RAC Ontario Sections Bulletin for April 17th, 2021


1. Registration for RAC online advanced certificate course is now underway.

The instructor led 10 lesson course will start in early June and wind up in mid-august.
2 hour sessions will be held on Sunday afternoons or Monday evenings.

see the info on the rac website for further information.

-- RAC bulletin

2. St. Vincent Radio Amateurs on Alert During Volcano Emergency

Donald de Riggs, J88CD, on the Caribbean island of St. Vincent, says that on April 13, the 42nd anniversary
of the eruption of the La Soufriere volcano, island residents were awakened to another column of volcanic
ash creating a thick blanket, obscuring part of the eastern sky as the volcano continues to erupt violently.

Since the eruption began last December, local hams have been in a state of readiness.
A 24-hour regional HF network and vigil has been active since the violent eruptions began 4 days ago,
to provide communication support should telephone service be disrupted by the volcanic hazard.
This includes a twice-daily link-up on HF with the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA).
There is also a 2-meter gateway via EchoLink on the J88AZ node. The other active VHF repeater is the main
resource for domestic communications. The Grenada repeater, which is linked to St. Lucia and Barbados,
is also accessible by hams in Tobago, Trinidad, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
Frequencies being used for disaster-related communications may include 3.815, 7.188, or 7.162 MHz.

The La Soufrière volcano on St. Vincent began a series of explosive eruptions on April 9, sending clouds
of hot ash some 20,000 feet into the air, blanketing much of the island in ash and causing water and power
outages. The volcano is “a constant threat,” according to CDEMA.

— Thanks to The Daily DX


3.  Sable Island CY0C DXpedition

The Sable Island CY0C DXpedition team was informed this week by the Parks Canada-Sable Island manager
that the scheduled October 2021 Sable DXpedition would have to be postponed due to the ongoing
Covid-19 pandemic.

Furthermore, because of the pandemic, Parks Canada is behind on their island maintenance projects and
the Visitor Quarters will not be available for the DXpedition team. The Sable Island manager did
extend an invitation to the team for October 2022, which the team unanimously accepted.

Since the 2021 CY0C DXpedition is not possible, the Sable DXpedition team is offering options to the many
foundations, clubs and individuals who have already sent financial support. We are offering complete refunds
to those who request it. If you would like us to apply your contribution to the 2022 CY0C DXpedition,
that will be available as well. Any refund requests should be directed to WA4DAN.

--  Murray Adams WA4DAN, 2022 Sable Island DXpedition Team Leader

4. Amateur radio has a new census.

As the amateur radio community grows and evolves, the need to better understand the preferences and
expectations of amateur radio operators worldwide becomes increasingly important.

Inspired by the new licensees joining amateur radio’s ranks, and the seasoned ones who continue to believe
in its value, Ham Census (hamcensus.org) is inviting all hams to take part in a unique survey. The project’s
founders are looking forward to responses from both the United States and the rest of the globe, notably from
Canadian neighbors to the north, the large Japanese and Thai ham communities, and all other operators
worldwide. Questions deal with operating preferences, gear, the shack, views on regulations, clubs and
associations, and importantly, about the future of amateur radio.

Ham Census, which is divided into six parts, runs year-round delivering constantly updated results. The only
caveat is that, though it is absolutely free for all to take and use, only those who complete all six parts of
the Census have access to the full results.

Importantly, after completing it, Ham Census is encouraging respondents to submit suggestions on how to
improve both the questions and multiple choice answers, notably on everything that is cutting edge.
Ham Census takes about 40 to 45 minutes to complete.

-- K3RMI co-founder of hamcensus.org

This concludes this week's bulletin.
Bulletin sent from Official Bulletin Manager
Posted by: Paul Caccamo <va3pc @ rac.ca>