Registration for the RAC Advanced Course is now underway!

https://www.rac.ca/rac-advanced-course-for-maple-leaf-operators-winter-2022/

The next RAC Advanced Courses start on Sunday, February 27 and Monday, February 28 with 10 weekly sessions. You need to be a RAC Maple Leaf Operator Member (present or future) to register for this course. See below for information.

Radio Amateurs of Canada is once again offering an online Advanced Qualification Amateur Radio Course so that individuals can upgrade their qualifications while continuing to practise social/physical distancing.

With your Advanced Certificate, you can run higher power, operate a remotely-controlled station, obtain operating privileges when travelling overseas, set up repeaters, be the trustee for club stations and even become an Accredited Examiner (AE) if you also have the Morse Code qualification. 

Course information:

The course will be 10 sessions in length and each session will be two hours long.

In order to offer maximum flexibility, we will be running two Advanced courses so students will be able to choose one of the following two options:

  • Sunday afternoons from 3 pm to 5 pm EDT (12 pm to 2 pm PDT) starting on Sunday, February 27 and ending on Sunday, May 16.

Or

  • Monday evenings from 8:30 pm to 10:30 pm EDT (5:30 pm to 7:30 pm PDT) starting on Monday, February 28 and ending on Monday, May 17.

Note: There will be no classes on March 13, March 14, April 17 and April 18.

Course Instruction:

The course instructor is Dave Goodwin, VE3KG (formerly VE9CB). Dave has been an Amateur since 1975, is an active HF Contester and DXer and his DXpedition to Point Amour Lighthouse.

Dave has also volunteered his time at the national level and has served as the RAC President and as the RAC Director for the Atlantic Region. He is currently serving as the Regulatory Affairs Officer.

From 2015 to 2020, Dave taught the Basic and Advanced certification courses with the Fredericton (NB) Amateur Radio Club.

Course material pertaining to all topics covered in the course syllabus will be provided to all registered students and is available online at:

https://www.rac.ca/rac-advanced-course-for-maple-leaf-operators-winter-2022/

Course Requirements:

The RAC Advanced Qualification Amateur Radio course is being offered at no charge to RAC Maple Leaf Operator Members – both current and future as described below.

Participants in the course will need to meet all of the following requirements:
  1. Participants must already have the Canadian Basic Amateur Radio Qualification and a Canadian call sign.
  2. Participants must already be a RAC Maple Leaf Operator Member or become one by joining RAC at the Maple Leaf Operator level or upgrading to that level.
  3. Participants must have a copy of the Canadian Amateur Radio Advanced Qualification Study Guide provided by Coax Publications. For more information please visit the RAC Study Guides webpage.
  4. Participants must have a computer and Internet connection capable of using the Zoom conference platform. You do not need your own account on Zoom to take part in this course.
  5. Participants must have a working email address to receive course materials and links to the sessions.

There is room on the conference server for 250 participants in each session. Auditors are welcome to attend on a space-available basis, provided they are RAC Maple Leaf Operator members. You can sign up by following the instructions on the registration page


Other Amateur Radio Courses:

Amateur Radio Basic and Advanced Qualification courses are also now being provided both online and in person by Canadian Amateur Radio Clubs and organizations. Please visit the Amateur Radio Courses webpage for more information at the link provided below.

https://www.rac.ca/amateur-radio-courses/
 

Alan Griffin
RAC MarCom Director

Please join us via Skype on January 20, 2022 for the regular monthly club meeting. Visitors are welcome!

This will be an official meeting, but we also have a special guest presentation, so we'll get the business done quick and get on to the presentation ASAP.

Our presenter is club member Richard Reeves VE7NT. Richard will be chatting about the RFI cases he investigated as an engineer working for ISED. This should be quite the interesting topic as every HAM has had their fun with RFI.

Meeting starts at 7:30 PM Pacific. If you have not used Skype before, please contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and I'll help you get ready to join us online.

73s,
Ritchie Leslie VA7RLX
NORAC President

 

 

 

 

Registration for Spring 2022 RAC Basic Course is now underway!

https://www.rac.ca/basic-radio-course-spring-2022/

For immediate release:

Radio Amateurs of Canada is once again offering an online Amateur Radio course so that individuals from all across Canada can obtain their Amateur Radio Operator Certificate with Basic Qualification while continuing to practise social/physical distancing.

The course will again be conducted with the assistance of the Annapolis Valley Amateur Radio Club (AVARC) of Nova Scotia.

This course prepares students for the Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) Basic Qualification Level Operator Certificate exam to operate on allocated Amateur Radio frequencies.

Schedule and Cost:

Date: The course will start on Thursday, January 27 and will finish in early April.

Time: Classes will be held on Thursday evenings from 6 pm to 9 pm (1800 – 2100)  Eastern Time  and Sunday afternoons 1 pm to 4 pm (1300 – 1600) Eastern Time.

Cost: The registration fee for the course is $50 plus GST/HST. The cost of the Basic Study Guide is extra and an order link will be provided upon completion of payment.

Instruction: 

The course instructor is Al Penney, VO1NO. Al was first licensed in 1977 and has been active in many areas of Amateur Radio including contesting, DXing, VHF/UHF weak signal, satellites, emergency communications and DXpeditioning. 

He has served as the President of six different Amateur Radio clubs in both Canada and the United States and currently chairs the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Region 2 Band Planning Committee. Al has taught the Basic Qualification Amateur Radio Course since 1994.

Requirements:

Course material pertaining to all topics covered in the course syllabus will be provided to all registered students. Students must have a copy of the Canadian Amateur Radio Basic Qualification Study Guide provided by Coax Publications. For more information please visit the RAC Study Guides webpage.

It is essential that all students have the necessary equipment and bandwidth capable of taking the course – at least a tablet or PC and a DSL broadband connection – which will be conducted using the Zoom conference platform.

You do not need your own account on Zoom to take part in this course, but you may have to download a Zoom applet to participate.

Students will receive instructions on how to log on to the online sessions once they have registered for the course. Classes will be recorded, so occasional absences are not a problem.

Complete information about the course and a downloadable copy of the course syllabus are available at:

https://www.rac.ca/basic-radio-course-spring-2022/

Registration: 

If you would like to take part in this course please register now by completing the registration form provided on the RAC website at:

https://www.rac.ca/rac-basic-course-registration-form-spring-2022/


Other Amateur Radio Courses:

Amateur Radio Basic and Advanced Qualification courses are also now being provided both online and in person by Canadian Amateur Radio Clubs and organizations. Please visit the Amateur Radio Courses webpage for more information at the link provided below.

https://www.rac.ca/amateur-radio-courses/

Glenn MacDonell, VE3XRA
RAC President and Chair

 

 

Also note: once you have completed the basic course, you'll need to write the formal examination and score above 70% to obtain your license. NORAC has an ISED accredited examiner that can work with you to facilitate writing a COVID-safe examination. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information about writing your examination with our examiner.

Purpose Mission Statement: To foster Ham camaraderie, field operation, emergency operating preparedness, and just plain on the air, outdoor fun in the midst of winter for American, Canadian, and DX Hams. Don’t let those winter doldrums keep you locked up in the house... get out and play some radio!!

When: Winter Field Day runs for 24 hours during the last full weekend in January each year from 1900 UTC (2pm EST) Saturday to 1900 UTC (2pm EST) Sunday. For 2022 the dates are January 29th and 30th. Station set-up may commence no earlier than 1900 UTC (2pm EST) on the Friday before. Station setup may consume no more than 12 hours total. How & when you schedule/spend those 12 hours is up to you.

For more information and rules of the event, please visit https://www.winterfieldday.com