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 the 96th
anniversary of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU), which was founded
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 physical
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 airwaves to
share global goodwill with other amateurs

-- southgate news



2. Florida Emergency Communications Exercise Combines Hams, Agencies, and NGOs

A 2-hour emergency communications exercise on March 19 in Florida was deemed
"wildly successful," while resulting in 21 specific suggestions for improvement.
Sponsored by Florida Baptist Disaster Relief, a non-governmental served organization,
the exercise simulated a combined disaster of multiple tornadoes crossing
north-central Florida closely followed by a terrorist attack on telecommunications,
which took down large chunks of internet and telephone service.

All told, 431 messages zipped through the airwaves within the 2-hour simulation,
including 53 to the state and 31 replies. Messages were passed using digital email
or radiogram.

Post-exercise feedback -- both through a 1-hour Zoom "hotwash" session and an
anonymous feedback form -- were very positive and also suggested possible
All are included in the detailed and candid After-Action Report/Improvement Plan.

-- 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 (NCJ)
series, “The Demographics of Contesting,” with a post to his Social Circuits
blog, called “Lemmings over a Demographic Cliff?”
Howell points to data showing that radio contesters are older than the average
ARRL member.

Howell argues that formats of major radio contests may serve the leisure
interests of established contesters — those on the far end of the demographic
spectrum — but may not offer the best experience for contesting newcomers.

“Traditional radiosport is facing a demographic cliff of aging ham contesters,
” 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 and
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 electromagnetic
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 microwave
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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