Official Bulletin, RAC Ontario Section

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for December 4, 2010


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

— 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 and the RAC blog at

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


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


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

— 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

— Glenn Killam, VE3GNA

Bulletin sent from Official Bulletin Manager Brad Rodriguez, VE3RHJ.


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