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
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
Ministry of Communications amateur allocations document from November
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
the former 1240 – 1300 MHz and is only accessible by Class A license
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
ONTARIO SECTION NEWS
ITEMS OF INTEREST
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.
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
On March 14, ARISS was able to confirm the operation's success when
Reporting System (APRS) signals on 145.825 MHz were heard in California,
Idaho as the ISS passed overhead.
ARISS team member Christy Hunter, KB6LTY, was able to digipeat through
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
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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