Paul Caccamo VA3PC
RAC Ontario Sections Bulletin for March 28, 2020
This is V__3____, Official Bulletin Station for Radio Amateurs of Canada, with this week's bulletin
1. Change of RAC World Radiocommunication Conference Special Advisor
As we are about to begin another four-year process leading to the next World
Radiocommunication Conference in 2023, Bryan Rawlings, VE3QN, has decided to step
down as RAC Special WRC Advisor.
Bryan provided his final report on WRC-19 on page 28 of the March-April 2020 issue of
The Canadian Amateur magazine as well as providing an article about International Regulations.
On behalf of RAC members and indeed all Canadian Amateurs, I thank Bryan for his years
of dedicated service.
RAC is pleased to announce that Paul Coverdale, VE3ICV, is now the RAC Special Advisor
at the World Radiocommunication Conferences and their Preparatory Meetings.
Paul was first licensed in 1965 as G3TZJ, emigrating to Canada in 1974 he became VE3ICV.
His Amateur interests are primarily HF DXing and CW contesting, with outdoor QRP operation
in the summer. He also enjoys antenna experimentation.
Professionally, Paul spent 30 years with Nortel Networks, where he held a number of
engineering and management positions related to wireline and wireless products,
Paul has been active for many years in international standards forums.
He is a member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), Institute of
Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and is a registered Professional Engineer.
-- Glenn MacDonell, VE3XRA - RAC President and Chair
2. World Amateur Radio Day
Every April 18, radio amateurs worldwide take to the airwaves in celebration of World Amateur
Radio Day. It was on this day in 1925 that the International Amateur Radio Union was formed in Paris.
The theme for 2020 is “Celebrating Amateur Radio’s Contribution to Society.”
Amateur Radio experimenters were the first to discover that the short wave spectrum could support
worldwide propagation. In the rush to use these shorter wavelengths, Amateur Radio was in grave danger
of being pushed aside. Amateur Radio pioneers met in Paris in 1925 and created the IARU to support
Amateur Radio worldwide.
Just two years later, at the International Radiotelegraph Conference, Amateur Radio gained the
allocations still recognized today — 160, 80, 40, 20, and 10 meters. Thanks to the support of
enlightened administrations in every part of the globe, radio amateurs are now able to experiment
and communicate in frequency bands strategically located throughout the radio spectrum.
Today, Amateur Radio is more popular than ever, with more than 3,000,000 licensed operators!
April 18 is the day for all of Amateur Radio to celebrate and tell the world about the science we can
help teach, the community service we can provide and the fun we have.
Help us celebrate amateur radio’s contributions to society, the 95th anniversary of the founding of
the IARU and that amateur radio is the best way to practice social distancing!
ONTARIO SECTION NEWS
ITEMS OF INTEREST
3. Radio Amateurs Team Up to Help University Design Low-Cost Ventilator
Amateur Radio volunteers from around the world have volunteered to assist University of
Florida Professor Sam Lampotang and his engineering team in their quest to rapidly develop
an open-source, low-cost patient ventilator that can be built anywhere from such commonly
available components as PVC pipe and lawn-sprinkler valves.
The Amateur Radio volunteers are developing Arduino-based control software that will set
the respiratory rate and other key parameters in treating critically ill coronavirus victims.
The ventilator’s valves would precisely time compressed oxygen flow into patient breathing
circuits under Arduino control, allowing exhausted patients with “stiff” lungs impacted by
viral pneumonia to survive until their body can clear the infection.
The software design team is also adding simple features such as an LCD display, encoders
to modify parameters, and watchdog safety features.
–- arrl news
4. CQ Magazine offers free issues
In view of the "stay at home and flatten the curve" recommendations from the health experts
during this worldwide pandemic, CQ would like to give everyone the opportunity to escape the
news alerts for a brief period and enjoy the hobby they love through the pages of CQ!
View the March and April issues of CQ magazine at no charge! It's easy, simply send an E-mail
to (FreeIssues@...) and we'll send you the March issue now and the April
issue on April 1st!
Take advantage of this opportunity to read CQ - free of charge - and keep connected with the
latest trends and activities in amateur radio!
Stay home . . stay well!
-- CQ Magazine
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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Posted by: Paul Caccamo <va3pc @ rac.ca>