RAC Ontario Sections Bulletin for July 13, 2019

Paul Caccamo VA3PC
 

RAC Ontario Sections Bulletin for July 13, 2019

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

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL NEWS

1. Notice to RAC Members Residing in the Alberta/NWT/NU, Ontario South and Quebec Regions

The Secretary of Radio Amateurs of Canada Inc. hereby solicits nominations for the positions of
Director for the Regions of Alberta/NWT/NU, Ontario South (postal codes L, M and N) and Quebec.

The deadline for all original nominations and supporting documentation, is 12 noon on Friday,
September 20, 2019.

If required, an election for these positions will be held in October 2019 to take office on
January 1, 2020 for a two-year term.

The Candidate:
•must be a Full Voting Member of RAC
•must have reached the legal age of majority
•must reside in the Region for which he or she is nominated

For full details, see the RAC website.

ONTARIO SECTION NEWS

ITEMS OF INTEREST

2. Return to St. Paul Island.   CY9C - Jul 31 to Aug 8, 2019

Seven of the 2016 DXpedtion Team will be returning to St. Paul Island.  We hope to fill many
of the band/mode slots still in demand and for those that missed the dxpedition as an all
time new one, we will work hard to fill that slot as well.  Lots of  EME, SAT, FT8 as well.

-- see CY9C web page for frequency lists.

3. ARRL reports California earthquakes disrupted HF propagation on west coast

British Columbia radio amateur Alex Schwarz, VE7DXW, said that an Independence Day magnitude 6.4 earthquake
in California’s Mojave Desert and multiple aftershocks negatively affected HF propagation on the US west coast.

Schwarz, who maintains the “RF Seismograph” and has drawn a correlation between earthquake activity and
HF band conditions, said the radio disruption began at around 1600 UTC on July 4, and continued into July 5.
He said that on July 4, the blackout was total except for 20 meters, where conditions were “severely attenuated,”
The RF Seismograph also detected the magnitude 7.1 earthquake on July 6 in the same vicinity, Schwarz reported.
The distance between the monitoring station in Vancouver, B.C., and that quake’s epicenter is 1,240 miles.

“Things are back to normal after the strong quake, as far as the ionosphere is concerned, but the unrest
has not stopped yet,” Schwarz told ARRL on July 8.

Read the full ARRL report at
http://www.arrl.org/news/view/report-california-earthquakes-disrupted-hf-propagation-on-west-coast


4. 104-year-old radio ham who helped put humans on the moon

The Nashville Tennessean newspaper reports on the contribution of scientist and radio amateur
J. Cary Nettles W5SRR to the US space program. Cary celebrated his 104th birthday on July 8

Cary was licensed 74 years ago in 1945 and is currently active on the 40m, 2m and 70cm bands.

At 104, Nettles works on rebuilding steamer train engines in his basement. He spends an hour or
two on ham radio each day. He watches his beloved Atlanta Braves, makes himself lunch
and gets around the house just fine, often without using a walker.
Impressive yes, but that ain’t nothin’.

Nettles, believed to be the nation’s oldest living rocket scientist, helped save the U.S. space program
that put humans on the moon 50 years ago.

Read the full story at
https://tennessean.com/story/news/2019/07/07/moon-landing-1969-rocket-scientist-j-cary-nettles/1499131001/

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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