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RAC Bulletin 2013-041E – 0-30 MHz Band Planning Committee Announcement

RAC Bulletin 2013-041E – 0-30 MHz Band Planning Committee Announcement

2013-12-11

Al Penney, VO1NO has agreed to chair RAC’s 0-30 MHz Band Planning Committee. The previous chair, Jim Fisher, VE1JF has retired but will continue to serve the BPC for a time as Past Chair and has pledged his active support to a successful transition. Jim had joined the BPC when it was the HF Band Planning Committee and became chair upon the retirement of Bob Nash, VE3KZ. Jim saw the committee through very active intra-Canada band planning and intense negotiations with Region 2 on revisions to 40M and general updates, and its expansion to 0-30 MHz, as well as the development of RAC’s current proposals for 60 M privileges. Other continuing committee members include Scott Wood VE1QD, Mel Martin VE2DC, Don Moman VE6YJ, and Frank Vanderzande VE7AV.

Al was first licensed in 1977. He has been active on all bands from 160M to microwave, and enjoys DX’peditions for IOTA and VHF/UHF contests. He is a past president of the VE2CMR Club, Halifax Amateur Radio Club, Pikes Peak Radio Amateur Association in Colorado Springs, and the West Carleton Amateur Radio Club in Ottawa. He is currently President of the Greenwood Amateur Radio Club in Nova Scotia, having recently moved to the area after retiring from the Royal Canadian Navy following a 35 year career. Now that he has more free time, he intends to be much more active on the air again!

George Gorsline, VE3YV

International Affairs Officer

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Vernon Ikeda – VE2MBS/VE2QQ

Pointe-Claire, Québec

RAC Blog Editor/RAC E-News/Web News Bulletin Editor

RAC Bulletin 2013-040E – Industry Canada posts RAC letter of response to Medical Devices operating in 70 cm band

RAC Bulletin 2013-040E – Industry Canada posts RAC letter of response to Medical Devices operating in 70 cm band

2013-11-24

Any questions and/or comments to this bulletin can go through myself, contact info provided in my signature file.

Vincent Charron, VA3GX/VE2HHH

Director of Communications and Fundraising – Radio Amateurs of/du Canada – communications@rac.ca

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In the Sept/Oct 2013 issue of TCA there was an article entitled: "Industry Canada Releases a Radio Standard Specification (RSS) for Medical Devices Operating in the Band 413-457 MHz". In the article, we mentioned RAC would be responding to IC with a letter of comment. This letter is now posted for public viewing on the Industry Canada web site at the URL:

   <http://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/smt-gst.nsf/eng/sf10715.html>.

We encourage members to read it.

RAC Bulletin 2013-039E – RAC Election of Officers

RAC Bulletin 2013-039E – RAC Election of Officers

2013-11-22

At its regular monthly meeting, the Board of Directors representing the Radio Amateurs of Canada elected the following officers for a two year term beginning January 1, 2014 and ending December 31, 2015

Geoff Bawden, VE4BAW                  President

Glenn MacDonell, VE3XRA               First Vice President

Paul Burggraaf, VO1PRB                   Chief Information and Technology Officer

George Gorsline, VE3YV                   International Affairs Officer

Doug Mercer, VO1DTM/VO1DM    Chief Field Services Officer

Marcel Mongeon, VA3DDD              Honorary Counsel

Dorothy E. Brown, VA7DBR             Treasurer

Al Masse, VE3CWP                         Corporate Secretary

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Al Masse, VE3CWP

RAC Corporate Secretary

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Vernon Ikeda – VE2MBS/VE2QQ

Pointe-Claire, Québec

RAC Blog Editor/RAC E-News/Web News Bulletin Editor

RAC Bulletin 2013-038E – Ken Pulfer, VE3PU and Earle Smith, VE6NM appointed to Hall of Fame

RAC Bulletin 2013-038E – Ken Pulfer, VE3PU and Earle Smith, VE6NM appointed to Hall of Fame

2013-11-21

The Board of Trustees of the Canadian Amateur Radio Hall of Fame is pleased to appoint Ken Pulfer VE3PU (SK) of Ottawa, ON and Earle Smith VE6NM (SK) of Grande Prairie, AB to the Hall of Fame for 2013. The families of the two appointees will be receive this postumous award in early 2014. A summary of their contributions to amateur radio will be published in "The Canadian Amateur" magazine. Both appointees are Silent Keys.

The appointment is to recognize amateurs for outstanding achievement and for sustained service to amateur radio in Canada, or amateur radio at large. The Board of Trustees consists of an amateur radio representative from each province of Canada, appointed by the Directors of Radio Amateurs of Canada.

Ed Frazer, VE7EF

Chair, Board of Trustees Canadian Amateur Radio Hall of Fame

Radio Amateurs of Canada

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Vernon Ikeda – VE2MBS/VE2QQ

Pointe-Claire, Québec

RAC Blog Editor/RAC E-News/Web News Bulletin Editor

RAC Bulletin 2013-037E – Deadline approaching to register – RAC Affiliated Club program

RAC Bulletin 2013-037E – Deadline approaching to register – RAC Affiliated Club program

2013-11-21

Purpose of the Club Challenge

1.To be a mechanism to encourage Affiliated Clubs to be active in reaching out intheir own region to recruit already certified amateurs who are not members of their club.

2.To be a cost effective way of encouraging RAC Affiliated Clubs to expand RAC membership among their current members.

3.To help RAC Affiliated Clubs develop more active channels for the recruitment and training of new amateurs.

Mechanism for entering the Challenge:

Clubs wishing to enter the challenge must register to participate prior to 31 December. Affiliated Clubs annually must renew affiliation prior to 31 December each year. Those clubs renewing or joining and wishing to participate in the Club Challenge will, additionally have to check a registration box on the affiliation application form and also submit a complete list of club members with call sign, indicating RAC members and Maple Leaf Operator members with RAC membership number, and non-RAC members in the club. It is anticipated that the affiliated application form will be able to be completed on-line and sent electronically with other required information to reduce "snail-mail" and paperwork.

The club membership list, including newly certified amateurs and assigned Elmer (mentor) will require the signature of the club President and one other member of the club executive. The challenge will mainly be assessed based on the "honour system" and it is hoped that participation will be in the spirit of the challenge. Spot checks by the Affiliated Clubs Program Coordinator, will be random and disqualification is possible, if variations are found.

Recognizing that RAC has affiliated clubs with as few as 5 members to over 200 members, it is necessary to classify the clubs based upon club membership numbers.

Registered clubs will initially be classified into four categories based on total club membership as either QRP (less than 20 members), Barefoot (20-60 members), Kilowatt (61-100 members) and Kilowatt Plus (greater than 100 members).

Clubs registering, will be listed, by category, in the TCA magazine and on the RAC web site Club Challenge page.

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Scoring the Club Challenge

Clubs will be scored on the point system based upon the following point assignment:

2 points for each RAC club member.

3 points for each Maple Leaf Operator club member.

1 point for each non-RAC club member.

Additionally add 1 point each for:

***New amateur certified in the year from a club sponsored course.

***Newly certified amateur paired with an Elmer (mentor).

Note! Newly certified amateur and Elmer points only apply to year of certification.

Annually, at time of renewal with a certified list, the change in points from the previous year, will be assessed and the top three clubs in each category will receive special recognition by RAC in the TCA magazine and on the RAC web site and will be able to download a certificate recognizing the club's achievement.

Clubs renewing affiliation or becoming affiliated with RAC for 2014 will find instructions and the necessary forms at: https://www.rac.ca/en/rac/programmes/affiliated-clubs/

Please Note!

1.All current club affiliations expire 31 Dec 2013 and clubs failing to renew by that date, will find their Club name removed from the affiliated clubs list on the RAC Web Site. Affiliation applications must be sent to the address found on the application form NOT to RAC Headquarters.

2.Renewals will be sent to all affiliated clubs starting in September to the listed affiliated club contact person on file. Recognizing that positions within each club changes frequently, I ask your help in getting renewals forwarded to the club executive so that your club isn't dropped from the affiliated clubs list.

Note! For RAC affiliated clubs participating in the Liability Insurance program, each additional RAC member reduces the cost of club liability insurance by $10.00.

Len Morgan, VE9MYRAC Affiliated Clubs Program Coordinator

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Vernon Ikeda – VE2MBS/VE2QQ

Pointe-Claire, Québec

RAC Blog Editor/RAC E-News/Web News Bulletin Editor

RAC Bulletin 2013-036E – 2013 Annual General Meeting concluded

RAC Bulletin 2013-036E – 2013 Annual General Meeting concluded

2013-11-04

The Radio Amateurs of Canada held the annual general meeting on October 5th 2013 in Ancaster Ontario.

RAC President Geoffrey Bawden's report is available for perusal through access from our website. A key point of interest from the detailed President's Report is that RAC has returned to financial solvency at the end of the second quarter of 2012 as confirmed by the audit report. Two and a half years of a significant effort and undertaking by numerous people within the organisation's Board, Executive, Administration and Finance Committee has brought upon this very positive outcome. The Report is detailed and provides a very good outline of our continued recent successes, notable capabilities (domestically and internationally) as an organisation armed with a prioritized forward looking vision. RAC has strong endeavours and determination to enhance its visibility, communications and overall effectiveness on numerous fronts as the official representational entity for amateur radio in Canada.

With respect to this AGM, RAC would like to sincerely extend a very strong expression of gratitude to ICOM Canada [www.icomcanada.com] and Radioworld [www.radioworld.com] for generously providing two transceivers (IC-7000 and IC-1D31A) for a draw that was held during the coinciding HARC hamfest. Norm Freidin VE3CZI and George Duffield VE3WKJ were the lucky winners of the draw. We would like to also extend strong thanks that Hamilton Amateur Radio Club and its volounteers.

The 2014 AGM will take place in Vancouver which will coincide with the Pacific Northwest DX Convention July 25-27th which will be hosted by the Orca DX and Contest Club [http://www.orcadxcc.org/clubinfo.htm]

Convention Details can be found at: http://orcadxcc.org/vancouver2014/home.html

Vincent Charron, VA3GX/VE2HHH

Director of Communications and Fundraising – Radio Amateurs of/du Canada – communications@rac.ca

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Vernon Ikeda – VE2MBS/VE2QQ

Pointe-Claire, Québec

RAC Blog Editor/RAC E-News/Web News Bulletin Editor

RAC Bulletin 2013-35E – First RAC Member Recognition Award (MRA)

RAC Bulletin 2013-35E – First RAC Member Recognition Award (MRA)

2013-10-31

I am pleased to advise that Jeff Dovyak VE4MBQ has been nominated to receive our first RAC Member Recognition Award. An Amateur since 1994, Jeff has been very active with Winnipeg ARES, and is the Emergency Coordinator for Winnpeg since 1994, where he resides with his wife Rhonda. Look for a full report in an upcoming TCA.

Congratulations Jeff.

Doug Mercer VO1DTM/VO1DM CEC

Chief Field Services Officier – Radio Amateurs of/du Canada

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Vernon Ikeda – VE2MBS/VE2QQ

Pointe-Claire, Québec

RAC Blog Editor/RAC E-News/Web News Bulletin Editor

 

RAC Bulletin 2013-034E – RAC Member Recognition Program Extraordinary Service Award

RAC Bulletin 2013-034E – RAC Member Recognition Program Extraordinary Service Award

2013-10-31

For the very first time, a group has been nominated to receive the RAC MRP for Extraordinary Service. The VE4WWO CANWARN Net Controller Team has been serving the Prairie and Arctic Storm Prediction Center (PASPC) in Winnipeg

They number 13 strong, and spend long hours doing Net Control duties and storm spotting.

Congratulations folks!

Doug Mercer VO1DTM/VO1DM CEC

Chief Field Services Officier – Radio Amateurs of/du Canada

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Vernon Ikeda – VE2MBS/VE2QQ

Pointe-Claire, Québec

RAC Blog Editor/RAC E-News/Web News Bulletin Editor

 

RAC Bulletin 2013-033E – RAC Member Recognition Program (RAC MRP)

RAC Bulletin 2013-033E – RAC Member Recognition Program (RAC MRP)

2013-10-21

In an effort to properly recognize our valued volunteers, a committee has been struck to manage the RAC MRP. We recognize that many of you have given tirelessly of your time on our behalf for many years, and it's time that we "put you on a pedestal" and say thank you.

Individual Award

Any full member of RAC is eligible to nominate a fellow member for a MRP award. All you need is to provide a short essay on why you think that your candidate is deserving. Send it along to one of committee members listed below.

Extraordinary Award

You may know of an individual or group that has gone above and beyond the call of duty. These folks will be recognized in a special way.

Committee members:

Jeffrey Stewart VA3WXM va3wxm@sympatico.ca

Doug Mercer VO1DM vo1dtm@rac.ca

Normand Pitre VE2NHK ve2nhk@rac.ca

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Doug Mercer VO1DTM/VO1DM CEC

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Vernon Ikeda – VE2MBS/VE2QQ

Pointe-Claire, Québec

RAC Blog Editor/RAC E-News/Web News Bulletin Editor

RAC Bulletin 2013-032E – RAC Director for Ontario South

RAC Bulletin 2013-032E – RAC Director for Ontario South

2013-10-21

Congratulations are extended to Mr. Rod Hardman, VE3RHF who was recently acclaimed as the RAC Director for Ontario South. His term as Director will be for the two years starting January 1, 2014 and ending December 31, 2015.

Al Masse, VE3CWP

RAC Corporate Secretary

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Vernon Ikeda – VE2MBS/VE2QQ

Pointe-Claire, Québec

RAC Blog Editor/RAC E-News/Web News Bulletin Editor