RAC Ontario Sections Bulletin for January 1, 2022


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


Happy New Years' everyone.


NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL NEWS


1.   Hurricane Watch Net Recorded 300 On-Air Hours in 2021

Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) Manager Bobby Graves, KB5HAV, says 2021 was the third
most-active hurricane season on record in terms of named storms, and was the sixth
consecutive above-normal season. “For the year, we had 21 named storms, seven of
which became hurricanes, and four of those became major hurricanes — Category 3
or stronger.” Graves noted that 2021 marked the first year on record that two consecutive
hurricane seasons exhausted the list of 21 storm names.
In 2021, the HWN activated for five hurricanes — Elsa, Grace, Henri, Ida, and Larry. The
HWN did not activate for Nicholas, another hurricane that made landfall. “Nicholas was
a storm that was never expected to become a hurricane,” Graves explained. “However,
at 0300 UTC on Monday, September 13, when Nicholas was just 22 miles away from land,
the National Hurricane Center (NHC) upgraded the storm to a Category 1 hurricane."
The HWN typically activates on 14.325 MHz by day and 7.268 MHz after nightfall,
whenever a hurricane is within 300 statute miles of a populated landmass or at the request
of the NHC or the Canadian Hurricane Centre.
-- full article at arrl news

ONTARIO SECTION NEWS


2.   ONTARS Net 50th Birthday celebration Jan 8th on 3755kHz

Join us on Saturday January 8th from 7a.m. to 6 p.m. to wish us a
happy 50th birthday.  New controllers every half hour.
-- for more info see:  https://www.ontars.com

ITEMS OF INTEREST


3.   Amateur Radio Club bands together during pandemic

The Barrie Amateur Radio Club has been one of the few activities that has thrived during
the now two-year COVID crisis.
Formed in the 1960s, its current band of roughly 60 like-minded members are armed with
dependable radio technology that has been in use for over a hundred years. And they
use the equipment not just for the social aspect, but also to fulfil a need if called upon
when disaster strikes.
Part of the club’s mission statement is to “maintain radio systems suitable for providing
communications for the benefit of the community and, when requested, to assist civil authorities.”
But for most days, the main activity of the group is to just have fun.

-- Read the full article (with photos) at:
https://www.orilliamatters.com/local-news/amateur-radio-club-bands-together-during-pandemic-6-photos-4890287

4.  Radio amateurs plan WiFi for disaster areas

The German radio amateurs who have joined forces in the non-profit German Amateur
Radio Club (DARC) have developed a new emergency radio concept.
According to its own information, the Emergency and Disaster Radio Department at DARC
has been analyzing for a long time how the requirements for emergency radio have
changed as a result of technical change. The association has now presented a completely
new concept in which external helpers from aid organizations, politics, business and
the armed forces have contributed.
In the future, German radio amateurs in disaster areas will no longer just record and forward
messages as before, but rather set up high-performance WiFi networks that allow those
affected to access the Internet and send messages and retrieve information themselves
via smartphone or notebook.

-- Source: https://marketresearchtelecast.com/radio-amateurs-plan-wifi-for-disaster-areas/233625/

This concludes this week's bulletin.
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