RAC Bulletin 2011-039E – Radio Amateurs of Canada Executive for 2012-2013


RAC Bulletin 2011-039E – Radio Amateurs of Canada Executive for 2012-2013

It gives me great pleasure to announce your incoming Radio Amateurs of Canada Executive members for 2012-2013.

RAC President – Geoff Bawden, VE4BAW
First Vice President – Ian MacFarquhar, VE9IM
Chief Field Services Officer – Doug Mercer, VO1DM
Chief Information and Technology Officer – James Hay, VE2VE
International Affairs Officer – George Gorsline, VE3YV
Regulatory Affairs Officer – Bill Gade, VE4WO
RABC Representative Officer – Norm Rashleigh, VE3LC
Honourary Legal Counsel – Marcel Mongeon, VA3DDD
Corporate Secretary – Paul Burggraaf, VO1PRB
There were no candidates for Treasurer, Public Information Officer or the Member Services Officer positions. I would like to thank Nominations Committee Chairperson Ed Frazer VE7EF and the RAC Directors for their assistance in the Executive nomination and election process.

Congratulations are extended to the Executive members above and thank you for your service and willingness to step forward for the national organization.

On behalf of the Board of the Radio Amateurs of Canada, I wish to express a sincere “Thank You and Happy Retirement from the RAC” to VPIA Daniel Lamoureux, VE2KA for his many years of dedicated service in numerous roles to the RAC. Last but not least, a sincere “Thank You” to VPRA Richard Ferch, VE3KI for his three terms keeping the regulatory side on the forefront and to Treasurer Margaret Tidman, VA3VXN for taking on the financial reigns the past two years.

Paul Burggraaf VO1PRB
RAC Corporate Secretary

WINMOR – HF Digital Communications

By Walter Isaacson

Digital communications on the HF frequencies has been difficult to accomplish. Packet radio (AX25 protocol), running at 300 baud has been used but it is prone to failure and loss of connection so has not been popular. On VHF and UHF frequencies packet radio, even at 1200 baud is much more successful. Continue reading “WINMOR – HF Digital Communications”


“Tsunamis are a rare but serious threat. There are two main types of tsunamis that could impact British Columbia’s coast. The first threat is from tsunamis that are generated out in the Pacific Ocean. These off-shore tsunamis could impact BC’s outer coastal communities with waves from either, the north, south or west. The second type of threat is from tsunamis that are generated in local waters. These near-shore tsunamis may be triggered by earthquakes, landslides or underwater slides and could impact any coastal area of British Columbia.”

From the Tsunami Preparedness Guide published by:

Ministry of Public Safety
and Solicitor General
Provincial Emergency Program

Learning From National and International Disasters

On Wednesday Nov 23,2011 an Emergency Management Conference was held in Victoria, B.C. at the conference centre. Speakers included Jon Mitchell ,Manager, Regional Emergency Management Office, Canterbury New Zealand, and Carolyn Taylor from Duncan B.C who was in Christchurch, NZ when the February 22, earthquake struck. In addition Sonja Ruthe from the Canadian Red Cross spoke of the Slave Lake Alberta recovery from the Wildfires of this year. Kelli Kryzanowski, from Emergency Management BC, spoke of the ongoing recovery in Japan and LIsa Pierce of the Red Cross spoke of the ongoing issues in Hati.

The audience included people from the various areas of emergency management, and the house was full.

Rob Johns and Brock Henson from the Emergency Management of Victoria and Saanich showed the similiarities of Christchurch and Victoria. The similiarities are very similiar and served as a very real reminder of what could happen to Victoria and Vancouver Island should there be a significant earthquake.

All in all a very interesting day that included a 4.0 magnitude earthquake 165km nw of Port Alice on the west coast of Vancouver Island. There was no reported damage.

Compliments to Ron Johns and Brock Henson for their organization of the day and to the City of Victoria, the Municipality of Saanich, the Capitol Regional District and Emergency Management BC for their support.

Posted on November 24, 2011 by va7mpg



Preliminary Earthquake Report
Magnitude 4.2 Mb
23 Nov 2011 23:02:44 UTC
23 Nov 2011 15:02:44 near epicenter
23 Nov 2011 15:02:44 standard time in your timezone
Location 50.752N 129.788W
Depth 9 km
161 km (100 miles) W (274 degrees) of Port Hardy, BC, Canada
334 km (208 miles) WNW (286 degrees) of Campbell River, British Columbia, Canada
396 km (246 miles) S (175 degrees) of Prince Rupert, BC, Canada
503 km (312 miles) WNW (292 degrees) of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Location Uncertainty Horizontal: 26.3 km; Vertical 8.5 km Continue reading “4.2 Mb – VANCOUVER ISLAND, CANADA REGION”

As howling storm battered Alaska, ham operators provided vital link

As howling storm battered Alaska, ham operators provided vital link
By Jill Burke of the Alaska Dispatch
November 12, 2011

The jet stream feeding the wintery sea-spun tempest that sideswiped Alaska’s western coast wasn’t the only worldwide conveyer belt in motion this week. As howling winds whipped up and crashing waves pounded beaches, the people who live in the remote, isolated villages along the storm’s path stayed connected via a web of global radio frequencies.

When other communications failed, ham radio operators came to the rescue. Throughout the storm, they were the eyes for scientists in Fairbanks and Anchorage who otherwise would have been blind to weather conditions they could predict but not see.

“They were providing critical observations. We don’t have a lot of meteorological observations in the west. We don’t have the instruments out there,” Carven Scott, a forecaster with the National Weather Service in Anchorage, said Thursday as messages sent via the amateur radio network zapped into his inbox. Continue reading “As howling storm battered Alaska, ham operators provided vital link”

Italian and Turkish HF Emergency operations complete.

Italian and Turkish HF Emergency operations complete.
Written by G0DUB
Wednesday, 09 November 2011 15:53

The use of HF frequencies by RNRE in Italy for the flooding in the North West of their country and TRAC for the Earthquake in Van province of Turkey has finished. There is no further need to take care when operating around 3.643, 3.760MHz, 7.045-7.060 and 7.092-7.095 MHz.

Thanks to all amateurs who kept the frequencies clear for emergency traffic.

RAC Bulletin 2011-035E

New Section Manager for BC/Yukon

It is indeed a pleasure for me to announce the appointment of Paul Giffin VA7MPG Section Manager for British Columbia/Yukon effective today. Paul has been licensed since 1993 and has been active in emergency communications for the past 47years, over 40 of them as an operational member of the RCMP. He is currently Emergency Coordinator for the City of Nanaimo and the southern portion of the Regional District of Nanaimo. He is also President of Coast Emergency Communications Group and the mid island Assistant Regional Emergency Radio Representative for the BC Provincial Emergency Program. Paul resides in Gabriola Island, British Columbia. Welcome aboard Paul.

In making this announcement, I would like to sincerely thank outgoing Section Manager Drew Watson VA7DR who completed his two year term yesterday. His service to the RAC and the BC/YT Section is very much appreciated.

Paul is eager to receive news from your area along with any ideas or suggestions that you may have. He is also in the process establishing a BC/YT Section Bulletin service so why not drop him an e-mail to be sure that you are included. You can e-mail him at guppy1@shaw.ca.


Doug Mercer VO1DM CEC
Vice President Field Services

— From Rac website http://www.rac.ca/en/news/bulletins/2011/35/

Thailand’s radio hams help save almost 1,000 lives

Thailand’s radio hams help save almost 1,000 lives

At a recent gathering hosted by Thailand’s amateur radio society, RAST, those present heard how RAST Secretary Wacharaphol, HS4DDQ, and his team working with the Public Health Ministry on Ngarmwongwarn Road and using the callsign HS0AC had helped to save almost 1,000 lives by coordinating rescue communications in cases of medical emergencies. Continue reading “Thailand’s radio hams help save almost 1,000 lives”