Paul Caccamo VA3PC
RAC Ontario Sections Bulletin for December 14, 2019
This is V__3____, Official Bulletin Station for Radio Amateurs of Canada, with this week's bulletin
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
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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