THINGS DID NOT GO WELL..BACK TO OLD SITE JULY 7 2019 [RAC-Bulletin] RAC Website Shutdown-.

Firstly, we wish to apologize to the membership for the delay in coming back online. We made a number of attempts to switch over to a new operating system and ran into a series of compatibility and file transfer glitches. We have reverted back to the version of the RAC website prior to starting this … Continue readingRAC Site – Back Online

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The Radio Amateurs of Canada website will be shutting down as of 1700hrs (5:00pm) on Friday, July 5, 2019 to facilitate the switch over to a new server and operational software.

The outage is expected to run into mid Saturday afternoon as we transfer files and perform various tests. 

You will see a notice on the website indicating that we are in maintenance mode. Once the notice disappears the site should be operational.

In preparation, we will not be making any updates, posts, call sign or email alias changes to the site as of 1900 hrs (7:00pm) Thursday evening, July 4, 2019.

This outage will impact all aspects of the RAC site including online payments to “Join/Renew RAC” and the RAC email alias system.

If you wish to “Join/Renew membership”  or have questions please contact the RAC Office from 10:00am to 4:00pm on Friday, July 5th at racmanager@gmail.com or phone to (613)-244-4367 or 1-877-273-8304 

“Thank You” for your co-operation and patience while we make the change over to our new server.

Paul Burggraaf, VE3PRB

RAC Webmaster



[RAC-Bulletin] RAC Annual General Meeting 2019: Saturday, September 14

Notice to RAC Members:
The Radio Amateurs of Canada is pleased to hold its Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Riverview, New Brunswick just outside of Moncton. 

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The AGM event will be hosted by the Moncton Area Amateur Radio Club and will be held in conjunction with its Annual Fleamarket, which is being held at the same location. All RAC members are encouraged to attend the Annual General Meeting.
Date: Saturday, September 14
Time: 1 pm (Atlantic Daylight Time)
Place: The Annual General Meeting will be held at the Riverview Lions Club, 701 Coverdale Road in Riverview, New Brunswick.
Agenda items will include:

  • Report of the President
  • Review of the 2018 finances
  • Appointment of auditors for 2019

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Moncton Area Amateur Radio Club Fleamarket
The Moncton Area Amateur Radio Club (MAARC) is pleased to host the RAC Annual General Meeting as part of its Annual Fleamarket.
Date: Saturday, September 14.
Time: The Fleamarket will be open to Vendors at 8 am (ADT) and to the Public at 9 am. The RAC Annual General Meeting will be held at 1 pm (ADT).
Place: The event will be held at the Riverview Lions Club at 701 Coverdale Road in Riverview, New Brunswick, just a short 10-minute drive from Moncton.
Cost: $5 for both buyers and sellers.
Talkin: VE9TCR 147.345 plus, no tone.
For more information please visit the Moncton Area Amateur Radio Club’s website at http://maarc.ca or contact the club at kb6gcs@yahoo.com.
Here are a few links for the area:
Town of Riverview: https://www.townofriverview.ca
City of Moncton: https://www.moncton.ca

Alan Griffin
RAC MarCom Director

[RAC-Bulletin] Two Metres: Re-Allocation

Radio Amateurs of Canada has received several requests for more information in response to reports on some websites and discussions on email lists of a proposal to reallocate 144 MHz -146MHz from the Amateur Radio Service to the Aeronautical Mobile Service.  The following has been prepared by Bryan Rawlings VE3QN RAC’s representative at the World Radio Conference and the domestic and International meetings leading up to that meeting.

Glenn MacDonell
President
Radio Amateurs of Canada

Two Metres: Re-Allocation?

There is concern – understandably – in the amateur community over a French proposal to re-allocate 144 – 146 MHz to the aeronautical navigation service to accommodate the growing number of aircraft employing new navigation tracking and communication aids.

Here is a brief summary of what and where this proposal is …

The French administration have proposed a new primary allocation to the aeronautical mobile service in 144 to 146 MHz which is the entirety of the amateur two-metre band in ITU Region 1 (Europe, the Mid-East and Africa). Their proposal was most recently considered at a meeting in Prague of a subcommittee of the Conseil Europeen des Postes et Radiocommunication (CEPT). The CEPT comprises 48 European states.

What is under consideration specifically is that an agenda item to this effect be included for the World Radiocommunication Conference tentatively planned for 2023. The WRC-23 agenda will be decided at the conclusion of the next WRC which begins October 28th in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt.

The International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) was present as an observer at the Prague meeting and energetically opposed the French proposal. In the event, only Germany among the delegates opposed the French proposal. The issue will now be taken up at a higher level CEPT meeting in August. Belgium has apparently joined Germany in opposition. Should the number of administrations opposing the French proposal reach eight the proposal will fail to move forward. The IARU and European amateurs are now actively seeking the support of other administrations to oppose the French proposal.

Formally, the proposal is not on the agenda of any other regional groups preparing for WRC-19. RAC has made known to our regulator that we support the IARU’s opposition to the French proposal and its actions to defend amateur radio’s worldwide primary allocation and that we would oppose any similar proposal for re-allocation in Region 2 (the Americas). The Comisión Interamericana de Telecomunicaciones (CITEL) of the Organization of American States will meet in Ottawa in mid-August. The IARU will again be an observer and RAC will be represented in the Canadian delegation.

This issue is a clear illustration of the importance of amateurs and their national associations being vigilant and taking part in the regional and international regulatory conferences which can determine the fate of our most-cherished amateur bands. For a more-complete description of these processes read the article “The Importance of Showing Up” in the May-June 2019 issue of The Canadian Amateur.

Bryan Rawlings  VE3QN
3 July 2019



[RAC-Bulletin] RAC Website Shutdown Still down July 7 2019

The Radio Amateurs of Canada website will be shutting down as of 1700hrs (5:00pm) on Friday, July 5, 2019 to facilitate the switch over to a new server and operational software.

The outage is expected to run into mid Saturday afternoon as we transfer files and perform various tests. 

You will see a notice on the website indicating that we are in maintenance mode. Once the notice disappears the site should be operational.

In preparation, we will not be making any updates, posts, call sign or email alias changes to the site as of 1900 hrs (7:00pm) Thursday evening, July 4, 2019.

This outage will impact all aspects of the RAC site including online payments to “Join/Renew RAC” and the RAC email alias system.

If you wish to “Join/Renew membership”  or have questions please contact the RAC Office from 10:00am to 4:00pm on Friday, July 5th at racmanager@gmail.com or phone to (613)-244-4367 or 1-877-273-8304 

“Thank You” for your co-operation and patience while we make the change over to our new server.

Paul Burggraaf, VE3PRB

RAC Webmaster