Archive for March, 2011

VE3HMS Report: ISS-CHS Contact

March 30, 2011

Signals were excellent at my location in South River. When the ISS was directly overhead, I had the ISS at S-9 and full quieting.
Hearing only the downlink on 145.800 MHz, I could hear NA1SS answer the students questions. This was a very successful contact by the students with the space station. Our thanks to all involved.
Ian VE3HMS

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Space Station over Ottawa Wed 30 March 2011

March 29, 2011

The International Space Station will pass over Ottawa tomorrow Wed 30 March. It will roar over at an altitude of 300 km and at a speed of 30,000 km/hr. We have authority from NASA to talk with the astronauts on board the space station. The contact will be made from Canterbury High School in Ottawa around 11:00 am local time. The radios from been set up in the school’s theatre and both the directional and vertical antennas are now on the roof. The coaxes have been run and the computers have been programmed. All is ready to go.
We will start calling the space station, NA1SS, at AOS 1456Z (over Winnipeg) and allow the students to ask questions till LOS 1506Z (over Halifax). This will be done during the school assembly.
If you have a VHF receiver you can listen in on the ISS downlink 145.800 MHz FM. There is a Doppler shift of +/- 300 kHz during the orbital passage at the beginning and end of the contact which you may experience. That is normal.
We only have one chance at this. Once the ISS is gone over the horizon, it’s gone.
So wish us luck! There should be media coverage on local newscasts Wednesday night if all goes well.
Steve Regan VA3MGY

Official Bulletin, RAC Ontario Section

March 26, 2011

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for March 26, 2011

NATIONAL NEWS

1. Tsunami and the Pacific Coast of the Americas

After the Tsunami which originated by the Japan Earthquake on Friday, March 11, 2011, several American countries began to issue warnings to their populations located near the Pacific Coast. A report of the amateur radio response can be found on the RAC Blog, http://blog.rac.ca

— RAC Bulletin Service

ONTARIO SECTION NEWS

2. New EC for Peterborough

William Carew,VE3MEW has become the new EC for the Peterborough City and County Region in the Severn District. Bill has recently completed the RAC CEC examination and is an active member of the Peterborough ARC. Two new Assitant EC’s, VE3BLM and VE3IQZ, will assist Bill with Municipal planning and coordination in this newly appointed role.

— Bob Gammon, VA3RX, Ontario SEC

3. CANWARN Training, April 12-13

The 2011 schedule of CANWARN training will begin with the following locations:

Sarnia, April 12th, 7 PM, at the Kinsmen Centre, Oakroom Room, 656 Lakeshore Road.

London, April 13th, 7 PM, at the 4 Points Sheraton Hotel, 1150 Wellington Road.

If you are planning to attend a CANWARN training session, please send an email to Geoff.Coulson (at) ec.gc.ca, so that he can plan each session accordingly. The unofficial list of 2011 sessions can be seen at http://www.oscarc.com/?p=814.

— Environment Canada, and Ontario Science Centre ARC

ITEMS OF INTEREST

4. ARISSat-1 active on April 12

ARISSat-1, still inside the International Space Station, will be activated using an external antenna on April 12, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s first manned space flight. AMSAT will support this event and issue certificates to those stations reporting reception of the ARISSat-1 signals. For more information on Yuri’s Night visit http://www.yurisnight.net; for more about ARISSat-1 visit http://www.arissat1.org.

— AMSAT News

5. Ontario QSO Party April 16-17

The Ontario QSO Party will be held from 1800Z April 16 to 0500Z April 17, and 1200Z to 1800Z April 17. Stations outside Ontario make as many contacts with Ontario stations as possible. Ontario stations contact as many stations as possible both in Ontario and world-wide. Each Ontario county is a multiplier. For more information visit
http://www.va3cco.com/oqp

— Contest Club Ontario

6. WWV Survey

The U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology, Time and Frequency Division, is conducting an online survey to learn more about its users. Their services include WWV, WWVH, WWVB, and the Internet Time Service. Canadians are welcome to complete the survey, which you will find at http://www.tf.nist.gov/survey

— ARRL Web

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Official Bulletin, RAC Ontario Section

March 19, 2011

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for March 19, 2011

NATIONAL NEWS

1. Ontario South Director’s Election

Two nominations have been received and are in order for the position of RAC Ontario South Director, to complete the 2010-2011 term: Jeffrey Stewart, VA3WXM, and Nelson D.H. Jenking, VA3NDJ. The election will be conducted by mail. Ballots will be mailed to the applicable postal codes from the RAC Office in the near future.

— RAC Bulletin Service

2. HF World Championship Results

The results of the 2010 IARU HF World Championship are availlable at http://www.iaru.org/contest.html. Thanks to Dave Sumner, K1ZZ for the information.

— Daniel Lamoureux, VE2KA, RAC VP International Affairs

ONTARIO SECTION NEWS

3. Sudbury ARES Activity

Alan, VA3AJV, Sudbury’s new EC, reports that Sudbury’s IRLP repeater is back on line. Thanks to VE3’s BEK, MND, KBU, HZQ, WVA, AJB for their many hours spent installing a replacement machine, and to VA3RQ for his insight and assistance.

Alan was also invited to give a presentation about ARES to the Greater Sudbury Emergency Management Advisory Panel. It was a great opportunity to educate community leaders about ARES, and generated more interest about emergency communications.

— Stiig Larsen, VE3LBX, DEC Killarney District

ITEMS OF INTEREST

4. ISS offers APRS Support for Japan

Following the earthquake in Japan, the International Space Station Amateur Radio Station Digipeater has been operational on 145.825 MHz to handle APRS traffic in the disaster area. A widespread power outage has disabled many land-based APRS nodes in northeast Japan.

The ISS is coming over Japan about six times a day. Bob Bruninga, WB4APR hopes that “stations NOT in the disaster area monitor the ISS downlink for emergency traffic and can IGATE the downlink into the
APRS Internet System.”

— CQ News Service

5. Glory Launch Failure

The March 4 launch carrying the Glory Satellite Mission and three student cubesats — the University of Kentucky’s KySat-1, the University of Montana’s Explorer-1, and University of Colorado’s Hermes — failed to reach orbit. Telemetry indicated the fairing, the protective shell atop the Taurus XL rocket, did not separate as expected about three minutes after launch.

— AMSAT News Service

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Official Bulletin, RAC Ontario Section

March 12, 2011

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for March 12, 2011

NATIONAL NEWS

1. Japan Earthquake Response Frequencies

Japan Amateur Radio League Regional HQ station JA7RL is now involved in emergency communication to support rescue and disaster relief, using 40 metres, 2 metres, and 70 cm. HF frequencies in use include 7.030, 7.043, and 7.075 MHz. Please also keep clear the IARU Region III Emergency Center of Activity frequencies of 3.600, 7.110, 14.300, 18.160 and 21.360 MHz. Other frequencies reported in use are 7.130, 14.230 and 21.230 MHz.

— Southgate ARC News and ARRL Web

2. Communications Academy 2011

Registration is now open for Communications Academy 2011 to be held on April 16-17 at South Seattle Community College, in Seattle, Washington. The theme this year is “Bringing Professionalism to Amateur Emergency Communications”. All interested hams are welcome. For more information go to the Communications Academy web site,
http://www.commacademy.org.

— RAC Bulletin Service

ONTARIO SECTION NEWS

3. OPN Time Change

Effective Sunday March 13th, the Ontario Phone Net will start at 7 p.m. Eastern time. This follows the change to Daylight Savings Time, to keep the net at 2300 UTC.

— Ian Cope VE3HMS, OPN Net Manager

4. NTS Discussion March 19

On Saturday, March 19th, Shawn VE3PSV will lead an on-air discussion immediately following the 6:45 pm Laurentian Net on 3.755 MHz. Topics will include an introduction to NTS traffic handling, and a new Silent Key reporting procedure. All are welcome to participate.

— Shawn Gartley, VE3PSV

ITEMS OF INTEREST

5. Iroquois Fleamarket

The Iroquois Amateur Radio Club will hold its 15th annual fleamarket on Saturday, April 2, at the Iroquois Civic Center. Take exit 738 from the 401. Admission for buyers is free. Open to the public at 9 am; talk-in on 145.29 (-) or if problems 146.97 (-), 100 Hz tone.

— RAC Events Database

6. Canada Winter Contest Logs Received

A summary of the RAC Canada Winter Contest logs received is now posted at http://www.rac.ca/en/rac/programmes/contests. Please contact contest chairman Sam, VE5SF, email canadawinter (at) rac (dot) ca, if you have questions, concerns, or feel there have been errors in the category assigned to your contest entry.

— ARRL Contest Update

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Official Bulletin, RAC Ontario Section

March 5, 2011

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for March 5, 2011

NATIONAL NEWS

1. RAC Will Be At Dayton

After a long absence, Radio Amateurs of Canada will have a booth at the 2011 Dayton Hamvention, May 20-22 in Dayton, Ohio. RAC is looking for volunteers to help run the booth at the hamfest, and for a Team Leader to organize the event. If you are interested in helping, please call the RAC office at 877-273-8304.

— RAC Blog

ONTARIO SECTION NEWS

2. Ontario Network Merger

Effective Sunday, March 6th, the Ontario IRLP net will combine with the ProCom net to become the new Ontario Provincial Communications Network. The net will operate Sunday and Thursday evenings at 8 pm Eastern Time, and a new format using the EMO District names will be introduced to expedite checkins.

— Bob Gammon, VA3RX, Ontario SEC

3. Sudbury ARES Meeting

An meeting of the Sudbury ARES group is scheduled for March 16, 7 pm, at the EOC in Azilda. Everyone is welcome.

— Stiig Larsen, VE3LBX, DEC Killarney District

ITEMS OF INTEREST

4. Ham-Ex 2011 Hamfest

The Peel and Mississauga Amateur Radio Clubs will hold Ham-Ex 2011 on Saturday, March 26, at the Brampton Fall Fairgrounds, Heart Lake Road and Old School Road, in Brampton. Exhibits open at 8 a.m., flea market at 9 a.m. Talk-in on VE3PRC 146.880 (-) no tone, or VE3MIS 145.430 (-) 103.5 Hz tone. For more information visit http://www.ham-ex.ca

— RAC Events Database

5. Google Science Fair

Hams bewteen the ages of 13 and 18 may want to enter Google’s Global Science Fair. The science project is submitted on-line and will be judged by a panel of teachers. The deadline for submissions is April 4. See http://www.google.com/events/sciencefair for details.

— ARRL Contest Update

6. Working ARISSat-1

David Jordan AA4KN’s excellent article on working ARISSat-1, originally published in the February 2011 issue of QST magazine, is now available for download at tinyurl.com/work-arissat1. It’s a 1.1 MB PDF file. ARISSat-1 will operate from the ISS on April 12, and is scheduled to be deployed in July.

— AMSAT News

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Official Bulletin, RAC Ontario Section

March 1, 2011

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for February 26, 2011

NATIONAL NEWS

1. Request for Plasma TV Information

RAC is compiling information on possible interference to amateur HF activities from plasma-screen television sets. Members that own a plasma TV are invited to report their experiences.

Reports should name the make and model of TV, and describe the HF station and antenna system and the exact nature of the interference (what bands, what sound etc). Remedies such as ferrite chokes should also be tried and reported. Amateurs with advanced instruments such as spectrum analyzers and calibrated antennas should measure signal intensity levels at given distances; these measurements will add credibility to our investigation. We also want to hear from amateurs whose plasma TVs are NOT interfering with their amateur radio operations. Please mention if a label on the TV or notation in the manual indicates that the TV complies with ICES 003 and/or BETS 7 standards. Send reports to Norm Rashleigh, VE3LC, VP Industrial Liaison, ve3lc (at) rac (dot) ca

— RAC Bulletin Service

ONTARIO SECTION NEWS

2. GLETN Time Change

Effective March 1st, the Great Lakes Emergency and Traffic Net will hold its pre-net at 8:00 pm, and the main net at 8:30 pm, Eastern Time. GLETN meets on 3.932 MHz, 365 nights a year.

— via Shawn, VE3PSV

ITEMS OF INTEREST

3. Transatlantic 500 KHz ROS Contact

At 2134GMT on 13 February, Joe, VO1NA managed a full beacon decode from Graham, G0NBD on 502kHz using the new digital mode ROS It is believed this was the first live data mode decoded over the Atlantic on this band. The transmission was sent with an estimated ERP of 1 watt from a 35ft top loaded vertical.

At just over a year old the ROS data mode is relatively new and uses an adaptation of multiple frequency shift keying and forward error correction to help make successful contacts under very difficult band conditions. For more information visit rosmodem.wordpress.com

— Amateur Radio Newsline

4. Transatlantic Ham Radio Balloon

The new LVL1 Makerspace in Louisville, Kentucky is preparing to launch Speedball-1, which may be the first amateur radio balloon to cross the Atlantic. The balloon will transmit RTTY and DominoEX on upper sideband with dial frequency of 7.102 MHz. The actual signal will be on 7.1035 MHz and the transmitter will alternate between 110bps RTTY and the DominoEX digital mode. Free dl-fldigi decoder software to follow the balloon’s progress is at tinyurl.com/4lplegv

The launch date has not been announced, but it will be soon, as they are racing against Cornell University’s Project Blue Horizon. For more information visit http://www.whitestarballoon.com

— Amateur Radio Newsline

5. Satellite Tracker Web Page

Carl Fretwell’s web page offers satellite tracking – including amateur satellites — and orbital predictions in real-time. Just select a satellite from the drop down list and click the Track button, to track up to 5 satellites. Find it at http://www.carlfretwell.com/satellites

— AMSAT News

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