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RAC Bulletin 2010-034 E – CARAB News on Electrical Interference

RAC Bulletin 2010-034 E – CARAB News on Electrical Interference

The Canadian Amateur Radio Advisory Board [CARAB] is a joint Radio Amateur of Canada [RAC]/Industry Canada [IC] consultation body which met last October 28th in Ottawa. In addition to items noted previously in a previous RAC Bulletin, RAC had raised the issue of utility electrical interference.

IC communicated the following to CARAB members after its November 2nd meeting with the Canadian Electrical Association.”

Geoff Bawden VE4BAW, Co-Chair, CARAB / President, Radio Amateurs of Canada


On November 2, 2010, the annual Transmission Telecommunications Task Group (TTTG) meeting between Canadian Electricity Association (CEA) and Industry Canada was held. Industry Canada took the opportunity to relay to the Association concerns that had been raised at the October 28, 2010 Canadian Amateur Radio Advisory Board (CARAB) meeting relating to electrical interference.

CEA representatives were reminded of requirements under Industry Canada?s Interference Causing Equipment Standards (ICES) – 004 and given examples to demonstrate that, fundamentally, a clean electrical utility is beneficial for the utility.

CEA representatives indicated that front-line electrical utility staff may not be familiar with the requirements of ICES-004. It was noted that many utilities may not always have the expertise available to locate sources of electrical interference, however, some specific utilities indicated that they do in fact have experts in this field.

Industry Canada pointed out to Association members that radio amateurs can be a resource as they may have skills that could be used to help identify sources.

The CEA thanked Industry Canada for bringing CARAB?s concerns to the meeting and acknowledged that there are benefits to locating sources of electrical interference. Industry Canada indicated that the CARAB would appreciate receiving the CEA’s views and reaction to this matter and the Association agreed it would respond.

RAC Bulletin 2010-032E – Vision Statement 2010-11-14

RAC Bulletin 2010-032E – Vision Statement 2010-11-14

Vision for RAC as unanimusly agreed upopn by the Board of Directors and Executive of the Radio Amateurs of Canada:

“The Board and Executive of the Radio Amateurs of Canada, committed to the future of Amateur Radio in Canada and to the future of RAC, held a planning meeting in Ottawa from October 29th to October 31st as part of a process to map the future of RAC in the 21st Century.  The Board and Executive have unanimously agreed upon a draft Vision for RAC.”

This Vision appears below and will be published on our website and appear in the January/February issue of The Canadian Amateur.  Comments from members and amateurs are welcomed and should be sent to Paul Burggraaf, Secretary, Radio Amateurs of Canada by email to
the RAC Corporate Secretary at <pburggraaf @ nf . sympatico . ca>

Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) becomes an integral part of Amateur Radio culture . when a new Ham obtains his/her certification, they rush to join RAC and enjoy the benefits of the organization which is recognized both nationally and internationally as the voice of Amateur Radio in Canada. If it is an Amateur Radio question, concern or issue . RAC is the organization that addresses those concerns and supplies the answers and guidance.

We attain high service levels; we meet the needs of our members and serve as an example to other international Amateur Radio organizations on how to service their constituents. Director, Executive and Assistant Director positions are coveted by RAC members, who are equitably represented by their elected officials. The annual convention is well attended and through technology, is made available to a wider range of members who cannot attend in person.

RAC pushes communications to their members, through a variety of methods . Ham nets, local club communications, face-to-face meetings, presentations, newsletters, .The Canadian Amateur. magazine, social networks and e-mail/web bulletins are among the devices employed.
We achieve a level of communication with the public, and the various levels of government that truly reflects our capabilities and the extent to which we can contribute to both emergency communications and public awareness of the abilities of our hobby.

RAC promotes education and .elmering. to new Hams, and supports the training and coaching of RAC volunteers to achieve exemplary results, at the municipal, provincial and national levels. The new RAC Field Training program is the recognized tool leveraged by our ARES groups. Our volunteers are the lifeblood of our organization, and we develop an appreciation program that reflects our reliance on their abilities and commitment. All RAC members recognize and appreciate what the individual volunteers contribute, and the value that RAC, as an organization, brings to Amateur Radio in Canada.

RAC achieves a stable financial position, with a positive, growing membership which truly reflects the outstanding representation that  RAC makes to Industry Canada and the world of Amateur Radio in Canada.

Paul Burggraaf
RAC Corporate Secretary

Bulletin RAC 2010-031F- Projet de révision du Field Organization

Bulletin RAC 2010-031F- Projet de révision du Field Organization

Je suis heureux d’annoncer qu’un projet de révision du National Field
Organization a été mis en marche hier. Avec l’appui de Hew Lines VA7HU
et de Ian Snow VA3QT et d’autres, des lignes directrices ont été
adoptées pour revoir au complet le Field Organization de RAC, incluant, mais non limité à:

Structure organisationnelle
Communications avec les membres

Ceci sera un processus continu qui examinera tous les aspects de
comment nous opérons et comment nous livrons les ressources radio
amateur à notre clientèle. Si vous aimeriez nous aider dans ce projet,
et que vous croyez pouvoir y apporter quelque chose, je vous incite à
prendre contact avec le soussigné.


Doug Mercer VO1DTM CEC (
Vice-président Field Services
Radio Amateurs du Canada

(Traduction par Serge Langlois, VE2AWR)

RAC Bulletin 2010-031E – Field Organization Review Project

RAC Bulletin 2010-031E – Field Organization Review Project

I am pleased to report that a National Field Organization Review
Project was started yesterday. With the assistance of Hew Lines VA7HU
and Ian Snow VA3QT, and others, guidelines were adopted to review
the entire RAC Field Organization including but not limited to:

Organizational structure
Communication to and from our members

This will be an ongoing process that will look at all aspects of
how we operate and how we deliver Amateur Radio resources to our
customers. If you would like to assist with this project, and
feel that you have something to offer, I encourage you to contact
the undersigned.

Doug Mercer VO1DTM CEC (
Vice President Field Services
Radio Amateurs of Canada

Bulletin RAC 2010-030F – Bulletin RAC 2010-028F – Bulletin #2 d’Ottawa.

Bulletin RAC 2010-030F – Bulletin RAC 2010-028F – Bulletin #2 d’Ottawa.

Via Geoff Bawden, VE4BAW

* Le conseil, l’exécutif et autre personnel-clé sont arrivés vendredi, et nous avons travaillé de longues heures jusqu’à dimanche après-midi. Le tout s’est déroulé dans une atmosphère collégiale axée sur la solution de problèmes, avec des discussions ouvertes et franches entre tous les participants.
* Les précieuses suggestions de nos membres ont été revues et discutées en détail et incorporées dans le travail fait dans la Vision RAC préliminaire, qui sera imprimée dans TCA et dans une notification de RAC dans un proche futur.
* Le sujet des adhésions multi-niveaux a été discuté et a été transmis au comité administration et finances pour analyse financière additionnelle. Ceci inclut aussi des options pour des adhésions pour jeunes et/ou étudiants.
* Un budget pour 2011 est en préparation et est en révision dans le moment par le comité administration et finances.
* Il a été discuté du bureau des QSL partantes, et des options futures de financement et de fonctionnement de ce service.
* Un programme de reconnaissance pour nos bénévoles, qui sont la colonne vertébrale de notre organisation, est en train d’être mis en place.
* Nous procédons à une stratégie de communications améliorée qui présentera de l’information et des nouvelles à nos membres, par l’intermédiaire d’une variété de médiums, incluant les réseaux radio amateur, communications des clubs locaux, rencontres face à face, présentations, bulletins de nouvelles, la revue “The Canadian Amateur”, le site Web, communiqués et voies de communication sociales.
* En plus, nous examinons activement comment améliorer les mécanismes de rétroaction de la part de nos membres.
* RAC est l’unique et nationale voix pour les intérêts de tous les opérateurs radioamateurs au Canada. Le conseil et l’exécutif sont d’avis qu’une adhésion active et croissante à RAC est la clé pour une représentation efficace et forte de la radio amateur au Canada, et que, avec votre support, ceci pourra être réalisé.

Geoff Bawden VE4BAW – Président, Radio Amateurs du Canada

(Traduction par Serge Langlois, VE2AWR)

RAC Bulletin 2010-030E – Bulletin #2 from Ottawa.

RAC Bulletin 2010-030E – Bulletin #2 from Ottawa.

The Board, Executive and other key personnel arrived on Friday, and we have worked long hours through till Sunday afternoon. This took place in a collegial, problem solving atmosphere with open and frank discussions by all participants

* Our member’s valuable input was reviewed and discussed in detail, and incorporated into the work done on the draft RAC Vision which will be printed in TCA and a RAC notice in the near future.
* The topic of tiered memberships was discussed and has been forwarded to the Admin and Finance committee for additional financial analysis. This also includes options for a youth and/or student memberships.
* A 2011 budget is being prepared, and is being reviewed by the Admin and Finance committee at this time.
* The outgoing QSL bureau was discussed, and future funding and operating options were discussed.
* A recognition program for our volunteers, who are the backbone of our organization, is being implemented.
* We are moving forward on an improved communications strategy that will push information and news to our members, through a variety of mediums, which would include – Ham nets, local club communications, face-to-face meetings, presentations, newsletters, ‘The Canadian Amateur’ magazine, the web site, bulletins and social media channels.
* In addition, we are actively looking at improving the feedback mechanisms from our membership.
* RAC is the single, national voice for the interests of all Amateur Radio operators in Canada. The Board and Executive believe that an active and growing membership in RAC is the key to effective and strong representation of Amateur Radio in Canada, and with your support, this can be accomplished.

Geoff Bawden, VE4BAW – President, Radio Amateurs of Canada

Bulletins RAC 2010-029F – Ian Snow VA3QT nommé conseiller spécial à l’exécutif du National Field,Organization.

Ian Snow VA3QT nommé conseiller spécial à l’exécutif du National Field Organization.

C’est avec grand plaisir que je vous fais part de la nomination de Ian Snow, VA3QT, en tant que conseiller spécial à l’exécutif du National
Field Organization. Ian, un vétéran membre du National Training Resource Group (NTRG), travaillera au départ en étroite collaboration
avec le coordonnateur national du NTS Hew Lines, VA7HU, pour examiner la façon dont l’ARES et le NTS demeurent utiles et pertinents pour les
organisations que nous desservons, du point de vue des messageries et de l’utilisation de la technologie.

Je voudrais souhaiter la bienvenue à Ian et le remercier pour son précieux continu support pour Radio Amateurs du Canada.

Doug Mercer VO1DTM
Vice-président Field Services
Radio Amateurs du Canada
B.P. 1042 Goulds, Terreneuve et Labrador
A1S 1H2
” Tous ensemble pour la radioamateur! ”

(Traduction par Serge Langlois, VE2AWR)

RAC Bulletin 2010-029E- Ian Snow VA3QT appointed Special Advisor to the National Field Organization Executive.

RAC Bulletin 2010-029E- Ian Snow VA3QT appointed Special Advisor to the National Field Organization Executive.

It is with great pleasure that I announce the appointment of Ian Snow VA3QT, Special Advisor to the RAC National Field Organization

Ian, an original National Training Resource Group (NTRG) member, will work closely with National NTS Coordinator Hew Lines
VA7HU initially, looking at the manner in which the ARES and NTS stay useful and relevant to the Agencies we serve, from a messaging and use of technology standpoint.

I would like to welcome Ian, and thank him for his continued valuable support of the Radio Amateurs of Canada.

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! “

Bulletin RAC 2010-027F Réunion du Conseil Consultatif canadien de la radio amateur. – 28 octobre 2010

Bulletin RAC 2010-027F Réunion du Conseil Consultatif canadien de la
radio amateur. – 28 octobre 2010

La 35e réunion du Conseil Consultatif canadien de la radio amateur [CARAB] a eu lieu jeudi le 28 octobre. Le CARAB est constitué des représentants de Radio Amateurs du Canada [RAC] pour les radioamateurs canadiens, ainsi que d’Industrie Canada, en tant que régulateur de la radio amateur.

La présidence du comité alterne entre les deux organisations, et cette réunion était présidée par le président de RAC, M. Geoffrey Bawden, VE4BAW. Le représentant principal de IC était M. Peter Hill,
directeur sénior, opérations de contrôle du spectre. IC était également représenté par René Guerrette, co-directeur service radio amateur, Gilles Rathier, directeur des politiques opérationelles et Joanne Poulin, analyste des politiques techniques. Pour la contribution de RAC: J. T. [Mitch] Mitchell, VE6OH, directeur pour l’Alberta, NWT et Nunavut, Richard Ferch, VE3KI, vice-président des affaires réglementaires, et Norm Rashleigh, VE3LC, vice-président liaisons industrielles.

À la réunion du CARAB il a été convenu de moderniser et d’améliorer la communication entre le régulateur et les radioamateurs canadiens représentés par RAC. La valeur du CARAB en tant qu’organisme consultatif entre RAC et IC a été réaffirmée par les deux parties et les termes de référence ont été mis à jour.

Parmi les problèmes principaux discutés à la réunion, il y eut la politique de IC en regard de l’autorisation d’allocations temporaires de fréquences dans les bandes radio amateur à des services non radio amateur [par exemple, la course Pro Tour à Québec les 10 et 12 septembre].

RAC a bien fait comprendre aux représentants de IC que RAC, au nom des radioamateurs canadiens, s’objectait aux intrusions de services non radio amateur dans les bandes radio amateur, spécialement pour des besoins non urgents. IC a bien pris note de ces objections, s’engageant à améliorer la coordination et la coopération mutuelles, et ils ont affirmé qu’ils étaient sensibles aux inquiétudes de RAC.

IC s’est engagé à continuer à travailler avec RAC sur notre requête d’allocation(s) dans la bande de 60m. qui se calquent sur celles disponibles aux radioamateurs des USA. RAC a insisté sur l’importance de cette requête pour les radioamateurs canadiens.

IC a mis au courant les représentants de RAC du statut du projet de l’accès Web structuré pour permettre l’accès direct par les radioamateurs à la base de données des indicatifs et des certificats, de ce fait permettant des actions telles que des applications pour des indicatifs et des changements d’adresses. Il est prévu que le système sera activé au plus tard en novembre 2011. Des articles sur le nouveau système seront publiés dans les prochains TCAs. IC a demandé à RAC d’agir en tant que “vérificateurs d’approbation” pour aider les développeurs à s’assurer que le système fonctionnera tel que prévu.

IC et RAC ont discuté du rôle positif que la radio amateur joue dans les situations d’urgence et IC a pris note qu’il y aurait mérite dans une plus grande coopération et planification entre IC et RAC dans ce
domaine. Des réunions pour donner suite entre RAC et IC seront
organisées au cours des prochains mois. RAC est déjà lié à l’ARRL et le régulateur aux USA [le FCC] sur les questions d’urgences et accueille bien cette initiative de IC.

La prochaine réunion du CARAB est anticipée pour avril prochain, en
concordance avec la réunion du conseil de RAC.

Geoff Bawden, VE4BAW
Président – Radio Amateurs du Canada

(Traduction par Serge Langlois, VE2AWR)

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RAC Bulletin 2010-027E – Canadian Amateur Radio Advisory Board Meeting October 28, 2010

RAC Bulletin 2010-027E – Canadian Amateur Radio Advisory Board Meeting
October 28, 2010


The 35th meeting of the Canadian Amateur Radio Advisory Board [CARAB] took place on Thursday Oct. 28th. CARAB is composed of representatives
from both Radio Amateurs of Canada [RAC] representing Canadian Amateurs, and Industry Canada, as the regulator of amateur radio.

The Chair of the Board rotates between the two organizations and this meeting was chaired by the President of RAC, Mr. Geoffrey Bawden,
VE4BAW. The principle IC representative was Mr. Peter Hill, Senior Director, Spectrum Management Operations. IC was also represented by
Ren\351 Guerrette, Co-Director, Amateur Radio Service, Gilles Rathier, Manager, Operational Policies and Joanne Poulin, Technical Policy
Analyst. Contributing from RAC were: J. T. [Mitch] Mitchell, VE6OH, Director for Alberta, NWT and Nunavut, Richard Ferch, VE3KI, Vice
President Regulatory Affairs, and Norm Rashleigh, VE3LC, Vice President Industrial Liason,

At the CARAB meeting it was agreed to modernize and improve communication between the regulator and Canadian amateurs as
represented by RAC. The value of CARAB as a consultative body between RAC and IC was reaffirmed by both parties and the Terms of Reference were updated.

Among key issues discussed at the meeting was IC?s policy regarding temporary authorization of frequency assignments in amateur bands to
non-amateur services [e.g. September 10th and 12th Pro Tour race in Quebec].

RAC impressed upon the IC officials that RAC, on behalf of Canadian amateurs, objected to intrusion into amateur bands by non-amateur
services, especially for non-emergency purposes. IC noted the objection, committed to improve coordination and cooperation and advised that they were sensitive to RAC’s concerns.

IC committed to continue to work with RAC on our request for allocation[s] in the 60M band which mirror those available to US amateurs. RAC emphasized the importance of this request to Canadian amateurs.

IC briefed RAC officials on the status of the web access project designed to allow amateurs direct access to the IC callsign and certificate database thus allowing such activities as applications for callsigns, and change of address. It is anticipated that the system will be live no later than Nov., 2011. Articles on the new system will be published in upcoming TCA’s. IC asked RAC to serve as “acceptance testers” to help the developers ensure that the system would work as designed.

IC and RAC discussed the positive role that amateur radio played in emergency situations and IC noted that there would be value in more
cooperation and planning between IC and RAC in this area. Follow-up meetings between RAC and IC will be arranged over the coming months.
RAC is already linked with the ARRL and the US regulator [FCC] on emergency issues and welcomes this initiative of IC.

The next meeting of CARAB is anticipated for next April, concurrent with the RAC Board meeting.

Geoff Bawden, VE4BAW
President – Radio Amateurs of Canada

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