RAC Ontario Sections Bulletin for May 29th, 2021

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL NEWS


1.  Hurricane Season forcast "higher than normal" activity


The cyclone or hurricane season is the name given to the period of highest frequency
of formation of tropical hurricanes. In the Pacific basin, it begins on May 15, and
in the Atlantic side, on June 1, although out-of-season hurricanes can appear,
as it happened with tropical storm Anna.

For radio amateurs in the region, especially north of the Equator, it is essential
to be well prepared for this stage, since most surely, one of these phenomena will
affect one or more countries and the radio amateurs will be the ones that will
establish communications when everything else fails.

The National Hurricane Center has forcast higher than normal activity for this season.

I invite radio amateurs in general and emergency coordinators of associations and
countries to share what they are doing to prepare for the 2021 hurricane season.
You can write to emcor @ iaru-r2.org.

-- Carlos Alberto Santamaría González, CO2JC, IARU-R2 EmCor

ONTARIO SECTION NEWS


2. CANWARN training May 26th


Over 400 people tuned in to the webcast with Geoff Coulson of Environment Canada
to participate in the virtual CANWARN training for 2021.
Participants were from coast to coast in Canada, not just Ontario.
Handouts and reference material are available on the RAC website Canwarn page.
A followup session wil be held June 9th at 7:00 pm EDT to discuss the amateur radio
aspects of the CANWARN program. Signup notice has been distributed.

-- VA3PC (from my notes)

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3. CTU and Hamvention Forums 2021 now on YouTube


In case you missed the Contest University 2021 on May 20th, and the Hamvention
Forums on May 21st, they are now available online.

The complete program on Youtube is about 8 hours and 15 minutes long.

-- Southgate news

4. June 2021 Eclipse Festival Seeks Ham Participants


HamSCI is looking for ham radio operators to make recordings of time-standard
stations during the June 2021 annular solar eclipse across the Arctic Circle
as part of a citizen science experiment. Researchers will use the crowd-sourced
data to investigate the superimposed effects of auroral particle precipitation
and the eclipse on HF Doppler shift.

Participants would collect data using an HF radio connected to a computer running
open-source software. A precision frequency standard, such as a GPS-disciplined
oscillator, is desired but not required to participate. Radio amateurs and
shortwave listeners around the globe are invited to take part, even stations
far from the path of totality.

Last year's eclipse festivals included more than 100 participants from 45
countries. The experiment will run June 7 – 12. All participants will receive
QSL certificates and updates as the data is processed. This is a pilot experiment
for HamSCI’s Personal Space Weather Station project, which seeks to develop a
global network monitoring the geospace environment. For more information and
set-up instructions, visit the June 2021 Arctic Eclipse Festival page on the
HamSCI website.
-- ARRL NEWS


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