The US FCC has issued a fine to a Louisiana Ham for causing interference on a repeater. The decision can be found at
Florida is now in the process of removing all laws related to the Telegraph. An interesting article with a smile.
Over 50 amateur radio operators participate in this yearly event. Providing safety and emergency communication is their function. Looks like the amateurs will get a weekend off this year
Swiftsure 2020 is Cancelled
It is with the deepest regret that we have decided that, for the first time since 1946, the Swiftsure International Yacht Race will not be run this year.
After careful consideration by members of the Swiftsure Committee and the Board of the Royal Victoria Yacht Club, it was determined that it was in everyone’s best interest to cancel this year’s event due to the increasing threat of the COVID-19 virus. The risks associated with transmission of the virus to participants, to our many supporters, and to our volunteers is just too great, given the serious attention of our governments and health authorities.
Thank you to those competitors who have registered for the 2020 event. Your registration fees will be refunded in full at our earliest opportunity.
Thank you to all our supporters, sponsors and volunteers who have been working in preparation for the 2020 event. Your time will not go to waste as the RVYC Swiftsure Committee will now immediately turn its attention to the 77th running in 2021.
Swiftsure, always a challenge!
Andrew McBride and Randy Diamond,Swiftsure Event Co-Chairs
These courses fill quickly so best to register early, More information can be found at
GPS Central has announced they are reducing their store hours in view of the COVID 19 issue. To learn more go to
The rapidly evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) situation has now reached Ottawa, where the RAC Head Office is located, and medical officials have requested that all individuals should remain in their homes and limit non-essential travel.
In order to ensure the health and safety of the RAC staff, volunteers and the Amateur Radio community in Ottawa who visit the Head Office, RAC has decided to close its headquarters effective immediately. As a result, the majority of activities and responsibilities of the RAC administration will now be performed remotely until the situation improves.
Important: Please do not go the RAC Head Office until you have been informed that it has been reopened.
Renewing your membership
If you need to renew your RAC membership you can do so by sending a cheque to the address provided below or by completing the online form at the Membership Sign Up / Renewal Area. You may also contact the office by telephone to renew your membership if preferred (see below).
Radio Amateurs of/du Canada
720 Belfast Road
Ottawa, ON K1G 0Z5
Delay in processing mail
Mail will now be picked up at the RAC Head Office intermittently so please take this delay into account if you are intending to send cheques, forms or applications to the RAC office. Please allow for extra time and to send out correspondence well in advance of any time constraints.
If you have already sent your renewal or any mail in the last two weeks it may not have yet reached RAC Headquarters and as result will not be picked up at the office until later this week. Please contact the RAC office if you have concerns about a renewal payment sent via regular mail.
Contacting RAC by telephone
We will be pleased to continue to assist RAC members by telephone at 613-244-4367 or 877-273-8304 from 10 am to 4 pm EST/EDT, Monday through Friday (except statutory holidays).
Please leave a message on the answering machine as usual if no one responds right away.
Contacting RAC by email
We understand this is an uncertain time for everyone and we are here to continue to support you and we ask for your patience.
We also stress the importance of listening to medical officials in your own areas and exercise all due caution with your own activities.Alan GriffinRAC MarCom Director
The Cowichan Valley Amateur Radio Association has cancelled their March 21 2020 Meeting. They will review their position regarding the April Meeting in the immediate future.
SPECIAL EVENT FOR THE ANNIVERSARY OF
THE CLOSING OF THE FEDERAL PENITENTIARY ON
ALCATRAZ ISLAND IN SAN FRANCISCO BAY
MARCH 21, 1963
MAR. 20, 00:00, UTC to MAR. 31, 23:59, UTC, 2020
21.265, 14.265, 7.265, 3.815 +/- QRM
DIRECT ONLY – YOUR CARD AND SELF ADDRESSED
The 2020 Dayton Hamvention has been cancelled