Monthly Archive for January, 2012

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RAC Bulletin 2012-003E – New Quebec Director

RAC Bulletin 2012-003E – New Quebec Director

2011-01-22

Congratulations are extended to Mr. Sheldon M. Werner, VA2SH / VA6SH who was recently elected as the RAC Director for Quebec. Mr. Werner ran unopposed, eliminating the need for a balloted election. His role as Director will be for the remainder of a two year term which ends December 31, 2013. Mr. Werner has been a certified amateur operator since 1976 and has been involved +in many aspects of the hobby. He is currently serving as the Vice President for the Montreal Amateur Radio Club

Paul Burggraaf VO1PRB

RAC Corporate Secretary

British Columbia QSO Party 2012 (BCQP-2012)

BCQP invitation

British Columbia QSO Party 2012 (BCQP-2012)

2012-01-17

Good Day!

My name is Rebecca, VA7BEC and I'm the contest coordinator for the British Columbia QSO Party.

I'm writing to you for two reasons.

First, it's getting close to the annual running of the BC QSO Party, and I'd like to extend a hearty invitation to everyone to join Orca DX and Contest Club — the new sponsor of the BC QSO Party — and stations in British Columbia in this fun event.

While the sponsor is new, the objective remains the same: BC stations can work anyone anywhere, and stations outside BC have to work VE7/VA7s.

For your own reference, please find the official announcement of the 2012 BCQP on the web page below or the attachment to this e-mail (editor's note – just click on the rules found else where on this page). Feel free to print it out to pass around at your next meeting, or post it on your website for easy access by members of your group.

The most important things to know, I guess, would be the hours of our event — 1600z Feb 4 to 0400z Feb 5, 2012 UTC — and the exchange — federal electoral district for BC stations and province/state for non-BC stations.

Please visit http://orcadxcc.org/bcqp.html for all the necessary details about the BCQP, including rules, exchange and multipliers. Second, according to online calendars, several US states are also holding their annual QSO parties the same weekend, and at your location, participating in one of the other QSO parties may be the more logistically attractive option. But if anyone hears a lonely BC operator calling "CQ, CQ, BCQP" please drop by. We'd be happy to trade a QSO: one for the QP you are in, one for us.

I realize that contesting is not everyone's cup of tea, and that even among contesters, QSO parties are often overlooked as not competitive enough. But when you present this email and/or the announcement to your group, please mention that the casual and friendly atmosphere of the BCQP presents certain advantages that the high-stakes contests cannot.

Namely,

  1. The slower pace allows newcomers to ease into the world of contesting and try out contesting strategies without irritating operators who are only interested in a high score. This is great practice for Field Day or a RAC contest.
  2. It's great for practicing different modes without the pressure of an impatient pileup and for acquiring familiarity with new logging software or remote operations.
  3. It's an excellent opportunity to hone operating and elmering skills.

In addition, the QSO party format is more relaxed, allowing for a bit of chit-chat along with the exchange for people who don't particularly like contests. The BCQP can be a really fun event, and the more participation there is, the more fun it will be.

I ran with the previous sponsor's callsign last year and made 400 Qs in 12 hours — not bad for a QSO party, in contesting terms — plus I had some nice chats with operators in other QSO parties and attracted some surprise DX (South Africa, Brazil and Antarctica!!). The day was much more enjoyable than I thought it would be.

Please join Orca DXCC in BCQP 2012. We'll have a whale of a good time.

73

Rebecca Kimoto, VA7BEC

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Bulletin de RAC 2012-002F – Trésorier

Bulletin de RAC 2012-002F – Trésorier

2012-01-15

Radio Amateurs du Canada (RAC) est à la recherche d’un trésorier qui est soit comptable agréé, comptable général accrédité ou comptable certifié en gestion. Une certification en radio amateur est optionnelle. En tant que conseiller financier de RAC, nous avons besoin de quelqu’un qui assure une gestion des comptes et agit en liaison avec les auditeurs externes. De l’expérience avec QuickBooks serait un atout.

S.V.P. parlez-en à vos amis; il y a certainement un membre de RAC qui soit se qualifie ou qui peut prendre contact avec quelqu’un pour cet emploi bénévole. Pour les intéressés, prière de contacter le secrétaire corporatif de RAC à: vo1prb@rac.ca

Paul Burggraaf

Secrétaire corporatif de RAC

(Traduction par Serge Langlois, VE2AWR)

RAC Bulletin 2012-002E – Treasurer

RAC Bulletin 2012-002E – Treasurer

2012-01-15

The Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) is looking for a Treasurer who is a Chartered Accountant, Certified General Accountant or Certified Management Accountant. A certification in amateur radio is optional. As RAC's financial advisor, we need someone to provide direction on the accounts and act as liaison with the external auditors. Experience with QuickBooks would be an asset.

Please speak with your friends, there must be a RAC member who either qualifies or can approach someone for this volunteer position. Interested parties please contact the RAC Corporate Secretary at vo1prb@rac.ca

Paul Burggraaf

RAC Corporate Secretary

Winnipeg Amateur Radio Club in the news – by Bill Gade, VE4WO

Winnipeg Free Press – Jan 9 2012 Ham Radio

Winnipeg Amateur Radio Club in the news – by Bill Gade, VE4WO

2012-01-09

Bill Gade, VE4WO, the new Regulatory Affairs Officer offered to write some material for the RAC blog (Thanks Bill, one less thing I have to worry about) so here is is first blog post. Bill can be contacted at: ve4wo@rac.ca if you have things to contribute. Welcome aboard Bill…

This is his first Blog post so here it goes….

73, Vernon

Vernon Ikeda – VE2MBS/VE2QQ

Pointe-Claire, Québec

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

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Congratulations to the Winnipeg Amateur Radio Club for making Page A6 of the Winnipeg Free Press today (January 9, 2012)! Their article features a six year old getting her first take of the hobby while also giving a brief overview of the hobby. They also mentioned the important role that Winnipeg ARES members have played in communications during floods and other emergencies. Well done WARC! You can read the full article here.

Has your local club been in the news lately? Send us a copy of what ran so we can keep everyone up to date with the great news of Amateur Radio in Canada.

73,

Bill Gade, VE4WO

Bulletin de RAC 2012-001F – Administrateur demandé pour le Fonds de défense de la radio amateur (FDRA)

Bulletin de RAC 2012-001F – Administrateur demandé pour le Fonds de défense de la radio amateur (FDRA)

2012-01-08

RAC est à la recherche d'une personne pour combler le poste d'administrateur du FDRA devenu vacant récemment. L'administrateur du FDRA doit être un radioamateur licencié et ne peut pas être un membre de la direction, un employé, un directeur ou un représentant de RAC. Le FDRA est un fonds en fidéicommis constitué au début des années 90 pour procurer du support financier pour les dépenses de voyage d'un représentant radioamateur sur la délégation aux conférences mondiales sur la Radio pour protéger les bandes de radio amateur.

Les conférences mondiales sur la Radio ont lieu sous l'égide de l'Union Internationale des Télécommunications, une agence des Nations Unies responsable pour les technologies d'information et de communication et pour gérer le spectre radio. Le déplacement des allocations des stations de radiodiffusion en dehors de la bande de 40 mètres a été réalisé lors d'une CMR et a été une victoire majeure pour la radio amateur.

En tant que trust, le rôle du FDRA est de lever et d'administrer les dons récoltés. Ces fonds peuvent être utilisés seulement pour les buts cités. Toutes les décisions par les administrateurs doivent être prises à l'unanimité pour s'assurer que le but du trust FDRA est maintenu. Les fonds sont gardés dans un fonds en fidéicommis dans une banque à charte importante et peuvent être retirés seulement avec la signature de deux des trois administrateurs. Les administrateurs actuels sont Gerry Hohn VE6LB, Dave Snydal VE4XN, et un poste est vacant. Le FDRA n'a aucun rôle décisionnel. Le conseil d'administration des directeurs de RAC définit les objectifs et nomme le représentant radioamateur sur la délégation canadienne.

Si vous êtes intéressé s.v.p. donnez votre nom et un bref curriculum vitae [pas plus de 500 mots en français ou en anglais], de préférence par communication courriel à3

Paul Burggraaf, VO1PRB

51 Greenspond Drive

St. Johns NL, A1E 5Z9

Vo1prb73064;rac.ca

Geoff Bawden VE4BAW

Président et directeur général de RAC

(Traduction par Serge Langlois, VE2AWR)

RAC Bulletin 2012-001E – Trustee wanted for Defence of Amateur Radio Fund (DARF)

RAC Bulletin 2012-001E – Trustee wanted for Defence of Amateur Radio Fund (DARF)

2012-01-08

RAC is looking for a person to fill the recently vacated trustee position in DARF. The DARF trustee must be a licensed amateur and may not be an officer, employee, director or agent of RAC. DARF is a Trust Fund established in the early 90′s to provide financial support for travel expenses of an Amateur representative on the Canadian delegation to World Radio Conferences to defend the Amateur Radio Bands.

The World Radio Conferences occur under the aegis of the International Telecommunications Union, a United Nations agency responsible for information and communication technologies and managing the radio spectrum. Moving the short wave broadcasting allocation out of the 40 Metre band was accomplished at a WRC and was a major victory for amateur radio.

As a Trust, DARF's role is to raise and manage donated funds. These funds can only be used for the stated purposes. All decisions by the trustees must be unanimous to ensure that the purpose of the DARF trust is upheld. Funds are held in a trust account at a major chartered bank and can only be withdrawn with two of three trustees. signatures. The current trustees are Gerry Hohn, VE6LB, Dave Snydal, VE4XN, and one vacancy. DARF has no policy role. The Board of Directors of RAC set policy and nominates the amateur representative on the Canadian delegation.

If you are interested please provide your name and a brief resume [no more than 500 words in French or English] email communication preferred to:

Paul Burggraaf, VO1PRB

51 Greenspond Drive

St. Johns NL, A1E 5Z9

Vo1prb73064;rac.ca

Geoff Bawden VE4BAW

President and Chairman – Radio Amateurs of Canada

Expédition DX à l’île Pitcairn, VP6T – 20 janvier au 4 février 2012

Expédition DX à l’île Pitcairn, VP6T – 20 janvier au 4 février 2012

2012-01-06

Il y aura une expédition DX à lîle Pitcairn (OC-044, zone CQ 32) entre le 20 janvier et le 4 février 2012. Le groupe d’opérateurs est composé de Jacques F6BEE, Gilles VE2TZT, Nigel G3TXF, Michel FM5CD et Vincent F4BKV

Il seront sur toutes les bandes entre 160 et 10 mètres, incluant les bandes WARC, pendant leur séjour.

Ils tenteront de télécharger le journal d’activités de VP6T au LoTW durant l’opération s’ils le peuvent. Sinon, ils téléchargeront les journaux d’activités après leur retour. Ils essaieront de mettre à jour leur journal d’activités de VP6T sur "Clublog" aussi souvent que possible pendant l’opération.

Pour leur plans d’opérations, informations QSL et autres, consultez le site web de l’expédition DX àPour leur plans d’opérations, informations QSL et autres, consultez le
site web de l’expédition DX à: http://www.vp6t.org/

Vernon Ikeda – VE2MBS/VE2QQ

Pointe-Claire, Québec

Rédacteur du blogue de RAC/rédacteur des nouvelles en ligne/bulletins de nouvelles web de RAC

(Traduction par Serge Langlois, VE2AWR)

Pitcairn Island Dxpedition VP6T – January 20 – February 4, 2012

Pitcairn Island Dxpedition VP6T – January 20 – February 4, 2012

2012-01-06

There is going to be a Dxpedition to Pitcairn Island (OC-044, CQ Zone 32) between January 20th and February 4th, 2012. The operator lineup is made of Jacques F6BEE, Gilles VE2TZT, Nigel G3TXF, Michel FM5CD and Vincent F4BKV

They will be on all bands 160-10 metres including the WARC bands during their stay.

They will try and upload the VP6T log to LoTW during the operation if they can. if not, they will upload the logs after their arrival home. They will try to update their VP6T log on "ClubLog" as often as they can during the operation.

For their operating plans, QSL information and other information, take alook at the Dxpedition web site at: http://www.vp6t.org/

Vernon Ikeda – VE2MBS/VE2QQ

Pointe-Claire, Québec

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