Official Bulletin, RAC Ontario Section

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

ONTARIO SECTION NEWS

ITEMS OF INTEREST

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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Bulletin sent from Official Bulletin Manager Brad Rodriguez, VE3RHJ.

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