RAC Ontario Sections Bulletin for Dec 16, 2023

RAC Ontario Sections Bulletin for Dec 16, 2023

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


1.  YOTA Camp 2024 | Halifax | July 7-12, 2024

Radio Amateurs of Canada is pleased to announce that the Youth On The Air (YOTA)
Camp will once again be held in Canada. After the success of the YOTA Camp in
Ottawa in July 2023, Radio Amateurs of Canada has teamed up with Youth On The Air
Americas to bring YOTA back to Canada.

YOTA Camp 2024 will be held at the Mount Saint Vincent University campus in Halifax,
from July 7 to July 12. Modelled after the successful Youngsters On The Air program in
Region 1 of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU), this will be the fourth YOTA
Camp in the Americas with past camps being held in Cincinnati, OH, USA
(2021 and 2022) and Ottawa, Canada (2023).

YOTA Camp is open to Amateur Radio operators between the ages of 15 and 25.
A total of 50 campers will be accepted to this year’s program, an increase from last year.

For complete details about the camp and/or to sign up for updates by email, please visit
the camp webpage provided below or contact [email protected].

— Youth On The Air – YouthOnTheAir.org

2. WRC-23  Update December 8, 2023

After much discussion, agreement has been reached on the important topic of interference
by Amateurs to the Radio Navigation Satellite Service (RNSS) in the 23 cm band.

The final outcome introduces a new footnote in the Radio Regulations regarding Amateur
and Amateur Satellite Service operation in the 1240-1300 MHz range. This footnote
recognizes that receipt of a report of harmful interference caused by a station of the
Amateur or Amateur-Satellite Services, should be the trigger for Administrations to
invoke the guidance in the most recent version of M.2164.

— For all updates, see the rac webpage at the following URL



3.    ARDC and ARRL Announce $2.1 Million in combined funding

    for the Next Generation of Amateur Radio
Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC) and The ARRL Foundation announced a
three-year commitment with over $2.1 million in combined funding to support scholarships
for radio amateurs, radio technology for classroom teachers, and amateur radio club grants.
This commitment reinforces a strong shared vision between ARRL and ARDC to invest in
the future of amateur radio through programs supporting the next generation of radio amateurs.
The renewed commitment will result in over 200 total scholarships, awarded over the next
three years, for radio amateurs pursuing higher education, with scholarships ranging from
$5,000 to $25,000.
Additional funding from ARDC will extend the effectiveness of ARRL outreach programs
to teachers and schools, including the ARRL Teachers Institute for Wireless Technology.
Monies will be used to purchase equipment to allow students to get hands-on STEM
experiences through radio communications and radio technology.
— full details on arrl website

4.   2024 ARRL National Convention to be at Hamvention

ARRL and Hamvention® have announced that Hamvention will host the 2024 ARRL
National Convention, May 17, 18, and 19 at the Greene County Fairgrounds in Xenia, Ohio.
Hamvention is the world’s largest annual gathering of radio amateurs and has been sponsored
by the Dayton Amateur Radio Association (DARA) since 1952.

The Hamvention 2024 theme, is ‘Expanding our Community’.

The nomination period is open to submit nominations for 2024 Hamvention Awards, including
the Amateur of the Year, Technical Achievement, Special Achievement, and Club of the Year
awards. More information can found on the Hamvention website, and nominations will close
on February 15, 2024.

Once finalized, the ARRL National Convention program will be published at www.arrl.org/expo.

Hamvention urged “everyone to purchase their tickets and make their room reservations early
to avoid the rush.” Visit the Hamvention website for more information and to order tickets at

— arrl news

This concludes this week’s bulletin.

Bulletin sent from Official Bulletin Manager VA3PC

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