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Tue Jun 27, 2017

[RAC-Bulletin] RAC Annual General Meeting: Saturday, September 9 at the 2017 Ottawa Ham

Jun 26 at 10:13 PM
For immediate release:

The Radio Amateurs of Canada is pleased to hold its Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Ottawa, Ontario. The AGM event will be hosted by the Ottawa Amateur Radio Club and will be held in conjunction with the 2017 Ottawa Hamfest which is being held at the same location.

All RAC members are encouraged to attend the Annual General Meeting.

Date: Saturday, September 9, 2017

Time: 1 pm (Eastern Standard Time)

Place: The Annual General Meeting will be held in the W. Erskine Johnston Arena, 3832 Carp Road in Ottawa.

Agenda items will include:

Report of the President
Review of the 2016 finances
Appointment of auditors for 2017

A Question and Answer period will follow the AGM proceedings. This is your opportunity to hear what your representatives have been doing over the past year, to raise questions, and to make suggestions about how RAC is managed and where it is going in the future.

The meeting will be attended by members of the RAC Board of Directors and Executive and is open to all RAC members. There will also be a Webinar which RAC members can attend remotely.

For more information about the 2017 Ottawa Hamfest please visit their website at .

Stay tuned to the RAC website at for additional information.

Alan Griffin
RAC MarCom Director

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Sat Jun 10, 2017

[RAC-Bulletin] Canada C3 Expedition, CG3EXP Special Event and WSPR station: Update on June 9, 2017

A Canada 150 Signature project, Canada C3 is a 150-day expedition (June 1 to October 28) from Toronto to Victoria via the Northwest Passage. It will inspire a deeper understanding of our land, our peoples and our country.

The Canada C3 Polar Prince is currently in Cornwall, Ontario and will proceed on to Montreal, Quebec for the final stop on the first leg of the journey.

CG3EXP has been continuously transmitting on 20, 30 and 40 metres at a 20-minute interval since it left Toronto on June 1. The WSPR signal has been reported as heard on every continent except Asia up until this time.

Based on

1) 40 metres: 212 individual stations have received at least one transmission

2) 30 metres: 110 individual stations have received at least one transmission

3) 20 metres: 115 individual stations have received at least one transmission

4) the most distant station to date is VK6LX at 18,266 kilometres

The C3 has stopped for events in Picton, Kingston, Brockville, Prescott and Cornwall in Ontario.

The 15 planned legs of the expedition may be found at

The planned destinations can be found at…/the-places-of-canada-…/places-archive/

Live tracking based on Maidenhead sub squares can be found at

Stations hearing CG3EXP on the three bands at different time intervals (select the appropriate entry box below the map) at:

Stations with an HF receiver and the WSPR application can receive these signals directly from the ship on 40, 30 or 20 meters and with the WSPR application the location can be gated to the internet for anyone to see.

WSPR Application:

Once the signals are decoded and gated to the internet they can be viewed on the map at:

We are looking for Amateurs in radio proximity of the route of the voyage to utilize the WSPR application on their existing equipment to receive the signals and upload the data to the Internet. This can be entirely automated with the WSPR application.

For more information please contact Barrie Crampton, VE3BSB, at or visit and

For more information on the Polar Prince visit:

Alan Griffin
RAC MarCom Director

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Fri Jun 09, 2017

[RAC-Bulletin] Tim Ellam, VE6SH, Nominated for “Canadian Lawyer’s Top 25 Most Influential” (updated)

Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) member and former RAC Legal Counsel Timothy S Ellam, VE6SH, has been nominated for “Canadian Lawyer’s Top 25 Most Influential” in Canadian Lawyer magazine’s annual contest. We congratulate Tim on his nomination and wish him well in the contest.

This is the eighth annual “Canadian Lawyer’s Top 25 Most Influential” contest and as in previous years they will be picking the top five lawyers and judges in the following five categories:

1) Corporate Commercial including litigation, deals, class actions, etc.

2) Human Rights, Advocacy and Criminal

3) Changemakers: lawyers in any area or type of practice who have been leaders, innovators or catalysts for positive change in any area of the profession such as diversity, law firm management, education, etc.

4) Government/non-profits/associa tions including public inquiries, officers of Parliament and academic institutions

5) In-House Counsel: including quasi-government, non-profit and the private sector.

The list of nominees was created by an internal editorial panel as well as suggestions from readers and past honorees. Tim has been nominated in the “Changemakers” category in recognition of his volunteer efforts in support of Amateur Radio in Canada and internationally above and beyond his law career:

“He has spent the last 30 years volunteering for an organization which works with the United Nations system, the International Telecommunications Union, addressing communications for disaster relief. For the last eight years he has not only been President of that organization, but is also a founding advisory board member of the ITU Smart Sustainable Development Model. He travels frequently and was most recently speaking on this topic at a UN conference in Kuwait and in November 2016 in Bangkok. Tim was reappointed to the board in 2016 and is leading the group on ‘Volunteers in Emergency Networking’ which will publish its initial report in late 2017.”

Tim is a member of McCarthy Tétrault’s Litigation practice ( ail.aspx?id=2875) and is co-chair of the firm's international arbitration group. He is a partner in the firm’s Calgary office, advising clients in North America and Europe on disputes relating to intellectual property.

He has acted on a number of telecommunication matters and appeared for Radio Amateurs before the Federal Court of Canada and several Development Appeal Boards. He is also the co-author of “Dispute Resolution in the Telecommunications Sector”, published by the International Telecommunications Union and the World Bank, and a contributing author to “Antenna Zoning for the Radio Amateur”.

Tim has held a Canadian Advanced Amateur certificate since 1977 (VE6SH) and a British Amateur licence since 1978 (G4HUA). From 1990 to 1999, he served in Executive positions for the Canadian Radio Relay League and Radio Amateurs of Canada and also as RAC's Legal Counsel. He became actively involved in the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) as an expert on legal matters. In 2001, he was elected to the IARU Region 2 Executive committee and was elected as Vice-President in 2004. He has been serving as IARU President since 2009.

Tim is also a Solicitor Advocate (Higher Courts – Civil) in the Law Society of England and Wales and holds Rights of Audience in the Higher Courts in that jurisdiction. He also holds the designation Fellow in International Legal Practice granted by the International Bar Association and the College of Law of England and Wales, the first Canadian to be awarded this designation. He is an elected Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and in 2014 was appointed Queen's Counsel.

RAC members and Amateurs who know Tim and the great work he has done can vote online now at /Top252017

Voting closes on Monday, June 12.

It is possible to vote for up to five nominees in the “Changemakers” category but there is no need to vote for more than one nominee.

For additional information on Canadian Lawyer magazine visit: http://www.canadianlawyermag.c om/current-survey.html

Alan Griffin
RAC MarCom Director

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Thu Jun 01, 2017

[RAC-Bulletin] Canada C3 Expedition Update: Tracking link now live

Thursday, June 1, 2017:

A live tracking link, generated by QRP-labs, the supplier of the tracking hardware, has been activated. It is being hosted in Canada by Jeff Milne, VE3EFF, and can be found online at: The track will be shown on the map by a series of red dots to draw a continuous track line. The location is based on the smallest maidenhead grid square locator code.

Note: At the time of this update on June 1, 2017, the track is shown in blue and depicts Sunday’s relocation of the ship from Prescott, Ontario to Toronto. You need to zoom in to see the path and it will be easier to see it as the ship continues on its voyage.

For more information on Canada C3 and the WSPR project please see the information provided below.

Alan Griffin
RAC MarCom Director
720 Belfast Road, #217

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