RAC Ontario Sections Bulletin For August 10, 2019

Paul Caccamo VA3PC

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RAC Ontario Sections Bulletin for Aug 10, 2019

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


1. T6, Afghanistan update

Robert, S53R, will once again be in Kabul starting in the beginning of
September and may continue
until the summer 2021. He will be there working with the UN World Food

Robert has been issued two callsign: T6AA and T6A (to be used during
contest). Activities
outside of contests will be limited to his free time, but he plans to be
on 160-6 meters using CW,
SSB and the Digital modes.

QSL via S53R, LoTW or ClubLog

-- OPDX Bulletin



2. Retrotechtacular: The Oscar 7 satellite died and was reborn 20 years

If I were to ask you what is the oldest man-made orbiting satellite
still in use, I’d expect
to hear a variety of answers. Space geeks might mention the passive
radar calibration spheres,
or possibly one of the early weather satellites. But what about the
oldest communication
satellite still in use?

The answer is a complicated one. Oscar 7 is an amateur radio satellite
launched on Nov 5th 1974,
carrying two transponders and four beacons, all of which operate on
bands available to
amateur radio operators.

Nearly 45 years later it still provides radio amateurs with contacts
just as it did in the 1970s.
But this bird’s history is anything but ordinary. It’s the satellite
that came back from the dead
after being thought lost forever.


-- thanks to Stephen, G7VFY for spotting this item

3.  Perseid Meteor Shower

The Perseid Meteor Shower has been active since July 23 and will show
its maximum on August 13, 2019.

It will reach its end by August 20th.

-- southgate radio news

4. Ham radio featured in ITU News Magazine

Self-training, intercommunication and technical investigations: the
amateur service in the 21st Century

The secretary of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) David
Sumner K1ZZ has written a four page
article about amateur radio for the ITU News Magazine.

He notes:  "Amateurs have established two-way communication repeatedly
over paths of more than 300 km
at 47 GHz and of more than 200 km at higher frequencies. If a future
World Radiocomunication Conference
(WRC) extends allocations above 275 GHz, adequate provisions for amateur
experimentation should be made."

"In addition to extending the frontiers of frequency and wavelength,
amateurs are refining communication
protocols by optimizing coding, modulation, and digital signal
processing to improve weak-signal performance."

Read his article starting on page 33 (PDF 34) at

This concludes this week's bulletin. Does anyone require repeats or
Hearing none, This is V__3____ returning the frequency to net control.

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Posted by: Paul Caccamo <va3pc @ rac.ca>

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