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RAC Bulletin 2011-001E

RAC Bulletin 2011-001E : Doug Mein VA3DM appointed Special Advisor to the RAC Field Organization

I am very pleased to announce the appointment of Doug Mein VA3DM, Special Advisor to the Radio Amateurs of Canada Field Organization. Doug has been a Ham for many years and holds basic, morse and advanced qualification.

Doug has an extensive background and is retired from Transport Canada after 33 years of service. During the Sept 11 terrorist attacks on the United States, Doug was Director of Transport Canada’s Air Navigation Services and Airspace Branch in Ottawa, playing a key role in coordinating department operations and taking decisive action on behalf of the Canadian Government. Doug resides in Alliston, Ontario.

Doug’s focus will be with strategic matters that effect the Radio Amateurs of Canada Field Organization nationally.

I know that you will all join me in welcoming Doug.


Doug Mercer VO1DTM
Vice President Field Services
Radio Amateurs of Canada
P.O. Box 1042 Goulds
Newfoundland Labrador
A1S 1H2

” We’re ALL about Amateur Radio! ”
” Tous ensemble pour la radioamateur! ”


Submarine Museums and Radio Rooms

The following was forwarded to me as an email by VE4BAW.  I added a few pictures off the internet to dress things up a bit but the text is courtesy of Donald Courcy,  VE2CW.

As you will see from reading through his article he has a great deal of love for our submarine fleet and he wears the dolphins proudly…


HMCS OJIBWA is a cold war Canadian Oberon Class submarine which
was in  service in the Royal Canadian Navy from 1965 to 1998. The
submarine has  been acquired by the Elgin Military Museum of St. Thomas,
Ontario and  will soon be towed from Halifax, Nova Scotia to Port Burwell, Ontario  where it will be preserved and operated as a submarine museum.

Plans are being prepared to restore the radio room onboard the
submarine as an active ham radio club station, operating under
call sign VA3ZFQ,  in memory of OJIBWA’s former international call sign CZFQ.

I am a former submariner who served onboard submarines HMCS
OJIBWA, HMCS  ONONDAGA and HMCS OKANAGAN during the cold war. I have agreed to  sponsor call sign VA3ZFQ until a local ham radio operator in the  Port Burwell  area, with an advanced radio certificate, comes forward to take  over as  the sponsor.

Call sign VA3ZFQ has just been assigned to HMCS OJIBWA Submarine
MuseumAmateur Radio Club (HOSMARC). To view the VA3ZFQ info at, CLICK ON THE PICTURE OF THE SUB (ABOVE)

Once the submarine has been towed from Halifax and installed at Port
Burwell, the restoration of the radio room will begin.
Volunteers will  be needed to assist in the project. We will also be looking for old  naval radio equipment. Details about the radio room restoration
will be  posted in the coming months on the:

VA3ZFQ page at

For more information about The Ojibwa Project in Port Burwell,
Ontario, click on the Museum Logo (above)

If you are interested in helping out during the restoration of
the radio  room onboard OJIBWA, and/or in joining the HMCS OJIBWA Submarine  MuseumAmateur Radio Club (HOSMARC), send an email to

You might recall that I was involved in a similar endeavour 3
years ago  in Rimouski, Quebec, where OJIBWA’s sister submarine HMCS
ONONDAGA was  installed as a submarine museum. The radio room onboard ONONDAGA  is now  on the air as a ham radio club station and operating under call sign  VA2GNQ in memory of ONONDAGA’s former international call sign  CGNQ. The  station is operated by members of the St-Lawrence Amateur Radio  Club found at

For more information about HMCS ONONDAGA’s ham radio club
station, please click the sub (above)

For more information about HMCS ONONDAGA’s Submarine Museum in Rimouski,Quebec,click the sub (below)

Donald Courcy,  VE2CW
Sous-marinier Partenaire: Musée du sous-marin ONONDAGA -
Rimouski, QC
Member # S72-0007 – Ships Company – HMCS OJIBWA Submarine Museum
- Port Burwell, ON
Sponsor for VA3ZFQ – HMCS OJIBWA Submarine Museum Amateur Radio Club (HOSMARC) – Port Burwell, ON

Member: Submariners Association of Canada
Member # 0732 – North American QRP CW Club
Member # 15344 – FISTS (The International Morse Preservation Society)
Member: Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC)
Membre: Radio Amateur du Québec (RAQI)
Member: Submarine Veteran Amateur Radio Club (SVARA)
Member: Club Radio Amateur Rive-Sud de Montréal
Webmaster and Radio History Keeper:
Personal Website:


So thanks again to Donald for sharing this information with us and many many thanks for doing all this work to get the Subs Radio Rooms back on the air.

Donald also advises that the story (in much more detail) will be coming out in a TCA Article in the future.

Just remember…  The original Amateur Radio Social Media device used a “Key” and not a “Keyboard”.

73 from Ottawa… Bob

RAC President attends ARRL Board Meeting

As part of the cooperation and warm relationhip between RAC and ARRL the President of RAC has traditionally been invited to attend the twice yearly Board of Directors meeting held in Windsor Falls, Connecticut. This January, the President of RAC, Mr, Geoffrey Bawden, VE4BAW drove From his QTH of Winnipeg to New England to attend the Board meeting as an observer. The 15 Directors and senior officers of ARRL meet twice annually to define policy for the US association representing the interests of their 156K members and approximately 700K US amateurs.

The President and Chair of ARRL is Kay Craigie, N3KN and the Secretar is David Sumner, K1ZZ. Also in attendence as an observer is IARU Secretary Rod Stafford, W6ROD.

The ARRL is the world’s largest amateur radio association and is headquartered in Newington, Connecticut. This association is a key driver both within the United States and worldwide for the interests of hams.


Geoff Bawden VE4BAW

President and Chair, RAC

January 21/11

From the Ontario Section Manager

New Appointment of Assistant Section Manager for Ontario as of January 12, 2011

As many of you know RAC is moving ahead with great changes and it is
a very exciting times for RAC and the Field Services. As Section
Manager for Ontario my area of responsibility is going to increase
over the next few months as we move the program forward. As such I
realize that I can not do it alone. I need to build a strong Ontario
Team that will move our Section in line with the National Level
however with the interests of Ontario in mind. So having said that I
am very pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Hickey VE3IPC,
Assistant Section Manager (ASM) for the Ontario ARES.  Michael has
been a Ham for many years and holds his basic and advanced qualifications.

Michael has been with ARES since the early 90′s and in 1998 accepted
the appointment of first EC for Prescott-Russell Counties lasting 6
years.  In 2004 he accepted the appointment of DEC and continues to
oversee and develop what were two non-developed ARES Districts now
making up Eastern Ontario.  He is the originator of the ARES District
Mutual Aid Program (DMAP) manual.  He now promotes ARES to ‘student
officials’ that attend the week long course at the Canadian Emergency
Management College in Ottawa.  Michael has a background in commercial
sales, marketing and promoting.

Michael’s focus will be to put together a steering committee and
working groups to deal with pressing issues that will affect the
Ontario Field Organization starting with the Incorporation of ARES in
Ontario and a number of other important key issues.   Michael will
also act as my adviser regarding similar issues being worked by each
Section Manager working in concert with the ARES National level.

Please join me in welcoming Michael to the Ontario ARES Section.

Allan Boyd – VE3AJB
Section Manager Ontario
Radio Amateurs of Canada

The quest for information

As you know we have a fairly large country here in Canada… And as you can tell by my callsign (VA3QV)  I live in Ontario…

And I am blogging on behalf of the Radio Amateurs of Canada not the Radio Amateurs of Eastern Ontario….

So it would be a whole lot easier to comment on Canadian Amateur Radio issues and items if you would take a few seconds and send me a quick email with your suggestions for blog items on our wonderful hobby.  Is your club doing something?,  having a hamfest?, a special event station or a mini or larger DXPedition???

Share it with your fellow hams by letting the RAC Blog get the word out.  Between the Blog itself and RACTWEETS and RAC FACEBOOK your message could get out to over 2000 amateurs and SWLs.

All you have to do is contact me ( ) and give me some basic information and the process starts…

Don’t forget we can also get it into the RAC Bulletins and if you plan far enough ahead it could make a great story for our Magazine The Canadian Amateur or for our New RAC Report which will come out in opposite months to TCA.

Let us help you…

Just remember…  The original Amateur Radio Social Media device used a “Key” and not a “Keyboard”.

73 from Ottawa… Bob

Going to be in Ottawa in mid February?

Todays email found a notice from Harold VA3UNK with some info on the upcoming Canadian Ski Marathon.


 I would appreciate it if you would help me by spreading the word throughout your local ham radio communities.  We are looking for radio operators.

Once again the Canadian Ski Marathon (CSM) is spooling up. This year is the 5th anniversary for the CSM.  Radio is a few years behind that.

The CSM depends on ham radio volunteers to provide important and timely afety and logistical communication for the benefit of the skiers. The mateur radio CSM web page ( is up and running with 011 information.

The event runs between Lachute and Buckingham in western Quebec – snow or shine.

If you would like to volunteer this year, please email Harold VA3UNK ( Although I can’t promise anything, assignment requests are generally first-come, first-served.

Please join me the second weekend in February (12th-13th) and help make 38th our best year yet!

Bye for now,
Harold va3unk


posted by VA3QV on behalf of VA3UNK

From the Eastern Ontario ARES DEC

Subj: Eastern Ontario ARES [Seaway-Capital] District website videos are back on line.
Date: 1/10/2011 4:49:59 AM Eastern Standard Time
Sent from the Internet (Details)

Hello everyone,

In regards to the Eastern Ontario ARES [Seaway-Capital] District ‘ARES Promo video‘, and the ‘ARES News clip‘ video, you will be pleased to know that our website (under construction) < > is now back on line and the videos [select video button] are ready to be either viewed and or downloaded.  The download versions are of higher quality.  The ARES Promo video is just over 7 minutes long and the ARES News clip is nearly 3 minutes long.

The intended audience of the News clip video is for the general public, and the 7 plus minute version is for municipal emergency officials that could be part of an overall ARES presentation.

With the help and cooperation the DEC received from TV Cogeco and TV Cogeco News for Renfrew/Pembroke Ontario, he was able to have access to the original footage they took of the ARES District’s ‘in school’ class ARES training and exercise sessions.  With their raw footage and with the help of TV Cogeco News regular volunteer Nathan VA3NCM, the DEC (as both director and editor) was able to create a postproduction educational video of What is ARES, What they do and Why.

Your comments can be sent to Mike – DEC for Eastern Ontario ARES.

Michael Hickey / Callsign VE3IPC
Eastern Ontario ARES (DEC)
613-679-4474  < >
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Posted on behalf of Mike VE3IPC DEC for Eastern Ontario ARES by VA3QV

2011 AGM Dates updated


From an email rcvd Jan 9th….


Could you change the dates on the blog for the 2011 AGM and NL Hamfest to July 30/31, 2011. We discovered a conflict with the Halifax DX Forum.


Doug Mercer  VO1DTM 
Vice President Field Services
Radio Amateurs of Canada

Society of Newfoundland Radio Amateurs


Hamfest NL 2011


The Radio Amateurs of Canada 2011 AGM

The Executive and members of SONRA are pleased to host these special events and encourage Hams from everywhere to join us on July 30th and 31st in historic St. John’s Newfoundland.

The events will be held at the RCAF Club in Pleasantville and at the headquarters of Fire and Emergency Services Newfoundland and Labrador, our sponsor for the events. Highlights include:

* Youth perspective presentation

* Digital technologies presentation

* Video – “Igor- the storm of the century”

* Complementary Saturday lunch

* Saturday evening banquet

* Complementary Sunday brunch

* RAC 2011 Annual General Meeting and Q&A

* Old fashion bluegrass jam session following banquet

* Whale watching tour

* Opportunity to operate from Historic Signal Hill

Stay tuned for more information about this event by visiting and

For more information contact Paul Burggraaf VO1PRB at or Doug Mercer VO1DTM at


Posted on behalf of VO1DTM by VA3QV

From the VPFS

This posting comes to us via Doug Mercer VO1DTM who is the RAC Vice President for Field Services

The YASME Excellence Awards are given to individuals who through their own service, creativity, effort and dedication have made a significant contribution to the cause of Amateur Radio. The contribution may be in recognition of technical, operating, or organizational achievement as all three are necessary for amateur radio to grow and prosper. With the 2010 Excellence Awards, YASME recognizes the following individuals in order to recognize them and inspire others on behalf of Amateur Radio now and in the future.

·        Ramón Santoyo V, XE1KK who is recognized for his work in advancing ham radio in Mexico and Central America and his service to the international radio community as IARU Region 2 Secretary. He is a strong proponent of radiosport and the World Radiosport Team Championships. Voices like Ramón’s help the amateur community work together worldwide, strengthening our position and reputation as important members of the wireless community.

·        Makoto (Mako) Mori, JE3HHT who deserves much credit for popularizing RTTY by writing the MMTTY software modem and making it available for integration into logging software. MMTTY is a great product and Mako has exhibited great ham spirit with a huge effect.

·        Bruce Horn, WA7BNM who continues to generate useful and innovative web applications including a complete upgrade of his excellent contest calendar web site. His 3830 score reporting and compilation service and Cabrillo log submission tools have changed the nature of radiosport.

·        Rick Meuthing, KN6KB for developing the new WINMOR sound-card digital mode software now gaining wide use in the worldwide Winlink 2000 system. Many attempts at approaching the performance of the proprietary PACTOR III protocol and hardware failed before WINMOR, attesting to the difficulty of the problem.

·        Mikael Styrefors, SM2O who has developed the Remote Radio Control interface. The ability to connect radios and operators transparently and robustly over the Internet is a key technological element of putting top-grade remote HF stations on the air – something more common every day.

·        Alex Shovkoplyas, VE3NEA for developing DX Atlas, Morse Runner, HAM-CAP, CW Skimmer, Rocky and other innovative software. Alex’s products are making a remarkable impact on the competitive HF operating environment. Making this software available to the amateur community at little or no cost demonstrates excellent ham spirit.

·        Pepe Ardid, EA5KB who makes it possible for many Latin American DXers, who are in many cases saddled with deficient postal services and QSL Bureaus, to confirm contacts with attractive and unique QSL cards. Pepe contributes countless hours of service in support of his fellow amateurs so they can continue to participate in one of amateur radio’s most cherished traditions.

Thanks go out to our VPFS for sharing this with us…

From the mailbag…

When I was reading the inbox today I found this one…

My Father is 95 years old and got his amateur license on July 29, 1933…he must be one of the oldest in Canada! His name is Al Miller, he lives in Penticton, BC and his call sign is VE7KC.

This is his website although he hasn’t added anything to it for years but he has a few interesting posts.

Well today I took a look at the site and I must say that the stories are interesting.  I hope all is still going well for Al and I’ll make the offer that if he wants to post any more stories I will happily read them and also share the information with you here…


Thanks go out to Kathleen for letting us know about her Dad… and also thanks to Al VE7KC for sharing a couple of stories with us…

Just remember…  The original Amateur Radio Social Media device used a “Key” and not a “Keyboard”.

73 from Ottawa… Bob