Swiftsure International Yacht Race 2020 Cancelled

Over 50 amateur radio operators participate in this yearly event. Providing safety and emergency communication is their function. Looks like the amateurs will get a weekend off this year

Swiftsure 2020 is Cancelled

It is with the deepest regret that we have decided that, for the first time since 1946, the Swiftsure International Yacht Race will not be run this year.

After careful consideration by members of the Swiftsure Committee and the Board of the Royal Victoria Yacht Club, it was determined that it was in everyone’s best interest to cancel this year’s event due to the increasing threat of the COVID-19 virus. The risks associated with transmission of the virus to participants, to our many supporters, and to our volunteers is just too great, given the serious attention of our governments and health authorities. 

Thank you to those competitors who have registered for the 2020 event. Your registration fees will be refunded in full at our earliest opportunity.

Thank you to all our supporters, sponsors and volunteers who have been working in preparation for the 2020 event. Your time will not go to waste as the RVYC Swiftsure Committee will now immediately turn its attention to the 77th running in 2021.

Swiftsure, always a challenge!

Andrew McBride and Randy Diamond,Swiftsure Event Co-Chairs

RAC-Bulletin] RAC Head Office has been closed temporarily March 2020

The rapidly evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) situation has now reached Ottawa, where the RAC Head Office is located, and medical officials have requested that all individuals should remain in their homes and limit non-essential travel.

In order to ensure the health and safety of the RAC staff, volunteers and the Amateur Radio community in Ottawa who visit the Head Office, RAC has decided to close its headquarters effective immediately. As a result, the majority of activities and responsibilities of the RAC administration will now be performed remotely until the situation improves.

Important: Please do not go the RAC Head Office until you have been informed that it has been reopened.

Renewing your membership

If you need to renew your RAC membership you can do so by sending a cheque to the address provided below or by completing the online form at the Membership Sign Up / Renewal Area. You may also contact the office by telephone to renew your membership if preferred (see below).

Radio Amateurs of/du Canada
720 Belfast Road
Suite 217
Ottawa, ON K1G 0Z5

Delay in processing mail

Mail will now be picked up at the RAC Head Office intermittently so please take this delay into account if you are intending to send cheques, forms or applications to the RAC office. Please allow for extra time and to send out correspondence well in advance of any time constraints.

If you have already sent your renewal or any mail in the last two weeks it may not have yet reached RAC Headquarters and as result will not be picked up at the office until later this week. Please contact the RAC office if you have concerns about a renewal payment sent via regular mail.

Contacting RAC by telephone

We will be pleased to continue to assist RAC members by telephone at 613-244-4367 or 877-273-8304 from 10 am to 4 pm EST/EDT, Monday through Friday (except statutory holidays).

Please leave a message on the answering machine as usual if no one responds right away.

Contacting RAC by email

The RAC General Manager continues to be available by email at racgm@rac.ca. In addition, the regular RAC Headquarters email address at rachq@rac.ca will also be monitored.

We understand this is an uncertain time for everyone and we are here to continue to support you and we ask for your patience.

We also stress the importance of listening to medical officials in your own areas and exercise all due caution with your own activities.Alan GriffinRAC MarCom Director


The item below is self explanatory

The 2020 International DX Convention Has Been Cancelled
 March 10, 2020 We send out our apologies to all our perspective patrons of the 2020 International DX Convention. Due to concerns, health and well-being of our amateur radio family, our age group and possible compromised health issues; we are taking the side of safety and canceling the convention. Even though the percentage of COVID-19 is low, there are person(s) who have the illness but mild form and have not seen a physician. It only takes 1 person to pass the virus to a person with a compromised illness. We will be in close proximity of each other, yes the timing is bad, but all of your lives and families are more important. We will be refunding everyone’s reservation funds/shirt request funds. We appreciate your support and patience while we proceed with sending refunds back to each person.Note: EVERYONE WHO HAS HOTEL RESERVATIONS, it is your responsibility to cancel your reservation as soon as possible so that the hotels can resell their rooms.Respectfully
Cathy Gardenias, K6VC
Kris Jacob, KC6TOD
The entire IDXC Committee 2020