RAC Ontario Sections Bulletin for July 20, 2019

Paul Caccamo VA3PC
 

RAC Ontario Sections Bulletin for Jul 20, 2019

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

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL NEWS

1. Call For Nominations for the RAC Amateur of the Year Award

To qualify for the title “Amateur of the Year”, an individual should have made an outstanding
contribution to Amateur Radio in the past year, or have contributed consistently to the welfare
of Amateur Radio over several years.

RAC Directors, Officers and Section Managers are not eligible for the award while in office,
and not in respect to their term(s) of office.

Nominations with supporting documentation are to be addressed to the RAC Corporate Secretary
and received at RAC Headquarters by the close of the business day September 27 for consideration
for the current year.

For more information visit: https://wp.rac.ca/rac-amateur-of-the-year/

-- RAC Website

ONTARIO SECTION NEWS

2. Parry Sound ARC 2019 Hamfest

Date    :  Saturday, August 10, 2019
Location:  McDougall Rec Center,  148 Hammel Ave, Nobel Ont.
Times    :  Vendors 7am, Public 9am
Cost    :  Free General Admission
     ****Free Coffee Till its Gone****
Web    : https://www.ve3rpl.com/hamfest
Talk-in :  VE3RPL 2 METER VHF 145.490MHz (-600Khz) PL tone 156.7Hz
Email    :  va3pmj @ gmail.com

ITEMS OF INTEREST

3.  New WSJT-X with FT4 released

The WSJT Development Group has announced the “general availability” release of WSJT-X version 2.1.0.
This major upgrade formally introduces FT4 as a finished protocol for HF contesting.

WSJT-X version 2.1.0 supplants any “release candidate” (beta) versions, and users should discontinue
using any beta versions of the software. The latest edition of the popular digital software suite also
includes improvements and bug fixes in several areas, including FT8.

Download WSJT-X from http://physics.princeton.edu/pulsar/k1jt/wsjtx.html

-- ARRL website

4.   Hamvention 2019 Attendance Approaches All-Time Peak

The Hamvention Executive Team announced on July 15 that attendance at Dayton Hamvention® 2019 was 32,472.
This marks the highest attendance recorded since Hamvention moved in 2017 from Hara Arena to the Greene
County Fairgrounds and Exposition Center in Xenia, Ohio. This year’s attendance also approached an
all-time Hamvention high. Attendance at the show peaked in 1993 at 33,669, before the 1996 change in
date from April to May while Hamvention was still being held at Hara Arena. Last year, Hamvention
welcomed 28,417 visitors in its second year in Xenia. Attendance in 2016 for the show’s final year at
Hara was 25,364. Hamvention hosted the ARRL 2019 National Convention, and both embraced the theme of
“Mentoring the Next Generation.”

Hamvention officials suggested that a small factor behind the increased attendance could have been the
free admission on Sunday. Sunday-only tickets accounted for some 800 of the total attendance. The open
admission day was an effort to allow local non-hams to experience Hamvention, and free Sunday admission
is expected to be continued next year, Hamvention officials said.

Amateur operators from all US states and territories and 60 other countries attended Dayton Hamvention 2019.

The world’s largest Amateur Radio exposition, Dayton Hamvention is sponsored by the Dayton Amateur Radio
Association (DARA) every third full weekend in May. Hamvention 2020 will take place on May 15, 16, and 17.

-- ARRL Website

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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