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RAC Ontario Sections Bulletin for February 15, 2020

Paul Caccamo VA3PC
 

RAC Ontario Sections Bulletin for February 15, 2020

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

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL NEWS

1. RAC 2019 Amateur of the Year Award - Cary Rubenfeld, VE4EA

The RAC Board of Directors takes great pleasure in selecting Cary Rubenfeld, VE4EA, as the recipient
of the RAC Amateur of the Year Award for 2019 in recognition of his tireless efforts to promote Amateur
Radio in his home province of Manitoba, throughout Canada and internationally.

Through the RAC Amateur of the Year Award, Radio Amateurs of Canada recognizes the outstanding
contributions made by Canadian Amateurs. The RAC Board considers nominations for the RAC Amateur of
the Year Award and presents it if and when the nomination demonstrates the exceptional contribution made.
 If there are several nominations the best for that year is approved.

Stay tuned to the RAC website for additional information about the presentation of the award once
plans have been finalized. For more information about the RAC Amateur of the Year Award visit:
https://wp.rac.ca/rac-amateur-of-the-year/

Glenn MacDonell, VE3XRA, RAC President and Chair


ONTARIO SECTION NEWS

2.  Ham radio club can provide emergency communications

Since 1977, the Rideau Lakes Amateur Radio Club has been a part of Smiths Falls and surrounding regions
with the home base in Smiths Falls, Ontario

The club has 17 members with all of them active with two-way radios on a weekly basis.

In case of an emergency in the town, such as the ice storm in 1998, members of the club who are Amateur
Radio Emergency Service (ARES) members would be in contact with ARES members across Canada to see
who would be available to help.

“We’re a group of volunteer; second responders and in the event of an emergency like the ice storm,
there was 92 volunteers from all over Ontario who came here to do various things like provide
communication to relief centres,” said Robert Bell, VE3NZQ. “Whether you’re an actual member of
ARES or not, the skill you require in pursuing this hobby is quite useful.”

Read the full story at https://www.insideottawavalley.com/news-story/
9843800--the-computer-geeks-of-two-generations-ago-rideau-lakes-amateur-radio-club-going-strong-

in-smiths-falls-after-42-years/

-- southgate news

ITEMS OF INTEREST

3. ARRL Creates New HF Band Planning Discussion Group

ARRL has created a new HF Band Planning Discussion Group. HF Band Planning Committee Chair
Mike Raisbeck, K1TWF, will moderate the group, which will focus on the ARRL HF Band Planning
Committee’s recommendations and other band-planning activities.

Earlier this month, the ARRL HF Band Planning Committee invited comments and suggestions
from the Amateur Radio community. At the Board’s January meeting, the committee presented
its specific recommendations in graphical form for each HF band and each US license class, with
the goal of increasing harmony on the HF bands, particularly between CW and digital users.
Those responding to the initial call for comments and suggestions are encouraged to cross-post
their remarks to the new HF Band Planning Discussion Group which is open to non-members.

-- arrl news

4. Fast radio burst with steady 16-day cycle observed in Canada.

Fast radio bursts (FRBs) are, as their name suggests, short bursts of radio emissions that are detected
by space scientists listening for signals from outer space. They appear randomly for a very short period
of time, making them difficult to find and very hard to study. One was first observed back in 2007. Since
that time, several others have been observed, but only 10 of them have been found to repeat themselves.

In this new effort, the researchers were studying data from the radio telescope used by the Canadian
Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment. When they spotted the FRB, they traced back 400 observations
made using the telescope and determined that the FRB repeated in a steady, 16-day pattern. The FRB
signals were observed to arrive approximately once an hour for four days and then suddenly cease—only
to start up again 12 days later.

The researchers traced the source of the FRB to a spiral galaxy approximately 500 million light-years
away. They suggest future technology might be able to pinpoint which of the objects in the galaxy is
sending out the FRBs and perhaps reveal how it is doing so.

-- Bob Yirka , Phys.org

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>