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Fri Sep 29, 2017

[RAC-Bulletin] RAC Affiliated Club Insurance Program: Applications Open for 2018


Radio Amateurs of Canada is pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications from Amateur Radio clubs across the country for our Liability Insurance Program for 2018.

RAC runs the RAC Affiliated Club Insurance Program each year to provide Canadian Amateur Radio clubs with liability insurance coverage – often needed by clubs in order to operate in public venues or for public events – at rates well below standard commercial coverage packages. In addition, all RAC members who are also members of participating clubs will see the liability coverage extended, automatically and at no charge, to their own individual Amateur Radio activities.

There are no major limitations or restrictions to which clubs may apply to the program, but they must be an incorporated club within Canada and be either affiliated with RAC or be willing to affiliate as part of the application process.

More information about the RAC Affiliated Club Insurance Program – including details of coverage, fee calculations and a step-by-step description of the application process for new clubs – can be found on the RAC website at:

If your club requires official documentation by January 1, 2018 then their application should be submitted by mail or email before December 15, 2017.

If you or a member of your club have further questions about the insurance program, please feel free to contact the RAC Head Office for assistance at Thank you!

Radio Amateurs of Canada
Suite 217, 720 Belfast Road
Ottawa, ON K1G 0Z5
T. 1-877-273-8304

Alan Griffin
RAC MarCom Director

Posted by: VY2WRV - Richard on 29-09-17 | [0] comments (221 views) | 

Wed Sep 27, 2017

[RAC-Bulletin] Upcoming ARISS Contact on October 3: Kugluktuk High School in Kugluktuk, Nunavut

The following news item provides information about an upcoming ARISS contact on October 3:

An International Space Station (ISS) school contact has been planned with students at Kugluktuk High School in Kugluktuk, Nunavut.

A telebridge contact via Ground Station IK1SLD, Italy is scheduled for Tuesday, October 3 at 15:32:57 UTC 30 deg (9:32 am local time in Kugluktuk).

The ISS call sign is presently scheduled to be IR0ISS and the scheduled astronaut is Paolo Nespoli, IZ0JPA.

Ground Station Coordinates:

IK1SLD Italy: Lat. 45.1152N Long. 8.4523E Elev. 118m

Ground Station: IK1SLD, Claudio Ariotti, Bridge. # +39 0142 50362, Mob. # +39 340 2581520

Moderator: Brian Jackson, VE6JBJ, in Calgary, Alberta.

Mentor: Steve McFarlane, VE3TBD, on site in Kugluktuk, Nunavut as of Monday, October 2.

Participants will ask as many of the following questions as time allows:

1. How much longer will the space station be in operation?

2. The next space station is planned for a moon orbit; why a moon orbit?

3. What is the longest we can stay in space given the present technology on the ISS?

4. Are there any plans to build gravity modules for the space station and will this allow us to stay longer in space?

5. What is the greatest challenge facing you on the space station?

6. What is the most important qualification or attribute one can have to seek out a career involving work in space?

7. What long-term impacts occur to those who stay in space for long periods, if any?

8. What is daily life like on the space station – do you follow a schedule?

9. Did you change your diet in preparation for space life or can you eat most of the same foods?

10. What are the impacts of zero gravity on overall digestive function?

11. Besides humans, what other life forms do you have on board?

12. How long can the space station last in orbit without any rocket boost to maintain its orbit?

13. Do you ever fly over the Arctic and what does that look like from up there?

14. Does space look different from where you are?

Background information:

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.

Source: Ian MacFarquhar, VE9IM, RAC ARISS Board Representative
Upcoming Contacts: Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS)

Alan Griffin
RAC MarCom Director

Posted by: VY2WRV - Richard on 27-09-17 | [0] comments (173 views) | 

Mon Sep 25, 2017

Exercise Handshake....

This is a friendly reminder about Exercise Handshake coming up Tuesday night Sept. 26th, 2017 beginning at 7pm AT.

The exercise is a reminder to amateurs to check out their radios and backup power in a non emergency situation to make sure these radios and backup power are working so that in a real emergency or disaster you will be prepared.
With all the problems this past summer with the Bell system going down around the Maritimes and the disasters in Texas, Louisiana and the Caribbean we all should be prepared.
This email today is being sent out to all my amateur radio contacts. Many of you are already on my email list for Handshake reminders but if you are not and would like to be send me an email asking to be added.
Thanks for reading,
Have a great day,

James "Jim" Langille VE1JBL

473 Green Rd.
Tidnish Bridge NS B4H3X9
Phone: 902-661-1465
MONITOR: VE1WRC 147.285, MAVCOM 154* , IRLP 2060

Posted by: VY2RU - Ken on 25-09-17 | [0] comments (173 views) | 

Tue Sep 19, 2017

[RAC-Bulletin] IARU Administrative Council Addresses New Radio Spectrum Pollution Threat

The Administrative Council (AC) of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) held its annual in-person meeting on September 15 and 16 in Landshut, Germany, immediately prior to the IARU Region 1 Conference. The AC reviewed its priorities and positions with regard to the agenda items for the 2019 World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-19) of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

High Power Wireless Power Transfer (WPT) for electric vehicles is seen as having a significant potential for interference to radiocommunications. Addressing this threat requires an increased commitment of resources by potentially affected radiocommunication services, including Amateur Radio. In addition to a number of other matters, the AC confirmed the theme for World Amateur Radio Day, April 18, 2018, as “Celebrating Amateur Radio’s Contribution to Society”.

The AC is responsible for the policy and management of the IARU and consists of the three IARU international officers and two representatives from each of the three IARU regional organizations.

Attending the meeting were IARU President Tim Ellam, VE6SH/G4HUA; Vice-President Ole Garpestad, LA2RR; Secretary David Sumner, K1ZZ; regional representatives Don Beattie, G3BJ, Faisal Al-Ajmi, 9K2RR, Reinaldo Leandro, YV5AM, Ramón Santoyo, XE1KK, Gopal Madhavan, VU2GMN, and Peter Young, VK3MV. Present as an observer for the second day of the meeting was Dave Court, EI3IO, from Region 1.

For more information visit:

George Gorsline, VE3YV

RAC International Affairs Officer

Alan Griffin
RAC MarCom Director

Posted by: VY2WRV - Richard on 19-09-17 | [0] comments (392 views) | 
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