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Sat May 27, 2017

[RAC-Bulletin] Countdown to World Radiocommunication Conference 2019

Bryan Rawlings, VE3QN, RAC Special Advisor, is in Geneva, Switzerland attending Preparatory Meetings for the World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC).

The current meetings are the third of a series of meetings which will continue until just before WRC-19 now scheduled to be held in Geneva from October 28 to November 22, 2019.

Preparatory Meetings are almost always two weeks in duration and are held at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) headquarters in Geneva. This time Bryan is attending as a member of the Canadian Delegation and also as an Expert Consultant for the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU).

Preparatory Meetings primarily prepare documents on the agenda items identified for the upcoming WRC. They are in turn preceded by meetings and the submission of documents from the participating administrations, for example, Canada through its authorized government agency, the Department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED; formerly Industry Canada). Canada is represented by ISED. The RAC representative is made a member of the delegation by invitation and Bryan's role is to advise on Amateur issues.

The principal Amateur Radio issue is an international authorization of the 50 to 54 MHz band in ITU Region 1 (Europe, Africa and the Middle East) – not a critical issue for Canadian Amateurs.

Also under consideration are:

1) an expansion of Radio Local Area Networks (RLANs) into the 5 GHz band. Amateurs have a secondary allocation here in 5650 to 5925 MHz which we already share with the Primary Users and with ISM (Wi-Fi, etc.).

2) proposals to study frequencies for wireless power transfer, e.g., charging cellphones and bigger devices. Depending upon the frequencies planned and the technical characteristics there may be a significant potential for interference to Amateurs.

3) studying the possible frequency range for International Mobile Telephony (IMT) in a range between 24.25 and 81.5 GHz. Radio Amateurs will be carefully watching our Primary allocation in 47 to 47.2 GHz.

As was the case during the WRC-15 conference, Bryan will be tweeting comments on Amateur Radio issues from the meeting using the hashtag #RACatITU. You can also follow him via @ractweets.

Bryan will also be including a report in the next issue of The Canadian Amateur magazine at the conclusion of the meetings.

For more information visit the RAC website at:

Alan Griffin
RAC MarCom Director

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Sat May 20, 2017

RAC-Bulletin] “About RAC” promotional brochure now available

Check out the Brochures/Handouts area of the RAC website for a new "About RAC" promotional brochure.

This brochure is a work in progress. It describes both the tangible and intangible benefits of belonging to Radio Amateurs of Canada. It is currently on display at the Dayton Hamvention and STEAM 2017 events.

To download the brochure visit and click on the link provided.

Please send any feedback to Based on the feedback provided it will be revised and then new promotional brochures will follow in English and in French.

Alan Griffin
RAC MarCom Director

Posted by: VY2WRV - Richard on 20-05-17 | [0] comments (210 views) | 

Tue May 16, 2017

Down East Flea Market....

Down East Flea Market

Sponsored by:
the Halifax Amateur Radio Club
the Dartmouth Amateur Radio Club

DATE: June 3, 2017

Open: 8am for vendors and display setup

Open: 10am for buyers,lookers and socializers


Saint Andrew's Community Centre
3380 Barnstead Lane
Halifax, NS
[This is off Bayers Road Outbouind immediately after Romans Avenue]

TALK-IN: VE1PSR 147.270+

ADMITTANCE: $5 per person for everybody - buyers and sellers

TABLES: No additional charge but they must be reserved in advance.

Please let us know if you have particular needs.

E-mail Marc VE1BEL at

or call 902-240-8024

BBQ and SNACKS available





Suggested accommodations:

Chebucto Inn
6151 Lady Hammond Road, Halifax
902-453-4330 or 1-800-268-4330
The rate for Flea Market attendees is $105 for a room w/ 2 double beds.
Breakfast is not included but there is an excellent breakfast special at $4.99.

For more information, contact Marc Hemphill (VE1BEL) at:

Posted by: VY2RU - Ken on 16-05-17 | [0] comments (142 views) | 

Sat May 06, 2017

[RAC-Bulletin] Upcoming ARISS Contact on May 8: Ecole College Park School, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

The following news item provides information about the upcoming ARISS contact on Monday, May 8:

An International Space Station (ISS) school contact has been planned with students at Ecole College Park School in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. A telebridge contact via W6SRJ is scheduled for Monday, May 8 at 18:19:40 UTC.

The ISS call sign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS and the scheduled astronaut is Jack Fisher, K2FSH.

"École College Park School is a dual-stream Kindergarten to Grade 8 English and French Immersion School in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Our school is lucky to have students from all over the world. We take great pride in our highly multicultural school community. We have approximately 500 students from Canada and around the world. Over 35 different languages are spoken in our school. Most of the countries that are partners in the Space Station Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA), are represented in our school. Our school offers students many extracurricular activities. We have a Space Club, track program, skipping club, chess club, math club and a circus club. This year marks our schools 50th anniversary and we will celebrate it by hosting a Pow wow and celebrating our cultural diversity. What a great way to celebrate our 50th school anniversary with a link up to the ISS."

Participants will ask as many of the following questions as time allows:

1. Who or what was your inspiration to be an astronaut?

2. What is your favourite meal in space?

3. How long did you train to be prepared for your ISS mission?

4. What advice would you give to aspiring astronauts?

5. What subjects do I need to focus on in school if I want to be an astronaut?

6. What has been your favourite part of the ISS mission so far?

7. What do you do if you and someone on your ISS crew need “space” from one another?

8. How do you stay connected to your family while you are on the ISS?

9. How do you go to the bathroom in Space?

10. What is your role on the ISS?

11. Besides your family, what do you miss most about being on Earth?

12. Have you ever seen any alien lifeform?

13. How do you handle an astronaut getting sick or hurt on the ISS

14. How would you deal with something happening to the ISS structure?

15. How much free time do you get while on the ISS?

16. What do you not like about being on the ISS?

17. What words would you use to describe leaving the earth’s atmosphere?

18. How would you deal with a fire on the ISS?

19. What personal item did you bring to Space?

20. Do you prefer Star Wars or Star Trek?

ARISS is always glad to receive listener reports for the above contacts. ARISS thanks everyone in advance for their assistance. Feel free to send your reports to or

Listen for the ISS on the downlink of 145.80 MHz. All ARISS contacts are made via the Kenwood radio unless otherwise noted.

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) is a cooperative venture of the Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (AMSAT), the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in the United States and other international space agencies and international Amateur Radio organizations around the world. The primary purpose of ARISS is to organize scheduled contacts via Amateur Radio between crew members aboard the International Space Station (ISS) and classrooms or informal education venues. With the help of experienced volunteers from Amateur Radio clubs and coordination from the ARISS team, the ISS crew members speak directly with large group audiences in a variety of public forums such as school assemblies, science centers and museums, Scout camporees, jamborees and space camps, where students, teachers, parents, and communities learn about space, space technologies and Amateur Radio.

ARISS is an international educational outreach program partnering the participating space agencies, NASA, the Russian Space Agency, ESA, CNES, JAXA and CSA, with the AMSAT and International Amateur Radio Union organizations from participating countries.

ARISS offers an opportunity for students to experience the excitement of Amateur Radio by talking directly with crew members onboard the International Space Station. Teachers, parents and communities see, firsthand, how Amateur Radio and crew members on the International Space Station can energize youth and instill an interest in science, technology, and learning. Further information on the ARISS program is available on their website at

Source: Ian MacFarquhar, VE9IM
RAC ARISS Board Representative

Upcoming Contacts: Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) -

Alan Griffin
RAC MarCom Director

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