RAC Ontario Sections Bulletin for October 15, 2022

RAC Ontario Sections Bulletin for October 15, 2022

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


1.  RAC Affiliated Club Insurance Program for 2023 applications due soon

The RAC Affiliated Club Insurance Program is an extra-cost service made available to RAC Affiliated
clubs. It provides comprehensive liability coverage to protect against liability claims arising from accidents
or damage incurred during normal club activities. Liability coverage is often requested by external groups
such as businesses, libraries or municipalities as a prerequisite for the organization of (or participation in)
public events held in areas administered by other groups.

The RAC Insurance Program operates on a not-for-profit, cost-recovery basis. Fees collected cover the
costs of the insurance provided by the insurer; administrative costs associated with the program are
absorbed by RAC and are paid for by RAC members’ membership fees.

For full details, see the RAC website under programs.


2. New Transponder Bandplan for QO-100 geostationary amateur satellite announced.

Among other changes, AMSAT has allocated a new ‘broadcast’ spot frequency which is intended for the
news services of amateur radio organizations.
The RSGB’s news service GB2RS has been transmitted via QO-100 for some time and has already
clocked-up 70 broadcasts, with an audience within the footprint of the satellite which covers almost half
of the world’s surface.
Following the announcement, GB2RS will be moving to the new broadcast frequency of 10489.855MHz
immediately. The transmission is at 0800UTC every Sunday.
— RSGB news

3. Ramada Inn in Xenia, OH is closing

Dayton Hamvention® has announced that the Ramada Inn in Xenia, Ohio, is closing.
The Dayton Daily News is reporting that the city of Xenia will take full possession of the Ramada Inn
on November 1, 2022. The land will be incorporated into the Xenia Towne Square revitalization project.
Hamvention, the largest annual ham radio convention in the US, will be held May 19 – 21, 2023, at the
Greene County Fairgrounds and Expo Center in Xenia. A list of other accommodations can be found on
the Hamvention website at https://hamvention.org/travel-parking/accommodation/.
— arrl news

4. The K7RA Solar Update

Sunspot numbers and solar flux increased this week (September 29 through October 5), as expected with
the solar cycle progressing toward a probable peak in summer 2025.
Average daily sunspot number increased from 105.1 to 111.4, and average daily 10.7 cm solar flux
from 138.4 to 149.2. Compare this to a year ago, when average daily sunspot number was just 59.4 and
solar flux was 89.8.
Last week there were two new sunspot groups on September 30, one more on October 1, three on
October 3, and one more on Thursday, October 6.
There has been noticing improved 10 meter propagation with openings lasting all day, now that the
autumnal equinox passed two weeks ago and with higher sunspot numbers.
— full article at arrl news

This concludes this week’s bulletin.

Bulletin sent from Official Bulletin Manager VA3PC

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