RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for August 14, 2010

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for August 14, 2010


1. Grounding for Lightning Protection

Radio World has a series of three “Tech Tips” on how to ground
commercial radio station antennas for lightning protection.  Much of
that information is also relevant to amateur stations.  See the
articles at tinyurl.com/grounding-1, tinyurl.com/grounding-2, and

— ARRL Contest Update

2. Wind Loading Calculations

Contesting.com’s Wiki has a handy reference for antenna wind loading
calculations.  You can see it at tinyurl.com/2elnzko (Two Echo Lima
November Zulu Kilo Oscar).

— ARRL Contest Update

3. RFI from LED lamps

Many hams have discovered that CFL (Compact Fluorescent Lamps) emit
radio frequency interference.  Some have hoped that LED lighting will
solve the problem.  But New Zealand’s Radio Spectrum Management
department reports that LED bulbs can produce RFI, too.  The problem
is that the current regulators in LED bulbs use switching circuits
similar to CFLs.  So check those LEDs for interference before you
install them.

— Southgate ARC News

4. ARRL Contest Corral

The ARRL’s “Contest Corral” is the list of upcoming contests that is
published in QST Magazine.  This list includes all ARRL-sponsored
contests and most other major ham radio contests. Visit
www.arrl.org/contest-calendar and click the link for “Contest Corral” for the monthly listings.

— ARRL Web

Bulletin sent from Official Bulletin Manager Brad Rodriguez, VE3RHJ.

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2 Responses to “RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for August 14, 2010”

  1. Paul McLane Says:

    Hi, thanks very much for the link to Radio World’s series about grounding by Cris Alexander. Just a PS to point out that the “Radioworld” banner seen in the photo you posted appears to be that of the amateur/ham supplier that has a similar name to ours. We’re not related. Thought you might want to know, for complete journalistic accuracy!

    Paul McLane
    Editor in Chief/U.S.
    Radio World
    The News Source for Radio Managers & Engineers

  2. ontariophonenet Says:

    The posting has been corrected showing the correct Banner and including a link (click on the banner) to your website…

    Sorry about that but many thanks for correcting me…

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