RAC Bulletin for April 2, 2022

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

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL NEWS


1.  Registration for the RAC Basic Summer 2022 Course is now underway!
Radio Amateurs of Canada is once again offering an online Amateur Radio
course so that individuals from all across Canada can obtain their
Amateur Radio Operator Certificate with Basic Qualification
The course will be held on Sundays and Thursdays commencing on Sunday,
April 24 and ending on Thursday, June 30.
Classes will be held on Thursday evenings from 6 pm to 9 pm (1800 – 2100)
Eastern Time  and Sunday afternoons 1 pm to 4 pm (1300 – 1600) Eastern Time.
Classes will be recorded, so occasional absences are not a problem.

The registration fee for the course is $50 plus GST/HST.
It is essential that all students have the necessary equipment and bandwidth
capable of taking the course – at least a DSL broadband connection.
See full details at https://www.rac.ca
— Phil A. McBride, VA3QR, RAC President and Chair

2.  CEPT suspends membership of Russia Federation and Belarus
The European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications Administrations (CEPT),
has suspended the Russian Federation and Belarus from CEPT membership, in a March 17
announcement. It was requested by CEPT members.
The suspension, which took effect March 18, is indefinite. In the CEPT Assembly there were
34 supportive responses to the proposal, and one abstention.
Future readmission will need a two-thirds majority vote.
— arrl news

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3. Summits On The Air’s 20th Anniversary

Summits on the Air launched in England and Wales on 2nd March 2002.
Since then it has expanded massively to over one hundred associations on all
major world continents, and has over 24,000 participants.

A special award has been launched to celebrate SOTA’s 20th birthday.
Participants can obtain a certificate for their best 20 days chasing or activating
(separate certificates for each activity).  Logs are entered as normal and the SOTA
Database picks your 20 highest scoring days out of your logs for the whole year.
(March 2nd 2022 to March 1st 2023).

These certificates will be downloadable from the database and free of charge.
This is not a contest, so the display will be presented in alphabetical callsign order.
SOTA Management Team would like there to be plenty of activity during the 20th
anniversary year, and as such, the activity runs for a whole year to give plenty
of time to take part.

— see the SOTA website for full details  https://www.sota.org.uk/

4.  X-class solar flare
Earth-orbiting satellites have just detected a powerful explosion on the sun.
The X1.3-class flare on March 30th (1737 UT) caused a shortwave radio blackout
over the Americas and has almost certainly hurled a CME toward Earth. Follow
this developing story @ Spaceweather.com.

Subscribers to the Space Weather Alert Service received a text message about
this X-flare while it was happening. Such prompt notifications allow ham radio
operators, amateur astronomers and others to react to flares before they fade away.
— Southgate News

This concludes this week’s bulletin.

Bulletin sent from Official Bulletin Manager VA3PC


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