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Distracted driving regulations update

From RAC:

Distracted Driving in Canada: An Update
Ontario Temporary Exemption has been Extended until January 1, 2021

For immediate release: December 15, 2017

Distracted driving regulations continue to be an area of interest for many Canadian Radio Amateurs. These regulations are made and enforced by provincial governments and can vary considerably from province to province and over time. In Ontario, RAC Directors Allan Boyd, VE3AJB (Ontario North/East) and Phil McBride, VA3QR (Ontario South) have been working hard on this issue.

On December 15, 2017, the Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) announced that the current two-way radio exemption for “Amateur Radio operators and specified commercial, public transit, and public function drivers will be extended for a further three-years, effective January 1, 2018 until January 1, 2021.”

The update to the regulation can be found at https://www.ontario.ca/laws/regulation/r17475.

While we were hoping for a permanent exemption, this decision by the MTO ensures our continued ability to operate Amateur Radio apparatus while mobile. RAC will continue to press for a permanent exemption going forward.

For more information visit our Distracted Driving webpage at: http://wp.rac.ca/distracted-driving/

Bill Dillon VE3KWX, SK

From Nigel VE3ID:

I was very sad to hear of the death of Bill Dillon, VE3KWX last week.

As many of you will know, Bill was the one person who brought us all together to actually get the micro controller project finished. We had been floundering for years with a little bit of this and a little bit of that but he showed the value of having a true project manager.

Bill and I had dinner almost every week for years at Chapters Restaurant and Book Store at Yonge/Eglinton (not the one that became !ndigo), and he helped me with advice (and his company's wholesale discount) to re-wire a whole house that belonged to my Danish landlady.

Unfortunately I lost contact with him when I went to England for a year in 1993. His IC listing showed at a place in Harvard Avenue in Toronto, but lately I discovered that he had been living with his brother in Haliburton.

During the time that I was close to Bill, I discovered that he had suffered chronic pain throughout his life, and had turned to Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) to help. I just fished an index card from my desk that he gave me, and on it he wrote the titles of some books about NLP for me to read, ending with the statement "I wish you a pain free life, see you on the other side."

73,
Nigel, ve3id

Site update

Originally posted June 19.

This is what is working today.

  1. Internet was down - it is now back up. It is running on ac for now. (Inverter is no good.)
  2. RPT 70cm side is up and running both system fusion and FM
  3. RPT 2m side is running only FM until update is completed.
  4. BEG Icom 220 is running 20 watts with no amp.
  5. IRLP is off line.
  6. D-star running linking available
  7. Batteries were cleaned and topped-up
  8. Both tower 2m 70cm are ok.

This is what needs to be done.

  1. Six meter. Works on the receive side. Duplexers to be installed.
  2. 1.25 g is up and running
  3. Clean up the shack in progress
  4. 10m still on hold until transmitter finds a spot.
  5. TWR 70cm side needs firmware update.
  6. Siding on roof for the shack needs to be closed off from mice and raccoons. (In progress)
  7. AGM meeting and picnic to be planned

We will make another trip soon at a later date.

Thanks to the following people for helping out.
Malcolm, Nigel, Paul, Ian, Henry, & William

Bill Dunn VE3BMO SK

From Jim VE3CSO:

Bill Dunn VE3BMO passed away on April 24, 2012. Bill goes all the way back to the 60's and 70's when he produced a number of 8 x10 photos for TFMCS - these can also be viewed on our website. We only missed the boat on this one by 5 years!

Please see the obit.

Here is a photo from 1970 with Bill in the foreground, Norbert VE3DSB at left and Lloyd VE3ERQ (supplied by Norbert VE7DKB):

Mike Ennis VE3AO SK

Mike Ennis VE3AO became a Silent Key on May 13, 2017. He was a long-time member of TFMCS. Thanks to Anne VE3KWI for sending this:

At home on Saturday, May 13th, 2017 at the age of 88. Mike, beloved husband of the late Kathleen. Loving father of Bernard (late Karen), Desmond (Christine) and Dermot (Stevi). Grandpa will be fondly remembered by Ashley, Dana, Jonathan and Braedon. Dear brother of Tony (Eileen) and the late Patrick, Francis, James, Bernard and Jack. Mike will be sadly missed by his many friends all over the world as well as his many contacts made during a long time as an amateur radio hobbyist. Visitation at the PAUL O´CONNOR FUNERAL HOME, 1939 Lawrence Ave. E. (between Warden and Pharmacy) from 3-5 and 7-9pm Thursday, May 18th, 2017. Funeral Mass on Friday, May 19th, 2017 at 10 a.m. in Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church (Victoria Park south of Ellesmere). Entombment at Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the family.