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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

RAC Bulletin 2013-030E – RAC Announces Scholarships

RAC Bulletin 2013-030E – RAC Announces Scholarships

2013-10-11

Radio Amateurs of Canada is pleased to announce the granting of three academic scholarships and one community grant.

The individual recipients are Ms. Paulyn Mulles, VE3PJM who is attending Carlton University, Mr. Jason Deglint, VE7TJD who is attending University of Victoria, and Mr. Liam Bindle, VE5LRB who is attending the University of Saskatchewan. Each of these young Amateurs will receive a $500 academic scholarship to assist their further studies in Electrical Engineering. In their application each one stated how being an Amateur is a good match to their schooling and provides hands on ability to compliment their academic studies.

Shaftesbury High School in Winnipeg also received a $500 community grant to assist them to become the only permanent Amateur Radio ARISS Telebridge Station in Canada under the guidance of Mr. Robert Striemer, VE4SHS.

Look for more information on each of these recipients in an upcoming issue of TCA.

RAC would like to thank all the Amateurs from across Canada who have generously contributed to this fund administered by the Community Foundation of Ottawa (CFO) allowing us to give out these scholarships and grants. I encourage you to advise other Amateurs who are in a Science, Technical, Engineering or Science (STEM) field of studies to consider applying. Full details and an application are available at the RAC web site.

If you want to assist in this work please contact RAC HQ for more information on contributions to this or other funds to administered by RAC.

Bill Unger VE3XT

North East Ontario Regional Director

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 2013-025E – New RAC Corporate Secretary = Alvin (Al) M. Masse, VE3CWP

RAC Bulletin 2013-025E – New RAC Corporate Secretary = Alvin (Al) M. Masse, VE3CWP

2013-07-22

I want to welcome Alvin Masse, VE3CWP, as RAC'’s new Corporate Secretary. Al comes to us with a wealth of organizational skills, history and wisdom and will be a great benefit to RAC. I am looking forward to working with Al. You can find out more information about Al in the short bio he provided below.

I want to thank Linda Friars, VE9GLF, for serving as Acting Corporate Secretary and also Paul Burggraaf, VO1PRB, for all his support.

Geoff Bawden, VE4BAW

President and Chair RAC

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Alvin (Al) M. Masse, VE3CWP

"It is certainly an honour and a privilege to have been appointed the Corporate Secretary for Radio Amateurs of Canada.

I was first licensed on May 29, 1958, my 16th birthday, and I have been active for 55 years this past May. I enjoy all facets of the hobby, ranging from homebrewing, experimenting with antennas, participating in contests, chasing DX (my present count is 326 confirmed mixed category), ragchewing and so on. I operate preferably on CW, but also enjoy QSOs on SSB, RTTY and PSK31. Just recently I got involved with DMR. I am also licensed as VX9GLC as a special endorsement for 60 metres. Lastly, I operate on all bands from 160 up to and including 440 MHz. My shack is visible on QRZ.com.

I retired two years ago from my own property management business after 18 years and prior to that I was a Bank Manager for two of our Canadian Chartered banks for 27 years. My educational background includes a Fellowship in the Institute of Canadian Bankers (FICB) and I have my degree in Business Administration which I acquired in time attending night school at various colleges and universities while working in the banking industry. Hopefully, my financial background will be of some value to RAC.

I recently joined as a member of RAC. I decided that if I was to join anything, I would be active somehow in the organization. The opportunity to become Corporate Secretary came up and having been a recording secretary for several charitable organizations to which I belong, I decided that this was a good way to learn about RAC and, hopefully, make a useful contribution to the organization.

I look forward to working with and meeting all of the members of the RAC Board and the Executive for an eyeball QSO as well as the members of the RAC administrative committees."

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Vernon Ikeda – VE2MBS/VE2QQ

Pointe-Claire, Québec

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

Proposed Revisions to the Canadian Table of Frequency Allocations, SMSE-004-13 includes New 600 Metre Amateur Band for Canadian Amateurs; RAC Successful at WRC

Proposed Revisions to the Canadian Table of Frequency Allocations, SMSE-004-13 includes New 600 Metre Amateur Band for Canadian Amateurs; RAC Successful at WRC

2013-06-28

This Bulletin is issued to bring to the attention of the Canadian Amateur Radio Community the release Gazette Notice SMSE-004-13 by Industry Canada advising about the Consultation on Proposed Revisions to the Canadian Table of Frequency Allocations. Such revisions to the domestic table are expected following a World Radio Conference (WRC). Of interest to Canadian Amateurs in the proposed revisions is the inclusion of the new International Amateur MF band between 472 and 479 KHz. This 600 metre band was long sought and won at the WRC 2012 in large part by the good and dedicated efforts of the Canadian Delegation including representatives from Radio Amateurs of Canada, Dr. Kenneth Pulfer, VE3PU (SK), and Bryan Rawlings, VE3QN. RAC is very pleased to have been successful in Geneva.

RAC officials also noted the proposed revisions in the Table did not include the addition of an appropriate Canadian Footnote for the range 5230 to 5240 KHz for authorization of the amateur service on 60 metre spot frequency channels as petitioned by RAC in 2010 and the subject of the Industry Canada Proposal and Consultation SMSE-10-12 issued last year, May 2012. This is an omission and should not mean an unfavourable decision on the 5 MHz channels. Instead, from all indications, there is good reason to believe the 60 Metre Decision will be favourable to Canadian Radio Amateurs and is imminent.

Canada Gazette notice SMSE-004-13 also invites public comments on the proposed revisions contained in this consultation paper. Following the review of comments by the Department, the allocation decisions will be promulgated by the issuance of a revised edition of the Canadian Table. The public response period ends Sept 27th, 2013.

Radio Amateurs of Canada will be responding directly to this Consultation and through its membership in the Radio Advisory Board of Canada to the recent Consultation ensuring the interests of the Canadian Amateur Community are well represented on this Consultation. If you chose to comment to IC please CC RAC as we would be interested in your views. (ve9im@rac.ca)

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Industry Canada references:

Gazette Notice SMSE-004-13 <http://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/smt-gst.nsf/eng/sf10655.html>

Gazette Notice SMSE-010-12 <http://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/smt-gst.nsf/eng/sf10380.html>

IIndustry Canada – What's New? <http://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/smt-gst.nsf/eng/sf10580.html>

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Ian Macfarquhar, VE9IM

First Vice President and Regulatory Affairs Officer – Radio Amteurs of Canada.

[With thanks to Norm Rashleigh, VE3LC – RAC representative to the Radio Advisory Board 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 2013-023E – Field Day is just around the corner

RAC Bulletin 2013-023E – Field Day is just around the corner

2013-06-17

With Field Day fast approaching, I would like to encourage all Clubs, ARES Groups and individuals to enjoy this 24 hour display of Amateur Radio Emergency Communications capability.

Contact your municipality for support, your news crews to drop by for important coverage to help raise the Amateur Radio profile within the community, and invite your government leaders to drop by your site.

Field Day is a time to showcase Ham Radio, and it’s ability to provide infrastructure support when normal communications disappear or overload.

Most important, have fun and enjoy the comraderie.

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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 2013-022E – New Certified Emergency Coordinator

RAC Bulletin 2013-022E – New Certified Emergency Coordinator

2013-06-12

Ken Long VE7JU is Canada's newest Certified Emergency Coordinator

Congratulations are extended to Ken Long, VE7JU for successfully completing his Certified Emergency Coordinator qualification exam. All EC's, DEC's, AEC's are encouraged to complete this program of study along with the IMS-100 and IMS-200.

Congratulations Ken!

Doug Mercer VO1DTM/VO1DM CEC

Chief Field Services Officier – Radio Amateurs of/du Canada

Tel:        709-364-4741

Mobile:  709-697-3319

e-mail:   dougvo1dtm@gmail.com

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Vernon Ikeda – VE2MBS/VE2QQ

Pointe-Claire, Québec

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

RAC Bulletin 2013-021E – Power Line Interference Contact Information

RAC Bulletin 2013-021E – Power Line Interference Contact Information

2013-06-10

Industry Canada has just posted contact information to report Power Line Radio Interference. This information covers all the major Power Line companies in Canada. The posting can be found at: <http://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/smt-gst.nsf/eng/sf10641.html>. The information is provided with the cooperation of the Canadian Electricity Association and its member power utilities. Radio Amateurs in Canada are encouraged to use this contact and reporting information when confronted with suspect power line interference. Radio Amateurs of Canada is pleased to see the release of this information which is the culmination of ongoing discussion at meetings of the Canadian Amateur Radio Advisory Board (CARAB) between RAC and Industry Canada.

Norm Rashleigh, VE3LC

RAC representative to the Radio Advisory Board of Canada (RABC)

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Vernon Ikeda – VE2MBS/VE2QQ

Pointe-Claire, Québec

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

RAC Bulletin 2013-020E – BC-Yukon Section Manager re-elected

RAC Bulletin 2013-020E – BC-Yukon Section Manager re-elected

2013-05-31

Congratulations to Paul Giffin VA7MPG who was recently re-elected for a two year term of office that will begin on July 1, 2013. He ran unopposed eliminating the need for a balloted election.

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 2013-019E – Radio Amateur of Canada Foundation Grants

RAC Bulletin 2013-019E – Radio Amateur of Canada Foundation Grants

2013-05-16

Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) is pleased to announce that we are seeking applications for grants from Amateurs across Canada in the following categories:

  • Scholastic Grants for deserving Amateur Radio Operators
  • Research Grants for research and development related to Amateur Radio
  • Community Grants for charitable institutions, senior homes, and youth centres
  • Emergency Grants for radio equipment for emergency service groups

The Board of Directors is especially interested in awarding grants to deserving young Amateur Radio operators who are furthering their education at the College or University level in an Electrical Engineering course. If you are enrolled in a Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) program we also encourage you to submit a request. Send your College / University name, recent transcript, Amateur Radio Certificate and a brief biography to RAC. Further details and application forms are available at the RAC web site: http://www.rac.ca/en/rac/donations/foundation/grant-info.php.

If you have a child or grandchild in college or university this would be a great way to assist them furthering their education in the technology fields. Using the knowledge obtained from their Amateur Radio skills to further their engineering ability.

The Board of Directors is pleased to thank all the Amateurs across Canada who have generously donated to this program. If you wish to contribute please contact RAC HQ for further details.

I will be the contact person for this round (2013) of grant applications.

Bill Unger, VE3XT <ve3xt@rac.ca>

RAC Director – Ontario North East

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Vernon Ikeda – VE2MBS/VE2QQ

Pointe-Claire, Québec

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

RAC Bulletin 2013-018E – Grow, Thrive and Influence: The future of RAC and Amateur Radio

RAC Bulletin 2013-018E – Grow, Thrive and Influence: The future of RAC and Amateur Radio

2013-05-07

In October of 2010 Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) Directors and Executives met in Ottawa to establish RAC's strategic goals for 2010 to 2012. This established Planning Cycle 1 and was the "Financial Recovery" period. By midway in 2012 we met the objectives of that planning cycle: RAC is now solvent and membership numbers were stabilized and increasing.

In February of this year, RAC Directors and Executives met in Ottawa to establish our 2013 to 2018 goals. We are now in Planning Cycle 2 which can be labeled "Grow, Thrive, and Influence". This phrase applies to both the future of RAC and the future of Amateur Radio in Canada. On May 1st, RAC held the first in a series of webinars with club presidents and Field Organization volunteers to discuss the activities of RAC from January 2010 to date and RACs goals and 2013/14 plans. Over the next couple of months we will have webinars with each Region. Our first was in the Atlantic Region.

Presentations were made by the President and Chair, Geoff Bawden, VE4BAW, Atlantic Director Everett Price, VO1DK, and Chief Field Services Officer Doug Mercer VO1DTM/VO1DM. Other RAC officals present were Northern and Eastern Ontario Director Bill Unger, VE3XT, Atlantic Deputy Director Len Morgan, VE9MY, Vice President and Regulatory Affairs Officer Ian MacFarquhar, VE9IM and Chief Information and Technology Officer, Paul Burggraaf, VO1PRB.

Our five year vision and goals were outlined:

  • Continue growth of amateur radio and RAC
  • Increase public support for amateur radio
  • Increase political support for amateur radio
  • Increase RAC influence on regulatory agencies (local, provincial, national and international)

Actions for 2013/14 include:

  • Develop publication and communication supports to clubs, amateurs, public, to grow new Amateurs, increase RAC membership and influence public and political opinion
  • End "hidden subsidies" for RAC to stand as an organization,
  • Increase RAC resource base (grow resources)
  • Be prepared to pay for mission critical functions (to ensure increased accountability and outcomes)

Two major issues were raised by the participants, New Brunswick's ban on amateur mobile operation (the only Canadian province with such a ban) and foul language on the airways and the perceived lack of language enforcement by Industry Canada.

RAC and Amateurs in New Brunswick fought the legislation banning Amateur Radio mobile operation when it was introduced and for RAC represents the only (temporary) defeat on this issue. All other provinces responded to RAC and Amateur lobbying and now permit amateur mobile radio operation. Provinces changed their draft legislation due to our collective action. The New Brunswick file is still open and we will continue to work with our members to have the legislation changed to enhance safety in that province. Eventually the politicians will see the light.

Good practice requires that operators use language that is inoffensive. I can recall that I would tell employees that if you couldn't tell your mother a certain joke or show her a certain cartoon and if you wouldn’t proudly tape it to the outside of your office door then you shouldn't have the joke or cartoon in the workplace. The same guideline should apply to the use of Amateur frequencies. RAC is not a regulatory agency but we will reinforce good practice and raise issues raised by our members to Industry Canada. Foul language is not good practice.

I am looking forward to our next webinar for Northern and Eastern Ontario with Director Bill Unger, VE3XT. Invitations will be going out shortly.

Geoff Bawden, VE4BAW

President and Chair RAC

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Vernon Ikeda – VE2MBS/VE2QQ

Pointe-Claire, Québec

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