EI1KNH is now on the air as a 60 MHz beacon from Ireland.The press release can be found at
Australia’s hams have been asked to be extra vigilant due to communications failures caused by the bush fires. Find out more at
QST de W1AW
ARRL Bulletin 1 ARLB001
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT January 2, 2020
To all radio amateurs
SB QST ARL ARLB001
ARLB001 W1AW 2020 Winter Operating Schedule
Time Mode Days
——————- —- ———
1400 UTC (9 AM EST) CWs Wed, Fri
1400 UTC (9 AM EST) CWf Tue, Thu
Daily Visitor Operating Hours:
1500 UTC to 1700 UTC – (10 AM to 12 PM EST)
1800 UTC to 2045 UTC – (1 PM to 3:45 PM EST)
(Station closed 1700 to 1800 UTC (12 PM to 1 PM EST))
2100 UTC (4 PM EST) CWf Mon, Wed, Fri
2100 ” ” CWs Tue, Thu
2200 ” (5 PM EST) CWb Daily
2300 ” (6 PM EST) DIGITAL Daily
0000 ” (7 PM EST) CWs Mon, Wed, Fri
0000 ” ” CWf Tue, Thu
0100 ” (8 PM EST) CWb Daily
0200 ” (9 PM EST) DIGITAL Daily
0245 ” (9:45 PM EST) VOICE Daily
0300 ” (10 PM EST) CWf Mon, Wed, Fri
0300 ” ” CWs Tue, Thu
0400 ” (11 PM EST) CWb Daily
CW: 1.8025 3.5815 7.0475 14.0475 18.0975 21.0675 28.0675 50.350 147.555
DIGITAL: – 3.5975 7.095 14.095 18.1025 21.095 28.095 50.350 147.555
VOICE: 1.855 3.990 7.290 14.290 18.160 21.390 28.590 50.350 147.555
CWs = Morse Code practice (slow) = 5, 7.5, 10, 13 and 15 WPM
CWf = Morse Code practice (fast) = 35, 30, 25, 20, 15, 13 and 10 WPM
CWb = Morse Code Bulletins = 18 WPM
CW frequencies include code practices, Qualifying Runs and CW
DIGITAL = BAUDOT (45.45 baud), BPSK31 and MFSK16 in a revolving
Code practice texts are from QST, and the source of each practice is
given at the beginning of each practice and at the beginning of
On Tuesdays and Fridays at 2330 UTC (6:30 PM EST), Keplerian
Elements for active amateur satellites are sent on the regular
A DX bulletin replaces or is added to the regular bulletins between
0100 UTC (8 PM EST) Thursdays and 0100 UTC (8 PM EST) Fridays.
Audio from W1AW’s CW code practices, CW/digital bulletins and phone
bulletin is available using EchoLink via the W1AW Conference Server
named “W1AWBDCT.” The monthly W1AW Qualifying Runs are presented
here as well. The audio is sent in real-time and runs concurrently
with W1AW’s regular transmission schedule.
All users who connect to the conference server are muted. Please
note that any questions or comments about this server should not be
sent via the “Text” window in EchoLink. Please direct any questions
or comments to firstname.lastname@example.org .
In a communications emergency, monitor W1AW for special bulletins as
follows: Voice on the hour, Digital at 15 minutes past the hour, and
CW on the half hour.
All licensed amateurs may operate the station from 1500 UTC to 1700
UTC (10 AM to 12 PM EST), and then from 1800 UTC to 2045 UTC (1 PM
to 3:45 PM EST) Monday through Friday. Be sure to bring your
current FCC amateur radio license or a photocopy.
The W1AW Operating Schedule may also be found on page 91 in the
January 2020 issue of QST or on the web at,
This is an interesting story covering over twenty plus years. Times may not have changed as much as we thought
Radio Amateurs of Canada is pleased to announce the appointment of Jason Tremblay, VE3JXT, as its new Community Services Officer (CSO) and Margaret Tidman, VA3VXN, as its new Treasurer. Both positions are effective January 1, 2020.
Jason has been serving as RAC’s Deputy Community Services Officer and is relieving Doug Mercer, VO1DTM, of one of the two portfolios he has been holding for many years. I would like to thank Doug for his hard work and dedication as CSO and I look forward to continuing to work with him in his role as RAC’s Vice-President.
Jason recently represented RAC at the International Amateur Radio Union’s General Assembly Emergency Communications Workshop in Lima, Peru and he has extensive Emergency Communications experience as shown in the bio provided below.
Margaret Tidman, VA3VXN, is now serving as the new RAC Treasurer. As described in her bio below, Margaret has worked in the field of accounting for 20 years and has been the Treasurer for the Ottawa Amateur Radio Club (OARC) since 2014. She previously served as the RAC Treasurer for the 2010-11 term.
I’d like to thank Devon Racicot, VE5DWR, for his excellent work as Treasurer and Chair of our Administration and Finance Committee over the past several years. Devon will continue to support RAC nationally and will be working on the RAC Legacy and Donation programs.
I’m happy to welcome Margaret and Jason to the RAC Executive and look forward to working with them on our new and ongoing initiatives.
Glenn MacDonell, VE3XRA
RAC President and Chair
Jason Tremblay, VE3JXT
RAC Community Services Officer
Jason’s background is in Emergency Services and Security. He previously volunteered with St John Ambulance and with the Red Cross as an Instructor and a member of Disaster Services, where he “learned about working with others and the critical need for great support and defined training systems”.
He received his Amateur Radio certification in 2014 and served as the Emergency Coordinator for the Barrie and South Simcoe ARES team for three years, working closely with the local communities. He was also the Director of Community Services for the Barrie Amateur Radio Club and served as its Vice-President, and worked with the public and community groups and other organizations for public and educational events.
Jason’s focus has been on promoting and educating his local communities about Amateur Radio and the benefits of the service in our community. In the last two years he has taken on the role of District Emergency Coordinator for the Lakes District in Ontario.
He spent the last nine months working with Section Managers and Districts, through webinars, to build a stronger foundation in training and communications between ARES teams in Ontario and encouraging teams to work together to build a unified and accountable training system throughout Ontario.
Jason resides with his wife and family in Beeton, Ontario and is a member of the Barrie Amateur Radio Club. He recently stepped down as the Emergency Coordinator (EC) for the City of Barrie and South Simcoe Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) group to focus on the role of Deputy Community Services Officer and now as Community Services Officer.
Margaret Tidman, VA3VXN
Margaret became interested in Amateur Radio after attending the Canadian Ski Marathon with her OM and saw how much fun Amateur Radio could be. She obtained her Amateur Radio Operator Certification in May 2009 and her first QSO was at 10 GHz for the American Radio Relay League’s VHF Contest with the West-Carleton Amateur Radio Club (WCARC). She currently holds the call signs VA3VXN and VE3VXN.
Margaret has worked in the field of accounting for 20 years. She has been the Treasurer for the Ottawa Amateur Radio Club (OARC) since 2014 and was previously the Treasurer for Radio Amateurs of Canada for the 2010-11 term, and for the Ottawa Canada Linux Users Group (OCLUG) from 2007 to 2010.
Margaret is currently a member of the Ottawa Amateur Radio Club (OARC), the Ottawa ARES Emergency Measures Radio Group (EMRG), the Rideau Lakes Amateur Radio Club (RLARC) and the Lanark North Leeds ARES Group (LNL-ARES).
She enjoys volunteering for various public service events such as bike tours, marathons and car rallies. She also enjoys baking, reading and crocheting. Margaret currently lives in Perth, Ontario with her husband Tyler, VA3DGN and their cat, Magic.
RAC MarCom Director
If you are interested in seeing the location of the fires in Australia the APRS site will provide that information for you. Go to the search bar on the site and type in the city in Australia you are interested in. Not only will you see the various ham stations, but also the locations of the fires of which they have a lot. The site is aprs.fi
There have been some recent developments with the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) program in Canada.
First, a bit of background. There are four levels of ARES organization: National, Section, District and Local. Sections are geographically-based administrative units organized to deliver RAC services to non-government organizations and governments through the ARES program.
The senior RAC official in each Section is the Section Manager (SM). The SM appoints a Section Emergency Coordinator (SEC) for the Section. The SEC, in turn, appoints District Emergency Coordinators (DEC) for each region. DECs, in turn, appoint Emergency Coordinators for each city in their District.
The ARRL and RAC both have Sections and – as in the case of some other administrative structures that RAC inherited from the ARRL as a result of our shared history – the functions of our Sections have changed over the years to meet our particular circumstances.
In 2012, RAC divided the previous Ontario Section into four distinct Sections because the province was too large for one SM to manage. As a result the Ontario North, Ontario East, Ontario GTA (Greater Toronto Area) and Ontario South Sections were born.
Recently, ARES groups in the City of Hamilton and in the Regional Municipality of Niagara indicated that it would be beneficial for them to move from the Ontario South Section into the Ontario GTA Section.
Niagara and Hamilton are located on the west and southwest borders of the GTA Section and both groups have a history of working with the GTA teams on Simulated Emergency Tests (SETs) and many public service events. As a result, the border between the Ontario South and Greater Toronto Area Sections is being moved to better reflect operational needs within ARES and its served agencies.
Effective April 1, Amateurs in the City of Hamilton and in the Regional Municipality of Niagara will from then on be in the Greater Toronto Area Section, not the Ontario South section as before.
In addition, RAC members in Prince Edward Island have been working for some time to create a separate section for RAC ARES activities in their province. I am happy to report that their work has been successful and we are now seeking a Section Manager, a key step in establishing the new PE Section (see page 58 of the January-February 2020 TCA). Once elected, the new SM will start a two-year term on April 1, 2020.
In the future, the Maritimes Section that had earlier coordinated the ARES activities in the three Maritime provinces will continue to be responsible for the activities in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick and the new PE Section will deal with the activities on Prince Edward Island. We look forward to reading about the new PE Section in the Public Service / ARES column and in the Section News in upcoming issues of TCA.
Additional information will be posted at the following link when it is available:
Glenn MacDonell, VE3XRA
RAC President and Chair
Happy New Year! Welcome to the January-February 2020 issue of The Canadian Amateur.
The electronic TCA (eTCA) version of the January-February 2020 TCA is now available for viewing or download.
The print version is now at the printer but will be delayed due to the closure – both at the printer and at Canada Post – for the Christmas holidays.
To download your copy please visit: https://www.rac.ca/digitaltca/
The lads in Surrey outdid themselves in this edition. 75 pages ! To see this edition go to
This event is not a contest but an event to celebrate CW. For all the information you need to know go to