RAC Ontari Sections Bulletin for May 25, 2019
Paul Caccamo VA3PC
RAC Ontario Sections Bulletin for May 25, 2019
This is V__3____, Official Bulletin Station for Radio Amateurs of Canada, with this week's bulletin
1. The RAC Board of Directors is pleased to welcome two new officers to the RAC Executive.
Doug Schultz, VE1IOU, has been appointed as RAC’s new Chief Information Technology Officer.
Doug resides near Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, and has been an Amateur since 1976 and is a member
of Radio Amateurs of Canada and a Life Member of the American Radio Relay League.
He is also a member of the Lunenburg Amateur Radio Club and the Quarter Century Wireless Association.
Al Masse, VE3CWP, has been appointed to the position of RAC Corporate Secretary. Al served as
the RAC Corporate Secretary from 2013-2015 and comes to us with a wealth of organizational skills,
history and wisdom.
Al was first licensed on his 16th birthday on May 29, 1958 and has been active in Amateur Radio
for over 60 years.
Congratulations Doug and Al! We look forward to working with you.
Glenn MacDonell, VE3XRA, RAC President and Chair
-- Full details on the RAC website.
2. IARU Member-Societies Ratify Leadership Nominations, Consider New Members
The International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) member-societies on May 3 completed voting to ratify
the nominations of IARU President Tim Ellam, VE6SH/G4HUA, and Vice President Ole Garpestad, LA2RR,
to new terms. With 57 affirmative votes required for ratification, Ellam received 75 votes,
and Garpestad received 74 votes.
Applications for IARU membership have been received via IARU Region 1 from the Saudi Amateur Radio
Society (SARS) and the Seychelles Amateur Radio Association (SARA). As of January 2019, there were
66 members out of a total of 479 licensed radio amateurs in Saudi Arabia. SARA has six members,
two of whom are licensed. It is believed that there are four licensed amateurs in Seychelles.
Voting will close on October 9.
-- arrl news
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3. 175th Anniversary of Morse Code
The first message sent by Morse code’s dots and dashes across a long distance traveled from
Washington, D.C., to Baltimore on Friday, May 24, 1844 - 175 years ago. It signaled the first
time in human history that complex thoughts could be communicated at long distances almost
instantaneously. Until then, people had to have face-to-face conversations; send coded messages
through drums, smoke signals and semaphore systems; or read printed words.
Thanks to Samuel F.B. Morse, communication changed rapidly, and has been changing ever faster since.
He invented the electric telegraph in 1832. It took six more years for him to standardize a code for
communicating over telegraph wires. In 1843, U.S. Congress gave him $30,000 to string wires between
the nation’s capital and nearby Baltimore. When the line was completed, he conducted a public
demonstration of long-distance communication.
Read the full story at https://www.newsweek.com/morse-code-175-years-old-useful-1432418
4. Photos from the 2019 Hamvention
Once again this year we took well over 300 photos of both the inside exhibitors and the flea market
areas of the 2019 Hamvention held at the Greene County Fairgrounds in Xenia, Ohio.
The weather was almost perfect for the entire three day event and it seemed attendance was strong.
If you missed attending Hamvention this year, perhaps you'll enjoy a virtual tour in our
Click here to view our photos of the Hamvention Flea Market:
Click here to view photos of the Hamvention Inside Exhibits:
-- southgate news
This concludes this week's bulletin. Does anyone require repeats or clarifications?
Hearing none, This is V__3____ returning the frequency to net control.
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Posted by: Paul Caccamo <va3pc @ rac.ca>