RAC Ontario Sections Bulletin for October 26, 2019

Paul Caccamo VA3PC

RAC Ontario Sections Bulletin for Oct 26, 2019

This is V__3____, Official Bulletin Station for Radio Amateurs of Canada, with this week's bulletin


1. Saudi Arabia and Seychelles join IARU

The IARU member-societies have voted to admit the Saudi Amateur Radio Society (SARS) and
Seychelles Amateur Radio Association (SARA) to membership

SARS was founded on June 25, 2018 and is legally registered/recognized to represent the amateurs
of Saudi Arabia. As of January 2019 there were 66 members out of a total of 479 licensed radio
amateurs in the country.  SARS maintains a website at

SARA was founded in December 2018 and was registered with the Seychelles government on 31 December.
SARA has six members, two of whom are licensed. It is believed that there are four licensed amateurs
in Seychelles, a number that SARA hopes to increase.

Their IARU membership became effective on October 9, 2019 upon completion of the voting procedure
set out in the IARU Constitution.

-- Source IARU


2. Display Screens and Hand-Held Devices - Exemption Review

Proposal Number:  19-MTO028
Comments Due :  November 4, 2019

In December 2017, the Minister of Transportation extended Ontario Regulation 366/09
(Display Screens and Hand-Held Devices) under the Highway Traffic Act (HTA) for a three-year
period until January 1st, 2021. This exemption currently allows the following to hold or
use a two-way radio:

o Certain public function employees;
o Commercial drivers;
o Amateur radio operators.

For two-way radios, the exemption allows a driver to push and hold the button on a hand-held two-way
radio device when driving. The driver may push a button to talk and release it to listen, repeating
as often as necessary to conduct a conversation. If the hand-held device is a microphone, it must be
secured in, or mounted to the vehicle and within easy reach of the driver. Two-way radio hand-held
devices that are clipped to the driver's belt or attached to his/her clothing are also exempt.

The Ministry is currently considering making the hand-held two-way radio exemption permanent as:
• it is not aware of any collisions attributable to the use of these devices currently exempt under
the regulation,
• Ontario would align with all other Canadian jurisdictions in allowing them to be permanent and,
• a confirmed commercially viable market for hands-free alternatives to two-way radio technology
has failed to develop.

The Ministry invites any comments on making the expiry of the exemption permanent, as well as
any additional suggestions or comments on how the Ministry could minimize distracted driving
while supporting economic growth and prosperity in the province.



3. ARRL enhances online communications with radio amateurs

ARRL’s Committee on Communication with ARRL Members has opened new online forums where all radio
amateurs can discuss issues and topics in two-way conversation with ARRL leadership.

ARRL has added three online groups:
• ARRL-Contesting — moderated by ARRL Contest Advisory Committee Chairman Dennis Egan, W1UE.
• ARRL-Awards — moderated by ARRL Radiosport and Field Services Manager Bart Jahnke, W9JJ.
• ARRL-IARU — moderated by IARU Secretary Dave Sumner, K1ZZ.

You can join the Groups at:

4. ARRL ham radio magazine aimed at Beginners-to-Intermediate

ARRL is launching a new magazine, On the Air, in January 2020.  To be published on a bimonthly basis,
On the Air will offer new and beginner-to-intermediate-level radio amateurs a fresh approach to
exploring radio communication

Each issue will include advice and insights on topics from the variety of Amateur Radio interests
and activities: radio technology, operating, equipment, project building, and emergency communication.
The magazine's planning included an extensive national-level study of new Amateur Radio licensees,
identifying their motivations for getting licensed and their experiences of getting started.

The first issue of On the Air will be published in January 2020 (January/February issue) and will be
introduced as a new ARRL membership benefit. All ARRL members, including international members, will
be able to access digital editions of both QST and On the Air. Members who already access QST on the
web or from the mobile app will be able to access QST and On the Air starting in January.

-- arrl website

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Posted by: Paul Caccamo <va3pc @>