Today in my email I received the following from the RAC Bulletin Service:
At the Dayton Hamvention, Radio Amateurs of Canada announced that it has secured permission for all Canadian Radio Amateurs to use special call sign prefixes to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Canada’s Confederation.
National, regional and local events will take place throughout 2017 to celebrate the anniversary and Canadian Amateurs will let their counterparts around the world know of our celebration by using the following special prefixes:
· Amateurs and clubs whose regular call signs start with VA will be able to use the CF prefix instead of VA (for example, VA3RAC will be authorized to use the CF3RAC call sign).
· Amateurs and clubs whose regular call signs start with VE will be able to use the CG prefix instead of VE (e.g., VE4RAC will be authorized to use CG4RAC).
· Amateurs and clubs whose regular call signs start with VO will be able to use the CH prefix instead of VO (e.g., VO1RAC will be authorized to use CH1RAC).
· Amateurs and clubs whose regular call signs start with VY will be able to use the CI prefix instead of VY (e.g., VY2RAC will be authorized to use CI2RAC).
These special prefixes are optional and Amateurs can choose if and when to use the special prefix vs their normal prefix at any time during the year. Stay tuned to the RAC website (http://wp.rac.ca) for additional information
For more information on Canada150 visit http://canada.pch.gc.ca/eng/1342792785740.
Now this was announced at Dayton (according to the bulletin) but its the first I had heard of it so I’ll share it with you now. I guess the bloggers at Dayton were busy with reporting new equipment…
For those of you who heard it at Dayton sorry about the late breaking story….
But just to remind you—- this is for the 2017 celebrations… not before
Now on to some other stuff….
This week was fairly busy but in a non radio way… As most of you know it was a Canadian Long Weekend as Victoria Day (named in honour of Queen Victoria) (no not me…) was on the Monday. Its a great holiday and is considered the unofficial start of summer and the camping season…
Above pic was from the 2015 RAC Canada Day contest
The rest of the week will be (has been) spent getting VA3QV/m ready for its first trip of the season when my daughter Erika and myself head out on Friday to spend a few days camping at a campground along the St Lawrence River just east of Morrisburg Ontario. We have been getting all the gear out of storage and the mechanic has been getting it all ready… (Tune up and an oil change for the highway.) We load the gear in it tomorrow and head out on Friday
The FT 817 and my NUE PSK Modem along with the W3EDP antenna will be given a good testing in anticipation of my trip to VE9 and VY2 for Field Day and the RAC Canada Day Contest. Give a listen this weekend on the usual QRP/PSK frequencies and I should be on whatever band I can hear activity on… Hope to get you in the log… It will be paper logging and once I get home I’ll transcribe the notes to my log and upload to all the usual places…
Enjoy your weekend and I’ll know I’ll be enjoying mine…