For immediate release:

In response to the global pandemic, 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. 

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 PDT) starting on Sunday, October 4, 2020 ending on Sunday, January 3, 2021


  • Monday evenings from 8:30 pm to 10:30 pm EDT (5:30 PDT) starting on Monday, October 5, 2020 and ending on Monday, January 4, 2021.

Note: There will be no sessions on Thanksgiving weekend, the weekend after Christmas or during the weekends of the CQ WW DX SSB and CW contests as follows: October 11 and 12; October 25 and 26; November 29 and 30; and December 27 and 28.

The course instructor is Dave Goodwin, VE9CB. Dave has been an Amateur since 1975, is an active HF Contester and DXer and has many other interests in Amateur Radio. Since 2015, Dave has been teaching Basic and Advanced certification courses with the Fredericton (NB) Amateur Radio Club. He is also RAC’s Atlantic Director.

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 Certificate of Proficiency in Amateur Radio 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.
  4. Participants must have a computer and Internet connection capable of using the GoToMeeting (GTM) conference platform. You do not need your own account on GTM to take part in this course, but you will have to download an applet from the GTM site to participate.  
  5. Participants must have a working email address to receive course materials and links to the sessions.

For more information about the course please visit the Advanced Course webpage at:

Glenn MacDonell, VE3XRA
RAC President and Chair

Thursday, September 17th is our next scheduled NORAC club meeting.

It will be held online using Skype.

For more information and to get set up and ready to attend, please review this news article.

73 and hope to see you virtually,
NORAC Executive




RAC Canada 2020 Conference logo

Canada 2020 Conference and AGM: Sunday, September 20

Radio Amateurs of Canada is pleased to present the “Canada 2020 Conference” to give Amateurs an opportunity to get together and see what’s happening in Amateur Radio – now and in the future.



The RAC Canada 2020 Conference is an interactive mini-conference that will feature interesting presentations on a wide range of topics as shown below.

There will be parallel sessions in two blocks so that participants can choose those presentations that are of most interest to them. In addition, all sessions will be recorded for viewing later so you won’t miss out if two of your favourites take place at the same time.

The Conference and the AGM will both be held on Sunday, September 20.

RAC members are invited to attend this virtual conference before the RAC Annual General Meeting which will be held the same day. Non-members will also be able to view the event online and we will provide more information as soon as preparations have been finalized.

The event is tentatively scheduled to begin at 12 noon EST. Stay tuned for further information.


The following is a list of tentative presentations. Please watch for additional information.

“A Fireside Chat”: “Amateur Radio in the Global Pandemic and other topics”

RAC President Glenn MacDonell, VE3XRA, will act as Moderator of a “fireside chat” with the following distinguished guests:

  • Tim Ellam, VE6SH: President, International Amateur Radio Union (IARU)
  • Rick Roderick, K5UR: President, American Radio Relay League (ARRL)
  • Steve Thomas, M1ACB: General Manager, Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB)
Amateur Radio: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
  • Allen Wootton, VY1KX
VO2AC: Contest DXpedition to Labrador (CQ Zone 2)
  • Chris Allingham, VE3FU/VO2AC
Amateur Radio Hotspots: A Quick Overview
  • Allan Boyd, VE3AJB
La proposition d’une classe d’entrée pour les radioamateurs (en français)
  • Guy Richard, VE2QG/VE2XTD
CY9C St. Paul Island DXPedition
  • Phil A. McBride, VA3QR
Amateur Radio and Youth
  • Brian Jackson, VE6JBJ
High Altitude Balloons: The Elevation Education
  • Kelly Shulman, VE3KLX
6m FT8 DXing
  • Ron Scwhartz, VE3VN
Amateur Radio Challenges in Canada’s North
  • Ron Thompson, VE8RT and Angela Gerbrandt, VY0YL
Getting Started with Amateur Radio Satellites
  • Tom Schuessler, N5HYP
Contesting: Remote Operating
  • Cary Rubenfeld, VE4EA and Tom Haavisto, VE3CX

Our volunteers are hard at work finalizing the details of the presentation including the schedule and registration information. We hope to have the information available here in the next few days. Please stay tuned!

Jason Tremblay, VE3JXT
Conference Organizer
RAC Community Services Officer
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Alan Griffin
RAC MarCom Director
TCA Editor
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“A Different Kind of AGM”

The Radio Amateurs of Canada is pleased to announce that it will be holding its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Sunday, September 20. Given the ongoing global pandemic the AGM will be a virtual event. This year we are also planning something new – an interactive mini-conference that will feature interesting presentations on a wide range of topics. 

Date: Sunday, September 20

Time: 2 pm (Eastern Standard Time)

Agenda items will include:

  • Report of the President
  • Review of the 2019 finances
  • Appointment of auditors for 2020

A Question and Answer period will follow the AGM proceedings. This is your opportunity to hear what your representatives have been doing over the past year, to raise questions, and to make suggestions about how RAC is managed and where it is going in the future.

The meeting will be attended by members of the RAC Board of Directors and Executive and is open to all RAC members. Additional information about the AGM will be included in the September-October 2020 TCA.


Let's work 220 MHz!

Please join us every Monday night at 7 PM Pacific time on 223.500 MHz for a great little net.

Haul out that 220 MHz gear and see if you can make it in.

The 1.2m band is quite interesting in it's propagation characteristics vs classic VHF or UHF.

If there's interest, we may move this from being a simplex net to a repeater.

Hope to hear you on the air,
Lindsay VE7LPG

ps: mode is vertically polarized FM