RAC Ontario Sections Bulletin for September 11, 2021
1. Registration now open for the RAC Canada Conference 2021
2. GENESIS Ham Satellites among Payloads Lost in Launch Failure
The GENESIS-L and GENESIS-N ham radio satellites were among several
radio payloads lost following the failure of the Firefly Alpha rocket
during its first
launch on September 2 from the Vandenberg Space Force Base in
California. An anomaly
occurred about 2 minutes into the mission, causing controllers to
destroy the launcher
This was sad news for AMSAT-EA (Spain), as GENESIS-L and GENESIS-N were
satellites they had built themselves.
Also lost in the launch failure were the Serenity, Hiapo, the Cresst
and QUBIK-1 and QUBIK-2 satellites, and Spinnaker-3/Firefly Capsule 1.
designed to use amateur radio frequencies for telemetry and/or
-- full story at arrl news
ONTARIO SECTION NEWS
ITEMS OF INTEREST
3. Special event - Transatlantic Tests of 1921
Mark your calendar. 2021 marks the 100th year anniversary of the
Tests where radio amateurs using the callsign 1BCG were responsible for
successful radio communication across the Atlantic Ocean on 'short waves'.
On December 11, 2021, the American Radio Relay League, The Radio Club of
the Antique Wireless Association will recreate these historic
transmissions on 160 meters
near the same location in Westport, Connecticut, that was used in 1921,
as W1BCG, the callsign of the Shoreline Amateur Radio Club.
This special event is your opportunity to relive a historic moment in
history. The operating schedule and frequency for the 1BCG Transatlantic
Event has not yet been established.
Additional details will be posted when they are available: http://1BCG.org
4. DXCC Most Wanted
The 'DXCC Most Wanted' entities list has been updated on ClubLog as of
The list ranks all 340 DXCC entities.
The following are the top 5:
1. P5 DPRK (North Korea)
2. 3Y/B Bouvet Island
3. FT5/W Crozet Island
4. BS7H Scarborough Reef
5. CE0X San Felix Islands
5. Big sunspots turn toward Earth
Two of the biggest sunspots in years are turning toward Earth. Wide
enough to swallow
planets, the active regions are entering Earth's 'strike-zone', meaning
any flares or
CMEs this week would probably be Earth-directed.
Even if they don't explode, the sunspots are prime targets for amateur
and sunset photographers.
Find out how to safely observe them @ Spaceweather.com (Sept 8th issue)
This concludes this week's bulletin.
Bulletin sent from Official Bulletin Manager
Posted by: Paul Caccamo <va3pc @ rac.ca>