Official Bulletin, RAC Ontario Section

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for April 23, 2011

NATIONAL NEWS

1. GB0BON Special Event

The Welland Valley Amateur Radio Society will operate special event station GB0BON in June 2011, to commemorate the 366th anniversary of the Battle of Naseby, the decisive battle of the English civil war on 14th June 1645. Our main day of operation will be the 19th June from 0800 UTC until the petrol in our generator runs out. The  station will be located at Rupert’s Viewpoint just south of Market Harborough in Leicestershire. QSL via G4XEX.

— RAC Bulletin Service

ONTARIO SECTION NEWS

2. CANWARN Training, May 7 – May 12

CANWARN training will be offered in Toronto on May 7th, at 9 AM, at Environment Canada Headquarters, 4905 Dufferin St.

Also on May 12th in Dufferin County, at 7 PM, at the Dufferin County Museum, at the corner of Highway 89 and Airport Road.

If you will be attending a CANWARN training session, please send an email to Geoff.Coulson (at) ec.gc.ca, so that he can reserve space.

— Environment Canada

3. Inter-County CANWARN Network

During severe weather events that generate watches and warnings the Inter-County CANWARN Network will be activated on the Ontario public service reflector #9030, to co-ordinate severe weather information between adjacent counties and to provide a direct link with the Ontario storm prediction centre using the online meta page.

— ARES Ontario

4. New Provincial Association.

The newly Incorporated ECOA, Emergency Communications Ontario Association, an integrated partnership with the ARES Field Service has now been established to provide and enhance EmComm support at Provincial and Municipal levels throughout Ontario.

Additional membership details with news features and updated topics of interest is now available on the new Toronto based website found at: http://www.emergencycom.ca

— Bob Gammon, VA3RX, Ontario ARES SEC

ITEMS OF INTEREST

5. Transatlantic Amateur Radio Balloon

The “Project Blue Horizon 5” high-altitude transatlantic balloon flight, originally scheduled for April 22, has been postponed to April 27 – 29. The team is attempting to break current Amateur Radio high-altitude balloon records for distance and duration. The payload will be carried beneath a 54,000 cubic foot capacity helium-filled  balloon cruising between 85,000 and 100,000 feet.

During the flight amateurs worldwide are encouraged to monitor the N2XE CW telemetry beacons at 7.1023 and 10.1466 MHz. The balloon is also equipped with an APRS beacon at 144.39 MHz using the call sign KC2ZJH. For more information visit the project web site, http://www.projectbluehorizon.com, or follow PBH5 on Twitter.

— ARRL Web

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Bulletin sent from Official Bulletin Manager Brad Rodriguez, VE3RHJ.

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