RAC Ontario Sections Bulletin for June 15, 2024

RAC Ontario Sections Bulletin for June 15, 2024

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


1.   Russia withdraws from Worldwide Flora and Fauna

The Russian Flora and Fauna organization has severed ties with World
Wide Flora and Fauna and will no longer participate in its awards program.

The coordinator of the Russian Flora and Fauna awards programme announced
on the RFF website that it is withdrawing from World Wide Flora and Fauna
activities effective immediately. Vitaly, RN3ANT, wrote that the decision was
made with regret because of recent actions by the WWFF Committee,
including the elimination in April of Crimean RRF park references.

Vitaly said in the June 7th posting that award applications that have already
been approved will be completed but new RFF-H applications through
WWFF will not. He said that Russia’s own Flora and Fauna programme will
continue to operate and issue awards.

— Jeremy Boot G4NJH. (Amateur Radio Newsline June 14 edition)


2.  Shortwave Radiogram: Digital Modes that are not Phony.

Shortwave Radiogram program 358 will transmit digital and text images
over shortwave frequencies June 13-19. The program utilizes MFSK modes
transmitted from WRMI in Florida and WINB in Pennsylvania.
The following lineup will be followed:

1:46 MFSK32: Program preview
2:52 MFSK32: More phony than real US newspaper sites
7:38 MFSK64: Low-income New Yorkers rely on cell for internet
11:33 MFSK64: This week’s images
27:54 MFSK32: Closing announcements
See https://swradiogram.net/ for frequencies and times.

— Shortwave Radiogram net blog

3.   Society of Broadcast Engineers: Malware attack

The ARRL is not the only membership organization to have suffered a
malware attack recently. On May 30, the Society of Broadcast Engineers
had its website content and pages removed by malware, according to an
earlier announcement.

On June 5th, an updated article posted on Radioworld.com said that the
malware has since been removed and the SBE’s website is back up and
running. The society assured members that none of their data had been
compromised and they are now running scans to verify that any remnants
from the attack have been eradicated.

The SBE comprises 116 chapters and more than 4,500 members who
work in the broadcast and multimedia technology fields.

— Radioworld.com news

4.  ARRL Systems Service Disruption  (Jun 6 update)

ARRL is working with industry experts, including cyber crime attorneys
and the authorities, who have directed us to be conservative and cautious
with our communications while restoring the ARRL network.
ARRL’s association membership system was not impacted by this attack.
Additionally, the online ARRL Store is operating as normal. ARRL Field
Day merchandise is still available for immediate shipping.
The digital edition of the July 2024 issue of QST will be available as scheduled,
on Friday, June 7. The print edition will go to press on Monday, June 10.
As previously reported, the ARRL Volunteer Examiner Coordinator is
processing Amateur Radio License applications received from Volunteer
Examiners who completed candidate exam sessions. As of June 6, our staff
are processing applications from exams given on May 22.
The publication of most ARRL e-newsletters, including the weekly ARRL Letter,
has resumed with minimal disruption to regular schedules. A new platform for
emailing newsletters has been implemented, leading to some variations in layout.

— arrl website

This concludes this week’s bulletin.

Bulletin sent from Official Bulletin Manager VA3PC

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