RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for December 19, 2009

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for December 19, 2009

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

NATIONAL NEWS

1. VE3CT Appointed to Canadian Amateur Radio Hall of Fame

The Board of Trustees of the Canadian Amateur Radio Hall of Fame has
appointed Croft Taylor VE3CT of Kanata, Ontario, to the Hall of Fame
for 2009.  Croft will receive his award at a presentation to be held
in Ottawa later in the spring at which time a summary of his
contributions will be published.

Details will also be included in the RAC website.  Appointments to
the Hall of Fame are made to recognize a radio amateur for
outstanding achievement for sustained service to amateur radio in
Canada or amateur radio at large.

— RAC Bulletin Service

ONTARIO SECTION NEWS

2. IRLP Network Operational Change

Starting Sunday January 3, 2010. the weekly Ontario ARES IRLP network
will be conducted on the new Ontario Public Service reflector #9035,
located in Haliburton County and now serving the needs of emergency
communications providers such as the Ontario ARES, Canwarn and many
other public service partners throughout the province. Please
continue “to serve and communicate” on our new home reflector.

— ARES Ontario web page

ITEMS OF INTEREST

3. No More “West” Crystals

As of December 11th, West Crystal Company of Kelowna, BC is no longer
manufacturing custom crystals for radio equipment.  Canadian amatuers
will now need to order crystals from the U.S.

— via Paul Caccamo, VA3PC, OBS

4. First Chinese Hamsat Now in Space

On December 15, China launched its first Amateur Radio satellite,
XW-1, into space. The satellite’s communications payload includes a
beacon and three crossband transponders operating in FM, SSB/CW and
digital modes.

In the first few days, the XW-1 team will work on the satellite’s FM
and store-forward transponder mode and its linear transponder mode.
Once those tests are complete, they will upload a new flight program
to set up the payload schedule.

Uplink and downlink frequencies can be found on the AMSAT web site,
at tinyurl.com/ylj9z5j (Yankee Lima Juliet Nine Zulu Five Juliet).

— ARRL Bulletin Service

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Bulletin sent from Official Bulletin Manager Brad Rodriguez, VE3RHJ.
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