RAC Ontario Sections Bulletin for March 09, 2024

RAC Ontario Sections Bulletin for March 09, 2024

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


1.    Visiting Hams Get Expanded Priviledges Under New License System

Visitors from a list of countries no longer need to make a separate application
for a licence; they need only append VK slash before their home callsign,
and the permission lasts up to 365 days.

The Australian Media and Communications Authority has posted a list of
countries with currently recognised foreign licence equivalents who may operate
under Australian licence rules. The ACMA makes it clear, however, that hams
seeking to relocate to Australia will still need to apply for a licence in VK and
receive a new VK home call.
— details: https://www.acma.gov.au/overseas-amateurs-visiting-australia

— Amateur Radio Newsline Friday Mar 8th Edition


2. Ontario QSO Party coming up April 20 and 21, 2024

This will be the 27th Ontario QSO Party. We share the weekend with Michigan
and Quebec so turn on your HF radios and join in the fun. There will be some
rule changes this year, and the website will be updated shortly.
The OQP counts for the QSO Party Challenge Contest.
— see:    http://www.va3cco.com/oqp   for details

3.  W8EDU in Cleveland, Ohio is excited to invite Amateurs to participate in
     the CHU Eclipse Data Collection Project!

Our goal is to study how the eclipse affects radio wave propagation, helping us
understand the ionosphere’s recombination time. To achieve this, we need your
help recording Canada’s time standard station CHU for two weeks surrounding
the April 8th eclipse. Anyone with a KiwiSDR or a rig capable of interfacing with
analysis/recording software like Fldigi is encouraged to join the effort!
This project has already garnered enthusiastic support from various communities,
including the ARRL, the RAC, and the Ham Radio Citizen Science Investigation.
To join us and contribute valuable data, simply visit our website and follow the
instructions to set up your station and notify us about your participation.
see:   https://w8edu.wordpress.com/chu-eclipse-data-collection/
Please reach out to [email protected] if you have any questions or comments.
— Case Western Reserve University  (full article on arrl.org news)

4.  Scientists use whey protein sponges to extract gold from computer parts.

Scientists have discovered a food byproduct, whey protein, is capable of recovering
gold from electronic waste, making the recycling process substantially more
efficient than it once was. With this byproduct, the energy cost of the entire
recycling process can be 50 times lower than the value of the gold extracted from
electronic components. The team found they could extract around 450mg of gold
from 20 motherboards using this method.

E-waste is quickly becoming one of the biggest untapped money-making industries
in the world. Right now, e-waste startups are making $85,000 per day from recycling
gold and copper from electronic waste. As this industry ramps up over the next few
decades, recyclers will want more efficient ways to process electronic waste.
This sponge technology provides them with just that.

— By Aaron Klotz (Tom’s Hardware.com – 31Jan2024 edition)

This concludes this week’s bulletin.

Bulletin sent from Official Bulletin Manager VA3PC

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