glenn Killam, VE3GNA, Ontario Section Traffic Manager

4. SET and NTS

I encourage all groups in Ontario, who are participating in this
year’s Simulated Emergency Test, to announce their exercises on the
Ontario Phone Net by way of NTS messages to other groups both within
and outside the province. By doing so you assist with traffic
handling training and help keep our nets solvent. The province-wide
SET date will be announced after October 23rd following a meeting
between EMO and ARES and RAC Field Services.

I also encourage groups holding local exercises to use NTS to promote
your local SET. Your scenario might require the help of non-local
amateurs to relay exercise traffic. By advising neighbouring groups
of your plans, that assistance is more likely to be available.

— Glenn Killam, VE3GNA, Ontario Section Traffic Manager


5. OSCAR-11 Signals Heard

Clive G3CWV reported that OSCAR-11 was heard by JA0CAW on August 29
after being silent since March 30, 2010. Since August 29 it continued
to be heard until September 8 and then again September 18-29.
Excellent signals have been reported from stations located around
the world, and good copy obtained from decoded telemetry frames.

The 26-year-old satellite appears to be operating for ten days on,
followed by ten days off, so it should start transmitting again
around October 9. Listen for OSCAR-11’s VHF AFSK FM ASCII Telemetry
beacon on 145.826 MHz. Web site has sample sound
files, information about using soundcard and hardware demodulators
for data capture, and software for capturing data and decoding

— AMSAT News

Bulletin sent from Official Bulletin Manager Brad Rodriguez, VE3RHJ

OPN Net Manager

October 7, 2010

To all interests, please be advised that Ian Cope VE3HMS has been appointed OPN Net Manager effective immediately. The official announcement will be made on the net this evening at 7:00 pm EDT on 3742 khz. Prior to confirming the appointment, the participants on the net were polled and, to a man, they approved the selection wholeheartedly. I also received the complete support of the Section Manager, Allan Boyd VE3AJB.

Please join with me to welcome Ian aboard.


Glenn VE3GNA Ontario Section Traffic Manager

Official Bulletin, RAC Ontario Section

October 3, 2010
RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for October 2, 2010


1. Alberta Section Training Coordinator appointed

I have been advised by National Training Coordinator Dave Drinnan, 
VE9FK of the appointment of Ken McPherson VA6KM as STC for the
Alberta Section.  Ken has been a Ham since 1993 but has had an
interest in  radio since 1982. Ken has served in the Navy as a NCI-OP
(Naval Combat Information Operator) as well as the Armored Reserves
in Ottawa. Ken's background in training includes time as a Cadet
Instructor, First Aid Instructor and Scuba Instructor.

With this varied background, Ken hopes to help develop ARES in 
collaboration with the Province of Alberta, RAC, Provincial ARES 
groups, and all others that wish to help.  I know will all join me in
wishing Ken the best in this.

-- Doug Mercer, VO1DTM, RAC Vice President Field Services



2. Northern Ontario Hamfest

The Manitoulin Island and Sudbury Amateur Radio Clubs will hold a
flea market on Saturday October 16, at the Walden Arena, 325 Anderson
Dr., in Lively.  Note that this is not accessible from Highway 17;
take the Lively exit to Regional Road 55 and turn to Regional Road
24, Walden Arena will be on the left side after the underpass. Open
to the public at 9 a.m.; talk-in on 147.060 (-) 100 Hz tone.  For
more information visit

-- RAC Events Database

3. Hamilton Hamfest 

The Hamilton Amateur Radio Club will hold its 2010 Hamfest  on
Saturday, October 16,  at the new Ancaster Fair Grounds, south-west
of Ancaster at the corner of highways #53 and #52.  This is the same
location as last year.  General admission at 9 a.m.; talk-in on
146.760 (-) 131.8 Hz tone.  For information visit

-- RAC Events Database

4. First 2200 Meter VE-JA QSO Claimed

Kunikazu Togashi, JA7NI, in Daisen, Akita, Japan, and Scott Tilley,
VE7TIL, of Vancouver, British Columbia, completed a transpacific QSO
on 2200 m (137 kHz) on September 28, a first between Canada and
Japan. The distance between CN89dk and QM09fl is 7162 km. While not
the DX record for 2200 m, it comes in second to the distance achieved
by ZM2E and UA0LE in 2004.  For more information see (Two Six Eight Yankee Echo Alfa Oscar)

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

SET Info

October 1, 2010

Several ARES groups in New York State are having SET exercises tomorrow October 2, 2010. All groups will be originating traffic to be passed via NTS HF nets through the day. I would like to encourage any and all groups in Ontario to announce their exercises on the Ontario Phone Net by way of NTS messages to other groups both within and outside the province. By doing so you assist in training in traffic handling and keep our nets solvent. The province-wide SET date will be announced after October 23rd following a meeting between EMO and ARES and FS interests which is scheduled for that date in Toronto.

All ARES groups in Ontario which are holding local exercises are encouraged to utilize NTS to promote your local SET. It may be necessary, depending on the scenario of the exercise to require the use of non-local amateurs to relay exercise traffic, and by advising neighbouring groups of your plans, you increase the probability of having such assistance available.


Glenn VE3GNA Temporary OPN Manager and STM

Update from the STM

October 1, 2010

Effective 2359Z September 30, 2010, Bob Sharp, VA3QV stepped down as Net Manager of the Ontario Phone Net (OPN). I would like to take a moment to express my appreciation and that of Field Services for a job well done during the past eighteen months. Band conditions were certainly not at their best, and Bob’s antenna situation often made it difficult for him to hear other stations. Despite the problems at his home QTH Bob persevered, often going out to the nearby park and operating QRP just he could hear the net. That, my friends, is dedication.

The search is on for a new net manager and the membership of the net is already being polled regarding one candidate. In addition some changes are in the offing, both to streamline the net and to also attempt to convince more amateurs that they should honour us with their presence.

These changes will not happen overnight. First we must appoint a new manager. This station will act as an interim manager only, accepting net reports and correlating statistics. The new manager, once appointed, will assume control of all facets of the net, including this blogroll. I, unfortunately do not have sufficient time or knowledge to do it justice. I have been told on more than one occasion by “She Who Must Be Obeyed” that I am spending too much time “on the radio” and “on the computer”. I once thought that retirement was for just this very thing. Evidently not, if my XYL is to be believed. I have been a ham for several years longer than I have been a husband, but apparently that does not matter. Guess I had better find her a hobby too.

73 for now.