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RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for January 9, 2010

January 9, 2010

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for January 9, 2010

This is The Ontario Phone Net Blog, Official Bulletin Station for Radio Amateurs of Canada, with this week’s bulletin


1. Boatanchor Pix

Enjoy photos of some old friends at KB8TAD’s Boatanchor Pix web site, (November Bravo Kilo Papa Kilo).  The site also
includes links to many free manuals, schematics, PDF books and
reference sources.

— ARRL Contest Update

2. DigiTalk Users: Avoid Windows 7

DigiTalk is a PSK31 program for visually-impaired users.
Unfortunately,  Patrick WA0TDA has discovered that it does not work
with Windows 7, which does not include the “Microsoft Agent” from
previous Windows versions.  Hams using Digitalk should stick with
Windows XP or earlier.  To obtain Digitalk, visit

— Handi-Ham News

3. 102-Year-Old Ham Back On The Air

Ethel Williamson, VE3DTW, a former lighthouse keeper, had been off
the air for at least 20 years. The Welland branch of the Handy Ham
Amateur Radio Club of Canada  set up a radio at her long-term-care
home so she could get back on the air.  Her first QSO was an IRLP
contact with Melbourne, Australia.

According to the Welland Tribune, Ethel became a ham after the Second
World War. She turns 103 in March and can be heard now on the VE3WCR
repeater, IRLP node 2248. Welcome back, Ethel!

— Amateur Radio Newsline

4. CW Operators’ Club

The CW Operators’ Club has been formed to bring together Amateur
Radio operators who enjoy communicating by Morse Code (CW).  CWops
encourages the use of CW in Amateur communications, and it supports
CW activity through planned events.

CWops is international in scope, membership and management. Its focus
is the use of CW, whether for contesting, DXing or ragchewing.  See for more information.

— Amateur Radio Newsline

5. Canadian ARISS Web Site

A new Web page has been developed by the Ottawa Valley Mobile Radio
Club which provides information on amateur radio and the ARISS
(Amateur Radio on the International Space Station) program. Visit and select “ARISS” at the bottom of the left side

— AMSAT News

Bulletin sent from Official Bulletin Manager Brad Rodriguez, VE3RHJ.

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for September 19, 2009

September 20, 2009

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for September 19, 2009

This is the Ontario Phone Net Blog Official Bulletin Station for Radio Amateurs of  Canada, with this week’s bulletin


1. Geoff Smith, VA3GS, re-elected Ontario South Region Director.

Following the September 1st, 2009, close of nominations for the
Ontario South Region Director position, an Election Committee was
convened, chaired by RAC Corporate Secretary Linda Friars, VE9GLF.
The committee met to open and review the sole nomination received for
the position, as required by the By-laws. There being no other
nominees, and the nomination documents found to be in order, the
committee declared the incumbent, Mr. Geoff Smith, VA3GS, elected for
another two-year term which beings January 1, 2010.

The RAC President, Board and Executive congratulate Director Smith
and thank him for continuing to volunteer his services.

— G. Linda Friars, VE9GLF, RAC Corporate Secretary

2. RAC LF, MF, and HF Band Planning Committee

It is now official, a while ago, the RAC Board of Directors has
approved a motion to change the HF Band Planning Committee name to
LF/MF/HFBPC. This new name better reflects the range of frequencies
that the committee is responsible for.

Jim Fisher, VE1JF, the Committee Chair indicates that the work the
committee members are doing will not change much as they were already
including those bands in their ongoing reviews.

— Daniel A. Lamoureux, VE2KA, RAC VP International Affairs


3. Ontario Simulated Emergency Test

The annual SET (Simulated Emergency Test) for 2009 will be conducted Saturday Oct. 3rd and also on Wednesday Oct. 7th to allow for Provincial EOC locations to take part in this important event.

Confirmation has been received from EMO Emergency Management Ontario that the Provincial Emergency Operations Center station VE3EMO will be activated and operational for this Province Wide exercise.

Additional details and schedule of this year’s SET activity has been
made available by EMO ARES at Toronto for inclusion in future
bulletins and online sites. See

— Jim Taylor, VA3KU, EMO EC, via Bob Gammon, VA3RX

4. VC3COPP Commemorates 100th Anniversary of OPP

From October 2 to October 31, 2009, Special Event Station VC3COPP
will be on the air at various times, on various bands and from
several locations around Ontario.  Many OPP members are Radio
Amateurs and VC3COPP will be operated by current and retired members
to mark a century of policing by the third largest deployed police
service in North America.

A collector’s QSL card has been designed and will be made available
to anyone, including Short Wave Listeners, who sends a QSL or
reception report.  A stamped, self-addressed envelope is required in
every case.

QSLing and other information may be found online at .

— via Bob Cooke, VE3BDB

5. New Bulletin Stations for Lanark and Grey/Bruce

I am pleased to announce the appointment of John Boyle, VE3PMA, as
Official Bulletin Station for Lanark County.  John replaces Tony
Wilson VE3XNT who is moving to a new home. I also welcome Fred Lorch,
VA3STG, as Official Bulletin Station for Grey and Bruce Counties.
Fred replaces Bob Zapf VE3RWZ who is stepping down for personal

On behalf of RAC Ontario Section, I thank Bob and Tony for their
years of service disseminating bulletins to the amateurs of Ontario,
and I thank John and Fred for volunteering for this important job.

— Brad Rodriguez, VE3RHJ, Ontario Official Bulletin Manager


6. MULTIPSK 4.15 released

A new version of the popular data modes software MULTIPSK has been
released which features MIL-STD-188-110A also known as STANAG 4539 or
FED-STD-1052.  Download the program from web site

— Southgate ARC News


Bulletin sent from Official Bulletin Manager Brad Rodriguez, VE3RHJ.

RAC Official Bulletin for August 29th

August 28, 2009

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for August 29, 2009

This is The Ontario Phone Net Blog, Official Bulletin Station for Radio Amateurs of Canada, with this week’s bulletin



1. Ottawa Hamfest

The Ottawa Amateur Radio Club will hold its 13th Annual Hamfest on
Saturday, September 12, at the Carp Agricultural Fairgrounds, 3832
Carp Road, near Falldown Lane, in Carp.  Look for the W. Erskine
Johnson arena.  Tailgaters open 8 am, indoor fleamarket 10 am.
Talk-in on VE2CRA repeater, 146.94 (-), 100 Hz tone.  Immediately
after the fleamarket, at 1 pm, is the RAC Forum and Technology
Update.  For more information visit

— RAC Events Database

2. Barrie-Orillia Hamfest

The Barrie Amateur Radio Club & Orillia Amateur Radio Club will hold
their hamfest on Saturday, September 12, at the Oro-Medonte
Fairgrounds.  Go north on Hwy 400 to Hwy 11, north on Hwy 11 to
Oro-Medonte 7th line, towards and just past the airport. Talk-in on
VE3LSR repeater, 146.850 (-), 156.7 Hz tone. For more information

— RAC Events Database

3. World High-Speed Telegraphy Championship

The 8th World High-Speed Telegraphy Championship will be held from
September 11th to 15th in Obzor, Bulgaria.  To celebrate this,
special callsign LZ8WHST will be activated by various operators
from the Bulgarian Federation of Radio Amateurs, until the end of
September.  For QSL information, search for LZ8WHST on
Information about the telegraphy championship can be found at

— Amateur Radio Newsline

4. Field Day Logs Posted

All 2009 Field Day logs that have been received, via web submission,
e-mail, or postal mail, have been posted to the Claimed Scores page
on the ARRL Web site. If you find an error in your listing, or your
entry is missing, please contact ARRL Field Day Manager Dan
Henderson, N1ND, via email at dhenderson (at) If your
entry is listed as needing more information, please contact Kathy
Allison, KA1RWY, kallison (at)

— ARRL Web

5. ARISS Contact with Ottawa Sports Camp

On Tuesday, August 11, an Amateur Radio on the International Space
Station (ARISS) contact was held between Canadian Space Agency
Astronaut Robert Thirsk, VA3CSA and Ottawa South United Sports Camp
held at the Walter Baker Sports Centre in Ontario. Telebridge station
W6SRJ in California facilitated the connection.  Approximately 130
people attended the event.

— AMSAT News

This concludes this week’s bulletin.


Bulletin sent from Official Bulletin Manager Brad Rodriguez, VE3RHJ.

RAC Official Bulletin- Special Ontario Edition

August 23, 2009

1. Hurricane Bill Radio Net

The National Hurricane Center Amateur Radio Station WX4NHC will be
standing up operations Sunday at 0800 EST (1200 UTC). The
Hurricane Watch Net will be up at the same time as will the VoIP
Hurricane Net. The VoIP Hurricane Net will hold its normal 0000 run
Saturday evening with coordination beginning at that point. It will
probably be up throughout the night to take reports prior to official
start at 1200 UTC by WX4NHC, as it has an automated method to submit
data to them.

— Dennis C. Dura, K2DCD, ARRL Manager, Emergency Preparedness & Response

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for August 22

August 22, 2009

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for August 22, 2009

This is The Ontario Phone Net Blog Official Bulletin Station for Radio Amateurs of Canada, with this week’s bulletin


1. New BC/YK Section Manager Elected

Congratulations to Drew Watson, VA7DR, who was recently elected
British Columbia/Yukon Section Manager for a two-year term of office
that will begin on November 1, 2009. He ran unopposed, eliminating
the need for a balloted election. Incumbent Section Manager Mike
Hale, VE7DXD, did not stand for nomination.

Congratulations are extended to Drew on his election, as well as
thanks to him and to Mike for their volunteer service to the RAC
Field Organization and to the Section.

— Doug Mercer VO1DTM, RAC Vice President Field Services


2. Edgar D-Star Repeaters

D-Star repeaters for 2m and 70cm are now fully operational at the
VE3LSR site in Edgar.  The VHF repeater is 145.19 MHz (- offset), and
the UHF repeater is 444.350 MHz (+ offset). Both of these repeaters
are located on the 400 ft Point to Point communications tower.

This is a special project of VA3LM, VE3OXX, and VE3ODR, with
technical assistance from VE3IE.  It is not funded by the LSR
Repeater Association.  We hope to have 1.2 GHz repeaters running
sometime this fall or winter.

D-Star is a digital voice system for amateur radio.  Visit for more information.

— Robert Simpson VE3ODR


3. Send Your Name to Mars

Your name and call could be headed to the Red Planet in 2011, printed
on a microchip in the Mars Science Laboratory Rover. Just log on to
the JPL Web site for the mission at (Mike November
Victor Mike Tango Bravo), and enter your name and location.  You can
put your callsign as part of your last name.  You’ll get a
certificate that you can print out.

— ARRL Contest Update

4. New Satellite Location Maps

A map showing the current satellite location for most of the
amateur satellites are now available on the AMSAT web site.

From the AMSAT front page,, click on ‘Satellite
Information’ on the left side, then select ‘Satellite Status’.
Next click on an underlined satellite name in the left hand column.
This will display a satellite summary, scroll to the  bottom of the
page and there will be a map showing the current location of that
satellite and the illuminated and dark portions of the earth.

— AMSAT News

5. Antenna Book Free Download

“Radio Antenna Engineering,” published in 1952 by Edmund Laport has a
lot of excellent material on common antennas, materials, and
technique. Long out-of-print and now out-of-copyright as well, offers it as a free PDF download. Visit
(Lima Delta Bravo Two Whiskey Four)

— ARRL Contest Update

Bulletin sent from Official Bulletin Manager Brad Rodriguez, VE3RHJ.

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for August 15, 2009

August 15, 2009

This is  The Ontario Phone Net Blog,  Official Bulletin Station for Radio Amateurs of Canada, with this week’s bulletin


1. ARES Link on Internet Radio

The Ontario Amateur Radio Emergency Service now has a new dedicated
Internet radio link available for use. IRLP link 2759 is registered
on the province-wide ARES simplex frequency 146.500 MHz in the
St.Clair District and provides direct communication with the
Provincial Emergency Operations Center (PEOC) via VE3EMO Toronto.

This new link also joins the growing network of EmCom providers in
place thanks to the objective and tireless efforts of the Escarpment
Repeater Association (ERA) the Southern Ontario Repeater Team (SORT)
as well as the Central Ontario Amateur Radio Group and others that
expand and enhance communications resources in Ontario.

— Bob Gammon, VA3RX, Ontario SEC


2. Giant Dollar Outdoor Ham Radio Sale

The Ontario Swap Shop and VE3DGX will hold the “Giant Dollar Outdoor
Ham Sale” on Saturday, August 29, at the Lions Community Centre
parking lot, 5057 Mount Albert Road, 15 km northeast of Newmarket.
This is a one-time-only, tailgate event, on the same day as the RAC
General Meeting in Aurora that afternoon.  Open at 8 a.m.; talk-in on
145.470.  For more information see

— RAC Events Database

3. MFJ Acquires Cushcraft

MFJ Enterprises has purchased the Cushcraft Amateur Radio product
line from Laird Technologies. According to MFJ, Cushcraft antennas
will continue to be manufactured in Manchester, New Hampshire.  The
2010 MFJ catalog will include the entire Cushcraft product line. MFJ
has set up a special customer support line, 662-323-5803, to handle
Cushcraft technical support, parts requests and customer services.

— ARRL Letter

4. UT Austin Requests Help to Track BEVO-1

On July 30th, “picosatellites” AggieSat2 and BEVO-1 were launched
from the Space Shuttle.  Beacon packets have been heard from
AggieSat2, but no signals have been received from BEVO-1. The current
theory is that only partial separation occurred, and the antennas did
not deploy correctly.  AggieSat2 transmits with more power, so it is
easier to hear.  BEVO-1 tranmits on 437.325 MHz, and any reception
reports would be welcome! For BEVO1 information see

— AMSAT News

5. Canada Day Contest Log Anomalies

The RAC Canada Day committee has been having some issues with the
claimed category of entry versus the actual contents of the log. When
this issue is present, they are taking the content of the log as
being reflective of the actual category of entry.  Please
double-check your entry class when you submit your logs!

— ARRL Contest Update

6. Canada Winter Contest Results Posted

Results for the 2008 Canada Winter Contest have now been posted to
the Radio Amateurs of Canada Web site, and will be published in the
next edition of TCA magazine.

— ARRL Contest Update

This concludes this week’s bulletin.

Bulletin sent from Official Bulletin Manager Brad Rodriguez, VE3RHJ.

RAC Ontario Section News- August 8/09

August 8, 2009

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for August 8, 2009

This is the ONTARIO PHONE NET BLOG, Official Bulletin Station for Radio Amateurs of  Canada, with this week’s bulletin


1. Laurentian Net Seeks Net Controllers

The Laurentian Net is looking for amateur radio operators to fill in
as Net Control Stations.  Controllers are needed occasionally during
the week, and every second Sunday. The Laurentian Net meets every
evening on 3.755 MHz at 6:45 pm Eastern Time.  If you can assist,
please contact Shawn VE3PSV Saturdays on the Laurentian Net,  or via
NTS messsage to the Ontario Phone Net.

— Shawn Gartley, VE3PSV, Net Manager


2. Perseid Meteor Shower

This year’s Perseid meteor shower may be even better than usual,
especially on the peak day of Aug. 12. reports
“According to the International Meteor Organization, about 10
Perseids per hour are now streaking across the night sky. This number
could increase to as many as 200 per hour when Earth crosses an
anticipated filament of comet dust” around 0800 UTC on August 12th. and

3. Endeavour Deploys Student-Built Satellites

The recent space shuttle mission, STS-127, deployed four student-
built satellites, all with telemetry downlinks in the 2 meter or 70
cm amateur bands.

Castor and Pollux are spherical satellites, part of the Atmospheric
Neutral Density Experiment. Both transmit 1200-baud packet radio
telemetry on 145.825 MHz. Hams are encouraged to submit telemetry
reports; see (Kilo Whiskey Yankee Yankee Zulu
Five) for information.

BEVO-1 and AggieSat2 are “picosatellites” from the University of
Texas and Texas A&M.  BEVO-1 will transmit Morse code beacons or 9600
baud packet radio data telemetry at 437.325 MHz. AggieSat2 will
beacon at 436.250 MHz.  Reception reports are welcome; see (Kilo Oscar Uniform Foxtrot Tango November) for
BEVO-1 and for AggieSat.

— ARRL Bulletin Service

4. ARISS Contact with Hospital for Sick Children

On Thursday, July 30, patients of the Hospital for Sick Children in
Toronto, Ontario, Canada participated in an Amateur Radio on the
International Space Station (ARISS) contact. Children spoke with
Astronaut Robert Thirsk, VA3CSA via telebridge station ON4ISS in
Belgium and were able to ask 18 questions about life in space. Nearly
100 people were present for the event and the contact was broadcast
throughout the hospital on closed circuit television.

— ARISS News

5. 90,000 Chinese Hams

Ham radio is growing in China. According to the Chinese Radio Sports
Association, which oversees amateur licensing in China, there are some
90,000 radio amateurs there, and the number has been steadily growing
in recent years.

— Amateur Radio Newsline


Bulletin sent from Official Bulletin Manager Brad Rodriguez, VE3RHJ

Ontario Section News

July 18, 2009

Official Bulletin, RAC Ontario Section

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for July 18, 2009


1. Simulated Emergency Test 2009

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

The 2009 dates are October 3 and 4.  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.  The deadline for receipt of all reports is
January 31, 2010.  For details visit

— RAC Web Page


2. Ontario Phone Net on the Web

The Ontario Phone Net (OPN) has a new presence on the World Wide Web,
thanks to the new Net Manager Bob Sharp, VA3QV. Point your browser to and scroll down through the text for
up-to-the-minute information on the net and its operations. The site
is set up in blog style to facilitate addition of information quickly
and easily. There are also hotlinks in place to access other aspects
of the site.

— Glenn Killam, VE3GNA / VA3OPN, Section Traffic Manager


3. How to work Satellites with your Handheld

Clint Bradford, K6LCS, has published a four-page tutorial on how to
work amateur satellites with your Handi-Talkie.  You can find it at (Kilo Mike Sierra Delta Charlie Alpha)

— AMSAT News

4. New digital modes for W1AW

On August 17, W1AW will replace its AMTOR and ASCII transmissions
with PSK31 and MFSK16, respectively. RTTY (Baudot) will continue to
be the first digital mode used in the transmission schedule. The
frequencies used by W1AW for all its digital transmissions will
remain the same.

All regular 6 PM and 9 PM eastern time digital transmissions will
begin with RTTY.  PSK31 and MFSK16 will be sent as time allows.
The Tuesday and Friday Keplerian data bulletins will be sent using
RTTY and PSK31.

The W1AW schedule can be found online at

— ARRL Bulletin Service

Bulletin sent from Official Bulletin Manager Brad Rodriguez, VE3RHJ

Ontario Section “Official Bulletin Service”

July 4, 2009

Official Bulletin, RAC Ontario Section

  Ontario Section Bulletin for July 4, 2009


1. New RAC Vice-President Field Services

Effective July 1, 2009, Doug Mercer, VO1DTM, has assumed the post of
Radio Amateurs of Canada Vice President for Field Services (VPFS).
Doug replaces Sue Cooke VE3SUH, who was appointed by the RAC Board of
Directors to temporarily fill the position when former VPFS Bob
Cooke, VE3BDB, resigned to accept appointment as RAC president on
February 24, 2009. Doug's appointment as VPFS will continue until
December 31, 2009, which is the end of the current executive term. He
may be contacted by email at vo1dtm (at) RAC greatly
appreciates Sue's efforts and is grateful to her and to Doug for
ensuring that this important RAC position remains filled.

-- Bob Cooke, VE3BDB, RAC President



2. Maritime DX Forum 

The Halifax Amateur Radio Club invites DXers, contesters and HF
enthusiasts to the 6th Annual Maritime DX Forum (MDF), August 7th and
8th. The MDF will be held in the Rosaria Centre of Mount St. Vincent
University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Inexpensive accommodations are
available at the University. For more information see

-- Southgate ARC News

3. Contesting Compendium

The Contesting Compendium intends to "to collect all the world's good
information about amateur radio contesting and make it accessible
from a single portal."  This is a "wiki", like Wikipedia, which means
anyone can contribute information.  Visit the Compendium at web site

-- ARRL Contest Update

4. ARRL Propagation Charts

Need to know what HF bands are open?  If you don't have propagation
software, you can get a general idea from the monthly propagation
charts published by the ARRL.  Find them in PDF format at

-- ARRL Contest Update

5. Incident Command System online course

The U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency is now offering an
on-line course, IS-100, on the Incident Command System.  This is
a self-study course that you can take at the FEMA web site:

-- Handi-Ham News

Bulletin sent from Official Bulletin Manager Brad Rodriguez, VE3RHJ.