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Canada 2020 Conference and AGM: Sunday, September 20

Radio Amateurs of Canada is pleased to welcome all Amateurs to the RAC Canada 2020 Conference which will be held on Sunday, September 20 before the RAC Annual General Meeting. There is no registration fee for this event.

Note: To register for the event please click on the following link: register now!

Canada 2020 Conference Overview:

The RAC Canada 2020 Conference is an interactive mini-conference that will feature interesting presentations on a wide range of topics as shown below. Whether you are a new Amateur or have been enjoying Amateur Radio for many years there will be something of interest for you to discover.

Given the great response we have received, we have now decided to extend the schedule to include a keynote presentation followed by three sessions.

Each session will have multiple presentations 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.

  • Keynote presentation: 12 noon to 12:50 pm ET
  • First session (4 presentations): 1 pm to 1:50 ET
  • Second session (4 presentations): 2 pm to 2:50 ET
  • Third session (3 presentations): 3 pm to 3:50 ET

Conference Presentations and Schedule:

The following is a list of presentations and the schedule of events:

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

An informal discussion featuring the following distinguished guests:

  • Glenn MacDonell, VE3XRA: President, Radio Amateurs of Canada (Moderator)
  • 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)

In these unprecedented times, this is an excellent – and possibly historic opportunity – to engage in a discussion on the challenges we face today and the future of Amateur Radio.

Getting Started with Amateur Radio Satellites
  • Tom Schuessler, N5HYP
Amateur Radio and Youth

Brian Jackson, VE6JBJ

Amateur Radio Challenges in Canada’s North
  • Ron Thompson, VE8RT and Angela Gerbrandt, VY0YL
CY9C St. Paul Island DXpedition
  • Phil A. McBride, VA3QR
6m FT8 DXing
  • Ron Schwartz, VE3VN
Contesting: Remote Operating – “Welcome to the New World!”
  • Cary Rubenfeld, VE4EA, Tom Haavisto, VE3CX and Gerry Hull VE1RM
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
Amateur Radio: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
  • Allen Wootton, VY1KX
High Altitude Balloons: The Elevation Education
  • Kelly Shulman, VE3KLX


Please register now by clicking on the link provided below. You will then be taken to the registration webpage where you will be provided with additional instructions and a registration form. Once you have completed the form please click the “Register” button at the bottom of the page. You will then receive a confirmation message.

Registration link: Canada 2020 Conference Registration webpage

Instructions for Presentations:

To Screen Share: To share your content with others click the green “Share Screen” at the bottom of your Zoom screen. Or, press Alt + S on your keyboard; MAC User: command + shift + S. 

Best practice is to have your presentation already launched within the applicable application, so you can quickly select it from the share screen.

Select what you want to present and click “Share” in the bottom right corner!

Alt + M this mutes everyone, except yourself, so you have no audio distractions; Command + Control + M for MAC users.

The content showing in the green highlight is what you are sharing!

Note: There maybe a slight time lag before everyone sees your content, so keep this in mind, especially if you are doing a manual slide change in PowerPoint.

Video sharing: Check two settings in the bottom left corner of your screen share page:

Share computer sound

Optimize Zoom screen sharing for video clip

If you have a presentation in the Cloud Google Docs. Open the Cloud application and make sure you have the content shared with yourself as the link. This allows you to run the applicable content using the link in a browser window.

Tips for PowerPoint Presentations:

Have your PowerPoint application open and your presentation queued to run, so when you opening Sharing you can click on PowerPoint instead of your Desktop, (Don’t forget Share Computer Sound) and then click Share in the bottom right corner.

If you also do not want the side bars with the slides and the top menu functions showing. Click Slide Show and “Start from the Beginning” that keeps the clutter of the screen.

Annotating Your Shared Screen: Main menu bar along the top pick the annotate pencil. 

Additional Information and Contacts:

We are also preparing some additional information about each of the presentations and we will post it here as soon as they are available.

If you have any questions or need additional information please feel free to contact the following:

Jason Tremblay, VE3JXT
Conference Organizer
RAC Community Services Officer

Alan Griffin
RAC MarCom Director
TCA Editor


RAC Annual General Meeting 2020

Please note that the AGM is now scheduled to begin at 4 pm ET.

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. 

RAC Canada 2020 Conference logo Date: Sunday, September 20

Time: 4 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.

If you wish to submit a question to the RAC President for the Q&A session please send it to before 6 pm ET on Friday, September 18.

The meeting will be attended by members of the RAC Board of Directors and Executive and is open to all RAC members. 

Assemblée générale annuelle 2020

Veuillez noter que l’AGA doit maintenant commencer à 16 h HE.

La Radio Amateurs du Canada est heureuse d’annoncer qu’elle tiendra son assemblée générale annuelle (AGA) le dimanche 20 septembre.

Compte tenu de la pandémie mondiale en cours, l’AGA sera un événement virtuel.

Date : dimanche 20 septembre

Heure : 16h00 (heure normale de l’Est)

Les points à l’ordre du jour incluent :

  • le rapport du président
  • la présentation des états financiers de 2019
  • nomination de l’auditeur pour 2020

Une période de questions et de réponses suivra les procédures de l’AGA. Voici votre chance d’écouter ce que vos représentants ont accompli durant la dernière année, poser vos questions et faire vos suggestions à propos de la gestion et de l’orientation future de RAC.

Si vous souhaitez poser une question au président du RAC pour la séance de questions-réponses, veuillez l’envoyer à avant 18 heures HE le vendredi 18 septembre.

Les membres du conseil d’administration et de l’exécutif de la RAC participeront à la réunion et seront ouverts à tous les membres.