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RAC Ontario Sections Bulletin for Aug 01, 2020
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RAC Ontario Sections Bulletin for Aug 01, 2020

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

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL NEWS

1.  RAC Online Basic Qualification Amateur Radio Course: Summer 2020

Radio Amateurs of Canada is once again offering an online Amateur Radio course so that individuals
can obtain their Amateur Radio Operator Certificate with Basic Qualification while continuing to
practise social/physical distancing.

The course will start on Thursday, August 20 and will finish on Thursday, October 29.

Classes will be held on Thursday evenings from 6 pm to 8:30 (1800 – 2030) Eastern Time
and Sunday afternoons 1 pm to 3:30 pm (1300 – 1530) Eastern Time.

The registration fee for the course is $50 plus GST/HST. The cost of the Basic Study Guide is extra
and an order link will be provided upon completion of payment.

The course will use the GoToMeeting web-based service. Students will receive instructions on how to
log on to the online sessions once they have registered for the course.

The course instructor is Al Penney, VO1NO. Al has taught the Basic Qualification Amateur Radio
Course since 1994.

It is essential that all students have the necessary equipment and bandwidth capable of taking the
course – at least a tablet or PC and a DSL broadband connection.

-- rac website


2.  TOKYO HAMFAIR CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19 CONCERNS

The Tokyo Hamfair, scheduled to open on the 31st of October, has been cancelled by the Japan Amateur
Radio League. Crowds at this major international event have run as high in some years as 60,000
attendees from around the world, topping Friedrichshafen in Germany and Dayton Hamvention in Ohio.
The Tokyo Ham Fair has been an annual event since its first staging in 1977.

-- amateur radio newsline

ONTARIO SECTION NEWS
ITEMS OF INTEREST

3. Hurricane Watch Net Protocols

We generally activate whenever a system has achieved hurricane status and is within 300 statute miles
of populated landmass or at the request of the forecasters at National Hurricane Center.

Our members are strategically located throughout the US, Canada, Central America, and the Caribbean.

When activated, you will find us on 14.325 MHz (USB) by day and 7.268 MHz (LSB) by night. If propagation
dictates, daytime operations will be conducted on both frequencies simultaneously.
Before any net activation, if either frequency is in use, we always ask permission to use them.
Additionally, it is our practice of being on the air ahead of the National Hurricane Center Station WX4NHC
– for the explicit purpose to establish our net operating frequency, to issue advisory data, and to line
up reporting stations. It helps us tremendously to know the operator's locations, names, and weather
measuring capabilities in advance of the storm’s arrival.

During any Net activation, operations on 7.268.00 MHz will suspend @ 7:30 AM ET to allow the “Waterway
Radio and Cruising Club Net – WRCC” to conduct their daily morning Net. If required, due to poor daytime
propagation on 14.325.00 MHz, operations on 7.268.00 MHz may be required at the conclusion of the Water
Way Net, generally around 8:30 AM ET.

Whenever the Hurricane Watch Net is not active, you can hear the latest information on 14.300.00 MHz (USB).
We invite you to monitor the status of all active storms through information presented on our web site.

-- HWN website

4.  FCC Fines HobbyKing Nearly $3 Million for Marketing Unauthorized Drone Transmitters

The FCC has issued a Forfeiture Order (FO) calling for HobbyKing to pay a fine of $2,861,128 for
marketing drone transmitters that do not comply with FCC rules. An FCC Enforcement Bureau investigation
stemmed in part from a 2017 ARRL complaint that HobbyKing was selling drone transmitters that operated
on amateur and non-amateur frequencies, in some instances marketing them as amateur radio equipment.

The FCC investigation found that 65 models of devices marketed by HobbyKing should have had FCC certification.
HobbyKing has 30 days to pay the fine. If it fails to do so, the matter will be referred to the US
Department of Justice for collection.

-- arrl news

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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