*IARU President and RAC member appointed Queen Counsel.

The province of Alberta announced on December 31th, that Mr. Timothy
S. Ellam, VE6SH was one of the lawyers appointed to the province’s
Queen Council status. Mr. Ellam is the current IARU President and has
been a member of Radio Amateurs Canada for several years.

RAC President Geoff Bawden, VE4BAW on behalf of all members and
amateurs in Canada, extends his sincere congratulations to Tim Ellam
for this prestigious appointment.

The official Alberta Government announcement can be found here:

http://alberta.ca/release.cfm?xID=35624E35AE74D-B656-6B78-FBB2D96CAC768F80

Vincent Charron, VA3GX/VE2HHH
Director of Communications and Fundraising – Radio Amateurs of Canada
– communications@rac.ca

JUST ANOTHER GENTLE REMINDER

The winter weather in North America has been the topic of much conversation of late. If all this weather isn’t enough to make you work on you and the families emergency preparedness plans perhaps it would be helpful to read the article noted below. The reality is we need to be prepared. ARES units need to be ready to respond. If you are an ARES member you need to ensure your family is properly looked after before you respond. Planning will assist you with the ability to respond promptly.

http://www.newsminer.com/news/alaska_news/threat-level-of-alaska-volcano-upgraded/article_f63476c0-7412-11e3-8e6d-0019bb30f31a.html

British Columbia QSO Party 2014 less than a month away

Date/Time: 1600z Feb 1 to 0400z Feb 2.

Objective: BC stations can contact anyone anywhere, while stations
outside BC must catch the attention of BC stations.

Rules, exchange and multipliers, as well as helpful hints and a
schedule of same-day events (to capitalize on QSO potential) can be
accessed from the BCQP homepage on the Orca DXCC website.
Visit http://orcadxcc.org/bcqp.html.

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AN EXAMPLE OF THE DAMAGE SOCIAL MEDIA CAN DO.

This article was originally printed last April. I don’t think much has changed in  the interim and the article still makes some valid points

Those involved in emergency communications have long expressed concern about social media, both the good and bad.  The issue of bad is one that has risen lately. The article below is an example.  It once again demonstrates the need for accurate and timely information. This sometimes requires the ability to quickly react. Can your ARES unit react quickly enough to assist your Public Information Officer or Incident Commander ? Just some questions that need to be discussed during training sessions, BEFORE the incident occurs.

http://www.cnn.com/2013/04/23/tech/social-media/tweet-ripple-effect/index.html?hpt=hp_c3

THREE BC AUTHORS ARE IN TCA JAN/FEB 2014.

In the latest issue of TCA we have three articles written by hams in the section.

John White, VA7WJ, wrote an article on Coaxial Lightning Arrestors

Dave Dickinson, VE7SST, wrote an article on the ARRL PIC Programming Kit

Erik Skovgaard ,VE7MDL, wrote an article on Broadband Receive Antennas.

Thanks gentlemen for your contributions