Official Bulletin Station for Radio Amateurs of Canada
1. Geomagnetic storm brings down Starlink satellites
As many as 40 Starlink satellites are currently falling out of the sky–the surprising result of a
minor geomagnetic storm last week.
This is a cautionary tale: Even relatively mild space weather can have big consequences.
Reentry videos and more @ Spaceweather.com. (Thursday Feb 10th edition)
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2. Heil Sound announces new leadership
Heil Sound, the Fairview Heights, Illinois-based manufacturer of professional microphones,
has announced the successful transfer of ownership from Bob and Sarah Heil to current
President and CEO, Ash Levitt, and Director of Operations, Steve Warford. Sarah Heil has
retired, but Bob will continue to do outreach work and product design within the
amateur radio space under the title Founder and CEO Emeritus.
— QRZ.Com News and Rick VE3BK
3. APRS developer Bob Bruninga, WB4APR, SK
The ARRL reports the creator of the Automatic Packet Reporting System (APRS),
Bob Bruninga, WB4APR, of Glen Burnie, Maryland, died on February 7. An ARRL Life
Member, Bruninga was 73. According to his daughter, Bruninga succumbed to
cancer and the effects of COVID-19. Over the years, he readily shared his broad
knowledge of and experience with APRS, among other topics in the amateur radio
and electronics fields.
Arrangements are pending, although his daughter said that a celebratory memorial
service will be held this summer in Annapolis, Maryland.
Full article: http://www.arrl.org/news/aprs-developer-bob-bruninga-wb4apr-sk
4. ARRL Announces New World Wide Digital Contest
The ARRL World Wide Digital Contest will debut at 1800 UTC on June 4, ending at
2359 on June 5, 2022. All non-RTTY modes are permitted. Going forward, RTTY will be
the sole mode for the ARRL RTTY Roundup, which will continue to take place in January.
In broad strokes, this will be an HF – 6-meter event, with single-operator and multi-single
entry categories. Operating assistance is permitted for all operating categories.
In succeeding years, the World Wide Digital Contest will take place on the first full
weekend of June.
— Full details on the ARRL website.
This concludes this week’s bulletin.
Bulletin sent from Official Bulletin Manager
Posted by: Paul Caccamo <va3pc @ rac.ca>