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Crisis Communications Sept 22 2021

I have not been able to find a copy of the report, but in the press released I didn’t see any mention of ham radio. Sat phones and internet. It would seem those in charge continue to reply on the same systems that fail them in times of crisis. Hundreds of thousands of dollars in radio equipment available to the Province and yet they still won’t use it. Like I say I may have missed it but………

Hurricane Ida has the US FCC extending some deadlines.

The following has been received from the ARRL

From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT September 9, 2021
To all radio amateurs

ARLB023 FCC Extends Filing Deadlines for Affected Louisiana Parishes and Mississippi Counties

In the wake of the disruption caused after Hurricane Ida struck the Gulf Coast of the US as a Category 4 storm on Sunday, August 29, the FCC has announced that it is extending certain filing deadlines for those in Louisiana and Mississippi unable to meet them due to the storm. President Joseph Biden issued an emergency declaration for Mississippi on August 28 and a major disaster declaration for Louisiana on August 29.

Pursuant to its authority to waive rules for good cause and to alleviate any additional burden that may be caused by FCC filing requirements and regulatory deadlines, the FCC has extended certain deadlines occurring August 29 – September 30, 2021, inclusive, for affected licensees and applicants in the affected areas.

The FCC is defining “affected areas” as the Louisiana parishes and Mississippi counties that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has designated as eligible for Individual or Public Assistance for the purposes of federal disaster relief as of Friday, September 3, which includes all parishes and counties in those states. The deadline extension does not apply to individuals living elsewhere in the US.

For affected licensees and applicants in Louisiana and Mississippi, the FCC has extended until October 1 any deadlines currently set within the period August 29 – September 30, 2021, inclusive, with respect to Wireless Radio Service applications, notifications, and reports pursuant to Parts 1 (Subpart F only), 13, 20, 22, 24, 27, 30, 74 (excluding Subparts G, and L), 80, 87, 90, 95, 96, 97, or 101 of the Commission’s rules, including, but not limited to, filings regarding certain minor license modifications, license renewals, and notifications of construction.

Licensees and applicants making delayed filings in accordance with this extension must include with those filings a certification made under penalty of perjury that the deadlines could not be met within the time otherwise provided in the Commission’s rules because of Hurricane Ida.

RAC Canada Conference and AGM. Sept 19 2021. You need to register

Registration is now underway for the RAC Canada Conference and Annual General Meeting (AGM) which will be held on Sunday, September 19. Given the ongoing global pandemic the AGM will once again be a virtual event.

The RAC Canada 2021 Conference is an interactive mini-conference that will feature interesting presentations on a wide range of topics. There will be parallel sessions so that participants can choose those presentations that are of most interest to them.

There will also be online chat rooms available between sessions so that you can meet with other participants. All sessions will be recorded for viewing later so you won’t miss out if two of your favourites take place at the same time. Complete descriptions of all presentations are now available on the RAC website.

Date: Sunday, September 19

Time:Conference: 12 noon (EST)AGM: 4 pm (EST) – see
RAC Annual General Meeting Agenda

Date: Sunday, September 19

Time: 4 pm (Eastern Standard Time)

Agenda items will include:
 Report of the PresidentReview of the 2020 financesAppointment of auditors for 2021
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.

Note: If you wish to submit a question to the RAC President for the Q&A session please send it to before 6 pm ET on Friday, September 17.

The meeting will be attended by members of the RAC Board of Directors and Executive and is open to all RAC members. 

Registration Information:

Please register now by visiting our Registration page at the following link:

Note: You do not need to indicate which Presentations you want to attend as this will be handled by our volunteers once you have registered