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RAC Ontario Sections Bulletin for October 19, 2019

Paul Caccamo VA3PC
 

RAC Ontario Sections Bulletin for Oct 19, 2019

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

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL NEWS

1. Pitcairn Island VP6R DXpedition to Get Under Way this Week

The VP6R DXpedition is set to get under way October 18. Thirteen team members arrived by ship
on the South Pacific island on October 17. All of the team’s cargo is already at the operating site.

"We will work hard that first day to get as many antennas up as possible to get on the air by the end
of the day, Thursday, October 17,” the VP6R team announced on its website. “We must QRT by November 2
to make it back to Mangareva to catch the weekly flight again.”

The Pitcairn Island DXpedition team will launch a full- scale multi-multi effort in the CQ World Wide
DX SSB Contest, October 26 – 27, offering Zone 32 and the first-ever VP6 multiplier in this event.

Visit the DXpedition’s “How to Work VP6R” page for information on bands and modes.

-- VP6R Website

ONTARIO SECTION NEWS

2. Election for RAC Director Ontario South Region 2019 ** Reminder of ballot deadline.

Three nominations have been received for the position of RAC Director for the Ontario South Region.
Listed in alphabetical order they are:

Phil A. McBride, VA3QR/VA3KPJ
Igor Slakva, VE3ZF/VA3YDX
Jason Tremblay, VE3JXT

Ballots have been mailed; deadline for return is Friday, October 25, 12:00 noon.
-- Al Masse, VE3CWP, RAC Corporate Secretary

ITEMS OF INTEREST

3. PACTOR Developer SCS Announces Monitoring Software

SCS, the company that created PACTOR, has unveiled software that offers the ability to monitor the
content of PACTOR 1, 2, and 3 transmissions over the air. The free PMON software runs under the
Linux operating system. A software version to monitor PACTOR 4 is scheduled to become available
next year. PMON will offer “thorough observation and documentation of all presently available
PACTOR 1, 2, and 3 transmissions,” SCS said.

According to SCS, only minimal hardware is required to use PMON. The equipment complement includes
a Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ (minimum) computer and a USB sound device. SCS noted in an October 11
news release that all SCS PACTOR hardware modems include a command to allow PACTOR monitoring on the fly.
The German company says PMON now makes this possible without a modem and adds the ability to decode
B2F/LZHUF-compressed messages — Winlink email and others.

The Winlink Development Team called the new software a “welcome contribution to the Amateur Radio community.”
The issue of message encryption arose in recent months with respect to renewed attention to ARRL’s so-called
“symbol rate” petition for rulemaking (RM-11708) and the accommodation of automatically controlled digital
stations (ACDS) — many of which employ Winlink. Some commenters on ARRL’s petition expressed concerns that
PACTOR message encryption was a violation of FCC Amateur Service rules.

4. Three weeks until the Sun transit of Mercury

Mark your calendar. On Nov 11, 2019, the tiny black form of Mercury will cross the disk of the sun
--a rare transit that happens only 13 times each century.
Visibility maps and observing tips are featured on today's edition of  Spaceweather.com

This concludes this week's bulletin. Does anyone require repeats or clarifications?
Hearing none, This is V__3____ returning the frequency to net control.

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Posted by: Paul Caccamo <va3pc @ rac.ca>