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RAC AGM Webinar

RAC Bulletin 2012-056E – WEBINAR for the Radio Amateurs of/du Canada Annual General Meeting September 22, 2012

Please pre-register for the webinar to attend the Radio Amateurs of/du Canada Annual General Meeting – Montreal on September 22, 2012 3:40 PM EDT at:

Welcome to the Radio Amateurs of/du Canada Annual General Meeting – Montreal on September 22, 2012.

Please pre-register before Saturday, 12:00 (noon) EDT using the link provided. A confirmation of your attendance and conference link will be provided by email. Sorry we cannot accept late registrations.

Please direct any questions to President Bawden in advance by 12:00 (noon) Saturday, September 22nd via We will not be able to take questions live via audio during the webinar due to bandwidth issues.

Audio will be via PC speakers or headset (preferred). We will be starting about twenty minutes before the AGM to allow for technical issues. Please note you will need to install a conference client software in advance as well.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Paul Burggraaf VO1PRB
Chief Information and Technology Officer

RAC Bulletin 2012-054E – Two Commercial Operations Evicted from Two Meter Band


RAC Bulletin 2012-054E – Two Commercial Operations Evicted from Two Meter Band

Following investigation into several member complaints, the Radio Amateurs of Canada is pleased to announce that two cases of frequency incursion have been resolved.
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*RAC Bulletin 2012-031E – Canada Day Contest*

*RAC Bulletin 2012-031E – Canada Day Contest*

A reminder to all Amateur Radio Operators that our Canada Day Contest is just over three weeks away. This is a great opportunity have a little fun on the airways and compete with others over a twenty four hour period. What better way to celebrate Canada’s birthday!

Whether you choose to operate as an individual or as part of a group, get on the air and see how many Official RAC stations that you can rack up. Also, check with your Regional Director to ensure that all possible RAC call signs for your Section are on the air, giving folks the best possible opportunity to pick up the “bonus points”.

RAC Canada Day Contest – 0000 – 2359 UTC – July 1, 2012

For all of this years rules and details, please visit theRAC website <>.

The very best of luck to everyone and have fun!


Doug Mercer VO1DTM/VO1DM CEC
Chief Field Services Officer


Vernon Ikeda – VE2MBS/VE2QQ
Pointe-Claire, Québec
RAC Blog Editor/RAC E-News/Web News Bulletin Editor

RAC Bulletin 2012-009E – Note to all Amateurs in the Alberta Section


**This call for volunteers comes from Alberta Section Manager Garry Jacobs, VE6CIA**

I am currently in need of volunteers to fill key positions within the Alberta Section Secretariat, including Provincial Government Liaison, Affiliated Club Coordinator, Public Information Officer and Technical Coordinator. If you feel that you are qualified and would like to join the Alberta Section team, I would like to hear from you. Drop me an e-mail at


Garry Jacobs VE6CIA
Section Manager Alberta

Doug Mercer, VO1DTM
Chief Field Services Officer – Radio Amateurs of Canada Inc.


Vernon Ikeda – VE2MBS/VE2QQ
Pointe-Claire, Québec
RAC Blog Editor/RAC E-News/Web News Bulletin Editor

RAC Bulletin 2012-008E – Amateur of the Year for 2011

The RAC Board of Directors takes great pleasure in announcing the selection of Dr. Cezar Trifu, VE3LYC of Kingston, ON as the Canadian Radio Amateur of the Year for 2011.  Dr. Trifu exemplifies the Canadian Amateur with numerous IOTA DXpeditions since 2008 covering Canadian Islands and recently overseas islands. He has raised the profile of Canadian Amateur operations world-wide with thousands of QSOs with DXCCs covering over six continents. His dedication to HF operations has been recognized with the DXCC Honor Roll, IOTA Honour Roll, IOTA Gold Level Awards, Canadian Islands Award and US Islands Award to name a short list of numerous awards.  Cezar has also raised the national and international awareness of the Canadian Amateur scene with over twenty multi language articles in several amateur journals.

A presentation will be made to Dr. Trifu in the coming weeks with an article and more on his nomination to appear in the May-June 2012 issue of The Canadian Amateur magazine.

Paul Burggraaf, VO1PRB
RAC Corporate Secretary


Vernon Ikeda – VE2MBS/VE2QQ
Pointe-Claire, Québec
RAC Blog Editor/RAC E-News/Web News Bulletin Editor

Special WRC Report Number Two

[IARU-R2-News 160] Special WRC Report Number Two

The procedures used by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) before and during a World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC) seem complicated. They are somewhat complicated but they are understandable with a bit of background.

Each agenda item that will be decided at a WRC has been studied for at least 3 or 4 years leading up to a WRC. ITU Working Parties discuss the issues involved in the agenda item. Compatibility studies, sharing studies, experiments, etc. take place whenever needed so that discussions and decisions can be made based upon facts rather than opinions. Within a year prior to the start of a WRC an important meeting called the Conference Preparatory Meeting (CPM) occurs. The CPM report pulls together all of the information dealing with each of the agenda items and sets forth the various ways, if there is more than one, that an agenda item can be satisfied or decided. By the time of the CPM, most all of the arguments in favor of the agenda item and opposed to the agenda items have been thoroughly discussed in the many meetings that take place regarding each agenda item. When a national administration arrives at the WRC, decisions have generally been made by that administration whether to be in favor or opposed to any particular agenda items. However, it is usually not that clear cut. Some administrations may be in favor if certain adjustments or modifications are made to one or more of the proposed methods to satisfy the agenda item. In other words, discussions and negotiations really get started during the earlier stages of the WRC. For example, Administration X may withhold support or opposition on a specific proposal until other administrations agree to support Administration X.s position on other agenda items that Administration X is very interested in.

At the beginning of the WRC, each agenda item is assigned to a Sub-Working Group (SWG) to allow interested administrations and other interested attendees the opportunity to discuss the agenda item. This is the stage where most of the negotiations and compromises are made in order to arrive at a consensus as to how to decide the agenda item. The preferred way is to have a consensus by the SWG attendees. Many times the consensus is achieved by all parties realizing that the result may very well turn out to be a situation where “everyone is a little bit unhappy”.

The flow of the work is that the output of the SWG goes to the Working Group level. After the WG (WG)level deals with the issue it moves to the Committee level. By the time the issue gets to the Committee level, revisions to the work done at the lower levels is generally not done. Once the agenda item passes the Committee level, it goes to the Plenary for two readings. If it passes the two readings the agenda item appears in the Final Acts of the WRC.

There are also times when a consensus by ALL parties is just not possible. An agenda item can move from the SWG stage to the Working Group stage where most administrations have reached a consensus on how to resolve the issue but there are still some administrations that are in favor of No Change (NOC).

Agenda Item 1.23. In the case of agenda item 1.23, there was a good deal of support among administrations at the SWG level for a secondary allocation to amateur radio just below 500 kHz. However, there was strong resistance by several administrations to the allocation based upon a stated concern that amateur operation in that portion of the spectrum could cause interference to Non-Directional Beacons. SWG 4C3 (the SWG dealing with agenda item 1.23) met 12 times over a period of ten days trying to arrive at a consensus on 1.23. Finally, a consensus was achieved on the issue by adding various footnotes dealing with the allocation that satisfied most of the administrations opposing the allocation. At the end of the day, there were still a couple of administrations opposing the allocation. As a result, the SWG elevated the issue to the Working Group level with 2 options to satisfy the agenda item:

1) a secondary allocation to the amateur service in the band 472-479 kHz with certain operating conditions set forth in footnotes to the allocation, or

2.) No Change (in other words, no amateur allocation).

The proposal that has been agreed to by most administrations that support the amateur allocation calls for a worldwide secondary allocation to the amateur service at 472 to 479 kHz with a power limit of 1 watt e.i.r.p., but with a provision for administrations to permit up to 5 watts e.i.r.p. for stations located more than 800 km from certain countries that wish to protect their aeronautical radionavigation service (non-directional beacons) from any possible interference. Proposed footnotes provide administrations with opportunities to opt out of the amateur allocation and/or to upgrade their aeronautical radionavigation service to primary if they wish to do so. In addition to these protections for aeronautical radionavigation, the amateur service must avoid harmful interference to the primary maritime mobile service.

At the Working Group meeting, there was no shifting of positions so the matter was elevated to the next level to Committee 4 with the same 2 options. The Committee 4 meeting takes place on Tuesday, 7 February. I will report on the results of that Committee 4 meeting but based upon the results thus far, I am cautiously optimistic that the amateurs will have a new secondary allocation at 472-479 kHz.

Agenda Item 1.15. Another agenda item being carefully watched by the IARU is agenda item 1.15 dealing with oceanographic radar. One of the candidate bands for the placement of oceanographic radar is 5.250 to 5.275 MHz. There have been a number of administrations that have granted amateurs access to spectrum around 5 MHz. In fact, one of the bands listed by IARU as a future allocation is 5 MHz. If oceanographic radar is operating in the 5.250-5.275 MHz band, that may impact the ability of the amateurs to obtain an allocation in that area. The candidate bands have not been finalized as yet at the WRC.

Rod Stafford W6ROD
IARU Secretary – Region 2




Ron McFayden, assistant Section Manager for the Yukon,

has advised that Terry Maher, VY1AK, has accepted the

position of Section Emergency Coordinator-Yukon.

Terry has been active with the Yukon Emergency Measures

Organization for some time and is also an active member

of the Yukon Amateur Radio Association.

Paul Giffin
Section Manager British Columbia Yukon
Radio Amateurs of Canada.


RAC Bulletin 2012-001E – Trustee wanted for Defence of Amateur Radio Fund (DARF)

RAC Bulletin 2012-001E – Trustee wanted for Defence of Amateur Radio Fund (DARF)

RAC is looking for a person to fill the recently vacated trustee position in DARF. The DARF trustee must be a licensed amateur and may not be an officer, employee, director or agent of RAC. DARF is a Trust Fund established in the early 90’s to provide financial support for travel expenses of an Amateur representative on the Canadian delegation to World Radio Conferences to defend the Amateur Radio Bands.

The World Radio Conferences occur under the aegis of the International Telecommunications Union, a United Nations agency responsible for information and communication technologies and managing the radio spectrum. Moving the short wave broadcasting allocation out of the 40 Metre band was accomplished at a WRC and was a major victory for amateur radio.

As a Trust, DARF’s role is to raise and manage donated funds. These funds can only be used for the stated purposes. All decisions by the trustees must be unanimous to ensure that the purpose of the DARF trust is upheld. Funds are held in a trust account at a major chartered bank and can only be withdrawn with two of three trustees. signatures. The current trustees are Gerry Hohn, VE6LB, Dave Snydal, VE4XN, and one vacancy. DARF has no policy role. The Board of Directors of RAC set policy and nominates the amateur representative on the Canadian delegation.

If you are interested please provide your name and a brief resume [no more than 500 words in French or English] email communication preferred to:

Paul Burggraaf, VO1PRB
51 Greenspond Drive
St. Johns NL, A1E 5Z9

Geoff Bawden VE4BAW
President and Chairman – Radio Amateurs of Canada

RAC Bulletin 2011-046E – New Membership rates

RAC Bulletin 2011-046E – New Membership rates


It has been many years but the Radio Amateurs of Canada have finally raised the membership rates.

Rates had previously been raised for United States and International Members to take into account the increased mailing costs for non-Canadian residents.

Canadian membership rates are among the lowest in the world and will remain so. A membership in the Radio Amateurs of Canada will continue to be less than a tank of gas and the increase is less than a cup of coffee for most memberships.

These price changes are now reflected on the RAC website.

Membership: Full Regular $52.00, Full Family $25.00, Full Blind $25.00, Full Maple Leaf Operator $100.00
Associate Regular $52.00, Associate Family $25.00, Associate Blind $25.00, Associate Corporate $150.00, Associate U.S. $90, Associate International $130

The above Membership Dues are subject to GST and/or HST from your province of residence.
5% – AB, MB, NT, NU, MB, PE, QC, SK, YT
12% – BC
13% – NB, NL, ON
15% – NS

Frank Greene
Office Manager – Radio Amateurs of Canada