RAC Ontario Sections Bulletin for June 19th, 2021


NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL NEWS


1. International Space Station to be in cross-band repeater mode for Field Day


The ARRL reports that the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS)
cross-band repeater will be available for ARRL Field Day, June 26 - 27.
Contacts will count toward Field Day bonus points as satellite contacts and
Field Day contacts.

The ARISS cross-band repeater uplink is 145.990 MHz (67 Hz tone),
with a downlink of 437.800 MHz.

ARISS suggests that those unfamiliar with the ISS repeater may want to practice
with it prior to Field Day. ARISS had planned to switch modes to the Automatic
Packet Reporting System (APRS) during the second week of June, but this won't
happen until after the first ARISS school contact following ARRL Field Day.

The ARISS ham station will be off-air during spacewalks on June 16 and June 20.

-- full article at arrl news

2. Two RAC volunteers nominated for "Top 25 Most Influential Canadian Lawyers"


On behalf of Radio Amateurs of Canada, I am pleased to announce that two longtime
members and dedicated volunteers, Marcel  Mongeon, VA3DDD, and Tim Ellam,
VE6SH, have been nominated for the ‘Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers’ in Canadian
Lawyer magazine’s annual contest.

Marcel  Mongeon, VA3DDD, has served as RAC’s Legal Counsel for over 10 years
and Tim Ellam, VE6SH, served in Executive positions for the Canadian Radio Relay
League and Radio Amateurs of Canada from 1990 to 1999 including as RAC’s Legal
Counsel before volunteering with the International Amateur Radio Union in 2001
and becoming its President in 2009.

An online election will determine who is recognized and I encourage Canadian
Radio Amateurs to vote for Marcel, VA3DDD – who is nominated in the Changemakers
category – and Tim, VE6SH – who is nominated in the
Government/Non-profits/Associations category.”

Anyone can freely enter the survey at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PZVVW9X
Voting closes June 25th.

-- Glenn MacDonnell, VE3XRA, President RAC

ONTARIO SECTION NEWS

ITEMS OF INTEREST


3. The Termination Event


Something big may be about to happen on the sun. “We call it the Termination
Event,” says Scott McIntosh, a solar physicist at the National Center for
Atmospheric Research (NCAR), “and it’s very, very close to happening.”

It’s a relatively new idea in solar physics championed by McIntosh and colleague
Bob Leamon of the University of Maryland. According to the two scientists, vast
bands of magnetism are drifting across the surface of the sun. When oppositely
charged bands collide at the equator, they annihilate or “terminate”. There’s
no explosion; this is magnetism, not anti-matter. Nevertheless, the Termination
Event is a big deal. It can kickstart the next solar cycle into a higher gear.

-- see the full article https://spaceweatherarchive.com June 11th edition.

4. 3Y0J DXpedition to Bouvet Island Cancelled


The Intrepid-DX Group announced last weekend that it has cancelled its long
anticipated 3Y0J DXpedition to Bouvet Island. The DXpedition team had planned
to travel to Bouvet via the RV Braveheart, owned by Nigel Jolly, K6NRJ.
Jolly has told the DXpedition that Braveheart is being sold and he’s cancelled
its contract for the 3Y0J voyage.

The DXpedition has stopped accepting donations and will refund 100% of the
donations. “This process will take several weeks to sort out, so please be patient.”
“We wish to thank our team for putting their trust in us. We wish to thank all of
the donors and sponsors that gave generously to this project. We will continue
to research other ships and possibly find another suitable vessel for a future project.”

A dependency of Norway, Bouvet is a sub-Antarctic island in the South Atlantic.
It is the second-most-wanted DXCC entity, behind North Korea.

-- arrl news

This concludes this week's bulletin.

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