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RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for October 24, 2009

October 24, 2009

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for October 24, 2009

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

NATIONAL NEWS

1. Quebec Section ARES

I am pleased to announce the formation of a new ARES Group for the Quebec Section. Under the direction of EC Mike Lachaine VE2EXB, RAC Certified Emergency Coordinator, the group will serve municipalities in the St. Jean Sur Richelieu region of Quebec. With the assistance of Quebec Section Manager Gilles Lariviere VA2SGL, Mike and his group have already met with some municipal emergency coordinators in the area and have run some training sessions. Congratulations folks and welcome aboard! — Doug Mercer, VO1DTM, RAC Vice President Field Services

ONTARIO SECTION NEWS

2. New EC For Renfrew County East

The region of Renfrew County in eastern Ontario now has a new leader to help co-ordinate the ARES. Paul Dowdall, VA3COG has accepted a two year service appointment as Emergency Coordinator for Renfrew County East. With a dedicated background in law enforcement and now as community emergency communications provider Paul is certain to build an active ARES program in Renfrew County East and extend his leadership role as required in the Seaway/Capital District — Bob Gammon, VA3RX, Ontario ARES SEC

3. Bill 118 Precautions

Within the next few days police in Ontario will begin to pull over drivers they see texting or talking on cellular telephones. It is entirely likely that some amateur radio operators, who are legally exempt from Bill 118, will be stopped if they are seen to be operating their mobile radio equipment. In order to prevent any unnecessary delay, amateurs in Ontario should consider carrying a copy of their Certificate of Proficiency plus a copy of the exemptions section of Bill 118, which you can find on-line at tinyurl.com/yh8ocwa (Yankee Hotel Eight Oscar Charlie Whiskey Alpha) — RAC Blog

4. Grey County Simulated Emergency Test

Grey County ARES completed its 2009 S.E.T. exercise on Saturday Oct. 17th. We activated stations at four municipal EOCs: Grey County, Owen Sound, Hanover, and Durham. The goal of this year’s exercise was to establish a communications network without using any of the VHF repeaters. Messages were handled on two local 2m simplex nets and an 80m HF link from south to north. Most of the messages had to be relayed. Some had to take three hops. This exercise did not include any out-of-county messages to provincial nets or to provincial EMO. While all of the EOCs do have an emergency power source, we did not use them for this test. This was our first exercise that included our new station VA3GCO in the Grey County Building. Thank you to all who contributed to the success of this event. For a more detailed report see the “Extended Bulletin Articles” at the racaresontario.ca web page. — Bob Droine VE3LKD, ARES EC for Grey County I

TEMS OF INTEREST

5. ARISS Contact with Boy Scouts of Canada

On Saturday, October 3, Scouts of Canada in Ottawa, Ontario experienced an Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact. Three hundred scouts and parents were present as Robert Thirsk VA3CSA answered questions about life and work in space. Thirsk turned over a few questions to Mr. Guy Lalibert√©, Cirque De Soleil president and spaceflight participant. Audio was fed into the EchoLink AMSAT and JK1ZRW servers. The ARISS contact was held in conjunction with the Scout Science Badge Award system. — AMSAT News Service

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Bulletin sent from Official Bulletin Manager Brad Rodriguez, VE3RHJ.

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