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RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for September 25, 2010

September 25, 2010

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for September 25, 2010


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 (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


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

— 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

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, or the Scouts web page at

— Scouts and ARRL web pages

Bulletin sent from Official Bulletin Manager Brad Rodriguez, VE3RHJ.

Brad Rodriguez, VA3VR/VE3RHJ – ve3rhj@rac.ca
RAC Official Bulletin Manager, Ontario
ARES District E.C., Bruce District


RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for September 18, 2010

September 17, 2010

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for September 18, 2010


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

— 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


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

— AMSAT News Service

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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


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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

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RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for July 3, 2010

July 3, 2010


RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for July 3, 2010


1. New RAC Director for Quebec

Congratulations are extended to Mr. James Keep, VE2KHC, who was
recently appointed as the RAC Director for Quebec for the remainder
of a two year term ending December 31, 2012.  Mr. Keep is a Certified
Emergency Coordinator, has trained with  the Sécurité Civil Quebec
and is also a registered Radio Amateurs of Quebec Inc. member.

— RAC Bulletin Service

2. XL2I Special Event

Members of the NA-128 Contest Group will activate the special
callsign XL2I from Isle-aux-Coudres, Quebec between July 23-25, 2010 during the IOTA Contest to commemorate the 475th anniversary of arrival of the explorer Jacques Cartier.

The group will operate many stations on 6 to 80 meters, SSB, CW,
RTTY, and PSK31.  A station will be dedicated on 6m. During the IOTA
Contest, a station will be dedicated to the contest exclusively on CW
or SSB. QSL via VE2CQ (bureau or direct).

— RAC web page and

3. ISS packet repeater active

The Amateur Radio AX.25 FM packet repeater on the International Space Station (ISS) is now active on 145.825 MHz.

Amateur Radio Stations callsigns heard via ISS can be seen on APRS
maps. In order to appear on a map, a position report in a valid APRS
format must be digipeated through ISS, then be heard by an internet
gateway station, which then forwards it on to the APRS Internet
System.  For more information visit

— Southgate ARC News


4. Ethics and Operating Procedures

The document “Ethics and Operating Procedures for the Radio Amateur”
was adopted by the International Amateur Radio Union in 2008.  There
is now a new website,, where all
official versions in 25 different languages can be downloaded.

— IARU Region 2 News

5. QRZ Launches Online Logbook and the ARRL’s Logbook of the World are both facing new
competition. has announced the launch of its online logbook,
which will be fully integrated with the callsign database.
will begin to issue its own operating awards and certificates, based
on entries in its system.

— CQ News Service
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