1. RAC “Get on the Air on World Amateur Radio Day” Special Event

On Sunday, April 18, 2021, Radio Amateurs of Canada is organizing a special
on-air event to celebrate World Amateur Radio Day.

Every year on April 18, Radio Amateurs worldwide take to the airwaves to
commemorate the formation of the IARU on April 18, 1925.

RAC official stations will operate across Canada from 0000Z to 2359Z on
April 18. Those contacting one or more of these stations will be eligible
for a special commemorative certificate noting their participation in RAC’s
Get on the Air on World Amateur Radio Day Event.
Participants simply need to complete one or more contacts, on any band and
mode, with RAC official stations to earn their certificates.
No logs need to be submitted; simply check back on the RAC website when
instructed and enter your call sign to download your certificate.

Please take care of yourself and your loved ones, stay safe and have fun
while celebrating World Amateur Radio Day.

For more information please visit:

-- Glenn MacDonell, VE3XRA. President, Radio Amateurs of Canada


2.  VA3RAC will be active in the Ontario QSO Party.

From 0000z to 0500z and again from 1200z to 1800z, VA3RAC will be active
in the Ontario QSO Party and will be sending the contest exchange.
Stations contacting VA3RAC during those time periods are encouraged to
send their contest exchange in return (state/province/country or Ontario county).

If you are planning to operate in the Ontario QSO Party, please let the
organizers know your intentions by email to oqp @

-- full OQP details are at


3.  Spacewalk Could Return ARISS Ham Station in ISS Columbus Module to the Air

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) reports that efforts to
determine what’s keeping the ham station in the ISS Columbus module off the air
have been unsuccessful thus far. The radio equipment works, but no signal appears
to be reaching the external ARISS antenna. The station, typically operated as NA1SS,
has not been usable since new RF cables were installed during a January 27 spacewalk.
During the January EVA, the coax feed line installed 11 years ago was replaced with
another built by the European Space Agency (ESA) and Airbus.

During a March 13 spacewalk, astronauts Mike Hopkins, KF5LJG, and Victor Glover,
KI5BKC, plan to return the ARISS antenna feed line cabling to its configuration prior
to the January 27 spacewalk.

For the time being, ARISS school and group contacts with crew members have been
conducted using the ham station in the ISS Service Module.

-- arrl news

4.   Fourteen common phone mistakes in ham radio

Quin (K8QS) and Tom (WA9TDD) identify 14 common mistakes ham radio operators make
on phone (FM, SSB, AM) -- and what to do differently to maximize communication and
boost intelligibility in amateur radio.

15 minute Youtube video at


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