RAC Bulletin for February 26th, 2022

Official Bulletin Station for Radio Amateurs of Canada, with this week’s bulletin. NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL NEWS 1.  RAC Amateur of the Year 2021: Hiroshi Takahashi, VA7LET The RAC Board of Directors takes great pleasure in selecting Hiroshi Takahashi, VA7LET,as the recipient of the RAC Amateur of the Year Award for 2021.Hiroshi Takahashi, VA7LET, has made a significant…

Official Bulletin Station for Radio Amateurs of Canada, with this week’s bulletin.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL NEWS
1.  RAC Amateur of the Year 2021: Hiroshi Takahashi, VA7LET

The RAC Board of Directors takes great pleasure in selecting Hiroshi Takahashi, VA7LET,
as the recipient of the RAC Amateur of the Year Award for 2021.
Hiroshi Takahashi, VA7LET, has made a significant contribution to the Amateur Radio
community in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Hiroshi’s contributions include the following:
    Coordinating VECTOR’s Basic Amateur certification course from 2014 to 2020, helping
800 people become Amateurs in two to three courses each year
    Coordinating VECTOR’s civic service operations from 2014 to 2019 with Gary Webb,
VA7GMW and Mike Watkins, VE7WV, including activations at the annual Celebration
of Light, Canada Day and Santa Claus Parade events In 2021, Hiroshi founded the Lower Mainland Radio Room (LMRR) to focus on the “fun”
in radio technology to get more people on the air and inspire existing Amateurs to
discover new ways they can use their radio.

Stay tuned to the RAC website and to the May-June 2022 TCA for more information about
the presentation of the award once plans have been finalized.
Phil A. McBride, VA3QR/VA3KPJ,   RAC President and Chair
— full article on RAC website

2.  Amateur Radio ban – Ukraine

Ukraine has declared a state of emergency in all of Ukraine except for eastern Donetsk
and Luhansk oblasts starting on Feb. 24. Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts already have a
special legal status because of Russia’s ongoing occupation since 2014.

The parliament approved the decree introduced by President Volodymyr Zelensky on Feb. 23.
Restrictions introduced by the state of emergency are due to last 30 days and will vary
depending on the region.
The state of emergency allows the authorities to temporarily limit the public’s constitutional rights.

The decree enacts the following measures:
increased public order protection and security;
checks of identification documents of civilians and frisking if necessary;
ban on protests;
temporary or permanent evacuation of people from dangerous areas and providing them
with accomodation;
ban on relocation of conscripts and reservists without notice;
ban on producing and spreading information that may “destabilize the situation”;
ban on amateur radio transmitting devices.

Other measures that may be implemented “if necessary” include:
a curfew;
a special regime of entry and exit;
ban on mass events;
“special rules” for spreading information online.
Source: https://www.dx-world.net/amateur-radio-ban-ukraine/

ONTARIO SECTION NEWS
ITEMS OF INTEREST

3.   The 5 MHz Newsletter Marks 10 Years

The first edition of The 5 MHz Newsletter appeared in the autumn of 2011,
heralding the growth of the new 60-meter band to serve as a propagation bridge
between 40 and 80 meters. The newsletter, edited by Paul Gaskell, G4MWO,
offers official news of new allocations and regulations as well as feedback from
operators.  According to the newsletter, 85 countries currently have a presence
on 60 meters. In 2017, the FCC invited comments on ARRL’s Petition for Rule Making
to allocate a new, contiguous secondary band at 5 MHz to the Amateur Service.
The FCC designated ARRL’s Petition as RM-11785 but has not acted on it.
—  For full article see ARRL news

4.  REGISTER NOW FOR ST. PATRICK’S SPECIAL EVENT

February is a short month so it’s not too early to start thinking about St. Patrick’s
Day – and that’s just what some hams around the world have been doing.

Amateurs and shortwave listeners around the world have signed up to celebrate
Saint Patrick’s Day and vie for special awards during the 48 hours between the
16th and 18th of March. Organisers of the special St. Patrick’s Awards event
have created a web page with details that include categories in which radio
operators and listeners can compete — and explanations of how they can
qualify for awards. All participants need to visit the web page and register if they
plan to apply for an award. All awards are available as downloadable PDFs
after the event has concluded.
Stations in Ireland, Canada and the United States are among those who have
already begun registering. The website lists when they will be on the air and in
what modes, including DMR, PSK and even on the Hamshack Hotline.
The website is stpatricksaward dot com – that’s stpatricksaward – all one
word – dot com. (stpatricksaward.com)
— Amateur Radio Newsline

This concludes this week’s bulletin.
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Bulletin sent from Official Bulletin Manager
Posted by: Paul Caccamo <va3pc @ rac.ca>

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