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RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for September 11, 2010

September 13, 2010

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for September 11, 2010


1. Commercial Activity on 2m and 70cm

Industry Canada advised both RAC and RAQI on Friday, Sept 10, that
their Montreal office had temporarily authorized a number of 430 to
450 MHz frequencies, and a single VHF frequency on 145.555 MHz, to
support communications for many European entrants of a cycling event
to be held on Quebec City and Montreal on Sept 10 and Sept 12
respectively. According to IC, frequencies were chosen to avoid
known amateur repeater channels.

This type of authorized intrusion by Industry Canada of non-amateur
communications in amateur spectrum is highly unusual and is a matter
of great concern to Radio Amateurs of Canada.  RAC will be taking the
matter up with Industry Canada officials.  RAC wants to know if
actual interference has been caused to amateur communications; please
report any observations to regulatory (at)

— RAC Bulletin Service


2. Laurentian Net Seeks Net Controllers

The Laurentian Net is looking for operators to serve as alternate Net
Control Stations, for days when the scheduled NCS can’t be available.
The Laurentian Net meets every evening on 3.755 MHz at 6:45 pm
Eastern Time, 6:40 pm on Sunday.  If you can assist, please contact
Shawn VE3PSV on the Laurentian Net, or via NTS messsage.

— Shawn Gartley, VE3PSV, Net Manager


3. London Hamfest

The London Amateur Radio Club will hold its 33rd Annual Flea Market
on Sunday, September 26, at the Western Fair Grounds in London.
Open to the public at 9 a.m.; talk-in on VA3LON repeater, 147.060,
114.8 Hz tone.  For more information visit

— RAC Events Database

4. ARES Marks 75th Anniversary

The Amateur Radio Emergency Service is celebrating its 75th
anniversary between September and December of this year. The anniversary date is based on the first published mention of an organized amateur radio response organization, in QST magazine in September, 1935. ARES has gone through several name changes over the years, but its mission has always been the same – providing communications during emergencies and disasters when normal means of communicating are either disabled or overloaded.

— CQ News Service

5. QCWA Seeks Youth Mentoring Stories

Dave Hayes, VE3JX, who writes the QCWA column in WorldRadio online
magazine, is looking for input from Quarter Century Wireless
Association members regarding their involvement in youth oriented
projects such as ham radio youth mentoring and education.   If you
are a QCWA member and have experiences with any aspect of ham radio
youth mentoring, please send your story along with any related photos
to Dave, ve3jx (at) rac (dot) ca.

— Amateur Radio Newsline

Bulletin sent from Official Bulletin Manager Brad Rodriguez, VE3RHJ.

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for September 4, 2010

September 4, 2010

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for September 4, 2010



ONTARS is starting a Slow Speed CW net segment during its regular
schedule. The CW net will be every Friday at 2 p.m. Eastern,
beginning September 10, on the ONTARS frequency of 3.755 MHz. The
format is informal just as the voice net is. For more information see

— Glenn Killam, VE3GNA


1. Pakistan Relief Frequencies

Several HF, VHF and UHF frequencies have been set aside for  relief
communications in Pakistan. The HF frequencies are 7.070, 14.200 and
14.300 MHz.  Please cooperate by keeping these frequencies clear.

— via CQ News Service

2. Missisauga Amateur Radio Club 25th Anniversary

To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Mississauga ARC, special
event station VC3M will be active from September 18 to October 18, on
all HF bands except the WARC bands.  For QSL and other info, see
VC3M on

— RAC Events Database

3. Halton County Radial Railway Event
A QSL card from their 2005 special event station

On September 18th, the Mississauga Amateur Radio Club will once again
operate a Halton County Radial Railway special event station, from
1400 to 2000 UTC, using call sign VC3M. SSB Frequencies will be 7.227
MHz, 14.240 Mhz, 21.315 MHz, 28.480 MHz +/- QRM.  For more
information visit

— RAC Events Database

4. Portuguese AM Feast

The Association of Radio Amateurs of the Alentejano Coast in Portugal
invites everyone to participate in a special commemoration of
Amplitude Modulation, using the 80, 40, 20, 10 and 2 metre bands, on
Sunday, September 19.  HF frequencies will be

3.685 MHz – from 06:00 to 08:00 UTC
7.100 MHz – from 08:00 to 11:00 UTC – alternate frequency 7.143 MHz
14.286 MHz – from 13:00 to 14:00 UTC
29.075 MHz – from 14:00 to 15:00 UTC

The objectives are to provide an opportunity for the use of antique
or collection transmitters, and to promote practical training and
knowledge about an emission mode that is falling into disuse.

— Southgate ARC News

5. Software Freedom Day 2010

September 18th is Software Freedom Day, a worldwide celebration of
Free and Open Source Software.  Ontario events will be held in
Kingston, Pickering, and Waterloo.  For more information visit

— Brad Rodriguez, VE3RHJ, OBM

Bulletin sent from Official Bulletin Manager Brad Rodriguez, VE3RHJ.

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for August 21, 2010

August 21, 2010

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for August 21, 2010


1. Transforming Radio Amateurs of Canada

At the RAC Annual General Meeting in Halifax on 6 August, President Geoff Bawden, VE4BAW, officially launched RAC’s transformation process. The intent of which is to provide context and set the stage
— specifically, the why, how and what of RAC’s transformation.

We hope that all Canadian amateur radio operators, members and future members, read the documents at and reflect on the information they contain.

Then we ask for your comments, suggestions and recommendations on how to transform Radio Amateurs of Canada.

— Peter West, VE3HG, RAC VP of Public Relations


2. Laurentian Net Seeks Liaison Stations

The Laurentian Net is looking for stations to bring traffic from that net to the Ontario Phone Net, and vice versa. The Laurentian Net meets every evening on 3.755 MHz at 6:45 pm Eastern Time, 6:40 pm on Sundays.  The Ontario Phone Net meets every evening on 3.742 MHz at 7:00 pm Eastern.  If you can assist, even one night a week, please contact Shawn VE3PSV on either net, or via NTS message.

— Shawn Gartley, VE3PSV, Laurentian Net Manager


3. 2010 Field Day Logs Received

The 2010 Field Day logs received list has been posted at It includes all logs received — web, email, and paper.  Any changes, corrections, or missing inquires should be sent to ARRL Field Day Manager Dan Henderson, N1ND, via e-mail, fdinfo (at)

— ARRL Web

4. Contest Canada E-mail Group

Tom VE3CX has created a new Yahoo group called Contest_Canada. To
join, please send an email to Tom’s intention is to create a forum where issues of interest to Canadian contests can be discussed.

— ARRL Contest Update

5. New CQ VHF Web Page

CQ Magazine has launched a new and easier-to-navigate website for CQ VHF magazine.  CQ VHF is a quarterly magazine edited by Joe Lynch, N6CL devoted to “Ham Radio Above 50 MHz.” You can browse the new web layout at

— Amateur Radio Newsline

Bulletin sent from Official Bulletin Manager Brad Rodriguez, VE3RHJ.

Just in from RAC Bulletin Service

August 16, 2010

This has just come in from the RAC Bulletin service; I’ve shortened it for on-air reading.  If you have not already read this week’s bulletin, please add this as item #1, under “National News.”  73, Brad


1. IRESC Active in Pakistan

The International Radio Emergency Support Coalition (IRESC) is
currently operating in Pakistan, Turkey, and India, in support of
search and rescue and relief operations in response to the flooding
in Pakistan.  IRESC is currently handling EMCOMM traffic and may need
to pass health and welfare traffic.  The IRESC Conference Server is
on Echolink node 278173.

IRESC is a coalition of volunteer communicators with
members in 38 countries and affiliations with other emergency
response organizations.  For more information visit

— RAC Bulletin Service

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for August 14, 2010

August 15, 2010

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for August 14, 2010


1. Grounding for Lightning Protection

Radio World has a series of three “Tech Tips” on how to ground
commercial radio station antennas for lightning protection.  Much of
that information is also relevant to amateur stations.  See the
articles at,, and

— ARRL Contest Update

2. Wind Loading Calculations’s Wiki has a handy reference for antenna wind loading
calculations.  You can see it at (Two Echo Lima
November Zulu Kilo Oscar).

— ARRL Contest Update

3. RFI from LED lamps

Many hams have discovered that CFL (Compact Fluorescent Lamps) emit
radio frequency interference.  Some have hoped that LED lighting will
solve the problem.  But New Zealand’s Radio Spectrum Management
department reports that LED bulbs can produce RFI, too.  The problem
is that the current regulators in LED bulbs use switching circuits
similar to CFLs.  So check those LEDs for interference before you
install them.

— Southgate ARC News

4. ARRL Contest Corral

The ARRL’s “Contest Corral” is the list of upcoming contests that is
published in QST Magazine.  This list includes all ARRL-sponsored
contests and most other major ham radio contests. Visit and click the link for “Contest Corral” for the monthly listings.

— ARRL Web

Bulletin sent from Official Bulletin Manager Brad Rodriguez, VE3RHJ.

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for August 7, 2010

August 9, 2010

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for August 7, 2010


1. Junk in the Trunk fleamarket

The Ontario Swap Shop will hold its second annual Junk in the Trunk –
Loonie Event on Saturday, August 28, at the Newmarket Theatre, 505
Pickering Crescent, in Newmarket.  Open to the public at 9 a.m.;
talk-in on 146.520 simplex.  For more information see

— RAC Events Database

2. North American QSO Party

The North American QSO Party, SSB, will run from 1800Z August 21 to
0600Z August 22.  The object is to work as many North American
stations as possible, on 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, and 10 metres.
Exchange operator name and province or state.  For details visit and click the “Contests” button.

— National Contest Journal

3. New World Record on 10 GHz

A group of six Swiss hams have set a new record for the longest
contact made on 10 GHz using SSB: 2696 km, from Ilha do Sal (one of
the northern Cape Verde islands) to Portugal. Using a 20 W
transmitter and a 90 cm parabolic reflector with 35 dB gain, these
hams, contacted Portugal on the morning of July 10 for almost 25

— ARRL Web

4. Travel Antennas for HF

Phil AD5X has published articles on both a 60-10 meter travel
vertical, and a 40-10 meter travel dipole. Both are easy to build,
and very compact. Visit and click “Articles”, then click
the links in the “Antennas” section.  Both articles are PDF files.

— ARRL Contest Update

Bulletin sent from Official Bulletin Manager Brad Rodriguez, VE3RHJ.

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for July 31, 2010

August 1, 2010

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for July 31, 2010


1. Maplecon 2010

The “Maplecon” QRP Gathering will be held August 20-22 at Emily Provincial Park, Omemee, Ontario.  Gather with fellow QRPers for a  fun and relaxing weekend of camping, QRP operating,  demonstrations, show & tell, and swap/trade/sell.

Day visitors (no camping) are also welcome.  For more information visit

— Ontario Swap Shop Web Page

2. International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend (ILLW)

This year’s ILLW will run from 0001 UTC August 21 to 2359 UTC August
22.  The objective is to promote public awareness of lighthouses and
lightships and their need for preservation and restoration, to
promote amateur radio, and to foster International goodwill.  Over
400 lighthouses in some 50 countries around the world participate.
For more information visit

— ILLW Web Page

3. VB1H and VC3L Special Event Stations

From August 11-15, special event station VB1H will be on the air from
Harris Island, IOTA NA-126, to commemorate the 225th Anniversary of
the Arrival of the Planter Loyalists to the Tusket Islands. There
should be 2 HF stations, CW & SSB.  Please qsl to VE3EXY.

From August 21-22, special event station VC3L will be active from the
historic Oakville harbour lighthouse at the Oakville Yacht Squadron,
for the International Lighthouse/Lightship Weekend.  QSL direct via
the info on for call sign VC3L.

— RAC Events Database and

4. Ontario QSO Party Results

Final results for the 2010 Ontario QSO Party are available online at Scores are listed by Ontario county, US
state, and by country. Plaque and certificate winners are listed on a
separate page. Certificate winners may download their certificate
from this page.

— ARRL Contest Update

Bulletin sent from Official Bulletin Manager Brad Rodriguez, VE3RHJ.

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for July 24, 2010

July 25, 2010

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for July 24, 2010


1. Brantford Hamfest

The Brantford Amateur Radio Club will hold its Hamfest 2010 on
Saturday, August 14, at the Burford Fairgrounds, 6 Park Avenue in
Burford. Open to the public at 9 a.m.; talk-in on VE3TCR repeater,
147.150 (+) tone 131.8.  For more information visit

— RAC Events Database

2. Girl Guides Contact ARISS

On Friday, July 16, the Girl Guides of Canada spoke with astronaut Doug Wheelock, KF5BOC via Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS). The initial call to the ISS was made by the Commissioner of Girl Guides of Canada.  The girls had gathered at Guelph Lake, Ontario for the Guiding Mosaic 2010 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Girl Guides in Canada, and were supported by the  Guelph Amateur Radio Club.

— AMSAT News and Girl Guides of Canada

3. WorkedGrids software

WorkedGrids is a freeware Windows application, developed by Bertrand
VE2ZAZ, that displays a map showing Amateur Radio grid squares logged
using a third-party logging program. It uses colors to display up to
four bands concurrently.  The program reads the plain-text ASCII log
files generated by most logging programs. WorkedGrids can be
downloaded from (Two Four Oscar Kilo Romeo
Tango Mike)

— AMSAT News Service

4. Seven CQ WorldWide Contest Disqualifications

The CQ WW Contest Committee has continued its crackdown on cheating
in log checks on the 2009 CQ WorldWide SSB contest, tossing out the
top QRP score and moving a top low power entrant to the Assisted
category.  Seven “red card” disqualifications and four “yellow card”
warnings were issued, mostly for unclaimed assitance or unverifiable
QSOs. For more information visit


Bulletin sent from Official Bulletin Manager Brad Rodriguez, VE3RHJ.

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for July 17, 2010

July 18, 2010

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for July 17, 2010

1. EmComm East in Rochester

The third annual EmComm East conference is slated for September 18,
in Rochester, New York.  EmComm East is an ARRL-sanctioned Amateur
Radio emergency communications conference where operators can attend
training sessions on technical topics, learn from served agencies,
and interact with other EmComm operators from all over the area.  For
more information visit

— ARRL ARES E-Letter

2. Russians win WRTC

In a very close finish, the Russian duo of Vladimir Askenov RW1AC and
Alexey Mikhailov RA1AIP won a narrow victory in the 2010 World
Radiosport Team Championship, the first time a team from outside
North America has ever won the top prize in the “World Cup” of the
ham radio contest community.


3. VHF/UHF Contesting

Todd KC9BQA has published an eight-part series of articles aimed at
newcomers to VHF+ contesting. The articles are designed to help
someone get started with contests above 50 MHz. See them at

— ARRL Contest Update

4. Operating on 2200m

As of December 2009, Canadian amateurs have been authorized to use
the 2200 metre band (135.7-137.8 kHz) on a secondary basis.  VE7SL
maintains the “136 kHz Report,” listing who is on the air and who is
building.  See his web page at (Two Whiskey Tango
Echo Whiskey Juliet Two)

— VE7SL web page

Bulletin sent from Official Bulletin Manager Brad Rodriguez, VE3RHJ.

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for July 10, 2010

July 10, 2010

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for July 10, 2010


1. VOACAP On-line

VOACAP (Voice of America Coverage Analysis Program), a well-known HF
propagation program, is now available online, at web page  The online version uses a QTH locator based on
Google Maps, and gives its prediction as a color-coded “circuit
reliability” graph showing the probability of achieving a CW-grade
transmission quality between the transmitter and the receiver.

— ARRL Web

2. Two-way contact on 8.97 kHz

What is believed to be the first Amateur Radio two-way contact on
8.97 kHz using truly radiated fields took place on Friday, June 4,
2010 between DJ2LF and DF6NM, over a distance of 20.2 km.  This is
well outside the reactive near field zone.  For details visit

— Southgate ARC News

3. National Traffic System web page

The ARRL has a very useful web page on the National Traffic System, with introductory and training material, and links to resources.
Much of this information is applicable to Canada.  Visit

— via Glenn Killam, VE3GNA

4. Coax Cable and Stubs tutorial

Jim K9YC has published a tutorial on “Coaxial Cable and Stubs for
Your HF Station,” available as a 10-page PDF file at This tutorial is in FAQ format and would be
particularly good for contesters that are beginning to optimize or
expand their stations.

— ARRL Contest Update

Bulletin sent from Official Bulletin Manager Brad Rodriguez, VE3RHJ.