Posts Tagged ‘RAC Official Bulletin’

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

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.

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 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 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.

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for June 26, 2010

June 28, 2010

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for June 26, 2010


1. RAC Membership Campaign

Radio Amateurs of Canada has announced a year-long membership campaign starting on Field Day 2010.  RAC is providing campaign aterials such as brochures, and is asking each RAC member to prsonally ask 20 amateurs to join RAC — whether they join or not, just ask 20.  The goal is to increase RAC membership by 1,000 over
the next year.  For information and campaign materials, visit

— Peter West, VE3HG, RAC VP Public Relations

2. OPN Seeks Two Net Control Stations

Due to a change in work schedules, the Ontario Phone Net (OPN) needs
a new operator to run the Tuesday night net. You start by checking
into the Second Region Net on 3.925 MHz at 18:30 Eastern, checking
for traffic to Ontario.  At 19:00 Eastern you QSY to 3.742 MHz and
run OPN.

We also have an open slot on Saturdays with the same format.  If you
can help out, please contact Bob VA3QV, via OPN, or via email at
opnreport (at)

— Bob Sharp, VA3QV, OPN Net Manager

3. Milton Hamfest

The Burlington Amateur Radio Club will hold its Ontario Hamfest 2010
on Saturday, July 10, at the Milton Agricultural Fairgrounds in
Milton.  Open to the public at 9 a.m.; talk-in on 146.52 simplex. For
more information visit

— RAC Events Database

4. K2BSA Special Event

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) will celebrate 100 years of Scouting
at this year’s National Jamboree from July 26 to August 4.  K2BSA
will have a large demonstration station operating for the duration of
the Jamboree.  Note that this is NOT the October Jamboree-On-The-Air,
this is a 3000-acre event at Fort A.P.Hill, Virginia.  A special QSL
card will be available for a self-addressed stamped envelope.  For
more information visit

— Amateur Radio Newsline

5. PileUP! Magazine

The Contest Club of Finland’s PDF magazine Pileup!, issue 14(2), is
now available for free download at .
The theme of the issue is “Low-Cost Contesting.”   It’s about 4.4
megabytes to download.

— ARRL Contest Update

Bulletin sent from Official Bulletin Manager Brad Rodriguez, VE3RHJ.

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for June 12, 2010

June 14, 2010

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for June 12, 2010


1. 2010 Canada Day Contest

RAC’s annual Canada Day Contest will be held from 0000 UTC to 2359
UTC on July 1.  Operations will be on 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, 6, and
2 metres, CW and phone.  Stations in Canada send RS(T) and province
or territory; VE0’s and stations outside Canada send RS(T) and a
serial number.  For more information and full contest rules visit

— RAC Web Page

2. Canada Day Radio-Thon for Charity

In conjunction with the Canada Day Contest, members from the Niagara
Peninsula Amateur Radio Club will hold their third annual Canada Day
Radio-thon for Charity.  The more contacts NPARC members make during
the contest, the more money they will raise from their pledges. This
year’s charities include the Canadian National Institute for the
Blind (CNIB) Amateur Radio Program and the St. Catharines General
Hospital Foundation.  For more information visit

— RAC Events Database

3. Field Day Station Locator

The ARRL’s Field Day Station Locator is an interactive map that helps those interested in Amateur Radio find a Field Day site near them. It is free to clubs or individuals who will be operating public Field Day stations. If your group would like to be a part of the Station Locator Service, just go to and follow the instructions.  Note that this is a different web address than was printed in the Field Day packets.

— ARRL Web


4. 12 Out Of 48 Hours

A review of the 2009 CQ Worldwide DX SSB logs shows that while Single
Operators can be on the air for 48 hours, the average all-band
operator spent only about 12 hours in the contest last year. Of the
over 3500 Single Operator, All Band entries, 87 percent operated less
than half the CQ WW DX SSB contest.  Only 25 operators worked more
than 44 hours.  For details visit


5. Satellite Frequency Allocations

In preparation for frequency allocation negotiations, the IARU has
published a full specification at

Proposals include: an allocation for the Amateur Satellite Service in
the 50-54 MHz band; expansion of the satellite allocation in the
420-450 MHz band; retention of the 1240-1300 MHz band; and removal of
the “Earth-to-space only” restriction on 1260-1270 MHz.

— AMSAT News Service

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


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)

— 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


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

— 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


Bulletin sent from Official Bulletin Manager Brad Rodriguez, VE3RHJ.