RAC Ontario Sections Bulletin for September 9, 2023

RAC Ontario Sections Bulletin for September 9, 2023

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


1. Call for Nominations of Regional Directors for the regions of Quebec,
Alberta/NWT/NU, and Ontario South (postal codes L, M and N).

The deadline for all original nominations and supporting documentation, including a
biographical sketch, must be received by the RAC Secretary at RAC head office by 12 noon
on Tuesday, October 2, 2023.

If required, an election for these positions will be held in October 2023 to take office on
January 1, 2024 for a two-year term.

— For full details see the RAC website.

2.  Climate change is affecting telecommunications infrastructure.

As Atlantic Canada gears up for another hurricane season after a year of unprecedented
disasters linked to climate change, iincluding post-tropical storm Fiona last September,
amateur radio operators say a simple technology can play a part in the response to disasters
across the region.
When Fiona hit Nova Scotia, it affected electrical grids and telecommunications networks,
leaving some people unable to call for help. That experience in particular prompted a renewed
interest in amateur radio which allows non-professional users to send messages without requiring
the internet or cell phone networks.

— Full article on RAC website (including a link to the CBC sory)


3.  HAMILTON ARC Hamfest

Date        : Saturday, September 30, 2023
Location    : Ancaster Agricultural Fairgounds, 630 Trinity Road, Ancaster, ON
Talk in        : Simplex 146.52 MHz, VE3NCF 146.760- Tone 131.8 hz
Times        : 7:30 am for vendors, 9:00 am for the general public.
Cost        : $5.00 each
Talk-in frequency: Simplex near event: 146.52MHz or VE3NCF 146.760 MHz
Description    : Hamilton ARC hamfest with ham radio/electronics retailers in attendance.
          Note: There will be no tailgating.
Email        : [email protected]
Webpage    : https://hamiltonarc.com/Ancaster/index.html
— RAC events page


4.  Long wave radio fans mourn fading frequencies (UK)

As he turned the dial gently but purposefully, the sound of people speaking in foreign languages
and the lilt of unfamiliar music burst through a haze of crackle and buzz. Back then, in the late
1970s, there were dozens of long wave stations broadcasting. Now, only a handful are left.
Among them are those in Denmark and Iceland – but they are due to shut by the end of 2023
and during 2024, respectively.
The BBC still broadcasts Radio 4 on long wave as well as on digital radio, FM, and online.
However, separate scheduling of BBC radio programmes on long wave will end in March next
year – for example Test Match Special will not be available on long wave. The long-term future
of the BBC’s long wave output is far from certain.

— Read more – BBC: https://www.bbc.com/news/business-66644709

This concludes this week’s bulletin.

Bulletin sent from Official Bulletin Manager VA3PC

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