Monthly Archive for February, 2012

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RAC Bulletin 2012-013E – Volunteers needed for Dayton Hamvention.

RAC Bulletin 2012-013E – Volunteers needed for Dayton Hamvention.

2012-02-20

The Radio Amateurs of Canada will be at Dayton for Hamvention 2012 May 18th to 20th. Last year, after a decade long wait, the Radio Amateurs of Canada operated a Booth at the Dayton Hamvention. RAC officers and RAC members met with many existing members, signed up new members, introduced themselves to soon to be members, and spoke to hams from the United States and around the world including hams from China, Quatar, Germany, Japan and Great Britain.

RAC is returning to Dayton for 2012 and we are once again looking for volunteers to operate the Booth over May 18 to 20th. Last year we organized a single three hour slot for each volunteer. Your availability will determine your slot and flexibility is the watchword. Please forward your contact information and availability by email to ve4baw@rac.ca. with a cc: to our office at rachq@rac.ca. Looking forward to seeing you in Dayton!

Geoff Bawden, VE4BAW

President and Chairman of 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

Bulletin de RAC 2012-012F – Changements pour les adresses de référence de l’ARES

Bulletin de RAC 2012-012F – Changements pour les adresses de référence de l'ARES

2012-02-19

Pour mieux adéquatement réfléter les noms que nous utilisons dans nos accès courriel, les changements suivants sont annoncés, effectif immédiatement. Merci à Neil Herber, VE3PUE, pour le travail qu'il a fait pour nous.

  • ares_alerts@eton.ca *demeure inchangé*
  • ares_sec_dec_ec@eton.ca est changé à ares_chat@eton.ca
  • racamberalert@eton.ca est changé à raran_on@eton.ca
  • racamberalertbc@eton.ca est changé à raran_bc@eton.ca

Veuillez noter que Neil a créé des alias afin que les "anciennes" adresses continuent de fonctionner jusqu'à ce que tout le monde ait fait la conversion. Il n'y aura pas de changements pour les personnes recevant ces bulletins excepté pour ceux qui filtrent leur courriel entrant.

73

Doug Mercer, VO1DTM/VO1DM

Responsable en chef des services extérieurs – Radio Amateurs du Canada Inc.

(Traduction par Serge Langlois, VE2AWR)

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Vernon Ikeda – VE2MBS/VE2QQ

Pointe-Claire, Québec

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

RAC Bulletin 2012-012E – ARES reflector address changes

RAC Bulletin 2012-012E – ARES reflector address changes

2012-02-19

To more accurately correspond to the names we use for our reflectors, the following changes are announced effective immediately. Thanks to Neil Herber, VE3PUE for his efforts on our behalf.

  • ares_alerts@eton.ca *remains the same*
  • ares_sec_dec_ec@eton.ca is changed to ares_chat@eton.ca
  • racamberalert@eton.ca is changed to raran_on@eton.ca
  • racamberalertbc@eton.ca is changed to raran_bc@eton.ca

Please note that Neil has created aliases so that the "old" addresses will work until everyone is changed over. There will be no changes for persons receiving these bulletins except for those who filter their incoming mail.

73

Doug Mercer, VO1DTM/VO1DM

Chief Field Services Officer – Radio Amateurs of Canada Inc.

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Vernon Ikeda – VE2MBS/VE2QQ

Pointe-Claire, Québec

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

[Nouvelles-UIRA-R2 162] Rapport spécial de la CMR numéro trois – Le service radio amateur gagne une bande près de 500 kHz

[Nouvelles-UIRA-R2 162] Rapport spécial de la CMR numéro trois – Le service radio amateur gagne une bande près de 500 kHz

2012-02-15

[Note de l'éditeur: Sujet à approbation par Industrie Canada, l'opération dans cette bande n'est pas permise en ce moment. Radio Amateurs du Canada travaillera de concert avec Industrie Canada par l'entremise du Conseil Consultatif Canadien de la Radio (CCCR) pour mettre au point les divers détails sur l'utilisation radio amateur de cette bande au Canada.]

472-479 kHz.  Le service radio amateur mondial a une nouvelle bande de fréquences, 472 à 479 kHz. C'est une attribution secondaire. Il y a d'autres services dans cette portion du spectre auxquels les opérations radio amateur ne doivent pas causer d'interférence.

Le service de radionavigation aéronautique est un service primaire dans la bande 415-495 kHz dans les régions suivantes : Australie, Chine, les communautés françaises outre-mer de la région 3, Corée (Rép. de), Indes, Iran (République Islamique d'), Japon, Pakistan, Papouasie Nouvelle-Guinée et Sri Lanka.

Le service de radionavigation aéronautique est un service primaire dans la bande 435-495 kHz dans les régions suivantes : Arménie, Azerbaïdjan, Bélarus, la Fédération de Russie, Kazakhstan, Latvie, Ouzbékistan et Kirghizistan.

Les radioamateurs ont la permission d'utiliser la bande en autant que cela ne cause aucune interférence à ce service primaire ou au service maritime mobile opérant dans la bande 472-479 kHz. Il y a certains pays qui n'autoriseront pas les opérations radio amateur dans la bande 472-479 kHz. L'utilisation de la bande de fréquences en Algérie, Arabie Saoudite, Azerbaïdjan, Bahrain, Bélarus, Chine, Comores, Djibouti, Égypte, Émirats Arabes Unis, la Fédération de Russie, Iraq, Jordanie, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Liban, Libye, Mauritanie, Oman, Ouzbékistan, Qatar, République Arabe de Syrie, Kirghizistan, Somalie, Soudan, Tunisie et Yémen est limitée aux services maritime mobile et radionavigation aéronautique. Le service radio amateur ne
doit pas être utilisé dans les pays ci-haut mentionnés dans cette bande de fréquences, et ceci doit être pris en considération par les pays autorisant une telle utilisation.

Les Règlements sur la Radio de l'UIT stipulent que les radioamateurs sont limités à 1 watt (p.i.r.e.) . Cependant, les administrations dont le territoire est situé au-delà de 800 km des frontières des pays suivants peuvent augmenter la puissance d'opération à 5 watts (p.i.r.e.) : Algérie, Arabie Saoudite, Azerbaïdjan, Bahrain, Bélarus, Chine, Comores, Djibouti, Égypte, Émirats Arabes Unis, la Fédération de Russie, Iran (République Islamique d'), Iraq, Jordanie, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Liban, Libye, Maroc, Mauritanie, Oman, Ouzbékistan, Qatar, République Arabe de Syrie, Kirghizistan, Somalie, Soudan, Tunisie, Ukraine et Yémen.

Le changement prend effet avec l'adoption des Actes finaux de la Conférence. Évidemment, il sera déterminé par chaque administration autour du globe ce que seront les modes et les largeurs de bande qui seront utilisées dans cette partie du spectre et quand dans ce pays les radioamateurs auront accès au spectre.

D'autres activités à la CMR-12 seront rapportées à la fin de la CMR. La CMR se poursuit jusqu'au 17 février. Il y a une tentative en cours pour mettre un sujet radio amateur à l'ordre du jour pour la prochaine CMR qui se tiendra en 2015.

Rod Stafford W6ROD

Secrétaire, UIRA

VIA: Joaquín Solana, XE1R – Éditeur de nouvelles – UIRA R2

(Traduction par Serge Langlois, VE2AWR)

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Vernon Ikeda – VE2MBS/VE2QQ

Pointe-Claire, Québec

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

[IARU-R2-News 162] Special WRC Report Number Three – The Amateur Radio Service Gains A Band Near 500 kHz

[IARU-R2-News 162] Special WRC Report Number Three – The Amateur Radio Service Gains A Band Near 500 kHz

2012-02-15

[Editors note: Subject to approval by Industry Canada, operation on this band is not permitted in Canada at this time. Radio Amateurs of Canada will be working with Industry Canada through the Radio Advisory Board of Canada (RABC) to work out the various details on amateur usage of this band in Canada.]

472-479 kHz.  The worldwide amateur radio service has a new frequency band, 472 to 479 kHz. It is a secondary allocation. There are other services in that portion of the spectrum that must not be interfered with by the amateur operation.

The aeronautical radionavigation service is a primary service in the band 415-495 kHz in the following areas: Australia, China, the French overseas communities of Region 3, Korea (Rep. of), India, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Japan, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea and Sri Lanka.

The aeronautical radionavigation service is a primary service in the band 435-495 kHz in the following areas: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, the Russian Federation, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan.

The amateurs are allowed to use the band so long as it does not cause interference to this primary service or the maritime mobile service operating in the 472-479 kHz band. There are some countries that will not allow amateur radio operation in the 472-479 kHz band. The use of the frequency band 472-479 kHz in Algeria, Saudi Arabia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Belarus, China, Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, United Arab Emirates, the Russian Federation, Iraq, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Oman, Uzbekistan, Qatar, Syrian Arab Republic, Kyrgyzstan, Somalia, Sudan, Tunisia and Yemen is limited to the maritime mobile and aeronautical radionavigation services. The amateur service shall not be used in the above-mentioned countries in this frequency band, and this should be taken into account by the countries authorizing such use.

The ITU Radio Regulations provide that radio amateurs are limited to 1 watt (e.i.r.p.) however administrations whose territory is beyond 800 kilometers from the borders of the following countries may increase the operating power to 5 watts (e.i.r.p.): Algeria, Saudi Arabia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Belarus, China, Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, United Arab Emirates, the Russian Federation, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Iraq, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Mauritania, Oman, Uzbekistan, Qatar, Syrian Arab Republic, Kyrgyzstan, Somalia, Sudan, Tunisia, Ukraine and Yemen.

The change becomes effective with the adoption of the Final Acts of the Conference. Of course, it will be determined by each administration around the world as to what modes and bandwidths will be used in this portion of the spectrum and when hams in that country will have access to the spectrum.

More activities from the WRC-12 will be reported at the end of the WRC. The WRC continues until 17 February. There is an effort underway to place an amateur radio agenda item on the agenda for the next WRC which will take place in 2015.

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Rod Stafford, W6ROD

IARU Secreta

VIA: Joaquín Solana, XE1R – News Editor – IARU R2

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Vernon Ikeda – VE2MBS/VE2QQ

Pointe-Claire, Québec

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

RAC Bulletin 2012-011E – RAC Office Closed Monday February 20, 2012.

RAC Bulletin 2012-011E – RAC Office Closed Monday February 20, 2012.

2012-02-15

Please be advised that the RAC Ottawa Office will be closed on Monday February 20, 2012 as Family Day is a statutory holiday in Ontario.

Frank Greene

Office Manager

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Vernon Ikeda – VE2MBS/VE2QQ

Pointe-Claire, Québec

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

Bulletin de RAC 2012-011F – Bulletin de RAC 2012-011F – Les bureaux de RAC fermés lundi le 20 février 2012.

Bulletin de RAC 2012-011F – Bulletin de RAC 2012-011F – Les bureaux de RAC fermés lundi le 20 février 2012.

2012-02-15

S.V.P. soyez avisés que le bureau de RAC à Ottawa sera fermé lundi le 20 février 2012, alors que le jour de la Famille est un congé statutaire en Ontario.

Frank Greene

Gérant de bureau

(Traduction par Serge Langlois, VE2AWR)

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Vernon Ikeda – VE2MBS/VE2QQ

Pointe-Claire, Québec

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

RAC Bulletin 2012-010E – Good News from WRC12 – A New Band.

RAC Bulletin 2012-010E – Good News from WRC12 – A New Band.

2012-02-14

At its Plenary meeting held 14 February 2012 in Geneva the World Radiocommunication Conference approved a new secondary frequency allocation to the Amateur Radio Service at 472 to 479 kHz. Having passed First and Second Readings it is normally a formality that this change be included in the WRC-12 Final Acts when the Conference concludes February 17th. The Table of Frequency Allocations would then be amended accordingly.

The new band at 600 metres will represent the return of amateurs to the medium waves – an area of spectrum we have not had access to since the earliest days of radio regulation.

As a secondary user, amateur radio shares 472 – 479 kHz with the Maritime Mobile Service who are the primary user in all three ITU Regions and with the Aeronautical Radionavigation Service who are a Secondary user except as noted in the following.

The new allocation to the amateur service is accompanied by several footnotes including, i) a number of countries will identify their intent to elevate the status of their Aeronautical Radionavigation Service to Primary as a step in ensuring protection from secondary users, and ii) the power which radio amateurs may use in 472 to 479 kHz will be limited to 5 watts (e.i.r.p.) except for amateur stations within 800 km of the borders of a number of countries – principally Russia, many of the former Soviet bloc and the Arab states. For those affected amateurs the limit will be 1 watt.

It is, of course, up to individual administrations to authorize use of the band by their amateurs. In the case of Canada, it seems certain that such authorization will be forthcoming; however, the process which has to be followed may take some time.

Canadian radio amateurs have played a central role in arriving at this successful outcome. The documents submitted through the ITU in support of this allocation were largely authored by Canadian amateurs – as was the important work done in assessing the efficiency of the antennas radio amateurs would likely use. Canadian amateurs have been present at ITU meetings in Geneva since 2009 to advance the cause of this allocation. Our regulator, Industry Canada, has been outstanding in their support of our work and in ensuring today’s success. Finally, our colleagues in the IARU, ARRL, RSGB, and DARC have all played major roles.

Bryan Rawlins, VE3QN

Amateur Representative on the WRC12 Canadian Delegation

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Vernon Ikeda – VE2MBS/VE2QQ

Pointe-Claire, Québec

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

Bulletin de RAC 2012-010F – Bulletin de RAC 2012-010F – Bonnes nouvelles de la CMR12 . Une nouvelle bande à 600 mètres.

Bulletin de RAC 2012-010F – Bulletin de RAC 2012-010F – Bonnes nouvelles de la CMR12 . Une nouvelle bande à 600 mètres.

2012-02-14

À sa réunion plénière tenue le 14 février 2012 à Genève, la conférence mondiale des radiocommunications a approuvé une nouvelle attribution secondaire de fréquences au service radio amateur de 472 à 479 kHz. Ayant passé les première et seconde lectures, ce n'est plus normalement qu'une formalité pour que ce changement soit inclus dans les Actes finaux de la CMR-12 quand la conférence se terminera le 17 février. Le tableau des attributions de fréquences serait alors modifié en conséquence.

La nouvelle bande à 600 mètres constitue un retour des radioamateurs aux ondes moyennes – une portion du spectre à laquelle nous n'avons pas eu accès depuis les touts premiers jours de la réglementation sur la radio.

En tant qu'utilisateur secondaire, la radio amateur partage 472 – 479 kHZ avec le service maritime mobile qui est l'utilisateur primaire dans les trois régions de l'UIT et avec le service de radionavigation aéronautique qui est un utilisateur secondaire, excepté tel que noté dans ce qui suit.

La nouvelle attribution au service radio amateur est accompagnée de plusieurs annotations incluant, 1) plusieurs pays vont justifier leur intention d'élever le statut de leur service de radionavigation aéronautique à primaire comme une mesure pour s'assurer d'une protection contre les utilisateurs secondaires, et 2) la puissance d'émission que les radioamateurs peuvent utiliser de 472 à 479 kHz sera limitée à 5 watts (p.i.r.e), excepté pour les stations à l'intérieur d'une distance de 800 km des frontières de plusieurs pays – principalement la Russie, plusieurs de l'ancien bloc soviétique et les états arabes. Pour les radioamateurs concernés la limite sera de 1 watt.

C'est évidemment aux administrations individuelles qu'il revient d'autoriser l'utilisation de la bande par leurs radioamateurs. Dans le cas du Canada, il semble certain qu'une telle autorisation est imminente; cependant le processus qui doit être suivi pourrait prendre un certain temps

Les radioamateurs canadiens ont joué un rôle primordial pour qu'on en soit arrivé à cet heureux résultat. Les documents soumis à l'UIT en appui de cette attribution sont majoritairement issus de radioamateurs canadiens – de même que l'important travail accompli pour évaluer l'efficacité des antennes que les radioamateurs utiliseraient vraisemblablement. Les radioamateurs canadiens ont été présents aux rencontres de l'UIT à Genève depuis 2009 pour faire avancer la cause de cette attribution. Notre régulateur, Industrie Canada, a été remarquable dans leur appui pour notre travail et pour assurer le succès d'aujourd'hui. Finalement, nos collègues de l'UIRA, ARRL, RSGB et DARC ont tous joué un rôle majeur.

Bryan Rawlins, VE3QN

Représentant radioamateur sur la délégation canadienne au CMR12

(Traduction par Serge Langlois, VE2AWR)

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Vernon Ikeda – VE2MBS/VE2QQ

Pointe-Claire, Québec

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

Ontario Restructuring of Field Services

Ontario Restructuring of Field Services

2012-02-09

Attention: All Ontario Amateurs

Greetings All;

As mentioned in previous Bulletins from RAC the Ontario Section of Field Services is in for a big change. I ask all of you to take the time and please read the attachment on the transition phase and the job descriptions for the new positions. I am looking for some interested, dedicated and knowledgeable operators out there and I know you're there because I have spoken with many of you over the years and others out there that I do not have the pleasure of knowing yet. As mentioned to many of you last summer when major changes were made to the Ontario Section I asked you to be patient as the work on the transition was being done. I am now happy to report it is done and now the next phase is your voice and input.

As your Ontario Section Manager for the last six years changes were needed and many of you that attended the meeting on Orillia in 2005 knew this needed to be done. I am sorry to say it has taken this amount of time to get things in place but I am proud to announce that these changes are the best for Ontario. This transition is going to make RAC and the field services accessible to all the operators out there with your voice and input. This is your opportunity to nominate good people within you section and get the ball rolling.

I have tried to do the best job possible from one location in Ontario to serve all of you. I will be honest the job requires that each amateur be accessible to your elected official I as one person could not be in all places in the province to service your needs as is required by a National Organization being that of RAC. This proposal will allow for this. Please read the attachment carefully and if there are any questions please feel free to contact me.

I want to thank you all for your continued support and trust as we now go through one of the most important phases for RAC with Field Services in the history of Ontario.

Thank You & 73

Al, VE3AJB

Allan Boyd, VE3AJB

Section Manager – Ontario = Radio Amateurs of Canada

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From the Desk of Ontario Section Manager

08 Feb 2012

Message to all Amateurs on the Ontario Section Restructuring Process

As you are aware significant change is coming to Ontario in terms of the way RAC affairs will be managed. In the past the Ontario Section has been served by one elected official – the Section Manager – who was responsible for the operation of a Field Service. For the last six years I have had the honour and pleasure of serving as your Section Manager overseeing the ARES, NTS, Official Bulletin Service and the Official Observer Service on your behalf. I have had the opportunity to work with many wonderful and knowledgeable assistants and Amateurs in these services, and the wealth of experience in the province is second to none.

However, it has been recognized for some time now that a communications gap exists between RAC as an organization and the clubs and individual Amateurs that it aims to serve. An extensive analysis resulted in VPFS recommending, to the President, the implementation of a full Field Organization containing both administrative support functions to the clubs as well as the established Field Service. With 60% of Canadian Amateurs resident within the province, VPFS also recommended to the President that Ontario be restructured to improve representation. The Ontario Restructuring Commission consulted with the clubs and individuals and brought forth a recommendation to divide Ontario into four Sections in RAC Bulletin 2012-006E. The RAC Board of Directors approved both the Field Organization and reorganization recommendations, and VPFS has initiated the restructuring process effective immediately; see RAC Bulletin 2012-007E for the overall transition plan. The purpose of this Bulletin is to add more detail on the inaugural Section Manager Appointment process within that plan.

The transition process is now in progress. The first step is to select and appoint the four new Section Managers with a target date of 1 May, 2012. The four Section Managers will then form a Transition Council which, with VPFS advice and support, will guide the remainder of the transition process. The Transition Council will become the Ontario Provincial Council on 1 September, 2012 when the new section structure becomes official. During the transition period the new Section Managers will participate in a VPFS-led training period, establish provisional Section operating procedures, and recruit section staff. In the meantime, the Ontario Section will continue official operations, it will be stood down on 31 August, 2012. As your present Ontario Section Manager, the VPFS has asked me to fulfil my current mandate as the inaugural Ontario North Section Manager. The VPFS has also asked me to administer the process of accepting candidates for appointment to the remaining three Sections. Following the precedent set by the Restructuring Commission, I am looking to the clubs and ARES groups to nominate appropriately skilled and capable candidates. It is important to take into consideration that the role of the Section Manager has changed. As most of you know I am a firm believer in face to face contact something I could not do as one person for Ontario. This is why I am excited about the new focus on developing a two-way relationship between the section staff and the clubs. Developing this new partnership calls for leadership and innovation on the part of the Section Managers, their volunteer staff, and the club executives.

A new job description for the Section Managers under the new Field Organization has not yet been developed. This task will take place within the VPFS Council once the Ontario Transition Council is operational and the Ontario Section Managers have joined the VPFS Council. A provisional job description has been provided by VPFS as an interim guide (attached). The scope of responsibility has increased, but under the new Field Organization structure there are new administrative support mechanisms at section and level to conduct the work. In particular, the role of four of the new Section component heads combine to facilitate a communication loop between the Section Manager and the club executive. The job description highlights the importance of selecting a candidate with the personal and leadership attributes required to guide the introduction of the Field Organization at Section level.

Following the principles of the election process described in the RAC Administration Manual, nominations should be in the form of a nomination letter signed by 10 Full RAC members, covering a biography of the nominee, as well as a letter from the nominee accepting the nomination. Given that this is a unique circumstance, where a club nomination is arrived at by consensus or vote, a nomination letter signed by the club president is acceptable (this is not restricted to Affiliated Clubs). The nomination documents should be mailed to me at my home address, to arrive no later than 31 March, 2012:

Allan Boyd VE3AJB

Ontario Section Manager

P.O. Box 208,

Little Current, ON P0P 1K0

A selection committee, composed of the two Ontario Directors and myself as chair, will be convened in early April as soon as copies of the documents can be distributed. The recommended candidates will be proposed to VPFS for approval and the President for confirmation. It is important to know that as a Section Manager for the North I do not have a vote on who is selected as the other Section Managers. This is to be completed by the directors for Ontario and VPFS. The nominees will be informed first of the final result, followed by an Ontario Bulletin with the official announcement.

I invite all Ontario Amateurs, clubs and ARES groups in the new Ontario East, South and GTA Sections to discuss the issues and nominate a candidate who you feel has the initiative and leadership skills needed to create a Section team, implement the new Field Organization structure, and initiate the consultation mechanisms between the clubs and the Section Manager.

As your present Section Manager for the past 6 years I want to take this opportunity to thank all of you that have supported me and my field services members over the years. Your commitment to the program has been proven many times over. I look forward to serving the members of Northern Ontario as your Section Manager until such time to re-elect the position. As always I am open to any questions or concerns that you may have. Please feel free to contact me at anytime. I look forward to this new process and the exciting times ahead for field services and RAC.

Yours Truly,

Allan Boyd, VE3AJB – Ontario Section Manager, Radio Amateurs of Canada

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Provisional Appointment Appointment Description – Section Manager (SM)

The Section Manager is elected by the RAC member's resident in the Section to provide leadership in the delivery of RAC programs and services within the Section. The Section Manager has two reporting accountabilities:

  1. to advise the Regional Director on general matters of RAC policy as it affects the Amateur community within the Section, and to keep the Regional Director informed of Section activities; and,
  2. to the Vice President Field Services for the efficient and effective delivery of RAC programs, membership services, and the operation of the Field Service, within the Section. The Section Manager serves as a member of the Director's cabinet facilitating an open line of communication between the two elected officials responsible for RAC policy and field operations within the Section. The Regional Director should be included as an information addressee on all relevant correspondence or information distributed to the members of the Section. The Regional Director should be an ex officio member of the Section Manager's advisory group, and receive an information copy of all official correspondence.

To coordinate the delivery of RAC programs and services nationally, and to provide collective advice to the Vice-President Field Operations on matters of operations policy and procedures, the Section Manager serves as a member of the national Field Organization Council chaired by the Vice President of Field Services.

To carry out his/her responsibilities to the Amateur community within the Section, the Section Manager is assisted by eight (8) principal officers, each of whom has the status of Assistant Section Manager. Each officer serves as head of a component within the Section field operation. The Section Manager is free to appoint additional Assistants or Special Advisors, as required, to manage projects or to provide specialist advice. The eight component heads are:

  • Provincial/Territorial Government Liaison (PGL). The role of the PGL is to remain abreast of provincial/territorial government affairs as they affect Section-level field organization responsibilities, and to serve as the Section Manager's representative to government authorities when authorized. This appointment would normally be made by a provincial council where the jurisdiction contains two or more sections.
  • Public Information Coordinator (PIC). Working with the Vice-President Public Relations and other Executive-level officers, the role of the PIC is to facilitate the exchange of newsworthy information to and from club Public Information Officers (PIO), to facilitate the delivery of appropriate material to the Bulletin Manager, and to serve as the principal spokesperson to the media on behalf of the Section Manager.
  • Affiliated Club Coordinator (ACC). The role of the ACC is to assist clubs with internal administration advice where appropriate and consistent with the Affiliated Club President's Workbook, assist club's with keeping club contact information current on RAC websites, promoting joint club activities and programs across the Section, and encouraging clubs to join RAC as an Affiliated Club.
  • Technical Coordinator (TC). The role of the TC is to facilitate club and local Technical Specialist (TS) involvement in RAC technical committee activities, to facilitate responses to Industry Canada papers and enquiries, and to assist with questions of spectrum management or interference.
  • Section Emergency Coordinator (SEC). The role of the Section Emergency Coordinator is to advise the SM on provincial (territorial) government legislation, regulations and policy as it affects the provision of auxiliary communication services by the Amateur Radio community. The SEC is the senior official in the Section's Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) and provides the leadership and guidance required to ensure that ARES Groups are trained and qualified to provide auxiliary communication services commensurate with the expectations of municipal level governments and Field Service standards.
  • Section Traffic Manager (STM). The role of the STM is to supervise the Section's traffic handling organization all traffic efforts within the section, regardless of mode or National Traffic System affiliation, so that routings within the section and connections with other networks and digital traffic nodes will result in orderly and efficient traffic flow.
  • Section Bulletin Manager (SBM). The role of the SBM is to collate and produce weekly information bulletins containing international, national and intra-section topics of interest to the Amateur Radio community. The SBM is assisted by, and supervises, a network of Official Bulletin Stations (OBS) who read the bulletins during local repeater nets or publish them via such means as club websites.
  • Official Observer Coordinator (OOC). The role of the OOC is to recruit and oversee volunteer Official Observers (OO) whose function is to monitor on-air activities, alert operators when there is the possibility that a station may not be in technical conformance with government regulations, and to coach operators on good operating practices.

These eight officers collectively are the principal members of the Section Manager's Cabinet as described in the Section Manager's Survival Guide available at the RAC website. The first four officers are primarily concerned with the management and oversight of Section Manager's administrative responsibilities; the last four collectively form the Section's Field Service. Of the eight components, an effective emergency communications capability is considered vital as this public service is perhaps the main reason that the federal government supports the existence of the Amateur Radio Service in Canada.

The Section Manger is encouraged to appoint personal assistants to serve as the secretary to the cabinet, and for such other administrative support functions as required. In discharging his/her responsibilities, the Section Manager:

  • makes a monthly written report to the Vice President Field Service on the status of Section activities;
  • conducts personal visits to clubs, hamfests and conventions to the greatest extent possible;
  • writes, or supervises, preparation of a monthly "Section News" column for the inclusion in TCA;
  • to encourage member participation in the RAC programs in the Section.

The term of office for all RAC elected officials and executive officers is two years, for a maximum of three terms, and this guidance should be considered when making Section appointments. A key Section Manager function therefore is succession planning. Every opportunity should be seized to recruit capable volunteers, mentor them, and encourage them to progress onward to the more challenging (and personally rewarding) Section responsibilities. No opportunity to acknowledge the contributions of these volunteers should be missed. The most important of all the responsibilities that a Section Manager has is to groom a successor. Ideally this person will have served as a component head and is active within the Section ARES program, and served on a club executive. In particular, participation in a properly functioning cabinet is key to mentoring the Section Manager's successor.

Recruitment of new hams and RAC members is an integral part of the job of every appointee. Appointees should take advantage of every opportunity to recruit a new ham or member to foster the growth of Field Organization programs, and our abilities to serve the public.

Requirement: The Section Manager is required to be a Full RAC member, and possess the Incident Command/Management System certifications expected of an ARES Amateur Radio operator.

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Vernon Ikeda – VE2MBS/VE2QQ

Pointe-Claire, Québec

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