RAC Ontario Sections Bulletin for November 23, 2019
Paul Caccamo VA3PC
RAC Ontario Sections Bulletin for November 23, 2019
This is V__3____, Official Bulletin Station for Radio Amateurs of Canada, with this week's bulletin
1. WRC-19 Six-Metre Allocation in IARU Region 1
On November 21, 2019 at the 2019 World Radiocommunication Conference being held in Sharm El-Sheikh,
Egypt, a new allocation to the Amateur Radio Service for Region 1 was approved.
The allocation, as it will appear in the International Table of Frequency Allocations, will be
for a two-megahertz secondary allocation in 50 to 52 MHz. Through footnotes there will be explicit
references to protecting fixed and mobile systems in 50 to 54 MHz.
Although Canadian Amateurs are not directly impacted by these allocation changes, an expansion of
six-metre operations in Region 1 benefits all Canadian Amateurs. For this reason and in the spirit
of joining with our colleagues in the other Regions, Canada is proud to have participated
in this achievement.
This participation by Radio Amateurs of Canada is made possible by your contributions to the
Defence of Amateur Radio Fund (DARF). “Showing Up” is, as I have said frequently, necessary to
the survival of Amateur Radio as we know it. Radio Amateurs of Canada has been one IARU member
who has been present in these endeavours for decades and, through your contributions to DARF,
we can continue to be counted on to show up.
Stay tuned to the RAC website and the pages of The Canadian Amateur magazine for more information
on the outcomes of WRC-19.
-- RAC Special Advisor Bryan Rawlings, VE3QN, at WRC-19
ONTARIO SECTION NEWS
2. Former RAC North/East Ontario Director Bill Unger, VE3XT SK
Radio Amateurs of Canada has received the sad news that former RAC North/East Ontario
Regional Director Bill Unger, VE3XT, of Thunder Bay has become a Silent Key.
In addition to the volunteer activities described in his online obituary, Bill was also the
Chair of the RAC Scholarship and Grant Program.
A tribute article to Bill will be included in an upcoming issue of The Canadian Amateur magazine.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the RAC Scholarship Fund via their website or the
Northern Cancer Research Fund.
-- Glenn MacDonell, VE3XRA, President, Radio Amateurs of Canada
ITEMS OF INTEREST
3. YOTA summer camp in the Americas
Taking a cue from IARU Region 1’s Youngsters On The Air (YOTA) annual summer camp, the Youth on
the Air committee in IARU Region 2 has announced the first camp for young radio amateurs in the
Americas next June
Sponsors hope the Region 2 camp, will also become an annual event. The inaugural summer camp will
take place June 21 – 26 at the National Voice of America Museum of Broadcasting in
West Chester Township, Ohio. The West Chester Amateur Radio Association (WC8VOA) will host the event.
According to the announcement, the camp will focus on building peer and mentor relationships
and taking amateur radio “to the next level.” Campers will attend workshops and activities in
multiple STEM-related subjects, such as radio contesting, electronic kit building, D-Star, APRS,
satellite communication, antenna building, and radio direction finding and orienteering.
A high-altitude balloon launch is also being planned.
Campers will learn and exercise on-the-air skills at special event station W8Y, at nearby
Kings Island Amusement Park.
-- Read the full ARRL story at
4. RAC attends Canadian CubeSat meeting
On October 7, 8 and 9, 2019, the University of New Brunswick’s (UNB) Department of
Electrical and Computer Engineering and CubeSat NB hosted the first of three Preliminary
Design Review (PDR) meetings for the Canadian CubeSat Project initiated by the Canadian
Space Agency (CSA)
The Canadian Space Agency is providing support and guidance to 15 teams of university and
college students across Canada who are building satellites. These satellites are in the
“CubeSat” format, based on a standardized architecture of 10 cm cubes. All 15 proposed
satellites will be deployed from the International Space Station (ISS), possibly starting in 2021.
Radio Amateurs of Canada was present because many of the CubeSat projects are proposing to use
Amateur Radio frequencies. RAC Atlantic Director Dave Goodwin, VE9CB, attended the PDR to offer
RAC’s insight into these projects and to discuss the processes required to secure frequency
coordination for these projects through the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU).
Following the Fredericton event, similar meetings were also held in London, Ontario and Victoria,
British Columbia for Preliminary Design Reviews of the nine other CubeSats in the Canadian CubeSat
Project in Ontario, western and northern Canada.
Designing and constructing CubeSats is a complicated, multi-year process. Once in orbit, these
satellites will assist pure and applied scientific research. Some of these satellites may offer
facilities that Radio Amateurs across Canada and around the world can use.
-- Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) Bulletin
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Posted by: Paul Caccamo <va3pc @ rac.ca>