RAC Bulletin for Sept 17, 2022

RAC Bulletin for Sept 17, 2022

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

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL NEWS

1.   5 MHz allocations in Southern Africa

SARL News reports Namibia, eSwatini, Mozambique and Zimbabwe all have the WRC-15
5 MHz band allocation, while Kenya has 5275-5450 kHz

South Africa has an allocation of 5350 kHz to 5450 kHz and 5290 kHz for WSPR beacons.
Namibia, eSwatini, Mozambique and Zimbabwe have the WRC-15 allocation of 5351.5 kHz to
5366.5 kHz using 15 W EIRP.
Kenya has 5275 kHz to 5450 kHz on a secondary basis.
— SARL

ONTARIO SECTION NEWS
ITEMS OF INTEREST

2.  Amateur Radio Helps Disabled Sailboat to Port

On September 7, 2022, Jeanne (Jan) Socrates, VE0JS/MM, and her sailboat, the SV Nereida,
set sail from Cape Flattery, the northwesternmost point of the contiguous US. She was on her
way to visit friends in San Francisco, but 2 days of 35 knot winds and storms left her sailboat
disabled and her onboard radio equipment marginally operational. Amateur operators in New
Mexico, California, and Canada, and members of Group 7.155 heard her requests for assistance.

Gil Gray, N2GG, was able to contact Socrates on 40 meters. “Her power was extremely low,
and she was unable to communicate on 14.300 MHz to notify the monitoring group on that
frequency,” said Gray. “She needed help with wind and sea conditions, and tidal data for San
Francisco Bay,” he added.

“I wouldn’t call it a rescue,” said Socrates, “just good amateur radio assistance — and I’m grateful
for their help.”

Socrates is 81 years old and the oldest person to have ever sailed around the world unassisted.
Once her sailboat is repaired, she will sail again, not for records, but for the enjoyment of sailing
the high seas.
— arrl news

3. Masonic Lodges on the Air Event to Take Place on September 24

Masonic Lodges on the Air (MLotA), an amateur radio special event, will be on the air Saturday,
September 24, 2022, from locations across the county. The event is open to all amateur radio
operators, and the idea for the event grew out of the realization that many Freemasons also have
a love for amateur radio.
The event will be operating K8BXQ from 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM ET, using SSB only on 80, 40,
20, 15, and 10 meters. Please honor all band plans. All contacts must be in the phone portion of
the bands. Stations may be contacted once on each band.

Bob Holstrom, KD2BKD, said that masons in New York and New Jersey will be setting up special
event call sign W2QX, operating from 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM ET.
More information about Masonic Lodges on the Air can be found at their website, cqmorelight.com.
— arrl news

4. Comoros Islands DXpedition D60AE

The F6KOP Radio Club will be active from Comoros Islands (AF-007) between October 5-17th.
Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY, PSK and FT8.
CW: up 1-5;   RTTY: up 1-10;  SSB: up 5-15;   FT8: Fox/Hound mode
* On 160m, they will listen down for JA and up for others.
* When working FT8, they will use Fox/Hound mode only
QSL via F5GSJ, direct, by the Bureau, LoTW or OQRS.
A Web page is available at: https://comores2022.wordpress.com
— OPDX

This concludes this week’s bulletin.

Bulletin sent from Official Bulletin Manager VA3PC

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