RAC Bulletin for March 5, 2022

Official Bulletin Station for Radio Amateurs of Canada, with this week’s bulletin NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL NEWS 1.   RAC Membership Fee Increase: Effective July 1 The ongoing global pandemic has caused significant disruptions in the internationalsupply chain and this has in turn increased the cost of living and of doing business.Even before the pandemic, RAC already faced increases…

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

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL NEWS
1.   RAC Membership Fee Increase: Effective July 1

The ongoing global pandemic has caused significant disruptions in the international
supply chain and this has in turn increased the cost of living and of doing business.
Even before the pandemic, RAC already faced increases in the production and
mailing costs associated with The Canadian Amateur magazine, but now the
cost of everything is going up.
RAC has not increased its membership fees since 2010, but we are now living in
a completely different financial reality.As a result, we need to take steps to ensure
that we are able to continue to offer the many important programs and services
that Canadian Radio Amateurs rely on.

Effective July 1, the fee for a digital (eTCA) membership will increase by 4%
from $48/year to $50/year and the cost of a Paper TCA membership will increase
by 10% from $56/year to $62/year.
We don’t take this step lightly and we thank all of you for your understanding
and continued support.
—  Phil A. McBride, VA3QR/VA3KPJ  RAC President and Chair

2.   RAC’s Regulatory Priorities: Mid-February 2022

– RBR-4 update – RAC reviewed ISED’s final draft and provided final
comments. The next release will formalize Amateur access to 630 metres
(472 kHz) and the new worldwide 15 kHz allocation at 60 metres that
begins at 5351.5 kHz. RAC will issue a bulletin as soon as Innovation,
Science and Economic Development Canada makes an official release.
– RIC-9 – Callsign Policy – RAC is now preparing a survey to identify the
preferences of Canadian Amateurs and ISED is preparing questions for the survey.
– Entry-level Certificate – RAC is considering a proposal for a new,
entry-level Amateur Radio certificate. An initial discussion with ISED has
been planned for April 21.
– Enforcement in the Amateur bands – RAC is organizing a team to work
with ISED enforcement staff to establish guidelines and best practices for those
rare occasions when we need ISED’s intervention.
– WRC23 Preparations –  We have some concerns about agenda items that
affect our interests at 1.3 GHz, 10 GHz and with Wireless Power Transfer
(WPT) proposals below 100 kHz. Harmonics from these systems could
threaten LF, MF and HF Amateur Radio interests.
– Regulations for the Amateur Satellite Service in Canada
– As previously reported in TCA and on the RAC website, there are several
university-based CubeSat programs across Canada and some of these seek to
use Amateur frequencies. Canada has never had regulations for Amateur
satellites and this makes licensing Canadian Amateur satellites extremely
difficult. RAC has proposals to add regulations and suggestions for licensing
procedures and we will share these with ISED on April 21.
– Update to CEPT T/R 61-01 – RAC has proposed to ISED a clarification
to the identification requirements for foreign Amateurs visiting Canada to bring
them in line with Canadian call areas.
– CARAB – On April 21, RAC and ISED will convene a meeting of the
Canadian Amateur Radio Advisory Board (CARAB). The agenda is in
development and will likely include some of these items in the list of priorities.
— Dave Goodwin, VE3KG   (Full article in TCA)

ONTARIO SECTION NEWS

3..  Ontario QSO Party coming up April 16-17th

This year we have the Michigan QSO Party and the Quebec QSO party joining
us. Head over to http://www.stateqsoparty.com for the schedule and details.
OQP has 5 bonus stations this year, including a distributed multi-operation VC3C
celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Kitchener Waterloo Amateur Radio Club.
http://www.va3cco.com/oqp for Ontario details or to announce your participation.
— Paul, VA3PC

ITEMS OF INTEREST

4.  Radio amateur who co-invented Ethernet SK

The radio amateur who co-developed the Ethernet, David Boggs WA3DBJ, has
passed away at the age of 71.

The Xerox PARC research lab in Palo Alto developed much of the PC tech we
take for granted today like the graphic user interface, mouse and word processor.
Boggs joined the team in 1973, and started working with fellow researcher Bob
Metcalfe on a system to send information to and from the lab’s computer.

In about two years, they had designed the first version of Ethernet, a link that
could transmit data at 2.94 Mbps over a coaxial cable. It borrowed in part from
a wireless networking system developed at the University of Hawaii called
ALOHAnet, tapping into Boggs’ passion for HAM radio. “He was the perfect
partner for me,” Metcalfe told the NYT. “I was more of a concept artist, and
he was a build-the-hardware-in-the-back-room engineer.”

Read the full story at
https://www.engadget.com/ethernet-co-inventor-david-boggs-dies-at-71-110524422.html
— Southgate Amateur News

This concludes this week’s bulletin.
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Posted by: Paul Caccamo <va3pc @ rac.ca>


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