Monthly Archive for July, 2009

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CQ RTTY/Digital operators

The DX Advisory Committee (DXAC) has been asked by the Programs and Services Committee (PSC) of the ARRL to comment on how DXCC might be updated to accommodate digital modes other than RTTY.

Currently, there exists an RTTY DXCC which is endorsable for bands. This came into existence in 1976, became endorsable in 1984, and became an Honour Roll award in 1993. Modes other than RTTY, such as PSK31, presently feed into the RTTY Award.

The PSC has asked the DXAC to comment on how the newer digital awards might be accommodated within the DXCC program. (There is at this time no consideration being given to doing away with the present RTTY DXCC; RTTY is too popular for that to happen.)

Some possible questions to answer follow:

- Should there be a separated DXCC award for digital modes other than RTTY?

- Should a separate award be a general award for Digital Modes or should there be multiple awards be available?

- Should such awards to be endorsable by band?

- Should the status quo be retained, i.e. all digital modes feeding into the RTTY DXCC?

Any Canadian Amateur who wishes to comment on the above is asked to send an email at the following address:


(Replace the words with the appropriate symbol to get a valid email address)

In order that the DXAC may report to PSC at its next meeting, please make your comments not later than August 31, 2009.

Please forward this message to anyone who may be interested.

Please to not use this email address for anything except comments on the DXCC RTTY issue.

John Scott, VE1JS — RAC representative – DXAC

New Alberta SM

This post from RAC Bulletin 2009-023E – 2009-07-01

Alberta Section has a new Section Manager in the person of Garry Jacobs, VE6CIA. Garry ran unopposed and therefore no balloted election was necessary. He began a two-year term on July 1, succeeding past Section Manager Tom Martens, VE6TRM. RAC extends congratulations to Garry and sincere thanks to Tom for the sense of responsibility and dedication displayed by both.

B.C. opens consultation on cell phone

B.C. hams have until Aug. 7 to provide their comments to the B.C. Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General in regards to possible future legislation that could affect the use of mobile amateur radio equipment.

A government discussion paper called “Address the Problem of Distracted Driving and its Impacts to Road Safety” is available on the Internet.

And a link to provide comments about the issue is also available online.

While all amateur radio operators should support safe driving legislation our politicians and government staff writers should be made aware of the possible negative impact such laws could have on the legitimate use of federally licensed amateur radio equipment in moving vehicles.

Other jurisdictions (Manitoba) have included exemptions to legislation banning cell phone use in moving vehicles and British Columbia officials should be encouraged to create similar wording.

Again, comments to the website are welcome up until Aug. 7. Interested amateurs might wish to personally contact their local members of the provincial government to help them understand the impact that poorly worded legislation could have on the amateur radio services’ ability to serve their local communities in times of need.

10 meter openings

Think again if you think 10 meters is dead. The sunspot cycle is moving – slowly – but it is moving toward an 11-year peak. To prove it, have a listen to Darrell, VO1MDS, as he works into EA1-land and other DX stations. The video on You Tube is part of Dan’s series of having fun with amateur radio.

Here’s the link on You Tube.