The following arrived in my email inbox from Bill Unger VE3XT. Published unedited as a service to the Ontario Amateur Community. If you have any questions or comments please contact Bill directly…
North East Ontario Regional Directors Report for October, 2012
As you are probably aware, Radio Amateurs of Canada received a letter in late September from the Hon. Robert Chiarelli the Minister of Transportation confirming a five year extension starting January 1, 2013 and extending until January 1, 2018 regarding Bill 118, 2009. I would like to thank all the groups, Organisations and NGO’s from across Ontario who sent in letters of support for our position. It was because of those letters that when RAC presented our position to MTO Officials we were able to convince them on the merit of our position. Only Amateurs can provide a province wide communications infrastructure at no cost to the taxpayer. Again thanks to all the folks who assisted in this and RAC will continue to pursue a permanent exemption in the future.
I suspect there are none of us who don’t dream of being on the other end of a DX’pedition. Well for a Thunder Bay Amateur this will become a reality in March 2013. Tom, VE3CX will be part of the Clipperton DX’pedition as an operator. I have known Tom for a long time and certainly wish him well, but not without a bit of envy. When I know more I will update you all.
Since most of us won’t be going to a rare location to operate the other side of a pile up there is still an opportunity to be on the “receiving end” especially here in North and East Ontario. Now that Ontario has been divided into four sections in the upcoming ARRL Sweepstakes (among many), I expect ONN and ONE will be wanted Sections. It’s not too early to start planning your participation in this contest. I am looking forward to operating for the first time in this contest. Stay tuned for more info next month.
In many parts of the province October 13, local groups will be conducting Simulated Emergency Tests. Please contact your local ARES Officials and offer your services. It’s only through practice that we become proficient. I would be pleased to receive a message from you or your club via Amateur Radio.
The following weekend October 20th and 21st , will be Jamboree on the Air (JOTA). This would be a great time to contact a local scout group and be able to show them the great hobby we share.
Now that many clubs are in full swing again I would offer my availability to speak to your club via Skype or other suitable program. Obviously I cannot get to all the clubs, but certainly would be pleased to talk via the web.
If you have any questions or concerns please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
North East Ontario Regional Director
Radio Amateurs of Canada