W1AW to limit transmit schedule

The following was received from the ARRL

ARRL Bulletin 9  ARLB009
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  March 24, 2020
To all radio amateurs

ARLB009 W1AW to limit transmit schedule

In response to an executive order from Connecticut Governor Ned
Lamont that all non-essential businesses and not-for-profit entities
reduce in-person workforces because of COVID-19 pandemic
concerns, W1AW has slightly altered its transmission schedule.

W1AW has suspended its morning code practice and qualifying run
transmissions, beginning March 24, 2020.  However, W1AW’s evening
transmissions, including qualifying runs, will be sent as usual —
there are no changes to the evening transmit schedule.

W1AW remains closed to the public.

Please see http://www.arrl.org/news/arrl-headquarters-is-closing for
further details.

[RAC-Bulletin] Amateur Radio during the current Global Pandemic March 27, 2020

Message from the RAC President
Glenn MacDonell, VE3XRA

The Covid-19 pandemic has been a part of our daily lives for several weeks now and will most likely continue to be for some time. The pandemic is of particular concern for Radio Amateurs because ours is a hobby that can be practised by people of all ages from elementary schoolchildren to senior citizens. In fact, it is frequently one of the activities that many take up as they near or begin retirement and finally have the time and resources available to participate. Consequently, we have a high proportion of seniors among our members and indeed some of the Amateur Radio clubs affiliated with RAC are senior citizen organizations.

Canadians are being directed to stay home in order to limit their contact with other people and to “flatten” or “plank” the coronavirus curve. As result, Amateur Radio club meetings and public events have been cancelled and clubs are investigating ways to keep in touch with their members – who are being encouraged to limit direct personal contacts through social/physical distancing and self-isolation – by using existing or new Amateur Radio nets (see below) and/or internet-based communication tools such as Zoom, GoToMeeting, WebEx and many others.

Isolation can have its own potential problems for people who live alone. Amateur Radio is all about communicating and we have the necessary hardware and expertise to enable individuals to stay in touch with their families, friends and colleagues.The Canadian Red Cross has prepared a “Psychological First Aid Pocket Guide” (PDF file, 631 kB)  which “provides emotional and practical support to individuals, families and communities who are having difficulty coping. It is about establishing a connection with people in a compassionate non-judgmental manner to bring calm and comfort.” 

The Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) is assisting the effort at every level. Some regions have already activated their Emergency Operations Centres to help coordinate agencies working the frontline and because of the current state of emergency declared by provinces, territories and municipalities. This does not mean that Amateur Radio Emergency Services are active or will be activated for this event. We provide communications services to mitigate potential failures and currently, despite the reports of concerns, there have been no reported issues.

Amateur Radio nets regularly connect individuals on a scheduled basis, but perhaps they can play additional roles during these difficult times such as helping isolated seniors keep contact with one another and allowing their colleagues and club members to help out when needed. We do not have a complete list of all Amateur Radio nets in Canada but the links at the end of this Message will provide a good start.

The impact and duration of the unprecedented global pandemic we now face has yet to be determined and it is difficult to plan in an uncertain future. However, although the RAC Head Office in Ottawa has been closed indefinitely, the majority of activities and responsibilities of the RAC administration are now being performed remotely. In addition, the RAC Board and Executive and all RAC committees and volunteers continue to work on behalf of all RAC members and for Amateur Radio in Canada and internationally.

The Amateur Radio Service consists of a diverse population, both in age and abilities, and Amateurs and Amateur Radio organizations are adapting to the current crisis and using their skills and knowledge to help in any way they can. RAC is also rising to the challenge and is now looking at ways to do things differently and to take advantage of our technical skills and recent technological advances. For example, we are now in the final stages of organizing both a Basic and an Advanced online Amateur Radio course.  More information about this new initiative will be posted on the RAC website in the coming days.

It is interesting that we are discussing this new need for Amateur Radio to provide assistance as we approach World Amateur Radio Day which is held every April 18. It was on that day in 1925 that the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) was formed in Paris and Radio Amateurs worldwide now take to the airwaves each year in celebration.

Appropriately, the theme of World Amateur Radio Day is “Celebrating Amateur Radio’s contribution to Society” and Amateur Radio will play its part as the current global crisis unfolds. RAC is planning to celebrate World Amateur Radio Day this year on the air by inviting Amateurs in Canada and around the world to contact RAC official stations (VA2RAC, VA3RAC etc). The details are still being worked out and we will provide more information about this event in the near future.

Thank you for your continued support and understanding during this time of crisis. Please take care of yourself and your loved ones. 

Stay safe and, wherever possible, let us help one another during this extraordinary time.

Amateur Radio nets:

Radio Amateurs of Canada:


The Battleford’s Amateur Radio Association:


The North Okanagan Radio Amateur Club:



Canadian Red Cross Document:

Canadian Red Cross Psychological First Aid Guide:


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