Monthly Archive for June, 2009

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Museum ships weekend

This special event notice comes from Dave Hayes, VE3JX, the editor of The Algoma Amateur:

A popular event, the Museum Ships Weekend contest starts 0000Z on June 6th, which translates to 2000 ET on June 5th.  It runs through to 2359Z on June 7th, which is 2159 ET.

There are at least 82 ships worldwide participating.  Certificates are issued to persons who contact 15 or more of them.

While it is too late this year, a nice project would be to put the M.S Norgoma on the air.  Any takers?

Details on the requirements for museum ships, as well as a listing of all participating vessels, operating frequencies and other info on the contest, can be found on the website for the Battleship New Jersey’s amateur radio station: www.nj2bb.org  The New Jersey is host to the contest.

Incidentally, their call sign is very appropriate.  NJ2BB: ‘NJ’ standing for New Jersey, and ‘BB’ being the designation of the type of ship (battleship) in the US Navy.

Public Consultation on Allocation to the Amateur Radio Service at 2200 metres

Industry Canada has announced a public consultation on proposed revisions to the Canadian Table of Frequency Allocations – Gazette Notice DGTP-003-09, http://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/smt-gst.nsf/eng/sf09460.html.

This proposal contains a total of 17 changes, including one proposal to make a secondary allocation to the amateur service in the 135.7 – 137.8 kHz band in conformity with the WRC-2007 decision on AI 1.15.

The Radio Advisory Board of Canada (RABC) will be submitting comments on the entire proposal, and RAC Vice-President Industrial Liaison Norm Rashleigh, VE3LC, will be on the RABC working group that prepares the comments.

RAC will also submit separate comments on this particular item. The comment period closes August 10, 2009, after which all comment will be posted on the Industry Canada web site. Subsequently, IC will decide on the final revisions and issue a revised Table of Frequency Allocations.

If all goes well, we hope that this revised table will include an amateur allocation at 2200m, possibly by late 2009 or early 2010.

Canadian hams in Geneva

Two Canadian Hams, Ken Pulfer, VE3PU and Bryan Rawlings, VE3QN are presently in their second week attending a WRC preparatory meeting in Geneva. Ken is there representing the IARU while Bryan represents RAC on the Industry Canada delegation.

In today’s Plenary session, Paul Rinaldo, W4RI, representing the ARRL on the US Delegation, announced his retirement after 19 years as a Working Group Chairman. Subsequently, Canada nominated and the Plenary approved Ken Pulfer, VE3PU, as Paul’s replacement.

RAC wants to congratulate Ken and wish him the best in this new important position.