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Ontario Section News Bulletin for week of July 2

July 9, 2011

Official Bulletin, RAC Ontario Section

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for July 2, 2011

This is V__3____, Official Bulletin Station for Radio Amateurs of
Canada, with this week's bulletin

NATIONAL NEWS

1. RAC Annual General Meeting

The RAC Annual General Meeting (AGM) has been scheduled for Saturday,
July 30 at 1:30 pm.

For the first time in RAC's history the AGM will be held in historic
St. John's, Newfoundland and will be held in conjunction with Hamfest
NL 2011 hosted by the Society of Newfoundland Radio Amateurs.  The
event will be at The Battery Hotel & Conference Center on historic
Signal Hill.

All RAC members are encouraged to attend the Annual General Meeting.
For more information visit www.sonra.ca and click the Hamfest 2011
link.

-- The RAC Report

ONTARIO SECTION NEWS

ITEMS OF INTEREST

2. Submit Your Field Day Logs!

The report submission deadline for 2011 ARRL Field Day is 11:59 PM
EDT on Tuesday, July 26.  Participants are encouraged to submit their
required summary sheet using the online submission application found
at www.b4h.net/cabforms. This web form allows you to submit the
summary sheet directly to the ARRL. 

-- ARRL Web

3. The "Night of Nights," July 12

On July 12th every year, from 3 p.m. to midnight, the historic Morse
code radio station KPH returns to the air in commemoration of the
closing of commercial Morse operation in the USA.

Frequency and reception report information for KPH and other
participating stations can be found at the Maritime Radio Historical
Society web site, www.radiomarine.org.

-- via Glenn Killam, VE3GNA

4. New SATERN Director Named 

Salvation Army Major Richard Shirran, VE3NUZ, has been appointed as
the new head of SATERN, the Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio
Network. He succeeds Major Pat McPherson, WW9E, who retires with the
new appointment, 23 years and one day after the first SATERN net was
held. 

-- CQ News Service

5. New Access Rules for QRZ.com 

Users of the QRZ.com callsign database must now be registered and
sign in before getting access to any name or address data. Owner Fred
Lloyd, AA7BQ, explained that the system was being slowed down 
automated systems trying to harvest massive amounts of data.
Registration is free.

-- CQ News Service

This concludes this week's bulletin. Does anyone require repeats or
clarifications?
Hearing none, This is V__3____ returning the frequency to net control.

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Bulletin sent from Official Bulletin Manager Brad Rodriguez, VE3RHJ.
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Ontario Section Bulletin for Week June 13

June 14, 2011
RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for June 11, 2011

This is V__3____, Official Bulletin Station for Radio Amateurs of
Canada, with this week's bulletin

NATIONAL NEWS

ONTARIO SECTION NEWS

1. Killarney District ARES report

Manitoulin/North Shore ARES has added Pat Dopson VE3HZQ, as an
Assistant Emergency Coordinator, in charge of technical matters. The
group has been asked to assist the organizers of an Air Show that is
to be held on Manitoulin Island in September. 

On May 29 some members of Sudbury ARES and the Sudbury radio club
provided emergency communications during the annual MS Walk. Thanks
go to VE3's VPD, SNA, and WMJ; VA3AJV;  and to VE3's
TXO and DUW who provided bicycle rover coverage along the walk route.

-- Stiig Larsen, VE3LBX, DEC Killarney District

2. Eastern Ontario ARES Report

The Ottawa ARES / EMRG group was notified on May 19th of a city low
water advisory due to a failure of a major water pipe.  As part of
their contingency planning, the City Office of Emergency Management
asked if Ottawa ARES / EMRG would be able to provide communications
between water distribution points.  The group is prepared but has not
yet been activated.

-- Michael Hickey VE3IPC, DEC Eastern Ontario

3. Submitting Bulletin Items

Amateur Radio groups in Ontario that wish to announce upcoming
events, or report on their activities, are invited to send brief
items to the Official Bulletin Manager email address,
obm (at) ve3rhj.net.

-- Brad Rodriguez, VE3RHJ, OBM

ITEMS OF INTEREST

4. VC9M Special Event

From June 25 to July 25, including Field Day, special event station
VC9M will be active to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the
Moncton Area Amateur Radio Club, Inc. QSL via VE9EMM.  For more
information visit www.maarc.ca

-- RAC Special Events Database

5. NIST Time Widget

The U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology, who operate
WWV, also have an on-line time widget,  which  displays both the
accurate time and your Internet delay.  See it at
www.time.gov/widget.html

-- ARRL Contest Update

This concludes this week's bulletin. Does anyone require repeats or
clarifications?
Hearing none, This is V__3____ returning the frequency to net control.

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Bulletin sent from Official Bulletin Manager Brad Rodriguez, VE3RHJ.

RAC ONTARIO SECTION BULLETIN FOR WEEK JUNE 5

June 5, 2011
RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for June 4, 2011

This is V__3____, Official Bulletin Station for Radio Amateurs of
Canada, with this week's bulletin

NATIONAL NEWS

ONTARIO SECTION NEWS

1. OPN Interim Manager

James Davidson, VE3TPZ, has offered his services as a temporary Net
Manager for the Ontario Phone Net, effective June 1.  James will
continue in this role until a permanent successor is appointed.
Please join me in welcoming James to this post. 

-- Glenn Killam VE3GNA, Ontario Section Traffic Manager

ITEMS OF INTEREST

2. AMSAT Field Day

Field Day 2011 runs from 1800 UTC June 25 to 2100 UTC June 26.  The
AMSAT Field Day competiton encourages the use of analog and digital
amateur satellites to make contacts.  The exchange is the same as for
regular Field Day contacts.  Note that only ONE contact is allowed on
each single channel FM satellite. This restriction includes the
International Space Station.  A PDF of the complete rules, including
scoring information, is at tinyurl.com/amsatfd2011

-- AMSAT News Service

3. The Adventures of Zack and Max

Icom America has produced a series of comic books based on amateur
radio for youngsters.  Titled "The Adventures of Zack and Max," they
follow the adventures of the two teen hams with stories designed to
provide the reader with some basic information about ham radio, its
history, its applications, and its relevance in the world today.  So
far there are seven issues, along with matching coloring books for
the younger set.  They can be downloaded in PDF format at
tinyurl.com/hamcomics 

-- Amateur Radio Newsline

4. FEMA Administrator Calls Amateur Radio "The Last Line of Defense"

In an FCC forum on earthquake communications preparedness, U.S.
Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Craig Fugate
praised Amateur Radio, saying:

"During the initial communications out of Haiti, volunteers using
assigned frequencies that they are allocated, their own equipment,
their own money, nobody pays them, were the first ones oftentimes
getting word out in the critical first hours and first days as the
rest of the systems came back up ... I think that there is a tendency
because we have done so much to build infrastructure and resiliency
in all our other systems, we have tended to dismiss that role 'When
Everything Else Fails.' Amateur Radio oftentimes is our last line of
defense."

Fugate observed that despite all efforts, public service
communications will fail, and a strong Amateur Radio community is
essential.  In his words, "most of the time they're going be bored
... But when you need Amateur Radio, you really need them."

-- ARRL Web

This concludes this week's bulletin. Does anyone require repeats or
clarifications?
Hearing none, This is V__3____ returning the frequency to net control.

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Bulletin sent from Official Bulletin Manager Brad Rodriguez, VE3RHJ.

Ontario Phone Controllers Wanted

June 2, 2011

Greetings everyone from the James VE3TPZ/VA3WR

We are in need of Net Controllers on Wednesday’s and Saturday and also have the need for some backup net controllers who could assist when a regular net control operators are away on.  If you wish to learn or be a regular or backup net control operator please contact myself or anyone of the net contollers on the OPN .

 

James Davidson VE3TPZ/VA3WR EMAIL ve3tpz@rac.ca

 

ONTARIO PHONE NET CONTROL SCHEDULE UPDATED

June 2, 2011

Greetings Everyone.

This is VE3TPZ  James I’m filling as the Temporary Manager for the Ontario Phone Net.

At this time there are no script changes or other changes other than an updated Net Controller Schedule.

The current Script that Our Last net manager Ian VE3HMS has written up is working fine so I will remain with it.

 

Our net controllers are as follows

Sunday       VE3TPZ JAMES

Monday      VE3RHJ Brad

Tuesday      VE3PSV Shawn

Wednesday    Open (VE3TPZ |filling in )

Thursday     VE3WKJ George

Friday          VA3PB PAUL

Saturday’s   Open (VE3TPZ will fill in  if Available)

If I have omitted someone please advised me ASAp by email AT ve3tpz@rac.ca

James Davidson VE3TPZ/VA3WR

Ontario Phone Net Contollers Schedule

June 2, 2011

Greetings Everyone.

This is VE3TPZ  James I’m filling as the Temporary Manager for the Ontario Phone Net.

At this time there are no script changes or other changes other than an updated Net Controller Schedule.

The current Script that Our Last net manager Ian VE3HMS has written up is working fine so I will remain with it.

 

Our net controllers are as follows

Sunday       VE3TPZ JAMES

Monday      VE3RHJ Brad

Tuesday      VE3PSV Shawn

Wednesday    Open (VE3TPZ |filling in )

Thursday     VE3WKJ George

Friday     OPEN

Saturday’s   Open (VE3TPZ will fill in  if Available)

If I have omitted someone please advised me ASAp by email AT ve3tpz@rac.ca

James Davidson VE3TPZ/VA3WR

Rac Bulletin for Week of MAY 28

May 29, 2011

Official Bulletin, RAC Ontario Section

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for May 28, 2011

This is V__3____, Official Bulletin Station for Radio Amateurs of
Canada, with this week's bulletin

NATIONAL NEWS

1. Ontario Distracted Driving Appeal

Bill Unger, VE3XT, RAC Director Ontario North/East, is co-ordinating
the drive to exempt Amateurs in Ontario against the Distracted
Driving legislation (Bill 118). He needs letters of support from
third party groups and organizations.  If you help with
communications for any group or are part of an emergency response
procedure for your community, please ask them for a letter.

The letter need not say that amateurs need to operate mobile, but
just a strong statement that Amateurs are important to the operation
of their event or emergency preparedness plan. The letters can be
addressed either to Kathleen Wynne MPP, Ontario Minister of
Transportation, or to your individual group.

-- RAC Bulletin Service

2. RAC Ontario South Director Elected

Congratulations are extended to Jeffrey Stewart, VA3WXM  who was
recently elected as the RAC Director for Ontario South for the
remainder of a two year term which ends December 31, 2011. Mr.
Stewart emerged with the majority vote over Nelson  Jenking, VA3NDJ
in a mail ballot closing May 13th.

Mr. Stewart has been a certified amateur operator since March 1999
and involved in many aspects of the hobby, including a recent term as
President of the Mississauga Amateur Radio Club.

-- Paul Burggraaf, VO1PRB, RAC Corporate Secretary

ONTARIO SECTION NEWS

3. CANWARN Training, June 13-16

The last CANWARN training of 2011 will be offered at these locations:

June 13th, 7 PM, Thunder Bay, at Confederation College,  McIntyre
Building, Rm. 195, corner of William and Edward Streets.

June 14th, 7 PM, Fort Frances/Emo, at the Emo-Lavalle Community
Centre, 78 Colonization Road, Emo.

June 15th, 7 PM, Kenora, at the City of Kenora Fire and Emergency
Services Facility and Regional Training Centre, 100 14th Street North

June 16th, 7 PM, Dryden, at the Dryden Fire Services Training Room,
189 Colonization Avenue.

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

4. London Vintage Radio Club Flea Market

The London Vintage Radio Club will hold its annual flea market on
Saturday, June 11, at Hammond Manufacturing, 394 Edinburgh Road
North, the corner of Speedvale and Edinburgh, in Guelph.  Note: this
is NOT the Hammond Museum location.  Open to public and vendors at 7
am. For more information visit lvrc.homestead.com/fleamarket.html

-- RAC Events Database

5. WX4NHC Station Test

The annual WX4NHC On-the-Air Station Test from the National Hurricane
Center (NHC) in Miami will take place Saturday, June 4, 1300-2100 UTC
(0900-1700 EDT). The purpose is to test all the radio equipment; this
is NOT a contest or simulated hurricane exercise.

WX4NHC will be on the air on HF, VHF and UHF, plus 2 and 30 meter
APRS. Suggested SSB frequencies are 3.950, 7.268, 14.325, 21.325 and
28.525 MHz, +/-QRM.  WX4NHC also will be on the VoIP Hurricane Net
1700-1900 UTC (IRLP node 9219/EchoLink WX-TALK Conference).

Stations working WX4NHC exchange call sign, signal report, location
and name, plus a brief weather report, such as "sunny", "rain", or
"cloudy".  QSL via WD4R and include a self-addressed, stamped
envelope. Do not send cards to the NHC. 

-- ARRL Web

6. Experimental 70 MHz Beacon

A new 70 Mhz beacon, WE9XUP, is on the air from the United States
operating under a non-amateur experimental license.  It operates on
70.005 MHz from its location atop Apple Orchard Mountain in Bedford,
Virginia, 4200 feet above sea level, Grid Square FMO7fm.

WE9XUP is currently scheduled to run 24 hours a day until September
1st transmitting in Morse.  Its primary purpose is propagation study,
including trans-Atlantic E-skip.  Send reception reports to Brian
Justin via e-mail at WA1ZMS (at) arrl (dot) net.

-- Amateur Radio Newsline

This concludes this week's bulletin. Does anyone require repeats or
clarifications?
Hearing none, This is V__3____ returning the frequency to net control.

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Bulletin sent from Official Bulletin Manager Brad Rodriguez, VE3RHJ.

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for September 25, 2010

September 25, 2010

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for September 25, 2010

NATIONAL NEWS

1. Simulated Emergency Test Dates

The Simulated Emergency Test (SET) is an annual emergency
communications exercise, administered by ARRL and RAC. Both the
Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES) and the National Traffic
System (NTS) are involved.  The SET gives communicators the
opportunity to focus on the emergency-communications capability
within your community, while interacting with NTS nets.

For Canada EXCEPT Ontario, the SET will be held October 16.
Ontario will be holding its provincial SET at a later date, to be
announced after October 23.

Individual ARES units and other groups
are free to conduct their SETs anytime between September 1 and
November 30 if an alternative date is preferred. The activity period
should not exceed 48 hours.  For more information visit
tinyurl.com/3979kom (Three Nine Seven Nine Kilo Oscar Mike)

— RAC Web Page

2. RAC Director Elections

Congratulations to the following:  William (Bill) Gipps, VE7ISV /
VE7XS has been re-elected as the RAC Director for British Columbia /
Yukon.  Derek Hay, VE4HAY has been re-elected as the RAC Director for
Midwest.  Bill Unger, VE3XT has been re-elected as the RAC Director
for Ontario North / East.  Everett (Ev) Price, VO1DK has been elected
as the new RAC Director for Atlantic.  All ran unopposed, eliminating
the need for a balloted election.  All were elected for a two year
term from January 1, 2011 to December 31, 2012.

The RAC Executive and Directors wish to extend a sincere “Thank You”
to Mr. Len Morgan VE9MY, outgoing Director for Atlantic, for his
service to the  RAC and dedication to amateur radio.

— RAC Bulletin Service

ITEMS OF INTEREST

3. Bonaire DXpedition

From October 10th to 24th, a combined Dutch and American operating
team will operate from the island of Bonaire, activating the island
for the first time as a new DXCC entity.  Bonaire is currently part
of the Netherlands Antilles which are scheduled to be dissolved as a
unified political entity on October 10th.  The five islands of the
former Netherlands Antilles are expected to become new independent
entities for DXCC.  For more information about the expedition, visit
www.bonaire2010.com

— Amateur Radio Newsline

4. Transcontinental Railway Special Event

The last spike of the Canadian Pacific Railway was driven on November
7, 1885.  To commemorate the 125th anniversary of this event, special
event station XM7CPR will operate from October 15th to November
15th.  Operation will be on all HF bands.  For more information check
XM7CPR on qrz.com.

RAC Special Events database

5. Jamboree On The Air

The 53rd Jamboree On The Air (JOTA) will take place on 16 and 17
October, starting Saturday at 0000 hours local time, to Sunday 23:59
hours local time.  JOTA is an annual event in which Boy and Girl
Scouts and Guides from all over the world speak to each other by
means of Amateur Radio, mostly with the assistance of local radio
clubs and individual radio amateurs.  This year’s event will be
noteworthy for the Boy Scouts of America as they celebrate their
100th anniversary.  For more information see the ARRL web page at
tinyurl.com/jota-arrl, or the Scouts web page at tinyurl.com/jota53

— Scouts and ARRL web pages

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Brad Rodriguez, VA3VR/VE3RHJ – ve3rhj@rac.cahttp://www.ve3rhj.net
RAC Official Bulletin Manager, Ontario
ARES District E.C., Bruce District      http://www.racaresontario.ca

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for September 18, 2010

September 17, 2010

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for September 18, 2010

NATIONAL NEWS

1. Special Event Station VC1J

On Sunday, October 24th, the Westcumb ARC in Amherst, NS will operate
special event station VC1J to commemorate 65th Anniversary of the
United Nations and UNESCO.  The station will operate from the Joggins
Fossil Cliffs which became a UNESCO site last year.  A special QSL
card will be available.

— RAC Bulletin Service

2. Special Event Station CG3MUG

During the month of November 2010, special event station CG3MUG
will be operated to celebrate the 100th  birthday of the Thunder Bay
Marine Communications and Traffic Centre, VBA.  For more information
check CG3MUG on qrz.com.

— RAC Bulletin Service

3. New RAC HQ Appointments

I am pleased to announce that Chris Wiesner, VA3SM has assumed the position of Office Co-ordinator and Dave Parks, VE3AV/VA2LGQ, is continuing in his role as Membership Administrator. Chris is full-time while Dave is part-time. Offices hours are Monday to Friday from 10:00  to 16:00 Eastern Time and the telephone number is 613-244-4367 or toll-free 877-273-8304.

Our treasurer has also engaged the part-time services of Lyne
Lamothe-Phillips as bookkeeper. With these changes we look forward to
offering improving service to Canadian Amateurs in general and our
members in particular.

— Geoff Bawden, VE4BAW, RAC President

ITEMS OF INTEREST

4. Please Keep 7065 kHz Clear

In response to Hurricane Karl, which came onshore in Mexico as a
Category 3 hurricane, the Mexican Emergency Net is operating on
7065 kHz. All stations not involved in passing hurricane-related
traffic are requested to keep that frequency clear, according to
IARU Caribbean area Emergency Coordinator Arnie Coro, CO2KK.

— CQ Bulletin Service

5. Echolink for Android and iPhone

EchoLink software is now available free of charge for Android and
iPhone smartphones.  If you own one of these devices and are a
validated EchoLink user, you can access the EchoLink system from
nearly anywhere where WiFi or 3G networking is available. EchoLink for Android is available from the Android Market; EchoLink for iPhone from the Apple App Store.  For more information see
www.echolink.org/support.htm

— AMSAT News Service

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From the Ontario Section Traffic Mgr

September 13, 2010

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The following come to us via the ARRL News Service and was brought to the nets attention by the Ontario STM.

New York Judge Declares Amateur Radio Is Not a Cell Phone


TAGS: amateur radio, amateur radio service, arrl, ARRL Regulatory
Information, cell phone, citizens band, mobile radio, mobile rig
09/10/2010

In many states and localities, it is illegal to talk on a cell phone (without a hands-free device) while behind the wheel — doing so can result in a ticket and possibly a large fine. But on May 30, 2010, when a New York ham was talking on his mobile rig, he didn’t think he was doing anything wrong. Except that the officer who pulled him over and cited him with a $100 fine didn’t quite see it that way.

Steve Bozak, WB2IQU, of Clifton Park, told the ARRL that when he was pulled over while driving to Troy — about 16 miles away — he assured the officer that he was not speaking on a cell phone, but on his handheld transceiver.

But according to Bozak, the officer said “it was all the same to him.” So Bozak decided to fight the ticket in court.

“Honestly, it’s not the fine or the ticket, but that all the other hams who use mobile radios have to hide the fact we are mobile in Troy,” he told the ARRL just days after he was cited. “I will do my best to settle this
politely and correctly, for all of the ham community. So I will follow the
course and have my day in court, to ‘tell it to the judge.’ This matter
affects 38,000 hams in New York State.”

Unfortunately, when Bozak had his day in traffic court, he lost his case.
But he didn’t give up and took his case to City Court where, on September 8,
the judge dismissed the case in Bozak’s favor. Bozak argued that his use “of
a handheld Amateur Radio does not fit the definition of a mobile telephone,
and as such, the present charge should be dismissed.” The prosecutor’s
office did not submit a response in opposition.

Saying that New York’s Vehicle and Traffic Law defines a “Mobile Telephone”
as a “device used by subscribers and other users of wireless telephone
service to access such service,” and that a “Wireless Telephone Service” is
defined as “two-way real time voice tele-communications service that is
interconnected to a public switched telephone network and is provided by a
commercial mobile radio service,” the judge decided that Bozak’s handheld
transceiver did not fit that description.

“A review of 47 C.F.R.§20.3 reveals that Citizens Band Radio Service is
defined under private mobile radio service not commercial mobile radio
service,” the decision read. “Therefore, the Court finds that the use of an
Amateur Radio device does not fit the definition of a mobile telephone as
defined under the Vehicle and Traffic Law” As such, the judge dismissed the
case in Bozak’s favor.

“While the court cited the Citizens Band Service instead of the Amateur
Radio Service, the ruling very is favorable to amateurs on the precise point
of law raised,” said ARRL Regulatory Information Manager Dan Henderson,
N1ND. “The principle of law is spot on. This is a great ruling in New York
and exactly what we had thought would happen.”