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  Radio Amateurs of Canada offers new Online Amateur Radio Courses
Posted by: VA3TS Tom - Yesterday, 08:21:17 - Forum: ISED, RAC Bulletins - No Replies

Radio Amateurs of Canada offers new Online Amateur Radio Courses

For immediate release:
 
https://www.rac.ca/radio-amateurs-of-canada-offers-new-online-amateur-radio-courses/

[Image: 3a3f0801-f36b-48e0-b0dd-2ed44ed21d70.jpg]In response to the current Covid-19 crisis, Radio Amateurs of Canada is pleased to announce that it is introducing two new online Amateur Radio courses so that individuals can upgrade their qualifications while continuing to practise social/physical distancing.
 
RAC Online Basic Amateur Radio Qualification Course: 

The course offers an introduction into the wonderful world of Amateur Radio and prepares students for their Basic Qualification Examination. It will be conducted with the assistance of the Annapolis Valley Amateur Radio Club (AVARC) of Nova Scotia. 
 
RAC Maple Leaf Operator Online Advanced Qualification Course: 

The course is an excellent opportunity to upgrade your qualifications so that you will be able to run higher power and to operate your own repeater sites. The course is being offered at no charge to RAC Maple Leaf Operator Members – both current and future – who already have their Basic Amateur Radio Qualification.
 

Additional information:
 
RAC Online Basic Amateur Radio Qualification Course
 
This course prepares students for the Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) Basic Qualification Level Operator Certificate exam to operate on allocated Amateur Radio frequencies.
 
The course will use the GoToMeeting web-based service and will start on Thursday, April 16 and will finish in mid-June. Classes will be held on Thursday evenings from 6 pm to 8:30 (1800 – 2030) Eastern Time (1900 – 2130 Atlantic Time) and Sunday afternoons 1 pm to 3:30 pm (1300 – 1530) Eastern Time (1400 – 1630 Atlantic Time).
 
The course instructor is Al Penney, VO1NO. Al was first licensed in 1977 and has been active in many areas of Amateur Radio including contesting, DXing, VHF/UHF weak signal, satellites, emergency communications and DXpeditioning. He has served as the President of six different Amateur Radio clubs in both Canada and the United States and currently chairs the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Region 2 Band Planning Committee. Al has taught the Basic Qualification Amateur Radio Course since 1994. 
 
Cost: The registration fee for the course is $50 plus GST/HST. The cost of the Basic Study Guide is extra and an order link will be provided upon completion of payment.
 
For more information please visit: https://www.rac.ca/basic-radio-course/
 

RAC Maple Leaf Operator Online Advanced Qualification Course
 
The new RAC Online Advanced Qualification Course is an excellent opportunity to upgrade your qualifications so that you will be able to run higher power and to operate your own repeater sites.
 
The course will be offered at no charge to RAC Maple Leaf Operator Members – both current and future – who already have their Basic Amateur Radio Qualification including:
 

  • Current RAC Maple Leaf Operator Members who have Basic certification
  • Current RAC members who upgrade their memberships to become Maple Leaf Operator Members
  • Amateurs who are not RAC members but who join RAC at the Maple Leaf Operator Member level
In order to offer maximum flexibility, we will be running two Advanced courses so students will be able to choose one of the following two options:
 
  • Sunday afternoons from 3 pm to 5 pm ET
  • Monday evenings from 8:30 pm to 10:30 pm ET
The course will be 10 sessions in length and each session will be two hours long and it will run from the week of April 5 to the week of June 14.
 
The course instructor is Dave Goodwin, VE9CB. Dave has been an Amateur since 1975, is an active HF Contester and DXer and has many other interests in Amateur Radio. Since 1975, Dave has been teaching Basic and Advanced certification courses with the Fredericton (NB) Amateur Radio Club. He is also RAC’s Atlantic Director.
 
For more information please visit:
 
https://www.rac.ca/amateur-radio-courses/rac-online-advanced-course/

 
Glenn MacDonell, VE3XRA
RAC President and Chair

 
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Alan Griffin
RAC MarCom Director


www.rac.ca
720 Belfast Road, #217 
Ottawa, ON K1G 0Z5

613-244-4367, 1- 877-273-8304
raccomms@gmail.com

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  Amateur Radio during the current Global Pandemic
Posted by: VA3TS Tom - 2020-03-27, 20:44:19 - Forum: ISED, RAC Bulletins - No Replies

[b]Amateur Radio during the current Global Pandemic[/b]

https://www.rac.ca/amateur-radio-during-the-current-global-pandemic/


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For immediate release:

Message from the RAC President
Glenn MacDonell, VE3XRA


The Covid-19 pandemic has been a part of our daily lives for several weeks now and will most likely continue to be for some time. The pandemic is of particular concern for Radio Amateurs because ours is a hobby that can be practised by people of all ages from elementary schoolchildren to senior citizens.

In fact, it is frequently one of the activities that many take up as they near or begin retirement and finally have the time and resources available to participate. Consequently, we have a high proportion of seniors among our members and indeed some of the Amateur Radio clubs affiliated with RAC are senior citizen organizations.

Canadians are being directed to stay home in order to limit their contact with other people and to “flatten” or “plank” the coronavirus curve. As result, Amateur Radio club meetings and public events have been cancelled and clubs are investigating ways to keep in touch with their members – who are being encouraged to limit direct personal contacts through social/physical distancing and self-isolation – by using existing or new Amateur Radio nets (see below) and/or internet-based communication tools such as Zoom, GoToMeeting, WebEx and many others.

Isolation can have its own potential problems for people who live alone. Amateur Radio is all about communicating and we have the necessary hardware and expertise to enable individuals to stay in touch with their families, friends and colleagues.

The Canadian Red Cross has prepared a “Psychological First Aid Pocket Guide” (PDF file, 631 kB)  which “provides emotional and practical support to individuals, families and communities who are having difficulty coping. It is about establishing a connection with people in a compassionate non-judgmental manner to bring calm and comfort.” 

The Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) is assisting the effort at every level. Some regions have already activated their Emergency Operations Centres to help coordinate agencies working the frontline and because of the current state of emergency declared by provinces, territories and municipalities. This does not mean that Amateur Radio Emergency Services are active or will be activated for this event. We provide communications services to mitigate potential failures and currently, despite the reports of concerns, there have been no reported issues.

Amateur Radio nets regularly connect individuals on a scheduled basis, but perhaps they can play additional roles during these difficult times such as helping isolated seniors keep contact with one another and allowing their colleagues and club members to help out when needed. We do not have a complete list of all Amateur Radio nets in Canada but the links at the end of this Message will provide a good start.

The impact and duration of the unprecedented global pandemic we now face has yet to be determined and it is difficult to plan in an uncertain future. However, although the RAC Head Office in Ottawa has been closed indefinitely, the majority of activities and responsibilities of the RAC administration are now being performed remotely. In addition, the RAC Board and Executive and all RAC committees and volunteers continue to work on behalf of all RAC members and for Amateur Radio in Canada and internationally.

The Amateur Radio Service consists of a diverse population, both in age and abilities, and Amateurs and Amateur Radio organizations are adapting to the current crisis and using their skills and knowledge to help in any way they can. RAC is also rising to the challenge and is now looking at ways to do things differently and to take advantage of our technical skills and recent technological advances. For example, we are now in the final stages of organizing both a Basic and an Advanced online Amateur Radio course.  More information about this new initiative will be posted on the RAC website in the coming days.

It is interesting that we are discussing this new need for Amateur Radio to provide assistance as we approach World Amateur Radio Day which is held every April 18. It was on that day in 1925 that the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) was formed in Paris and Radio Amateurs worldwide now take to the airwaves each year in celebration.

Appropriately, the theme of World Amateur Radio Day is “Celebrating Amateur Radio’s contribution to Society” and Amateur Radio will play its part as the current global crisis unfolds. RAC is planning to celebrate World Amateur Radio Day this year on the air by inviting Amateurs in Canada and around the world to contact RAC official stations (VA2RAC, VA3RAC etc). The details are still being worked out and we will provide more information about this event in the near future.

Thank you for your continued support and understanding during this time of crisis. Please take care of yourself and your loved ones. Stay safe and, wherever possible, let us help one another during this extraordinary time.

[b]Amateur Radio nets:[/b]
Radio Amateurs of Canada:
https://www.rac.ca/nets/

The Battleford’s Amateur Radio Association:
http://ve5brc.amateur-radio.ca/net.htm

The North Okanagan Radio Amateur Club:
http://norac.bc.ca/index.php/nets

 
Glenn MacDonell, VE3XRA
President, Radio Amateurs of Canada

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Alan Griffin
RAC MarCom Director

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www.rac.ca
720 Belfast Road, #217 
Ottawa, ON K1G 0Z5

613-244-4367, 1- 877-273-8304
raccomms@gmail.com

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  RAC Welcomes New Special Advisor for World Radiocommunication Conferences: Paul Cove
Posted by: VA3TS Tom - 2020-03-27, 20:43:03 - Forum: ISED, RAC Bulletins - No Replies


RAC Welcomes New Special Advisor for World Radiocommunication Conferences: 
Paul Coverdale, VE3ICV


https://www.rac.ca/rac-welcomes-new-special-advisor-for-world-radio-conferences/

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RAC Special WRC Advisor: Paul Coverdale, VE3ICV

The following news item is courtesy of The Canadian Amateur magazine:

As we are about to begin another four-year process leading to the next World Radiocommunication Conference in 2023, Bryan Rawlings, VE3QN, has decided to step down as RAC Special WRC Advisor to let another RAC representative start the process.

Bryan provided his final report on WRC-19 on page 28 of the March-April 2020 issue of The Canadian Amateur magazine and has also contributed an article about International Regulations.

On behalf of RAC members and indeed all Canadian Amateurs, I thank Bryan for his years of dedicated service and for showing up!
 
Radio Amateurs of Canada is pleased to announce that Paul Coverdale, VE3ICV, is now the RAC Special Advisor at the World Radiocommunication Conferences and their Preparatory Meetings. It is the job of a WRC to review and, if necessary revise, the Radio Regulations, the international treaty governing the use of the radio-frequency spectrum and the geostationary-satellite and non-geostationary-satellite orbits.

Paul was first licensed in 1965 as G3TZJ in England. Emigrating to Canada in 1974, he became VE3ICV. His Amateur interests are primarily HF DXing and CW contesting, with outdoor QRP operation in the summer. He also enjoys antenna experimentation. Paul has been a member of the Ottawa Amateur Radio Club for many years, serving twice as its President, and is a member of Radio Amateurs of Canada.

Professionally, Paul spent 30 years with Nortel Networks, where he held a number of engineering and management positions related to the specification, design, verification and standardization of wireline and wireless products, He took early retirement in 2004 and since then has acted as a consultant in the area of Quality of Service / Quality of Experience of telecommunications networks.

Paul has been active for many years in international Standards Forums and has participated in many meetings of the International Telecommunications Union’s Telecommunication Standardization Sector (ITU-T). He is a member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and is a registered Professional Engineer.

Going forward, Paul’s main activity in participating in ITU Radiocommunication Sector (ITU-R) meetings as a RAC Special Advisor will be to monitor proposals, and lobby to protect Canadian and worldwide Amateur Radio interests, in the run-up to WRC-23, the next World Radiocommunication Conference.

Glenn MacDonell, VE3XRA
RAC President and Chair


Note: For additional information about World Radiocommunication Conferences visit: https://www.rac.ca/wrc/


Alan Griffin
RAC MarCom Director


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www.rac.ca
720 Belfast Road, #217 
Ottawa, ON K1G 0Z5
613-244-4367, 1- 877-273-8304
raccomms@gmail.com

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  CW Net Invitation
Posted by: VA3KOT John - 2020-03-26, 19:16:48 - Forum: GBARC Nets HF , VHF - No Replies

I check into a CW net every Wednesday at 5:00pm on 3541KHz. The NCS is Phil VE3FAS in Shelburne, ON. This is an informal friendly net usually conducted at around 15wpm, but Phil will QRS to whatever speed is needed - just check-in at whatever speed you are comfortable. Phil will also QRQ but he claims his aging ears will no longer go above 40wpm! All stations - anywhere - are invited to check-in. Listen for DUF QNI and throw out your callsign.

John VA3KOT
SKCC: 11989T
NAQCC: 7155
FISTS: 19777

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  HF Net Report 25th March 2020
Posted by: VA3KOT John - 2020-03-26, 19:07:00 - Forum: GBARC Nets HF , VHF - No Replies

QRG: 3783KHz

Check-ins:

  1. VA3TS Tom
  2. VE3NX Jim quarantined in Sauble Beach
  3. VA3KOT John, NCS

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  VHF Net Report 25th March 2020
Posted by: VA3KOT John - 2020-03-26, 19:02:37 - Forum: GBARC Nets HF , VHF - No Replies

Check-ins:

  1. VE3VCG Marvin
  2. VA3TS Tom
  3. VE3RQY Greg
  4. VE3PAV Bobbie
  5. VA3KOT John (NCS)
Thanks Marvin for a detailed and very interesting introduction to your solar-powered field ops station. Good luck with your POTA (Parks On The Air) activations this summer!

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  COVID 19 AND MEETINGS
Posted by: VA3TVA Tom - 2020-03-23, 07:34:22 - Forum: Events and Activities - No Replies

So, given the current concerns of virus transmission, We've canceled the March meeting, and are taking things one meeting at a time.  I do hope that things settle out sooner then later.

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  Scientists create quantum sensor that covers entire radio frequency spectrum
Posted by: VA3TS Tom - 2020-03-20, 09:24:31 - Forum: Antennas, Operating - No Replies

A quantum sensor could give Soldiers a way to detect communication signals over the entire radio frequency spectrum, from 0 to 100 GHz, said researchers from the Army.

Such wide spectral coverage by a single antenna is impossible with a traditional receiver system, and would require multiple systems of individual antennas, amplifiers and other components.
In 2018, Army scientists were the first in the world to create a quantum receiver that uses highly excited, super-sensitive atoms—known as Rydberg atoms—to detect communications signals, said David Meyer, a scientist at the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command's Army Research Laboratory. The researchers calculated the receiver's channel capacity, or rate of data transmission, based on fundamental principles, and then achieved that performance experimentally in their lab—improving on other groups' results by orders of magnitude, Meyer said.

https://m.phys.org/news/2020-03-scientis...gJ1BajBU3I

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  HF Net Report 18th March 2020
Posted by: VA3KOT John - 2020-03-19, 19:16:20 - Forum: GBARC Nets HF , VHF - No Replies


  1. VE3BQM Bernie NCS
  2. VE3MIO Maureen
  3. VE3RQY Greg
  4. VA3KOT John
  5. VE3VCG Marvin
  6. VE3IZS Adam
  7. VE3FJN Colin (Hamilton)
QRG: 3773KHz.

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  VHF Net Report 18th March 2020
Posted by: VA3KOT John - 2020-03-19, 19:09:27 - Forum: GBARC Nets HF , VHF - No Replies


  1. VE3BQM Bernie NCS
  2. VE3MIO Maureen
  3. VE3RQY Greg
  4. VE3VCG Marvin (Echolink)
  5. VA3KOT John
  6. VE3IZS Adam
  7. VE3IJD/W4 ( Gene, Port Charlotte, FL; Echolink)
  8. VA3MFO Jim (Mount Forest)
  9. VA3ANZ Bill (Stayner)
Note for future NCS operators: Echolink check-ins should be given about 5 seconds to repond.

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