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Sat Jun 10, 2017

[RAC-Bulletin] Canada C3 Expedition, CG3EXP Special Event and WSPR station: Update on June 9, 2017

A Canada 150 Signature project, Canada C3 is a 150-day expedition (June 1 to October 28) from Toronto to Victoria via the Northwest Passage. It will inspire a deeper understanding of our land, our peoples and our country.

The Canada C3 Polar Prince is currently in Cornwall, Ontario and will proceed on to Montreal, Quebec for the final stop on the first leg of the journey.

CG3EXP has been continuously transmitting on 20, 30 and 40 metres at a 20-minute interval since it left Toronto on June 1. The WSPR signal has been reported as heard on every continent except Asia up until this time.

Based on

1) 40 metres: 212 individual stations have received at least one transmission

2) 30 metres: 110 individual stations have received at least one transmission

3) 20 metres: 115 individual stations have received at least one transmission

4) the most distant station to date is VK6LX at 18,266 kilometres

The C3 has stopped for events in Picton, Kingston, Brockville, Prescott and Cornwall in Ontario.

The 15 planned legs of the expedition may be found at

The planned destinations can be found at…/the-places-of-canada-…/places-archive/

Live tracking based on Maidenhead sub squares can be found at

Stations hearing CG3EXP on the three bands at different time intervals (select the appropriate entry box below the map) at:

Stations with an HF receiver and the WSPR application can receive these signals directly from the ship on 40, 30 or 20 meters and with the WSPR application the location can be gated to the internet for anyone to see.

WSPR Application:

Once the signals are decoded and gated to the internet they can be viewed on the map at:

We are looking for Amateurs in radio proximity of the route of the voyage to utilize the WSPR application on their existing equipment to receive the signals and upload the data to the Internet. This can be entirely automated with the WSPR application.

For more information please contact Barrie Crampton, VE3BSB, at or visit and

For more information on the Polar Prince visit:

Alan Griffin
RAC MarCom Director

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Fri Jun 09, 2017

[RAC-Bulletin] Tim Ellam, VE6SH, Nominated for “Canadian Lawyer’s Top 25 Most Influential” (updated)

Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) member and former RAC Legal Counsel Timothy S Ellam, VE6SH, has been nominated for “Canadian Lawyer’s Top 25 Most Influential” in Canadian Lawyer magazine’s annual contest. We congratulate Tim on his nomination and wish him well in the contest.

This is the eighth annual “Canadian Lawyer’s Top 25 Most Influential” contest and as in previous years they will be picking the top five lawyers and judges in the following five categories:

1) Corporate Commercial including litigation, deals, class actions, etc.

2) Human Rights, Advocacy and Criminal

3) Changemakers: lawyers in any area or type of practice who have been leaders, innovators or catalysts for positive change in any area of the profession such as diversity, law firm management, education, etc.

4) Government/non-profits/associa tions including public inquiries, officers of Parliament and academic institutions

5) In-House Counsel: including quasi-government, non-profit and the private sector.

The list of nominees was created by an internal editorial panel as well as suggestions from readers and past honorees. Tim has been nominated in the “Changemakers” category in recognition of his volunteer efforts in support of Amateur Radio in Canada and internationally above and beyond his law career:

“He has spent the last 30 years volunteering for an organization which works with the United Nations system, the International Telecommunications Union, addressing communications for disaster relief. For the last eight years he has not only been President of that organization, but is also a founding advisory board member of the ITU Smart Sustainable Development Model. He travels frequently and was most recently speaking on this topic at a UN conference in Kuwait and in November 2016 in Bangkok. Tim was reappointed to the board in 2016 and is leading the group on ‘Volunteers in Emergency Networking’ which will publish its initial report in late 2017.”

Tim is a member of McCarthy Tétrault’s Litigation practice ( ail.aspx?id=2875) and is co-chair of the firm's international arbitration group. He is a partner in the firm’s Calgary office, advising clients in North America and Europe on disputes relating to intellectual property.

He has acted on a number of telecommunication matters and appeared for Radio Amateurs before the Federal Court of Canada and several Development Appeal Boards. He is also the co-author of “Dispute Resolution in the Telecommunications Sector”, published by the International Telecommunications Union and the World Bank, and a contributing author to “Antenna Zoning for the Radio Amateur”.

Tim has held a Canadian Advanced Amateur certificate since 1977 (VE6SH) and a British Amateur licence since 1978 (G4HUA). From 1990 to 1999, he served in Executive positions for the Canadian Radio Relay League and Radio Amateurs of Canada and also as RAC's Legal Counsel. He became actively involved in the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) as an expert on legal matters. In 2001, he was elected to the IARU Region 2 Executive committee and was elected as Vice-President in 2004. He has been serving as IARU President since 2009.

Tim is also a Solicitor Advocate (Higher Courts – Civil) in the Law Society of England and Wales and holds Rights of Audience in the Higher Courts in that jurisdiction. He also holds the designation Fellow in International Legal Practice granted by the International Bar Association and the College of Law of England and Wales, the first Canadian to be awarded this designation. He is an elected Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and in 2014 was appointed Queen's Counsel.

RAC members and Amateurs who know Tim and the great work he has done can vote online now at /Top252017

Voting closes on Monday, June 12.

It is possible to vote for up to five nominees in the “Changemakers” category but there is no need to vote for more than one nominee.

For additional information on Canadian Lawyer magazine visit: http://www.canadianlawyermag.c om/current-survey.html

Alan Griffin
RAC MarCom Director

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Thu Jun 01, 2017

[RAC-Bulletin] Canada C3 Expedition Update: Tracking link now live

Thursday, June 1, 2017:

A live tracking link, generated by QRP-labs, the supplier of the tracking hardware, has been activated. It is being hosted in Canada by Jeff Milne, VE3EFF, and can be found online at: The track will be shown on the map by a series of red dots to draw a continuous track line. The location is based on the smallest maidenhead grid square locator code.

Note: At the time of this update on June 1, 2017, the track is shown in blue and depicts Sunday’s relocation of the ship from Prescott, Ontario to Toronto. You need to zoom in to see the path and it will be easier to see it as the ship continues on its voyage.

For more information on Canada C3 and the WSPR project please see the information provided below.

Alan Griffin
RAC MarCom Director
720 Belfast Road, #217

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[RAC-Bulletin] A “Whisper” (WSPR) for Canada C3: Coast to Coast to Coast

​An Epic Journey to Celebrate Canada and Connect Canadians

A Canada 150 Signature project, Canada C3 is a 150-day expedition from Toronto to Victoria via the Northwest Passage. It will inspire a deeper understanding of our land, our peoples and our country.

The Canada C3 organizers have kindly permitted a group of enthusiasts under the leadership of Barrie Crampton, VE3BSB, to install a WSPR (pronounced "whisper") beacon on the Canada C3 vessel. This provides a unique opportunity to track the vessel on its 150-day sailing voyage around the Canadian coast – the longest coastline in the world.

Stopping at a different location every day, Canada C3 will visit 50 coastal communities, 36 Indigenous communities, 13 National Parks and 20 Migratory Bird sanctuaries. Canadians are encouraged to join the adventure as a virtual expeditioner, tracking the voyage online via website updates and museum hubs.

The WSPR project will be part of science experiments and research to be carried out on the voyage. The location and frequencies for the WSPR, CG3EXP, may be viewed at: wsprnet/map

Many of the locations to be visited by Canada C3 lie in areas where radio communication is difficult. Phenomena such as “arctic flutter” and disturbances from the aurora have traditionally been a problem in the north. Very few, if any, of these locations will have a WSPR beacon and are thus, until now, outside the worldwide WSPR network. The gathering of information on radio propagation simultaneously by several receiving stations will be of scientific interest – and it will also be fun. The WSPR network of stations meets this need comprising, as it does, a series of receiving sites and stations capable of reporting, in real time, the reception of, and location, of the beacons.

The community of people tracking the Canada C3 WSPR beacon are expected to come up with new and innovative ideas for its use.

Some ideas already suggested are:

An “awards” program offering certificates for people copying the beacon at Canada C3's various stopping points along the way.
Special maps to complement the maps of WSPR activity being generated continuously on At the conclusion of the voyage it might be possible to produce a map showing the course of the voyage with a summary at each stop of the numbers and locations of listeners who logged the Canada C3 beacon.
A software defined radio building project relating specifically to the Canada C3 WSPR.
Publications, articles and reports such as an article on the propagation of WSPR signals during the voyage.

While this project is associated with the Canada C3 Expedition, results might provide “proof of concept” more generally for remote telemetry applications from Arctic regions. With the impending increase in non-commercial adventurers traversing the Northwest Passage, this low-cost technology might fill a need. Researchers following the Canada C3 “whisper” might wish to compare the experience to other ship-borne uses of WSPR as reported on several Internet sites.

For more information visit: and


Facebook: CanadaC3/

Alan Griffin
RAC MarCom Director

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