RAC Ontario Sections Bulletin for April 10th, 2021
1. Celebrate World Amateur Radio Day
Sunday 18 April is World Amateur Radio Day (WARD) and this year marks
anniversary of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU), which was
at the 1925 International Radiotelegraph Conference in Paris.
The IARU has chosen "Amateur Radio: Home but Never Alone" as the theme for
World Amateur Radio Day 2021. The theme acknowledges that during our
distancing to reduce the spread of COVID-19, amateur radio stands out as a
welcome respite for its variety of activities and opportunities. On World
Amateur Radio Day, all radio amateurs are invited to take to the
share global goodwill with other amateurs
-- southgate news
ONTARIO SECTION NEWS
ITEMS OF INTEREST
2. Florida Emergency Communications Exercise Combines Hams, Agencies,
A 2-hour emergency communications exercise on March 19 in Florida was
"wildly successful," while resulting in 21 specific suggestions for
Sponsored by Florida Baptist Disaster Relief, a non-governmental served
the exercise simulated a combined disaster of multiple tornadoes crossing
north-central Florida closely followed by a terrorist attack on
which took down large chunks of internet and telephone service.
All told, 431 messages zipped through the airwaves within the 2-hour
including 53 to the state and 31 replies. Messages were passed using
Post-exercise feedback -- both through a 1-hour Zoom "hotwash" session
anonymous feedback form -- were very positive and also suggested possible
All are included in the detailed and candid After-Action
-- full article at arrl news
3. Traditional Amateur Radio Contesting Faces a Demographic Cliff
Frank Howell, K4FMH, followed up his two-part National Contest Journal
series, “The Demographics of Contesting,” with a post to his Social
blog, called “Lemmings over a Demographic Cliff?”
Howell points to data showing that radio contesters are older than the
Howell argues that formats of major radio contests may serve the leisure
interests of established contesters — those on the far end of the
spectrum — but may not offer the best experience for contesting newcomers.
“Traditional radiosport is facing a demographic cliff of aging ham
” he asserts. “Those highly invested in the status quo won’t be around to
experience the diminishing number of participants, but they now have the
political clout to direct strategic actions.”
Howell argues that demography does not have to be destiny. “It doesrequire
taking the blinders off tradition and evaluating it for what it is today
what it means for the future,” he concluded.
-- full article at ARRL news
4. Karen Rucker:- Introduction to Antenna Basics Course
Course Start Date: May 6th, 2021
Classes are Tuesdays 6:30-8:00pm EDT
Prerequisites: Some basic electrical engineering knowledge in
fields and circuits would be helpful, though not required.
Karen Rucker is a spacecraft radio frequency engineer with a background in
antenna design. She has a B.S. in electrical engineering, focused in
and antenna design. She holds an amateur extra radio class license and has
given numerous talks on amateur radio topics, such as 3D printing antennas.
information at https://hackaday.io/antenna.karen
-- southgate news
This concludes this week's bulletin.
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