Monthly Archives: May 2012

June Meeting

Good morning,

Please make a note on your calendar for the upcoming and final meeting of the Elgin Amateur Radio Society before the summer break.

Date: June 5th, 2012
Time: 7:30 – 9:00 PM
Place: Officers Mess
Elgin Regiment 40 Wilson Ave., St. Thomas, On.

Agenda Items:

Business Meeting – including financial update

Red Cross Meeting review – attended by Mike Lukasik ( VA3MD )and Worth Chisholm ( VE3BTC ) on May 15th including a SATERN discussion

Emergency Communication Exercise – scheduled for June 8th, 2012 coordinated with Ray Ormerod Community Emergency Coordinator for the City of St. Thomas

Field Day update – June 23/24 2012
Time: Saturday 10 AM – Sunday 12 Noon
Place: Keystone Complex, Shedden
Mode: QRP- Batteries – multiple bands

Reminder: Please confirm with Mike Lukasik if you’re planning to attend.

Hope to see you there, 73 Worth VE3BTC


60 Meters in Canada?

Announcement from RAC:

RAC Bulletin 2012-025E – Special North East Ontario Regional Directors Report – 60 Metres is Gazetted

Finally after a two year wait from Industry Canada they have Gazetted the request from Radio Amateurs of Canada for access to 60M

Here is the link to the gazette item:

This has been a long hard go and has taken a lot of time and effort on the part of Radio Amateurs of Canada on behalf of all Canadian Amateurs.

I would encourage you all to submit a positive comment on this proposal in the format required.

If you have any questions or concerns please email me at

Bill Unger,VE3XT
North/East Ontario Regional Director – Radio Amateurs of Canada


Vernon Ikeda – VE2MBS/VE2QQ
Pointe-Claire, Québec
RAC Blog Editor/RAC E-News/Web News Bulletin Editor

Boy Scouts Morse Code Interpreter Badge

The Boy Scouts of America released the Morse Code Interpreter Strip, an official patch for Scouts and Scouters who can demonstrate their ability to “speak” this special language.

BSA Morse Code strip

” M O R S E” in morse code

Scouts and Scouters can earn the new Morse code interpreter strip by completing all three requirements: Carrying on a five minute conversation in Morse code at a speed of at least five words per minute, correctly copying a two minute message sent in Morse code at a minimum of five words per minute (copying means writing the message down as it is received) and sending a 25 word written document in Morse code at a minimum of five words per minute.

For more information, here is a link to the announcement on the ARRL web site.

Wonder if Boys Scouts Canada offers the same badge?

Callsign Lookup

From, if you use the website to look up Ham Radio call signs, you’ll find that it is no longer operational, and has been replaced by an Industry Canada service. To do a lookup, you can now go to this page:$.startup.

Callsign Search at RAC

HAMCOW – Ham Radio Communications On Wheels

hamcow logo

Ham Radio Communications On Wheels

Posted on one of the QRP lists I receive, this really reminds me of the old milk wagon station used by the radio group in Dorchester, Ontario many years ago.

hamcow trailer


What is a HAMCOW?

The HAMCOW was developed as a mobile communications center that can be used for all sorts of radio events from ECOMMs, Road Races, Amateur Radio contests, Field Day, Public Safety, and Public Service events. It has been designed to sustain operations for days at a time and has been proving its worth on each and every trip.

For more information on this interesting project, here is a link.