RAC Ontario Sections Bulletin for Jul 06, 2024

RAC Ontario Sections Bulletin for Jul 06, 2024

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


1. RAC Grants and Scholarships Available!

The RAC Foundation is now accepting Scholastic Grant applications from
eligible Amateurs for the 2024-2025 school year. The application deadline
is October 31.

Eligible candidates must be in full-time attendance at an educational
institution such as a university or community college. Candidates must be
a certified Canadian amateur at time of the grant application

Scholastic grants will have a maximum value of $1,000. Decisions on grant
eligibility and size will be at the sole discretion of the RAC Directors
or their designees.

Grant applications should be submitted to the RAC Foundation for
processing and recommendation by October 31.

For more information please see the RAC Scholarship and Grant Program
on the RAC website

Al Eros, VE4ZB – RAC Scholarship and Grants Coordinator – [email protected]


Hurricane Beryl hit the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico after causing severe
damage to the Windward Islands in the Atlantic, Jamaica and the Cayman
Islands. Within the next couple of days, high winds and heavy rain are
expected for south Texas as the storm is expected to turn to the northwest.

Bobby Graves, KB5HAV, net manager for the Hurricane Watch Net, reported
that the net was activated for each of the storm’s predicted landfalls, collecting
reports from the affected areas for the National Hurricane Center in Florida.
Carlos González, CO2JC, IARU Region 2 Emergency Coordinator, reported
from Cuba that communication was maintained through WhatsApp and
amateur radio frequencies for countries in or near the affected areas.

From the very beginning, Beryl was making history. Early in its rampage on
Monday night, Beryl became the season’s earliest Category 5 storm, with
165 mph winds, the strongest July Hurricane on record.

— Randy Sly W4XJ for amateur radio newsline


Europe’s biggest Ham gathering welcomed around 13,000 paying attendees
from all over the world.  Three of the 13 Zeppelin-size halls held traders,
exhibitors and flea markets. In the conference centre presentation streams
ran and private IARU meetings with national societies took place.

ICOM, Yaesu and JVC-Kenwood were there and Flex and Elecraft had joint
stands with their European distributors. There were no new radios announced
at the show but from talking to these companies, it seems that the parts
shortages that they and smaller companies have faced, is now becoming a
thing of the past.

For those living in Germany a new feature was a job market with representation
from several hi-tech companies hoping to find skilled people.

— Ed Durrant DD5LP (Amateur Radio Newsline)



4.  ARRL Logbook of The World Returns to Service

ARRL Logbook of The World® (LoTW®) returned to service July 1, 2024.
It had been offline as part of a systems service disruption.

As work progressed on the network, some users encountered LoTW opening
briefly during which some 6600 logs were uploaded. The logs were not
processed until this weekend as we tested that the interfaces to LoTW were
functioning properly.

We are taking steps to help manage what will likely be a huge influx of logs.
We are requesting that if you have large uploads, perhaps from contests or
from a DXpedition, please wait a week or two before uploading to give LoTW
a chance to catch up. We have also implemented a process to reject logs with
excessive duplicates. Please do not upload your entire log to “ensure” your
contacts are in LoTW as they will be rejected.

Lastly, please do not call ARRL Headquarters to report issues you are having
with LoTW. You can contact support at [email protected].

We know the importance of LoTW to our members, and to the tens of thousands
of LoTW users who are not ARRL members. LoTW, just behind QST, is our second
most popular ARRL benefit.

— full article on arrl website.

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

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