Official Bulletin, RAC Ontario Section

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for January 8, 2011

NATIONAL NEWS

1. Nova Scotia Special Prefixes

From February 1 through February 28, Nova Scotia amateurs are authorized to use prefix CJ1 for VA1, and CK1 for VE1. This is to commemorate the 2011 Canada Games in Nova Scotia.

— RAC Special Events Database

ONTARIO SECTION NEWS

ITEMS OF INTEREST

2. Lockport, NY Hamfest

The Lockport Amateur Radio Association will hold its 50th annual hamfest on Saturday, January 29, at the South Lockport Fire Hall, Route 78 and Ruhlman Rd. in Lockport NY, about 33 km east of Niagara Falls. For more information visit http://www.lara.hamgate.net

— Ontario Swap Shop

3. 2010 Yasme Awards Announced

The Yasme Excellence Awards are given to individuals who through their own service, creativity, effort and dedication, have made a significant contribution to Amateur Radio. Among this year’s winners is Alex Shovkoplyas, VE3NEA, who developed DX Atlas, Morse Runner, Ham-CAP, CW Skimmer, Rocky and other innovative software. For more information visit tinyurl.com/yasme-2010

— ARRL Web

4. Sunspot Forecast Reduced

The good news is that there were more sunspots observed in 2010. The bad news is that experts continue to reduce their predictions for the next solar cycle.

The latest forecast is for a peak average of 64 sunspots, now expected in July of 2013. Three years ago those scientists predicted a peak in the range of 130-140 sunspots. This means fewer and weaker band openings on 15 and 10 metres.

— Radio-Sport.net

5. CW Ringtones for your cell phone

Tom Hart, AD1B, has made “CQ” and “QRZ” ringtones for cell phones. Download the free MP3 files at tinyurl.com/cw-ringtones

— ARRL Web

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Bulletin sent from Official Bulletin Manager Brad Rodriguez, VE3RHJ.

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