RAC Ontario Sections Bulletin for July 6, 2019
Paul Caccamo VA3PC
Thanks to the following stations for their June reports: VE3JUZ, VA3RMU, VE3IQZ, VE3LBX, VE3KII, VE3XTA, VE3YX, VA3PC.
RAC Ontario Sections Bulletin for July 6, 2019
This is V__3____, Official Bulletin Station for Radio Amateurs of Canada, with this week's bulletin
1. Two Metres: Reallocation to aeronautical service ?
There is concern – understandably – in the Amateur community over a proposal by France to reallocate
144 – 146 MHz to the aeronautical navigation service to accommodate the growing number of aircraft
employing new navigation tracking and communication aids.
Here is a brief summary of what and where this proposal is:
The French administration have proposed a new primary allocation to the aeronautical mobile service
in 144 to 146 MHz which is the entirety of the Amateur two-metre band in ITU Region 1
(Europe, the Mid-East and Africa). Their proposal was most recently considered at a meeting in Prague
of a subcommittee of the Conseil Europeen des Postes et Radiocommunication (CEPT).
The CEPT comprises 48 European states.
What is under consideration specifically is that an agenda item to this effect be included for the
World Radiocommunication Conference tentatively planned for 2023. The WRC-23 agenda will be decided
at the conclusion of the next WRC which begins October 28 in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt.
The International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) was present as an observer at the Prague meeting and
energetically opposed the French proposal. In the event, only Germany among the delegates opposed the
French proposal. The issue will now be taken up at a higher level CEPT meeting in August. Belgium has
apparently joined Germany in opposition. Should the number of administrations opposing the French
proposal reach eight the proposal will fail to move forward. The IARU and European Amateurs are now
actively seeking the support of other Region 1 administrations to oppose the French proposal.
Formally, the proposal is not on the agenda of any other regional groups preparing for WRC-19.
RAC has made known to our regulator, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada, that we
support the IARU’s opposition to the French proposal and its actions to defend Amateur Radio’s
worldwide primary allocation and that we would oppose any similar proposal for reallocation in
Region 2 (the Americas). The Comisión Interamericana de Telecomunicaciones (CITEL) of the Organization
of American States will meet in Ottawa in mid-August. The IARU will again be an observer and RAC will
be represented in the Canadian delegation.
This issue is a clear illustration of the importance of Amateurs and their national associations
being vigilant and taking part in the regional and international regulatory conferences which can
determine the fate of our most-cherished Amateur bands. For a more-complete description of these
processes read the article “The Importance of Showing Up” in the May-June 2019 issue of TCA.
Bryan Rawlings,VE3QN RAC WRC Special Advisor
ONTARIO SECTION NEWS
2. Results of 2019 Ontario QSO party are now posted.
Visit http://www.va3cco.com/oqp/results/2019/index.htm to view results and download certificates.
ITEMS OF INTEREST
3. Television, film, and music star John Schneider salutes ham radio operators and other volunteers
Twice a year for the past 32 years cars have blasted down 150 miles of closed, high desert, roadway.
This is the Silver State Classic Challenge and it's sister race the Nevada Open Road Challenge,
certified by the Guinness Book of Records as the World's Fastest Race on a Public Highway.
The course is on Nevada Highway 318, which Nevada has renamed as the Silver State Classic Challenge
Highway. This is unforgiving country, with no communications infrastructure, no towns, no gas, nothing.
To run this race it takes hundreds of volunteers, police, fire, EMS, fixed wing aircraft, helicopters,
etc all tied together by an army of amateur radio operators.
As a way of saying "Thank You" to their ham operators and course workers, Silver State Classic Challenge
is hosting a Ham Radio Appreciation Reception at July's NVCON the ARRL Nevada State Convention.
SSCC asked celebrity Schneider to help say "Thank You" via a message for all the SSCC volunteers which
they could play at the SSCC Ham Radio Reception.
John has starred in more than 100 television shows, more than 50 movies, and as a country/western artist
he has dozens of albums and singles to his credit.
4. Sunspots from the next solar cycle
Solar Minimum won't last forever. How do we know? Because this week a cluster of small sunspots
from the next solar cycle bubbled up to the surface of the sun.
The dark cores didn't last long, but they had the unmistakable magnetic signature of Solar Cycle 25.
Visit today's edition of Spaceweather.com for more information
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>