RAC Section Managers reaffirm support of NTS* 2013-03-20

Section Managers representing all RAC Sections coast to coast
concluded discussions recently regarding NTS (National Traffic
System), and they confirmed ongoing support of NTS encouraging
operators to continue to support NTS by passing traffic on a regular
basis. NTS digital and Win link 2000 is the preferred system for ARES
Units to remain interoperable and functional in a digital world and
operators who have digital capability are encouraged to keep the
system busy.

Doug Mercer VO1DTM/VO1DM CEC
Radio Amateurs of Canada – Chief Field Services Officier

RAC Completes First Phase of Review of Amateur Radio Exam Questions

In December of 2012 Industry Canada put out a Request For Proposals
(RFP) to update the amateur radio question bank. RAC responded and
subsequently entered into a contract with Industry Canada
in January 2013 to update the amateur radio question bank. RAQI was engaged by
RAC to collaborate on the French language Continue reading “RAC Completes First Phase of Review of Amateur Radio Exam Questions”


This year the shakeout exercise will be held October 17th. ARES units should mark this date on their calendars and if at all possible participate. Lets see if we can break last years record number of ham radio participants.  Don’t forget to register.  For full details go to


Earthquake Research on Vancouver Island, some stuff we didn’t know

Why slow slip can portend a major earthquake.  WE need to be prepared.  The article is interesting and informative. Some think Cascaidia is due or overdue for a very large quake. This would impact Washington State as well as British Columbia. There is a  theory the effect would be felt well inland.  To read this informative article go to


Ham Radio Aids Florida Ham

Once again ham radio proves it worth.  Out of cell phone range, in the Green Swamp Wildlife Management Area with the water rising is generally not the best time to get stuck in the mud. That’s exactly what happened to one Florida Ham who used his radio to get assistance and out of trouble.  For all the details go to



The annual communications academy will be held at  South Seattle Community College on April 13/14 2013, This is a training workshop for Volunteers in Emergency Communications.   To get all the details go to http://www.CommAcademy.org