RAC Ontario Sections Bulletin for Oct 30, 2021

Official Bulletin Station for Radio Amateurs of Canada, with this week's bulletin


1. Russia-Ukraine “Radio War” Trying Patience of IARU Region 1 Monitoring System

The International Amateur Radio Union Region 1 Monitoring System (IARUMS) reports
that the Russian-Ukrainian “radio war” on and around 7055 kHz continues to be a
major source of frustration.  IARUMS Region 1 Coordinator Peter Jost, HB9CET, said
the on-the-air conflict “has been bothering us to an unbearable extent for a very
long time and is still continuing.”

“In June, they used more frequencies than before, affecting our bands very hard.”
Jost recounted. “It is a great annoyance and a big shame.” Jost has pointed out that
the IARU Monitoring System has little opportunity to stop the on-the-air conflict.

The long-standing conflict has also affected 7050 and 7060 kHz.
-- arrl news



2. Failed Russian satellite crashes back to Earth over the US and Canada

A fireball that blazed a slow trail across the skies above Michigan and other
nearby states and provinces Tuesday night wasn't a meteor but instead a
spacecraft making an unexpected homecoming.
Dozens of photos, videos and eyewitness reports came pouring into the American
Meteor Society from the Great Lakes region and as far south as Tennessee.

Astronomer Jonathan McDowell, a leading observer of satellites and other
orbital spacecraft, was quick to note on Twitter that the sightings corresponded
very closely to "the exact predicted time Kosmos-2551 passed over the region."
Kosmos-2551 was a Russian reconnaissance satellite that launched on Sept. 9 but
didn't make it into orbit.

Source: https://www.cnet.com/news/failed-russian-satellite-crashes-back-to-earth
-- southgate news

3. Significant X-class solar flare spotted on Thursday, Oct 28th.

There was a global eruption on the sun thursday. It started with a powerful
X1-class solar flare from sunspot AR2887.

The blast created a massive tsunami of plasma in the sun's atmosphere, which
rippled across the entire solar disk. A CME is probably heading for Earth,
raising the possibility of a geomagnetic storm on Halloween. More information
and updates @ Spaceweather.com.
-- spaceweather.com  (Oct 28th Edition)

4. Amateurs invited to participate in the Antarctic Eclipse Festival in December

As the shadow of the moon passes across Antarctica on December 4, it will generate
traveling ionospheric disturbances that will, in turn, affect radio propagation.
The unusual geometry of this year’s eclipses will give researchers an opportunity
to investigate complicated ionospheric dynamics over the poles as the long daytime
of polar summer is briefly interrupted by the eclipse.

Radio Amateurs and citizen-scientists are asked to collect Doppler-shift data
from time-standard stations.
All that’s needed is an HF radio connected to a computer. Data collection will run
from December 1 through December 10, and the results will be made available for
scientific analysis.
In 2020 more than 100 individuals from 45 countries took part in eclipse festivals.

For more information on the Antarctic Eclipse Festival and how to participate,
visit the HamSCI website.

For the results of the December 2020 Eclipse Festival please visit:

-- Original news item: courtesy of the American Radio Relay League (ARRL)

This concludes this week's bulletin.

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