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Posted by: VA3TS Tom
Yesterday, 06:54:50
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[b]Radio Amateurs of Canada will host a virtual presentation on the Canada C3 WSPR Project at 3 pm on Thursday, July 9 at the 2020 IEEE AP-S Symposium on Antennas and Propagation[/b]

A Canada 150 Signature project, Canada C3 was a 150-day expedition from Toronto to Victoria via the Northwest Passage that took place from June 1 to October 28, 2017. It inspired a deeper understanding of our land, our peoples and our country.

The Symposium on Antennas and Propagation is the premier international forum for the exchange of ideas on state-of-the-art research in antennas and propagation and radio science.
[Image: 96235855-a363-4f4b-be8e-bbe6baf19531.jpg]Through a range of technical and social activities, it provides an opportunity to interact with the world's leading experts in antennas, propagation and radio science from academia, industry and government.
Originally scheduled as an in-person conference in Montreal from July 5-10, it is being presented as an online symposium as a result of the global pandemic.
[b]Amateur Radio at IEEE AP-S/URSI 2020[/b]
Antennas and propagation are very important to Radio Amateurs so it is not a surprise that many participants are Amateurs – in fact call signs for 105 symposium registrants have been entered into this year’s registration system.
Amateur Radio activities and events have been associated with Symposia over the last six years and are usually organized by Amateur Radio clubs in the locations where they take place. They have provided opportunities for Amateurs to meet in person and to showcase the Amateur Radio Service to the Symposium participants.
This year Radio Amateurs and Canada (RAC) and the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) are both very pleased to have an opportunity to make virtual presentations about different aspects of Amateur Radio.
The ARRL will provide a virtual tour of the Hiram Percy Maxim Memorial Station W1AW on Wednesday, July 8 at 1 pm.
RAC will present an overview of the Canada C3 WSPR Project – “An Epic Journey to Celebrate Canada and Connect Canadians” – on Thursday, July 9 at 3 pm.
Links to these events are available on the conference website to those who have registered. Others interested in the RAC presentation can watch it online by clicking the following link:
More information on the Symposium can be found online at:
Registration is free for the online symposium this year at:

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Posted by: VA3TS Tom
2020-07-07, 19:10:18
Forum: ISED, RAC Bulletins
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New Web Hosting Service Available for RAC Affiliated Clubs

The Radio Amateurs of Canada is pleased to announce it is now offering a new benefit to our Affiliated Clubs: the ability to host your club’s website on the RAC server.
And depending on how you choose to set up your domain, in some cases there will be no cost for this new service!
Radio Amateurs of Canada runs our IT services using OVHcloud, a Montreal-based internet service provider (ISP) that offers affordable high-performance dedicated servers and a wide range of cloud-based services.
[b]Features and Services:[/b]
Our new web hosting service will include the following:
1) 400 MB of storage space
2) Unlimited email aliases
3) Two MySQL Databases
4) A Free SSL Certificate
5) A Website Builder program, powered by SitePad, for those who have limited coding experience or who want to use the built-in, easy-to-use drop and drag tools and templates to design their sites. You can try a sample demo at
6) For clubs that do not want to pay the extra cost to have their own domain name (, RAC now provides the opportunity to show your affiliation with RAC using “MyRAC” in your domain name – – and at no cost!
7) Already have a domain? You can transfer your current domain name over to the RAC domain name service for $20/yr for .ca/.com to cover extending your registration.
[b]Self-Administered Support:[/b]
RAC is a volunteer-based organization and does not have dedicated staff to provide any site support so it is important that you have someone who has some basic coding experience and is familiar with website functions to administer the site.
If you choose to take advantage of this new web hosting benefit, RAC will be happy to set up the initial hosting requirements and provide you with the necessary administrator credentials, but it will be up to your club to create your own site using the SitePad tools provided or to transfer an existing site using the FTP and cPanel administration interface.
If you have any questions about the new Web Hosting Service please contact:
Jeff Dale, VA3ISP
RAC System Administrator
Not currently an Affiliated Club? It only costs $27.95 per year (plus GST/HST) to become one and to enjoy the other benefits – including affordable $5 million liability insurance for the clubs and their members.
For more information about the new RAC Web Hosting Service for Affiliated Clubs please visit:
For more information about the RAC Affiliated Clubs Program please visit:
Glenn MacDonell, VE3XRA
President, Radio Amateurs of Canada

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Alan Griffin
RAC MarCom Director
720 Belfast Road, #217 
Ottawa, ON K1G 0Z5

613-244-4367, 1- 877-273-8304

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Posted by: VA3TS Tom
2020-07-04, 17:36:50
Forum: ISED, RAC Bulletins
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RAC Ontario Sections Bulletin for July 4, 2020

  Paul Caccamo VA3PC

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RAC Ontario Sections Bulletin for July 4, 2020

This is V__3____, Official Bulletin Station for Radio Amateurs of Canada, with this week's bulletin


1.  IARU HF Championships: July 11 and 12

The aim of the IARU HF Championships is to contact as many other Amateurs, especially International
Amateur Radio Union Member Society HQ stations, around the world as possible using the 160
through 10 metre bands, using phone and CW.

The Contest runs from 12:00 UTC on Saturday, July 11 to 11:59 UTC on Sunday, July 12 and both Single
and Multi-operator stations may operate the entire 24-hour period.

IARU Member Society HQ stations, send a signal report and official IARU Member Society abbreviation as
listed on the IARU website.  A complete exchange must be logged for each valid QSO.

The logs must be submitted by 12:00 UTC on Friday, July 17, 2020.

-- complete rules at

2. Thousands of radio operators band together to practice for the worst

For twenty-four hours over the weekend of June 27 and 28, 2020, thousands of amateur radio operators
across the United States and Canada set up temporary emergency communications centers where everything
had to be done without external services. This meant they had to erect their own temporary antennas,
provide their own emergency power and operate their equipment in temporary locations. Their goal was
to prove that they can communicate with each other in times of an emergency when there’s no
infrastructure available.

What’s more, these radio operators volunteered their time, provided their own equipment and transported
it to a remote site without electrical power, frequently without shelter and with only the supplies they
could carry. And this time, they were doing it in the middle of a pandemic where they met crowd size
requirements and social distancing laws.

-- Read the full article at



3. Virginia Air & Space Center Ends Relationship with Ham Radio

Virginia Air & Space Center has advised that the Center’s amateur radio station exhibit will
be discontinued, effective July 1, when the Center, in Hampton, Virginia, reopens.
VASC is the official visitor center for NASA’s Langley, Virginia, facility. The KE4ZXW display
station was shut down on March 13. It was to be out of the VASC by June 30. A main feature of
the exhibit was the ability to communicate with amateur radio satellites and with the
International Space Station.

Randy Grigg, WB4KZI, said the station’s equipment would be relocated. “Thanks to all who have
supported KE4ZXW during the last 25 years” Grigg said. “To the many visitors we have met and
school groups that have stopped by and talked with us about ham radio, communications,
satellites, and STEM Program related subjects, thank you!”

On June 30, it was announced that the Virginia Tech Amateur Radio Association (K4KDJ) in
Blacksburg will be the new host for the KE4ZXW Amateur Radio Demonstration.

— Thanks to Randy Grigg, WB4KZI

4. The July-August 2020 Communicator now available.

Over 90 Pages Of Projects, News, Views and Reviews...

Amateur Radio News from the South West corner of Canada and elsewhere. You will find Amateur Radio
related articles, profiles, news, tips and how-to's.

You can view or download it as a .PDF file from:

This concludes this week's bulletin. Does anyone require repeats or clarifications?
Hearing none, This is V__3____ returning the frequency to net control.

Bulletin sent from Official Bulletin Manager

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Posted by: VA3TS Tom
2020-07-02, 23:41:00
Forum: GBARC Nets HF , VHF
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I was at the Paisley site today, checked the antenna/feedline with the antenna analyzer, it was a steady 3:1 swr all the time. In monitoring the repeater at home I see the repeater will stop transmitting halfway through its ID, and sometimes it can't be keyed up at all. So I removed the repeater and will test it out here at my qth, soon as I talk the wife in helping me get it into the basement.

The building itself it less than desired, upon entry the building thermometer read 96 degrees F, the are copious amounts of mouse droppings on the floor and wasp nests about everywhere you look.

I also noticed the environment Canada rack has a fault indication on its panel, so likely why its off the air.

SO...GBT is OFF the AIR for the immediate future. Lets see what I find, if anything about the repeater itself. But one thing is for sure, no transmitter will operate into a bad swr thousands of times without eventually failing.


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Posted by: ve3bqm
2020-07-01, 17:17:14
Forum: Antennas, Operating
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My Contacts.
At the camp I had the radio steaming for a few hours of operating, this was the most I operated on FD in a long time. I used my Kenwood TS 440 with 3 home made wire antennas strung in the trees, one was for 80, one 40 and one 20. I actually strung up 2 different wires for 40 but one did not match up because it got stuck up in branches.

80, 21 contacts
40, 58 contacts
20, 7 contacts

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Posted by: VA3TS Tom
2020-07-01, 06:16:45
Forum: ISED, RAC Bulletins
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[b]July-August 2020 eTCA now available

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Welcome to the July-August 2020 issue of The Canadian Amateur[/b]

The electronic TCA (eTCA) version of the July-August 2020 TCA is now available for viewing or download.

The paper version is now being processed by the printer, but it will be delayed as a result of COVID-19. Stay tuned to the RAC website for additional information.

To download your copy please visit:



Bienvenue au numéro de juillet-août 2020 de “The Canadian Amateur”.

La version électronique TCA (eTCA) du TCA juillet-août 2020 est désormais disponible pour visualisation ou téléchargement.

La version papier est en cours de traitement par l’imprimante, mais elle sera retardée en raison de COVID-19. Restez à l’écoute sur le site Web de RAC pour plus d’informations.

Pour télécharger votre copie, veuillez visiter

Alan Griffin
RAC MarCom Director

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720 Belfast Road, #217 
Ottawa, ON K1G 0Z5

613-244-4367, 1- 877-273-8304

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Posted by: VA3TS Tom
2020-07-01, 01:35:33
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For immediate release

The global pandemic continues to be a significant threat and we want to make sure that all participants in the RAC Canada Day Contest on Wednesday, July 1 help us to celebrate Canada’s birthday safely.  
The RAC Contest Committee is therefore asking all participants in the Canada Day Contest 2020 to follow the guidelines provided by the government and health officials in your respective area for any of the multi-op categories enabled within the contest. 
Unless you can carry out a multi-multi operation with those individuals who you are now physically living with, we suggest that such categories be avoided for this contest. For example, in Ontario, Canada the current state of emergency restricts social gatherings of more than ten people so this would be the maximum number of participants allowed in all categories in the RAC Canada Day Contest.
If you do carry out an operation in any of the multi-op categories, please advise as part of your log submission that you have followed your locally applicable guidelines for group sizes and social (physical) distancing. 

We hope to hear you on the air for the July 1, 2020 Canada Day Contest (00:00 UTC through 23:59:59 UTC).

For the complete rules please visit:

Glenn MacDonell, VE3XRA
President / président
Radio Amateurs of/du Canada

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Posted by: VE3PQ Paul
2020-06-29, 04:43:18
Forum: Antennas, Operating
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Well,  It was fun,    but somewhat fewer Q,s  than I had hoped for...     Spent a lot of time looking for new section/mults rather than
max Q's...     80M    33 CW,    4 digi    37 
                     40M    25 CW,  16 digi    41                                 (   51 sections,   37 states,     4 countries..   )
                     20M    52 CW,    6 digi    58
                     15M      7 CW,                  7                   
                                          Total  HF   143
                                    Satellite  (SSB)     2

Had a bug in the system when I fired up this morning !!    It appeared at first I had a major SWR problem  with the 40M antenna..
Wasted nearly an hour inspecting  and testing,,  eventually finding an  earwig jamming the meter movement inside the SWR bridge...

Now ,  on to the log filing...........................................................

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Posted by: VA3KOT John
2020-06-29, 01:39:11
Forum: Antennas, Operating
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I finished the contest with a disappointing 63 contacts over a total operating time of 6 hours - all CW on 40m. I used Search and Pounce instead of running a frequency. I usually find S&P works better for me and allows me to copy the other station's exchange before calling them. Some stations were sending at speeds over 30wpm and I had to listen a couple of times to get the info right.

I used the memory keyer built into my radio and set my transmit speed to 22wpm. I found that was a good compromise that everybody was able to copy (even though I received a few "agn" responses).

I operated from my trailer plugged into my home 110V and operated as 1D ONS. It felt more like a regular field day being in the trailer. That also meant I was using my lightweight gear. Logging was on my tablet with a bluetooth keyboard and the HamLog app. HamLog has a Field Day logger (buried in the tools menu) which did a fine job (see image).

I missed the camaraderie of a regular field day. If we had been working as a group out in the field I would have worked more hours and more stations. But what the heck, there's always next year.    

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Posted by: VA3KOT John
2020-06-28, 03:06:46
Forum: Antennas, Operating
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Operating from my trailer on my home driveway in Owen Sound. Yaesu FT891, 100W into a sloper End Fed Half Wave (actually a loading coil shortened 80m EFHW) on 40m. I made a modest 32 CW contacts in 3 hours Saturday afternoon. I plan to be back at the key after a family obligation at about 11am Sunday.


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