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RAC Ontario Sections Bulletin for Oct 17th, 2020
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RAC Ontario Sections Bulletin for Oct 17th, 2020

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

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL NEWS

1.  FCC withdraw US privileges in the 9 cm Band; Canadian privileges remain unchanged

The FCC has ruled that it will withdraw US Amateur privileges at 3300-3500 MHz
(the 9 cm Microwave band) in order to make the band available to 5G Mobile and Internet
Service Providers. The dates when this is to take final effect have not yet been decided.

Canadian Amateurs continue to have a secondary allocation on this band.

In June 2019, our regulator Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED)
published “Gazette Notice SLPB-001-19.
In that document ISED announced changes to the primary allocations to the Radiolocation,
Fixed and Mobile services at 3450-3500 MHz removing Radiolocation, maintaining the Fixed
services (used primarily for rural internet), and adding Mobile to 3450-3475 MHz.
This is the latest step in realigning allocations in this band that began with changes
announced in December 2014. At that time, as in the June 2019 announcement, the secondary
allocation to Amateur Radio was not changed.

The frequencies on which Amateurs may operate in Canada are listed in Schedule I of “RBR-4"
This Schedule includes the following footnote relating to this band.
“...transmissions shall not cause interference nor be protected from interference from
stations licensed in other services operating in that band...”.
Because the 3300-3500 MHz band is listed in Schedule I of RBR-4 with a reference to the
footnote described above, Canadian Amateurs continue to have access to that band on condition
that Amateur signals do not cause interference to existing or future licensees in the
Radiolocation, Fixed and Mobile services (including 5G service providers), and on the
understanding that Amateurs will be given no protection against interference from those services.

As the 5G rollout advances, maintaining compliance with the “no interference, no protection”
requirements for secondary services is likely to impose increasingly severe restrictions on the
ability of Amateurs to use this band, even as the secondary allocation to the Amateur Service
remains in place.

The next World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-23) in 2023 will include an agenda item to
consider worldwide allocations to Mobile internet services in several frequency bands,
among them 3300-3400 MHz and 10.0-10.5 GHz. The International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) will
be vigorously defending Amateur interests in both of these bands at WRC-23 and RAC
representatives in Canadian working groups preparing the Canadian positions for WRC agenda
items will be doing likewise.

For more information:
FCC (US) decision http://www.arrl.org/news/fcc-orders-amat...-to-sunset
RBR-4 : https://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/smt-gst.ns...26.html#t1
Gazette notice SLPB-001-19: https://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/smt-gst.ns...11517.html
RAC: https://www.rac.ca/fcc-to-withdraw-us-am...wave-band/

-- Richard Ferch, VE3IAY,  RAC Regulatory Affairs Officer

2. First day of IARU Region 1 (AF, EU, Middle East, Northern Asia) General Conference

IARU President Tim Ellam, VE6SH, formally opened the Region 1 Virtual General Conference
on Sunday, October 11

The papers being discussed at the conference are split according to the principal committees:
• C3 General
• C4 HF
• C5 VHF/UHF/Microwaves
• C7 EMC

-- and they can be downloaded from https://conf.iaru-r1.org/part-1/documents/

ONTARIO SECTION NEWS

ITEMS OF INTEREST

3. Orlando HamCation postponed one year.

After much deliberation, the difficult decision to postpone the 75th Orlando HamCation was made.
It is with heavy hearts that we must make this decision. We had wished to see all of you next
year in person, but the situation we face globally has made this challenging.
Instead, HamCation will be moved to February 11-13th, 2022. We are looking to host some
unique Webinars, a QSO Party and possibly Prize Drawings for 2021.

-- Michael Cauley, W4MCA,  General Chairman Orlando HamCation

4.  Clublog's Logging software survey.

The following charts show the top 3 logging software used by the listed groups:

Users with 200+ DXCC     Honor Roll Users          New Hams (less than 3 yrs activity)
Logger32        34%            Logger32     43% Logger32        29%
DXKeeper        21%           DX4WIN       22% HamRadioDeluxe  28%
HamRadioDeluxe  19%    DXKeeper     21%        DXKeeper        17%

-- full details at https://clublog.org/software.php

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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