RAC Ontario Sections Bulletin for September 11, 2021


1. Registration now open for the RAC Canada Conference 2021

To register: https://www.rac.ca/rac-canada-2021-conference-presentations/#Register

2. GENESIS Ham Satellites among Payloads Lost in Launch Failure

The GENESIS-L and GENESIS-N ham radio satellites were among several carrying amateur
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
in flight.

This was sad news for AMSAT-EA (Spain), as GENESIS-L and GENESIS-N were the first
satellites they had built themselves.

Also lost in the launch failure were the Serenity, Hiapo, the Cresst Dream Comet,
and QUBIK-1 and QUBIK-2 satellites, and Spinnaker-3/Firefly Capsule 1. All were
designed to use amateur radio frequencies for telemetry and/or communication.

-- full story at arrl news



3. Special event - Transatlantic Tests of 1921

Mark your calendar. 2021 marks the 100th year anniversary of the historic Trans-atlantic
Tests where radio amateurs using the callsign 1BCG were responsible for the first
successful radio communication across the Atlantic Ocean on 'short waves'.

On December 11, 2021, the American Radio Relay League, The Radio Club of America and
the Antique Wireless Association will recreate these historic transmissions on 160 meters
near the same location in Westport, Connecticut, that was used in 1921, and operating
as W1BCG, the callsign of the Shoreline Amateur Radio Club.

This special event is your opportunity to relive a historic moment in amateur radio
history. The operating schedule and frequency for the 1BCG Transatlantic Tests Special
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 September 4th.
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 astronomers
and sunset photographers.
Find out how to safely observe them @ Spaceweather.com (Sept 8th issue)

-- spaceweather.com

This concludes this week's bulletin.

Bulletin sent from Official Bulletin Manager
Posted by: Paul Caccamo <va3pc @ rac.ca>