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Fri Nov 17, 2017

[RAC-Bulletin] Roland Peddle, VE6RL (VO1BD), appointed to the Canadian Amateur Radio Hall of Fame

​For immediate release

The Board of Trustees of the Canadian Amateur Radio Hall of Fame are pleased to appoint Roland C. Peddle, VE6RL (VO1BD) of Lethbridge, Alberta to the Canadian Amateur Radio Hall of Fame for the year 2017.

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”. Roly Peddle is most worthy of this honour.

Roly was born in 1931 in St. John’s, Newfoundland and was a shortwave listener before obtaining his Amateur Radio licence in 1952, going on to contact well over 300 countries. He was a high school teacher at Bishops College in St. John’s for 27 years, teaching Chemistry, Biology, Earth Science and other subjects. He was also Department Head of Science for many years until he retired in 1986.

Roly was first licensed in January 1952 as VO1D. In 1957, Newfoundland and Labrador call signs were reorganized and he was given the call sign VO1BD. He has contributed to Amateur Radio with many organizations and in many capacities including: President of the Newfoundland Radio Club (1956); Editor of the Newfoundland Radio Club’s newsletter (1955 to 1959); Emergency Coordinator for the Amateur Radio Emergency Corps (1956); Editor of the Society of Newfoundland Radio Amateurs’ (SONRA) newsletter (1959 to 1961); VO Incoming QSL Bureau Manager (1984 to 1996); and Official Bulletin Station (VO1QST: 1987 to 1994) for the Canadian Radio Relay League (CRRL). He was also the Assistant Atlantic Director for the CRRL (1987 to 1992) and then for Radio Amateurs of Canada when it was formed in 1993.

Roly was presented with three CRRL Service Awards in 1992 in recognition of his service as: Assistant Director for the Atlantic Region; Official Bulletin Station VO1QST; and VO1/VO2 QSL Bureau Manager. In 1995, the Society of Newfoundland Radio Amateurs (SONRA) presented him with the Bob Lewis Service Award in recognition of “outstanding contributions to the development and furtherance of Amateur Radio in Newfoundland and Labrador”. In 1996 he was designated as a SONRA Honorary Life Member.

In 1997, he and his loving wife Barbara moved to Lethbridge, Alberta where they celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary in 2009. In 2012, Roly was recognized by the Lethbridge Senior Citizens Organization Amateur Radio Club for 60 years on the air. He is the author of the book “Marconi to the Mobile Age: A History of Amateur Radio in Newfoundland and Labrador” which is due for publication in 2018. Stay tuned to the RAC website for more information.

Roly Peddle will be formally inducted to the Canadian Amateur Radio Hall of Fame at an event in the coming weeks. A detailed account of his achievements will be presented in a future edition of The Canadian Amateur magazine.

Prepared by Frank Davis, VO1HP
Chair, Board of Trustees
Canadian Amateur Radio Hall of Fame

Alan Griffin
RAC MarCom Director

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Tue Nov 14, 2017

Maritime Lighthouse Amateur Radio Group Social...

For anyone interested in lighthouse activations, please find an invitation from George VY2GF...

When - Saturday November 18 at 6PM

Where - Razzy's Roadhouse, 161 St. Peters Road -

Individuals associated with the lighthouse activations and any
interested parties are invited to Razzy's to recap past activations
and make plans for 2018.

Bernie is building two portable antennas available for activations at
sites where it's not possible to set up inside the structure. These
antennas are anchored by the car wheel and operation is from inside
the vehicle. This simple setup should allow more activations.
The hosts have also been invited.

To view the activities of the Maritime Lighthouse Amateur Radio Group go to;

George Dewar - -
57 Perth Stn. Rd, Cardigan RR6, Prince Edward Island, Canada, C0A
Location: New Perth, 35kms East of Charlottetown, N46 12.857 W62 41.645
Amateur Radio Callsigns - VY2GF & VY2PLH Grid - FN86PF61OJ ITU
- 9 CQ - 5
Telephone - 902 838-3282 Skype - george.dewar Geocaching - George D

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Thu Nov 09, 2017

RAC website warning of Phising attempts using RAC

I received an e-mail from Ron VY2HR that there is a phising attempt targeting the RAC website and members. If you google the RAC website, you will see the information in BOLD.

Richard VY2WRV

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[RAC-Bulletin] Amateurs in Argentina gain access to 60m and 630m

The Radio Club Argentino (RCA) has announced that their communications authorities have granted Amateurs access to the 630 metre and 60 metre bands. In addition, existing allocations at 160 metres, 80 metres and 30 metres have been extended.

These revised allocations follow the latest International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Region 2 Band Plans approved at the 2016 General Assembly in Vina del Mar, Chile.

The new allocations are the result of successful efforts made by the RCA to receive access to allocations approved in ITU World Radiocommunication Conferences in 2007, 2012 and 2015. These new allocations will be effective in 90 days.


630m: 472 – 479 kHz (new)

60m: 5351.5 – 5366.5 kHz (new)

160m: 1800 – 2000 kHz

80m: 3500 – 4000 kHz

30m: 10100 – 10150 kHz

Radio Club Argentino is a member of International Amateur Radio Union in Region 2 which represents Amateur Radio in the Americas. Argentina Amateur Radio is very robust, with the fourth largest population of Amateurs in the Region (after the United States, Canada and Brazil). This new access represents a significant step forward in expanding the use of these new allocations.

Note: Preparatory Meetings for the World Radiocommunication Conference in 2019 are now underway in Geneva with Bryan Rawlings, VE3QN, RAC Special Advisor, in attendance representing RAC and IARU. For more information visit:

George Gorsline, VE3YV
RAC International Affairs Officer

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