Al Penney, VO1NO has agreed to chair Radio Amateurs of Canada's 0-30 MHz Band Planning Committee.
The previous chair, Jim Fisher, VE1JF has retired but will continue to serve the BPC for a time as Past Chair and has pledged his active support to a successful transition.
Jim had joined the BPC when it was the HF Band Planning Committee and became chair upon the retirement of Bob Nash, VE3KZ. Jim saw the committee through very active intra-Canada band planning and intense negotiations with Region 2 on revisions to 40M and general updates, and its expansion to 0-30 MHz, as well as the development of RAC’s current proposals for 60 M privileges. Other continuing committee members include Scott Wood VE1QD, Mel Martin VE2DC, Don Moman VE6YJ, and Frank Vanderzande VE7AV.
Al was first licensed in 1977. He has been active on all bands from 160M to microwave, and enjoys DX'peditions for IOTA and VHF/UHF contests. He is a past president of the VE2CMR Club, Halifax Amateur Radio Club, Pikes Peak Radio Amateur Association in Colorado Springs, and the West Carleton Amateur Radio Club in Ottawa. He is currently President of the Greenwood Amateur Radio Club in Nova Scotia, having recently moved to the area after retiring from the Royal Canadian Navy following a 35 year career. Now that he has more free time, he intends to be much more active on the air again!