North East Ontario Regional Directors Report for February, 2012

North East Ontario Regional Directors Report for February, 2012


Some Amateurs have been asking about distracted driving so here is a status report on the exemption that RAC is seeking for Ontario Amateurs. You will remember last year Steve Pengelly, VE3STV, Jeff Stewart, VE3WXM and I made a presentation to MTO officials requesting an exemption for Amateurs from Ontario Legislation 366/09. The MTO officials asked for some time to think this through and made a commitment to contact us in early 2012. We expect to hear from them in the next several months. At the moment we are advising all Ontario Amateurs to wait for a reply from MTO. If the reply is in our favour, end of story. If not we
have several ideas in the works. They include but are not limited to, targeting MPP’s, and a letter writing campaign from 3rd party groups, who we support with our province wide communications infrastructure at no cost to the taxpayer. Stay tuned.

The Committee to reform the Ontario’s Field Services has now finished its report and it is in the hands of Doug Mercer, VO1DTM. Watch for an official RAC bulletin from him on the details in the next while. I will talk more about this next month.

As I have mentioned in the last several Directors reports membership in RAC is actually increasing. Again slowly but it is increasing. Membership in the Mapleleaf Membership category is at 140 members. I would like to thank all those members who have renewed or rejoined Radio Amateurs of Canada at either membership level. I believe it shows Canadian Amateurs understand the need for a strong national organization to speak for all Canadian Amateurs

While the books for 2011 have not gone to the auditors yet, we will end the year in the black and are budgeting for the same in 2012. It should come as no surprise that RAC was “fiscally challenged” for the last few years. We have turned this situation around and RAC is on its way to economic stability.

We are still looking for a Treasurer for RAC. If you have a professional certification and are familiar with Quick Books please contact me.

Finally one of my favourite operating events is coming up on February 4. It’s the Freeze Your Buns Off QRP event. This year we will be operating in the back field of the North West Ontario Seniors Amateur Radio Club station at the 55+ Center in Thunder Bay. Please give a listen for VE3XT who will be operating from my favourite snow bank.

If you have any questions or concerns please email me at

Bill Unger – VE3XT

North East Ontario Regional Director – Radio Amateurs of Canada


Vernon Ikeda – VE2MBS/VE2QQ

Pointe-Claire, Québec

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

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