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RAC Ontario Sections Bulletin for May 23, 2020

Paul Caccamo VA3PC
 

RAC Ontario Sections Bulletin for May 23, 2020

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

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL NEWS

1.  Australia moves closer to getting WRC-15 60m (5 MHz) band

The ACMA is currently seeking feedback on amateur access to the 5 MHz band in Australia. This is excellent
news from ACMA given the amount of hams globally who will be chasing Australia for confirmation on 60m
but with 15W EIRP, the DX will still be challenging.

It is also an excellent band choice for general low power experimentation with even new digital modes
like WSPR, FT8 etc and for inter continental communications around Australia and our close neighbours
when 80m and 40m may be unsuitable that 60m is the better solution, especially for outback and remote
emergency communications.

Read the WIA story - Is 60m Within Our Grasp?
https://www.wia.org.au/newsevents/news/2020/20200514-1/index.php

2. Online Certification Courses

Amateur Radio Basic and Advanced Qualification online courses are being provided by Canadian Amateur
Radio clubs and organizations and we will be posting any information we receive on our Amateur
Radio Courses webpage at: https://www.rac.ca/amateur-radio-courses/. If you know of an online course and
would like to include it on our website please send the information to tcamag@....

RAC will also be organizing another online Basic Amateur Radio Qualification Course tentatively
scheduled to start in mid-August and run until early October. RAC will provide additional information
about this course as soon as it becomes available.

We have received requests to hold another online Advanced course so we are conducting a survey to see
if we have sufficient demand to hold the course and to determine the best schedule for the participants.
The course will be 10 sessions. Each session will be two hours long as indicated by the
following options:

Option 1: One two-hour class per week on Sunday afternoons from 3 pm to 5 pm EDT
    (12 noon to 2 pm PDT) starting on July 5 (for 10 weeks) and ending on August 30.
Option 2: One two-hour class per week on Monday evenings from 8:30 pm to 10:30 pm EDT
    (5:30 pm to 7:30 pm PDT) starting on July 6 (for 10 weeks) and ending on August 31
Option 3: Two two-hour classes per week on Sunday afternoons from 3 pm to 5 pm EDT
    (12 noon to 2 pm PDT) and on Thursday evenings from 8:30 pm to 10:30 pm
    (5:30 pm to 7:30 pm PDT) pm EDT starting July 5 (for 5 weeks) and ending on August 6

If you are interested in taking the new RAC Advanced Qualification Amateur Radio Course we would
appreciate it if you would please complete the online survey as soon as possible by clicking on
the link below. The survey will close on Sunday, June 21.

Survey page: https://www.rac.ca/amateur-radio-courses/survey/

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3. 2020 Contest University

Those who missed DX Engineering's 2020 Contest University (CTU) webinar on May 14th, you can now
view it on YouTube.com.

The webinar is a little over 10 hours long and can be viewed at:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fEEUpsWUtAA

The CTU's course-outline and PDF files used are available at:
https://www.contestuniversity.com/course-outline

---  OPDX Bulletin

4. 2020 State of the Hobby Survey

Dustin N8RMA reports it's time for the fourth annual survey into the State of Amateur Radio

First and foremost, I hope everyone is staying healthy out there.
The COVID-19 global pandemic has, for better or worse, certainly cause a large amount of change
in the world today.

Last year saw a huge increase in participation and I hope to continue that trend in 2020.

Please take a few minutes to fill out the survey for this year and share with your radioactive peers.
You can check out the survey link, along with previous results on my blog!

https://www.radiosoth.org/2020/05/2020-state-of-hobby-survey.html

-- Dustin N8RMA

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RAC Ontario Sections Bulletin for May 16, 2020

Paul Caccamo VA3PC
 

RAC Ontario Sections Bulletin for May 16, 2020

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NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL NEWS

1.  Amateur Radio Gearing Up for Predicted “Above Average” Atlantic Hurricane Season

Extended-range forecasts for the 2020 Atlantic Basin hurricane season anticipate above-normal activity,
although a low-pressure system now off the coast of Florida could get a jump on things and develop into a
subtropical depression or storm this weekend. The Atlantic hurricane season doesn’t start until June 1 and
extends until November 30. The National Hurricane Center (NHC) 2020 outlook calls for a season about 140%
more active than average, with four Category 3 to Category 5 hurricanes. The 2019 season saw three major
hurricanes (out of six).

The NHC Annual Station Test — to check readiness of amateur radio stations and operators — takes place on
Saturday, May 30, 1300 – 2100 UTC. The NHC’s WX4NHC will be on the air, marking its 40th year of public
service at the NHC. “We will be making brief contacts on many frequencies and modes, exchanging signal reports
and basic weather data — sunny, rain, temperature, etc.) with any station in any location,”
Operation will be on HF, VHF, UHF, APRS, and Winlink. WX4NHC will center its activity on the Hurricane Watch
Net (HWN) frequencies of 14.325 MHz and 7.268 MHz, depending on propagation, but will operate elsewhere as
conditions dictate. WX4NHC will also operate on the VoIP Hurricane Net from 2000 until 2100 UTC.

-- arrl news

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2. New Beta of FT4 and FT8 software WSJT

Joe Taylor K1JT reports the new beta version of the popular FT4 and FT8 software, WSJT-X version 2.2.0,
is a significant program upgrade offering many new features.

A list of program changes since WSJT-X 2.1.2 can be found in the cumulative Release Notes
http://physics.princeton.edu/pulsar/k1jt/Release_Notes.txt

Links to installation packages for Windows, Linux, and Macintosh are available here:
http://physics.princeton.edu/pulsar/k1jt/wsjtx.html
 Scroll down to find "Candidate release:  WSJT-X 2.2.0-rc1".

If you find bugs or make improvements to the code, please report them to developers in a timely fashion.

We hope you will enjoy using this beta release of WSJT-X 2.2.0.

73 from Joe, K1JT, Steve, K9AN, and Bill, G4WJS,  for the WSJT Development Group

3. YOTA (Youth on the Air) postpones summer camps to 2021

•The 10th edition of the Youngsters on the Air (YOTA) Summer Camp, which was to have been hosted by the
Croatian Amateur Radio Association (HRS) August 8 - 15, has been called off for this year, but will take
place in 2021 at the same location. Also put off until next summer is the first Youth On The Air in the
Americas Summer Camp, which had been set for June 21 - 26 in Ohio.

4. The Great Geomagnetic Storm of May 1921

99 years ago this week, the biggest solar storm of the 20th century struck Earth.
It set fire to buildings, burnt out telephone lines, and sparked auroras as far south as Tonga and Samoa.
New research suggests that the Great Geomagnetic Storm of May 1921 may have been even stronger than
previously thought.

Get the full story at  Spaceweather.com.

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Ontario Sections Bulletin for May 9, 2020

Paul Caccamo VA3PC
 

RAC Ontario Sections Bulletin for May 9, 2020

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

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL NEWS

1.  New RAC Membership Renewal Procedure

As a result of the COVID-19 global pandemic, the RAC Head Office in Ottawa has been closed
temporarily and we are no longer able to send out membership renewal notices by mail.
We are sending out email notices instead.
We would appreciate it if you would please watch for these messages in your inbox and also in
your junk folders – this is especially true if you have Outlook or Hotmail email addresses.

If you need to renew your membership you can do so by using one of the following options:
•Online: by completing the online renewal form. Payments must be made by credit card or by PayPal.
•By phone : by calling 877-273-8304 from 10 am to 4 pm EST/EDT, Monday through Friday (except
statutory holidays). You may pay by credit card or you may send a cheque for the appropriate
amount to the RAC head office.
•By mail : if you prefer to have your renewal form processed via standard mail, you can download
an application for your region from the Membership Renewals webpage and mail it to the RAC Office.

73, Glenn MacDonell, VE3XRA,  RAC President

2. World Amateur Radio Day Award Certificates: delayed until Friday, May 8

Thank you for participating in the first RAC “Get on the Air on World Amateur Radio Day” (WARD)
Special Event! Our volunteers are now working on processing the special event certificates but
have been delayed due to circumstances related to the global pandemic.
We hope to have them available for download from the webpage by Friday, May 8.

We will also be including an article about the special event in the July-August 2020 issue of
The Canadian Amateur and I would appreciate it if you would please send any comments to me at tcamag@....

Please stay tuned additional information as soon as it becomes available.

Alan Griffin,  RAC MarCom Director | TCA Editor

3. Germany extends 50 MHz allocation

In bulletin 8/2020 published on May 6th 2020, the German regulator announced that the following
changes (based on WRC19) were implemented for radio amateurs in Germany, just in time for the
upcoming sporadic E season:

* Frequency range extended: 50 - 52 MHz is now available (previously: 50 - 51 MHz)
* Power limits: 750W for CEPT 1, 25W for Novices (previously: 25W for CEPT 1, no allocation for Novices)
* Contest operation is now allowed without restrictions

-- thanks to Fabian DJ1YFK for the above information

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4. RSGB’s RadCom Magazine May Edition Available to All Online

As another facet of the Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB) “Get on the air to care”
campaign, the May edition of RadCom magazine is being made available to radio amateurs around
the world online as a sample edition. A number of International Amateur Radio Union (IARU)
member-societies have taken similar steps.

— Thanks to RSGB General Manager Steve Thomas, M1ACB, via IARU

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RAC Ontario Sections Bulletin for May 2, 2020

Paul Caccamo VA3PC
 

RAC Ontario Sections Bulletin for May 2, 2020

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

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL NEWS

1. Response to IARU Region 2 Online Workshops Exceeds Expectations

International Amateur Radio Union Region 2 says the response to an announcement of online emergency
communication workshops was far beyond their expectations. Given the degree of interest, the IARU-R2
Executive Committee has appointed Augusto Gabaldoni, OA4DOH, as workshops coordinator for the initial
group of workshop sessions and to develop and manage ongoing workshops for radio amateurs in IARU-R2.

Workshops will be available free of charge using the Zoom videoconferencing platform. IARU R2 says
most workshops are already at or near capacity, but additional workshops are in development.

Here is the current schedule (of particular notice to VE3's):

Wednesday, May 13, 2300 UTC (tentative): EmCom — WinLink 101 in English, targeting US and Canadian
radio amateurs. Instructors are Mike Burton, N6KZB, and Jason Tremblay, VE3JXT.

Wednesday, May 27, 2300 UTC (tentative): Satellite Communications 101 in English, targeting radio
amateurs in the US, Canada, and the Caribbean. Instructor will be announced.

Those already registered will receive a confirmation email with the link and password for the event.
Contact Augusto Gabaldoni, OA4DOH, with requests for future workshop topics, volunteer speakers,
or other comments or suggestions.

-- IARU R2

2. ARRL Suggests Taking a Creative Approach to Field Day 2020

This year, ARRL Field Day promises to be a unique iteration of this annual event, with many
individuals and groups coming up with new and interesting ways to adjust their approach. As an |
event, Field Day is structured to be versatile and can be adapted for any situation.

Instead of participating in a group event this year, consider operating as a Class B, C, D, or E
station, utilizing your own call sign.

ARRL will include club names for all participating stations in the published results, so the
efforts of your club’s members can be acknowledged.

Whatever approach you take to this year’s Field Day, keep up to date with the current guidelines
issued by local and state health agencies that may impact your proposed operation.

ARRL invites your stories about the interesting and creative ways you’re planning to use to adapt
your Field Day operation. Share these on the ARRL Field Day Facebook page.

-- arrl website

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3. Bored with 'stay at home' orders?

Although we are missing DXpeditions, there is a tremendous amount of activity on the bands as
every country in the world seems to have stay at home orders.
With no DXpeditions, some may be experiencing a lack of motivation to get on the air.

So far this year over 255 CQ countries have been active plus all 40 zones.
That is a lot of DX chasing to keep everyone busy!

There are plenty of certificates and even plaques for the top scores each year, but many hams
simply compete against themselves to improve their totals each year. This is a wonderful time
to participate in the DX Marathon and see how many countries and zones you can work this year!!!
Complete details on the DX Marathon are available on the DX Marathon website - www.dxmarathon.com .

-- John K9EL

4. Two solar cycles are active at once

You don't see this every day. There are two sunspots on April 28th, and each
one comes from a different 11-year solar cycle.

What does it mean? Find out on  Spaceweather.com

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RAC Ontario Sections Bulletin for April 25, 2020

Paul Caccamo VA3PC
 

RAC Ontario Sections Bulletin for April 25, 2020

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

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL NEWS

1. RAC Welcomes the First Section Manager for Prince Edward Island

In a bulletin issued at the beginning of the year I noted that RAC members in
Prince Edward Island who had been seeking a new separate Section for RAC ARES in PEI
had been successful and the position was open for election. I am happy to congratulate
William Caw, VY2CAW, as the new and first Section Manager for the PEI Section.

He is currently living in Argyle Shore on beautiful Prince Edward Island and is a
volunteer with the PEI Red Cross and is interested in Amateur Radio as a public service.
He is a member of both the Charlottetown and Summerside Amateur Radio Clubs.

The Maritimes Section that had earlier coordinated the ARES activities in the three Maritime
provinces will continue to be responsible for the activities in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.
We look forward to reading about the new PE Section in the Public Service / ARES column and
in the Section News in upcoming issues of TCA.

-- Glenn MacDonell, VE3XRA  RAC President and Chair

2. Japan gets extended 160m and 80m bands

Japan's JARL reports on April 21, Japanese radio amateurs were granted extensions to the
1.8 and 3.5 MHz bands and simplification of licensing procedures.

The frequency bands that have been additionally allocated are as follows:
• 1,800 to 1,810 kHz
• 1,825 to 1,875 kHz
• 3,575 to 3,580 kHz
• 3,662 to 3,680 kHz

With this revision, Japanese radio amateurs can now operate FT8 on international standard frequencies.
In addition, with regards to operation by guests, the lower age limit has been removed, and the
opportunity for many people from youth to the elderly to be interested in amateur radio will be expanded.

The full text of the JARL post can be seen at https://tinyurl.com/JapanJARL

3. Special Prefix authorized from April 20 to June 20 for COVID-19 Shelter in Place

VA, VE, VO and VY can use special prefix CF, CG, CH, CI respectively.

-- ISED Canada website

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4. CANCELLED! 5th Annual Simcoe County Hamfest

Sponsor    :  Barrie Amateur Radio Club
Date    :  Saturday, May 2, 2020


4a.  CANCELLED! 36th Annual Smiths Falls Flea Market

Sponsor    :  Rideau Lakes Amateur Radio Club
Date    :  Saturday, May 9, 2020

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5. NOAA Updates Solar Cycle 25 Prediction

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) has
published its official updated prediction of Solar Cycle 25 in new, interactive Solar Cycle Progression
graphs. The updated prediction is based on the results of NOAA’s Solar Cycle 25 Prediction Panel.

SWPC forecasts a solar maximum between 105 and 125, with the peak occurring between November 2024 and
March 2026. There is broad consensus that solar minimum is ongoing this year — or may have already
occurred and that Cycle 25 will have no major change in the level of solar activity compared to Cycle 24.

SWPC’s official solar cycle prediction now uses the SWPC sunspot number. The International Sunspot
Number is typically about one-third lower than the SWPC sunspot number.

Most forecasts and forecasters agree that the Cycle 25 peak is likely to be within ±20% of Cycle 24
and is likely to occur between 2024 and 2027.

-- Frank Donovan W3LPL

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RAC Ontario Sections Bulletin for April 18, 2020

Paul Caccamo VA3PC
 

RAC Ontario Sections Bulletin for April 18, 2020

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

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL NEWS

1. Radio hams use analog tech during Coronavirus outbreak

While millions of isolated people around the world discover new digital ways of staying in touch,
some are going back to the analog basics.

Paul Judd, VA7XQ of Maple Ridge is part of a small but passionate community of amateur radio operators.
“Amateur Radio is one of the most elemental ways of communicating between two stations or
two places without having the huge infrastructure of other forms of communication," he says.

Judd fires up his home station daily to check in with fellow ham radio users around the region and sometimes,
around the world. The check-ins with different nets, as they’re known – allow operators to ensure their gear is
working properly, but they also allow for more casual conversation.

Read the full story at
https://www.citynews1130.com/2020/04/09/amateur-radio-operators-turn-to-analog-tech-to-communicate-during-pandemic/

2. Friedrichshafen Radio silence due to coronavirus COVID-19

Due to current developments in regard to the spread of COVID-19, the Friedrichshafen international radio
exhibition will not be taking place in 2020, but instead from June 25 to 27, 2021. The German Government
decided April 15 that no major events shall take place until August 31, 2020.

3. New 144 MHz Transatlantic Record Reported

The claimed transatlantic record on 2 meters has been extended to nearly 4,760 kilometers (2,951 miles).
“The incredible tropo conditions between Cape Verde Islands and the Caribbean continue to amaze with
transatlantic contacts on 144 MHz and 432 MHz being made,” John Desmond, EI7GL, said in a blog post.

The April 8 FT8 contact was between D4VHF in the Cape Verde Islands and PJ2BR on Curacao. The distance
covered was 300 kilometers greater than the previous transatlantic record, set last summer by D41CV and NP4BM.
On April 7, an operator at D4VHF and Burt Demarcq, FG8OJ, on Guadeloupe completed the first direct transatlantic
contact on 70 centimeters, spanning 3,867 kilometers (2,398 miles) using FT8.

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4. Contest University held Online this year (and free of cost)

Contest University USA 2020 will be held on-line via Zoom on Thursday May 14, 2020.
The CTU course outline is posted here https://www.contestuniversity.com/course-outline/

Connection details to the CTU Zoom bridge will be posted on the Contest University
website one week ahead of CTU.

CTU 2020 will be recorded for easy viewing any time after May 14 and the slide decks
will be posted on the CTU website as well.

At the end of CTU 2020 Dave, K3ZJ from CQ Magazine will present the 2020 CQ Contest
Hall of Fame awards - live on the Zoom bridge.

-- Tim K3LR, Contest University Chairman

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RAC Ontario Sections Bulletin for April 11, 2020

Paul Caccamo VA3PC
 

RAC Ontario Sections Bulletin for April 11, 2020

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

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL NEWS

1. World Amateur Radio Day Special Event - April 18th

Radio Amateurs of Canada has decided to hold a “Get on the Air on World Amateur Radio Day”
special event in which we encourage as many Amateurs as possible to get on the air and contact
as many RAC stations as possible.

RAC official stations will operate across Canada from 1200Z to 2359Z on April 18. Those contacting
one or more of these stations will be eligible for a special commemorative certificate noting their
participation in RAC’s Get on the Air on World Amateur Radio Day Event.

Starting at 1800Z, VA3RAC will also be active in the Ontario QSO Party and will be sending the contest
exchange. Stations contacting VA3RAC after 1800Z are encouraged to send their contest exchange
in return (state/province/country or Ontario county).

For more information on World Amateur Radio Day and the special event please visit:

https://www.rac.ca/operating/world-amateur-radio-day-april-18/

-- IARU Region 2 newsletter


2. VC2STAYHOM special event station - Apr 6th to May 6th.

Michael Shamash, VE2MXU, is using VC2STAYHOM to raise awareness for social distancing during the
COVID-19 pandemic and global public health emergency. He is a member of Radio Amateurs of Canada
and is based in Montreal.

In Canada we are limited to a 7-character suffix, hence the VC2STAYHOM without the last ‘E’.
He will be active on 20m and 40m, split between SSB and FT8. QSL via Logbook of the World (LoTW).

In addition to Canada, Australia has permitted the Radio Amateur Society of Australia (RASA) to use
the special call sign AX2020STAYHOME. At 14 characters, that may set a record for world’s longest
call sign.

Some other special event call signs:
8A1STAYHOME: Indonesia
9K9STAYHOME: Kuwait Amateur Radio Society
A60STAYHOME: United Arab Emirates
HZ1STAYHOME: Saudi Amateur Radio Society
TC1STAYHOME: Turkey

-- Alan Griffin, RAC MarCom Director

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3.  Canwarn Training suspended for 2020 due to COVID-19

We will not be scheduling group-training sessions in order avoid the spread of the virus.

We do have some capacity for doing online webinar-style sessions. Preferential consideration for
these webinar-style training sessions will be given to those working in emergency management or
critical infrastructure, and those with the ability to convene a group of remote participants.

We are grateful for your support. You can contact us at ec.canalerteontario-canwarnontario.ec@...

Take care and stay safe!

In the meantime, here are some websites that may be of interest to you:
National Weather Service Spotter Guide: https://www.weather.gov/media/bis/Weather_Spotter_Field_Guide.pdf
National Weather Service Spotter Glossary: https://www.weather.gov/oun/spotterglossary
Environment Canada Lightning Safety:
https://www.canada.ca/en/environment-climate-change/services/lightning/safety.html


In addition, Environment Canada has a weather app called WeatherCAN available for both Apple and
Android devices. This app represents the most direct way to receive our various severe weather watches
and warnings. The app can be found in the app store on your Apple or Android device. More information on
the app can be found here…
https://www.canada.ca/en/environment-climate-change/services/weather-general-tools-resources/weathercan.html


-- Environment Canada

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4. YouTube 'Lockdown Morse' Course

If anyone is interested in learning or improving their Morse, I'll be starting a new course on YouTube
from Monday 13th April - Lockdown Morse.

Please subscribe to the YouTube channel if it's something you're interested in - and feel free to share
this with anyone you think might enjoy it: https://youtu.be/RWDqg8bCSqM

I've also created a Facebook page for the course: https://www.facebook.com/lockdownmorse/

-- Matt, M0PTO

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RAC Ontario Sections Bulletin for April 4, 2020

Paul Caccamo VA3PC
 

RAC Ontario Sections Bulletin for April 4, 2020

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

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL NEWS

1. Amateur Radio during the current Global Pandemic

The Covid-19 pandemic has been a part of our daily lives for several weeks now and will
most likely continue to be for some time.

Canadians are being directed to stay home in order to limit their contact with other people
and to “flatten” the coronavirus curve. As result, Amateur Radio club meetings and public
events have been cancelled and clubs are investigating ways to keep in touch with their
members by using existing or new Amateur Radio nets and/or internet-based communication
tools such as Zoom, GoToMeeting, WebEx and many others.

The Canadian Red Cross has prepared a “Psychological First Aid Pocket Guide” (PDF file, 631 kB) 
which “provides emotional and practical support to individuals, families and communities who
are having difficulty coping. It is about establishing a connection with people in a
compassionate non-judgmental manner to bring calm and comfort.”

Some regions have already activated their Emergency Operations Centres to help coordinate
agencies working the frontline and because of the current state of emergency declared by
provinces, territories and municipalities. This does not mean that Amateur Radio Emergency
Services are active or will be activated for this event. ARES provide services to mitigate
potential communication failures and currently, despite the reports of concerns, there
have been no reported issues.

Amateur Radio nets regularly connect individuals on a scheduled basis, but perhaps they can
play additional roles during these difficult times such as helping isolated seniors keep
contact with one another and allowing their colleagues and club members to help out when needed.

RAC is planning to celebrate World Amateur Radio Day this year on the air by inviting Amateurs
in Canada and around the world to contact RAC official stations. The details are still being
worked out and we will provide more information about this event in the near future.

Thank you for your continued support and understanding during this time of crisis. Please take
care of yourself and your loved ones. Stay safe and, wherever possible, let us help one another
during this extraordinary time.

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

Amateur Radio net listings:
Radio Amateurs of Canada:  https://www.rac.ca/nets/
The Battlefords Amateur Radio Association: http://ve5brc.amateur-radio.ca/net.htm
The North Okanagan Radio Amateur Club:   http://norac.bc.ca/index.php/nets
 

2. Radio Amateurs of Canada offerring Online Amateur Radio Courses

In response to the current Covid-19 crisis, Radio Amateurs of Canada announced that it is
introducing two new online Amateur Radio courses so that individuals can upgrade their
qualifications while continuing to practise social/physical distancing.

•RAC Online Basic Amateur Radio Qualification Course (Apr 16 to mid June):
The course offers an introduction into the wonderful world of Amateur Radio and prepares
students for their Basic Qualification Examination. It will be conducted with the assistance
of the Annapolis Valley Amateur Radio Club (AVARC) of Nova Scotia.
Note: the class is now full and registration is now complete.

•RAC Maple Leaf Operator Online Advanced Qualification Course:
The course is an excellent opportunity to upgrade your qualifications so that you will be able
to run higher power and to operate your own repeater stations. The course is being offered at
no charge to RAC Maple Leaf Operator Members – both current and future – who already have their
Basic Amateur Radio Qualification.
Note: there are a few spaces still available.

-- RAC website

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3. Durham Hamfest scheduled for Apr 25th has now been cancelled for this year.

-- twitter

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4. Ontario QSO Party - April 18-19

The organizers (Contest Club Ontario) would like to get all 50 Ontario entities
on the air this year. As this is a dual mode contest 160 thru 2m, you can
operate CW or SSB or mixed. There are also contact points available for
6m and 2m so long as contacts are not through a repeater, please leave 146.52 clear.

Please indicate your operation plans by sending an e-mail to oqp @ va3cco.com

-- va3cco.com/oqp/rules.htm

5. Hope QSO Party sponsored by the Radio Society of Great Britian

This series of QSO parties will run weekdays over the next 6 weeks. The mode changes
each day, as does the 90 minute event window. Modes used will be SSB, CW, FT4, and RTTY.
Although originated in the UK, anyone can take part and it is everyone works everyone.

Full details are available on the RSGB website at:
https://www.rsgbcc.org/hf/rules/2020/rhqp.shtml 


-- RSGB

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RAC Ontario Sections Bulletin For March 28, 2020

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RAC Ontario Sections Bulletin for March 28, 2020

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

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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