Attention NORAC Members, this is an official announcement of the upcoming NORAC AGM

Thursday, October 15th will be the Annual General Meeting (AGM) to finalize the prior year of activity, the financial report, and to elect the new Executive for 2021.

We're always looking for volunteers or nominations for new members or our Executive. We're a small and casual group so these are not stressful commitments that require a ton of your time. Your participation is very much appreciated by the club at large.

Strong turnout for this online meeting is required please.

Time - Oct 15th 2020 - starting at 7:30 PM PST 

Location - Online via Skype (share your Skype ID with a member of the Executive to join the meeting).

From the NORAC Constitution and Bylaws (revised in 2018)

3.1 Notice of Meeting of Members
All meetings of the Society whether Annual General Meetings, Special General Meetings or
Directors Meetings may be convened by order of the Board for any time and at any place
deemed appropriate and the general nature of the business to be transacted at such meetings
shall be communicated in any manner permitted by these By-laws to each member entitled to
such notice at least fourteen (14) days in advance of such meetings.

Notice of an Annual General Meeting or a Special General Meeting shall be given to all
members shown on record on the day notice is given and shall specify the place, the day and
the hour of the meeting, and, in case of special business, the general nature of that business.

Such Notice of Meeting shall be given by the following means:
a) by mail, courier or personal delivery, during the period prescribed by the regulations to
the Act; or
b) by telephonic, electronic or other communication facility, during the period prescribed
by the regulations to the Act.

Notice of any meeting where special business will be transacted shall state the nature of that
business in sufficient detail to permit a member to form a reasoned judgment on the business
and state the text of any special resolution to be submitted to the meeting.Constitution and By-laws as of July 23, 2018 Page 6 of 12

3.2 Quorum
A quorum at any meeting of the members shall be six (6) members present and entitled to vote
at the meeting. If a quorum is present at the opening of a meeting of members, the members
present may proceed with the business of the meeting even if a quorum is not present
throughout the meeting.
If a quorum is not present at the opening of a meeting of members, the members cannot vote
on resolutions, and the meeting will be adjourned or become an information meeting.

3.3 Voting
At any meeting of members every question shall, unless otherwise provided by the By-laws or
the Act, be determined by an ordinary resolution. Each member in good standing, and who is
entitled to vote, may cast a single vote. In case of an equality of votes, the chair of the meeting,
in addition to an original vote, shall have a second or deciding vote.

3.4 Authority
The rules contained in the current edition of Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised shall govern the proceedings of all meetings of the Society, but in any event shall not conflict with the Bylaws or the provisions of the Act.

3.5 Annual General Meeting
The Annual General Meeting of the Society shall be held during the month of October in each
year at a place within the Province of British Columbia and on a date to be fixed by the Board.

The following business must be transacted:
1) Approval of the Minutes of the previous meeting
2) Presentation of the Society’s annual financial statement|
3) Auditors report, if any
4) Reports from the Directors
5) Election of Directors
6) The appointment of the auditor, if required, and
7) Such other business as, under these By-laws, ought to be transacted
at an annual general meeting, or business which is brought under
consideration by the report of the directors issued with the notice
convening the meeting.Constitution and By-laws as of July 23, 2018 Page 7 of 12

3.6 Election of Directors
Immediately upon completion of receiving the reports of the Annual General
Meeting, the meeting shall be handed over to the chairman of the nominating
committee who shall preside over the elections for the incoming Board. Voting
for Directors may be by a show of hands unless a ballot is demanded by any
member. Procedures for elections shall be as stated in the Policies and
Procedures Manual.

73 and Stay Safe
Aaren Jensen VA7AEJ ...-  .-  --...  .-  .  .---

For immediate release:

In response to the global pandemic, Radio Amateurs of Canada is once again offering an online Advanced Qualification Amateur Radio Course so that individuals can upgrade their qualifications while continuing to practise social/physical distancing. 

With your Advanced Certificate, you can run higher power, operate a remotely-controlled station, obtain operating privileges when travelling overseas, set up repeaters, be the trustee for club stations and even become an Accredited Examiner. 

Course information:

The course will be 10 sessions in length and each session will be two hours long.

In order to offer maximum flexibility, we will be running two Advanced courses so students will be able to choose one of the following two options:

  • Sunday afternoons from 3 pm to 5 pm EDT (12 pm PDT) starting on Sunday, October 4, 2020 ending on Sunday, January 3, 2021


  • Monday evenings from 8:30 pm to 10:30 pm EDT (5:30 PDT) starting on Monday, October 5, 2020 and ending on Monday, January 4, 2021.

Note: There will be no sessions on Thanksgiving weekend, the weekend after Christmas or during the weekends of the CQ WW DX SSB and CW contests as follows: October 11 and 12; October 25 and 26; November 29 and 30; and December 27 and 28.

The course instructor is Dave Goodwin, VE9CB. Dave has been an Amateur since 1975, is an active HF Contester and DXer and has many other interests in Amateur Radio. Since 2015, Dave has been teaching Basic and Advanced certification courses with the Fredericton (NB) Amateur Radio Club. He is also RAC’s Atlantic Director.

Course Requirements:

The RAC Advanced Qualification Amateur Radio course is being offered at no charge to RAC Maple Leaf Operator Members – both current and future as described below. 

Participants in the course will need to meet all of the following requirements:

  1. Participants must already have the Canadian Basic Certificate of Proficiency in Amateur Radio and a Canadian call sign.
  2. Participants must already be a RAC Maple Leaf Operator Member or become one by joining RAC at the Maple Leaf Operator level or upgrading to that level.
  3. Participants must have a copy of the Canadian Amateur Radio Advanced Qualification Study Guide provided by Coax Publications.
  4. Participants must have a computer and Internet connection capable of using the GoToMeeting (GTM) conference platform. You do not need your own account on GTM to take part in this course, but you will have to download an applet from the GTM site to participate.  
  5. Participants must have a working email address to receive course materials and links to the sessions.

For more information about the course please visit the Advanced Course webpage at:

Glenn MacDonell, VE3XRA
RAC President and Chair

Thursday, September 17th is our next scheduled NORAC club meeting.

It will be held online using Skype.

For more information and to get set up and ready to attend, please review this news article.

73 and hope to see you virtually,
NORAC Executive




RAC Canada 2020 Conference logo

Canada 2020 Conference and AGM: Sunday, September 20

Radio Amateurs of Canada is pleased to present the “Canada 2020 Conference” to give Amateurs an opportunity to get together and see what’s happening in Amateur Radio – now and in the future.



The RAC Canada 2020 Conference is an interactive mini-conference that will feature interesting presentations on a wide range of topics as shown below.

There will be parallel sessions in two blocks so that participants can choose those presentations that are of most interest to them. In addition, all sessions will be recorded for viewing later so you won’t miss out if two of your favourites take place at the same time.

The Conference and the AGM will both be held on Sunday, September 20.

RAC members are invited to attend this virtual conference before the RAC Annual General Meeting which will be held the same day. Non-members will also be able to view the event online and we will provide more information as soon as preparations have been finalized.

The event is tentatively scheduled to begin at 12 noon EST. Stay tuned for further information.


The following is a list of tentative presentations. Please watch for additional information.

“A Fireside Chat”: “Amateur Radio in the Global Pandemic and other topics”

RAC President Glenn MacDonell, VE3XRA, will act as Moderator of a “fireside chat” with the following distinguished guests:

  • Tim Ellam, VE6SH: President, International Amateur Radio Union (IARU)
  • Rick Roderick, K5UR: President, American Radio Relay League (ARRL)
  • Steve Thomas, M1ACB: General Manager, Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB)
Amateur Radio: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
  • Allen Wootton, VY1KX
VO2AC: Contest DXpedition to Labrador (CQ Zone 2)
  • Chris Allingham, VE3FU/VO2AC
Amateur Radio Hotspots: A Quick Overview
  • Allan Boyd, VE3AJB
La proposition d’une classe d’entrée pour les radioamateurs (en français)
  • Guy Richard, VE2QG/VE2XTD
CY9C St. Paul Island DXPedition
  • Phil A. McBride, VA3QR
Amateur Radio and Youth
  • Brian Jackson, VE6JBJ
High Altitude Balloons: The Elevation Education
  • Kelly Shulman, VE3KLX
6m FT8 DXing
  • Ron Scwhartz, VE3VN
Amateur Radio Challenges in Canada’s North
  • Ron Thompson, VE8RT and Angela Gerbrandt, VY0YL
Getting Started with Amateur Radio Satellites
  • Tom Schuessler, N5HYP
Contesting: Remote Operating
  • Cary Rubenfeld, VE4EA and Tom Haavisto, VE3CX

Our volunteers are hard at work finalizing the details of the presentation including the schedule and registration information. We hope to have the information available here in the next few days. Please stay tuned!

Jason Tremblay, VE3JXT
Conference Organizer
RAC Community Services Officer
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Alan Griffin
RAC MarCom Director
TCA Editor
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“A Different Kind of AGM”

The Radio Amateurs of Canada is pleased to announce that it will be holding its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Sunday, September 20. Given the ongoing global pandemic the AGM will be a virtual event. This year we are also planning something new – an interactive mini-conference that will feature interesting presentations on a wide range of topics. 

Date: Sunday, September 20

Time: 2 pm (Eastern Standard Time)

Agenda items will include:

  • Report of the President
  • Review of the 2019 finances
  • Appointment of auditors for 2020

A Question and Answer period will follow the AGM proceedings. This is your opportunity to hear what your representatives have been doing over the past year, to raise questions, and to make suggestions about how RAC is managed and where it is going in the future.

The meeting will be attended by members of the RAC Board of Directors and Executive and is open to all RAC members. Additional information about the AGM will be included in the September-October 2020 TCA.


Let's work 220 MHz!

Please join us every Monday night at 7 PM Pacific time on 223.500 MHz for a great little net.

Haul out that 220 MHz gear and see if you can make it in.

The 1.2m band is quite interesting in it's propagation characteristics vs classic VHF or UHF.

If there's interest, we may move this from being a simplex net to a repeater.

Hope to hear you on the air,
Lindsay VE7LPG

ps: mode is vertically polarized FM