Official Bulletin, RAC Ontario Section

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for January 22, 2011


1. VA3DM appointed Special Advisor

I am very pleased to announce the appointment of Doug Mein VA3DM, Special Advisor to the Radio Amateurs of Canada Field Organization. Doug’s focus will be with strategic matters that affect the Radio Amateurs of Canada Field Organization nationally.

Doug has an extensive background and is retired from Transport Canada after 33 years of service. During the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States, Doug was Director of Transport Canada’s Air Navigation Services and Airspace Branch in Ottawa, playing a key role in coordinating department operations and taking decisive action on behalf of the Canadian Government. Doug was also the chief architect behind the creation of NAV Canada. I know that you will all join me in welcoming Doug.

— Doug Mercer VO1DTM, RAC VP Field Services



2. Applications Open for Amateur Radio Scholarships

The non-profit Foundation for Amateur Radio (FAR) is now accepting applications for 48 scholarships for the academic year 2011-2012 to assist radio amateurs pursuing higher education. Non-US residents are eligible for some of the scholarships. More information and an application form may be found at the FAR website, Applications must be received by March 31, 2011.

— ARRL Web

3. NASA Seeking Hams’ Help

NASA is asking hams around the world to listen for the beacon from the NanoSail-D nanosatellite, which was ejected January 19th from the larger FASTSAT. Nanosail-D is supposed to deploy a solar sail after three days in orbit. Hams who monitor the 437.270 MHz beacon are asked to send reports to For more information visit (Five Sierra Alpha Romeo Zulu Five Three)

— CQ Bulletin Service

4. Winter QRP Fox Hunts

A QRP Fox Hunt is 90 minute event during which low-power (QRP) stations, or “Hounds,” attempt to make contact with specific QRP stations designated as the “Foxes.” This winter the fox hunts are held every Tuesday evening on 80m CW, and every Thursday evening on 40m CW, from 9 pm to 10:29 pm Eastern time. For more information see

— via Glenn Killam, VE3GNA

5. Scientists Model Ionosphere F-Region

Scientists at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory have developed SAMI3, a three-dimensional simulation model of the low- to mid-latitude ionosphere, and are using it to study anomalies in the equatorial F region. The F-region is home to the F-layer, which is the layer of the ionosphere most important for HF DX propagation. Better ionospheric models may lead to better propagation forecasts.

—, via Austin VE3NCQ

Bulletin sent from Official Bulletin Manager Brad Rodriguez, VE3RHJ.


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