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Radio Amateurs of Canada would like to welcome Frank Davis, VO1HP, as the Deputy Director for the Atlantic Region. RAC Atlantic Director, Dave Goodwin, VE9CB, appointed Frank as Deputy Director on February 8, 2017.
Frank is a very well-known and well-respected Radio Amateur from St John’s and Carbonear, Newfoundland. He has been an Amateur for over 50 years and brings a wealth of Amateur Radio and professional experience to RAC. He will be an important source of sage advice.
Frank is an avid 160m DXer with over 200 countries on “Top Band” and is currently involved in a project to bridge the Atlantic on 144 MHz by terrestrial propagation modes.
Frank’s predecessor as Atlantic Deputy Director was Len Morgan, VE9MY, of Baxter’s Corner, near Saint John, New Brunswick. Len has served RAC and Canadian Amateur Radio with great distinction as a past Atlantic Director and Deputy Director, and he continues to serve as the Manager of the RAC Incoming QSL Bureau. Thank you for many years of outstanding work, Len.
Dave Goodwin, VE9CB
RAC Atlantic Director
RAC MarCom Director
The Wild Atlantic Way (Irish Sli an Atlantaigh Fhiain) is a tourism route on the west coast of Ireland that runs for 2,500 km (1553 miles) passing through nine Counties and three provinces. Stretching from County Donegal in the North to County Cork in the south and running through Leitrim, Sligo, Mayo, Galway. Clare, Limerick and Kerry - all on the rugged west coast of Ireland overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.
From 1st January to 31st December 2017 Irish Radio Amateurs will be on air with nine special calls - EI11WAW through to EI99WAW. Each call will be associated with one of the counties making up the Wild Atlantic Way. Each call will have its own distinctive QSL card depicting a highlight of the county linked to the call.
QSL requests via Clublog or the Buro. Requests for a Direct QSL should be made via Clublog, or direct to EI6AL enclosing $2, via paypal to email@example.com
A Certificate will be made available for download to any station that works all nine calls, any band any mode. Sample below. Apply by email to QSL manager EI6AL giving name and call. A certificate can be sent by post - send ($5) to cover postage either direct to EI6AL or via Paypal to firstname.lastname@example.org
The callsign EI11WAW is associated with the county of Donegal. Donegal is one of the largest Counties in Ireland and also the most isolated, bordering only one other Irish county - Leitrim. Its other borders are to Northern Ireland and to the Atlantic Ocean. As a result it has a distinct cultural identity, or to use a local phrase "Up here we are different". It contains some of the most beautiful scenery in Ireland, with three peninsulas of outstanding natural beauty - Inishowen, Fanad and Rosguill. The Wild Atlantic Way starts from the northern tip of the county at Malin Head, well known to mariners for its coastal radio station. It then sweeps down the coast past Fanad Head to the Slieve League Cliffs, passing long stretches of golden sandy beaches.
Donegal is also the home of the Carndonagh Amateur Radio Club and is the most northerly Amateur Radio Club in Ireland. It is located on the Inishowen Peninsula. In 1902 Malin Head was one of the first places where the Marconi spark transmitter was used. The Club Callsign is EI0CAR and website is www.echoireland.com
VY0ERC will be active from Eureka, Ellesmere Island (NA-008), Nunavut when time permits starting from January 22, 2017 probably till beginning of March.
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The delivery of the January-February 2017 issue of The Canadian Amateur magazine is taking longer than usual.
The timing of the statutory holidays for Christmas Day and New Year's Day, along with the seasonal delays at Canada Post, significantly reduced the time available to print and prepare the magazine for delivery.
We apologize for the delay and thank you for your patience.
The electronic TCA (e-TCA) version of the January-February 2017 TCA is available for viewing or download from the RAC website.
For more information please visit:
TCA Contents: http://wp.rac.ca/tca-contents-january-february-2017/
TCA downloads: http://wp.rac.ca/digitaltca/
RAC MarCom Director