Monthly Archive for November, 2013

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La Radio Amateurs dans les Écoles

La Radio Amateurs dans les Écoles

Est-ce que votre école ou collège possède une station radio-amateur, un programme ou projet spécial impliquant ce passe-temps fascinant?

Si la réponse est OUI, Radio Amateurs du Canada aimerait de vos nouvelles.

Contactez-nous aujourd’hui!

Vincent Charron, VA3GX/VE2HHH

Directeur des communications et des collectes de fonds – Radio Amateurs du Canada – communications@rac.ca

Amateur radio in schools

Amateur radio in schools

Does your school or college have an amateur-radio (ham radio) station, program or special project involving this fascinating hobby?

If the answer is YES, Radio Amateurs of Canada would like to hear about it!

Contact us today!

Vincent Charron, VA3GX/VE2HHH

Director of Communications and Fundraising – Radio Amateurs of/du Canada – communications@rac.ca

AMATEUR RADIO PLAYS KEY ROLE IN WAKE OF TYPHOON HAIYAN’S WAKE”

AMATEUR RADIO PLAYS KEY ROLE IN WAKE OF TYPHOON HAIYAN’S WAKE*

Written by G0DUB for VK3PC Tuesday, 12 November 2013 12:06 *PHILLIPINES UPDATE*

Estimates of those people who died when monster Typhoon Haiyan (also called Yolanda) hit the central Philippines on Friday ranges up to 10,000, with many injured and nine million people affected.

The full damage and death toll of the fiercest typhoon ever recorded on land has overwhelmed emergency services, supported by the military and at least five major Ham Radio Emergency Operator network stations.

Ramon Anquilan DU1UGZ, of the Philippines Amateur Radio Association (PARA), reports that among the chaos HERO stations are helping authorities and residents. In Tacloban the capital of Leyte which was smashed by winds, its streets filled by ocean surges and is now a swamp-like smelling mess.

Ramon DU1UGZ said that RADNET with Nathan Eamiguel DU5AOK, Vilma Eamiguel DU5VIE, and the members of their local club are working hard: “Their HF station is located on the second floor of the Tacloban City Hall, powered by a generator maintained by the local government unit. Two metre band communications is simplex because there is no electricity to power their repeater. The VHF members serve as field personnel who go on various errands ? verification of requested information, liaison work, and bits and ends. The officers led by Nathan DU5AOK dispatch their members based on the priority traffic handled by the HF station.” He said the Tacloban HERO station has been used by the Red Cross to track a relief vehicle verifying the welfare of its volunteers who were stopped and ransacked by those impatient for aid to arrive. Other requests for help came from the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) regional office in Tacloban that needed hand-held radio contacts. In his report he talks of another local club ACCESS 5 attached to responding government agencies and relief organisations. A military HF station is linked with the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Mitigation Council (NDRRMC) which is located inside Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City. ?However ACCESS 5 is using VHF very effectively acting as guides for rescue and retrieval teams in the field, just like some RADNET volunteers,? said Ramon DU1UGZ.

In Eastern Samar, Lester Price DV5PO (also ZL5PO) based in Borongan is providing valuable situation reports. Lester and his wife had a very lucky escape – they held on to the doors of their house for four hours until the surge waters receded, that claimed around 500 lives in the coastal barangay or village alone. Another third HF station activated by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) is using equipment from Nathan DU5AOK and his friend Dominique walked half a day to the government centre in Palo and the DOST Regional Office. Dominique, who is actually the office driver, and the Regional Director, Dr Eduardo Esparancilla alternate as operators.

In DU7 (Cebu, Bohol and Negros Oriental islands including the island province of Siquijor), the Cebu Amateur Radio League (CARL) has dispatched a team to the Municipality of Bantayan ? located in the northern tip of Cebu. This municipality is the hardest hit in Cebu with an estimated 90 per cent of structures levelled. The CARL team (previously reported on) is handling HF traffic. Another component is the Chocolate Hills Amateur Radio League (CHARL) based in Tagbilaran City in Bohol ? an area struck by an intensity 7.2 earthquake recently. The club station DU7BC along with its members Gerry Marmito DU7AU, Ador Lamoste DU7AL are ready to monitor and relay messages between Tacloban and the principal receiving stations. The third DU7 component is from Dumaguete City. Roy Alcantara DU7DDJ together with James DU7JGU (Island Province of Siquijor) are leading NORAD-7 with long range communications to the Dumaguete local government unit passing traffic from Tacloban to their area in Negros island. NORAD-7 members also act as field operators and runners.

In DU6 (Panay, Negros Occidental and neighbouring islands) heard are Bobby Garcia DU6BG in Iloilo, Iver Astronomo DV6ILA and Arnel DV6WAV in the Roxas Provincial Capitol as they are embedded with the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Mitigation Council (PDRRMC).

Scattered all over the archipelago of the Philippines are stations receiving outgoing traffic from Tacloban and the other affected areas. Among them are Jojo DU1VHY, Thelma DU1IVT, Romy Isidro DV1SMQ and Max 4F1BYN – acting as the main receiving stations on a rotational basis since HERO activation began.

Other stations are also active in receiving outbound welfare traffic, mainly to inform family members and relatives of their conditions ? Totie DV1TEE, Lito DU4DF, Atty. Albert DU4ABA, Bobby DU6BG, and Ramon DU1UGZ. On standby as relays are Doc Piciong DV9DOC, Marlu DU8WX, Butch DU1RP (PARA

SecGen on his mobile station in Davao City), and others.

Another facet of the operations is the use of Echolink by CARE-4 in Naga City (DU4) and COMPASS in Tondo, Manila (DU1). Ramon DU1UGZ said, ?Basically, the Tacloban and other stations in the disaster areas permit only outbound traffic as priority messages. ?This is a policy decision by NTS Co-Chair Jojo DU1VHY and as requested by RADNET. We can classify the messages as follows: We Survived Messages, institutions/government agencies to their central or partner offices in Manila, and urgent requests for specific form of assistance or relief items. ?The relief and retrieval operations are moving slowly and the HERO operations are probably going to last a week or more from today. He said that Telecoms companies are steadily restoring cellular mobile services and today there was intermittent limited coverage in Tacloban. ?As the primary telecoms services are restored, there will be less reliance on the amateur radio service in Tacloban. This will mean a more difficult period because the remote areas not reached yet by government and other agencies will now demand communication links. Our assets will be thinly spread resulting in gaps which only a robust service such those found in first world countries,? said Ramon DU1UGZ.

Currently an average of one to two minutes is spent per message, and depending on band conditions, the rate of traffic per hour would be 40 to 60 messages. A more in-depth analysis is not possible until all HERO stations are closed and submit their log details. Ramon DU1UGZ notes that news media has started to notice ham radio, but don?t understand that the HERO network is playing an important role in the disaster. ?Although there?s some very brief TV exposure they are yet to adequately report on the voluntary service it provides, and the emergency communications to the agencies and community in times of disaster,? he said.

The typhoon cut a path of destruction in central Philippines on Friday, but the fast-moving Category 5 weather system missed the densely populated capital of Manila.

Philippines President Benigno Aquino inspected Tacloban City where almost all buildings were lost as huge surge waves came through its streets. He pledged that local authorities are to house about 45,000 families and give them food. The President said he was lost for words to adequately describe he enormity of disaster affecting 36 provinces. He has declared a national calamity. A large international relief effort is under way although it remains mostly chaotic with rescue workers struggling to reach some remote areas. Some 22 countries and the European Union have pledged help. Also the losses include 71,000 hectares of agricultural land with crops of rice and corn hardest hit.

- Jim Linton VK3PC, Chairman IARU Region 3 Disaster Communications Committee

SHARP 3.1 (Shaftsbury High Altitude Robotics Project) MISSION RÉUSSIE

SHARP 3.1 (Shaftsbury High Altitude Robotics Project) MISSION RÉUSSIE

2013-11-07

Radio Amateurs du Canada aimerait féliciter les étudiants, les bénévoles et le professeur Robert Streimer (VE4SHS) au Shaftsbury High School à Winnipeg au Manitoba pour le lancement réussi de SHARP 3.1 hier.

Le ballon rempli d’hélium de SHARP 3.1 a atteint une impressionnante altitude maximum de 35 727 mètres (117 214 pieds)! Ce BAH avait une charge utile consistant en quatre caméras, des capteurs électroniques, un compteur Geiger, 3 accéléromètres/magnétomètres axiaux, 1 détecteur interne et 3 détecteurs externes de température, et un capteur de luminosité et de pression barométrique. Maintenant débute l’analyse des diverses données qui ont été recueillies pendant le vol.

RAC voudrait reconnaître le travail de Bill Unger (VE3XT) pour avoir contribué à aider au succès de cet événement par l’entremise d’une subvention communautaire de RAC pour un montant de 500$.

Vincent Charron, VA3GX/VE2HHH

Directeur des communications et des collectes de fonds – Radio Amateurs du Canada – communications@rac.ca

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(Traduction par Serge Langlois, VE2AWR)

Vernon Ikeda – VE2MBS/VE2QQ

Pointe-Claire, Québec

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

SHARP 3.1 (Shaftsbury High Altitude Robotics Project) SUCCESSFUL MISSION

SHARP 3.1 (Shaftsbury High Altitude Robotics Project) SUCCESSFUL MISSION

2013-11-07

The Radio Amateurs of Canada would like to congratulate the students, volounteers and teacher Robert Streimer (VE4SHS) at Shaftsbury High School in Winnipeg Manitoba for a successful launch of SHARP 3.1 yesterday.

The SHARP 3.1 helium filled balloon reached an impressive maximum altitude of 35,727 meters (117,214 feet)! This HAB had a payload consisting of four cameras, electronic sensors, Geiger counter, 3 axis accelerometer/magnetometer, 1 internal and 3 external temperature sensors, a luminosity and barometric pressure sensor. Now begins the analyzing of the various data that was collected during the flight.

RAC would like to recognize Bill Unger (VE3XT) for being instrumental in assisting the success of this event through a community grant from RAC in the amount of $500.

Vincent Charron, VA3GX/VE2HHH

Director of Communications and Fundraising – Radio Amateurs of/du Canada – communications@rac.ca

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Vernon Ikeda – VE2MBS/VE2QQ

Pointe-Claire, Québec

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

RAC Bulletin 2013-036E – 2013 Annual General Meeting concluded

RAC Bulletin 2013-036E – 2013 Annual General Meeting concluded

2013-11-04

The Radio Amateurs of Canada held the annual general meeting on October 5th 2013 in Ancaster Ontario.

RAC President Geoffrey Bawden's report is available for perusal through access from our website. A key point of interest from the detailed President's Report is that RAC has returned to financial solvency at the end of the second quarter of 2012 as confirmed by the audit report. Two and a half years of a significant effort and undertaking by numerous people within the organisation's Board, Executive, Administration and Finance Committee has brought upon this very positive outcome. The Report is detailed and provides a very good outline of our continued recent successes, notable capabilities (domestically and internationally) as an organisation armed with a prioritized forward looking vision. RAC has strong endeavours and determination to enhance its visibility, communications and overall effectiveness on numerous fronts as the official representational entity for amateur radio in Canada.

With respect to this AGM, RAC would like to sincerely extend a very strong expression of gratitude to ICOM Canada [www.icomcanada.com] and Radioworld [www.radioworld.com] for generously providing two transceivers (IC-7000 and IC-1D31A) for a draw that was held during the coinciding HARC hamfest. Norm Freidin VE3CZI and George Duffield VE3WKJ were the lucky winners of the draw. We would like to also extend strong thanks that Hamilton Amateur Radio Club and its volounteers.

The 2014 AGM will take place in Vancouver which will coincide with the Pacific Northwest DX Convention July 25-27th which will be hosted by the Orca DX and Contest Club [http://www.orcadxcc.org/clubinfo.htm]

Convention Details can be found at: http://orcadxcc.org/vancouver2014/home.html

Vincent Charron, VA3GX/VE2HHH

Director of Communications and Fundraising – Radio Amateurs of/du Canada – communications@rac.ca

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Vernon Ikeda – VE2MBS/VE2QQ

Pointe-Claire, Québec

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

Bulletin de RAC 2013-036F – Clôture de l’assemblée générale annuelle

Bulletin de RAC 2013-036F – Clôture de l'assemblée générale annuelle

2013-11-04

Radio Amateurs du Canada a tenu son assemblée générale annuelle le 5 octobre 2013 à Ancaster, Ontario.

Le rapport du président de RAC, Geoffrey Bawden, est disponible pour examen via l'accès à notre site web. Un point spécial d'intérêt dans le rapport détaillé du président est que RAC est retourné à la solvabilité financière à la fin du deuxième trimestre de 2012, tel que confirmé par le rapport du vérificateur. Deux ans et demie d'efforts significatifs et d'engagement par beaucoup de personnes à l'intérieur du conseil d'administration, de l'exécutif, du comité de l'administration et des finances de l'organisation ont créé ce résultat très positif. Le rapport est détaillé et fournit une très bonne esquisse de nos succès continus récents, nos capacités notables (domestiques et internationales) en tant qu'une organisation armée d'une priorité de vision vers le futur. RAC a de forts désirs et de la détermination pour augmenter sa visibilité, ses communications et son efficacité globable sur plusieurs fronts en tant qu'entité représentative officielle pour la radio amateur au Canada.

En regard de cette AGA, RAC désire sincèrement exprimer une très forte expression de gratitude à ICOM Canada [www.icomcanada.com] et Radioworld [www.radioworld.com] pour avoir généreusement fourni deux émetteur-récepteurs (IC-7000 et IC-1D31A) pour un tirage qui a eu lieu pendant le hamfest simultané du HARC. Norm Freidin, VE3CZI, et George Duffield, VE3WKJ, ont été les heureux gagnants du tirage. Nous aimerions également exprimer nos gros remerciements au Hamilton Amateur Radio Club et ses bénévoles.

L'AGA de 2014 se tiendra à Vancouver, ce qui coïncidera avec la Pacific Northwest DX Convention du 25 au 27 juillet, dont l'hôte sera le Orca DX and Contest Club [http://www.orcadxcc.org/clubinfo.htm]

Les détails de la convention peuvent être trouvés à: http://orcadxcc.org/vancouver2014/home.html

Vincent Charron, VA3GX/VE2HHH – Directeur des communications et des collectes de fonds – Radio Amateurs du Canada – communications@rac.ca

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(Traduction par Serge Langlois, VE2AWR)

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 2013-35E – First RAC Member Recognition Award (MRA)

RAC Bulletin 2013-35E – First RAC Member Recognition Award (MRA)

2013-10-31

I am pleased to advise that Jeff Dovyak VE4MBQ has been nominated to receive our first RAC Member Recognition Award. An Amateur since 1994, Jeff has been very active with Winnipeg ARES, and is the Emergency Coordinator for Winnpeg since 1994, where he resides with his wife Rhonda. Look for a full report in an upcoming TCA.

Congratulations Jeff.

Doug Mercer VO1DTM/VO1DM CEC

Chief Field Services Officier – Radio Amateurs of/du 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 2013-035F – Première reconnaissance officielle de membre du RAC (ROM)

Bulletin de RAC 2013-035F – Première reconnaissance officielle de membre du RAC (ROM)

2013-10-31

Je suis heureux de vous aviser que Monsieur Jeff Dovyak VE4MBQ, est en nomination pour recevoir la première reconnaissance officielle de membre du RAC. Un opérateur radioamateur depuis 1994, Jeff a été très impliqué avec le ARES Winnipeg et en est le coordinateur d’urgence pour cette ville depuis 1994 ou il y habite avec son épouse Rhonda.

Félicitations Jeff.

Doug Mercer VO1DTM/VO1DM CEC

Responsable en chef des services extérieurs
Radio Amateurs du Canada

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(Traduction par Vince Charron, VE2HHH/VA3GX)

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 2013-034E – RAC Member Recognition Program Extraordinary Service Award

RAC Bulletin 2013-034E – RAC Member Recognition Program Extraordinary Service Award

2013-10-31

For the very first time, a group has been nominated to receive the RAC MRP for Extraordinary Service. The VE4WWO CANWARN Net Controller Team has been serving the Prairie and Arctic Storm Prediction Center (PASPC) in Winnipeg

They number 13 strong, and spend long hours doing Net Control duties and storm spotting.

Congratulations folks!

Doug Mercer VO1DTM/VO1DM CEC

Chief Field Services Officier – Radio Amateurs of/du Canada

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Vernon Ikeda – VE2MBS/VE2QQ

Pointe-Claire, Québec

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