Archive for December, 2010

Official Bulletin, RAC Ontario Section

December 26, 2010

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for December 25, 2010

NATIONAL NEWS

1. Season’s Greetings from RAC

To Fellow Radio Amateurs, your Families and Loved ones: I bring you seasonal greetings from your national radio association; the Radio Amateurs of Canada. I hope that 2010 has been an excellent year for you and those that you hold dear.

As we enter this holiday season I want to wish each and every one of you a warm wish for a fabulous holiday season as well as a healthy and prosperous 2011. I am sure that you will be taking time to be with your friends and family. Being with those closest to you makes this the finest part of the year.

Take care. May 2011 be good to you.

— Geoff Bawden VE4BAW, President and Chair, RAC

2. Fast Facts on the New RAC Insurance Program

Since the RAC Bulletin advising Members about the changes to the RAC Insurance Policy came out there have been some questions being raised. With the intent of keeping our members better informed, Bob VA3QV asked First Vice President Ian MacFarquhar VE9IM to address some of the questions we have heard recently. Read Ian’s replies at blog.rac.ca/?p=1844

— RAC Blog

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3. EmComm Quarterly Signing Off

EmComm Quarterly has ceased publication. This e-newsletter about amateur radio emergency communications started as EmComm Monthly in 2004, and became quarterly in 2009. Back issues will remain available at http://www.emcomm.org/em, and the web site will continue operation unitl funds are depleted.

— D. W. Thorne, K6SOJ, Editor / Publisher

4. Free Propagation E-Book

Steve G0KYA and Alan G3NYK, of the Radio Society of Great Britain’s Propagation Studies Committee, have released a free ebook called “Understanding LF and HF Propagation.” It is based on a series of features the two wrote for the RSGB’s “Radcom” magazine in 2008 and 2009. Download the book in PDF format for free at http://www.g0kya.blogspot.com

— AMSAT News

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Official Bulletin, RAC Ontario Section

December 18, 2010

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for December 18, 2010

NATIONAL NEWS

1. Distracted Driving Legislation

On November 24th New Brunswick introduced a bill to control cell phone and “hand-operated electronic device” use while driving and this legislation will prevent amateurs from using mobile radios while driving. RAC agrees with the intent of the legislation but has argued for an exclusion for Amateur Radio operators in a December 9th letter from the President of RAC to the New Brunswick Minister of Public Safety.

Third reading on the bill is expected during the week of December 13 to 17. The Bill permits the government to proclaim the legislation at a time of its choosing anytime thereafter. For a more complete report visit http://www.rac.ca/en/news/bulletins/2010/39

— RAC Bulletin Service

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2. January 1st is Straight Key Night

Straight Key Night is held every January 1 from 0000 UTC through 2359 UTC. This 24-hour event is not a contest; rather it is a day dedicated to celebrating our CW heritage. Participants are encouraged to get on the air and simply make enjoyable, conversational CW QSOs. The use of straight keys or bugs to send CW is preferred.
For more information see http://www.arrl.org/straight-key-night

— ARRL Web

3. Straight Key Night on Oscar

You are cordially invited to participate in Straight Key Night on OSCAR, conducted by AMSAT for radio amateurs throughout the world. There are no rules, no scoring and no logs required. Just operate CW on any OSCAR satellite, using a straight hand key, from 0000 UTC to 2400 UTC on 1 January 2011, working as many SKN stations as you can.

— AMSAT News

4. January 2nd is Kids’ Day

Kids Day is an on-air event to encourage young people (licensed or not) to have fun with Amateur Radio. It is designed to give on-the-air experience to youngsters and hopefully foster interest in getting a license of their own. Kids Day runs from 1800 to 2359 UTC on Sunday, January 2nd, 2011. Operate as much or as little as you like. Suggested exchange is name, age, location and favorite color.
For more information see http://www.arrl.org/kids-day

— ARRL Web

5. DX Code of Conduct

The ‘DX-Code of Conduct’ are some very important guidelines on how to best use your station, as well as providing good operating skills to make it into the DX log in a way that is both efficient and follows the ethical standards of operating on the amateur radio bands. Read it at http://www.dx-code.org

— Southgate ARC News

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Official Bulletin, RAC Ontario Section

December 11, 2010

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for December 11, 2010

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1. 2010 Canada Winter Contest

The RAC Canada Winter Contest runs 0000 to 2359 UTC on December 18, on 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, 6 and 2 metres, phone and CW. Canadian stations send RST and province or territory; VE0s and stations outside Canada send RST and a serial number. For more information see http://www.rac.ca/en/rac/programmes/contests

— RAC Web Page

2. Call for Homebrew Articles

The Canadian Amateur magazine is looking for a variety of articles, long or short, describing Amateur Radio projects which you have conceived and built. Possible topics could include transmitters, amplifiers, receivers, tuners, keyers, computer-controlled devices, station control systems, measuring equipment, original construction techniques, or special software. Please send a preliminary outline of your article to the Editor by December 31. If accepted, you will be asked to submit the complete article by February 15, 2011. An Author’s Guide is at http://www.rac.ca/tca/tca_authors_guide.htm; send email submissions to tcamag (at) yahoo.ca.

— The Canadian Amateur

3. RAC Membership Changes

Due to the cost of mailing, Radio Amateurs of Canada is increasing its annual membership fees for U.S. and International memberships. These changes apply only for members receiving The Canadian Amateur; family and blind memberships remain unchanged.
See http://www.rac.ca for details.

— RAC Bulletin Service

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4. FM Simplex Damaging Space Communications

FM operators are once again being asked to not use 145.8 to 146.0 MHz for terrestrial, point to point casual communications. This is because such operations are devastating to weak signal ground to space and space to ground satellite operations. Your cooperation is appreciated.

— Amateur Radio Newsline

5. Falcon 9 launches Amateur Radio CubeSat

The SpaceX Falcon 9 that launched on Wednesday, December 8, carried the Amateur Radio CubeSat CAERUS into Low Earth Orbit. The satellite transmits beacon data on 437.600 MHz, 1200 baud AFSK, using call sign KJ6FIX, with a power of 900 milliwatts. Reception reports are desired — for information see tinyurl.com/37w8map (Three Seven Whiskey Eight Mike Alfa Papa).

— Southgate ARC News

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Official Bulletin, RAC Ontario Section

December 4, 2010

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for December 4, 2010

NATIONAL NEWS

1. Important News About the RAC Insurance Program

For several years RAC has offered an Insurance Program to its members and incorporated Affiliated Clubs. The broker who provided this coverage recently informed RAC that it would no longer be available. RAC has successfully found a new insurance provider, and details will be emailed to participating RAC Affiliated Clubs.

Note that to be eligible for personal coverage, RAC members must also be a member of an Affiliated Club that participates in the RAC Insurance program. This is due to changes in insurance availability and requirements of the Insurer. Complete details of this new Insurance Program will be posted shortly on the RAC website at http://www.rac.ca.

— RAC Bulletin Service

2. New Section Manager for Saskatchewan

It is with great pleasure that I announce the appointment of Barry MacKenzie VE5TRF Section Manager for Saskatchewan effective immediately. Barry has a military background, and is currently active in Moose Jaw, Sask. Barry is the current President of the Moose Jaw Amateur Radio Club, an accredited examiner as well as Club webmaster. I would like to thank Barry for taking on this important role, and thank him for his continued support of the Radio Amateurs of Canada.

— Doug Mercer, VO1DTM, RAC Vice President Field Services

3. RAC is now on Twitter

On the 29th of November Radio Amateurs of Canada opened their new Twitter Account. If you are active on Twitter you can now follow RAC at @RACTWEETS. Up-to-date information is also available from the RAC website at http://www.rac.ca and the RAC blog at blog.rac.ca.

— James R. Hay, VE2VE, RAC VP Technical and Administrative Services

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4. Ontario Phone Net Time Change

Effective immediately, the Ontario Phone Net (OPN) will start at 18:00 Eastern Time, 23:00 UTC, with the warm up commencing ten minutes earlier. 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.

— Ian Cope, VE3HMS, OPN Net Manager

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5. Nominations Sought For 2011 Hamvention Awards

The Dayton Hamvention is seeking nominations for its 2011 awards. The Radio Amateur of the Year, Special Achievement, and Technical Excellence Awards are considered among the most prestigious honors in amateur radio. Also, the association is continuing its Radio Club of the Year Award, introduced last year. Nominations must be submitted by January 15, 2011. Details and nominating forms are available at http://www.hamvention.org.

— CQ News Service

6. Media Coverage of LASA 8

The Sun-Journal in Lewiston, Maine, has reported on the Lanark Space Agency’s successful launch and recovery of LASA 8, the record-holding high altitude balloon flight. Read it at http://www.sunjournal.com/city/story/948273

— Glenn Killam, VE3GNA

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