RAC Ontario Sections Bulletin for July 24th, 2021


 

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL NEWS


1. Volunteer Amateur Radio operators to the rescue in Belgian floods


Emily Hough writes in the Crisis Response Journal about the 30 radio amateurs
who were deployed in the provinces of Brabant Wallon and Hainaut following
the flooding in Belgium

Early in the morning of July 16, the Police building in Wavre – including its
Tetra communications system and computers – was left completely underwater.
This antenna is critical for the Astrid national Tetra system, which is used by
firefighters, medics, the police, civil protection, the army and crisis
communicators. There were also had several local electrical blackouts in
Liège, Luxembourg and Brabant Wallon.

The ham radio volunteers came into their own. The emergency number 112
dispatch requested their help and about 30 volunteers were deployed in the
provinces of Brabant Wallon and Hainaut. They connected fire stations,
ambulance stations, hospitals (including medical emergency vehicles),
the main command post in Wavre and 112 dispatch in Mons.

-- Read the full article at https://crj.co/Articles/615508/_Volunteer_radio.aspx

ONTARIO SECTION NEWS


2. Canwarn Certificates Now Available.


Participants in the CANWARN training event on May 26th can now download
their certificate from the following webpage using the online form.

You will need to enter the email address that you used to register for the
session in the form so please have that ready.

RAC Certificate Generator   https://www.rac.ca/canwarncert/

-- Jason Tremblay, VE3JXT, RAC Community Services Officer
-- Geoff Coulson, Warning Preparedness Meteorologist

3. 2021 Ontario QSO Party results posted.


Contest Club Ontario is pleased to announce the posting of the results of the
OQP for 2021.  Head on over to http://va3cco.com/oqp/index.htm to see the
final results. We had over 400 enrants this year.
Thanks to all that participated and putting Ontario on the amateur radio map.

Tom, VE3CX - OQP Chair

ITEMS OF INTEREST


4. Mapping directional Medium Wave transmitters in USA-Canada


If you listen for MW/AM radio stations in the the USA or Canada then you will
surely know that many of them broadcast with directional antennas.

There is now a software tool by Bill Scott WE7W that will map the radiation
pattern of all MW transmitters in North America. Radio Data Medium Wave (RDMW)
will do this for daytime, nighttime and even critical hours. And the radiation
pattern is superimposed on Google Maps so you can scroll around the globe and
zoom in to even see the transmitter masts!

Not only that but RDMW will ray trace from the transmitter to your receiver,
calculating the exact path a signal will take and its great circle distance.
You can even see how much signal is being radiated in your direction and
whether you are likely to hear a particular station.

You can download RDMW for a small admin charge from the Circle's website.

Find out more here: https://mwcircle.org/north-american-mw-coverage-maps/

-- medium wave circle

This concludes this week's bulletin.

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