[RAC-Bulletin] RAC Planning Meeting is now underway in Moncton, New Brunswick

The biennial Planning Meeting of Radio Amateurs of Canada is now underway in Moncton, New Brunswick just ahead of the RAC Annual General Meeting which will be held on Saturday, September 14.
RAC’s Board of Directors meetings throughout the year are teleconferences so these Planning Meetings held every two years allow for a face-to-face meeting of RACs leadership and provide an opportunity to set goals and priorities for the future. In the above photo RAC President Glenn MacDonell, VE3XRA, provides an overview of Amateur Radio in Canada. The Annual General Meetings are held in a different part of Canada each year at the invitation of a local Amateur Radio club and are usually held in conjunction with one of their activities. This year it is be hosted by the Moncton Area Amateur Radio Club and will be held in conjunction with their Annual Fleamarket. For more information please visit:
https://www.rac.ca/rac-annual-general-meeting-saturday-september-14/

AGM Webinar information:

If you cannot attend the AGM in person we are pleased to provide a Webinar which RAC members can attend remotely by completing the online form provided at the following link by 11 am ADT on Friday, September 13:https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7420985907598665996
Please install and test the Webinar software in advance. You will receive additional details in a registration confirmation email. The Webinar will begin at 1:00 pm Atlantic Daylight Time but please log into the session at least 10 to 15 minutes in advance.If you wish to submit a question to the RAC President for the Q&A session please send it to ve3xra@rac.ca before 6 pm ADT on Friday, September 13.

Alan Griffin
RAC MarCom Director



[RAC-Bulletin] Call For Nominations of Candidates for Regional Director

Call for Nominations of Candidates for Regional Directorhttps://wp.rac.ca/call-for-nominations-of-candidates-for-regional-director/
Notice to RAC Members Residing in the Alberta/NWT/NU, Ontario South and Quebec Regions
The Secretary of Radio Amateurs of Canada Inc. hereby solicits nominations for the positions of Director for the Regions of Alberta/NWT/NU, Ontario South (postal codes L, M and N) and Quebec.
As described below the deadline for all original nominations and supporting documentation, including a biographical sketch, must be received by the RAC Secretary at the address indicated below by 12 noon on Friday, September 20, 2019. If required, an election for these positions will be held in October 2019 to take office on January 1, 2020 for a two-year term.
Incumbents:

  • Alberta/NT/NU: Ernest C. Clintberg, VE6EC
  • Ontario South: Phil McBride, VA3QR
  • Quebec: Guy Richard, VE2XTD

1. The Candidate:

  • must be a Full Voting Member of RAC
  • must have reached the legal age of majority
  • must reside in the Region for which he or she is nominated

2. A candidate may not nominate himself/herself. 3. The nomination form will:

  • be printed or typed
  • clearly indicate the candidate’s name, call sign and RAC membership number
  • clearly indicate the names, call signs, RAC membership numbers and original signatures of ten (10) or more full voting members of RAC

4. The nominators must have reached the legal age of majority and must reside in the same Region as the candidate whom they are nominating. 5. Each candidate must:

  • sign the nomination form, indicating a willingness to be nominated
  • include with the nomination a brief biographical sketch/CV limited to 500 words succinctly setting out his/her background and qualifications. A candidate choosing to submit a biographical sketch in both English and French languages will be allowed 500 words in each language. The biographical sketch will not include any campaign platform material.

6. Nominations must be sent to the following address: Secretary, Radio Amateurs of Canada720 Belfast Road, Suite 217Ottawa, ON K1G 0Z5 Note: Please clearly indicate on the mailing envelope that Nomination Documents are enclosed. 7. As indicated previously all original nominations and supporting documentation, including the biographical sketch, must be received by the RAC Secretary at the address indicated above by 12 noon on Friday, September 20, 2019. It is suggested (but not required) that the nomination forms be sent by registered mail. Faxed or emailed documents will not be accepted. The envelope will be held unopened until after the closing deadline of September 20, 2019. After this date, the Election Committee, under the supervision of the RAC Secretary, will open all submissions, review the documentation for accuracy, completeness and validity, and then announce the results of the Call for Nominations. The decision of the Election Committee is final. Should a balloted election be required, ballots will be mailed from RAC Headquarters on or before October 1, 2019.

Alan Griffin
RAC MarCom Director



Cowichan Valley Basic Radio Course. Sep 17 2019..

Basic Ham Radio Course Starting September 17, 2019 Cost: FREE

Participants must register prior to the course . This course is designed to provide you with all the information needed to obtain your Basic Amateur Radio Certificate and call sign. An examination by an accredited Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada examiner is included in the course.

Course Dates: Four Tuesday evenings, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.:

September 17, 24, October 1, and 8; and a Saturday, 8:30 a.m. – 2:30± p.m., October 12th.

Location: Duncan area For more information about the course: Contact Les, VA7CBN, va7cbn@cvars.com, 250.510.6305. To register: Contact Donna, VA7CHS, va7chs@gmail.com by September 10.



Sept 11 2019

Please take a moment on Wednesday Sept 11 2019 to remember the events of 18 years ago. Folks on both sides of the border were impacted in many different ways. The medical effects of first responders who attended the twin towers continue to this day.

There were many first responders, as well as citizens, on both sides of the border whose work and actions did not make media headlines. Their actions were of critical importance. This is one day those involved, along with many others will never forget. We ALL need to take a moment and remember.



[RAC-Bulletin] World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-19): An Update

Countdown to WRC-19: An Update to the article by Bryan Rawlings, VE3QN, in the September-October 2019 TCA

The World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 (WRC-19) will be held in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt from October 28 to November 22, 2019. Our delegate, Bryan Rawlings, VE3QN, the RAC Special Advisor at World Radiocommunication Conferences, regularly keeps us all up to date – through articles in The Canadian Amateur magazine and on the RAC website – on the issues and processes that ultimately determine Amateur Radio frequencies around the world. The September-October 2019 issue of The Canadian Amateur features Bryan’s article “Countdown to WRC-19: A Final Update…” as it is the last opportunity to include information in TCA before the Conference begins in October. Since the article was sent to the printer in mid-August 2019 international events have transpired and we are pleased to provide you with an updated article below.

With my article, “The Importance of Showing Up”, in the May-June 2019 issue of The Canadian Amateurmagazine, I hoped to draw attention to the international regulatory processes which are constantly at work adapting the frequencies and rules which underlay all radio services including the Amateur Radio Service. However, the recent action of the administration in France in seeking to extend the frequencies used for aeronautical mobile radio to include sharing our two-metre band, has done more than I could ever have hoped to draw attention to the need for Radio Amateurs everywhere to be vigilant and to be smart in interacting with the national, regional and international organizations tasked with regulating the radio spectrum.

So, let me start then with a WRC-19 agenda item which wasn’t even mentioned in the May-June article: specifically, WRC-19 Agenda Item 10. This is a standing item finalized at the conclusion of every World Radio Conference and which sets out the agenda for the subsequent WRC, in this case the planned 2023 Conference (WRC-23).

In recent meetings (late August) of the Conseil Europëen des Postes et Télécommunications (CEPT), a 48-member grouping of European states, France proposed asking the Conference to add an agenda item for WRC-23 to consider adding primary allocations for the aeronautical mobile service in several frequency ranges in the VHF, UHF and microwave bands. One of these ranges was 144 to 146 MHz which is currently allocated as a worldwide primary allocation to the Amateur Radio Service and the Amateur Satellite Service.

Following CEPT meetings in Prague (May) and in Ankara (August) and energetic interventions from the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU), which has observer status at CEPT, France withdrew the 144 MHz segment from their proposal in the closing phases of the Ankara meeting. Consequently, the Amateur community should have no further concerns with this proposal.

What Canadian Amateurs should retain from this is that this was accomplished precisely and arguably only because the Amateur community addressed this issue through its long-established and respected membership in international organizations where these issues are debated and resolved.

Here is a quick update of the issues we know will be considered at the 2019 World Radiocommunication Conference which begins on October 28.

Six Metres for Region 1:

To be on the same footing as the rest of the world, Amateurs in Region 1 (Europe, the Middle East and Africa) would hope for a 4 MHz primary allocation in 50 to 54 MHz. At the Conference the delegates will be given a choice of allocating 4 MHz, 2 MHz or 200 kHz – all primary, all secondary or partly one and partly the other. Also possible is No Change (NoC) leaving Region 1 Amateurs with their current hodge-podge of domestic allocations which range from 4 MHz as in the other Regions to no allocation at all.

This has been a very difficult file for the Amateurs who have worked it over the past four years and there is no assurance of the outcome.

5G International Mobile Telephony: 

Our principal concern has been to avoid having to share 47 – 47.2 GHz, one of our very few microwave primary allocations. In the run-up to the Conference it seems increasingly probable that this band will not be touched in the 2019 Conference, however there is no guarantee that this segment will not be under review in the 2023 Conference. Indeed, there is at least one preliminary proposal that 47 – 47.2 GHz be studied in the 2023 study cycle for sharing with the Fixed Satellite Service.

Wireless Access Nodes (RLANs) in 5 GHz:

Most of the heat on this agenda item has been with frequency segments in the lower part of the 5 GHz study range which do not overlap our Amateur allocation. The two segments under study which do overlap our Canadian secondary allocation – 5650 to 5925 MHz – are likely to not change in the Conference. Proposals to effect a limited expansion in 5725 to 5850 MHz concern mainly ITU Region 1 and are limited in impact and may not come to pass. It’s worth remembering that we are a secondary user in this band. In addition, we already share the 5725 to 5875 MHz portion with an Industrial, Scientific and Medical (ISM) band.

Wireless Power Transfer for Electric Vehicles (WPT(EV)):

Since these charging systems are not, strictly speaking, radio services, this agenda item is not to make an allocation for electric-vehicle charging. Rather, the issue is to recommend frequency ranges wherein vehicle charging can be effected so as to minimize interference to radiocommunication services.

The Conference will be told that the most appropriate ranges are 19 – 25 kHz for high-power applications and 79 – 90 kHz for medium power. Canada, however, has been instrumental in highlighting that nonetheless there is no assurance that wireless power charging for electric vehicles (WPT(EV)) will not cause harmful interference to radio communications (including Amateur Radio).

In the period leading up to the Conference there will be meetings among individual member states in the various regional telecommunication groupings. I’ve already mentioned European states in CEPT. In Canada’s case, the meeting with its partners in the Comisión Interamericana de Telecomunicaciones (CITEL), the telecommunications committee of the Organization of American States (OAS), took place in Ottawa in August. In those meetings RAC authored and Canada submitted a modification to the Inter-American Position on Wireless Power Transfer which strengthened the case for protecting radio services from spurious emissions from WPT(EV).

In addition, during the CITEL meeting IARU Region 2, Brazil, the US and Canada successfully convinced Mexico to withdraw 47 – 47.2 GHz from their proposal to study new frequency ranges for Fixed Satellite Service uplinks. For more information about this meeting please see the link provided below.

https://www.rac.ca/countdown-to-wrc-19-highlights-of-citel-wrc-preparatory-meeting/

WRC-19 will take place from October 28 to November 22 at the International Confer-ence Centre in Sharm El-Sheik, Egypt. Canadian Amateurs who wish to stay abreast of how all of these issues play out should subscribe to RAC bulletins, watch for news postings on the RAC webpage, and monitor RAC’s Twitter and Facebook accounts before and during the Conference using the hashtag #RACatWRC19.

Bryan Rawlings, VE3QN
RAC Special Advisor –
World Radiocommuncation Conference