RAC Ontario Sections Bulletin for September 7, 2019

Paul Caccamo VA3PC
 

RAC Ontario Sections Bulletin for Sept 7, 2019

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

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL NEWS

1. RAC Annual General Meeting: Saturday, September 14: Webinar update

The Radio Amateurs of Canada is pleased to hold its Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Riverview,
New Brunswick just outside of Moncton.

Date: Saturday, September 14, Time: 1 pm (Atlantic Daylight Time)

Webinar:  If you cannot attend the meeting in person we are pleased to provide a Webinar which RAC
members can attend remotely by completing the online form provided at the following link by
11 am ADT on Friday, September 13:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7420985907598665996

You will receive additional details in a registration confirmation email. The Webinar will begin
at 1:00 pm Atlantic Daylight Time but please log into the session at least 10 minutes in advance.

If you wish to submit a question to the RAC President for the Q&A session please send it to
ve3xra @ rac.ca before 6 pm ADT on Friday, September 13.

2. Tracking Dorian: Hurricane Watch Net Hunkered Down for the Long Haul

The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) has been in continuous operation for Dorian since last Saturday
at 2100 UTC, and it plans to remain in operation on 14.325 MHz and 7.268 MHz until further notice,

Also bear in mind the ITU Region 2 Emergency Centre of Activity Frequencies:   3750 3985,
7060 7240 or 7275, 14300, 18160, 21360

There are plans to activate a CANWARN net at 7PM local time Saturday in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Updates will be posted on the RAC website.

-- VA3PC, Bulletin Editor.

ONTARIO SECTION NEWS

3. Prescott Russell ARC Free Flea Market

Date    :  Saturday, September 28, 2019
Location:  Jean-Marc Lalonde Arena, 1450 Du Parc Ave, Rockland, ON K4K 1C3
Times    :  Vendors 7am, General Public 9am
Cost    :  No Fee for buyers, 10$ Tailgate Vendor, 10$/Table Inside Vendor
Talk-in :  147.330+ 110.9
    :  Second annual Prescott-Russell Amateur Radio Club free fleamarket.

     After last years success we have moved just a short jump away to the Jean-Marc Lalonde Arena.
    Plenty of parking and room to setup for tailgating.

Info    :  Reservations go to https://prarc.ca/events/prarc-swap-shop/
Email    :  fleamarket @ prarc.ca
Webpage    :  https://www.prarc.ca


ITEMS OF INTEREST

4. The satellite phone you already own: From orbit, UbiquitiLink will look like a cell tower

For anyone that’s ever been broken down along a remote stretch of highway and desperately searched
for a cell signal, knowing that a constellation of communications satellites is zipping by overhead
is cold comfort indeed.

One needs specialized gear to tap into the satphone network, few of us can justify the expense of
satellite phone service, and fewer still care to carry around a brick with a chunky antenna on it
as our main phone.

A Virginia-based startup called UbiquitiLink is in the process of filling in all the gaps in cell
phone coverage by orbiting a constellation of satellites that will act as cell towers of last resort.
And the best part is that it’ll work with a regular cell phone. They use special software to simulate
a 22km away cell tower, even though their satellite is much further away.

The satellites that will form the backbone of the UbiquitiLink network will be in a somewhat higher
orbit — around 310 miles (500 km). Still, that’s not really all that far away (at least in terms of
radio frequency propagation) over a path that is, for the most part, free from the attenuation
caused by terrestrial obstructions.

See the hackaday article for full details:
https://hackaday.com/2019/08/26/the-satellite-phone-you-already-own-from-orbit-ubiquitilink-will-look-like-a-cell-tower/

-- Southgate 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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