Emergency Preparedness…. a Little Help.

Are you have trouble with your emergency preparedness ? In view of the storms that have hit the BC Coast so far this 2018-2019 winter it may be helpful to review these two items



Certain Hytera Radio Products now Banned in the United States

The long battle between Hytera and Motorola continues with the importation ban of certain Hytera radios and repeaters. To learn the following websites have a lot of information.



RAC-Bulletin- RAC President Attends Annual ARRL Board Meeting: January 18-19

The following information was received from the Radio Amateurs of Canada


The annual Board of Directors meeting of the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), is underway in Windsor, Connecticut and will conclude tomorrowSaturday, January 19.
The above photo shows (from left): Jay Bellows, K0QB (ARRL International Affairs Vice-President), Rick Roderick, K5UR (ARRL President), Glenn MacDonell, VE3XRA (RAC President) and Rick Niswander, K7GM (ARRL Treasurer).
The ARRL Board Meetings are held twice each year in January and July. This was the fourth January ARRL Board meeting that Glenn has attended as a guest of the ARRL.
The meeting provided an opportunity to renew acquaintances with returning ARRL Directors and officers and to meet the five newly-elected ARRL Directors.
At the opening of the meeting Dave Sumner, K1ZZ, Secretary of the International Amateur Radio Union and past ARRL Chief Executive Officer, brought greetings from the IARU.
RAC President Glenn MacDonell, VE3XRA, extended greetings and best wishes on behalf of RAC and described for the new members the close relationships between Amateurs in Canada and those in the United States. He also spoke about our common interests in the upcoming deliberations at the World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 (WRC-19) which will be held in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt from October 28 to November 22, 2019.

Alan Griffin
RAC MarCom Director

[RAC-Bulletin] RAC Scholarship Awarded

The following bulletin has been received from the Radio Amateurs of Canada
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Alex Colpitts, VE9LEX (left) and RAC Atlantic Director Dave Goodwin, VE9CB. Photo courtesy of UNB and Cameron Fitch. It is with great pleasure that RAC Atlantic Director Dave Goodwin, VE9CB and Scholarship Chair Bill Unger, VE3XT, announce the awarding of a $500 scholarship to Alex Colpitts, VE9LEX, on behalf of all Radio Amateurs of Canada members. Alex is a graduate student from Electrical Engineering at the University of New Brunswick (UNB) in Fredericton. He hopes to finish his graduate research and then begin writing his thesis and prepare to defend it. In addition to working with various embedded systems using ARM/Arduino-based architectures, he is involved with the UNB Judo club. The Amateur Radio club station at UNB is VE9UNB and under the guidance of Brent Peterson, VE9EX, it is turning into a hotbed of activity for young, bright and gifted Electrical Engineers. You may want to do a search for VE9UNB to see what they are up to or visit their website. Every year, through the RAC Foundation, Radio Amateurs of Canada provides grants and scholarships to worthy community programs and to young Canadian Amateurs who are studying at the post-secondary level in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) programs. It’s gratifying to think that a radio you may be using in the future could be designed by a Canadian Amateur who was helped by your or your club’s donation to the RAC Scholarship and Grants Program today. RAC operates the RAC Foundation in cooperation with the Community Foundation of Ottawa (CFO) which administers and invests the donated funds and disburses the earnings from those invested funds to grant applicants, based upon the advice of the RAC Board. All grant applications should be submitted to the RAC Foundation for processing and recommendation. In addition to the Scholarship and Grants Program RAC also has a Youth Education Program (YEP). For more information visit: https://wp.rac.ca/youth-education-program/ If you wish to donate or require further information about the RAC Scholarships and Grants Program, please visit https://wp.rac.ca/grant-information/ or contact Bill Unger, VE3XT, at ve3xt@rac.ca. On behalf of Alex and all of the previous scholarship recipients, thank you to all the Canadian Amateurs who have generously donated to the scholarship fund. Dave Goodwin, VE9CB RAC Atlantic Director Bill Unger, VE3XT Chair, Scholarship Program Brian Jackson, VE6JBJ Chair, Youth Education Program Alan Griffin RAC MarCom Director