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RAC Ontario Sections Bulletin for July 18, 2020
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RAC Ontario Sections Bulletin for July 18, 2020

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

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL NEWS

1.  Canada C3 WSPR Project video now available for viewing

On Thursday, July 9, Radio Amateurs of Canada participated in the 2020 IEEE AP-S Symposium on Antennas
and Propagation by hosting a virtual presentation on the Canada C3 Weak Signal Propagation Reporting
System (WSPR) Project.

Canada C3 was a unique 150-day voyage of a retired Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker, the Polar Prince,
commencing in Toronto, Ontario and travelling down the St. Lawrence River and following the three coastlines
of the Atlantic, Arctic and Pacific Oceans, via the Northwest Passage, terminating in Victoria, BC.

Canadian Radio Amateurs led by Barrie Crampton, VE3BSB, installed a WSPR beacon that provided round the
clock transmissions at three Amateur Radio frequencies throughout the 150-day voyage.

-- to view the video presentation, see the RAC website.

2. QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo Announces Full Lineup of Speakers

The first QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo Saturday and Sunday, August 8 – 9, has confirmed what it’s calling
“a packed lineup of over 70 great speakers” for the ARRL-sanctioned event.
Attendance is free and registration is open.

Presentations will cover a range of topics, with two tracks focused on providing hands-on, practical advice
for those just getting started in amateur radio.

For more information or to register, visit the QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo website
at https://www.qsotodayhamexpo.com/

-- arrl news

ONTARIO SECTION NEWS

ITEMS OF INTEREST

3. Introducing The ARRL Current

ARRL has a new way to let members know when the digital editions of QST and other publications are available.
Distributed via email, The ARRL Current offers a monthly overview of ARRL publications and member benefits.
The inaugural edition launched in June.

Subscribe now to receive each issue going forward. Manage your email preferences from your ARRL account
(members must first be registered on the ARRL website).

4.  The uncertain future of Ham Radio

Julianne Pepitone writes in the IEEE Spectrum magazine about the state of amateur radio in the USA

She notes that, anecdotally, white men in their 60s and 70s now make up much of the amateur population.
As these baby boomers age out, the fear is that there are too few young people to sustain the hobby.

Now, with time taking its toll on the ranks of operators, new technologies offer opportunities to
revitalize amateur radio, even if in a form that previous generations might not recognize.

Read Julianne's thought provoking article at
https://spectrum.ieee.org/telecom/wirele...-ham-radio

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

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Bulletin sent from Official Bulletin Manager

Posted by: Paul Caccamo <va3pc @ rac.ca>
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