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Tue Aug 22, 2017

Where is your signal being heard?

In this video I will show you all about the site PSKreporter, and what you can learn about your signal, and the band conditions. Did you just build an ugly antenna? It may have tuned up, but are your signals traveling the globe? Check out the video to learn more:

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Mon Aug 21, 2017

[RAC-Bulletin] RAC Canada 150 Award Operations Update

RAC Stations Schedule (as of August 20, 2017) operations/

VE1RAC – Scott Nichols, VE1OP, of North Sydney, Cape Breton, will operate from August 7 to 31. Scott is a RAC Maple Leaf Member and a very active, accomplished DXer and Contester. Kevin Morgan, VE9MY, Russ Hemphill, VE9FI, Linda Friars, VE9GLF and Patricia, VE9DZ, will use VE1RAC from October 6-14 from Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia.

VA2RAC – Gilles Renucci, VE2TZT, will activate VA2RAC until the end of August.

VA3RAC – Steve Edwards, VA3TPS, will operate from August 21 to 25.

VE7RAC – Fred Orsetti, VE7IO, has organized the following volunteers to operate the VE7RAC call sign for the rest of the year: Doug Pichette, VA7DP, Gabor Horvath, VE7JH, Al McNeil, VA7QQ, John Mackay, VE7RB, Al Ross, VE7WJ, Jim Smith, VE7FO, Rebecca Kimoto, VA7BEC, Koji Kimoto, VA7KO, Brian Summers, VE7JKZ, John White, VA7JW, John Schouten, VE7TI and Fred Orsetti, VE7IO. A schedule is available in PDF format (82.9 kb) at operations/.

VE9RAC – Jean-Paul Leblanc, VE9BK and Marcel Leblanc, VE9ML will be activating VE9RAC for the rest of the year.

VO1RAC – Boyd Snow, VO1DI, RAC NL Section Manager, has organized several RAC members across Newfoundland to activate VO1RAC for the remainder of the year. The operators are: Boyd Snow, VO1DI, Doug Mercer, VO1DM, Frank Davis, VO1HP, Ken Tucker, VO1KVT, Loren Butler, VO1PWF, Ross Trickett, VO1ROS, Carl Milley, VO1UL and Max Powell, VO1VR.

VY1RAC – The VY1AAA Yukon CanAm Contest Club, operating at the station of VY1JA, will be activating VY1RAC for the rest of the year on CW and Digital modes, as time permits. Operations started on August 15 on 20m and many QSOs were made. They “look forward to providing the Yukon for those chasing the RAC Canada 150 award”.

The best way to keep tabs on the activations will probably be by watching the DX Cluster (e.g.,

We are hoping to get all of RAC stations on the air for the RAC Canada Winter Contest on December 30.

For more information on the RAC Canada 150 Award and how to volunteer to activate a RAC station please visit and

Completed Operations:

Thank you for volunteering and for participating in the RAC Canada 150 Award:

VA3RAC – John Leonardelli, VE3IPS, operated on July 29-30; Dennis Rule, VE3BF, operated on August 6-11; Rob Noakes, VE3PCP and Carson Morton, VA3OSO, on Saturday, August 12 for International Youth Day; and Steve Edwards, VA3TPS, operated from August 15 to 18.

VE5RAC – Saskatchewan Section Manager, Summer Hartzfelk, VE5SDH, activated the VE5RAC call sign on Saturday, August 5 for the North American QSO Party contest from Saturday at noon to midnight. It was a CW operation.

VY2RAC: RAC Director Phil McBride operated on Sunday, August 13 from PEI National Park in Cavendish, Prince Edward on 40m, 60m and 80m SSB.

Alan Griffin
RAC MarCom Director

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Sat Aug 19, 2017

[RAC-Bulletin] ARISS Contact with Montreal Children’s Hospital on August 22 has been postponed

August 19, 2017 update:

The International Space Station (ISS) contact which was scheduled for Tuesday, August 22 with the Montreal Children's Hospital in Montreal, Quebec has been postponed until further notice due to Russian experiments which prevent radio transmissions.

Stay tuned to the RAC website for additional information as it becomes available.

For more information please visit

The following is the original August 17 news post:

The following news item is courtesy of Ian MacFarquhar, VE9IM, RAC ARISS Board Representative:

An International Space Station (ISS) contact has been planned with the Montreal Children's Hospital in Montreal, Quebec.

A telebridge contact via W6SRJ is scheduled for Tuesday, August 22 at 17:20:25 UTC 58 deg or 13:20 local time in Montreal. Presentations will start at 12:45 pm

The ISS call sign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS and the scheduled astronaut is Paolo Nespoli, IZ0JPA.

Steve McFarlane, VE3TBD, and his team are the ARISS mentors at the event.

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.

For more information on astronaut Paolo Nespoli, IZ0JPA, visit

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.

Source: Ian MacFarquhar, VE9IM, RAC ARISS Board Representative
Upcoming Contacts: Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS)

Alan Griffin
RAC MarCom Director

Posted by: VY2WRV - Richard on 19-08-17 | [0] comments (34 views) | 

[RAC-Bulletin] Proposed Revisions to the Canadian Table of Frequency Allocations

Canada Proposes to add 5 MHz and to keep five existing domestic channels

The Government of Canada has just released a consultation document to implement the changes from World Radio Conference 2015 (WRC-15) including 60 metres. Note that these are in addition to continuing the domestic allocation of five channels congruent with the United States.

The announcement was made in Gazette Notice SMSE-005-17 which can be found at

The consultation document “Proposed Revisions to the Canadian Table of Frequency Allocations (2017 edition)” is available at:

The consultation is the first step in the process for regulatory changes. After the 60-day period, responses are tabulated, made public and the regulator Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) then determines how to proceed – with no fixed schedule it can be months or much longer.

Please note that even when these are added to the Canadian Table of Frequency Allocations, until RBR-4 – Standards for the Operation of Radio Stations in the Amateur Radio Service RBR-4 (regulations for Amateur Radio) is updated to include them, they would not available for Amateur use.

I hope this may be helpful to us to use as an example to other International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Region 2 countries to convince them to both keep any existing 60m domestic allocation and add the ITU allocation as well.

73, George Gorsline, VE3YV
RAC International Affairs Officer
International Amateur Radio Union Region 2 Director Area A

Alan Griffin
RAC MarCom Director

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