RAC Ontario Sections Bulletin for May 22nd, 2021


1.  RAC Canada Day Contest: Celebrate Canada’s Birthday on the air!

The global pandemic continues and we want to make sure that all participants in the
RAC Canada Day Contest on Thursday, July 1 help us to celebrate Canada’s birthday safely.

The RAC Contest Committee is therefore asking all participants in the Canada Day
Contest 2021 to follow the guidelines provided by the government and health officials
in your respective area for any of the multi-op categories within the contest.
If you do carry out an operation in any of the multi-op categories, please advise as
part of your log submission that you have followed your locally applicable guidelines
for group sizes and social (physical) distancing.

Special thanks to our sponsors for their support of the RAC contests.

We hope to hear you on the air for the July 1, 2021 Canada Day contest
(00:00 UTC through 23:59:59 UTC). Don’t forget to share your stories with us at
tcamag @ yahoo.ca and to use #RACCD on social media.

-- For rules and updated information see the RAC website.



2. Radio watch group trains for disaster with repeater bypass exercise (California)

Local radio groups continue to grow as they put technology to use to provide an
alternative communication source in the event of an emergency where phone lines or
cell towers might be compromised.
These areas currently have active neighborhood radio watch programs, conducting
training workshops and on-the-air gatherings each week called "safety nets" to
allow people to practice their radio operating skills.

In late March the Coloma-Lotus Neighborhood Radio Watch conducted a simplex
exercise. The term simplex, which is commonly referred to as “talk-around”
in the land mobile radio industry, means users bypass using a repeater.
The exercise was put together by two non-ham members of the group.

During the drill operators were asked to log stations they could receive directly.
By knowing who can hear who, information can be strategically relayed between
stations should a repeater fail.

The neighborhood radio watch program helps residents throughout El Dorado County
learn how to use simple, inexpensive non-ham radios, offering free support
services and training workshops.
Community radio is intended as a backup in the event that more conventional
communications are unavailable or become disabled as they were during the 2018
fire in some parts of El Dorado County during PG&E public safety power shutoffs.

For more information about the neighborhood radio watch program visit

-- southgate news

3. Hawaiian special event station

Several Hawaiian Amateur Radio operators will activate the special event station
K6K to celebrate 'King Kamehameha the Great and Hawaii's Rich History' on
June 11th, between 06:00am HST - (1600z) until 10:00pm HST (0600Z).

Successful radio contacts are eligible to receive a special, inscribed certificate
bearing the full-color rendition of K6K: King Kamehameha Celebration.
This station is authorized by the King Kamehameha Celebration Commission as
an official event.

 * This is not a contest. The idea is to allow as many contacts as possible.
 * All radio operators must operate their stations strictly in accordance with
their countries' regulations.
 * Stations should listen for K6K calling "CQ K6K"
 * The main modes will be SSB, FM, FT-8, and Winlink. Other Modes may be added.
 * QSLS: eQSLs are available via LoTW. NO Paper QSLs.
 * CERTIFICATES: Are self-printed (by you) for contacts with our Special Event Station.
For more info see: https://sites.google.com/view/k6khawaii

-- OPDX Bulletin

4. A Spy in Every Embassy

For more than half a century, governments all over the world trusted a single company,
Swiss-based Crypto AG, to keep the communications of their spies, soldiers and
diplomats secret. But what none of its customers ever knew was that Crypto AG was
owned for over 20 Cold War years by the CIA in partnership with the BND, the
German Intelligence Service. The machines that many customers bought had
deliberately weakened security – a window through which the CIA and BND could
read the diplomatic traffic between their embassies, their trade negotiators
and their own spies.

The BND sold out its share in 1993 for a tidy profit while the CIA continued
until the company was broken up in 2018.

A Spy in Every Embassy is the story of the story, presented by journalist
Peter F Muller, who produced last year’s television programme for
ZDF, and British journalist David Ridd.
You can listen to the podcast at: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000w499

-- courtesy of BBC4

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