RAC Ontario Sections Bulletin for December 25th, 2021

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


Happy Holidays everyone.


NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL NEWS


1.   Observations of Over-the-Horizon Radar Interference in Ham Bands Top All Others

The volume of reports of over-the-horizon (OTH) radar interference from observers
working with the International Amateur Radio Union Region 1 Monitoring
System (IARUMS) dwarfs that of all other interference sources. Nearly 800 OTH
radars were observed during November alone, and the total number of reports for
the year is more than 4,500 although that number likely includes multiple reports
of the same OTH radar systems.
During November 17 – 21, IARUMS reported a “strange, somewhat washed-out
signal” on the order of 7 kHz wide, that “drifted slowly back and forth” in 40
meters and below.
Some IARUMS stalwarts made multiple time-difference-of-arrival (TDoA)
observations that pinned the signal’s source to east-southeast of Toulouse, France,
not far from a French Naval radio station. The signal disappeared on November 21.
Ongoing is the “radio war” between Russia and Ukraine, which IARUMS said has
been “a constant nuisance for years.” The broadcasts are heard on 7050 and 7055
kHz, as well as on other frequencies.
-- full article at arrl news

2.    ARISS Named Amateur Radio Newsline Newsmaker of the Year

“This group, based across 15 countries around the world, has been supporting amateur
radio from the space station and performing school links around the world to astronauts
for over 20 years,” the announcement pointed out. “As well as enthusing youngsters in
the magic of space and radio, they have also generated publicity for amateur radio in
the mainstream media channels of radio, TV, and newspapers.”
More information at http://www.ariss.org/

-- full article at arrl news

ONTARIO SECTION NEWS


ITEMS OF INTEREST


3.   Danish special event station  OZ50Q

Danish Radio Amateurs will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of HM Margrethe II,
the Queen of Denmark's, accession to the throne by activating the special event
station OZ50Q during the whole month of January 2022.
Special award is available (see QRZ.com).
QSL via OZ1ACB, ClubLog's OQRS, eQSL or LoTW.
All QSOs will be confirmed via LoTW and eQSL.
-- OPDX

4.  Australia's QTC ham radio magazine now available on web

The December issue of the Australian amateur radio magazine QTC is now available
for free download.  Among the articles in this issue are:
• Where is the next generation of radio amateurs?
• Getting started in Morse Code
• FT8 & WSPR with a receiving loop antenna
• Protecting our bands
• Antennapalooza
• RASA wins privacy concession from ACMA

Download the QTC PDF from https://vkradioamateurs.org/qtc-e-magazine/

This concludes this week's bulletin.

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