RAC Ontario Sections Bulletin for May 15th, 2021


1.  Field Day 2021: Weekend of June 26-27

Field Day 2021: ARRL extends temporary rule waivers

The American Radio Relay League (ARRL) / Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) Field Day
is held annually during the fourth full weekend in June. This year’s event will
be held on Saturday, June 26, beginning at 1800 UTC Saturday and running
through 2059 UTC Sunday.

The COVID-19 pandemic-modified ARRL Field Day rules from 2020 will continue this
June with the addition of a power limit imposed on Class D (Home Stations) and
Class E (Home Stations-Emergency Power) participants.

For Field Day 2021:
•Class D stations may work all other Field Day stations, including other Class
D stations, for points. This year, however, Class D and Class E stations will be
limited to 150 W PEP output.
•An aggregate club score will be published — just as it was done last year.
The aggregate score will be a sum of all individual entries that attributes their
score to that of a specific club.
The preferred method of submitting entries after Field Day is via the web applet.

The ARRL Field Day webpage includes complete rules and entry forms, as well as
any updated information as it becomes available. A YouTube describing Field Day
and the current challenges is provided on the RAC YouTube Channel.

-- RAC Webpage

2. New 60 m/5 Mhz WRC-15 sub-licence now available for New Zealand

Following the end of the two channel 60 m NZ trial in 2020, NZART is pleased to
announce that negotiations with regulator RSM have been successful in obtaining
a licence to allow operation for all New Zealand amateur operators to use in
the 60 m (5 MHz) band using the WRC-15 allocation.

Maximum allowable power is 15 W EIRP (effective isotropic radiated power).
For more info see: https://www.nzart.org.nz/news/infoline/

-- Southgate news



3. CME sparks strong geomagnetic storm

A coronal mass ejection (CME) hit Earth's magnetic field on May 12th, sparking
the strongest geomagnetic storm of young Solar Cycle 25.

Auroras would have been widely seen across Europe and in many US states, except
for the fact that the storm occurred mostly during daylight hours.
Full story and updates @ Spaceweather.com.

-- Spaceweather.com website (May 13th)

4. Amateur radio operators are still in high demand

A TV broadcaster reports communication during emergencies often gets disrupted.
But a technology that’s been around since the late 1800s still shines bright
even in the darkest of times

Amateur Radio operators play a key role when severe weather comes rolling in.
And the need for more radio operators continues to grow. HAM radio still proves
to be a reliable source of communication, especially during emergencies.

You can expect many amateur operators out in the field spotting for storms.
Many are trained on weather spotting through the National Weather Service.

Watch the video and read the full story at https://www.wthitv.com/content/

-- southgate news

This concludes this week's bulletin.

Bulletin sent from Official Bulletin Manager

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