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    THE GREAT BC SHAKEOUT 2020

    Only three amateur radio groups have registered for this event, which occurs on Oct 15 2020. Hopefully the amateur community can do better. Register and participate. More information can be found at https://www.shakeoutbc.ca/index.html

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    SLOW-SCAN TELEVISION TRANSMISSIONS FROM ISS PLANNED

    QST de W1AW  Space Bulletin 006  ARLS006From ARRL Headquarters  Newington, CT  September 29, 2020To all radio amateurs SB SPACE ARL ARLS006ARLS006 Slow-Scan Television Transmissions from ISS Planned A Moscow Aviation Institute MAI-75 slow-scan television (SSTV)experiment event is planned for Wednesday, September 30, from 1305UTC to 1845 UTC, and Thursday, October 1, from 1230 UTC to 1745 UTC.SSTV signals will be transmitted on 145.800 MHz, plus/minus Dopplershift. The expected mode will be PD 120, and the call sign will be RS0ISS.Received images of reasonable quality may be posted on the ARISSSSTV Gallery at, https://www.spaceflightsoftware.com/ARISS_SSTV/ .NNNN/EX

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    US DESIGNATES TWO 60M CHANNELS FOR WILDFIRE AND HURRICANE SALLY

    ZCZC AG22QST de W1AWARRL Bulletin 22 ARLB022From ARRL HeadquartersNewington CT September 16, 2020 To all radio amateurs SB QST ARL ARLB022ARLB022 5-MHz Interoperability Channels Designated for Wildfires andHurricane Sally Response The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced thattwo 60-meter channels have been made available, as necessary, forinteroperability between US Government stations and US amateur radiostations involved in emergency communications related to thewildland firefighting response in California, Oregon, andWashington, and to Hurricane Sally. These interoperability channelswill remain active until the need for these channels no longerexists: * Channel 1 – primary voice traffic 5332 kHz channel center, 5330.5kHz USB voice. * Channel 2 – digital traffic 5348 kHz channel center, 5346.5 kHzUSB with 1.5-kHz…

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    NEW SOLAR CYCLE UNDERWAY

    Solar Cycle 25 is officially underway.NASA and NOAA made the announcement during a media teleconference earlier today. According to an international panel of experts, sunspot counts hit rock bottom in Dec. 2019, and have been slowly increasing since. What can you expect in the months ahead? Visit Spaceweather.com for answers

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    [RAC-BULLETIN] RAC ONLINE BEGINNER’S CW COURSE: THANK YOU FOR A GREAT RESPONSE!

    At the beginning of September, RAC was pleased to announce that in addition to the Basic and Advanced Amateur Radio Qualification courses, we were now offering a Beginner’s CW Course, which was being provided by Tony Pattinson, VE2KM, to teach Morse Code to Amateurs and help them get on the air with CW.   The response to the CW course was tremendous! 70 people expressed an interest in taking this course  Two Beginner level courses have been set up: one for the eastern provinces with eight participants and one for the western provinces with six participants An intermediate course has also been arranged with five participants Applicants who met the prerequisite requirements, but who did…

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    REMINDER…WINMOR IS DEPRECATED

    10 July 2020 — The Board of Directors of the Amateur Radio Safety Foundation voted in a recent virtual meeting to deprecate the WINMOR HF mode in the Winlink system. The protocol was introduced by its author Rick Muething, KN6KB, at the 2008 ARRL/TAPR Digital Communications Conference in Chicago. It was the first popular ‘sound card’ radio mode to offer an alternative to HF hardware modems for bulk digital transport. Rick moved on by developing the Amateur Radio Digital Open Protocol (ARDOP), which was introduced in 2015 as a replacement to WINMOR with superior speed, robustness, and multiple bandwidth options. Nevertheless, until recently, WINMOR remained popular for learning and experimentation…

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    RAC CANADA 2020 CONFERENCE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING:SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 2020

    Radio Amateurs of Canada is pleased to welcome all Amateurs to the RAC Canada 2020 Conference which will be held on Sunday, September 20 before the RAC Annual General Meeting. There is no registration fee for this event and registration is now underway. Canada 2020 Conference Overview: The RAC Canada 2020 Conference is an interactive mini-conference that will feature interesting presentations on a wide range of topics as shown below. Whether you are a new Amateur or have been enjoying Amateur Radio for many years there will be something of interest for you to discover. Given the great response we have received, we have now decided to extend the schedule to include a keynote presentation followed by three sessions. Each session…

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    [RAC-Bulletin] Registration now available for RAC Advanced Course: Fall 2020

    In response to the global pandemic, Radio Amateurs of Canada is once again offering an online Advanced Qualification Amateur Radio Course so that individuals can upgrade their qualifications while continuing to practise social/physical distancing.With your Advanced Certificate, you can run higher power, operate a remotely-controlled station, obtain operating privileges when travelling overseas, set up repeaters, be the trustee for club stations and even become an Accredited Examiner.Course information:The course will be 10 sessions in length and each session will be two hours long.In order to offer maximum flexibility, we will be running two Advanced courses so students will be able to choose one of the following two options:* Sunday afternoons…

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    2020 RAC CONFERENCE AND AGM

    RAC Canada 2020 Conference and Annual General Meeting:Sunday, September 20 https://www.rac.ca/rac-canada-2020-conference/ For immediate release: Radio Amateurs of Canada is pleased to present the “Canada 2020 Conference” to give Amateurs an opportunity to get together and see what’s happening in Amateur Radio – now and in the future. The RAC Canada 2020 Conference is an interactive mini-conference that will feature interesting presentations on a wide range of topics as shown below. There will be parallel sessions in two blocks so that participants can choose those presentations that are of most interest to them. In addition, all sessions will be recorded for viewing later so you won’t miss out if two of your favourites take…