RAC Ontario Sections Bulletin for August 24, 2019

Paul Caccamo VA3PC

RAC Ontario Sections Bulletin for Aug 24, 2019

This is V_3___, Official Bulletin Station for Radio Amateurs of Canada with this week's bulletin.


1. Inter-American Proposal Removes 47 – 47.2 GHz from Bands under Study for 5G Services

The 34th meeting of the Inter-American Telecommunication Commission (CITEL) Permanent
Consultative Committee II (PCC.II) concluded a week of meetings on August 16 in Ottawa,
in advance of World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-19). The meetings were aimed at
reaching regional consensus on WRC-19 agenda items.

The big news is that the Inter-American Proposal (IAP) going forward to ITU from CITEL
countries has removed the 47 – 47.2 GHz Amateur Radio allocation from WRC-19 agenda item 1.13
Supported by 13 member-states, the IAP would take frequencies in that range off the table
for possible sharing with 5G International Mobile Telephony (IMT).
It was conceded that other administrations could raise the issue at WRC-19.

Fourteen administrations signed on to an IAP that voices no objection to an Amateur Radio
allocation at 50 – 54 MHz in ITU Region 1 (Europe, the Mideast, and Africa).

Language in a Canadian contribution, with additions from the US delegation, was added
regarding WRC-19 agenda item 9.1.6, which seeks to identify frequencies for medium and
high-power wireless charging of electric vehicles (WPT-EV). Delegates to PCC.II forwarded
an IAP of No Change to the Radio Regulations. The wording emphasizes the requirement to
properly set standards to avoid harmful interference to radio services from WPT-EV systems.

The recent CITEL meeting was the last prior to WRC-19, which will be Oct 28 – Nov 22 in
Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt. — Thanks to Jon Siverling, WB3ERA, and Bryan Rawlings, VE3QN

--full details on the RAC website.


2. Victoria-Haliburton Amateur Radio Swap Meet 

Sponsor :  Victoria-Haliburton Amateur Radio Association 
Date :  Saturday, September 14, 2019
Location:  Bobcaygeon Legion - 96 King Street East, Bobcaygeon, Ontario
Times :  Vendor @ 7:00 AM, Public Admission - 9:00 AM to 12:00 Noon
Cost :  In-Door Admission $6.00
Talk-in :  VE3LNZ - 147.195 MHz (No Tone) & 146.520 MHz Simplex
Event :  Amateur Radio, Computer Equipment & Electronics Swap Meet 
Email  :  pat @ neals.ca
Webpage :  http://www.coarc.on.ca/vhara


3. VRT withdraws slur against radio amateurs

Belgium's Flemish broadcaster VRT falsely said radio amateurs were likely responsible
for the transmission of fictional traffic information to vehicle dashboard screens 

VRT News published the story on August 13, a Google translation of what they said reads:

"The burglars are most likely radio amateurs. These are people who have equipment with
which they can pick up on an FM frequency. A radio amateur can then actually connect
to a local transmission tower, and in that way forward the false traffic information."

This was false story was clearly damaging to the reputation of radio amateurs and
Belgium's national amateur radio society, the UBA, was quick to respond, contacting VRT
and issuing a press release. VRT have since corrected their story.

Read the UBA report on the matter in Google English at

Read the corrected VRT Niews story at

4. ARRL Contest and DXCC Rules Now Prohibit Automated Contacts

Following the direction of the ARRL Board of Directors, ARRL has incorporated changes
to the rules for all ARRL-sponsored contests and DXCC, prohibiting automated contacts.
These changes also apply to the Worked All States (including Triple Play and 5-Band WAS),
VHF/UHF Century Club, and Fred Fish (W5FF) Memorial awards.
The changes are effective immediately.

A resolution at the July ARRL Board of Directors meeting pointed to “growing concern
over fully automated contacts being made and claimed” for contest and DXCC credit.
The rules now require that each claimed contact include contemporaneous direct initiation
by the operator on both sides of the contact.
Initiation of a contact may be either local or remote.

-- 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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