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Radio Amateurs of Canada Announces a New Section

The number of Sections needed for a clean sweep in the ARRL November Sweepstakes (SS) will rise to 84 in 2020, with the addition of a new Prince Edward Island (PE) Section. Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) announced this week that the new Section will become effective on April 1. RAC said its Prince Edward […]

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RAC Canada Winter Contest 2019

From: RAC, Ottawa RAC Canada Winter Contest Rules 2019 Note: the RAC Canada Winter Contest Rules are provided on this page. The rules don’t usually change from year to year and we will highlight any changes if they do happen. In December each year, Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) sponsors the RAC Canada Winter Contest. Amateurs […]

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CanWarn – Canadian Weather Amateur Radio Network

CANWARN (Canadian Weather Amateur Radio Network) is a volunteer organization, of ham radio operators, who report severe weather when they see it to Environment Canada. What they do is called ground-truthing. They confirm on the ground what satellites and radars see in the atmosphere. When Environment Canada’s weather centres issue severe weather watches or warnings, they […]

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Limited Edition RAC 25th Anniversary Challenge Coin

The Radio Amateurs of Canada have issued the following bulletin with respect to the 25th Anniversary Challenge Coin For immediate release: https://wp.rac.ca/limited-edition-rac-25th-anniversary-challenge-coin/ In May 2018, Radio Amateurs of Canada was pleased to introduce the special RAC 25th Anniversary Challenge Coin as part of its year-long celebrations. The coin was designed by Mike Hutchison and was custom-designed and manufactured by KingPins […]

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Simulated Emergency Test: October 2018

Date: Saturday, October 13 Note: In Ontario the Simulated Emergency Test will be held on Saturday, October 13 but at Emergency Operations Centres that are located in Municipal offices, that can’t get access on the weekend, the SET will also be held on Wednesday, October 10. The Simulated Emergency Test is a North America-wide exercise […]

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Slow-Scan TV Transmissions from ISS

Slow-Scan TV Transmissions from International Space Station: July 30-31 RAC/ARISS – ARISS Russia is planning another of their popular MAI Slow Scan Television (SSTV) experiment events. Transmissions are scheduled to begin at 16:00 UTC on July 30, then powered down at 19:30 UTC. The next day (July 31), the system will be active from 13:25-19:15 […]

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World JOTA-JOTI Registration Now Open

ARRL – Registration is open worldwide for Scouting’s Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) and Jamboree on the Internet. JOTA-JOTI take place October 19 – 21 — always the third weekend of October. JOTA Coordinator Jim Wilson, K5ND, encourages JOTA groups to register as soon as possible. “The sign-up system this year is much simpler,” Wilson […]

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Receive SSTV from Space June 29-July 1

RAC – ARISS Russia is planning a special Slow Scan Television (SSTV) event from the International Space Station Station around 09:00 GMT on Friday, June 29 and continuing until 18:30 GMT Sunday, July 1. Supporting this event is a computer on the ISS Russian Segment, which stores images that are then transmitted to Earth using […]

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Field Day 2018: June 23-24

ARRL – ARRL Field Day is the single most popular on-the-air event held annually in the US and Canada. On the fourth weekend of June of each year, more than 40,000 Radio Amateurs gather with their clubs, groups or simply with friends to operate from remote locations. Field Day is a picnic, a campout, practice […]

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Digital Amateur Radio

The following are the different digital modes being used the the Durham Region area. Some of the repeaters are in multi-mode, where different modes are available in addition to regular FM voice. DMR – Digital Mobile Radio DMR, or Digital Mobile Radio, is explained in more detail, via my scanner DMR page, but a more simplistic […]