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April 30, 2011
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The Beat Goes On

April 30, 2011

Back in the 1960’s a popular recording duo, Sonny and Cher, had a hit with the song “The Beat Goes On”. That pretty much summarizes the current status of the Ontario Phone Net. We may not have a named leader but the net is still a viable entity within the NTS structure here in the Ontario Section.

A couple of our stalwart controllers have announced that they wish to be relieved of duty as a direct result of the supposed takeover of OPN by ECOA. I sincerely hope they will reconsider for at least the short term.

In response to a query by Mr Ian Cope VE3HMS, the former manager of OPN to Industry Canada, the following reply was received.

Mr. Cope

Further to your query regarding the control of Amateur Radio Communications by Emergency Management Ontario.

The regulations provide for a means by which a person, government (municipal/Federal) or a relief organization may enlist the aid of volunteer Amateur Radio operators to provide communications services required.  In the event of a Local, Provincial, National, or International emergency, the appropriate authority would establish a network through the use of individual Amateur Radio operators or through an organization like ARRL-RAC NTS if deemed appropriate to do so.  That Authority may, or may not be the EMO. In any case, that authority would maintain control of all communications that are performed on its behalf.

There are no exclusive rights given to any person, or authority save that any communications performed on behalf of that person or authority would be under the control of that person or authority.  During an emergency situation, and in the best interests of those requiring aid, control of communications should be deferred to the person, government or relief organisation best suited to provide the aid required, upon receiving a request to do so.

I trust that this has provided the answer to your query.

Sincerely,

Alan McLean
Spectrum Management Officer | Agent, Gestion du spectre
Spectrum Management Operations Branch | Direction générale des opérations de la gestion du spectre
Spectrum, Information Technologies and Telecommunications Sector | Secteur du Spectre, des technologies de l’information et des télécommunications

Industry Canada | Industrie Canada

Among other things it gives amateurs the permission to call upon anyone who they deem able to provide assistance in time of emergency to do so. If we need to get a message to Northwestern Ontario we are allowed to channel the request through the State of Michigan, for example or Minnesota, should it be deemed necessary. It does not give any single organization carte blanche responsibility for all EMCOMMS in Ontario. We are, after all, all volunteers doing what our hobby allows us to do. Now if only we could get Bill 118 amended to exempt amateurs here in Ontario as has been done in at least six or seven other provinces……………..

That is a topic for another soapbox.

73,

Glenn VE3GNA, Section Traffic Manager

Ch-ch-changes

April 26, 2011

As of approximately 2307 UTC April 25, the Ontario Phone Net has lost its leader. Given all the rumblings about fragmentation within ARES and NTS here in Ontario and the formation of ECOA as a new entity to look after ARES and NTS activities in this province, one has to wonder – “what next?”

As Section Traffic Manager for the province of Ontario I will be actively seeking a new manager for the OPN for the short term. I myself, cannot accept the position for more than a very short period.

I sincerely hope that OPN can continue to provide the service to the National Traffic System that it has provided over the past several decades.

73,

Glenn VE3GNA

OPN NM

April 25, 2011

During the past 6 months, several changes have been made. Amongst these, the Net Preamble was changed, as was the Centre Frequency of Operations, the seasonal Net Start Time, and the Net Warm-up.
I am delighted with the professionalism shown by all Net Controllers, not just for the smooth implementation of these changes, but also the looseness and levity they have brought to the net while remaining focused on the job at hand.
I’d just like to say thank you for the great job all of you have done!
As to the pending fragmentation of ARES and now certain demise of the NTS in Ontario, I was almost convinced to stage one last fight. But on reflection I realized that the collateral damage would be at too high a price.

With this being said, I tender my resignation from the OPN effective immediately
73 Ian VE3HMS

Official Bulletin, RAC Ontario Section

April 23, 2011

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for April 23, 2011

NATIONAL NEWS

1. GB0BON Special Event

The Welland Valley Amateur Radio Society will operate special event station GB0BON in June 2011, to commemorate the 366th anniversary of the Battle of Naseby, the decisive battle of the English civil war on 14th June 1645. Our main day of operation will be the 19th June from 0800 UTC until the petrol in our generator runs out. The  station will be located at Rupert’s Viewpoint just south of Market Harborough in Leicestershire. QSL via G4XEX.

— RAC Bulletin Service

ONTARIO SECTION NEWS

2. CANWARN Training, May 7 – May 12

CANWARN training will be offered in Toronto on May 7th, at 9 AM, at Environment Canada Headquarters, 4905 Dufferin St.

Also on May 12th in Dufferin County, at 7 PM, at the Dufferin County Museum, at the corner of Highway 89 and Airport Road.

If you will be attending a CANWARN training session, please send an email to Geoff.Coulson (at) ec.gc.ca, so that he can reserve space.

— Environment Canada

3. Inter-County CANWARN Network

During severe weather events that generate watches and warnings the Inter-County CANWARN Network will be activated on the Ontario public service reflector #9030, to co-ordinate severe weather information between adjacent counties and to provide a direct link with the Ontario storm prediction centre using the online meta page.

— ARES Ontario

4. New Provincial Association.

The newly Incorporated ECOA, Emergency Communications Ontario Association, an integrated partnership with the ARES Field Service has now been established to provide and enhance EmComm support at Provincial and Municipal levels throughout Ontario.

Additional membership details with news features and updated topics of interest is now available on the new Toronto based website found at: http://www.emergencycom.ca

— Bob Gammon, VA3RX, Ontario ARES SEC

ITEMS OF INTEREST

5. Transatlantic Amateur Radio Balloon

The “Project Blue Horizon 5” high-altitude transatlantic balloon flight, originally scheduled for April 22, has been postponed to April 27 – 29. The team is attempting to break current Amateur Radio high-altitude balloon records for distance and duration. The payload will be carried beneath a 54,000 cubic foot capacity helium-filled  balloon cruising between 85,000 and 100,000 feet.

During the flight amateurs worldwide are encouraged to monitor the N2XE CW telemetry beacons at 7.1023 and 10.1466 MHz. The balloon is also equipped with an APRS beacon at 144.39 MHz using the call sign KC2ZJH. For more information visit the project web site, http://www.projectbluehorizon.com, or follow PBH5 on Twitter.

— ARRL Web

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Bulletin sent from Official Bulletin Manager Brad Rodriguez, VE3RHJ.

Official Bulletin, RAC Ontario Section

April 16, 2011

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for April 16, 2011

NATIONAL NEWS

ONTARIO SECTION NEWS

1. CANWARN Training, April 30 – May 5

CANWARN training will be offered near Orillia on April 30th, at 9 AM, at the Rama Community Hall, 5950 Rama Road, in Rama (across the street from CasinoRama).
Also on May 5th in Peterborough, at 7 PM, in the lower level boardroom of the Peterborough Public Library, 345 Aylmer St. North.
If you will be attending a CANWARN training session, please send an email to Geoff.Coulson (at) ec.gc.ca, so that he can reserve space.

— Environment Canada

ITEMS OF INTEREST

2. International Marconi Day

International Marconi Day is a 24-hour amateur radio event held each year to celebrate the Marconi’s birthday, 25 April 1874. For this year only, the event is on a different date, April 30, from 0000 to 2359 UTC. This is because the usual date would have fallen on Easter weekend. For more information visit http://www.gb4imd.org.uk

— Amateur Radio Newsline

3. Royal Wedding Special Prefixes

At the request of the Radio Society of Great Britain, Ofcom will issue special temporary call signs that British amateurs may use from April 29 through May 9, commemorating the marriage of HRH Prince William of Wales and Miss Catherine Middleton. UK hams who apply for these special call signs will be using prefixes GR, MR and 2R.

— ARRL Web

4. CRAQ Special Event

From May 1st to 31st, special event station VC2CQ85 will be celebrating the 85th Anniversary of Club Radio Amateur de Québec (CRAQ). Operation will be by scheduled volunteers with their personal stations. QSL via VE2CQ. For more information visit http://www.craq.qc.ca

— RAC Events Database

5. ARRL Video Contest Winners

Congratulations to Stan Leschinsky, VE3TW, and Bert Almemo, VE3OUB, both of Scarborough, who took third place in the ARRL Video Contest. You can see their video about operating VE3CCO in the 2010 CQ WW 160 Contest, and the other winners, at http://www.arrl.org/winners

— The ARRL Letter

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Bulletin sent from Official Bulletin Manager Brad Rodriguez, VE3RHJ.

Official Bulletin, RAC Ontario Section

April 9, 2011

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for April 9, 2011

NATIONAL NEWS

1. Development of a Canadian Field Organization

At its second meeting held on 13 January, the RAC Field Services Council approved in principle an ARES Training Management System.
The Council’s working groups are developing an updated mission statement for ARES, and a training Specification. While the focus is initially on modernizing the ARES, ultimately this will be expanded to all roles within the RAC Field Organization. For more details read the full announcement at http://www.rac.ca/en/news/bulletins/2011/8

— RAC Bulletin Service

ONTARIO SECTION NEWS

2. Kitchener CANWARN Training, April 27

CANWARN training will be offered in Kitchener on April 27, at Bingemans Conference Centre, Ballroom E, 425 Bingemans Centre Drive.

If you will be attending a CANWARN training session, please send an email to Geoff.Coulson (at) ec.gc.ca, so that he can reserve space.

— Environment Canada

3. Eastern Ontario Mutual Aid Exercise

The Eastern Ontario (Seaway/Capital) ARES District will hold an ARES Mutual Aid exercise on April 16th in Ottawa. This will be similar to last year’s exercise, but with a focus on the staging area with receiving relief operators.

This will be the last exercise conducted by District officials. Henceforth, ARES groups will be expected to conduct their own exercises, locally or with neighboring ARES groups. We hope that all ARES groups will become proficient with the District Mutual Aid Program, to invoke or respond to a call for support.

— Michael Hickey, VE3IPC, Seaway/Capital District EC

ITEMS OF INTEREST

4. AMSAT Now Accepting Credit from RAC CANADAWARD

AMSAT Director Contests and Awards, Bruce Paige, KK5DO has announced, “In keeping up with technology and limiting duplication of work, AMSAT Awards will now accept a scanned copy the Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) CANADAWARD for satellites as proof of working the 13 valid Canadian entities.”

— AMSAT News Service

5. Bell System Technical Journal Online

Alcatel-Lucent, the owner of Bell Labs, has made the entire Bell System Technical Journal archive, from 1922 to 1983, available on-line. Some of the most fundamental work in modern electronics, communications, and computers was originally published there. The web site is bstj.bell-labs.com

— AMSAT News Service

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Bulletin sent from Official Bulletin Manager Brad Rodriguez, VE3RHJ.