Archive for November, 2010

OPN Time Change

November 28, 2010

Be advised that, effective immediately, the start time of the OPN will be fixed to 2300 UTC with the warm up commencing at 10 minutes to the hour.
Hopefully, this change will be sufficient to compensate for band conditions which are likely to continue to ‘go long’ earlier over the next two months.



Official Bulletin, RAC Ontario Section

November 27, 2010

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for November 27, 2010


1. Volunteers honoured for service to RAC

At a recent meeting in Ottawa, Radio Amateurs of Canada recognized the long term effort by the individuals who have operated the RAC QSL bureaus. Plaques were presented to Nenad Stevanovic VE3EXY, the manager of the National Outgoing Bureau for more than 10 years of service, and to Len Morgan VE9MY and the Loyalist City Amateur Radio Club, the manager of the National Incoming Bureau, for more than 15 years of service. Congratulations and big Thank You to these people for all their dedicated work from the Radio Amateurs of Canada.

— RAC Bulletin Service

2. Lanark ARES Balloon Launch, 20 November

The Lanark Amateur Space Agency, comprised of members of the Lanark North Leeds ARES Group, launched an Amateur High Altitude Balloon from Perth, Ontario on 20 November 2010. This launch was an attempt at the world height record for amateur balloons.
The flight was designated LASA 8 and transmitted as VE3REX-11 via APRS. It attained a record setting altitude of 39,899 meters, or 130,903 feet, before bursting and descending by parachute to land in Jay, Maine, where it was recovered. The balloon reached speeds of 256 kilometres per hour and travelled a distance of 598 kilometres.

— RAC Bulletin Service

3. CARAB News on Electrical Interference

On November 2, the annual Transmission Telecommunications Task Group meeting between Canadian Electricity Association (CEA) and Industry Canada was held. Industry Canada relayed to the Association concerns that had been raised by RAC, at the October 28 Canadian Amateur Radio Advisory Board (CARAB) meeting, relating to electrical interference.
The CEA thanked Industry Canada for bringing CARAB’s concerns to the meeting and acknowledged that there are benefits to locating sources of electrical interference. Industry Canada indicated that the CARAB would appreciate receiving the CEA’s views and reaction to this matter and the Association agreed it would respond.

— RAC Bulletin Service


4. Bruce ARES Organizational Meeting

An organizational meeting for the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) in Bruce County will be held on Tuesday, December 21, at 7 p.m., at the community room at Legault’s Independent Grocer, 1244 Goderich St., in Port Elgin. All amateurs and interested non-amateurs are welcome to attend.
If you have been previously involved with Bruce ARES, please come to this meeting. If you are unable to attend, please contact me by email, ve3rhj (at), so that I may renew your registration.

— Brad Rodriguez, VE3RHJ, DEC Bruce District


5. Hams Invited to Listen for New Satellites

Five research satellites were carried to orbit November 19th, aboard a Minotaur V rocket from Kodiak Island, Alaska. All the satellites use Amateur Radio frequencies and hams have been invited to participate in their missions by monitoring and collecting data.
FASTRAC1 and FASTRAC2 are “nanosatellites” from the University of Texas. RAX is a CubeSat from the University of Michigan. O/OREOS is another nanosat, and NanoSail-D2 is a solar sail experiment. Information and web links for all these satellites can be found at (Three Five Kilo Four Zulu Yankee Golf).

— ARRL Web

Bulletin sent from Official Bulletin Manager Brad Rodriguez, VE3RHJ

Official Bulletin, RAC Ontario Section

November 21, 2010

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for November 20, 2010


1. RAC Vision Statement Published

The Board and Executive of the Radio Amateurs of Canada, committed to the future of Amateur Radio in Canada and to the future of RAC, held a planning meeting in Ottawa from October 29th to October 31st as part of a process to map the future of RAC in the 21st Century. The Board and Executive have unanimously agreed upon a draft Vision for RAC. That statement can be viewed at

Comments from members and amateurs are welcomed and should be sent to Paul Burggraaf, Secretary, Radio Amateurs of Canada by email to the RAC Corporate Secretary at pburggraaf (at)

— RAC Bulletin Service



2. 2010 Field Day Results Now Online

The results from the 2010 ARRL Field Day — including a copy of the QST article (with line scores) and a results database — are now available on the ARRL Web site, at (Two Bravo Two Kilo Three Oscar Seven)

— ARRL Web

3. ARRL Homebrew Challenge 3

ARRL’s Third Homebrew Challenge is to make a 25 watt SSB and CW transceiver, for 10 or 6 metres or both, with the highest quality, best performance and most features for under $150 single-band or $200 dual-band.

To be considered, each entrant must submit a working transceiver no later than November 1, 2011, suitable for testing in the ARRL Lab and for on-the-air judging by the ARRL staff judges. For full details visit (Two Bravo Hotel Papa Foxtrot Juliet Oscar)

— ARRL Web

4. PileUp Seeks Contributions

The next issue of the Finnish contesting magazine PileUP! will be published in January. The editors are looking for contributions on propagation, antennas, station accessories, international contest coordination, contesting history, your thoughts on this year’s fall contest season, and humor! Contributions are due by 31 December.
Visit for information.

— ARRL Contest Update

5. New Section Manager Appointed in Western New York

Steve Ryan, N2ITF, of Ashville, New York, has been appointed Section Manager of the ARRL Western New York Section, effective November 2. The position was made vacant when Scott Bauer, W2LC, announced his resignation for personal reasons on October 31. Bauer had served as Section Manager since January 2000. Ryan will complete the current term of office that continues until September 30, 2012.

— ARRL Bulletin Service

Bulletin sent from Official Bulletin Manager Brad Rodriguez, VE3RHJ.

Official Bulletin, RAC Ontario Section

November 13, 2010

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for November 13, 2010


1. Indonesian Disaster Frequencies

All Amateur Radio operators are requested to note the following from the Organisasi Amatir Radio Indonesia (ORARI). All IARU Center of Activity frequencies, 21.360, 18.160, 14.300, 7.060 and 3.760 MHz should be kept clear. The disaster assistance effort is using 7.065.
Your usual cooperation is very much appreciated.

— RAC Bulletin Service

2. ITU Plenipotentiary wraps up

The ITU Plenipotentiary Conference ended with broad agreement on core issues. Delegates approved Financial and Strategic plans, and reinforced the Union’s mandate in development, standards-making and global management of radio frequency resources. For more information visit (Two Whiskey Quebec Eight Nine Romeo Five)

— RAC Bulletin Service

3. Field Organization Review Project

I am pleased to report that a National Field Organization Review Project was started yesterday. With the assistance of Hew Lines VA7HU and Ian Snow VA3QT, and others, guidelines were adopted to review the entire RAC Field Organization, including but not limited to: Organizational structure, Focus, Training, Methodology, Communication to and from our members, and Technology.

This will be an ongoing process that will look at all aspects of how we operate and how we deliver Amateur Radio resources to our customers. If you would like to assist with this project, and feel that you have something to offer, please contact vo1dtm (at) rac (dot) ca

— Doug Mercer, VO1DTM, RAC Vice President Field Services


4. Provincial Simulated Emergency Test

The 2010 Ontario Province-wide Simulated Emergency Test will be conducted on the following dates:
* EOC to EOC test: December 1st from 0900-1200 local time
* Province-wide SET: December 4th from 1000-1400 and 1900-2100 local

All Amateur Radio Operators are invited to participate. Complete details about the Province-wide SET can be found on the EMO ARES website,

— Jim Taylor, VA3KU, EMO ARES


5. Nominations Open for Lighthouse Activator of the Year

The Amateur Radio Lighthouse Society presents an annual award to the ham who has done the most to promote the activation of any of the world’s nautical light beacons. Criteria include the rarity of the beacons, their remoteness, and the technical difficulty. Any licensed amateur anywhere in the world is qualified for the award.

Nominations should include the nominee’s call, name, address, e-mail address (if available) and a brief paragraph (50-100 words) describing why the nominee should receive the award. They must be sent to the ARLHS via e-mail or by postal mail to the ARLHS HQ, 114 Woodbine Ave, Merchantville, NJ 08109, USA, no later than December 31st. For more information visit

— ARRL Web

Bulletin sent from Official Bulletin Manager Brad Rodriguez, VE3RHJ.

Official Bulletin, RAC Ontario Section

November 6, 2010

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for November 6, 2010


1. Canadian Amateur Radio Advisory Board Meeting

The 35th meeting of the Canadian Amateur Radio Advisory Board took place on Thursday Oct. 28th. CARAB is composed of representatives from both RAC representing Canadian Amateurs, and Industry Canada, as the regulator of amateur radio. For the full report visit the RAC web page at

— RAC Bulletin Service

2. VA3QT Appointed Special Advisor

It is with great pleasure that I announce the appointment of Ian Snow VA3QT, Special Advisor to the RAC National Field Organization Executive. Ian, an original National Training Resource Group member, will work closely with National NTS Coordinator Hew Lines VA7HU initially, looking at the manner in which the ARES and NTS stay useful and relevant to the Agencies we serve, from a messaging and use of technology standpoint.

I would like to welcome Ian, and thank him for his continued valuable support of the Radio Amateurs of Canada.

— Doug Mercer, VO1DTM, RAC VP Field Services

3. RAC Executive Meeting

On the weekend of October 30th, directors, executives, and key participants gathered in Ottawa to plan the future of RAC. An initial report can be read at

— RAC Bulletin Service


4. Killarney District ARES Report

On October 18, members of the Manitoulin ARES group, along with personnel from the Red Cross, OPP, Ministry of Natural resources, E.M.O., OMAFRA, and EMS, and Community Control Groups from the Townships of Billings, NEMI and Central Manitoulin, participated in a simulated emergency involving a forest fire on Manitoulin Island. The focus of the exercise was to evaluate the response, telecommunication and evacuation capabilities in a multi-jurisdictional emergency. The exercise was a success according to Jeannine Morin, Killarney Sector Field Officer, Emergency Management Ontario.

Sudbury EC Pat Dopson and and Killarney DEC Stiig Larsen VE3LBX attended the ARES Ontario meeting in Toronto at the Toronto Office of Emergency Management. Presentations by Al Boyd VE3AJB, Section Manager, and Ian Snow VA3QT were informative and discussed a role for the group that would be independent of RAC, the ARES Qualification System, and the establishment of a steering committee.

— Stiig Larsen, VE3LBX, Killarney DEC



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— AMSAT News

Bulletin sent from Official Bulletin Manager Brad Rodriguez, VE3RHJ.

McCrae House marks Remembrance Week with return of Guelph Amateur Radio Club

November 1, 2010

Remembrance traditions continue at McCrae House with the return of the Guelph Amateur Radio Club. Now in its 22th season, the group will again be sending and receiving remembrance messages at the birthplace of John McCrae from Saturday, November 6 thru Thursday, November 11. Approximate hours of operation are 1-5 p.m.

Members of the Radio Club look forward to contacting, via the airwaves, ham radio enthusiasts around the world. This is their opportunity to acknowledge Remembrance Day and exchange thoughts on its significance. The Club also assists the Museum in educating children and adult groups taking part in Remembrance programs offered throughout the week. Students, as well as the general public, are invited to share their thoughts and reacquaint themselves with John McCrae.

Listen for their special call “VA3IF” for In Flanders, talk to them and their students, and receive their commemorative QSL card.
They can be found on the amateur radio bands of 80, 40 20, 15, 10 and 2 metres, and also on the IRLP node of 2260.

McCrae House is the birthplace of John McCrae, doctor, soldier and author of the poem In Flanders Fields, one of the best known First World War poems. McCrae’s poem is credited with initiating the use of the poppy as a symbol of remembrance.

Join us on Thursday, November 11th beginning at 9:00 a.m. with a short flag ceremony organized by the Col. John McCrae Legion in the McCrae Garden. Admission to McCrae House on Remembrance day is by donation and the House is open until 5:00 p.m.

McCrae House is located at 108 Water Street. Open daily 1-5 p.m. leading up to Remembrance Day and open Remembrance Day 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Regular admission to the museum is: Adults- $4.00, Seniors & Students – $3.00, Families $10.00. Please contact Guelph Museums at 836-1221, ext. 2773 for more information.