RAC Ontario Sections Bulletin for November 9, 2019

Paul Caccamo VA3PC

RAC Ontario Sections Bulletin for November 9, 2019

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


1. Statue to commemorate Fern Blodgett Sunde and the Battle of the Atlantic

A volunteer steering committee, along with its community partner, the Cobourg Museum Foundation,
will erect a life-sized bronze statue commemorating Fern Blodgett Sunde (1918-1991), the first
Canadian woman to earn a professional radio operator’s licence, and the first female radio operator
- a 'Sparks' – to work at sea.

Breaking naval barriers, Fern served aboard the M/S Mosdale during the Second World War’s Battle
of the Atlantic, which was the long, deadly struggle between the Allied and Axis powers to control
vital shipping lanes. How Fern made 78 transatlantic crossings breaking educational and maritime
barriers to get there, is a fascinating story.

The statue and plaque will be located at the Cobourg, Ontario waterfront. Tyler Fauvelle, a
Canadian professional sculptor whose public bronze monuments include three military commemorations,
will create the artwork.

Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) published a tribute in the September/October 2019 issue of The
Canadian Amateur magazine and it is freely available at

“We are very happy to promote this exciting event,” says RAC President Glenn MacDonell, VE3XRA.
“Many of us use skills developed in the Amateur Radio Service to provide communications support
for community events, and in times of emergency. We are keenly interested in the history of
communications, and we’re proud to share the story of the first female Sparks at sea.”

Next year marks the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War, and of the Battle of
the Atlantic. October, 2020 when the monument will be unveiled, is Women’s History Month in Canada.

-- see the RAC website for more information



2. The beginning of the long dash: Happy 80th anniversary to CBC Radio's longest running segment

In the 1930s, it helped sailors properly set their instruments for navigation.
It allowed railway companies to be punctual, and helped Canadians set their watches with precision
every day. To many, the National Research Council official time signal is a fixture of Canadian
society. And on Nov. 5, the longest running segment on CBC Radio turns 80 years old.

-- See the interesting article at:

3.  The November/December Surrey Amateur Radio Communicator

The November/December SARC Communicator is now available at
This month's 60 pages of projects, news, views, and reviews from the SW corner of Canada.
Past articles and issues are available on our blog at
We always welcome contributions of news, stories, projects and your Amateur Radio experiences.
The deadline for the next issue is December 15th
-- thanks to SARC for the notice

4. Solar Cycle 25 is slowly coming to life

There's a sunspot (AR2750) on the sun today. That doesn't happen often during a deep Solar Minimum
like the one we're experiencing now.

AR2750 is a sign that Solar Minimum won't last forever. Its magnetic polarity marks it as a member
of the next solar cycle. Indeed, Solar Cycle 25 is slowly coming to life, heralding a new
Solar Maximum as early as 2023.

Details here:

-- thanks to Mike Terry for spotting this item

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 @>