RAC Ontario Sections Bulletin for October 23, 2021

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


1. RAC Auxiliary Communications Service

As part of the transition to the new Auxiliary Communications Service (ACS) program, RAC
Community Services Officer (CSO), Jason Tremblay, VE3JXT, has been following a video
series presented by the Radio Amateur Training Planning and Activities Committee (RATPAC)
on Thursday evenings.

The role of the Auxiliary Communications Service in Canada will be to supplement,
or augment communications for local, provincial or national emergency management groups
and non-government organizations when required.

On Thursday, October 7, Jason joined a group of presenters in the RATPAC series to offer
a look at the differences in emergency management in Canada and the United States, and
to discuss why Radio Amateurs of Canada is developing an Auxiliary Communications program.
You can watch the presentation and also find information about the video series at the
following link:  https://youtu.be/5THEhXVBgUQ?list=PLFXHgn4vQnRkqjg17Ujy-s5bWOYwCdJlm

RAC will also be hosting a coast to coast Zoom session in January 2022 to cover the new
direction in detail. Stay tuned to the RAC website and the pages of The Canadian Amateur
magazine for more information.

-- Jason Tremblay, VE3JXT  RAC Community Services Officer

2. No ham radio for Golden Globe Race 2022

Yachting Monthly magazine reports the use of amateur radio in the Golden Globe Race 2022
has been banned due to unlicensed usage in 2018

Next year, the Golden Globe Race will return, but with some changes.

HAM radio will also be banned, replaced with a 100% waterproof HF SSB radio and weather
fax for receiving weather charts. In 2018, there was controversy when it was revealed
some of the skippers didn’t have amateur radio licences.

This change has caused concerns, with some of the 2018 entrants highlighting difficulties
in picking up Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) frequencies in the
Southern Ocean due to the shrinking of the broadcasting network as more mariners rely
on satellite communication.

The route is also different in the Golden Globe Race 2022, ‘to make it less demanding
on the boats.’

Read the full article at  https://www.yachtingmonthly.com/

-- southgate news



3. New CQ World Wide Youth Category to Debut October 30 – 31

The category covers contesters age 25 years old or younger and applies to
both the phone and CW weekends.

International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Region 2 (the Americas) is one of several
organizations sponsoring plaques for the top young scorers. In Region 2, plaques will
be awarded to the top Youth score in each CQ WW event in North America and South America.

Youth plaques are sponsored by other entities for participants from all continents in
both events.

Unlicensed listeners can log all the stations they hear and compare with other shortwave
listener (SWL) logs. Certificates are available for everyone submitting a contest log.

-- ARRL news

4. The low-down on long-wave: Unlicensed experimental radio

In the 125 years since Marconi made his first radio transmissions, the spectrum has been divvied up
into ranges and bands, most of which are reserved for governments and large telecom companies.
Amidst all of the corporate greed, the 'little guys managed to carve out their own small corner of
the spectrum, with the help of organizations like the American Radio Relay League (ARRL).

Welcome to the wonderful world of (legal!) unlicensed radio experimentation, where anything goes.
Okay, not anything but the possibilities are wide open. There are a few experimental radio bands,
known as LowFER, MedFER, and HiFER where anyone is welcome to play around. And of the three,
LowFER seems the most promising.

LowFER, as the name would suggest, contains the lowest frequency range of the three, falling between
160 kHz and 190 kHz, with a whopping wavelength of around one mile. Also known as the 1750-meter band,
this frequency range is well-suited for long transmission paths through ground wave propagation,
a mode in which the radio signals move across the surface of the earth. This can easily carry even
low-power signals hundreds of miles, and occasionally through some atmospheric black magic, signals
have been known to travel thousands of miles. These ground wave signals also travel well across
bodies of water, especially salt water.

Read the full Hackaday item at:

This concludes this week's bulletin.
Bulletin sent from Official Bulletin Manager VA3PC