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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/

January 14 update

January 14 update

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. bbe icom 220 is running 20 watts with no amp.
  5. Irlp should be online.
  6. Dstar should be running but not sure how to link repeaters. (Due to internet being down.)
  7. backup batteries were thirsty. Topped as much as we can. Paul or Nigel to check with someone about the state of the batteries. (Possible end of life.)
  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 ghz is at the site and cannot be placed into service. No duplexers. Nigel to follow up
  3. Clean up the shack
  4. Steel wool needs to be sealed around antenna openings. Mice have chewed through the foam insulation.
  5. 10m still on hold until transmitter finds a spot.
  6. rpt 2m side needs updating firmware.
  7. Twr 70cm side needs firmware update.
  8. Siding on roof for the shack needs to be closed off from mice and raccoons. (summer)
  9. 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.

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  • NEW Associate Member $20.00
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