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ARRL Special Bulletin ARLX012 (2012)

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ARLX012 RAC Announces New Ontario Section Boundaries, Abbreviations

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Special Bulletin 12  ARLX012
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  August 14, 2012
To all radio amateurs 

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ARLX012 RAC Announces New Ontario Section Boundaries, Abbreviations

In March 2012, the Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) announced that it
would split its Ontario Section into four new Sections "to create a
management model that better communicates with, and represents the
interests of, the overall Ontario amateur population." The new
Section boundaries go into effect as of September 1, 2012.

On August 8, RAC Chief Field Services Officer Doug Mercer,
VO1DTM/VO1DM, announced the new Section boundaries, names and
abbreviations:

Ontario North (ONN):  All of Northwest Ontario, including Manitoulin
Island, Northeastern Manitoulin and the Islands, Killarney, the
cities of Greater Sudbury and North Bay and Nipissing District.

Ontario East (ONE):  Algonquin Park, Renfrew, Hastings, Prince
Edward, Haliburton, Peterborough and Northhumberland Counties, and
the cities and counties to the east.

Greater Toronto Area (GTA):  The City of Toronto and the Regions of
Halton (including the City of Burlington), Peel, York and Durham.

Ontario South (ONS):  Parry Sound District, the counties of Simcoe,
Grey, Bruce, Dufferin, Wellington, the City of Hamilton, the Region
of Niagara and the remainder of Southwestern Ontario.

"I am also thrilled to advise that all four Section Manager
positions have been filled," Mercer said. "I will circulate a formal
introduction in the weeks to come."

This new change will affect ARRL contests and Field Day.  Details
may be found on the web at,
http://www.arrl.org/news/rac-announces-new-ontario-section-boundaries-abbreviations.

According to Mercer, several vendors of logging and contest software
have also announced changes, but some will not be effective until
January 2013.  He advises to verify with the vendor well in advance
of the upcoming contests.
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