RAC Ontario Sections Bulletin for March 7, 2020

Paul Caccamo VA3PC
 

RAC Ontario Sections Bulletin for March 7, 2020

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

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL NEWS

1. Dayton Hamvention Names 2020 Award Winners

Dayton Hamvention® has named five radio amateurs and one ham radio club as the recipients of its 2020 awards.
Amateur of the Year
Yasuo “Zorro” Miyazawa, JH1AJT, was named as Amateur of the Year. Licensed in 1964 at age 15, Miyazawa became
interested in DXing and, later in his life, international humanitarian activities.
Miyazawa has led many DXpeditions that focus not just on handing out contacts but cooperating with the local
population to implement needed humanitarian activities. In 2010, he established the Foundation for Global
Children (FGC), which has since supported children and youth in Africa, Asia, and other parts of the world
with education, health promotion, medical care, and sports.

Special Achievement Award
Jordan Sherer, KN4CRD, of Atlanta, Georgia, is the recipient of the Hamvention Special Achievement Award, given
to a radio amateur who made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of the radio art and or science.
An experienced software engineer by day and digital amateur radio operator by night, Sherer started his journey
into ham radio in 2017 exploring PSK31, JT65, and FT8. Fascinated by the ability to connect with others using
low power, he set about developing a protocol for weak-signal mesh networking and communication.
The result was JS8Call, a free open-source platform inspired by WSJT-X and fldigi. It allows for keyboard-to-keyboard,
store-and-forward, and network relay-based communication.

Technical Achievement Award
Hamvention bestowed its Technical Achievement Award on a group of three radio amateurs who have become well-known
for their development of the WSJT-X digital software suite. The 2020 award recipients are Steve Franke, K9AN;
Bill Somerville, G4WJS, and Joe Taylor, K1JT. Over the past 7 years, the trio has collaborated on all aspects of
WSJT-X — in particular, the digital protocol FT8 and its contesting variant FT4.
Introduced in July 2017, FT8 currently accounts for a significant portion of all HF ham radio activity.

Club of the Year
The South Canadian Amateur Radio Society (SCARS) of Norman, Oklahoma, is the 2020 Club of the Year.
SCARS is an ARRL Special Service Club named after the Canadian River. Formed in 1977, the club has worked through
social media and weekly newsletter to expand its reach to thousands of hams from the local area to around the globe.
Based in “Tornado Alley,” the club takes emergency communication very seriously.  SKYWARN training and weekly
ARES nets offer hams in central Oklahoma an opportunity to practice their skills before the next weather emergency.

Awards will be presented during Hamvention, May 15 – 17, at the Greene County Fairgrounds and Expo Center in Xenia, Ohio.

ONTARIO SECTION NEWS

2. Ham-Ex 2020  Sponsored by Peel and Mississauga Amateur Radio Clubs

Date    :  Saturday, March 28, 2020
Location:  Brampton Fall Fair Grounds, 12942 Heart Lake Rd, Caledon, ON L7C 2J3.
Times    :  Exhibits and Demonstrations Open at 8 am. Flea Market Open at 9 am. Doors open at 7 am for vendors.
Cost    :  General Admission $10. Grand prize tickets $5 or $3 for $10.
Talk-in :  VE3PRC 146.880- (103.5 Hz required) and VE3MIS 145.430- (103.5 Hz required)

Event    :  Ham-Ex is one of Ontario's largest and longest running Hamfests. The flea market features over 100 tables,
    with some of Canada's leading retailers. In addition, there will be exams for Basic, Advanced and
    CW Qualifications, exhibits, demonstrations, special event station, DXCC card checking, light refreshments.
Email    :  vendors@...
Webpage    :  http://www.ham-ex.ca

ITEMS OF INTEREST

3. The surprising way solar storms beach whales

Space weather isn't just for humans. Whales are experiencing it, too.
A new study published this week in the research journal Current Biology shows that solar storms can confuse
whales and cause them to strand on beaches--and the mechanism is surprising.
Get the full story on  Spaceweather.com


4. Dayton Hamvention officials keeping an eye on coronavirus situation

Show organizers will post updates as the May 15 – 17 event nears, but they’re optimistic that coronavirus
will not be an issue.
The Greene County Public Health Department reports that no cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Ohio.
Read the full story at
http://www.arrl.org/news/dayton-hamvention-officials-keeping-an-eye-on-coronavirus-situation
-- 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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