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RAC Ontario Sections Bulletin for February 1, 2020

Paul Caccamo VA3PC
 

RAC Ontario Sections Bulletin for Feb 1, 2020

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

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL NEWS

1.  Former RAC Ontario North Regional Director Doug Leach, VE3XK SK

Radio Amateurs of Canada has received the sad news that former RAC Ontario North Regional Director
Doug Leach, VE3XK, became a Silent Key on January 15, 2020.
Doug served as the RAC First Vice-President in 1997-98 and was the RAC Director for the Ontario North
Region from 2001 to 2004. In addition to serving on the RAC Board and Executive, Doug was the author
and editor of several RAC publications and reports including: the RAC Operating Manual; the RAC
Emergency Coordinator’s Manual; the RAC Official Observer’s Guide; the RAC Administration Manual;
and the RAC Manual for Directors.

Doug was a very active Radio Amateur until recent years, with experience on most Amateur allocations,
160 metres through to the microwave bands, having achieved multi-mode DXCC on most of the HF bands.
His enthusiasm and contribution to Amateur Radio will be sorrowfully missed.

On behalf of Radio Amateurs of Canada, I extend sincere condolences to Doug’s wife Beverley and his
entire family.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, February 9, from 2 to 4 pm at Robbie’s Restaurant,
1531 St. Laurent Boulevard in Ottawa.
-- Glenn MacDonell, VE3XRA, President, Radio Amateurs of Canada

ONTARIO SECTION NEWS

2. Radio ham makes out-of-this-world connection

Canada's CTV News reports on the contact made by 96-year-old ham radio operator Jean Moffett VE3WAD
with International Space Station Commander Luca Parmitano KF5KDP

“You can always talk to other people, in other parts of the world,” Moffett said, speaking to CTV News
Toronto. “You can send your signals to satellites. I’ve talked to people from the Arctic to the
Antarctic.” And last Wednesday at the Ontario Science Centre, the 96-year-old got to go even further.

A ham radio connection, relayed through northern Italy, allowed the senior and a group of students to
speak with Commander Luca Parmitano aboard the International Space Station (ISS).

Watch the video and read the full story at
https://toronto.ctvnews.ca/96-year-old-ham-radio-operator-makes-an-out-of-this-world-connection-1.4779505


-- RAC website

ITEMS OF INTEREST

3.  British Columbia QSO Party 2020 presented by the Orca DX and Contest Club

Date/Time:  1600z Feb 1 to 0359z Feb 2  AND  1600z to 2359z Feb 2
Objectives:  Stations outside BC have to find as many VE7/VA7s as possible in the 20 hours of the contest.
Exchange: BC stations give RS(T) + three-letter code representing the federal electoral district in BC and
stations outside BC give province/state/"DX”

Follow links at http://orcadxcc.org/bcqp.html for rules, multiplier list, FAQs, in-depth event
analysis/reports and scores from past years, and examples of photo certificates and plaques.

-- Rebecca VA7BEC

4.  2020 State and Provincial QSO Party Challenge Announced

The State QSO Party Challenge is a competition comprised of other contests, namely state and provincial
QSO parties. As explained on the website, the annual cumulative score program is open to any radio amateur
who participates in any approved state QSO parties (SQPs).

Participants just need to submit their QSO party scores to 3830scores.com to enter the challenge.
Cumulative scores will be calculated by totaling up the number of reported contacts and multiplying by
the number of SQPs entered in the year to date. Periodic standings will be posted to 3830scores.com,
the QSOParty Groups.io forum, and the www.StateQSOParty.com website.

The first SQPs in 2020 are the Vermont, Minnesota, and British Columbia QSO Parties in the first weekend of
February.
Entrants must make at least two contacts in a QSO party for it to count as a multiplier. Challenge sponsors
expressed appreciation to Bruce Horn, WA7BNM, for developing the SQP Activity Tracker on 3830scores.com.

-- 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>