RAC Ontario Sections Bulletin for March 20th, 2021


1. Report: Radio Amateurs in Israel Lose Access to Much Microwave Spectrum

Radio amateurs in Israel have lost much of their spectrum between 1 and 6 GHz
and suffered a “draconian” power reduction on 10 GHz, according to a report
earlier this year in Southgate Amateur Radio News. The report said an Israeli
Ministry of Communications amateur allocations document from November 17, 2020,
shows changes between 1 GHz and 10.5 GHz.

The 9-centimeter band, which was 3.4 – 3.475 GHz, has been lost altogether.
The 23-centimeter band in Israel has been pared back to 1260 – 1270 MHz from
the former 1240 – 1300 MHz and is only accessible by Class A license holders
for satellite uplinks at a maximum power of 25 W.
The maximum power level permitted on 3 centimeters (10 – 10.45 GHz) is now
just 100 mW, down from 100 W for Class A licensees.

-- arrl news



2.  The Day the Sun brought darkness - The Great Quebec Blackout

New research into the Great Quebec Blackout of March 13, 1989, is revealing
surprises. It turns out, it was not just one solar storm, but two.
Could it happen again?
Experts weigh in on the March 12th, 2021 edition of Spaceweather.com.

-- spaceweather.com

3.  ARISS ham station in Columbus module is once again operational

While the specific cause of the problem has not yet been determined, a March 13 spacewalk
that restored the antenna cabling to its original configuration provided the cure.

On March 14, ARISS was able to confirm the operation's success when Automatic Packet
Reporting System (APRS) signals on 145.825 MHz were heard in California, Utah, and
Idaho as the ISS passed overhead.
ARISS team member Christy Hunter, KB6LTY, was able to digipeat through NA1SS during
the pass. With additional confirmation from stations in South America and the Middle
East, ARISS declared the radio system operational again.

-- arrl news

4. EchoLink for Windows version 2.1 now available

16 March 2021: After a 14-year hiatus, we are pleased to announce that EchoLink for
Windows version 2.1 is now available.

-- thanks to Tony, G4CJC for the above information

This concludes this week's bulletin.
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