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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 (171 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 (138 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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Wed May 03, 2017

RAC news item – Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Eight schools in Manitoba will be launching High Altitude Balloons (HABs) tomorrow Thursday, May 4. The launches will take place from Langruth Elementary School in Langruth, Manitoba located near the west shore of Lake Manitoba. Their students will be able to watch the launches live. Flight time is just under 2.5 hours. The landings will occur near Lowe Farm, a farming community in southern Manitoba west of Morris and the Red River. It’s a great region to land in. The weather is expected to be great with a few clouds, light surface winds and a high of about 20 degrees.

In preparation for the event, Manitoba Association of Physics Teachers (MAPT) President, Heidi Werner, on Thursday, April 13, hosted the final Manitoba HAB schools meeting prior to the flights. In addition to St. James Collegiate, the schools represented were Fort Richmond Collegiate, Garden City Collegiate, River East Collegiate, Sisler High School and West Kildonan Collegiate. Other schools planning to fly this spring but not represented at the meeting were Maples, Shaftesbury, Carman, HC Avery and Immanuel Christian. Sisler teachers attended the meeting and will be observing the flights. They plan to join the fun in 2018.

St. James Collegiate provided three balloon filling tubes fabricated in their industrial arts shop to three of the new Manitoba HAB schools. The St. James HAB uses a new high visibility painted payload (St. James has developed a special primer for spray painting foam board). Their payload includes a new Mobius HD video camera.

A cheaper 1 watt Byonics APRS HAB tracker was shown off by Dean Hallick, VA4ADH, from River East Collegiate as well as a new Kenwood D72 handheld dual band APRS transceiver which will be used to track the River East HAB (see

Fort Richmond Collegiate teacher Jennifer Piasecki, VE4JPI, reports that they will bring a very large team this year, roughly 30 staff and students. The team will include alumni Pardeep Mathode, VA4PWM and Jared Kozak, VA4CAN. The payload will include a television transmitter and a handmade glider with the classic Spitfire elliptical wing. Fort Richmond Collegiate will share a T-tank of helium with Shaftesbury so these teams will set up beside each other at the launch site.

Four Seven Oaks School Division schools are participating this year. They will be set up in close proximity at the launch site. Garden City Collegiate has a new Yaesu mobile APRS tracking radio (FTM-400XDR) which will be installed in teacher Barb Gajda’s (VE4PAZ) car.

The Garden City HAB will measure UV intensity and it will include an ozone sensor. The payload will also carry a plasmid genetic damage experiment. Plasmids are short pieces of bacterial DNA. The returned plasmids will undergo gel electrophoresis to determine to what extent the molecules have been fragmented by exposure to high altitude radiation. The new Garden City payload is a sphere. This will hopefully reduce rotation of the payload.

Garden City is attempting to use a Vernier dual-range force probe to measure neck lift accurately. This will involve staking a base to the ground under the tarp and connecting the probe to an eye in the base, with a cable/string connecting the other end of the sensor to the inflator valve. The output from the probe should give us an accurate measure of lift to within +/- 0.01 Newtons (+/- 1 gram). The classic water jug will still be our backup/test.

Teacher Adrian Deakin, VA4AMD, will be using the school’s Kenwood TM-D710A for tracking. The Shaftesbury HAB will include a small homebrew glider. The SHARP payload will include an Iridium satellite system provided by Solara Remote Data Delivery of Winnipeg. Students will use the Iridium network to communicate with SHARP-7 Ir in flight. The iridium HAB will send status reports to student Bryce Jenkins, VA4VBC and staff via email on command and it should reply to certain commands such as releasing coloured smoke as the payload lands. This appears to be a highly reliable system and will likely replace the SPOT as the backup tracker.

The HABs will be launched at one-minute intervals starting at 11 am. The planned sequence is as follows:

1) Garden City (GopherSpace HAB) - VE4GMK-2

2) West Kildonan (WKC - ICARUS) - VE4GMK-7

3) HC Avery (Eaglenaut) - VE4GMK-6

4) Maples Collegiate (Maraud Air 3) - VA4NGC-6

5) River East - (KASP) - VA4ADH

6) St. James - (Jimmies Space HAB) - VE4SHS-6

7) Fort Richmond - (FRC High Alt Balloon) - VE4JPI

8) Shaftesbury - (Shaftesbury High School HAB-7 Ir) - VA4AMD-8

The balloons will carry the payloads to altitudes of over 30 kilometres in a roughly easterly direction. The landings should be south of Winnipeg and west of the Red River beginning around 1:30 pm. The teams will support each other to the greatest extent possible with the overall goal of recovering all eight payloads as quickly as possible.

The Shaftesbury High Altitude Robotics Project (SHARP) at Shaftesbury High School in Winnipeg is a program that encourages kids to participate in the world of science and technology and the teachers use Amateur Radio as a key tool. They regularly launch balloons and repeaters to the edge of space, release robot aircraft from altitude and have built Canada's only ISS telebridge.

Radio Amateurs of Canada, through its Youth Education Program and its Scholarship and Grant Program – completely funded by donations from RAC members and affiliated clubs – has supported SHARP and other students and activities involving Amateur Radio across the country (see

Further updates on the HAB launches will be posted on the SHARP website at:

Robert Striemer, VE4SHS
Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada

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