RAC Ontario Sections Bulletin for May 8th, 2021



NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL NEWS


1. The RAC Challenge Award: An Overview


Radio Amateurs of Canada is pleased to present a new Canadian Portable Operations
Challenge Award for RAC members.

The objective of the new award is to recognize and encourage portable operations by
RAC members from locations throughout Canada.
The new program will run from Canada Day, July 1 to Dec 31, 2021 and we hope
it will become an annual event for RAC members.

Rules will be published on the RAC website at https://www.rac.ca/rac-challenge/
Stay safe and play radio.

-- RAC Website

ONTARIO SECTION NEWS


2. Sprint 2021 Canwarn Training Announcement


Radio Amateurs of Canada, the national association for Amateur Radio in Canada,
is pleased to announce that we have now partnered with the Ontario Storm Prediction
Centre Team (OSPC) to provide CANWARN Training this spring.

This will be a one-time session for this season, offered through the Zoom online
meeting platform.
Date: Wednesday, May 26,  Time: 7 pm EDT

To register for the training session please visit the RAC CANWARN webpage at:
https://www.rac.ca/emergency-services/canwarn/

Topics covered in the training session will include the basics of thunderstorm
formation, the types of damage severe thunderstorms can produce and what to look
for in the sky. Winter severe weather will be touched on as well.

The training also provides ways that storm reports can be provided to the OSPC
and a number of safety tips to keep storm spotters safe.

-- RAC Website

3. Ontario Qso Party.


Thanks to the more than 400 entrants who sent in logs for the OQP. Its our best
showing ever, and there is still a couple of weeks to submit entries for those
who were operating casually. You never know if you are in one of the rare counties
that might get you awarded a high score certificate.

Entries are being accepted until May 18th. see http://www.va3cco.com/oqp/index.htm
for details.

-- VA3PC, CCO Communications Director.

ITEMS OF INTEREST


4. Metrolinx adding Morse Code overlay to tranparent barriers.


Millions of birds in Canada are dying every year thanks to the city's masses
of clear glass, and Metrolinx is trying not to add to that distressing death
toll by using Morse code.

Metrolinx is installing panels with bird-friendly Morse code patterns.

Those dots and dashes will help birds perceive the solid panels, while harkening
back to Canada's telepgraph system, which allowed railway companies to control
trains starting in the 1850s.
The Morse code on the glass will also spell out the names of areas that Metrolinx
serves as an extra fun touch.

According to the agency, it'll be a few years until we see protective barriers
installed at 90 bridges across the regions that GO serves.

-- BLOG.TO social media site.

This concludes this week's bulletin.
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Posted by: Paul Caccamo <va3pc @ rac.ca>