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RAC Ontario Sections Bulletin for January 4, 2020

Paul Caccamo VA3PC
 

RAC Ontario Sections Bulletin for Jan 4, 2020

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

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL NEWS

1.  RAC Appoints New Community Services Officer and Treasurer

Radio Amateurs of Canada is pleased to announce the appointment of Jason Tremblay, VE3JXT, as
its new Community Services Officer (CSO) and Margaret Tidman, VA3VXN, as its new Treasurer.
Both positions are effective January 1, 2020.

Jason has been serving as RAC’s Deputy Community Services Officer and is relieving Doug Mercer,
VO1DTM, of one of the two portfolios he has been holding for many years. I would like to thank
Doug for his hard work and dedication as CSO and I look forward to continuing to work with him
in his role as RAC’s Vice-President.

Margaret Tidman, VA3VXN, is now serving as the new RAC Treasurer. Margaret has worked in the
field of accounting for 20 years and has been the Treasurer for the Ottawa Amateur Radio Club
(OARC) since 2014. She previously served as the RAC Treasurer for the 2010-11 term.

I’d like to thank Devon Racicot, VE5DWR, for his excellent work as Treasurer and Chair of our
Administration and Finance Committee over the past several years. Devon will continue to support
RAC nationally and will be working on the RAC Legacy and Donation programs.

I’m happy to welcome Margaret and Jason to the RAC Executive and look forward to working with
them on our new and ongoing initiatives.

-- Glenn MacDonell, VE3XRA, RAC President and Chair

ONTARIO SECTION NEWS

2. RAC Section Changes

Those of you who read TCA in electronic format may have already seen the notice of changes.  In
Ontario there is a change in the boundary between the ONS and GTA sections. The ECs and ARES
organizations in the City of Hamilton and the Regional Municipality of Niagara have found that
they have closer links with their opposite numbers in the GTA than they do with the rest of the
ONS section, so as of April 1, 2020, Hamilton and the RM of Niagara will be in GTA instead of in ONS.

The second change is that the Field Services organization in PEI is splitting off from the rest of
the Maritimes section, forming a new PE section as of April 1, 2020. Assuming the ARRL follows suit
as it has in the past (e.g. with the split of the old Ontario section), this would mean another
multiplier in the Sweepstakes and ARRL 160 contest, and another section abbreviation for Field Day.

-- RAC website

ITEMS OF INTEREST

3. Canadian lighthouse operation

Operators Chris VE3FU (VO2AC), Frank VO1HP and Dave VE9CB (VO2AAA) will be active as VO2AC during the
2020 CQWW 160M CW Contest (January 24-26th) from the Point Amour Lighthouse, the tallest lighthouse
in Atlantic Canada, on the south coast of the rare Labrador (LB) multiplier.

Point Amour is located in the southeast part of CQ Zone 2, and has a salt water path from NE clockwise
through SW. The team will be putting in a serious Multi-Op/High-Power effort as VO2AC.

Expect some pre contest activity as VO2AC, VO1HP/VO2 and VO2AAA on 160m as they get their wire vertical
array and beverage working; they will especially be looking for JA/Asia on CW and FT8.

If time permits, they may also be active before the contest on 80m, 60m, 40m and the amateur radio FM
satellites (AO- 85, AO-91 and AO-92) from Grid GO11.

-- OPDX News

4. Yahoo Groups Shutdown has Ham Radio Interest Groups Seeking to Save Content

Yahoo Groups, which has hosted a considerable number of ham radio interest groups over the years,
is shutting down. All previously posted content on the site became unavailable in mid-December, but
Yahoo is processing requests to download content until January 31, 2020. Yahoo also has provided group
administrators (“admins”) a way to export data ahead of that deadline. Groups will continue to live on
in some limited fashion, but all groups will become private, and nearly all of the functionality that
made them popular in the first place will disappear.

New platforms such as Groups.io, Facebook, and Google are looking to assume the role that Yahoo Groups
is stepping away from. Groups.io charges fees to migrate content onto its platform, however, and Facebook
and Google lack the ability to import content at all. With Groups.io as the most likely successor platform,
many admins have assumed the migration expense and relocated group content so it would not be lost.

Web application developer Andy Majot, K5QO, of Sellersburg, Indiana, took the initiative to download
archives of Yahoo Groups devoted to individual ham radio gear and uploaded them to his personal website.

Majot said an organization called Archive Team is helping to save as many Yahoo Groups as possible and has
been backing these up since the closure announcement in October, but, Majot said, progress has nearly halted
since Yahoo cut off access to many group features in mid-December.

Majot invited those seeking to relocate Yahoo Groups archives to contact him. “I would be happy to host
these files, alongside my other archives,” he said.

— Thanks to Andy Majot, K5QO


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>