RAC Ontario Sections Bulletin for November 12, 2022

RAC Ontario Sections Bulletin for November 12, 2022

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


1.    IARU Region 2 General Assembly Has Largest Participation Ever

The triennial IARU Region 2 General Assembly concluded on Friday, November 4 after a week of
evening virtual sessions. Meeting virtually enabled many societies to attend in person for the first time.
There were 117 registered delegates from 26 Member Societies plus representatives from IARU
Regions 1 and 3 as well as the IARU President, Vice President and Secretary.
Highlights of the General Assembly included the Member Society reports which underlined the wide
differences in amateur radio circumstances within the region as well as our many common interests in
amateur radio. Region 2 Committee reports provided insight into the many different activities undertaken
by the Region from CITEL and WRC 2023 matters that could impact our spectrum access in addition
to Band Planning, Youth activities, the Monitoring System and ARDF, to name only a few.

The last day of the Assembly began with a presentation from the IARU President, Tim Ellam VE6SH.
President Ellam highlighted some of the challenges to amateur radio in the current telecommunications
environment. He stressed that amateur radio should be alert to challenges and opportunities in spectrum
matters. Regulators are tending toward sharing of spectrum by users and since amateur radio has
approximately 9% of the spectrum from 144 MHz to 275 GHz, amateurs may have to adapt to increased
sharing of spectrum with other users.
A number of bylaw amendments were passed and proposals accepted.
Elections were held for Region 2 Officers and Area Directors. The new executive committee will take
office on December 15, 2022, and serve until shortly after the next General Assembly in 2025.
President: George Gorsline VE3YV
Vice President: Gustavo de Faria Franco PT2ADM
Secretary: Rod Stafford W6ROD
The next General Assembly will take place in 2025 in Ecuador and will be hosted by the
Guayaquil Radio Club.
The Assembly was closed by President Ramón Santoyo XE1KK, who noted that this was his last
Assembly as an Officer or Director after 16 years working within Region 2. His contributions were
acknowledged by many expressions of thanks and well wishes.
— IARU region2 website.


2.   Burlington Amateur Radio Club is celebrating its 50th anniversary.

On November 11, 1972, the Burlington Amateur Radio Club (BARC) held its charter meeting.
The terms of that charter remain in effect to this day.
“The Mission of the Burlington Amateur Radio Club is to use our network of technical
resources for recruiting, training and assisting Amateur Radio Operators as well as
supporting the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) by providing equipment and
skilled operators for emergency communications services when called upon.”
The Club currently has 180 members. One of our founding members was Noel Beattie Eaton,
VE3CJ (1910–1996). Our club continues to use his call sign VE3CJ for special events.
Call sign VC3CJ50 will be used for a Special Event station that will operate from
14:00Z Friday November 11 to 23:00Z Saturday November 12, 2022.
A commemorative Certificate will be sent electronically to those stations contacting our
Special Event station.
— For more information please visit the BARC website at: https://www.barc.ca/


3.  Surrey Amateur Radio Communications “Communicator” (Nov/Dec 2022) is now available

We’re Back With 100+ Pages Of Projects, News, Views and Reviews
Read in over 145 countries now, we bring you Amateur Radio news from the South West corner of
Canada and elsewhere. With less fluff and ads than other Amateur Radio publications, you will find
Amateur Radio related articles, projects, profiles, news, tips and how-to’s for all levels of the hobby.
You can view or download it as a .PDF file from: https://bit.ly/SARC22Nov-Dec

4.  WXWarn software (Updated) released by Scott Davis N3FJP

WXWarn taps into the U.S. National Weather Service real time weather data feed, constantly
monitors NWS weather updates and displays just the alerts that are important to you as they are issued.
If you live close to the US border this software may help with an advanced warning of severe weather.

— see https://wxwarn.affirmatech.com/ for more information.

This concludes this week’s bulletin.

Bulletin sent from Official Bulletin Manager VA3PC

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