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There will be a membership fee increase effective January 1, 2015.

  • NEW Associate Member $20.00
  • NEW Single Member $30.00
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Canadian Amateurs receive Order of Canada

The following article is courtesy of the RAC blog:

His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, recently announced 86 new appointments to the Order of Canada. The new appointees include 3 Companions (C.C.), 19 Officers (O.C.) and 64 Members (C.M.). These appointments were made on the recommendation of the Advisory Council for the Order of Canada.

Amongst the list of recipients, RAC would like to recognize and congratulate Veena Rawat, VA3ITU, and Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, VA3OOG/KC5RNJ for having received this prestigious designation from Canada’s Governor General.

Rawat, VA3ITU, was honored as a “Companion of the Order of Canada” for her contributions to telecom engineering and for leadership in establishing a global regulatory framework for radio spectrum management. Amongst other accomplishments, Rawat chaired the World Radiocommunication Conference in 2003.

Hadfield, VA3OOG/KC5RNJ, was honored as an “Officer of the Order of Canada” for “his commitment to promoting scientific discovery and for sharing the wonders of space exploration with the world.” Hadfield was the International Space Station Expedition 35 commander during his 2013 duty tour. Hadfield’s passion for science, photography and amateur radio is certainly no secret.

Tower Work

Mike VA3MW has injured his ankle and is unable to do any tower work at Skyloft for at least the next month. If you are able to help out with this, please advise Ralph VE3VXY (ve3vxy at

Visit to CN Tower

Mike VA3MW writes:

Neil and I visited the tower to figure out why the rf out was so low on UHF.

Using the toys we brought we found out that the patch cable from the rack to the cans was defective. We figure this cable has been problematic for decades based on the log book. Hence the reason we kept blowing up the UHF amp.

We replaced the cable with a temporary cable, but a new one needs to be delivered. Right after we did this we had a qso with a station way past Oshawa on the 401 and his first words were "What did you just do? I've never heard then repeater way out here. "

We then scanned all the cavities to the multicoupler and the insertion loss was less than 1db except for VHF rx and that was -3db.