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RAC Ontario Sections Bulletin For March 28, 2020

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

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL NEWS

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!

-- iaru.org

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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

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RAC Ontario Sections Bulletin for March 21, 2020

Paul Caccamo VA3PC
 

RAC Ontario Sections Bulletin for March 21, 2020

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NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL NEWS

1. RAC Head Office temporarily closed

In order to ensure the health and safety of the RAC staff, volunteers and the amateur radio
community in Ottawa who visit the Head Office, RAC has decided to close its headquarters
effective immediately. As a result, the majority of activities and responsibilities of the
RAC administration will now be performed remotely until the situation improves.
Please do not go the RAC Head Office until you have been informed that it has been reopened.

If you need to renew your RAC membership you can do so by sending a cheque to the address
provided below or by completing the online form at the Membership Sign Up / Renewal Area.
You may also contact the office by telephone to renew your membership if preferred.

Mail will now be picked up at the RAC Head Office intermittently so please take this delay
into account if you are intending to send cheques, forms or applications to the RAC office.
Please allow for extra time and to send correspondence well in advance of any time constraints.

We will continue to assist RAC members by telephone at 613-244-4367 or 877-273-8304
from 10 am to 4 pm EDT, Monday through Friday (except statutory holidays).

The RAC General Manager continues to be available by email at racgm @ rac.ca. In addition, the
regular RAC Headquarters email address at rachq @ rac.ca will also be monitored.

We understand this is an uncertain time for everyone and we are here to continue to support
you and we ask for your patience.
We also stress the importance of listening to medical officials in your own areas and exercise
all due caution with your own activities.

-- Alan Griffin, RAC MarCom Director

2. Hamvention 2020 planned for May 15-17 in Xenia, Ohio is now cancelled

It is with a very heavy heart the Hamvention Executive Committee has decided to cancel
Hamvention for this year. More specific details regarding the closure will soon be posted at
the hamvention website. Thank you for your understanding in this time of International Crisis.
-- Jack Gerbs,  General Chairman HV2020

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ITEMS OF INTEREST

3. Canceled Ohio ARES State Conference Morphs into Statewide Communication Exercise

Ohio Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) canceled the Ohio ARES State Conference set for
April 4 due to the coronavirus pandemic and repurposed the date for a statewide communication
exercise, with an emphasis on communicating from home.

We turned the day into a 2-hour series of nets designed to have amateur operators
check in using their home stations.

The Ohio HF Emergency Net will take check-ins on 40 and 80 meters (SSB), with the Ohio Digital
Emergency Net (OHDEN) operating on 80 meters. Then, a linked digital radio system will be brought
into play, using DMR’s Ohio talk group linked to the Fusion “Ohio Link” group.
Stations will simply check in; no traffic will be handled. It’s just designed to prove
we can communicate from home, while locked down, and still get the job done.

— Stan Broadway, N8BHL

4. Social Distancing due to Coronavirus? - Why not participate in State or Provincial QSO Party?

Wondering what to do while restricting your outings over the next few weeks?
Why not take part in a QSO Party. They are usually more laid back than the major contests.
The following URL will list upcoming QSO parties and contests that might interest you.
https://www.contestcalendar.com/
You can always make plans for the Ontario QSO Party - it will happen April 18th Weekend.
"Social Distancing" can be achieved with a microphone and transceiver.

-- va3pc

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RAC Ontario Sections Bulletin for March 14, 2020

Paul Caccamo VA3PC
 

RAC Ontario Sections Bulletin for March 14, 2020

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NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL NEWS

1. Visalia International DX Convention, Other Events Cancelled Due to Coronavirus

Concern over COVID-19 has led to the cancellation of the 2020 International DX Convention (IDXC),
which was to be held April 24 – 26 in Visalia, California.

In Scotland, the GMDX Convention, set for April 4, has been postponed until later this year,
but a new date has not yet been announced.

The Japan Amateur Radio League (JARL) has announced the cancellation of several amateur radio events
planned for March, in the wake of a government policy requesting that events be canceled, postponed,
or reduced in size for the immediate future.

Vicenzo Favata, IT9IZY, the president of ARI announced this week that the organization’s headquarters
in Milan has been closed in line with governmental directives. He noted governmental mandates calling
for the suspension of conferences, meetings, and social events while any threat of COVID-19 exists.

Coronavirus concerns also postponed until May 3 a March 8 amateur radio flea market in Iceland, where
some 3 dozen COVID-19 cases have been reported.

FUNK TAG (Radio Day) in Kassel, Germany, organized by the DARC and set for April 18, has been cancelled.
The DARC Board said it was following the recommendation the federal health minister, who advises
avoiding events with more than 1,000 visitors.

Norway’s IARU member-society NRRL postponed its annual general meeting, set for April 19, in line
with government recommendations.

ARRL has posted an Update for US gatherings http://www.arrl.org/canceledHamfests.php

-- arrl news

1A . Ohio Bans Mass Gatherings of 100 or More

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced Mar 12, 2020 that Ohio Department of Health Director
Amy Acton, M.D., MPH has signed an order to prohibit mass gatherings in the state of Ohio.

Mass gatherings are defined as any event or convening that brings together 100 or more persons in a
single space at the same time such as an auditorium, stadium, arena, large conference room, meeting hall,
theater, or any other confined indoor or outdoor space.

This order will take effect immediately and will remain until the state of emergency declared by the
Governor has been rescinded or modified.

--- ohio.gov website

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2. Iroquois ARC Fleamarket scheduled for April 4  *** Cancelled for this year ***

2A. - Brampton HAM-EX 2020 Scheduled for Mar 28 has been cancelled for this year.
See their website https://www.ham-ex.ca for details.

ITEMS OF INTEREST

3. Using Kiwi-SDR for HF direction finding.

Here is an article that explains the "Time Difference of Arrival" technique of direction finding
used by some networked Software Defined Radios that are GPS time synchronized.

https://www.rtl-sdr.com/kiwisdr-tdoa-direction-finding-now-freely-available-for-public-use/

The same technique is used to detect lightning strikes in real time at www.lightningmaps.org

-- Contest Club Ontario E-Mail reflector

4. A 'radio-active' sunspot from the next solar cycle

A new sunspot is emerging in the sun's southern hemisphere.
 Its magnetic polarity identifies it as a member of new Solar Cycle 25.

Although the spot is relatively small, it is also dynamic, and has produced one of the first
loud shortwave radio bursts of the new solar cycle.

-- visit Spaceweather.com for more details

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RAC Ontario Sections Bulletin for March 7, 2020

Paul Caccamo VA3PC
 

RAC Ontario Sections Bulletin for March 7, 2020

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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.

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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

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RAC Ontario Sections Bulletin for February 29, 2020

Paul Caccamo VA3PC
 

RAC Ontario Sections Bulletin for February 29, 2020

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NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL NEWS

1.  RAC Canada Winter Contest 2019 Log Summary now available

A summary of logs received for the 2019 RAC Canada Winter Contest is now available on the RAC
Contesting Rules and Results webpage.

A total of 898 electronic logs were received, a new all-time record for entries in the
RAC Canada Winter Contest.

2020-02-16 By Alan Griffin

2.  Coronavirus Fears Postpone Another DXpedition

Alex Gromme, 5B4ALX, has postponed his March 18 – April 2 T30ET DXpedition to Tarawa (West Kiribati) because
of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The Kiribati Ministry of Health told Gromme that he would need to be
quarantined for 14 days in Honiara, Solomon Islands, before getting medical approval to continue on to Kiribati.
“T30ET is currently postponed, not cancelled,” Gromme said on his website. He’s now looking at October 2020,
assuming the COVID-19 situation is resolved by then.

-- arrl news

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ITEMS OF INTEREST

3. Go Green For St Patricks Day

With a couple weeks to go and Stations from across the world signed up to take part, we will once again
be on air to turn the bands green as part of the St Patrick Award.
This fun 48hr annual award will follow the celebrations across the world, from the 16th March, 12:00 UTC
until the 18th March, 12:00 UTC. Once again this year we have an award covering any digital mode requiring
software or a computer, as well as radio. To find out more or to register as a station go to
https://stpatrickaward.webs.com/ and help us go green for St Patricks Day.

-- southgate news

4. MOTOROLA WINS $765 MILLION IN LAWSUIT AGAINST HYTERA

A jury in Chicago has awarded Motorola $765 million in the company's lawsuit against Hytera Communications Corporation.
The award, announced on Friday February 14th, is the full amount the company had been seeking. Motorola claimed the
Chinese company stole its trade secrets along with its copyrighted source code for the manufacture of its digital
two-way radios. The original complaint was filed in March 2017.

Hytera attorneys said they plan to appeal. The Chinese company filed an anti-trust lawsuit against Motorola in December 2017,
accusing Motorola in driving out the competition in the DMR marketplace. Hytera, a former distributor of Motorola radios, has
acknowledged hiring engineers who formerly worked at Motorola. Hytera has said however it developed its radios independently.

Meanwhile, Motorola's attorneys have vowed to seek an order halting sale of Hytera radios in the United States.
The company is also planning to ask for a worldwide injunction preventing Hytera from further copyright infringement
and use of stolen trade secrets.

-- Amateur Radio Newsline

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RAC Ontario Sections Bulletin for February 22, 2020

Paul Caccamo VA3PC
 

RAC Ontario Sections Bulletin for February 22, 2020


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NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL NEWS


1. Coronavirus Outbreak Postpones Swains Island DXpedition


The W8S DXpedition to Swains Island in the Pacific, set to take place in mid-March, has been
postponed until fall as a result of travel restrictions imposed on individuals entering American
Samoa, stemming from the recent coronavirus outbreak. The Department of Health allows non-residents
to enter American Samoa only via Hawaii after a 14-day mandatory quarantine in Hawaii, and the
DXpedition was unable to accommodate that requirement.

“Everything is prepared for our DXpedition, and we are eager to go, but unfortunately the
coronavirus outbreak is out of our control,” the DXpedition team said in announcing the delay.
“Although this is a disappointment for everyone, the W8S DXpedition is not cancelled, but just
postponed for later this year.”


The DXpedition said it would update amateurs as soon as it has new firm dates for the trip.

--arrl news


2. Down Under Special Event Will Use Former Radio Australia Antennas


Over the March 14 – 15 weekend, members of the Shepparton and District Amateur Radio Club
will be on the air as VI3RA, connecting their transceivers to the curtain array and rhombic antennas

at the former Radio Australia site in Shepparton. Radio Australia ceased transmitting from the site

in 2017. VI3RA will operate on 40, 30, 20, 17, and 15 meters.

“This is a rare opportunity for amateur radio operators, who are only allowed a peak output power
of 400 W in Australia to hopefully achieve some remarkable communication outcomes. We expect to get
a gain of 15 dB on the lower frequencies and at least 20 dB on 21 MHz.”

The special event is being conducted in cooperation with BAI Communications (Broadcast Australia).

More information at: http://www.sadarc.org/


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3. Distracted Driving update: Ontario has granted permanent two-way radio exemption for Amateurs


RAC Directors Allan Boyd, VE3AJB (Ontario North/East) and Phil McBride, VA3QR (Ontario South)
have been working hard on the distracted driving issue.

Effective February 14, 2020, the Ontario Ministry of Transportation has “made permanent the exemption
under Ontario Regulation 366/09 (Display Screens and Hand-Held Devices) of the Highway Traffic Act
for hand-held two-way radios for commercial drivers and Amateur Radio operators.”

The official publication of the amendment to the regulations is available online and is provided on
The RAC Distracted Driving webpage.

--  By Alan Griffin


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4. Spy radio found during archaeological dig

A 30-year-old Soviet spy radio has been found by archaeologists in a site cleared for a new lignite mine
about 30 km west of Köln in Germany.

The spy radio was buried inside a large metal box that was hermetically sealed. Although the radio's
batteries had run down after almost 30 years in the ground, the box hissed with inrushing air when
it was opened.

The radio has been identified as a model R-394KM transmitter and receiver — code-named "Strizh," meaning
"Swift" — that was manufactured in the Soviet Union in 1987. It was carried by agents into Western Europe
shortly after that, and only a few years before the fall of the "Iron Curtain" that divided Europe.

The high-frequency radio was capable of transmitting and receiving messages as far as 1,200 km — far enough
to reach Warsaw in Poland, which was then part of the Soviet bloc.

Read the full story at https://www.livescience.com/soviet-spy-radio-discovered-germany.html 


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RAC Ontario Sections Bulletin for February 15, 2020

Paul Caccamo VA3PC
 

RAC Ontario Sections Bulletin for February 15, 2020

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NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL NEWS

1. RAC 2019 Amateur of the Year Award - Cary Rubenfeld, VE4EA

The RAC Board of Directors takes great pleasure in selecting Cary Rubenfeld, VE4EA, as the recipient
of the RAC Amateur of the Year Award for 2019 in recognition of his tireless efforts to promote Amateur
Radio in his home province of Manitoba, throughout Canada and internationally.

Through the RAC Amateur of the Year Award, Radio Amateurs of Canada recognizes the outstanding
contributions made by Canadian Amateurs. The RAC Board considers nominations for the RAC Amateur of
the Year Award and presents it if and when the nomination demonstrates the exceptional contribution made.
 If there are several nominations the best for that year is approved.

Stay tuned to the RAC website for additional information about the presentation of the award once
plans have been finalized. For more information about the RAC Amateur of the Year Award visit:
https://wp.rac.ca/rac-amateur-of-the-year/

Glenn MacDonell, VE3XRA, RAC President and Chair


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2.  Ham radio club can provide emergency communications

Since 1977, the Rideau Lakes Amateur Radio Club has been a part of Smiths Falls and surrounding regions
with the home base in Smiths Falls, Ontario

The club has 17 members with all of them active with two-way radios on a weekly basis.

In case of an emergency in the town, such as the ice storm in 1998, members of the club who are Amateur
Radio Emergency Service (ARES) members would be in contact with ARES members across Canada to see
who would be available to help.

“We’re a group of volunteer; second responders and in the event of an emergency like the ice storm,
there was 92 volunteers from all over Ontario who came here to do various things like provide
communication to relief centres,” said Robert Bell, VE3NZQ. “Whether you’re an actual member of
ARES or not, the skill you require in pursuing this hobby is quite useful.”

Read the full story at https://www.insideottawavalley.com/news-story/
9843800--the-computer-geeks-of-two-generations-ago-rideau-lakes-amateur-radio-club-going-strong-

in-smiths-falls-after-42-years/

-- southgate news

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3. ARRL Creates New HF Band Planning Discussion Group

ARRL has created a new HF Band Planning Discussion Group. HF Band Planning Committee Chair
Mike Raisbeck, K1TWF, will moderate the group, which will focus on the ARRL HF Band Planning
Committee’s recommendations and other band-planning activities.

Earlier this month, the ARRL HF Band Planning Committee invited comments and suggestions
from the Amateur Radio community. At the Board’s January meeting, the committee presented
its specific recommendations in graphical form for each HF band and each US license class, with
the goal of increasing harmony on the HF bands, particularly between CW and digital users.
Those responding to the initial call for comments and suggestions are encouraged to cross-post
their remarks to the new HF Band Planning Discussion Group which is open to non-members.

-- arrl news

4. Fast radio burst with steady 16-day cycle observed in Canada.

Fast radio bursts (FRBs) are, as their name suggests, short bursts of radio emissions that are detected
by space scientists listening for signals from outer space. They appear randomly for a very short period
of time, making them difficult to find and very hard to study. One was first observed back in 2007. Since
that time, several others have been observed, but only 10 of them have been found to repeat themselves.

In this new effort, the researchers were studying data from the radio telescope used by the Canadian
Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment. When they spotted the FRB, they traced back 400 observations
made using the telescope and determined that the FRB repeated in a steady, 16-day pattern. The FRB
signals were observed to arrive approximately once an hour for four days and then suddenly cease—only
to start up again 12 days later.

The researchers traced the source of the FRB to a spiral galaxy approximately 500 million light-years
away. They suggest future technology might be able to pinpoint which of the objects in the galaxy is
sending out the FRBs and perhaps reveal how it is doing so.

-- Bob Yirka , Phys.org

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RAC Ontario Sections Bulletin for February 8, 2020

Paul Caccamo VA3PC
 

RAC Ontario Sections Bulletin for Feb 8, 2020

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NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL NEWS

1.  QRZ.com Ends Identity Verified Program

The popular QRZ.com amateur radio website has dropped its verified member program, which the site
instituted last year in an effort to combat fraud and password phishers. Fred Lloyd, AA7BQ said the
change will “transition our online swapmeet rules to reflect more open policies. The site introduced
two-factor authentication last June and later the verified member program.

Lloyd said that by dropping the identity verified requirement, QRZ expects to see an increase in
equipment listings and greater participation.  Individuals listing equipment will still need to
provide photos of actual items for sale, and photos must include the seller’s call sign. Only ham
members — those having a listed call sign page — may sell in the swapmeet. Those perusing the
listings will generally be allowed to post comments or questions about any listing, Lloyd said.

Lloyd said that QRZ did not save documents that were provided for user identification. Two-factor
authentication will remain an option, but swapmeet users will not be required to use it.

-- arrl news

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2.  VE3CJ Memorial Spring Fleamarket

Sponsor    :  Burlington Amateur Radio Club
Date    :  Saturday, February 29, 2020
Location:  COMPASS POINT BIBLE CHURCH, 1500 Kerns Road, Burlington, Ontario, L7P 3A7
Times    :  Vendors at 7AM, Public at 830 AM, Closes at noon.
Cost    :  $8 individual admission
Talk-in :  147.210 Tone 131.8 - VE3RSB VHF repeater
Website : https://www.barc.ca

-- RAC events listing

ITEMS OF INTEREST

3. Blackout-causing 'super' solar storms happen more often than we thought

Powerful solar storms pose a great danger to our technologies here on Earth, and space weather scientists
just determined that we see these storms far more often than we thought, possibly up to once every 25 years.

In September of 1859, while observering sunspots with his telescope, astronomer Richard Carrington witnessed
what is still considered to be the most powerful solar flare ever seen. Just days later, the event was
followed by intense auroral displays that were visible all the way to the equator.

Long distance telegraph lines became so charged with electricity that operators suffered shocks, and for days
after they could even send nessages without hooking the system up to a power source.
In the aftermath, Carrington linked the events, effectively discovering 'space weather' for the very first time.

Decades later, in July of 2012, satellites observing the Sun spotted an immense cloud of plasma - a coronal
mass ejection - erupting into space. Detailed computer modelling revealed that if this rapidly expanding cloud
had erupted just two weeks earlier, it would have scored a direct hit on Earth, causing another
"Carrington-level" solar storm.

Lloyds of London performed a study that showed, based on the impacts of the Carrington Event, if Earth had
taken a direct hit from the 2012 solar storm, it would have caused world-wide blackouts and satellite failures,
with a pricetag to the global economy totalling in the trillions of dollars.

Full article link :
https://www.theweathernetwork.com/ca/news/article/blackout-causing-super-solar-storms-happen-more-often-than-we-thought


-- southgate news

4. Diving deep for 'the world's most famous radio'

What extremes would YOU go to to get your hands on an old radio? If that radio is the wireless transmitter that
operator Jack Phillips used April 15, 1912 to summon help for the doomed RMS Titanic, those extremes likely
include ocean depths. The U.S. company that has salvage rights to the wreckage is ready to make that trip - and soon.

It's asking a U.S. District Court judge in Eastern Virginia to approve an undersea expedition to the ship's interior
to retrieve the Marconi transmitter that summoned the RMS Carpathia.

The Washington Post said that Parks Stephenson, a Titanic expert, called the transmitter "the world's most
famous radio."

-- southgate news

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RAC Ontario Sections Bulletin for February 1, 2020

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RAC Ontario Sections Bulletin for Feb 1, 2020

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NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL NEWS

1.  Former RAC Ontario North Regional Director Doug Leach, VE3XK SK

Radio Amateurs of Canada has received the sad news that former RAC Ontario North Regional Director
Doug Leach, VE3XK, became a Silent Key on January 15, 2020.
Doug served as the RAC First Vice-President in 1997-98 and was the RAC Director for the Ontario North
Region from 2001 to 2004. In addition to serving on the RAC Board and Executive, Doug was the author
and editor of several RAC publications and reports including: the RAC Operating Manual; the RAC
Emergency Coordinator’s Manual; the RAC Official Observer’s Guide; the RAC Administration Manual;
and the RAC Manual for Directors.

Doug was a very active Radio Amateur until recent years, with experience on most Amateur allocations,
160 metres through to the microwave bands, having achieved multi-mode DXCC on most of the HF bands.
His enthusiasm and contribution to Amateur Radio will be sorrowfully missed.

On behalf of Radio Amateurs of Canada, I extend sincere condolences to Doug’s wife Beverley and his
entire family.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, February 9, from 2 to 4 pm at Robbie’s Restaurant,
1531 St. Laurent Boulevard in Ottawa.
-- Glenn MacDonell, VE3XRA, President, Radio Amateurs of Canada

ONTARIO SECTION NEWS

2. Radio ham makes out-of-this-world connection

Canada's CTV News reports on the contact made by 96-year-old ham radio operator Jean Moffett VE3WAD
with International Space Station Commander Luca Parmitano KF5KDP

“You can always talk to other people, in other parts of the world,” Moffett said, speaking to CTV News
Toronto. “You can send your signals to satellites. I’ve talked to people from the Arctic to the
Antarctic.” And last Wednesday at the Ontario Science Centre, the 96-year-old got to go even further.

A ham radio connection, relayed through northern Italy, allowed the senior and a group of students to
speak with Commander Luca Parmitano aboard the International Space Station (ISS).

Watch the video and read the full story at
https://toronto.ctvnews.ca/96-year-old-ham-radio-operator-makes-an-out-of-this-world-connection-1.4779505


-- RAC website

ITEMS OF INTEREST

3.  British Columbia QSO Party 2020 presented by the Orca DX and Contest Club

Date/Time:  1600z Feb 1 to 0359z Feb 2  AND  1600z to 2359z Feb 2
Objectives:  Stations outside BC have to find as many VE7/VA7s as possible in the 20 hours of the contest.
Exchange: BC stations give RS(T) + three-letter code representing the federal electoral district in BC and
stations outside BC give province/state/"DX”

Follow links at http://orcadxcc.org/bcqp.html for rules, multiplier list, FAQs, in-depth event
analysis/reports and scores from past years, and examples of photo certificates and plaques.

-- Rebecca VA7BEC

4.  2020 State and Provincial QSO Party Challenge Announced

The State QSO Party Challenge is a competition comprised of other contests, namely state and provincial
QSO parties. As explained on the website, the annual cumulative score program is open to any radio amateur
who participates in any approved state QSO parties (SQPs).

Participants just need to submit their QSO party scores to 3830scores.com to enter the challenge.
Cumulative scores will be calculated by totaling up the number of reported contacts and multiplying by
the number of SQPs entered in the year to date. Periodic standings will be posted to 3830scores.com,
the QSOParty Groups.io forum, and the www.StateQSOParty.com website.

The first SQPs in 2020 are the Vermont, Minnesota, and British Columbia QSO Parties in the first weekend of
February.
Entrants must make at least two contacts in a QSO party for it to count as a multiplier. Challenge sponsors
expressed appreciation to Bruce Horn, WA7BNM, for developing the SQP Activity Tracker on 3830scores.com.

-- arrl news

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RAC Ontario Sections Bulletin for January 25, 2020

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RAC Ontario Sections Bulletin for January 25, 2020

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NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL NEWS

1.  RAC and IARU Presidents attend ARRL Board Meeting

RAC President Glenn MacDonell, VE3XRA, and IARU President Tim Ellam, VE6SH, were guests at the semi-annual
Board of Directors meeting of the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) held in Windsor, Connecticut.

Glenn MacDonell, VE3XRA, extended greetings and best wishes from RAC and thanked ARRL President Roderick, K5UR,
for attending the RAC Planning Meeting and Annual General Meeting in Moncton, New Brunswick last September.

In his remarks, he indicated that RAC and the ARRL have similar objectives and both organizations benefit from learning
how each other undertakes to achieve them. He noted the continuing growth of Amateur Radio in Canada and reported that
he had been elected for another term as President of RAC, which was greeted by applause from the ARRL Board members.

-- rac website

2. YOTA Month (December 2019) a Success in the Americas

Youth-operated Amateur Radio stations in the Americas contributed 12,000+ QSOs to the worldwide special event.
In the US, K8Y, K8O, K8T and K8A were the assigned callsigns. Fifteen youth operators rotated these calls throughout
December. They made 10,474 QSOs using SSB, CW, digital modes and satellites, including the RAC winter contest.

In Canada, David, VE7DZO, signed VE7YOTA. He made 458 QSOs on CW. Mathias, CE2LR, of Chile activated
XR2YOTA, making 1,535 QSOs on CW, SSB and digital modes.

Globally, almost 129,000 contacts were logged using 48 call signs, all operated by hams under the age of 26.
2,569 operators requested and received an award based on the number of YOTA contacts made as of
January 14. Statistics are available at events.ham-yota.com
-- rac website

ONTARIO SECTION NEWS

ITEMS OF INTEREST

3.  AM Rally 2020 Gets Under Way on February 1

The fourth annual AM Rally operating event will take place February 1 – 3 (UTC). The annual AM Rally encourages
all operators to explore amateur radio's original voice mode by showcasing the various types of AM equipment in
use today, ranging from early vacuum-tube rigs to the newest SDR-based transceivers.

The AM Rally is open to all radio amateurs capable of running full-carrier, amplitude modulation (standard AM)
using any type of radio equipment  (modern, vintage, tube, solid-state, software-defined, military, boat anchor,
broadcast, homebrew, or commercially manufactured) are encouraged to join in the AM fun on 160 through 6 meters.

The AM Rally is sponsored by ARRL, Radio Engineering Associates, and iNetRadio.

4.  ROOSTING VULTURES CAUSE TROUBLE FOR TEXAS TOWER

So you think you have troubles maintaining your tower? Consider this: In Kingsville, Texas on the U.S.-Mexico border about 300
turkey vultures have established a resting place on a tower owned and operated by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency.

The birds of prey aren't nesting there, or even laying eggs -- but federal officials are calling for the problem to be eliminated
because of what the birds themselves have eliminated. When it leaves the bird it drops 300 feet to whatever may be beneath.

The vultures have made this a habit for more than six years but the government has finally declared that what comes out of these
vultures has created too much of the wrong kind of pileup. Workers climbing the tower come into contact with the various corrosive
substances which are also landing on supports, rails and catwalks, according to a Department of Homeland Security memo.

The birds are under the protection of the 1918 Migratory Bird Treaty Act and no one has indicated a desire to harm them but officials
are seeking a solution. Customs officials are considering some net control - not the kind that handles check-ins - but the kind that
will prevent the birds themselves from any further check-ins. By summer, the agency hopes to get netting draped over the tower to
prevent future RF - Roosting Flock - interference.

-- Amateur Radio Newsline

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RAC Ontario Sections Bulletin for January 18, 2020

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RAC Ontario Sections Bulletin for January 18, 2020

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NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL NEWS

1.  Puerto Rico Volunteers Deployed to Red Cross, ARRL Sending Equipment

Puerto Rico Section Manager Oscar Resto, KP4RF, reports that several Amateur Radio Emergency Service
(ARES) volunteers have been deployed to earthquake-ravaged regions of the island at the request of
the American Red Cross. Initial operations got under way in the town of Yauco, where the Red Cross
has a central warehouse for the earthquake relief effort. Operations are on VHF and UHF, although
commercial telecommunication services remain in operation for the most part. A station has also
been activated at the Red Cross Headquarters in the capital of San Juan, which is not in the
earthquake zone. Aftershocks continue on the island.

ARRL is shipping six VHF/UHF base/repeater antennas and six 50-foot rolls of LMR-400 coax, through
the Ham Aid Fund.

An HF radio was to be on site for backup on 20 and 40 meters. Power to the distribution center is 40%
from the power utility and 60% from generators.

Resto said over the weekend that he’d been told that the Red Cross was relocating the disaster relief
operation to Mayagüez, which is a much closer site to the initial impact area, and ARES will provide
communication support at the new site.

A 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck the southwestern part of Puerto Rico on January 7, fast on the heels
of a magnitude 5.8 tremor the day before. Resto said, engineers have determined that 80% of the
houses in the earthquake’s impact zone are uninhabitable.

Resto told ARRL last week that the earthquake disaster has definitely been a setback for the US territory
as it continues its long recovery from severe hurricane damage in 2017.

-- arrl news

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ITEMS OF INTEREST

2. Tickets for Hamvention Dinners are now available.

Tickets for three traditional dinners held in association with the 2020 Dayton Hamvention® in May
are now available — the DX Dinner, the Top Band Dinner, and the Contest Dinner.

The 35th annual DX Dinner, sponsored by the SouthWest Ohio DX Association (SWODXA), will take place on
Friday, May 15, at the Dayton Marriott, 1414 S. Patterson Boulevard in Dayton.
A social hour begins at 5:30 PM, with dinner served at 7 PM, an informal social gathering to follow.
Event tickets can be purchased via the SWODXA Events website, which includes program details.

The 31st annual Top Band Dinner for 160-meter enthusiasts will take place on Friday, May 15, in the
Presidential Ballroom of the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Downtown Dayton. A social hour starts at 6 PM,
with dinner to follow at 7 PM. Details are on the Top Band Dinner website.

The North Coast Contesters will sponsor the 28th annual Dayton Contest Dinner on Saturday, May 16,
in the Presidential Ballroom of the Crowne Plaza in downtown Dayton. A social hour begins at 5:30 PM,
with dinner served at 6:30 PM. Seating is random. Tickets are available via the Contest Dinner website.
No tickets will be for sale at the door.

3.  Norway Experiences Unexpected Ground Current “Shockwave”

Spaceweather.com reports that on January 6, unexpected electrical currents were detected in the soil of
northern Norway starting at around 1930 UTC.  “It seemed to be some kind of shockwave,” said Rob Stammes,
who monitors ground currents at the Polarlightcenter geophysical observatory in Lofoten.

NASA’s ACE spacecraft detected something as well. About 15 minutes before the disturbance in Norway, the
near-Earth interplanetary magnetic field abruptly swung around 180 degrees, and the solar wind density
jumped more than five-fold. According to Spaceweather.com, Earth may have crossed through a fold in the
heliospheric current sheet, described as “a giant, wavy membrane of electrical current rippling through
the solar system.” Such crossings can cause these kind of effects, the Spaceweather.com report said.
The ground currents were accompanied by spectacular displays of aurora borealis visible in Finland.

— Thanks to Spaceweather.com

4.Selecting the right type of antenna

There are very many different types of antenna to choose from: dipoles inverted Vs, single band, multiband,
doublets, verticals beams trapped dipoles, and many more. On top of this many can be home made or factory
made.

While it can be very interesting to experiment, it pays to know which antennas are likely be the best for
any given station. The different characteristics can mean that some types are more suitable than others.

Read more about the more popular types of antenna used with ham radio stations: their characteristics as
well as the various advantages and disadvantages:
https://www.electronics-notes.com/articles/ham_radio/amateur-equipment/buying-choosing-best-antenna-type.php


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RAC Ontario Sections Bulletin for January 11, 2020

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RAC Ontario Sections Bulletin for January 11, 2020

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NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL NEWS

1.  Bushfire Emergency Communications Advice (Wireless Institute of Australia)

Bushfires continue to rage widely across large areas of Australia with both loss of life and property.

The WIA has been advised that there are major outages of telecommunications in areas impacted by the
bushfires either currently or expected to occur in the near term. This disruption advice, at the time
this news item was composed, currently applies to areas of NSW and VIC states - but this may change.

The WIA kindly asks Radio Amateurs to monitor the IARU EMCOM Region 3 HF frequencies whenever feasible
during the bushfire emergency. As an IARU member society, the WIA has adopted these recommended
frequencies: 3.600 MHz. 7.110 MHz. 14.300 MHz. 18.160 MHz. 21.360 MHz.

These "Centre of Activity" frequencies are not spot frequencies or net frequencies. They are recommended
as starting points for emergency traffic which may extend ± 5 kHz near the designated centre frequency.

Emergency Communication is one of the three main reasons Radio Amateurs have access to RF Spectrum.
Please assist if and when you can by keepling these frequencies clear of interference.

-- Greg VK2GPK - President - Wireless Institute of Australia


ONTARIO SECTION NEWS

2.  N.P.A.R.C. Big Event #42

Sponsor    :  Niagara Peninsula Amateur Radio Club, Inc.
Date    :  Saturday, February 1, 2020
Location:  Merritton Community Centre, 7 Park Avenue, St. Catharines, L2P 1P9
Times    :  9:00am for the public
Cost    :  $8.00
Talk-in :  147.300 MHz+ Tone 107.2 Hz Callsign: VE3VM
Info    :  Hamfest & Electronics Flea Market
Email    :  bigevent @ nparc.ca
Webpage : http://www.nparc.ca

ITEMS OF INTEREST

3.  Winter Field Day 2020 is January 25-26

Winter Field Day, sponsored by the Winter Field Day Association (WFDA), will take place over the
January 25-26 weekend.
The Winter Field Day Association (WFDA) is a dedicated group of Amateur Radio Operators who believe
that emergency communications in a winter environment is just as important as the preparations and
practice that is done each summer but with some additional unique operational concerns. We believe
that maintaining your operational skills should not be limited to fair weather scenarios.

Preparedness is the key to a professional and timely response during any event and this is what
local authorities are expecting when they reach out to the emergency service groups that
offer their services. We are sure you will find this event a pleasant change and challenge
to that of a normal summer time Field Day.

For more information about Winter Field Day visit: https://www.winterfieldday.com
-- RAC website

4. Grey Line Propagation

Grey line propagation provides surprisingly long distance radio communications at dawn and dusk
when other forms of ionospheric propagation may not be expected to provide signal paths
of these distances.
This mode of propagation is widely used in ham radio, often providing signals from the other side
of the globe at these times.
When listening to signals coming in via grey line propagation, it is particularly interesting to
hear how the signals come up in strength and then fall away again. It is also possible to hear
how the propagation moves as the dawn or dusk line changes and first stations in one area and
the next are making contacts via the grey line.

Find out how grey line propagation arises and how it can best be used.
https://www.electronics-notes.com/articles/antennas-propagation/ionospheric/greyline-propagation.php



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RAC Ontario Sections Bulletin for January 4, 2020

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RAC Ontario Sections Bulletin for Jan 4, 2020

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NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL NEWS

1.  RAC Appoints New Community Services Officer and Treasurer

Radio Amateurs of Canada is pleased to announce the appointment of Jason Tremblay, VE3JXT, as
its new Community Services Officer (CSO) and Margaret Tidman, VA3VXN, as its new Treasurer.
Both positions are effective January 1, 2020.

Jason has been serving as RAC’s Deputy Community Services Officer and is relieving Doug Mercer,
VO1DTM, of one of the two portfolios he has been holding for many years. I would like to thank
Doug for his hard work and dedication as CSO and I look forward to continuing to work with him
in his role as RAC’s Vice-President.

Margaret Tidman, VA3VXN, is now serving as the new RAC Treasurer. Margaret has worked in the
field of accounting for 20 years and has been the Treasurer for the Ottawa Amateur Radio Club
(OARC) since 2014. She previously served as the RAC Treasurer for the 2010-11 term.

I’d like to thank Devon Racicot, VE5DWR, for his excellent work as Treasurer and Chair of our
Administration and Finance Committee over the past several years. Devon will continue to support
RAC nationally and will be working on the RAC Legacy and Donation programs.

I’m happy to welcome Margaret and Jason to the RAC Executive and look forward to working with
them on our new and ongoing initiatives.

-- Glenn MacDonell, VE3XRA, RAC President and Chair

ONTARIO SECTION NEWS

2. RAC Section Changes

Those of you who read TCA in electronic format may have already seen the notice of changes.  In
Ontario there is a change in the boundary between the ONS and GTA sections. The ECs and ARES
organizations in the City of Hamilton and the Regional Municipality of Niagara have found that
they have closer links with their opposite numbers in the GTA than they do with the rest of the
ONS section, so as of April 1, 2020, Hamilton and the RM of Niagara will be in GTA instead of in ONS.

The second change is that the Field Services organization in PEI is splitting off from the rest of
the Maritimes section, forming a new PE section as of April 1, 2020. Assuming the ARRL follows suit
as it has in the past (e.g. with the split of the old Ontario section), this would mean another
multiplier in the Sweepstakes and ARRL 160 contest, and another section abbreviation for Field Day.

-- RAC website

ITEMS OF INTEREST

3. Canadian lighthouse operation

Operators Chris VE3FU (VO2AC), Frank VO1HP and Dave VE9CB (VO2AAA) will be active as VO2AC during the
2020 CQWW 160M CW Contest (January 24-26th) from the Point Amour Lighthouse, the tallest lighthouse
in Atlantic Canada, on the south coast of the rare Labrador (LB) multiplier.

Point Amour is located in the southeast part of CQ Zone 2, and has a salt water path from NE clockwise
through SW. The team will be putting in a serious Multi-Op/High-Power effort as VO2AC.

Expect some pre contest activity as VO2AC, VO1HP/VO2 and VO2AAA on 160m as they get their wire vertical
array and beverage working; they will especially be looking for JA/Asia on CW and FT8.

If time permits, they may also be active before the contest on 80m, 60m, 40m and the amateur radio FM
satellites (AO- 85, AO-91 and AO-92) from Grid GO11.

-- OPDX News

4. Yahoo Groups Shutdown has Ham Radio Interest Groups Seeking to Save Content

Yahoo Groups, which has hosted a considerable number of ham radio interest groups over the years,
is shutting down. All previously posted content on the site became unavailable in mid-December, but
Yahoo is processing requests to download content until January 31, 2020. Yahoo also has provided group
administrators (“admins”) a way to export data ahead of that deadline. Groups will continue to live on
in some limited fashion, but all groups will become private, and nearly all of the functionality that
made them popular in the first place will disappear.

New platforms such as Groups.io, Facebook, and Google are looking to assume the role that Yahoo Groups
is stepping away from. Groups.io charges fees to migrate content onto its platform, however, and Facebook
and Google lack the ability to import content at all. With Groups.io as the most likely successor platform,
many admins have assumed the migration expense and relocated group content so it would not be lost.

Web application developer Andy Majot, K5QO, of Sellersburg, Indiana, took the initiative to download
archives of Yahoo Groups devoted to individual ham radio gear and uploaded them to his personal website.

Majot said an organization called Archive Team is helping to save as many Yahoo Groups as possible and has
been backing these up since the closure announcement in October, but, Majot said, progress has nearly halted
since Yahoo cut off access to many group features in mid-December.

Majot invited those seeking to relocate Yahoo Groups archives to contact him. “I would be happy to host
these files, alongside my other archives,” he said.

— Thanks to Andy Majot, K5QO


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RAC Ontario Sections Bulletin for December 28, 2019

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RAC Ontario Sections Bulletin for December 28, 2019

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NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL NEWS

1. RAC's Cybersecurity Efforts

To date, there have been no direct successful attacks on the RAC computer system or the RAC email alias
system.  Unfortunately attempts to defraud people through email messages and phone calls are a part of
the world we live in today.  Radio Amateurs of Canada is continuing to increase our cybersecurity.
We do not keep any financial information and only widely available personal information (such as name,
call sign and dates relating to current membership) is available in our system so our risks are
considerably less than compared to commercial systems.

For more information please see our Privacy Policy --
https://www.rac.ca/privacy-policy/

For information on our e-mail alias system, see --
https://www.rac.ca/cybersecurity/#alias/

-- RAC website

ONTARIO SECTION NEWS

ITEMS OF INTEREST

2. Reverse-polarity sunspots appear on the sun

A new solar cycle is coming. Dec 25, two sunspots emerged on the solar disk. Their reversed magnetic
polarity marks them as members of new Solar Cycle 25. This quickening of new-cycle solar activity suggests
that the sun is not entering a new Maunder Minimum despite the recent scarcity of sunspots.

-- Visit today's edition of Spaceweather.com for the full story

3. Possible fifth force of nature found

Over the years, humans have come up with four forces that can be used to describe every single interaction
in the physical world. They are gravity, electromagnetism, the weak nuclear force that causes particle decay,
and the strong nuclear force that binds quarks into atoms. Together, these have become the standard model of
particle physics.  But the existence of dark matter makes this model seem incomplete. Surely there must be
another force (or forces) that explain both its existence and the reason for its darkness.

Hungarian scientists from the Atomki Nuclear Research Institute believe they have found evidence of a fifth
force of nature. While monitoring an excited helium atom's decay, they observed it emitting light, which is
not unusual. What is unusual is that the particles split at a precise angle of 115 degrees, as though they
were knocked off course by an invisible force.
The scientists dubbed this particle X17, because they calculated its mass at 17 megaelectronvolts (MeV).
A megaelectronvolt is equal to the energy gained when an electron moves from zero volts to one million volts.

-- Read the full Hackaday article: https://hackaday.com/2019/12/24/possible-fifth-force-of-nature-found/

4. ARRL Reshapes its Podcast Offerings for 2020

In conjunction with the launch of its new On the Air magazine, which is aimed at those just beginning their
journey in amateur radio, ARRL is reconfiguring its podcast lineup.

Heading up the new schedule will be a free companion podcast to the bimonthly "On the Air" magazine.
The "On the Air" podcast will take a deeper look into select features and projects from the magazine.
Each month, the host will offer additional resources, techniques, and hints to help less-experienced
radio amateurs to get the most from the magazine's content.

ARRL's current "So Now What?" podcast will cease production in January 2020, as the full complement of
"On the Air" content is rolled out. The archive of "So Now What?" episodes is available for listening or
downloading.

In addition, "The Doctor is In" podcast, which has served more-experienced amateurs since 2016, will conclude
its 4-year run on December 19, 2019. "The Doctor is In" podcast archive is available on the ARRL website.
"Eclectic Tech," a new bi-weekly podcast designed to appeal to experienced amateurs, will launch in February 2020.
It will highlight technical topics involving amateur and non-amateur technology, offer brief interviews with
individuals involved in projects of interest to amateurs, and include practical information of immediate benefit
to today's hams.

The "ARRL Audio News" podcast will continue to provide a weekly summary of news and activities within the
amateur radio community.

-- arrl news

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RAC Ontario Sections Bulletin for December 21, 2019

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RAC Ontario Sections Bulletin for December 21, 2019

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NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL NEWS

1. IARU Region 2 News

This has been a busy and very productive year for Amateur Radio. The hard work by the volunteer IARU
team over the past four years preparing for WRC19 in Sharm al Sheik, Egypt, was rewarded with Region 1
attaining access to the six meter band and with no losses to our other allocations.

In Region 2, our triennial General Assembly was held in Lima, Peru with 20 of our Member Societies
represented.  Delegates elected a new Executive, selected Buenos Aires as the location for our 2022
General Assembly, and adopted changes to our Constitution and Bylaws, updating them to meet current
banking regulations.  Revised Standard Operating Procedures were also introduced.

In conjunction with the General Assembly, a one-day Emergency Communications Workshop featured speakers
from all parts of the Americas, and sharing lessons learned. Looking forward to 2020, we are already in the
planning stages of another workshop to be held in Trinidad and Tobago in the first half of the year, specifically
focused on the challenges of hurricanes in the Caribbean.

As Radio Amateurs, we share a common interest in radio communications not bounded by cultural,
religious, or other designations, creating friendships across oceans, national boundaries, and other
barriers.  This is unique and special in a world where we often focus on the things that separate us.
At this holiday time, the Executive Committee of IARU R2 offers our warmest best wishes for the coming
year.

-- George Gorsline VE3YV, IARU R2 Secretary

2. Major QRM on 40 metres

This week's South African Radio League News say European and South American radio amateurs have reported
major interference from Russian Over-the-Horizon Radar stations. Interference has been reported on 7 064,
7 109, 7 170 and 7 190 kHz. All signals are 12 kHz wide.
Several European Societies have already sent complaints to the Regulator in their country.

-- southgate news

ONTARIO SECTION NEWS

ITEMS OF INTEREST

3. Bar code lead developer George Laurer K4HZE SK

George was the lead developer of the bar code system that became the now-ubiquitous Universal Product Code
(UPC), George of Wendell, North Carolina, died on December 5. He was 94. While an electrical engineer with
IBM in North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park in the early 1970s, Laurer led the effort to develop the bar
code system. The UPC, composed of 30 unique black bars and a 12-digit number, allows retailers to identify
products and prices as they are scanned. It was used for the first time in a retail setting in 1974.

Laurer also later patented one of the first handheld UPC scanners. As The Washington Post reported, “The
bar-code concept had originated in the 1940s, when N. Joseph Woodland designed a bull’s eye-shaped
system of concentric circles, inspired by the dots and dashes of Morse code.” Woodland became a
colleague and Laurer considered him “the father of the supermarket scanning system.”

A native of New York, Laurer served in the US Army during World War II after being drafted while he was still
a junior in high school. He graduated from the University of Maryland in 1951 and spent 3 decades working for
IBM.
IBM never patented the bar code system, but made it publicly available in order to sell the associated hardware.

-- Washington Post and arrl news http://www.arrl.org/news/view/bar-code-lead-developer-george-laurer-k4hze-sk


4. Most Sunspot free days since 1913

It looks like 2019 will end the year with more days without Sunspots than any year since 1913
Space weather reported on December 17 there have been 34 consecutive days without Sunspots and a total
of 271 spotless days in 2019.

NOAA/NASA expects the Solar Cycle 24/25 minimum will occur in April 2020 ± 6 months
- https://www.swpc.noaa.gov/news/solar-cycle-25-forecast-update

The HF Link site has a useful chart showing years with most Sunspot free days
- http://hflink.com/solar/Spotless_Days_Historic_2019DEC18.png

-- Space Weather: https://spaceweather.com/

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RAC Ontario Sections Bulletin for December 14, 2019

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RAC Ontario Sections Bulletin for December 14, 2019

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NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL NEWS

1. Former RAC Ontario South Director Geoff Smith, VA3GS SK

Radio Amateurs of Canada has received sad news that former RAC Ontario South Regional Director Geoff Smith,
VA3GS, became a Silent Key on December 4, 2019. Geoff was formerly a Director and Vice-President of the
Canadian Amateur Radio Federation (CARF) and was the Ontario South Director for Radio Amateurs of Canada
from 2004 to 2009.

He was an active member of the York Region Amateur Radio Club (YRARC) for more than 40 years and he held
many Executive positions during that period. Professionally, Geoff was a retired high school chemistry
teacher and Principal. He was for many years the Assistant Head-Master at St Andrew’s College in Aurora,
Ontario and, subsequently, the Head Master of King’s Edgehill School in Windsor, Nova Scotia.

Geoff was co-author of the Canadian Amateur Radio Basic and Advanced Qualification Study Guides and also
taught both certification courses. He was a founding member and Secretary of Coax Publications Inc.

A tribute article to Geoff will be included in an upcoming issue of The Canadian Amateur magazine.

-- Glenn MacDonell, VE3XRA, President, Radio Amateurs of Canada

2. Youth On The Air (YOTA) Month Expanding into the Americas

December is Youth on the Air (YOTA) Month, when stations operated by young Radio Amateurs around the world
will get on the air to celebrate youth in Amateur Radio. YOTA Month began a few years ago in IARU Region 1,
and the concept has now taken root in the Americas.

During YOTA Month, Radio Amateurs aged 25 and younger will be on the air as special event stations during
December on various bands and modes. In the US, look for K8Y, K8O, K8T, and K8A. VE7YOTA will be on the
air from Canada, and XR2YOTA in Chile has been added to the list of youth stations for YOTA Month.

Young Amateurs in other countries may also join in. Listen for other YOTA Month stations with “YOTA” suffixes.
Participants earn certificates by working the various YOTA-suffix stations on the air throughout December.
Not a contest, the event is aimed at getting as many youngsters on air from as many countries as possible.
The event takes place from 0000 UTC on December 1 until 2359 UTC on December 31.

Other special call signs are planning to be on the air around the world. Most stations will put their logs
on LoTW with paper cards available through Club Log OQRS.

- Thanks to YOTA and YOTA in the Americas

3. NOAA/NASA Panel Concurs that Solar Cycle 25 will Peak in July 2025

The NOAA/NASA-co-chaired international Solar Cycle Prediction Panel has released its latest forecast for
Solar Cycle 25. The panel’s consensus calls for a peak in July 2025 (± 8 months), with a smoothed sunspot
number of 115. The panel agreed that Cycle 25 will be of average intensity and similar to Cycle 24.
The panel additionally concurred that the solar minimum between Cycles 24 and 25 will occur in April 2020
(±6 months). If the solar minimum prediction is correct, this would make Solar Cycle 24 the seventh longest
on record at 11.4 years. In its preliminary forecast released last April, the scientists on the panel
forecast that Solar Cycle 25 would likely be weak, much like the current Cycle 24.

The panel said the expectation that Cycle 25 would be comparable in size to Cycle 24 suggests that the
steady decline in solar cycle amplitude seen from Cycle 21 through Cycle 24 has ended and that there is no
indication of an approaching “Maunder-type” minimum. Cycle 24 peaked in April 2014 with an average sunspot
number of 82.

The Solar Cycle Prediction Panel is comprised of scientists representing NOAA, NASA, International Space
Environment Services, and other US and international scientists.

-- arrl news

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4. 2020 Dayton Hamvention Theme will be “Amateur Radio, The Future”

Hamvention General Chair Jack Gerbs, WB8SCT, invited Hamvention attendees to celebrate amateur radio’s past,
present, and future. “As amateur radio operators, we enjoy many modes of operating,” Gerbs said. What truly
excites me about our hobby is the diversity of these modes and the fact that, as we move to the future, we
still enjoy the technologies of the past.”

Gerbs noted that Hamvention has long been a place to find vintage parts and gear and to see the latest technology.
Hamvention 2020 takes place May 15 – 17 at the Greene County Fairgrounds and Expo Center in Xenia, Ohio.

-- arrl news

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RAC Ontario Sections Bulletin for December 7, 2019

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RAC Ontario Sections Bulletin for December 7, 2019

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

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL NEWS

1. Ed Frazer, VE7EF, appointed to the Canadian Amateur Radio Hall of Fame

The Board of Trustees of the Canadian Amateur Radio Hall of Fame (CARHOF) is pleased to announce that
Ed Frazer, VE7EF, of West Vancouver, British Columbia has been named to the Hall of Fame.

Ed VE7EF has been an Amateur Radio operator since 1953. In his early days, he was President of
the University of British Columbia (UBC) Amateur Radio Club while earning his degree as a
Professional Engineer.

In addition to his work, Ed also made a significant contribution to Amateur Radio in Canada including
serving as the President of the UBC Amateur Radio Club and the North Shore Amateur Radio Club (NSARC).
He is also the Co-founder of the British Columbia Amateur Radio Coordination Council (BCARCC) and has
held both Director and Officer positions ever since.

Ed also served Amateur Radio on the national level as the RAC Director for the British Columbia and
Yukon Region and as the Chair of the RAC Administration and Finance Committee. In addition, he served
for eight years as the Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Canadian Amateur Radio Hall of Fame.

Radio Amateurs of Canada and the Board of Trustees of CARHOF sincerely congratulate Ed Frazer, VE7EF,
on his appointment to the Hall of Fame. He will be formally inducted into the Canadian Amateur Radio
Hall of Fame at an event in the near future.  A detailed account of his achievements will be presented
in an upcoming edition of The Canadian Amateur magazine.

For more information on the Canadian Amateur Radio Hall of Fame please visit: https://wp.rac.ca/carhof/
-- Frank Davis, VO1HP, Chair, Board of Trustees Canadian Amateur Radio Hall of Fame

2. RAC Appoints New Deputy Director – Alberta/NWT/NU Region

Radio Amateurs of Canada would like to welcome Stephen Lee, VA6SGL, as the Deputy Director for the Alberta,
Northwest Territories and Nunavut Region.
Stephen Lee was first introduced to the wonders of Amateur Radio in 1979 in his hometown of Port Talbot, Wales.
Early in 1990, he got his first licence with the call sign GW7GCD.
While working as an Electrical Consultant, Stephen was offered a position in Canada and he immigrated to Red Deer,
Alberta with his wife and daughter in September 2013.

Stephen earned his Basic Qualification in March 2014 and chose the call sign VA6SGL, and he achieved the Advanced
Qualification the following year. He has served on the CAARC Executive since November 2014 in several capacities
including Secretary, Vice-President, President and Past-President. In addition, he has his Certified Emergency
Coordinator (CEC) designation and is currently the Emergency Coordinator for the CAARC and the Red Deer Area.
Stephen’s interests include antenna building and home construction and he enjoys operating on HF and taking in the
occasional contest. He lives in Red Deer with his wife Maria, VA6TFL, where he works as an Electrical Engineer.
Their three children live in Canada, Germany and New Zealand.

-- Ernest Clintberg, VE6EC/VE6ECK, RAC Director for Alberta/NWT/NU

3.  Canada Winter Contest - Dec 28, 2019

Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) sponsors the RAC Canada Winter Contest.
Amateurs all over the world are invited to participate.
Contest Period: Dec 28th, 2019 - 0000 UTC to 2359 UTC.
Bands: 160 through 2 metres, Phone and CW. You may work a station once on each mode on each band.
No repeater contacts allowed.

Canadian stations exchange signal report and province/territory
VE0 and stations outside Canada send signal report and serial number.
-- Complete rules provided on the RAC website.

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ITEMS OF INTEREST

4. Ham for the Holidays: Amateur Radio Operators, Then and Now

The Los Altos History Museum serves up “Ham for the Holidays: Amateur Radio Operators, Then and Now,” in
an exhibit appearing in the J. Gilbert Smith House through January 5, 2020.

They say: Tis the season for giving thanks, and around the holidays we are especially grateful for our
local amateur radio operators. Known as “hams,” these volunteers help keep our community safe throughout
the year at regular public events and during times of crisis. In this exhibit, learn more about the history
of hams and how a fun hobby can also keep our neighborhoods prepared and resilient.

-- highlights are at https://www.losaltoshistory.org/exhibits/ham-for-the-holidays/

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RAC Ontario Sections Bulletin for December 7, 2019

Paul Caccamo VA3PC
 

RAC Ontario Sections Bulletin for December 7, 2019

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

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL NEWS

1. Ed Frazer, VE7EF, appointed to the Canadian Amateur Radio Hall of Fame

The Board of Trustees of the Canadian Amateur Radio Hall of Fame (CARHOF) is pleased to announce that
Ed Frazer, VE7EF, of West Vancouver, British Columbia has been named to the Hall of Fame.

Ed VE7EF has been an Amateur Radio operator since 1953. In his early days, he was President of
the University of British Columbia (UBC) Amateur Radio Club while earning his degree as a
Professional Engineer.

In addition to his professional career, Ed also made a significant contribution to Amateur Radio in
Canada including serving as the President of the UBC Amateur Radio Club and the North Shore Amateur
Radio Club (NSARC). He is also the Co-founder of the British Columbia Amateur Radio Coordination Council
(BCARCC) and has held both Director and Officer positions ever since.

Ed also served Amateur Radio on the national level as the RAC Director for the British Columbia and
Yukon Region and as the Chair of the RAC Administration and Finance Committee. In addition, he served
for eight years as the Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Canadian Amateur Radio Hall of Fame.

Radio Amateurs of Canada and the Board of Trustees of CARHOF sincerely congratulate Ed Frazer, VE7EF,
on his appointment to the Hall of Fame. He will be formally inducted into the Canadian Amateur Radio
Hall of Fame at an event in the near future.  A detailed account of his achievements will be presented
in an upcoming edition of The Canadian Amateur magazine.

For more information on the Canadian Amateur Radio Hall of Fame please visit: https://wp.rac.ca/carhof/
-- Frank Davis, VO1HP, Chair, Board of Trustees Canadian Amateur Radio Hall of Fame

2. RAC Appoints New Deputy Director – Alberta/NWT/NU Region

Radio Amateurs of Canada would like to welcome Stephen Lee, VA6SGL, as the Deputy Director for the Alberta,
Northwest Territories and Nunavut Region.

Stephen Lee was first introduced to the wonders of Amateur Radio in 1979 in his hometown of Port Talbot, Wales.
Early in 1990, he got his first licence with the call sign GW7GCD.

While working as an Electrical Consultant, Stephen was offered a position in Canada and he immigrated to Red Deer,
Alberta with his wife and daughter in September 2013.

Stephen earned his Basic Qualification in March 2014 and chose the call sign VA6SGL, and he achieved the Advanced
Qualification the following year. He has served on the CAARC Executive since November 2014 in several capacities
including Secretary, Vice-President, President and Past-President. In addition, he has his Certified Emergency
Coordinator (CEC) designation and is currently the Emergency Coordinator for the CAARC and the Red Deer Area.

Stephen’s interests include antenna building and home construction and he enjoys operating on HF and taking in the
occasional contest. He lives in Red Deer with his wife Maria, VA6TFL, where he works as an Electrical Engineer.
Their three children live in Canada, Germany and New Zealand.

-- Ernest Clintberg, VE6EC/VE6ECK, RAC Director for Alberta/NWT/NU

3.  Canada Winter Contest - Dec 28, 2019

Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) sponsors the RAC Canada Winter Contest.
Amateurs all over the world are invited to participate.

Contest Period: Dec 28th, 2019 - 0000 UTC to 2359 UTC.
Bands: 160 through 2 metres, Phone and CW. You may work a station once on each mode on each band.
No repeater contacts allowed.

Canadian stations exchange signal report and province/territory
VE0 and stations outside Canada send signal report and serial number.

-- Complete rules provided on the RAC website.

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ITEMS OF INTEREST

4. Ham for the Holidays: Amateur Radio Operators, Then and Now

The Los Altos History Museum serves up “Ham for the Holidays: Amateur Radio Operators, Then and Now,” in
an exhibit appearing in the J. Gilbert Smith House through January 5, 2020.

They say: Tis the season for giving thanks, and around the holidays we are especially grateful for our
local amateur radio operators. Known as “hams,” these volunteers help keep our community safe throughout
the year at regular public events and during times of crisis. In this exhibit, learn more about the history
of hams and how a fun hobby can also keep our neighborhoods prepared and resilient.

-- highlights are at https://www.losaltoshistory.org/exhibits/ham-for-the-holidays/

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RAC Ontario Sections Bulletin for November 30, 2019

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RAC Ontario Sections Bulletin for November 30, 2019

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NATIONAL / INTERNATIONAL NEWS

1. RAC Appoints New Deputy Community Services Officer

Radio Amateurs of Canada is pleased to announce the appointment of Jason Tremblay, VE3JXT, as its
Deputy Community Services Officer (CSO) effective immediately.
Jason recently represented RAC at the International Amateur Radio Union’s General Assembly
Emergency Communications Workshop in Lima, Peru.
Jason resides with his wife and family in Beeton, Ontario and is a member of the Barrie Amateur
Radio Club. Jason recently stepped down as the Emergency Coordinator (EC) for the City of Barrie
and South Simcoe Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) group to focus on this new role as
Deputy Community Services Officer.

Doug Mercer, VO1DM CEC, RAC Community Services Officer

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ITEMS OF INTEREST

2. ARRL Self-Guided Emergency Communication Course EC-001-S is Now Available On Demand

ARRL’s online “Introduction to Emergency Communication” course is now available to students
in an on-demand format, allowing students to register for the course and begin work at any time.
This course is designed to provide basic knowledge and tools for any emergency communications volunteer.

In response to the great course demand and to expand access to EC-001, ARRL developed a self-guided
version of the course, EC-001-S, which launched in June. This version of the course is designed for
those who prefer to work independently and who do not need guidance from an online mentor.
EC-001-S was previously offered only during specific sessions along with the traditional mentored
version. The course opened for general enrollment on November 6.

Visit the ARRL Online Course Registration page for more information and to register.
-- arrl news

3. “Black Friday Sale” on ARRL Award Applications Made via LoTW

Starting at 0000 UTC on November 28, ARRL will be offering a 10% discount on all applications for
DX Century Club, Worked All States, and VHF/UHF Century Club awards and endorsements,
including plaques, made through ARRL’s Logbook of The World.
(For WPX and WAZ, only award credits can be discounted as CQ Communications is the issuer of
these awards.)

The 10% discount will be taken off the total charge. The discount is on total ARRL charges
and includes 10% off shipping.
The sale will run for 11 days and end at 2359 UTC on December 8.
-- arrl news

4.  WSJT-X Development Group Announces Second Bug-Fix Release, WSJT-X Version 2.1.2

The WSJT Development Group, has now issued a second bug-fix release, version 2.1.2.
WSJT-X is the free software suite that includes the FT4 and FT8 protocols.
According to the developers, an error in the code broke the WSJT-X rig control features
for certain Icom radios. The Release Notes detail program changes made since WSJT-X 2.1.0.
The WSJT-X 2.1 User Guide has also been updated. Upgrading from earlier versions of WSJT-X
should be seamless, with no need to uninstall previous versions or move any files.

Installation packages for Windows, Linux, and Macintosh are available. WSJT-X is licensed under the
terms of Version 3 of the GNU General Public License (GPL).
-- arrl news

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RAC Ontario Sections Bulletin for November 23, 2019

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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

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL NEWS

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

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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
http://www.arrl.org/news/youth-on-the-air-camp-coming-to-iaru-region-2

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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