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Tue Nov 29, 2016

RAC Bulletin November 2016, Radio Amateurs of Canada Welcomes New Directors

Following the call for nominations for Directors of Radio Amateurs of Canada’s Atlantic, Ontario North/East, Midwest and British Columbia/Yukon Regions, RAC would like to welcome the following Radio Amateurs to our Board of Directors:

Dave Goodwin, VE9CB, was elected as the new Director for the Atlantic Region
Allan Munnik, VA7MP/VE7RMP, was appointed as the new Director for the British Columbia/Yukon Region
Bjarne (Bj) Madsen, VE5FX, was elected as the new Director for the Midwest Region

RAC would also like to congratulate Allan Boyd, VE3AJB, on his re-election as the Director for the Ontario North/East Region. Allan was first appointed by the RAC Board of Directors as the Director for Ontario North/East in January 2016 to fill the vacant position of RAC’s newly elected President Glenn MacDonell, VE3XRA. In addition to serving as Director, Allan also serves as the Section Manager for Ontario North. For more information about Allan please visit:

All Directors will begin their two-year term on January 1, 2017 until December 31, 2018. Biographies of each of the new Directors have been provided below.

RAC would also like to welcome James Hay, VE2VE, as Deputy Director for the Quebec Region. James previously served as RAC Special Advisor, Technical and Administrative Services and was responsible for RAC’s information technology infrastructure. He is also the Secretary-Treasurer of the Montreal Amateur Radio Club (VE2ARC).

Our constitution places a limit of three terms for Directors. I’d like to thank the three departing Directors – Bill Gipps, VE7ISV/VE7XS (Director of the British Columbia/Yukon Region), Derek Hay, VE4HAY (Director of the Midwest Region) and Ev Price, VO1DK (Director of the Atlantic Region) – who completed their third term as Directors at the end of 2016. Their hard work in the important role of Director and their contributions on various assignments throughout their terms made major contributions to Radio Amateurs of Canada. I am sure they will continue to contribute to Amateur Radio in Canada in the future.

Glenn MacDonell, VE3XRA
RAC President and Chair

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[RAC-Bulletin] Phil Anderson, VE3FAS, appointed to Hall of Fame

The Board of Trustees of the Canadian Amateur Radio Hall of Fame are pleased to appoint Phil Anderson, VE3FAS, of Amaranth, Ontario to the Canadian Amateur Radio Hall of Fame for the year 2016. Amaranth is a township within Dufferin County in south-central Ontario.

The Constitution for the Hall of Fame specifies that the appointment is made "for outstanding achievement and excellence of the highest degree, for serious and sustained service to Amateur Radio in Canada, or to Amateur Radio at large". Phil Anderson is most worthy of this honour.

Phil obtained his Amateur Radio licence in 1961. After a distinguished engineering career in defence research and space design he became an instructor at Humber College. His Amateur Radio involvement includes 50 years of service with the National Traffic System and he was awarded the prestigious Brass Pounders League Medallion for outstanding achievement in passing third party traffic. Phil served with the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) Eastern Area, was the Manager of the Eastern Canadian Net and Transcontinental Corps (TCC), and he volunteered with the QSL bureau for over 20 years.

Phil Anderson will be formally inducted to the Hall of Fame at a club event in 2017. A detailed account of his achievements will be presented in a future edition of The Canadian Amateur.

Prepared by Ed Frazer, VE7EF
Chair, Board of Trustees
Canadian Amateur Radio Hall of Fame

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Sat Nov 19, 2016

[RAC-Bulletin] Distracted Driving in Canada: An Update

Distracted driving regulations continue to be an area of interest for many Canadian Radio Amateurs. These regulations are made and enforced by provincial governments and can vary considerably from province to province and over time. Radio Amateurs of Canada has prepared a list of links to current regulations in all provinces that have established them. They can be found at:

Radio Amateurs of Canada representatives in our regions often work to clarify regulations where Amateurs may be caught up in them or when the regulations are being created or modified. A Subcommittee has been formed to monitor the legislation and work with government officials on a province by province basis to look after the interests of Canadian Amateurs. This committee is under the direction of RAC British Columbia/Yukon Director, Bill Gipps, VE7XS. Two provinces are the focus of current activity: British Columbia and Ontario.

In British Columbia, Bill Gipps, VE7XS, together with two local Amateurs, recently met with BC government representatives to discuss BC distracted driving regulations and their application to Amateur Radio. They have had three meetings to date and recently completed two excellent working sessions. The BC Amateurs are pleased with the significant progress made through these sessions and will continue to follow the process while the BC government engages other stakeholders and solicits their input. Bill anticipates that there will be more news and clarifying material available before Christmas and we will post the information on the RAC website when it is available.

In Ontario, a temporary exemption for Amateurs in Ontario is due to expire on January 1, 2018. RAC Ontario South Director Phil McBride, VA3QR and RAC North/East Director, Al Boyd, VE3AJB, have obtained letters of support from Ontario Amateurs and are looking for additional letters of support from organizations such as Amateur Radio clubs and ARES groups. They have also been in touch with the Minister of Transportation and have received word that the Ontario government is considering the Amateur Radio exemption issue.

RAC will continue to provide additional information about distracted driving regulations on the RAC website as it unfolds. If you have any questions or concerns or you would like to send a letter of support, please feel free to contact your Director at any time at the address shown on page 4 of The Canadian Amateur magazine and at:

Bill Gipps, VE7ISV/VE7XS
Director British Columbia/Yukon
Radio Amateurs of Canada
9362 – 206A Street
Langley, BC V1M 2W6

Allan Boyd, VE3AJB
Director Ontario North/East
Radio Amateurs of Canada
27 Red Mill Road, Box 208
Little Current, ON P0P1K0

Phil McBride, VA3QR
Director Ontario South
Radio Amateurs of Canada
134 Longfield Road
Acton, ON L7J 2K4

Glenn MacDonell, VE3XRA
Radio Amateurs of Canada

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Thu Nov 03, 2016

The electronic TCA (e-TCA) version of the November-December 2016 TCA is now available for viewing or download.

As Radio Amateurs, we are very fortunate to have the unique opportunity to be able to operate over a vast portion of the RF spectrum.

We have access to slots in the spectrum from as low as 137 kHz to as high as 250 GHz and even beyond. Of course each of the bands offers different propagation characteristics and so we are presented with very different experiences up and down the spectrum.

This issue of The Canadian Amateur focuses on the VHF and UHF bands. We hope you enjoy this special issue.

For more information please visit:

You must have a valid RAC membership to access this material. Please login with your primary call sign and existing password.

The print version is now being delivered.

Alan Griffin
RAC MarCom Director

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