RAC Bulletin 2014-10-11
RAC Ontario Sections Bulletin for October 11, 2014 This is V__3____, Official Bulletin Station for Radio Amateurs of Canada, with this week's bulletin NATIONAL NEWS 1. ARES ID Card Production RAC is happy to report that the production of ARES Identification cards is back to normal, and the backlog has been cleared. We apologize for the delays during our transitional phase. Submit requests on the RAC web site: wp.rac.ca/ares-id-card Please note that as of January 1st 2015, a written confirmation of eligibility by the applicant's EC (or person acting as coordinator for ARES group) must be sent to the RAC office as part of the initial process. Until then, RAC reserves the right to verify eligibility as it deems necessary. -- RAC Bulletin Service ONTARIO SECTIONS NEWS 2. Section Manager Vacancies Ian Snow, VA3QT, and George Duffield, VE3WKJ, have stepped down as Section Managers of Ontario South and Greater Toronto Area, respectively. On behalf of Radio Amateurs of Canada, I thank Ian and George for their many years of exemplary service. Both of these positions are currently vacant. If you might be interested in either position, please contact the RAC Office. -- Geoffrey Bawden, VE4BAW, RAC President ITEMS OF INTEREST 3. ARRL Web Server Breach Late last month, a security breach occurred, involving a web server at ARRL Headquarters. ARRL IT Manager Mike Keane stressed that it is highly unlikely that any sensitive information was compromised. But the hacker may have been able to obtain site usernames and passwords that were established prior to April 2010, and that have not been changed since then. Members who have not changed their ARRL website passwords since early 2010 should do so at this time. -- ARRL Web 4. 630-Meter Special Event With the opening of 472-479 kHz to Canadian hams this past May, we will be able to participate in this year's Maritime Radio Historical Society special event on 630 meters, from October 31 to November 2. U.S. hams may participate by conducting cross-band QSOs. VO1NA in Newfoundland, along with VE7SL and VE7BDQ in British Columbia, will be transmitting on 630 meters (477.7, 473.0 and 474.0 kHz, respectively), while listening for responses on 80 and 40 meters. U.S. coast stations KPH and KSM will operate on 500 kHz. -- CQ News Service 5. XMLog Logging Software Want to do your logging with a computer? The venerable XMLog by W1ECT is still available, at www.xmlog.com. It's free to use, and accessible. It works on Windows 95 through Windows 7, and interfaces with many radios, including all Kenwood models, the Elecraft K2 and K3, a long list of Icoms & Yaesus, and many others. -- Handi-Ham News This concludes this week's bulletin. Does anyone require repeats or clarifications? Hearing none, This is V__3____ returning the frequency to net control.