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When the system works… it works well!

Happy Monday,

Hope that your houshold is starting to return to normal after the Christmas/New Years festivities…

Before I go on with today’s topic I just want to jog your memory a bit so if you could go to this posting and then come back of course and then we can go on with the posting…

The parts I am hoping you remembered were:

To make it easier for me to keep track of things…  If you could send me your comments, questions and complaints  via email (VA3QV@rac.ca) then I can read them over and forward them to the RAC Individual best suited to answer your question or look at your comment or complaint.

Rest assured I send your feedback up the line fairly quickly and will keep bugging (inquiring) the person I sent to for his response till I get one…

Now back to our blog post…

On the evening of January 1st I was a bit bored and sitting in the shack decided to check the mailbox.  I found two questions from Ontario Amateurs about some RAC activities and figured why not start on them now.  The rationale on this was that seeing its a Holiday the response time might be a bit slower so lets get the ball moving.

The first question was about the upcoming RAC AGM from a ham in Northern Ontario who was looking at planning his holidays so he could attend the AGM which will be in Newfoundland this year.  Although I knew the AGM would be in VO1 I was not sure if the dates had been confirmed so the question went from Northern Ontario to Ottawa to Winnipeg to Newfoundland back to Winnipeg then back to Ottawa where I was able to answer the question early on the morning of Jan 2nd.

In this day and age of emails the time frame is not anything to brag about but the fact that we could get everyone together to answer the question in less than 24 hours if just fantastic…

The 2nd example.  I received a question from an Ontario Ham about the RAC Insurance Deal.  I quickly sent this question up the line to Ian VE9IM who acknowledged the email quickly and set about sending a reply directly to the amateur who had the qustions.  (I got a cc of the reply so I know it was done ) and once again all this was done in less than 24 hours…

So now we know the system works…  your questions or complaints and even suggestions will be heard by the Directors and the Executive (as long as they don’t block my emails at least) in a prompt manner.  I don’t think we will be this fast every time…

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But if we can do it quickly on New Years Day then I think our chances of it happening fairly promptly most days are good…  Not great but good.  We have to remember that everyone (even me) is doing the best they can with the time they can offer our hobby…  We are all volunteers and some days time is a precious commodity…

Just as a reminder you can also find us on Twitter if you follow@RACTWEETS and there is also the RAC Facebook Page as well…

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

73 from Ottawa… Bob


Happy New Year from the RAC Social Media Dept

Well gang…

We made it through another year…

On behalf of the RAC Social Media Department…. Thats our Facebook division, the RACTWEETS group, and of course the RAC Blog….

Please accept my wishes for a very…

HAMMY NEW YEAR

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

73 from Ottawa… Bob

Important News concerning the RAC Club Insurance Program

The following arrived in my inbox from RAC 1st VP Ian VE9IM and he asked me to share this with you…

Important News concerning the RAC Club Insurance program

  • Youth, student and honourary members of are now exempt

from Insurance Surcharge fees.

RAC has a major goal of encouraging and supporting youth and student participation in Amateur Radio to the highest degree possible. To further this goal and as a result of feedback from Clubs across the country, the RAC Insurance team has responded and been able to implement a major cost saving for RAC Club Insurance. Youth, student and Honourary members of a RAC Affiliated Club that is participating in the RAC Club Insurance program are now exempt from the $11 non RAC surcharge for Club Insurance coverage. Hopefully this will help in furthering our goal of increased support for youth and students. Additionally, amateurs who have been designated (as of Dec 31, 2010) as Honourary Club members for their long term work and service to a Club are also now exempt from the surcharge for Club Insurance coverage. By exempting youth, these changes should also help with Club family memberships.

Therefore :

  • For Club Liability insurance purposes only, Affiliated Club honourary (as of Dec 31, 2010), youth (under 18) and student (under 25 yrs) members are exempt from the $11 surcharge for non RAC members.
  • All Club members, that is all regular, associate, family membership persons, life, honourary etc have to be to be included in the club total membership count for the insurer and for the $1/yr per member insurance fee.

Clubs have been contacted concerniing these changes by seperate email. If your Club has not received this email please contact ve9im@rac.ca

Thank you and Happy New Year,

The RAC Insurance Team

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Thanks to the RAC Insurance Team for putting this information package together for us over the Christmas Holidays…

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

73 from Ottawa… Bob

CQ Maritime ARES Groups CQ

With the recent really bad weather that hit the Eastern Seaboard and the Maritimes recently I am wondering if any of the ARES or SATERN Groups in the Maritime Provinces assisted in the relief efforts.

If your group participated in any relief efforts please send me an email (va3qv@rac.ca) so we can get your assistance documented.

We need all the data we can muster for our attempts to gain a better exemption in the Driving while distracted Bill in New Brunswick.

If you group did not get activated but you participated in the relief efforts as an individual the same request applies.

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

73 from Ottawa… Bob

Christmas Greetings from the RAC Social Media Guy

On behalf of the various authors of the RAC Blog, RACTWEETS and the RAC Facebook Group I would like to wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas along with my wishes for a Very Happy New Year.


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

73 from Ottawa… Bob

The Party is over…

Well now that the contest is over and I got a bit of sleep…  How much fun did you have and how good or bad did you do???

Why not drop over to our RAC Facebook Group site and leave us a comment on the Wall there .  Lets make that the soapbox for this event…

Now for this event I was the guest of the Ottawa Valley Mobile Radio Club as one of the Operators of VE3JW.  The VE3JW station is located at the Canada Museum of Science and Technology in Ottawa and is sponsored by the OVMRC

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One of the really great things about having the chance to operate at a better station than I have at home is the fact that I hear so much more…  An 40m/80m trapped dipole that is not folded over the tree a couple of times and a tower with a 7 element triband beam… I was in heaven for this event…

A Flex 3000, a TS 2000 and a TS850 were all at my disposal…  I felt like a kid in a Candy store…

Now lots of other groups were out there for the contest and first off a big thank you to the RAC stations who agreed to cause a pile up for the event.  I think we got most of them in the log…

But I do know as we did not make any contacts in VY0, VE8 and VY1 there were at least 3 that we missed…  We heard stations in the North but unfortunately we were unable to make ourselves heard.

So if you have the time why not drop over to the FACEBOOK RAC Site and make let us know what you thought and how you did…

A fellow blogger AA1J made mention of us in a post on his blog and I thought I would share the link with you.

On a personal side of things this week will be a busy one in the VA3QV household as we finish our preps for the big day on the 25th.  I might be a little slow posting here and on the FACEBOOK accounts this week, but as my smartphone does do Twitter this is a good reason to remind you to follow  RACTWEETS on twitter.

It goes without saying that if there is any NEWS that you need to hear it will be posted immediately here, on RACTWEETS, on FACEBOOK and of course on the RAC Bulletin and on the RAC Website.

We are giving you the means to stay informed and all you have to do is pick how you want to be informed…

See you before the “Big Day”

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

73 from Ottawa… Bob

Comments, Complaints or Questions…


As some of you have mentioned to me so far …  The comments section of the blog has been closed…

Heres why…

As I in my first posting when I took over the RAC Blog tried to explain…” I do not and will not speak for the board or the executive”…

To make it easier for me to keep track of things…  If you could send me your comments, questions and complaints  via email (VA3QV@rac.ca) then I can read them over and forward them to the RAC Individual best suited to answer your question or look at your comment or complaint.

Rest assured I send your feedback up the line fairly quickly and will keep bugging (inquiring) the person I sent to for his response till I get one…

In reality the closing of the comments was at my request and whenever the new blogger replaces me then it will be up to them to decide on opening the comments.

As I currently look after 3 blogs and a 4th is on the way I find keeping track of the RAC blog comments via email to be much safer and easier…

If it offends some….sorry…

Please know that your feedback is not being forgotten about or ignored!!!  .


I tend to be a bit of a pest and I will keep on at them till I get a suitable response which I will send back to you myself so I know it has been done..

I do not take this lightly and I will keep on top of things…

And as always you can make a comment on the RAC Facebook Group wall which I also monitor and will reply as best as I can as quickly as I can.   Some of the Executive and the board are monitoring the Wall as well so they could be reading your comments directly…

Hope that helps….

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

73 from Ottawa… Bob

We are looking for…

… A french speaking blogger…

During a conference call tonight with the RAC Communications committee it was mentioned that although this blog is doing fairly well one thing it needs to do is give better service to the French speaking Radio Amateur Community…

Sadly my french is worse than my CW…

So do we have anyone out there who would like to try their hand at writing articles for the blog in french?  I am not talking about translating my articles but writing your own…

The pay is lousy but the job is rewarding…

Please contact the Vice President for Technical and Administrative Services Jim Hay VE2VE if you are interested in giving it a try…

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

73 from Ottawa… Bob


RAC Canada Winter Contest soon

Just a reminder that your 2010 RAC Canada Winter Contest starts this Saturday December 18th at 0000 UTC.


The rules for the contest are found here:

http://www.rac.ca/en/rac/programmes/contests/files/2010_Canada_Winter_Contest_Rules_English_and_French.pdf

Like I have mentioned previously in several different locations this is a very low stress friendly contest that is great for the beginners or the vets…

For my part I will be operating for part of the contest from VE3JW from Ottawa at the Canadian Museum of Science and Technology.  We will be active on 10m to 80m with 2m and 6m thrown in for good measure.

Due to my proximity to the Museum (less than 1km) I will not be active from home for this contest as the museum and myself have a tendancy to knock the stuffings out of our receives when we operate on the same bands at the same time…  So my contesting this year will be from VE3JW only…

Hope to hear you on the air though…

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

73 from Ottawa… Bob

VY0RAC looking for an operator

The following email came across my screen today so just in case…

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From: Mitch [mailto:ve6oh@rac.ca
Sent: Sunday, December 12, 2010 4:47 PM

Subject: NTS message to Nunavat

Hi all
I am trying to get Nunavut on the air for the RAC winter contest I have
sent many email and so far no success.

“  RAC is looking to have a station operate in  the RAC Winter Contest with the RAC call VY0RAC

If you are able to operate even for a short time please contact Mitch
VE6OH    via email VE6OH@RAC.CA
or via NTS, my location is Edmonton, AB,  phone 780 446 8958

Thanks
Mitch  VE6OH

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Now I have deleted some of the email but the important parts… We are looking for an operator to operate VY0RAC for the Canada Winter Contest and yes the operator must operate from VY0… and who to contact if you can help is all there…

Being able to help your fellow amateurs to contact VY0RAC during the RAC Canada Winter Contest would definately get you into the “Nice” catagory…

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

73 from Ottawa… Bob