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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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Bulletin sent from Official Bulletin Manager Brad Rodriguez, VE3RHJ.

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

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RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for June 6, 2010

June 7, 2010

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for June 6, 2010

NATIONAL NEWS

1. Special Event Station VE7TUB

The Nanaimo Amateur Radio Association will host a 24 hour special
events station VE7TUB beginning on July 24 to commemorate the annual
running of the World Championship Bathtub Race to be held on July 25
in Nanaimo, British Columbia. For more information on the World
Championship Bathtub Race visit www.bathtubbing.com. For more
information on special event station VE7TUB visit www.ve7tub.ca.

— RAC Bulletin Service

2. Rotary International Special Event

Special event station VC2R will operate from June 18-24, to
celebrate the 2010 Rotary International Convention in Montreal.
Expect activity on all HF bands/modes. QSL via VE2GTI.

— RAC Events Database and VA3RJ Web Page

ONTARIO SECTION NEWS

3. Ontario Phone Net Needs Your Help

The Ontario Phone Net (OPN) is in need of Local Net Liaison Stations,
to represent your area by picking up message traffic coming in. All
you need to do is check into OPN, which meets at 19:00 Eastern Time
daily on or about 3.742 MHz, and identify yourself as representing
your home area.  With the poor band conditions you also might be able
to help us with relays.

OPN also needs Regional Net Liaison Stations, to carry traffic to and
from the Second Region Net, which meets daily on 3.925 MHz at 13:45,
15:30, and 18:30 Eastern Time.  You check into the Net when they call
for Net Liaison Stations and advise that you are “going to” or
“coming from” Ontario, and either you have no traffic or list the
traffic you have. Please give a listen on 3.925 and see if you have a
good enough copy on one of the sessions to assist us.

If you have any questions or would like to be scheduled into the
rotation please contact Bob Sharp VA3QV OPN Net Manager, by email at
opnreport (at) gmail (dot) com, or by checking into the Ontario Phone
Net.

— Bob Sharp, VA3QV, OPN Net Manager

ITEMS OF INTEREST

4. Wireless Amber Alerts

There is now available a new service which will send Amber Alerts via
text message to your mobile phone.  The website offers selected areas
of the country, or you can opt for countrywide amber alerts. Best
of all – it’s free. Sign up at www.wirelessamber.ca

— Paul Caccamo, VA3PC, DEC Magnetawan Sector

5. AO-51 Field Day Schedule

AMSAT has announced the AO-51 configuration for Field Day:

From June 21 10:40Z to June 24 09:35Z, FM Repeater, V/S to allow testing of V/S station equipment prior to Field Day.
Uplink: 145.880 Mhz FM, Downlink: 2401.200 Mhz FM.

From June 24 09:35Z to June 27 06:40Z, FM Repeater, V/U.
Please observe the 1 QSO per repeater Field Day rule.
Uplink: 145.920 Mhz FM, PL tone 67Hz,  Downlink: 435.300 Mhz FM.

From June 27 06:40Z to June 27 22:00Z, FM Repeater, V/S.
Please observe the 1 QSO per repeater Field Day rule
Uplink: 145.880 Mhz FM, Downlink: 2401.200 Mhz FM.

After Field Day, from June 27 22:00Z to July 5, FM Repeater, V/U.
Uplink: 145.920 Mhz FM, PL tone 67Hz, Downlink: 435.300 Mhz FM.

— AMSAT News Service

6. New URL for Contest Club Ontario

The Web site for Contest Club Ontario can now be found using the new
URL of www.va3cco.com

— ARRL Contest Update

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Bulletin sent from Official Bulletin Manager Brad Rodriguez, VE3RHJ.

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for April 10, 2010

April 10, 2010

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for April 10, 2010

ONTARIO SECTION NEWS

1. CANWARN Training, April 24

CANWARN training will be offered in Orillia on Saturday, April 24th, 9 a.m., at the Highwayman Inn, 201 Woodside Drive.

If you plan to attend a CANWARN session, please confirm by email to canwarn.ontarioregion (at) ec.gc.ca.

— Geoff Coulson, Environment Canada

2. Laurentian Net Seeks Net Controllers

The Laurentian Net is looking for operators to serve as Net Control
Stations.  A controller is needed every other Sunday evening, and a
list of alternates is needed 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.  If you can assist, please contact Shawn VE3PSV
Saturdays on the Laurentian Net,  or via NTS messsage.

— Shawn Gartley, VE3PSV, Net Manager

ITEMS OF INTEREST

3. International Marconi Day

April 24th is the date of the 23rd International Marconi Day, a
24-hour amateur radio event celebrating Marconi’s birthday. It is not
a contest — it is an opportunity for amateurs around the world to
make point-to-point contact with historic Marconi sites using only HF
communications.  For more information visit www.gb4imd.org.uk

— RSGB News

4. Ontario HST and RAC Renewals

As of July 1st, the Harmonized Sales Tax will be fully implemented in
Ontario, adding 8% to the cost of RAC membership.  HST Transition
Rules mean that as of May 1st, RAC will have to collect HST on the
portion of the membership that is after July 1st.  For one-, two-, or
three-year renewals before May 1st, RAC only collects GST (5%)
instead of the HST (13%).

— RAC Blog

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Bulletin sent from Official Bulletin Manager Brad Rodriguez, VE3RHJ.

News from RAC

March 11, 2010

RAC Bulletin 2010-007E – Canadian Amateur Radio Access to 137 Khz.  2010-03-10

Industry Canada has approved access by Canadian radio amateurs to
the Low Frequency (LF) band 135.7 ? 137.8 kHz, subject to
certain conditions. The Revised Canadian Table of Frequency
Allocations, promulgated in December 2009 to incorporate changes
arising from decisions taken at World Radiocommunication Conference
(WRC) 2007, permits amateur use on a Secondary basis subject to
Footnote 5.67A.

The Footnote states: “Stations in the amateur service using frequencies in the band 135.7-137.8 kHz shall not exceed a maximum radiated power of 1 W (EIRP) and shall not cause harmful interference to stations of the radionavigation service operating in countries listed in No. 5.67. (WRC-07)”. Industry Canada has advised that Canadian radio amateurs may now use the band and that Schedule I of RBR-4 Standards for the Operation of Stations in the Amateur Radio Service will be amended in due course.

Richard Ferch  VE3IAY/VE3KI
Vice President Regulatory Affairs  Radio Amateurs of Canada

DONT FORGET THE NET WILL BE CHANGING START TIMES

SUNDAY MARCH 14TH NET WILL START AT 1900 EST

From RAC Bulletin Service

January 16, 2010
Saturday, January 16, 2010 12:34 AM
From:
“rac-bulletins@eton.ca” <rac-bulletins@eton.ca>

To:
“Bob Sharp” <va3rcs@rogers.com>

Important information for all RAC Members

On Tuesday, January 12 at 4:53 PM, Haiti time (2153) UTC a magnitude 7.0 earthquake hit 15 kilometers west of Port-au-Prince, the nation’s capital. Communications in and out of Haiti have been disrupted.

The RAC requests that all Canadian Hams  be aware  of the emergency operations on the following frequencies: 7.045 3.720 MHz (IARU Region 2 Nets), 14.265, 7.265 and 3.977 MHz (SATERN Nets), and 14.300 MHz (Intercontinental Assistance and Traffic Net).

The International Radio Emergency Support Coalition (IRESC) is also active on EchoLink node 278173.

Doug Mercer  VO1DTM
Vice President Field Services
Radio Amateurs of Canada
P.O. Box 1042   Goulds
Newfoundland Labrador
A1S 1H2
Tel: (709) 364-4741
Cell: (709) 697-3319

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Vernon Erle Ikeda – VE2MBS/VE2QQ
Dollard des Ormeaux, Quebec
RAC E-News/Web News Bulletin Editor
<racnews@rac.ca>

Updated Haiti Info from RAC Bulletin Service

January 13, 2010

The following is from the RAC Official Bulletin Service Ontario Manager

The list of frequencies to keep clear has been expanded: 14.265 MHz, 14.300 MHz, 7.045 MHz, 7.265 MHz, 3.977 MHz and 3.720 MHz.  Please revise the announcement accordingly.

If you want to forward this information by email, the following was just sent to the ARES-Alert list.  This appears to be the official ARRL bulletin at http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2010/01/13/11288/?nc=1

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IARU Region 2 Requests Frequencies Be Kept Clear After Massive
Earthquake Strikes Haiti

On Tuesday, January 12 at 4:53 PM Haiti time (2153 UTC), a magnitude 7.0 earthquake hit 10 miles (15 kilometers) west of Port-au-Prince, the island nation’s capital. Communications in and out of Haiti have been disrupted. No word has been received as of yet from any of Haitian Amateur Radio operators. The ARRL encourages US amateurs to be aware of the emergency operations on the following frequencies: 14.265 MHz, 14.300 MHz, 7.045 MHz, 7.265 MHz, 3.977 MHz and 3.720 MHz.

IARU Region 2 Area C Emergency Coordinator, Arnie Coro, CO2KK, is coordinating a multi-national response by hams. There are organized nets on 7.045 and 3.720 MHz; amateurs are asked to monitor the frequencies, but to also keep them clear of non-essential traffic.


Amateur Radio operators should also be aware that emergency traffic pertaining to the Haitian earthquake is expected on the SATERN frequencies of 14.265 MHz, 7.265 MHz and 3977 MHz, according to SATERN’s leader, Major Pat McPherson. The Salvation Army is accepting health and welfare traffic requests on its Web site.

“As late as 9:45 PM local time (0245 UTC), we have not been able to
contact any amateur or emergency services stations in Haiti,” Coro said in an e-mail. “Amateurs from Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and Venezuela are monitoring the 40 meter band frequency. We are still keeping watch on 7.045 MHz, hoping that someone in Haiti may have access to a transceiver and at least a car battery to run it,” but so far. no HH stations have checked in. Tuesday’s quake was felt in the Dominican Republic, which shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti, and in Eastern Cuba, but no major damage was reported in either place.

The January 13 edition of The Daily DX noted that Pierre Petry,
HH2/HB9AMO — who was in Cap Haitien (about 140 km north of
Port-au-Prince) is “okay”; Petry is in Haiti working for the United
Nations World Food Program. Later today, he will be traveling to the capital.

The UN’s 9000 peacekeepers in Haiti — many of whom are from Brazil — were distracted from aid efforts by their own tragedy: Many spent the night hunting for survivors in the ruins of their headquarters. “It would appear that everyone who was in the building, including my friend Hedi Annabi, the United Nations’ Secretary General’s special envoy, and everyone with him and around him, are dead,” French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner said Wednesday, speaking on French radio. UN
peacekeeping chief Alain Le Roy would not confirm that Annabi was dead, but said he was among more than 100 people missing in the rubble of its headquarters. He said only about 10 people had been pulled out, many of them badly injured. Fewer than five bodies had been pulled from the rubble, he said. The United Nations said the capital’s main airport was “fully operational” and that relief flights would begin on Wednesday, January 13.

The situation in Haiti is still chaotic. More information will be
posted as soon as possible. Information is being validated and shared between many amateur groups and news sources as it unfolds.

—– end quoted text —–

73, Brad

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 November 14, 2009

November 15, 2009

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RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for November 14, 2009

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

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ONTARIO SECTION NEWS ITEMS OF INTEREST

1. Newest Ham Satellite is SO-67

South Africa’s SumbandilaSat, the most recent amateur satellite to be successfully launched and activated, has been designated as SumbandilaSat-OSCAR 67, or SO-67. Former AMSAT-NA President Bill Tynan, W3XO, is the internationally-designated OSCAR Number Coordinator and issues numbers to amateur satellites once they are put into service, upon request by the sponsoring organization. — CQ News Service

2. Female Wireless Operators During WW II

Perhaps a little known fact is that over 2000 Canadian women served during World War 2 on Norwegian ships and that at least 22 of these were wireless operators. The following link takes you to a page within the RAC website, where some of their stories and brief biographies are chronicled. It bears checking out before the records of these gallant women are lost forever. Visit tinyurl.com/ydmbawr (Yankee Delta Mike Bravo Alpha Whiskey Romeo) — Glenn Killam, VE3GNA, Ontario Section Traffic Manager

3. Ireland to Canada on 500 kHz

Finbar O’Connor, EI0CF, in County Donegal, Ireland reports that he has had a QSO with Joe Craig, VX9MRC. Craig was on 507.77 kHz while O’Connor was on 507.056 kHz. Signal reports were 559 for EI0CF, and 529 for VX9MRC. The mode was CW, using straight Morse keys. This is the first Ireland to Canada contact on the 500 kHz band. — Amateur Radio Newsline

4. Simple Sound Card Interface

Skip KH6TY has published a simple design for interfacing sound cards and radios. PTT is derived from the output audio, and therefore does not need a USB port or a serial port for operation. The design is at tinyurl.com/ydoxnvo (Yankee Delta Oscar Xray November Victor Oscar) — ARRL Contest Update

5. Battery Tool Kit

The Battery Tool Kit Web page by John AE5X includes projects such as a Battery Booster, a Battery Voltage Monitor for 6 V & 12 V, Battery Chargers based on the QRPme.com PTO kit, and a Self-Powered 12V Battery Desulfator. Visit it at http://www.w5usj.com/batterytoolkit.html — ARRL Contest Update

Bulletin sent from Official Bulletin Manager Brad Rodriguez, VE3RHJ.

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for Oct 10

October 10, 2009

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for October 10, 2009

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

NATIONAL NEWS

1. Military Radiolocation System to Operate on 70 cm

Industry Canada has authorized the Department of National Defence to use a digital system called Enhanced Position Location Reporting System (EPLRS) on the 430-450 MHz band. Canadian amateurs use this band on a no-protection, non-interference basis. The EPLRS is similarly authorized, which means that no new restrictions will be imposed on Canadian amateur operations in this band. There is a slight potential for interference to amateur radio systems, typically in the form of a minor audible clicking noise. If you encounter such interference, please report it to RAC via email, regulatory (at) rac (dot) ca. Please report the geographical location, date, time, frequency and mode being used by the amateur station, and a description of the interference. — RAC Bulletin Service

ONTARIO SECTION NEWS ITEMS OF INTEREST

2. Jamboree-on-the-Air

October 17 and 18 will mark the 52nd worldwide Scouting Jamboree on the Air (JOTA). Held the third full weekend in October each year, this is the premier operating event for Amateur Radio and Scouting around the world. Officially designated Scout frequencies for SSB are 3.690, 3.940, 7.090, 7.190, 14.290, 18.140, 21.360, 24.960, 28.390, and 50.160 MHz. For more information visit http://www.scout.org/jota or http://www.arrl.org/scouts/jota — ARRL Web

3. York Region Hamfest

The York Region Amateur Radio Club will hold its 33rd hamfest on Saturday, October 24, at the Markham Fair Grounds, 10801 McGowan Road, just north of Elgin Mills Road, in Markham. Open to the public at 9 a.m.; talk-in on VE3YRA repeater, 145.350 (-). For more information visit http://www.yrarc.com — RAC Events Database

4. Toronto Open Source Week

Toronto has prolcaimed October 24-30 as “Toronto Open Source Week.” Several events are scheduled, beginning with the Ontario Linux Fest on Saturday October 24. For a full list of events, visit http://www.opensourceweek.ca — Brad Rodriguez, VE3RHJ, OBM

5. Lambton County Club offering US Ham Exams

The Lambton County Radio Club is sponsoring an ARRL-affiliated Volunteer Examiner team, which will be authorized to administer exams in Canada for all three classes of U.S. Amateur Radio licences. This is offered to Canadian citizens or permanent residents who would like to obtain a U.S. licence without traveling across the border. You must have a mailing address somewhere in the United States where you can receive US domestic mail. Exam sessions are scheduled for Saturday, December 5th, 2009 as well as Saturday, January 23rd, March 27th and May 22nd, 2010, at the Sarnia Police Headquarters Training Room, 555 North Christina Street North, in Sarnia. Pre-registration is REQUIRED and absolutely NO “walk-ins” will be accommodated. All sessions will begin promptly at 2:00 PM. For more information contact Keith Baker via email, va3ksf (at) rac (dot) ca. — Keith Baker, VA3KSF, President, Lambton County Radio Club

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Bulletin sent from Official Bulletin Manager Brad Rodriguez, VE3RHJ.

RAC Special Bulletin

October 7, 2009

The following was copied from the RAC Bulletin Service via email

RAC Bulletin 2009-032E – Military radiolocation system to operate on 70 cm.
2009-10-07

Military radiolocation system to operate on 70 cm.

As described in Schedule I of RBR-4, amateur usage of the
430-450 MHz (70 cm) band is on a no-protection,
non-interference basis. Amateurs may not cause interference
to nor be protected from interference from stations licensed in
other services operating in that band. The same is true in the
United States, and amateur operations on this band in a number
of areas of the United States have power limits imposed on them
in order to avoid interference to radiolocation services
operated by the US military.

Industry Canada has informed RAC that it has authorized the
Department of National Defence to use a digital system called
Enhanced Position Location Reporting System (EPLRS) on these
frequencies. The EPLRS system consists of mobile, fixed,
transportable and airborne stations that use 5 MHz-wide spread
spectrum channels to provide strategic telemetry information
for military platforms. This authorization is on a
no-protection, non-interference basis, which means that no new
restrictions will be imposed on Canadian amateur operations in
this band as a result.

Industry Canada has informed RAC that there is a slight
potential for interference to amateur radio systems, typically
in the form of a minor audible clicking noise.

If Canadian amateurs encounter such interference, they are requested to report it to RAC at <regulatory @ rac.ca>. The information reported should include the geographical location, date, time, frequency and mode being used by the amateur station, and a description of the interference.

Questions or concerns regarding the planned implementation of
EPLRS may be sent to <regulatory @ rac.ca>.

Richard Ferch, VE3KI
Vice President, Regulatory Affairs – Radio Amateurs of Canada