Archive for February, 2011

Official Bulletin, RAC Ontario Section

February 21, 2011

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for February 19, 2011



1. New EC Appointments

Two new Emergency Coordinators have joined the Ontario ARES team. We welcome Richard Upfield, VA3RMU, representing Brampton/Caledon in the Greater Toronto Area. And also Alan Viitala, VA3AJV, in the Sudbury region.

Both appointees have expressed a strong interest in community service and the development of their local Emergency Communications resources.

— Bob Gammon, VA3RX, Ontario SEC

2. Loyalist District Exercise

Following a the request of the CEMC for Greater Napanee, which lacks an ARES group, the other groups of Loyalist District held a District exercise in Napanee in November 2010. The report of that exercise can now be viewed on the web site, under “Extended Bulletin Articles”.

— Doug Monk VE3ZDG, via Glenn Killam VE3GNA


3. March Special Events

VE3IKV will use the special callsign VX3X to celebrate the 250th World Anniversary of the Veterinary Profession, between March 4th and April 4th. QSL direct to VE3IKV.

VA3RVK will activate speical callsign XL3A from March 11th to April 11th, to celebrate the Parks Canada Centennial . QSL XL3A via VE3AT, direct ( or bureau.

Special event station VE3XR will be active from the Brampton Fall Fairgrounds, from 1300Z to 1600Z on March 26th, for the Ham-Ex Hamfest. They will be active on 3.750, 7.260 and 14.265 MHz SSB (+/- QRM). QSL via VA3QSL, direct or bureau.

— VA3RJ Web Page

4. ARISSat-1 Deployment Postponed

Because of changes in the space walk schedule, the deployment of the ARISSat-1 satellite from the International Space Station, previously scheduled for February 16, has been postponed. ARISSat-1 deployment has been rescheduled to July 2011.

— ARRL Web

Bulletin sent from Official Bulletin Manager Brad Rodriguez, VE3RHJ.


Official Bulletin, RAC Ontario Section

February 12, 2011

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for February 12, 2011


1. VPFS Council Appointments

In November 2010 a review of the RAC Field Organization was begun to review and reform the Amateur Radio Emergency Service. I am pleased to announce the following appointments:

Garry Jacobs VE6CIA, Manitoba Section Manager, as Chairman of the “Mission” working group, advised by Doug Mein VA3DM. Allan Boyd VE3AJB, Ontario Section Manager, as Chairman of the “Training Specification” working group, advised by Ian Snow VA3QT. James King VE3ETZ as Chairman of the “Census” working group. And, Peter Wetton VA3PRW as Secretary.

My thanks to all for agreeing to assist with this important project.

— Doug Mercer, VO1DTM, RAC Vice President Field Services

2. Teslin Special Event

Special Event Station VY1T will be on the air from June 29 to July 1, for the Grand Opening of Aeradio Exhibit at the Teslin Historical and Museum Society in Teslin, Yukon.

On June 29th VY1T will be operated by VY1EI from Whitehorse. On June 30th VY1T will be on the air from Teslin Yukon, at the George Johnson Museum, from early morning to late afternoon, or 14.180 or 14.140 MHz. On July 1st VY1T will be on the air from Whitehorse as a club station.

QSL via Hugh Henderson, VY1EEN at P.O. Box 33062, Whitehorse, YT, Y1A 5Y5. For more information visit the Yukon Amateur Radio Association website at

— RAC Bulletin Service



3. ARISSat-1 Deployment February 16

The space walk to deploy ARISSat-1 from the International Space Station is scheduled for February 16th. The satellite contains a software defined transponder that will provide a 70cm up, 2m down service plus a range of telemetry, FM, CW and BPSK transmissions. For
details, visit

— RSGB News

4. Codec 2

Codec 2 is an open source alternative to both D-Star and P25 that’s being developed by a group of volunteers all around the world. The idea behind Codec 2 is to provide a single, free, software-based digital voice encode and decode system that would not require any proprietary firmware as is found in most other current digital voice systems. More about Codec 2 is on-line at

— Amateur Radio Newsline

Bulletin sent from Official Bulletin Manager Brad Rodriguez, VE3RHJ.

Official Bulletin, RAC Ontario Section

February 6, 2011

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for February 5, 2011


1. New Affiliated Club Coordinator

RAC is pleased to announce the appointment of Robert Critch, VE3QTH as National Affiliated Club Coordinator. Robert is the current President of Barrie Amateur Radio Club, and owner and president of a small telecommunications company. He is active on VHF, UHF, and HF on several Phone and Digital modes, and participates in CANWARN, ARES, and club activities.

— RAC Bulletin Service


2. Eldorado Gold Cup Sled-Dog Race

On Saturday, January 22, 2011, twelve amateur radio operators, including some from the Prince Edward County and Hastings County ARES groups, assisted the annual Eldorado Gold Cup Sled-Dog Race south of Bancroft, ON.

They used the Central Ontario Amateur Radio Club’s new McCrea repeater to provide communication from each road-crossing and race check-point, to ensure the safety of race participants and spectators, and to transmit race results to the start/finish line.

— Loyalist District ARES Blog, via RAC Blog


3. Burlington Flea Market

The Burlington Amateur Radio Club will hold its Spring Flea Market on Saturday, February 26, at the Royal Canadian Legion, 828 Legion Rd. in Burlington. Open to the public at 9 a.m. Talk in on VE3RSB repeater, 147.210 (+), 131.8 Hz tone. For more information visit

— RAC Events Database

4. VE5HP Wins QST Cover Award

The winner of the QST Cover Plaque Award for January is Jim Koehler, VE5FP, for his article “Reflow Soldering for the Radio Amateur.” The QST Cover Plaque award is given to the author of the best article in each issue, as determined by a web poll of ARRL members.

— ARRL Web

5. 2011 Field Day Packet Now Available

Field Day packets are now available for download as a PDF file at The packet includes the complete rules, plus forms, the ARRL Section list, entry submission instructions, Frequently Asked Questions, guidelines for getting bonus points, instructions for GOTA stations, and a publicity kit.

There is one rule change for 2011. Starting this year, all stations operating in Class A may use a free VHF station without increasing their operating category. This is designed to encourage more activity on the VHF bands, especially 6 and 2 meters.

— ARRL Web

Bulletin sent from Official Bulletin Manager Brad Rodriguez, VE3RHJ.