Paul Caccamo VA3PC
RAC Ontario Sections Bulletin for November 16, 2019
This is V__3____, Official Bulletin Station for Radio Amateurs of Canada, with this week's bulletin
NATIONAL / INTERNATIONAL NEWS
1. RAC Welcomes Directors for 2020
We have now completed the nomination and election process for Directors in the Alberta/NWT/NU,
Ontario South and Quebec Regions.
Ernest C. Clintberg, VE6EC (Alberta/NT/NU), Phil McBride, VA3QR (Ontario South) and
Guy Richard, VE2XTD (Québec) have been re-elected as Directors for their Regions
for a further two-year term beginning on January 1, 2020.
In Ontario South, RAC’s most populous region, this election once again brought out one of the
highest turnouts showing the strong interest its members take in their national organization.
I’d like to thank the candidates willing to serve and the voting members for their participation
in this important process.
-- Glenn MacDonell, VE3XRA, RAC President and Chair
2. Access to 60 Meters Continues to Expand
According to the latest edition of The 5 MHz Newsletter, regulatory agencies in an expanding list of
countries have granted amateur radio access to a 60-meter band.
A secondary allocation of 5.351.5 – 5.366.5 MHz was released to radio amateurs in Kuwait, where they
will adhere to the WRC-15 allocation, permitting a maximum power of 15 W EIRP.
Indonesian and Greek hams recently gained access to the same allocation.
Meanwhile, Israel has extended authorization of 5 MHz amateur permits to the end of Decembern 2023
and added a Channel 0 to the existing eight channels, where hams may run 100 W PEP on several modes,
depending upon the channel.
Nearly 80 countries offer some level of amateur access to the 5 MHz band.
-- arrl news
ONTARIO SECTION NEWS
ITEMS OF INTEREST
3. Mount Athos activity
Monk Iakovos, SV2RSG, has been active as SV2RSG/A from the Holy Monastery of Koutloumousiou
of Mount Athos. Activity has been on mostly 20 meters at various times between 1100-1830z.
It is interesting that he is now signing with a "/A" ("/A" as meaning of alternative).
Back in July, OPDX was informed that per the DXCC Desk staff, they do not yet have any documentation
from Monk Iakovos, SV2RSG, that states he is in fact active from Mount Athos. However, several sources
are reporting that Bart Jahnke, W9JJ, ARRL Radiosport and Field Services Manager, has recently stated
"operations by SV2RSG/A (if from Mount Athos must identify '/A') are accepted by ARRL DXCC."
It was verified on Friday, November 8th, (thanks to Goose, W8AV, a Great Lakes DXCC Checker) from the
DXCC Desk that SV2RSG/A is good for DXCC.
QSL via SV2RSG/A direct (see QRZ.com).
4. Russian OTH Radar Now Reported to be “Everywhere”
The latest International Amateur Radio Union Region 1 Monitoring System (IARUMS) newsletter reports
the Russian “Contayner” over-the-horizon radar (OTHR) has been active in the 7, 10, 14, and 18 MHz
amateur radio allocations (amateur radio is primary on 40, 20, and 17 meters). The OTHR transmissions
have been 40 sweeps/second, FM on pulse, and 12 kHz wide.
Additionally, IARUMS reports a significant increase in Russian military traffic using F1B, PSK, and
orthogonal frequency division multiplex (OFDM) on 40, 30, 20, and 15 meters.
IARUMS on November 13 reported an OTHR in northern Iran on 6.078 – 7.022 MHz, AM on pulse,
81 sweeps/second, 44 kHz wide.
-- arrl news
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>