RAC Ontario Sections Bulletin for November 18, 2023

RAC Ontario Sections Bulletin for November 18, 2023

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


1.  Surrey ARC Nov-Dec “The Communicator”, now available

This issue includes:
  The Orca DX and Contest Club
  Fuses and the ‘crowbar’ circuit
  A Yaesu FT-857D off-grid portable kit
  Antenna adventures
  ARDF World Championships—Team Canada




2. New SMS Gateway Revives Text Messaging via APRS

With SMSGTE shutting down services due to increased spam and regulations
requirements, the world of ham radio lost its interface to SMS text messaging
via APRS. Recently, NA7Q has stepped in with an updated solution to
reintroduce the ability for hams to send SMS text messages through APRS.

While the service has yet to be assigned an official name, details on how to get
started may be viewed at http://theconnectdesk.com/SMS/.

— NA7Q      http://theconnectdesk.com/SMS/

Bruce Kelley 192

3.  Alternative to Eliminating “Leap Seconds”

The ITU’s World Radiocommunications Conference opens on November 20th in
Dubai with an ambitious agenda that includes discussion of a US timekeeper’s
proposal to address the planned elimination of “leap seconds” starting in 2035.
Leap seconds were originally implemented to synchronise the Earth’s irregular
rotation with the ultra precise method of atomic timekeeping. It is this form of
timekeeping that is reflected in UTC, the very time standard that radio amateurs,
scientists and many others depend upon worldwide.
An alternate timekeeping method to be discussed in Dubai suggests that “leap minutes”
be used instead, every 50 years or so, as needed, to align clocks more closely with
the variable movement of the Earth. This alternative form of time adjustment is a
concept from Judah Levine of the National Institute of Standards and Technology
in the United States.
It is unclear what kind of reception this new controversial remedy may ultimately
receive by from the International Bureau of Weights and Measures itself. We
will know, of course, in due time.
— Amateur Radio Newsline

4.  Event Celebrates First Transatlantic Amateur Contact

The Swiss Air Force Museum HAM Radio Club will be on the air with callsign
HB8DELOY to celebrate the first transatlantic contact between two hams operators.
On 27 November 1923, at 9.30pm EST, two-way short-wave radio contact took
place for the first time between radio amateurs on either side of the ocean, between
Hartford, Connecticut, USA and Nice, in the south of France.
The special event operation will run through the end of December this year.

— Swiss Air Force Museum HAM Radio Club

This concludes this week’s bulletin.

Bulletin sent from Official Bulletin Manager VA3PC

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