RAC Ontario Sections Bulletin for April 3rd, 2021


1. RAC Operating Survey deadline extended to April 5th.

Thank you for an excellent response to our survey! We are still receiving
surveys by email so we have decided to extend the deadline until end of day
on Monday, April 5 to give everyone an opportunity to participate.

The survey should take no more than 10 minutes to complete and it is available at:


-- Glenn MacDonell, VE3XRA, RAC President

2. In-Person Friedrichshafen HAM RADIO Exhibition is Canceled for 2021

The in-person HAM RADIO international amateur radio exhibition in Friedrichshafen,
Germany — typically held in late June — has again been canceled due to the COVID-19
pandemic, but online events are scheduled. “This [is] not unexpected, as COVID-19
infections are currently on the rise again in Germany, whilst vaccinations are only
happening at a very slow pace,” the announcement from the Friedrichshafen Fairgrounds
said. Our preparations for an online conference event — HAM RADIOnline — with
presentations, discussion forums, virtual meeting places, and vendor information are
making excellent progress.”

The next in-person HAM RADIO is expected to take place June 24 – 26, 2022.

-- arrl news


3.  Ontario QSO Party is two weeks away!

Just a reminder that the Ontario QSO Party will be on April 17 and April 18, 2021.
You can find all the details here: http://www.va3cco.com/oqp/rules.htm

Looks like there will be lots going on that weekend, so we hope everyone will get
on and make some QSO's! Its also the Michigan QSO Party that weekend, and World
Amateur Radio Day on Sunday with RAC Special Event callsigns being activated.

Remember, this is Ontario's contest, and we have invited the world to stop by
and say hello, so mark your calendars and help us get the word out for OQP 2021!
The OQP also counts for the State QSO Party Challenge.
Submit your activating plan here: http://www.va3cco.com/oqp/plan.htm

Tom - VE3CX, OQP Chair.


4. FT8 most popular amateur radio mode on 6 metres.

The ClubLog Blog reports that FT8 contacts made up an impressive 84% of the
1,777,945 amateur radio contacts for the 50 MHz band recorded on ClubLog
between March 1, 2020 and March 26, 2021

Michael Wells G7VJR notes "With the often sporadic nature of the openings on 6m,
it’s easy to see the upsides of all the activity being easy to findin a narrow
segment of the band, and of course the signal-to-noise advantage of the mode
is attractive."     https://g7vjr.org/2021/03/ft8-and-the-6m-band/

However, on other bands FT8 is not quite so popular, across all the bands FT8
only accounted for 51% of the 66.4 million contacts recorded during 2020, see
the pie chart at:

See the John Desmond EI7GL blog about FT8 on 6m at

You can download the free WSJT-X software which supports FT4, FT8 and other
digital modes from https://physics.princeton.edu/pulsar/K1JT/wsjtx.html

-- southgate news

This concludes this week's bulletin.

Bulletin sent from Official Bulletin Manager

Posted by: Paul Caccamo <va3pc @ rac.ca>