Official Bulletin, RAC Ontario Section

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for February 5, 2011

NATIONAL NEWS

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

ONTARIO SECTION NEWS

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

ITEMS OF INTEREST

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 http://www.barc.ca

— 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 tinyurl.com/fieldday2011. 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

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Bulletin sent from Official Bulletin Manager Brad Rodriguez, VE3RHJ.

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