The site below will give you the latest information on this event.
ARES Groups in western Pennsylvania conducted a district wide drill using simplex frequencies. A very good idea. More information at
A lower mainland QSO Party is being held on Saturday April 4 2020. For all the information you need go to
The requirement for physical distancing has now hit amateur radio contests. See the information from the ARL Letter
The ban, in accordance with UK social distancing policies, is in effect until the end of June and applies to all RSGB-sponsored contests. Single-operator entries from shared stations also will not be accepted, unless the station is being shared by family members at the same address. The HF Contest Committee has canceled the RSGB HF NFD (Field Day) for 2020, but is okaying portable operation by single operators, “because of the potential mental health benefits associated with engaging in hobbies, as well as the lack of person-to-person contact in normal single-operator contesting.” RSGB is encouraging all to follow UK government guidelines regarding social distancing and unnecessary travel and will decide in early June if the VHF NFD, the IOTA Contest, and SSB NFD events can go ahead as planned.
In response to the current Covid-19 crisis, Radio Amateurs of Canada is pleased to announce that it is introducing two new online Amateur Radio courses so that individuals can upgrade their qualifications while continuing to practise social/physical distancing.
RAC Online Basic Amateur Radio Qualification Course: The course offers an introduction into the wonderful world of Amateur Radio and prepares students for their Basic Qualification Examination. It will be conducted with the assistance of the Annapolis Valley Amateur Radio Club (AVARC) of Nova Scotia.
RAC Maple Leaf Operator Online Advanced Qualification Course: The course is an excellent opportunity to upgrade your qualifications so that you will be able to run higher power and to operate your own repeater sites. The course is being offered at no charge to RAC Maple Leaf Operator Members – both current and future – who already have their Basic Amateur Radio Qualification.
RAC Online Basic Amateur Radio Qualification Course
This course prepares students for the Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) Basic Qualification Level Operator Certificate exam to operate on allocated Amateur Radio frequencies.
The course will use the GoToMeeting web-based service and will start on Thursday, April 16 and will finish in mid-June. Classes will be held on Thursday evenings from 6 pm to 8:30 (1800 – 2030) Eastern Time (1900 – 2130 Atlantic Time) and Sunday afternoons 1 pm to 3:30 pm (1300 – 1530) Eastern Time (1400 – 1630 Atlantic Time).
The course instructor is Al Penney, VO1NO. Al was first licensed in 1977 and has been active in many areas of Amateur Radio including contesting, DXing, VHF/UHF weak signal, satellites, emergency communications and DXpeditioning. He has served as the President of six different Amateur Radio clubs in both Canada and the United States and currently chairs the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Region 2 Band Planning Committee. Al has taught the Basic Qualification Amateur Radio Course since 1994.
Cost: The registration fee for the course is $50 plus GST/HST. The cost of the Basic Study Guide is extra and an order link will be provided upon completion of payment.
For more information please visit: https://www.rac.ca/basic-radio-course/
RAC Maple Leaf Operator Online Advanced Qualification Course
The new RAC Online Advanced Qualification Course is an excellent opportunity to upgrade your qualifications so that you will be able to run higher power and to operate your own repeater sites.
The course will be offered at no charge to RAC Maple Leaf Operator Members – both current and future – who already have their Basic Amateur Radio Qualification including:
- Current RAC Maple Leaf Operator Members who have Basic certification
- Current RAC members who upgrade their memberships to become Maple Leaf Operator Members
- Amateurs who are not RAC members but who join RAC at the Maple Leaf Operator Member level
In order to offer maximum flexibility, we will be running two Advanced courses so students will be able to choose one of the following two options:
- Sunday afternoons from 3 pm to 5 pm ET
- Monday evenings from 8:30 pm to 10:30 pm ET
The course will be 10 sessions in length and each session will be two hours long and it will run from the week of April 5 to the week of June 14.
The course instructor is Dave Goodwin, VE9CB. Dave has been an Amateur since 1975, is an active HF Contester and DXer and has many other interests in Amateur Radio. Since 1975, Dave has been teaching Basic and Advanced certification courses with the Fredericton (NB) Amateur Radio Club. He is also RAC’s Atlantic Director.
For more information please visit:
Glenn MacDonell, VE3XRA
RAC President and Chair
RAC MarCom Director
For an update on some radio events see the site below
For some time the SEA-PAC Executive Committee has monitored the COVID-19 pandemic working closely with our local health, public and government partners in assessing this unprecedented situation.
With approximately 60 days until the event, the Executive Committee has made the decision to cancel the SEA-PAC convention for 2020. Convention fees paid will be refunded.
This conclusion is based on the deadly seriousness of the virus, the rate of expansion, and the recovery time after the crisis apex is achieved. But more importantly, it is based on the genuine concern for the health and safety of the attendees, vendors and presenters.
Details regarding this cancellation will be posted at www.seapac.org.
Thank you for your understanding and we are looking forward to the next SEA-PAC on 4, 5, and 6 June 2021.
Gary J Takis K7GJT
SEA-PAC 2020 Chairman
In response to the COVID 19 issue the Nanaimo Amateur Radio Association has published a list of nets for Central / Northern Vancouver Island. Some of these nets have become more frequent.
Nanaimo Area Nets
Daily VHF Nets Time Repeater Callsign Frequency (MHz) Shift Tone
10:30 AM * VA7DXH (Ladysmith) 145.410 MHz (FM) Minus (600 KHz) 88.5 Hz 3:30 PM * VE7ISC (Nanaimo) 146.640 MHz (FM) Minus (600 KHz) 141.3 Hz *Stay Connected Nets operate until BC is cleared of the virus restrictions
Other VHF Nets
Daily 8:15 AM Cowichan Valley ARS Morning Net Island Trunk system (FM) See ITS below
Daily 9 AM Rainbow Country Net 146.940 MHz No Tone (FM) 146.940 MHz
Monday 8 PM Island Trunk system Monday Net Island Trunk system (FM) See ITS Below
Tuesday 7 PM Coast Emergency Comms Association (Message passing Net) CECA VIU Repeater System (FM) Use a 141.3 Hz Tone 443.000 MHz – S. Nanaimo 442.525 MHz – N. Nanaimo 442.450 MHz – Ladysmith 147.080 MHz – Parksville
Tuesday 7:45 PM Vancouver SSB Net 144.22 MHz (USB) Vertical Polarization
Wednesday 7:15 PM Emergency Management BC Island Trunk System Hosted by VE7PEP (FM) See ITS below Thursday *
7 PM NARA Thursday Net Island Trunk System (see below)
Wednesday 6 PM CQ Canada Net (Canada Wide Net) This is a Digital Net using the Fusion C4FM 146.980 MHz (VE7ANI) 443.900 MHz (VE7DJA)
Saturday 11 AM Vancouver Island 50 MHz net* Single sideband (USB) (Hosted by NARA) 50.150 MHz (Simplex)
*Stay Connected Nets operate until BC is cleared of the virus restrictions
** 9 AM The Wrong Button Club 3.744 MHz
Daily 6:30 PM BC Public Service Net 3.729 MHz
Daily 7:30 PM BC Yukon Traffic Net 3.716 MHz
Sunday 4:30 PM NARA Weekly HF Net 3.744 MHz
** Normally Monday to Friday but presently 7 days a week during the virus restrictions
Island Trunk System – a system of linked repeater stations servicing the East coast of Vancouver Island from Victoria to Port McNeill and through Port Alberni over to Tofino. See http://www.islandtrunksystem.org/cms/content/link-codes for more information
Hams in Bengal are assisting police in identifying large gatherings in violation of rules of in place to prevent the spread of COVID 19. To learn more go to
The following was received from the ARRL
ARRL Bulletin 9 ARLB009
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT March 24, 2020
To all radio amateurs
SB QST ARL ARLB009
ARLB009 W1AW to limit transmit schedule
In response to an executive order from Connecticut Governor Ned
Lamont that all non-essential businesses and not-for-profit entities
reduce in-person workforces because of COVID-19 pandemic
concerns, W1AW has slightly altered its transmission schedule.
W1AW has suspended its morning code practice and qualifying run
transmissions, beginning March 24, 2020. However, W1AW’s evening
transmissions, including qualifying runs, will be sent as usual —
there are no changes to the evening transmit schedule.
W1AW remains closed to the public.
Please see http://www.arrl.org/news/arrl-headquarters-is-closing for