Official Bulletin, RAC Ontario Section

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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Bulletin sent from Official Bulletin Manager Brad Rodriguez, VE3RHJ.

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