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Upcoming Night of Nights

June 28, 2011

The commercial CW operators who are still alive return to the airwaves for a night of handling traffic and sending special messages. Many of them are hams. K6KPH will hopefully also be active in the ham bands.

July 12th every year
from 3 p.m. to midnight
at the Historic RCA Coast Station KPH

In the annual “Night of Nights”, 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 all stations appear at the Maritime Radio Historical Society web site.

KPH, the ex-RCA coast station located north of San Francisco, returns to the air for commemorative broadcasts every year on July 12 at 5:01 p.m. PDT (13 July at 0001 GMT). On July 12, 1999, the last commercial Morse transmission in the U.S. was thought to have been broadcast at 5:00 p.m. PDT (13 July at 0000 GMT). Now the Maritime Radio Historical Society’s own KSM carries on the tradition of commercial Morse. Transmissions are expected to continue until at least midnight PDT (0700 GMT).

Members of the public are invited to visit the receiving station for this event. The station will be open to visitors beginning at 3:00 p.m. PDT. The station is located at 17400 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard and is on the route to the Point Reyes lighthouse. Watch for a cypress lined driveway on the right about a mile past the entry to Coast Guard station NMC.
Directions to Bear Valley Visitor Center
Directions from Bear Valley Visitor Center to Historic RCA Coast Station KPH

Night of Nights is an annual event held on the 12th of July by the Maritime Radio Historical Society (MRHS) to commemorate the history of maritime radio and the closing of commercial Morse operations in the USA. These on-the-air events are intended to honor the men and women who followed the radiotelegraph trade on ships and at coast stations around the world and made it one of honor and skill.

Once, the maritime mobile bands were populated edge to edge with powerful coast stations operating from virtually every country on every continent. Once, the ships of world trade and the great passenger liners filled the air with their radiograms – and with their calls for help when in danger on the sea. Now those bands are largely silent.

But once a year the Maritime Radio Historical Society returns stations KPH, KSM and KFS to the air. Other stations including WLO, KLB, NMC, and NOJ often join in. In 2007, Coast Guard station NMN was also heard for the first time since the US Coast Guard ended the use of Morse. Calls from ships at sea make the event seem as if the golden age of maritime radio has returned.

For the 2007 Night of Nights, the Maritime Radio Historical Society had K6KPH on the air on several frequencies to receive signal reports from amateur stations for the first time. The operators at K6KPH are veteran Morse operators, including former KPH staff members, with years of experience “sitting the circuit”. These seasoned commercial operators are on duty at the receiving station at Point Reyes, CA listening for calls from ships and sending messages just as they did for so many years before Morse operations were shut down. This gives Maritime Radio Historical Society information about how well the stations are being heard and gives amateur stations the experience of what it was like to work a real coast station.

The transmitters are located 18 miles south of Point Reyes in Bolinas, CA at the transmitting station established in 1913 by the American Marconi Co. The original KPH transmitters, receivers and antennas are used to activate frequencies in all the commercial maritime HF bands and on MF as well.

Many of the KPH transmitters are 50s vintage RCA sets. KFS uses a 1940s vintage Press Wireless PW-15 transmitter on 12Mc. This is the transmitter that was in service at KFS on the “last day” of American Morse and is thought to be the last PW-15 in service in the world. The transmitting antennas include a Marconi T for MF, double extended Zepps for 4, 6 and 8Mc and H over 2s for 12, 16 and 22Mc.

KPH sends traffic lists, weather and press broadcasts as well as special commemorative messages, some of which are sent by hand. At other times the KPH, KSM and KFS “wheel” are sent to mark the transmitting frequencies.

KPH and KSM are operated by the Maritime Radio Historical Society in cooperation with the Point Reyes National Seashore.

Further information on this event may be found on the Maritime Radio Historical Society web site

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Introducing The CW Open!!!!

June 27, 2011

To all you CW aficionados out there. Dust off the straight key, clean up the bug, get the paddles out of mothballs and let’s have some fun!

73,

Glenn VE3GNA

To all who are members of ham clubs (DX, contest, local). Please copy and paste the info below to your clubs’ reflectors. If the club has a newsletter, please forward it to the editor. The more people who know about CW OPEN, the more participants we’ll have. And, the more who show up, the better result for everyone. Thank you all in advance.

Please email me (k6rb@baymoon.com) to let me know where you’ve posted it.
Thanks. Use the subject header “info posted”
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Coming…The World’s First “CW Open” Events

What? Three separate 4-hour contests, each separately scored and awarded

When? August 20, 2011 from 1200-1600Z and 2000-2400Z and August 21 from 0400-0800Z

Mode? CW

Bands? 160, 80, 40, 20, 15 and 10

Categories? Single operator (QRP <5w; LP >5 but <100 w; HP >100w); Packet, Skimmer, and Reverse Beacon systems are allowed

Teams? Yes, teams of 10 or less, no geography restrictions

Club competiton? Teams (see above)

Exchange? Serial number + name

Scoring? Each 4-hour contest starts at 0 points, 0 mults; work someone once per band per event; score 1 point per QSO per band and 1 mult per call sign once per event

Awards?
*Trophy for 1st place in each time period.
*Plaque for 1st place in each power level in each time period
*Trophy for over all combined score of all three time periods.
*Plaque for 1st place for each power level in the combined score group.
Note: if the same entrant wins multiple awards, they may be combined.
*Certificates for achieving more than 100 QSOs in any or all time periods

Logging software support? N1MM, WriteLog, TR4W, CQ/X, SD, GenLog (more, check “rules” page –see below)

Log submission? One log per event; Cabrillo format

Deadline for Log submission? By 2400Z on September 5, 2011

Rules? http://www.cwops.org/cwopen.html

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Good News

May 30, 2011

I received an e-mail today from James Davidson, VE3TPZ, offering his services as temporary OPN Net Manager until such time as a permanent manager is appointed. I would like to take a moment to thank James for his willingness to assume the role. James will take over effective June 1, 2011.

I know that we all wish him well in this endeavour.

73,

Glenn VE3GNA STM

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 May 7 2011

May 8, 2011

Official Bulletin, RAC Ontario Section

NATIONAL NEWS

1. NARED now ready for applicants

The National Amateur Radio Emergency Database (NARED) is ready to receive applicants. If you would like to be considered, have a high level of Emcomm training or are willing to update, please contact RAC VPFS Doug Mercer, VO1DTM, email vo1dtm (at) hotmail.com, to receive an information package, release of liability form and application. Your application will be reviewed by our National Emergency Coordinator VE6AFO, and NARED Manager VA3TSA.

— RAC Bulletin Service

2. New Field Organization IT Advisor

The Field Organization National Secretariat welcomes A.J.(Andrew) Bryan, VE7KSN, as IT Advisor.  A.J. has experience as a Business Analyst and IT Support Specialist with the British Columbia Provincial Emergency Program, is staff representative to the Radio Advisory Committee, and is currently Emergency Management Technology Specialist with the PEP, Emergency Management British Columbia.  His knowledge and experience will contribute to the successful implementation of a new Field Organization.

— RAC Bulletin Service

3. Field Organization Seeks PR Specialist

Our National Secretariat has an opening for a Public Relations specialist.  Candidates should have a degree in administration with five years PR experience; extensive knowledge of Microsoft Office; good decision making and problem solving skills; solid communication skills; fluency in both official languages; and knowledge of all social  network modes.  The applicant should be creative, outgoing, enthusiastic, confident, and an effective team player. If you would like to be considered for this National volunteer position, please forward your CV to VPFS Doug Mercer, VO1DTM, email vo1dtm (at) hotmail.com

 — RAC Bulletin Service

ONTARIO SECTION NEWS

ITEMS OF INTEREST

4. Space Weather to leave WWV

Beginning Tuesday, September 6, the Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) will cease broadcasting its geophysical alert message on WWV and WWVH. These messages inform listeners of the solar flux, the mid-latitude A and K indices and space weather storms, both current and predicted. Currently, the message is heard on minute 18 from WWV and minute 45 from WWVH. The information will still be available on the SWPC website, at tinyurl.com/wwv-swpc.  If you care to comment on this, or if you have any questions, the SWPC’s email address is swpc.wwv (at) noaa.gov

— ARRL Web


Bulletin sent from Official Bulletin Manager Brad Rodriguez, VE3RHJ

The Beat Goes On – Part II

May 6, 2011

The Beat Goes On Part II.

The heart of the Ontario Phone Net is still beating and no need for a pacemaker yet. The net meets each evening at its prescribed time of 7:00 pm EDT on 3745 khz and shall remain there until WE decide to move it. In case of an emergency, as with any net, we will immediately cease operations in favour of the emergency communications personnel. That does not mean that they control us, simply that we are living up to our end and that is supplying an outlet for message traffic from the Ontario Section to the National Traffic System.

As the statement on the RAC main page states, “Amateur Radio exists as a frequency spectrum user because it qualifies as a service. Its continued existence depends to a great degree not on the service it has performed in the past, or on its simple potential for service, but on what service it is performing now and will continue to perform in the future.” 

On that note let me state unequivocably that we the members of OPN will continue to strive to be the best we can be at what we do which is handle message traffic.

73,

Glenn VE3GNA, Acting OPN NM

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April 30, 2011

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