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RAC Ontario Sections Bulletin for July 11, 2020

Paul Caccamo VA3PC
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RAC Ontario Sections Bulletin for July 11, 2020

This is V__3____, Official Bulletin Station for Radio Amateurs of Canada, with this week's bulletin


1.  Web hosting service now available for RAC affiliated clubs

The Radio Amateurs of Canada is pleased to announce it is now offering a new benefit to our
Affiliated Clubs: the ability to host your club’s website on the RAC server.
And depending on how you choose to set up your domain, in some cases there will be no cost
for this new service!

Our new web hosting service will include the following:
 1) 400 MB of storage space
 2) Unlimited email aliases
 3) Two MySQL Databases
 4) A Free SSL Certificate
 5) A Website Builder program, powered by SitePad.

RAC is a volunteer-based organization and does not have dedicated staff to provide any site support
so it is important that you have someone who has some basic coding experience and is familiar with
website functions to administer the site.

If you choose to take advantage of this new web hosting benefit, RAC will be happy to set up the initial
hosting requirements and provide you with the necessary administrator credentials, but it will be up to
your club to create your own site using the SitePad tools provided or to transfer an existing site using
the FTP and cPanel administration interface.

If you have any questions about the new Web Hosting Service please contact:
-- Jeff Dale, VA3ISP  RAC System Administrator, sysadmin@...

For more information about the new RAC Web Hosting Service for Affiliated Clubs please visit:

-- Glenn MacDonell, VE3XRA, President, Radio Amateurs of Canada

2. AMSAT responds to allegations of unauthorized legal expenses

The Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (AMSAT) has been made aware of public comments alleging
financial mismanagement in the form of “unauthorized” legal expenditures. AMSAT takes these allegations
very seriously and in full disclosure, has investigated these claims for many months.

AMSAT’s corporate records give a full accounting of all expenditures and are provided to its Directors
upon request, in compliance with our governing documents and law of the District of Columbia (D.C.)
Our office remains closed due to COVID-19, where those documents reside.

AMSAT complies with IRS rules for 501©(3) disclosure of public financial documents, such as the
Form 990 available on the AMSAT website. Financial review and accounting services from a third-party firm
of Certified Public Accountants are utilized by the corporation to ensure governance to best practice and law.

The Corporation vehemently denies false statements alleging “unauthorized” expenditures.

-- Clayton Coleman, W5PFG President AMSAT



3. ESA promote amateur radio in ISS SSTV video

The ESA space agency has released a new video 'How to get pictures from the International Space Station
via Amateur Radio'
Astronauts on the International Space Station send pictures from space to ground over amateur radio that
you yourself can get at home using your computer. ESA show you how to get them, step by step.

The 16 minute YouTube video features radio amateur David Honess 2E0XDO.

Read the Raspberry Pi article Pictures from space via ham radio

4.  ARRL reports "Radio hams assist sailing vessel"

Maritime Mobile Service Net control operator Steven Carpenter, K9UA, took a call on 20 meters from
Ian Cummings, KB4SG, the skipper of the Mystic Lady, then some 40 miles east of Florida. Cummings reported
that his engine had failed as he was attempting to return to his home port of Stuart, Florida.
He not only had insufficient wind, but a strong current was carrying the vessel out to sea.

Cummings had been unable to reach any station via his VHF marine radio, since he was too far from the coast.
Assisting in the call was Robert Wynhoff, K5HUT, also an MMSN net control operator. Cummings said his vessel,
with one passenger on board, was drifting northwest toward the South Carolina coast.
Several hours later, the captain advised that the wind had picked up, allowing him to head close enough to
shore for Sea Tow to reach the vessel and take it back to port.

In operation since 1968, the MMSN monitors 14.300 MHz 70 hours a week to assist vessels and others in need
of assistance.

-- Source ARRL

This concludes this week's bulletin. Does anyone require repeats or clarifications?
Hearing none, This is V__3____ returning the frequency to net control.

Bulletin sent from Official Bulletin Manager

Posted by: Paul Caccamo <va3pc @>

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