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Radio Amateurs of Canada Announces a New Section

The number of Sections needed for a clean sweep in the ARRL November Sweepstakes (SS) will rise to 84 in 2020, with the addition of a new Prince Edward Island (PE) Section. Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) announced this week that the new Section will become effective on April 1. RAC said its Prince Edward…Continue readingRadio Amateurs of Canada Announces a New Section

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RAC Canada Winter Contest 2019

From: RAC, Ottawa RAC Canada Winter Contest Rules 2019 Note: the RAC Canada Winter Contest Rules are provided on this page. The rules don’t usually change from year to year and we will highlight any changes if they do happen. In December each year, Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) sponsors the RAC Canada Winter Contest. Amateurs…Continue readingRAC Canada Winter Contest 2019

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CanWarn – Canadian Weather Amateur Radio Network

CANWARN (Canadian Weather Amateur Radio Network) is a volunteer organization, of ham radio operators, who report severe weather when they see it to Environment Canada. What they do is called ground-truthing. They confirm on the ground what satellites and radars see in the atmosphere. When Environment Canada’s weather centres issue severe weather watches or warnings, they…Continue readingCanWarn – Canadian Weather Amateur Radio Network

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AMSAT Announces 2019 Board Election Results

As a result of the 2019 AMSAT Board of Directors election, Jerry Buxton, N0JY; Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA; Patrick Stoddard, WD9EWK; and Michelle Thompson, W5NYV, were elected by the AMSAT membership to serve for 2 years. The First Alternate is Brennan Price, N4QX. The Second Alternate is Howie Defelice, AB2S. Both will serve 1-year terms. Total…Continue readingAMSAT Announces 2019 Board Election Results

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Amateur Radio Resources Ready as Dorian Poised to Become a Major Hurricane

— From ARRL Amateur Radio resources organized this week as Hurricane Dorian threatened Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands and worked its way through the Caribbean. A change in direction spared Puerto Rico — still recovering from hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017 — from taking a direct hit; the Virgin Islands suffered downed trees…Continue readingAmateur Radio Resources Ready as Dorian Poised to Become a Major Hurricane

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ARRL HF Band Planning Committee Reactivated to Address Spectrum Issues

— From ARRL In an effort to more effectively address HF digital technology issues, ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, has reactivated the ARRL Board of Directors’ HF Band Planning Committee. The six-member panel, chaired by First Vice President Greg Widin, K0GW, will primarily focus on spectrum allocation issues that have gained increased visibility with discussions…Continue readingARRL HF Band Planning Committee Reactivated to Address Spectrum Issues

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144 – 146 MHz Removed from French Proposal for Additional Aeronautical Applications

— From IARU The 144 – 146 MHz Amateur Radio segment has been removed from a French proposal to study spectrum additional for Aeronautical Mobile Service (AMS) applications. France had included the band, which comprises the entire 2 meter band in ITU Region 1, for consideration as a European Conference of Telecommunications and Postal Administrations (CEPT)…Continue reading144 – 146 MHz Removed from French Proposal for Additional Aeronautical Applications

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California Earthquakes Disrupted HF Propagation on West Coast

From: ARRL.org British Columbia radio amateur Alex Schwarz, VE7DXW, said that an Independence Day magnitude 6.4 earthquake in California’s Mojave Desert and multiple aftershocks negatively affected HF propagation on the US west coast. Schwarz, who maintains the “RF Seismograph” and has drawn a correlation between earthquake activity and HF band conditions, said the radio disruption began…Continue readingCalifornia Earthquakes Disrupted HF Propagation on West Coast

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Restraint Urged in Response to 2-Meter Reallocation Proposal

From: ARRL.org Representatives of International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) member-societies in Europe are advising restraint in the wake of a proposal to consider the allocation of 146 – 148 MHz to the Aeronautical Mobile Service (AMS) at World Radiocommunication Conference 2023 (WRC-23). France recently raised the prospect during a European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications…Continue readingRestraint Urged in Response to 2-Meter Reallocation Proposal

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Morse Code Marks 175 Years of Dots and Dashes

The first message sent by Morse code’s dots and dashes across a long distance travelled from Washington, DC to Baltimore on Friday, 24 May 1844 — 175 years ago. It signaled the first time in human history that complex thoughts could be communicated at long distances almost instantaneously. Until then, people had to have face-to-face conversations; send…Continue readingMorse Code Marks 175 Years of Dots and Dashes