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RAC Ontario Sections Bulletin for January 25, 2020

Paul Caccamo VA3PC
 

RAC Ontario Sections Bulletin for January 25, 2020

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

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL NEWS

1.  RAC and IARU Presidents attend ARRL Board Meeting

RAC President Glenn MacDonell, VE3XRA, and IARU President Tim Ellam, VE6SH, were guests at the semi-annual
Board of Directors meeting of the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) held in Windsor, Connecticut.

Glenn MacDonell, VE3XRA, extended greetings and best wishes from RAC and thanked ARRL President Roderick, K5UR,
for attending the RAC Planning Meeting and Annual General Meeting in Moncton, New Brunswick last September.

In his remarks, he indicated that RAC and the ARRL have similar objectives and both organizations benefit from learning
how each other undertakes to achieve them. He noted the continuing growth of Amateur Radio in Canada and reported that
he had been elected for another term as President of RAC, which was greeted by applause from the ARRL Board members.

-- rac website

2. YOTA Month (December 2019) a Success in the Americas

Youth-operated Amateur Radio stations in the Americas contributed 12,000+ QSOs to the worldwide special event.
In the US, K8Y, K8O, K8T and K8A were the assigned callsigns. Fifteen youth operators rotated these calls throughout
December. They made 10,474 QSOs using SSB, CW, digital modes and satellites, including the RAC winter contest.

In Canada, David, VE7DZO, signed VE7YOTA. He made 458 QSOs on CW. Mathias, CE2LR, of Chile activated
XR2YOTA, making 1,535 QSOs on CW, SSB and digital modes.

Globally, almost 129,000 contacts were logged using 48 call signs, all operated by hams under the age of 26.
2,569 operators requested and received an award based on the number of YOTA contacts made as of
January 14. Statistics are available at events.ham-yota.com
-- rac website

ONTARIO SECTION NEWS

ITEMS OF INTEREST

3.  AM Rally 2020 Gets Under Way on February 1

The fourth annual AM Rally operating event will take place February 1 – 3 (UTC). The annual AM Rally encourages
all operators to explore amateur radio's original voice mode by showcasing the various types of AM equipment in
use today, ranging from early vacuum-tube rigs to the newest SDR-based transceivers.

The AM Rally is open to all radio amateurs capable of running full-carrier, amplitude modulation (standard AM)
using any type of radio equipment  (modern, vintage, tube, solid-state, software-defined, military, boat anchor,
broadcast, homebrew, or commercially manufactured) are encouraged to join in the AM fun on 160 through 6 meters.

The AM Rally is sponsored by ARRL, Radio Engineering Associates, and iNetRadio.

4.  ROOSTING VULTURES CAUSE TROUBLE FOR TEXAS TOWER

So you think you have troubles maintaining your tower? Consider this: In Kingsville, Texas on the U.S.-Mexico border about 300
turkey vultures have established a resting place on a tower owned and operated by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency.

The birds of prey aren't nesting there, or even laying eggs -- but federal officials are calling for the problem to be eliminated
because of what the birds themselves have eliminated. When it leaves the bird it drops 300 feet to whatever may be beneath.

The vultures have made this a habit for more than six years but the government has finally declared that what comes out of these
vultures has created too much of the wrong kind of pileup. Workers climbing the tower come into contact with the various corrosive
substances which are also landing on supports, rails and catwalks, according to a Department of Homeland Security memo.

The birds are under the protection of the 1918 Migratory Bird Treaty Act and no one has indicated a desire to harm them but officials
are seeking a solution. Customs officials are considering some net control - not the kind that handles check-ins - but the kind that
will prevent the birds themselves from any further check-ins. By summer, the agency hopes to get netting draped over the tower to
prevent future RF - Roosting Flock - interference.

-- Amateur Radio Newsline

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>