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Sat Jan 20, 2018

[RAC-Bulletin] RAC President attends ARRL Board Meeting: January 19-20

A good first day at the ARRL Board Meeting: The above photo shows (from left) ARRL First Vice-President Gregory P. Widin, K0GW; ARRL Second Vice-President Brian Mileshosky, N5ZGT; ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR; RAC President Glenn MacDonell, VE3XRA; and IARU President Tim Ellam, VE6SH, at the conclusion of the first day of the ARRL Board Meeting.

Radio Amateurs of Canada President Glenn MacDonell, VE3XRA, is once again attending the annual Board of Directors meeting of the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), which is underway in Windsor, Connecticut and will conclude tomorrow January 20.

The ARRL provided the following information in a newsreport:

“The ARRL Board of Directors will hold its 2018 Annual Meeting January 19-20 in Windsor, Connecticut. The first order of business will be the election of officers. The Board will elect candidates to the volunteer posts of ARRL President, First and Second Vice Presidents, and International Affairs Vice President, as well as the offices of Secretary, Treasurer, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer.

The Board also will receive and/or hear — and perhaps later consider recommendations from — a wide range of reports from officers, the General Counsel, and committees and coordinators, including the Entry Level License Committee, the Official Observers Program Study Committee, and the Legislative Advocacy Committee.

The Board also will hear and consider proposals to amend the ARRL Articles of Association and Bylaws.

It will consider the application of SKNAARS to become the IARU member society to represent the radio amateurs of St Kitts and Nevis.”

RAC President Glenn MacDonell, VE3XRA, and International Amateur Radio Union President Tim Ellam, VE6SH/G4HUA, are once again attending the meeting as guests of the Board.

Alan Griffin
RAC MarCom Director

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Sat Jan 06, 2018

CQ Magazine to "Jump-Start" Print Edition With January Issue...

CQ to "Jump-Start" Print Edition With January Issue - November and December Issues to be Digital Only

Readers of CQ magazine's print edition are well aware we have been behind schedule on printing and mailing our issues on a timely basis. We apologize for these delays, which resulted from a variety of little things going wrong, all at the same time.

Rather than trying to play catch-up over the course of the next several months, we have made the decision to allow the November and December 2017 issues to remain as digital-only issues, and to jump-start our print edition with the January 2018 issue. This will enable us to get back and stay on schedule as we move toward our 75th anniversary of serving the amateur radio community. The January issue is at the printer being processed right now. Please note: All print subscriptions are being extended for two months.

Anyone may access the digital editions of the November and December issues using the following links:
CQ December 2017:
CQ November 2017:

Thank you for your patience and understanding.
Posted by CQ Newsroom

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Thu Jan 04, 2018

CANWARN Activation....

CANWARN Activation - Major Winter Storm January 4 - 5, 2018.


4:54 AM AST Thursday 04 January 2018

Winter storm warning in effect for:

Prince Edward Island -

Hazardous winter conditions are expected.

A low pressure system east of Cape Hatteras will intensify rapidly into a major winter storm today as it approaches the Maritimes from the southwest. The intense storm will track near the Bay of Fundy tonight and into the Gulf of St Lawrence Friday morning.

Snow at times heavy will develop over Prince Edward Island near noon today. Extensive blowing snow will give very poor visibility during the afternoon. Snowfall amounts of up to 25 centimetres are possible before the snow changes to rain this evening.

Easterly winds gusting to 90 km/h are forecast later this afternoon and evening with gusts to 110 km/h possible over parts of the coast. A period of strong southwesterly winds are possible Friday morning as the low moves north of the Island.

Higher than normal water levels are expected with high tide over coastal regions tonight and Friday morning. Storm surge warnings may be required.

Consider postponing non-essential travel until conditions improve. Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow. Public Safety Canada encourages everyone to make an emergency plan and get an emergency kit with drinking water, food, medicine, a first-aid kit and a flashlight. For information on emergency plans and kits go to

Winter storm warnings are issued when multiple types of severe winter weather are expected to occur together.

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to or tweet reports using #PEStorm.

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Wed Jan 03, 2018

[RAC-Bulletin] RAC Announces New Partnership with RAQI

For immediate release

In October 2017, Marcel Mongeon, VA3DDD, our Honorary Legal Counsel, and I met with the President and Director General of Radioamateur du Québec (RAQI) to consider how our two organizations could work together for mutual advantage. We agreed on a program of closer cooperation and are beginning several initiatives early in 2018.

RAC operates an Outgoing QSL Bureau for its members as does RAQI. In the face of the declining use of QSL cards and increased postal costs it makes sense for us to work together. We have agreed that the RAC Outgoing QSL Bureau will become the only Outgoing QSL Bureau for Canada. The former RAQI Outgoing Bureau will become a branch of the RAC Outgoing Bureau and will continue to receive cards from RAQI members, sort them and then forward the cards to the RAC Bureau, sharing the efforts of our combined operation. RAQI will pay RAC an amount based on the volume of RAQI cards we process. The new arrangement will commence on January 1, 2018.

RAC will also promote outside of Quebec an online Amateur Radio course offered by RAQI. For Canadians who are working to obtain their Amateur Radio certification, this will make available another method that is particularly useful for those unable to attend courses offered by local clubs. RAC will receive a portion of the registration fees for all those outside of Quebec who register for this course.

Glenn MacDonell, VE3XRA
RAC President and Chair

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