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RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for May 22, 2010

May 23, 2010

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for May 22, 2010

NATIONAL NEWS

1. Hams “Stand Down” from Chinese Earthquake Relief

Amateur Radio operators have ended their disaster response to the
April 14 earthquake that struck China’s Qinghai province. Amateur
radio operators from Beijing, Sichuan, Shandong, Anhui, Qinghai and
Jiangsu were widely involved in the disaster relief actions, and
amateurs worldwide were asked to keep frequencies clear.  While
relief operations continue, “all of the Amateur Radio heroes have
returned to their daily life.”  Read more at tinyurl.com/2fpz633
(Two Foxtrot Papa Zulu Six Three Three).

— ARRL Web

ONTARIO SECTION NEWS

2. CANWARN Training, week of June 7th

CANWARN Training will be offered Monday, June 7th, at 7 p.m., at the Atikokan Fire Hall, 101 Goodwin St., in Atikokan.  On Tuesday, June 8th, at 7 p.m., at the Longbow Lake Fire Hall Training Room, in Kenora.  On Wednesday, June 9th, at 7 p.m., at the Best Western, 349 Government St., in Dryden. And on Thursday, June 10th, at 7 p.m., at Confederation College, corner of William St. and Edward St. N., in Thunder Bay.

These are the last scheduled CANWARN traning sessions for 2010. If you plan to attend a CANWARN session, please confirm by email to canwarn.ontarioregion (at) ec.gc.ca.

— Geoff Coulson, Environment Canada

ITEMS OF INTEREST

3. Central Ontario Hamfest

The Guelph and Kitchener-Waterloo Amateur Radio Clubs will hold the
36th Annual Central Ontario Hamfest on Sunday, June 6th,  at the
Waterloo Regional Police Association Recreation Park just off the 401
at Hwy 97, in Cambridge.  Note the new day and location this year!
Open to the public at 9 a.m.; talk-in on VE3KSR repeater, 146.970 (-)
131.8 Hz tone.  For more information visit www.hamfest.on.ca

— RAC Event Database

4. Streetsville Special Event

The Mississauga Amateur Radio Club will operate a special event
station from the Streetsville Bread and Honey Festival, on Saturday
June 5 and Sunday June 6.  VE3MIS will be operating from 1400Z to
2000Z on 28.480, 21.315, 14.240, and 7.230 MHz +/- QRM. For more
information visit www.marc.on.ca and click the “Public Service” link.

— RAC Events Database

5. Special Event Station CF3NAVY

Special event station CF3NAVY will be active from June 4 to July 3, to celebrate the 100th Anniverary of the Royal Canadian Navy. Operations will be 160m through 2m, and 70cm, using AM, FM, SSB, SSTV, PSK, CW, and RTTY.  QSL via VE3RCN.

See CF3NAVY on QRZ.com for more information.

— RAC Events Database and QRZ.COM

6. UNITEC-1 Launched

Amateur Radio Venus satellite UNITEC-1 was launched May 21st (Japan
Standard Time) by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, and
separation of the satellite from the H-IIA F17 launcher has been
confirmed.  This makes UNITEC-1 the first interplanetary Amateur
Radio satellite.

Signals have been received from its 5840.0 MHz beacon from about
300,000 km away.  For more information, the latest news, and
monitoring software, visit the Operations Centre website,
sites.google.com/site/unitec1ops

— Southgate ARC News and AMSAT News

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Bulletin sent from Official Bulletin Manager Brad Rodriguez, VE3RHJ.
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RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for May 1, 2010

May 3, 2010

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for May 1, 2010

ONTARIO SECTION NEWS

1. CANWARN Training, May 15-19

CANWARN training will be offered for Sudbury on Saturday, May 15th,
9:30 a.m., at the Lionel E. Lalonde Centre, 239 Montee Principale,
Azilda.

On Sunday, May 16th, at 7 p.m. at the Waterfront Inn, 208 St.
Mary’s Drive in Sault Ste Marie.

On Monday, May 17th, at 7 p.m, at the Days Inn, 14 Mountjoy St.
South, in Timmins.

And on Wednesday, May 19th, at 7 p.m., at the Ontario Provincial
Police Communication Centre, 877 Gormanville Road, in North Bay.

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

— Geoff Coulson, Environment Canada

2. Inter-County CANWARN Network

The new Inter-County CANWARN Network (ICCN) is being launched this
spring, and will be activated on the new Ontario Public Service IRLP
Reflector # 9030 during severe weather events that generate watches
and warnings issued by Environment Canada Toronto.

The purpose and benefit of this network will be to provide a
co-ordinated link between adjacent counties in the warned regions,
and to create a continuous path for the delivery of urgent weather
reports directly to the Toronto Weather Office using the online
reporting form or the dedicated landline number.

— Bob Gammon, VA3RX, Ontario ARES SEC


ITEMS OF INTEREST

3. WorldRadio Online

The May 2010 edition of WorldRadio Online magazine is live and posted
free at www.worldradiomagazine.com.

— Handi-Ham News

4. “Discover Homebrew” at Dayton

The Dayton Hamvention and the Midwest VHF/UHF Society will host a
“Discover Homebrew” demonstration area at the Dayton Hamvention, May
14-16 in Dayton, Ohio.

Located in booths 179, 180, 191, 192, and booths 203, 204, 215, and
216 in the North Hall, there will be 6 eight foot tables available to
accommodate many homebrewers simultaneously. AC power will be
provided, along with HF and possibly VHF antenna access. All you need
to do is bring your favorite home built project, set it up and
demonstrate it to anyone who is interested.

The only restriction is that no sales may be conducted from the demo
area. If you have commercial plans for your project, it is fine to go
ahead and talk about them.  For details, see www.hamvention.org.

— Amateur Radio Newsline

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Bulletin sent from Official Bulletin Manager Brad Rodriguez, VE3RHJ.

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for February 27, 2010

February 28, 2010

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for February 27, 2010

Earthquake Emergency Frequencies

Following the earthquake that struck southern Chile early Saturday, IARU, Region 2 and the Red Chilena Nor Austral de Servicio (RECNA) suggests radio amateurs monitor EmComm frequencies for earthquake and tsunami information:

SSB frequencies:
10 meters – 28.300, 28.500 MHz
15 meters – 21.200, 21.350 MHz
20 meters – 14.200, 14.350 MHz
40 meters – 7.050, 7.095 MHz
80 meters – 3.738, 3.750 MHz

In addition, monitor the worldwide emergency communication “centre of activity” frequencies: 14.300, 18.160 and 21.360 MHz.  As always,  please keep the frequencies clear for emergency traffic.

— CQ News Service

NATIONAL NEWS

1. New NARED Manager

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Mervyn Halvorsen,
VA3TSA/VO1TSA, as our new National Amateur Radio Emergency Database
(NARED) Manager effective immediately.

Merv has many years of ARES experience, has worked in support of ARES
during the BC fires while he lived there, has worked closely with me
in support of the Newfoundland and Labrador EMO at the Provincial
EOC. Merv was active “on the ground” following Hurricane Katrina in
Biloxi, Mississippi and while in Newfoundland  was in charge of
Emergency Services for the Salvation Army, Critical Incident Stress
Trainer, as well as Chaplain for the St. John’s Regional Fire
Department.

Merv and family now reside in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Welcome aboard!
It will be great working with you again.

— Doug Mercer VO1DTM, CEC, RAC VP Field Services

ONTARIO SECTION NEWS

2. ARES HF Nets Return

The Ontario ARES HF network has returned to operations due to
improving propagation on low HF frequencies. The 40-metre Ontario
ARES HF Net is scheduled on Sundays at 13:00 Eastern on 7.080 Mhz.
The 80-metre Ontario PROCOM HF Net is scheduled on Mondays at 21:00
Eastern on 3.650 Mhz.

Please continue to support and maintain this weekly HF Emergency
Communications network.

— Bob Gammon, VA3RX, Ontario ARES SEC

3. OPN Time Change

On March 14th, the Ontario Phone Net (OPN) will revert to its
Spring/Summer start time of 1900 Eastern Time to compensate for changing 80m band conditions.

This change is planned to coincide with the change from Standard to
Daylight Savings time, with the Sunday March 14th net starting at
1900 Eastern. However, if daytime band conditions continue to weaken
to the point that communications are not dependable then this could
change earlier than planned.  Please check
ontariophonenet.wordpress.com for up to date information.

— Bob Sharp, VA3QV, OPN Net Manager


ITEMS OF INTEREST

4. College Satellite Night

College Satellite Night is planned for all available satellites on
the first Thursday of each month. College club stations plan on
being on satellites AO-51, SO-50, AO-7, VO-52, HO-68 and FO-29.
Welcome the student operators and enjoy your QSOs with them as we
are planning on creating an award for working college club stations
on satellite.

— Jay Garlitz, AA4FL, via AMSAT News

5. On-Line Circuit Databases

When you need circuit design ideas it is usually time to hit the
books, but if you don’t have a huge library on hand, try the Potluck
Circuit Database at www.kitsandparts.com/potluck.  Another good
resource is the CircuitsArchive Web site at www.circuitsarchive.org.
You can also contribute your own favorite circuits.

— ARRL Contest Update

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Bulletin sent from Official Bulletin Manager Brad Rodriguez, VE3RHJ.

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for February 20, 2010

February 20, 2010

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for February 20, 2010

NATIONAL NEWS


ONTARIO SECTION NEWS

1. Great Lakes Net Time Change

Effective February 15, the Great Lakes Emergency and Traffic Net
(GLETN) has changed its operating time from 6:30 pm Eastern to 7 pm
Eastern Time. As band conditions improve the net will move back to 8
pm in half-hour increments.

— Grant Watson K8VFZ, via Shawn Gartley VE3PSV

2. CW Operators Needed

Glenn Killam VE3GNA, Section Traffic Manager for the Ontario Section,
is looking for operators to visit some of the CW Traffic Nets to pick
up any traffic destined for Ontario.

Glenn suggests that you monitor the following frequencies:

Empire State Slow Speed Net (ESS) 7 pm 3576 kHz.
Second Region Net (2RN) Cycle 4 early 7:45 pm, late 9:30 pm 3576 kHz.
Hit and Bounce Slow Speed Net (HBSN) 7:30 am 3576 kHz
Hit and Bounce Net (HBN), 8:30 am 7042 kHz weekdays, 7114 kHz Saturday
and Sunday.

If you have questions, email Glenn, ve3gna (at) xplornet (dot) ca.

— Ontario Phone Net Blog

ITEMS OF INTEREST

3. IARU Agrees Emergency Frequencies

All three regions of the International Amateur Radio Union have
agreed on three global Center of Activity (CoA) frequencies for use
in the event of emergencies: 14.300, 18.160 and 21.360 MHz. When no
emergency operations are being conducted, these frequencies are open
for normal amateur usage.

— ARRL Contest Update

4. Ham Radio Deluxe Software

Ham Radio Deluxe (HRD) is a suite of free Windows programs providing
computer control for commonly used transceivers and receivers. HRD
also includes logging, mapping, satellite tracking, and the program
Digital Master 780 (DM780) which supports many digital modes.

HRD is designed for Windows 2000 or higher (XP, Vista, 7), also
Internet Explorer 6.0 (or higher) is required. Download it from
http://www.ham-radio-deluxe.com

— Handi-Ham News

5. ITU Digitizes Historical Archives

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has launched the
“History of ITU Portal,” at http://www.itu.int/history This is part of a
project to digitize, catalogue, and make freely available the ITU’s
historical documents since its founding in 1865. This includes
documents from early telegraph and telephone conferences, as well as
Radiocommunication Conferences since 1903.

— ARRL Web

Bulletin sent from Official Bulletin Manager Brad Rodriguez, VE3RHJ.

Message from RAC Vice President Field Services

December 17, 2009

Hi all,

The following was received as part of an email exchange between the Net Manager of  the Ontario Phone Net (VA3QV) and the RAC Vice President Field Services (VO1DTM)

” Please pass on my sincere best wishes for a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of your Net participants, and to you and family all the best for the upcoming season.

73

Doug Mercer VO1DTM RAC CEC
Vice President Field Services   “

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73bob

Bob Sharp VA3QV Net Manager Ontario Phone Net

RAC Blog has NTS Article

November 25, 2009

Thanks go out to the RAC Blog for todays post on the NTS…

FOLLOW THIS LINK TO GET TO THE BLOGPOST

It makes for good reading

73 Bob Sharp VA3QV Ontario Phone Net Manager

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 Ontario Section Bulletin for September 26, 2009

September 26, 2009

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for September 26, 2009

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

NATIONAL NEWS

1. Derek Hay, VE4HAY, elected Midwest Region Director

Following the September 16th close of nominations for the  vacant
Midwest 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 Mr. Derek Hay, VE4HAY, elected to complete the
two-year term which ends December 31, 2010.

The RAC President, Board and Executive congratulate Director Hay
and thank him for volunteering his services.

— RAC Bulletin Service

ONTARIO SECTION NEWS

ITEMS OF INTEREST

2. South African Ham Satellite Orbited

On September 16th, South Africa’s SumbandilaSat satellite was orbited
by a Soyuz rocket.  Among other equipment, the satellite carries an
Amateur Radio repeater. After SumbandilaSat is fully commissioned,
the repeater will be activated with an uplink at 145.880 MHz and a
downlink at 435.350 MHz; there will also be a voice beacon at 435.300
MHz. The transponder mode will be controlled by a CTCSS tones yet to
be announced.

— ARRL Bulletin Service

3. More CubeSats Orbited

On September 23rd, an Indian PSLV-C14 rocket carried the Oceansat-2
satellite to orbit, along with four CubeSats. CubeSats are very small
and inexpensive research satellites, and all four of these use
amateur radio to downlink telemetry.  Early reports indicate that all
of the CubeSats are active. Here are their frequencies and modes:

BEESAT, from Germany, CW beacon 436.000 MHz, data downlink 436.000,
4800/9600 bps GMSK

UWE-2, from Germany, no beacon, data downlink 437.385, 1200/9600 bps
AFSK/FSK

ITUpSAT1, from Turkey, CW beacon 437.385, data downlink 437.325,
19200 bps GFSK

SwissCube, from Switzerland, CW beacon 437.505, data downlink
437.505, 1200 bps FSK

— ARRL Web

4. 75th Anniversary Worked All Zones Award

CQ Magazine’s Worked All Zones award was introduced in 1934. In
celebration of its 75th anniversary, a special “Diamond Jubilee”
certificate will be issued to amateurs who make contacts in all 40
CQ Zones of the World between November 1, 2009 and December 31, 2010.
Certificates will be numbered but there will be no endorsements.
Confirmations will not be required.  For details see the October 2009
issue of CQ, or click on the October issue on the website
www.cq-amateur-radio.com

— CQ News Service

5. No Evidence of Risk from Mobile Radios

Responding to a query from the ARRL, the President of the U.S.
National Safety Council (NSC) has replied that they “have no evidence
that using two-way radios while driving poses significant crash
risks. Until such time as compelling, peer-reviewed scientific
research is presented that denotes significant risks associated with
the use of Amateur Radios, two-way radios or other communication
devices, the NSC does not support legislative bans or prohibition on
their use.”  This is in contrast to cell phones, for which there is
evidence of increased crash risk.  For the full story, see
tinyurl.com/qokajc (Quebec Oscar Kilo Alpha Juliet Charlie)

— ARRL Web

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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

NATIONAL NEWS

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

ONTARIO SECTION NEWS

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 www.emoares.org/set2009.html

— 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
www.qsl.net/ve3bdb/vc3copp.htm .

— 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
reasons.

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

ITEMS OF INTEREST

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 f6cte.free.fr

— Southgate ARC News

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Bulletin sent from Official Bulletin Manager Brad Rodriguez, VE3RHJ.

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for September 12, 2009

September 13, 2009

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

NATIONAL NEWS

1. Help Requested – ACORN Net

The Army Cadet League of Ontario is investigating the establishment of a Royal Canadian Army Cadet radio network based on Amateur Radio technology. Dubbed ‘ACORN’, for ‘Army Cadet Ontario Radio Network’, the aim is to support optional training and certification of Army Cadets as licenced Amateur Radio operators throughout Ontario. Possible pilot sites for this initiative include Dryden, Thunder Bay, Timmins, North Bay, Stratford or London, Oakville, Cobourg, 709 Communications Unit at Fort York in Toronto and 2332 Communications Unit in Ottawa. Radio Amateurs of Canada has been asked to facilitate this project by identifying Radio Amateurs who live in the pilot areas and have the interest, time and qualifications to mentor and provide instruction to young would-be hams, as well as to assist in setting up and managing Amateur Radio stations. Any interested Radio Amateur residing in a pilot area is asked to contact Rod Hardman, VE3RHF, email address rod.hardman (at) gmail.com. Military experience would be helpful but is not a requirement. — Bob Cooke, VE3BDB, RAC President

2. Decision Expected Soon on Bill 118

A decision by Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation in regards to exemptions to Bill 118 (the Bill to limit cell phone use by drivers in moving vehicles) is expected to be announced at any time. All Ontario Radio Amateurs who are concerned about the possibility that Bill 118 might curtail the operation of two-way radio equipment while driving a vehicle in Ontario are encouraged to contact their local MPP and Transport Minister Jim Bradley. For the latest information on Bill 118 please visit the RAC Blog site at http://www.racblog.wordpress.com — Peter West VE3HG, RAC VP Public Relations

ONTARIO SECTION NEWS

3. VE3HCB Silent Key

Timothy Smith, VE3HCB, EC for Cornwall ARES group since 2004, passed away at the age of 61 at his home in Cornwall on September 3. He was a retired Electronics Communications Instructor with Nav Canada; Chairman of CRAG, and President of the Saint-Lawrence Valley Amateur Radio Club. I know that Tim Smith will be greatly missed by the ARES in Cornwall, and his presence will be missed at our future ARES District meetings. — Michael Hickey, VE3IPC, Seaway/Capital ARES District EC

ITEMS OF INTEREST

4. Win A Free DXpedition For A Young Ham

The 6Y1V contest team is sponsoring one young ham operator (age 21 or under) to join our team and receive an all expense paid trip to operate in the 2009 CQWW SSB or CW contest. To qualify, you must send an email to contest (at) 6y1v.com, containing an essay of 500 words or more, in English, describing how you got started in ham radio, who guided you through the process, and tell us why you should be selected for this DX/contest opportunity at 6Y1V. Please include your full name, call sign and home address. We are looking for a young ham, with some DX/contest experience. You can reside in any country in the world provided you hold a valid amateur radio license in your country. Applications will be accepted until September 30, 2009. For more information see http://www.6y1v.com/youth.htm — Amateur Radio Newsline

5. Ontario VHF Association meeting

The Ontario VHF Association will hold its annual meeting on Saturday, September 26, in the Seventh Semester Room (downstairs KB135) at Humber College (North Campus), 250 Humber College Blvd., in Etobicoke. Talk-in on 146.52 simplex. There will be guest speakers, a “show and tell,” and a mini-flea market. For more information visit tinyurl.com/mmmnr3 (Mike Mike Mike November Romeo Three) — RAC Events Database

6. London Flea Market

The London Amateur Radio Club will hold its 32nd annual flea market on Sunday, September 27, at the Western Fair Grounds, Special Events Building, located at 900 Kings Street, 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 http://www.larc.ca. — RAC Events Database ===============================================

Bulletin sent from Official Bulletin Manager Brad Rodriguez, VE3RHJ.