RAC Ontario Sections Bulletin for February 6th, 2021
1. IARU Receives Gift of hamradio.org Domain
Andrew J. Wolfram, KI7RYC, has donated the hamradio.org domain to the
Amateur Radio Union (IARU) for non-profit educational use to promote the
and amateur satellite services.
In accepting this gift, IARU President Tim Ellam, VE6SH, said, “The
domain offers a unique opportunity for which we are deeply grateful to
It is our intention to develop a website that can serve as a focal point
anywhere, who may be seeking information on amateur radio, which is better
known as ‘ham radio’ by the general public.”
The IARU is the global federation of national amateur radio
member-societies in more than 160 countries and separate territories.
founding in 1925, the IARU has successfully defended and expanded access to
the radio spectrum by radio amateurs internationally.
-- arrl news
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2. Radio hams offer network to help community
The Kamloops Amateur Radio Club in British Columbia is offering its
network to the Thompson-Nicola Regional District for use during emergencies.
Myles Bruns VE7FSR, club president, said the club's network of
mountaintop repeaters could
provide assistance in the event that other lines of communication fail.
The club’s network has served a similar purpose in the past, around the
time Bruns first
joined the club. During the 2003 North Thompson wildfires, Bruns said
communication lines between Kamloops, Clearwater and Barriere were severed.
Since then, Bruns said, the club has modernized its infrastructure,
moving to an
internet-based linking system. From each mountaintop to each
mountaintop, there’s a
microwave link that provides high-speed broadband communication between
and that whole network is back-hauled to Kamloops.
Watch the Castanet News story https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pjea5KRk1c0
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3. ARISS and Partners Are Investigating Space Station Ham Radio Failure
Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) and its
partners are troubleshooting
a failure within the on-board NA1SS amateur station in the ISS Columbus
module. The problem
does not appear to be with the radio equipment in Columbus, however.
ARISS realized the problem
when a contact with a school in Wyoming, between ON4ISS on Earth and
astronaut Mike Hopkins,
KF5LJG, at NA1SS, had to abort when no downlink signal was heard.
“Today was a tough one for ARISS,” ARISS-International Chair Frank
Bauer, KA3HDO, began in a
message on January 28 to the ARISS team. Bauer explained that during a
January 27 spacewalk
to install exterior cabling on the ISS Columbus module, the current coax
feed line installed
11 years ago was replaced with another built by the European Space
Agency (ESA) and Airbus.
It included two additional RF connectors to support the commissioning of
payload-hosting platform installed last spring on Columbus.
During the spacewalk, an external four-connector coax feed line replaced
one with two RF connections.
With the spacewalk completed, the ISS crew restarted the ISS ham radio
station on January 28,
but no voice repeater or automatic packet repeater system (APRS)
downlink reports were heard.
During a scheduled school contact at 1746 UTC, no downlink signal was
heard either, and the
attempted contact had to be terminated. Troubleshooting continues.
-- for the full article, see arrl website news
4. Plans to Retrieve Titanic Wireless Equipment Put on Indefinite Hold
RMS Titanic, Inc., (RMST) the company that owns salvage rights to the
has indefinitely put off its plans to retrieve the vessel’s radio
equipment for exhibit.
The company cited the coronavirus pandemic for the delay, according to a
court filing the
company made on January 29. The Atlanta-based company said its plans
“increasing difficulty associated with international travel and
logistics, and the
associated health risks to the expedition team.” RMST’s primary source
of revenue comes
from its exhibits of its vast collection of Titanic relics, which have
been closed or seen
only limited attendance due to virus-related restrictions.
-- full article at arrl website news
This concludes this week's bulletin.
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