2018 Amateur Radio Course

Amateur Radio Course – Registration for the 2018 will be Monday, September 17 at the Science and Technology Museum.

The OVMRC is pleased to offer again this year an amateur radio course for those wishing to acquire their “Certificate of Proficiency in Amateur Radio” and Call Sign issued by Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISEDC) necessary to operate an amateur radio station.

The full course information document can be downloaded here: CLICK

Objective:

The course will teach all the necessary topics and subject material to pass the examination prescribed by ISEDC for a “Certificate of Proficiency in Amateur Radio”, Basic level. Some students may also be able to pass the Advanced level qualification test. The course will also include practical sessions on equipment operation.

Course length:

The course length is 13 weeks, Mondays, 7 – 10 pm, mid-September to mid-December for sessions instructing in all topics and material contained in ISEDC course syllabus necessary for the “Basic” qualification. The course concludes with a group examination session administered by the OVMRC accredited examiner. Supplementary examinations can be arranged for those that may not be successful with first writing or for some reason cannot attend the group examination session.

Course content:

The course provides instruction on electrical and radio theory, radio regulations, operating technique and safety. The course covers the complete syllabus prescribed by ISEDC for the Basic Qualification outlined in their document RIC-3 (Radiocommunication Information Circular – Issue 4). No technical background is required to take this course, but those having a technical or engineering background will have some advantage.

Field Day 2018

The OVMRC will be setting up a radio site for ARRL Field Day at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum. Field Day is always the fourth full weekend, beginning at 1800 UTC Saturday (2 PM EDT, 23 June) and ending at 1800 UTC Sunday (2PM EDT, 24 June).

Everyone is invited to attend, even if you are not a licenced radio amateur!

You can find us here:

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Or visit the ARRL Field Day Locator and search for VE3JW.

Slim Jim Antenna Project UPDATE

This just in from Barry Allison (VE3NA):

The original instructions for the Slim Jim 2 metre antenna gave dimensions that were in error due to calculations based on an incorrect value for the velocity factor of the 300 ohm twin lead given by the cable vendor. Folks that received and already built their kits based on the previous instructions will be given a replacement length of 300 ohm cable to correct the problem that resulted in a high SWR.

Download the (updated) project documentation here: Click to Download

Ontario Distracted Driving Law – Extension of Exemption

The amateur radio exemption to Ontario’s distracted driving law has been extended until 1 January, 2021 (see below).


ONTARIO REGULATION 475/17

made under the

HIGHWAY TRAFFIC ACT

Made: December 12, 2017
Filed: December 12, 2017
Published on e-Laws: December 12, 2017
Printed in The Ontario Gazette: December 30, 2017

Amending O. Reg. 366/09

(DISPLAY SCREENS AND HAND-HELD DEVICES)

  1. Subsection 11 (3) of Ontario Regulation 366/09 is amended by striking out “January 1, 2018” and substituting “January 1, 2021”.
  2. Subsection 12 (4) of the Regulation is amended by striking out “January 1, 2018” and substituting “January 1, 2021”.
  3. Subsection 13 (2) of the Regulation is amended by striking out “January 1, 2018” and substituting “January 1, 2021”.

Commencement

  1. This Regulation comes into force on the day it is filed.

Made by:
Pris par :

Le ministre des Transports,

Steven Del Duca

Minister of Transportation

Date made: December 12, 2017
Pris le : 12 décembre 2017

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(4)
 This section is revoked on January 1, 2018.  O. Reg. 366/09, s. 12 (4), O. Reg. 253/12, s. 2 (3).

Time-limited exemption for amateur radio operators

  1. (1)Drivers who hold a valid radio operator certificate issued under the Radiocommunication Act (Canada) may drive a motor vehicle on a highway while holding or using a two-way radio.  O. Reg. 366/09, s. 13 (1), O. Reg. 253/12, s. 3 (1).