RAC Ontario Sections Bulletin for July 3rd, 2021

1. RAC Portable Challenge starts July 1st.

The objective of the new “RAC Challenge Award” is to recognize and encourage portable
operations by RAC members from locations throughout Canada.

Every contact you make from July 1 to December 31, 2021 will have a point value:
- Make a minimum of one contact to claim credit for activating that location.
- Each day, you may work the same station once on each band and mode from each location.
- You can work the same station as you move from place to place, or as you move from
 one band and mode to another.
- A list of eligible operations will be provided at: https://www.rac.ca/rac-challenge/

Points are totalled on a monthly basis, and the overall winner will be declared at the
end of the year. In 2022 and beyond the challange starts on Jan 1st for the full year.

-- see the rac website for full details.

2. JARL reports first membership increase in 27 years

The JARL reports that in the year to April 30, 2021, membership increased by 574
reversing 27 years of decline but the number of radio amateurs in Japan fell by 12,000.

A translation of the JARL President's post reads:
As I have already reported in the previous issue of JARL NEWS (Spring 2021), the number
of members of this federation at the end of last fiscal year (May 1 to April 30)
increased by 574 compared to the same period of the previous year. the number of members
has increased year-on-year for the first time in 27 years since 1994. Once again, we
would like to thank all the members concerned and everyone involved for their
cooperation in running the federation.

We will continue to make efforts to manage the organization for the promotion and
development of amateur radio and for the improvement of the satisfaction of our members.
We ask for your continued understanding, support, and cooperation.

Yoshinori Takao JG1KTC, President of Japan Amateur Radio Federation

-- Source JARL https://tinyurl.com/IARU-Japan



3. Interplanetary shock wave sparks midsummer auroras

A minor interplanetary shock wave jolted Earth's magnetic field during the early hours
of June 30th, sparking rare midsummer auroras over Canada and some northern-tier US states.

It might have been the first of two or three minor CMEs that left the sun in late June.
Additional impacts are possible on July 1st and July 3rd

-- Full story @ Spaceweather.com  (July 1st edition)

4. Today in History - Jun 30, 1948

Three scientists from Bell Telephone Labs demonstrate their new invention to replace
the vacuum tube - the transistor. John Bardeen, Walter Brattain and William Schockley
won a Nobel Prize for their work.

-- CBC newsletter

This concludes this week's bulletin.
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