RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for November 21, 2009

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for November 21, 2009

This is The Ontario Phone Net Blog, Official Bulletin Station for Radio Amateurs of Canada, with this week’s bulletin

NATIONAL NEWS

1. Beware Phony RAC E-mails

Several users of the rac.ca e-mail alias system have received e-mails purporting to be from RAC, claiming that maintenance was to be performed on the e-mail system, and that certain information was to be sent by reply to the e-mail message. This message was NOT originated by anyone at RAC. RAC does not ask for such information as usernames and passwords in an e-mail. It can safely be ignored. E-mails relating to the rac.ca e-mail alias system would come from alias-help (at) aliases.rac.ca, vptas (at) rac.ca, or other identifiable RAC e-mail address. — RAC Bulletin Service

ONTARIO SECTION NEWS

2. Laurentian Net Sunday Time Change

Effective November 1st, the Sunday evening Laurentian Net begins at 6:40 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The Ontario Swap Shop follows at 7:00 p.m. This earlier time will continue until band conditions improve. This change does not affect the rest of the week. For Monday through Saturday the Laurentian net will start at its usual time of 6:45 p.m. — Shawn Gartley, VE3PSV, Net Manager

ITEMS OF INTEREST

3. WRTC Teams Announced

44 teams, representing six continents, have been selected for the 2010 World Radiosport Team Championships. The contest will take place about 35 kilometres south of Moscow, during the IARU HF World Championships, July 10-11, 2010. It will be held outdoors, “Field Day-style,” with competitors located in clusters in a total area encompassing about 40×30 kilometers. Eastern Canada will be represented by Yuri Onipko, VE3DZ, and Yury Romanov, VE3XB, and Western Canada by Lee Sawkins, VE7CC, and Dale Green, VE7SV. — ARRL Web

4. Happy Birthday AO-7

Amateur satellite AMSAT-OSCAR 7 was launched on November 15, 1974, and is still operational after 35 years. If you have a receiver with CW/SSB capability on 2 metres, during a pass you can hear AO-7 activity between 145.940 and 145.960 MHz. For information visit http://www.planetemily.com/ao7 — AMSAT News Service

5. Xlog for the Visually Impaired

Damian, SP9QLO, reports that Xlog is a ham-radio logging program which is accessible to visually-impaired hams. It is free, controls many modern transceivers, and can be configured to work with Logbook of the World. Xlog runs on Linux, and particularly Vinux, which has been customized for visually-impaired users. For Xlog information visit http://www.nongnu.org/xlog, and for Vinux information visit http://www.vinux.org.uk. — Handi-Ham

News Bulletin sent from Official Bulletin Manager Brad Rodriguez, VE3RHJ.

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