RAC Ontario Sections Bulletin for June 29, 2019

Paul Caccamo VA3PC
 

Happy Canada Day everyone, please send in your monthly OBS reports, 73 Paul, VA3PC

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RAC Ontario Sections Bulletin for June 29, 2019

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

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL NEWS

1.  Sable Island (CY0) DXpedition

Murray, WA4DAN, team leader of the 2020 Sable Island DXpedition, has received permission to make a
one day trip on October 19, 2019 to the Sable Island National Park Reserve in preparation for the
2020 DXpedition to the island.  Sable (CY0) currently sits at #58 on ClubLog.
The purpose of this trip is to meet with personnel on the island to go over logistical matters with
the DXpedition. A priority during the 7-8 hours on the island include scoping out suitable antenna
locations. Sable has a very fragile eco system so great care must be taken to not disturb any of
the horses, seals, birds or vegetation.
The 2020 DXpedition team is very grateful to Parks Canada for allowing the one day visit to develop
guidelines in preparation for the 2020 DXpedition.

-- southgate news

ONTARIO SECTION NEWS

ITEMS OF INTEREST

2. QRZ.com Institutes Password Security, Seller Verification Programs

In an effort to combat fraudsters and password phishers, the popular QRZ.com Amateur Radio website
is offering the option of establishing two-factor authentication (2FA) for its registered users.
When a user logs into the site with 2FA, the validation for the session is stored in the user’s
browser as an encrypted cookie that can live for up to 30 days. If your IP address changes or the
browser is cleared, the cookie is invalidated. You will also have to sign in separately if you
have multiple computers or if you use multiple browsers on the same machine.
A video has been posted that demonstrates how to get started with 2FA without using a cell phone
to receive codes.
Although 2FA will not become a requirement in order to log onto QRZ.com, a separate seller verification
system has been instituted for anyone marketing ham gear via the Swapmeet forum. As of July 1, only
those enrolled in the Verified User program will be able to list in that forum. Users may opt out of
the Verified User program for the rest of the site.
Setting up two-factor authentication is the first step to becoming a QRZ.com Verified User.
Information on becoming a Verified User is available to those registered on the site via their Account page.

-- qrz.com

3. CBC News reports more women on Prince Edward Island, Canada, are taking up amateur radio

Therese Mair dons headphones while her fingers scan the dial searching for a voice through the static.
She goes on air from her home station in Georgetown, P.E.I., with her call letters VY2TAM everyday
and chats with strangers.  "What I love is being able to talk to people around the world that I don't know,"
she said. "I just randomly talked to somebody in Croatia this morning." Mair is new to amateur radio,
commonly known as ham radio. But she's already showing other women the ins and outs of the hobby at an
annual event being held in Charlottetown.
Julieanne Scales, 20, came to the event hoping to learn more about the hobby. She said seeing other women
operators makes it more attractive.  "To know that there are more women in this as well is encouraging and
I'd definitely like to take part."

Read the full story at
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/prince-edward-island/10-per-cent-more-p-e-i-women-learning-ham-radio-1.5186772


4.  Chicago RAIN to cease

This week's WIA News reports that Hap Holly, KC9RP, who’s been producing the The RAIN Report Amateur Radio
newscast every week for 30 years, has announced that he’s retiring and closing down.
The RAIN Report (Radio Amateur Information Network) archives will remain online for those who want to
download and/or broadcast them,” Hap told ARRL.
A ham since 1969, Holly, a prolific reporter of Dayton Hamvention® news and forum accounts over the years,
said he’ll produce a“Farewell to The RAIN Report” newscast. The grand finale could run over more than one
episode and will include clips from individuals heard on The RAIN Report in past years.
Holly, who just turned 68, was named Hamvention’s 2002 Amateur of the Year, which he called “a very special
honour.” He produced The RAIN Report, which typically runs 10 to 15 minutes, from his home studio/ham shack
in suburban Chicago. In addition to being available via the internet, The RAIN Report is transmitted over a
wide network of Amateur Radio repeaters.

-- arrl 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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