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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

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

Eastern Ontario ARES Report

Today’s posting comes to us courtesy of Mike Hickey VE3IPC who is the DEC (District Emergency Coordinator) for the Seaway/Capital Districts of Ontario ARES (Amateur Radio Emergency Service)


Subject: New Eastern Ontario ARES promo video clip – for ARES, Officials, & the public.
Hello fellow ARES Group EC,

I trust you had a great holiday and I hope you will have a healthy and prosperous New Year.

The Eastern Ontario [Seaway/Capital] ARES District is pleased to announce and present our new ARES Promo Video production that is now posted on our ARES District website (still under construction) for anyone to view on line and or download the WMV 36 meg 7.5 minutes short video clip.

TVCogeco News in Renfrew Ontario in May 2010 did a news video piece on the ARES training course that was being given by the Eastern Ontario ARES District leadership while conducting an ‘in school’ ARES ‘on air’ exercise of the training that the two Renfrew County ARES groups (RCE & RCW-ARES) received.

With special permission and co-operation from the TVCogego and TVCogeco News for Renfrew/Pembroke Ontario we were able to access their raw footage and create a post-production ARES promo video.  We thank TVCogeco for the use of their raw footage and facilities that allowed us to create this new ARES Promo video.  We also wish thank their regular volunteer at TVCogeco Renfrew, Nathan MacIsaac – VA3NCM, for providing us his technical expertise and operating the editing equipment in making this video production.  We also wish thank TVCogeco News Renfrew Camera Engineer Jeremy Charboneau who created the original news piece, for creating the introduction part of the video and all the credit info we requested to end the video with.

We also wish to thank our volunteer Webmaster Dave Gabrieled in Ottawa for creating our website and for posting the video for all to see.

This video is intended to be used as part of the ARES presentation to any local municipal government’s emergency management officials and NGO leadership like that of the local Red Cross as an educational tool explaining – what is ARES, what they do and why.

To view and or download the ARES promo video visit, < > and choose < VIDEO > then select < ARES Promo Video >.  Please send your comments to < >

By all means please do share this info with each of your group members for their viewing.

Mike Hickey – VE3IPC
DEC for Eastern Ontario ARES
Jan 04 – 2011

Mike has been working on behalf of ARES in Eastern Ontario first as the EC (Emergency Coordinator) for Prescott Russell and now as the DEC for Eastern Ontario.
If you have any questions or comments on ARES in Eastern Ontario please feel free to contact Mike at
If you have any questions or comments on Field Services in Canada please contact the Vice President Field Services at

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

73 from Ottawa… Bob

North East Ontario Regional Directors Report January 2011

North East Ontario Regional Directors Report January 2011

The monthly meeting of the Regional Directors was held on December 16 starting at 2330Z.

The first thing I want to do is to wish you all a Happy New Year and hope 2011 is a good one for you.

Now that all the details have been finalised I can tell you about a new feature coming in February. 

At the Directors meeting in October we decided to begin an e-newsletter, called “The RAC Report”.

It will come out in the months between TCA.  So you should see the first one in February. To ensure you receive it you may want to check your email on the membership page.  Follow this link, log in with your membership number and password and verify your email:

While you’re updating your information at RAC, you may want to verify your address with Industry Canada as well.

Since there is no Southern Ontario Director at present this report is being sent to the Southern Ontario AD’s.  If you want to be part of the RAC team as a Director please feel free to contact me and we can discuss what the job entails.

One of the themes Stephen, VE3LWX and I will be discussing this year is charitable giving to RAC.  I got interested in electronics at 16 because my uncle (VE3DPJ, SK) let me use his rig.  That lead me to a career in electronics and finally now I am teaching others electronics and occasionally teach radio classes here.  Amateur Radio has defined who I am and determined my career path.  If Amateur Radio has had an impact on your life or career why not consider giving back to the hobby you love?  A donation to RAC will allow us to carry on mentoring new younger hams and protecting our valuable frequencies.  Give it a thought and if you want to discuss it further let either Stephen or myself know.

If you have a business or know some one who may want to advertise on the RAC web site contact the webmaster and he will work with you to set it up.

If you have any questions or concerns please email me at

Bill VE3XT

North East Ontario Regional Director

Radio Amateurs of Canada

Upcoming Amateur Event- 2011 RAC AGM

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