Just in time for Canada's 150th Birthday, Radio Amateurs of Canada has added two new Operating Awards: the RAC 150 and Canada C3 Expedition Awards.
Canada C3 Expedition Award
A Canada 150 Signature project, Canada C3 is a 150-day expedition (June 1 to October 28) from Toronto, Ontario to Victoria, British Columbia via the Northwest Passage. It will bring awareness to Canada’s coastline and inspire a deeper understanding of Canada’s coastline our land, our peoples and our country.
The purpose of the award is to track the voyage of the Polar Prince as she travels from Toronto to Victoria via the Northwest Passage and to study radio propagation in the Arctic regions of Canada. The Polar Prince has a radio on board which transmits her progress using the WSPR mode. The special event call sign CG3EXP is being used on the 40, 30 and 20 metre bands.
WSPR (pronounced "whisper") stands for "Weak Signal Propagation Reporter". It is a computer program used for weak-signal radio communication between Amateur Radio operators. Additional information is provided below.
Stations will listen for WSPR signals from CG3EXP and record the 6-character Maidenhead Grid Square transmitted and the location of the ship at the time of the reception.
When different observations worth 150 points are recorded and filed with the organizers, a certificate suitable for framing will be awarded. This will be a totally online operation. Applications will only be accepted by email and all certificates will be emailed to the recipients. A list of procedures is provided below.
Please visit the Canada C3 Expedition Award webpage at http://wp.rac.ca/operating/rac-awards/canada-c3-expedition-award/ for additional information and for a link to download the logging spreadsheet.
The RAC 150 Award program.
The 14 special RAC call signs will be activated by volunteers throughout the second half of 2017 starting with the Canada Day Contest on July 1.
Stations making contacts with a number of RAC stations will have the opportunity to download an award corresponding to the number of different stations worked.
Please stay tuned to the RAC website for details and the link to download your award.
RAC MarCom Director
720 Belfast Road, #217
Ottawa, ON K1G 0Z5
613-244-4367, 1- 877-273-8304
Here is something we must all consider. Thank you to Howard VE1DHD for this concise article:
What happens to a Silent Key’s Amateur Radio Operator Certificate?
Unless someone notifies the Amateur Radio Service Centre at Industry Canada, now known as Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED), so that the deceased ham's call sign can be deleted from the database, absolutely nothing happens and the callsign remains active until the SK’s 125th birthday. This then begs the question as to how many of the Radio Amateur callsigns in the ISED database belong to SKs.
While the families of some Radio Amateurs are aware of the importance of cancelling the callsign of a deceased family member, I would suspect that the vast majority are not. I would therefore suggest that all Radio Amateurs should, as a matter of course, instruct family in a formal way as to how to cancel their callsign on their death. The best way to do this is to include a directive in our wills to the effect that the executor needs to contact the Amateur Radio Service Centre in Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada to report the passing of a licensed Radio Amateur; a copy of the deceased’s obituary is required as confirmation.
The address for Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada is:
ISED Amateur Radio Service Centre
2 Queen Street East
Sault Ste. Marie, ON
email address: email@example.com
Telephone: 1-888-780-3333 (Toll free)
Fax number: 1-705-941-4607
The next time you update your will be sure to add this change.
D. Howard Dickson
Radio Amateur - VE1DHD // VE1ZD
Seabright, Nova Scotia