[RAC-Bulletin] Statue to Commemorate Fern Blodgett Sunde and the Battle of the Atlantic..

“A Canadian trailblazer, Fern Blodgett Sunde was the first woman to work as a wireless radio operator at sea, serving aboard an Allied merchant ship during the Battle of the Atlantic.”
A volunteer steering committee, along with its community partner, the Cobourg Museum Foundation, will erect a life-sized bronze statue commemorating Fern Blodgett Sunde (1918-1991), the first Canadian woman to earn a professional radio operator’s licence, and the first female radio operator – a “Sparks” – to work at sea. Breaking naval barriers, Fern served aboard the M/S Mosdale during the Second World War’s Battle of the Atlantic, which was the long, deadly struggle between the Allied and Axis powers to control vital shipping lanes.
Educational materials, as well as an unveiling ceremony in October 2020, will pay tribute to Fern, and to all Canadian naval forces and merchant mariners who served at sea during the Battle. The statue and plaque will be located at the Cobourg, Ontario waterfront. Tyler Fauvelle, a Canadian professional sculptor whose public bronze monuments include three military commemorations, will create the artwork. 
How a young Canadian found herself the only woman on a Norwegian merchant vessel, serving her country as a radio operator during 78 dangerous transatlantic crossings in a theatre of war, breaking educational and maritime barriers to get there, is a fascinating story.The Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) is committed to telling that story. A tribute to Fern Blodgett Sunde was published in the September/October 2019 issue of The Canadian Amateur magazine and is freely available at www.rac.ca.
“We are very happy to promote this exciting event,” says RAC President Glenn MacDonell, VE3XRA. “Many of us use skills developed in the Amateur Radio Service to provide communications support for community events, and in times of emergency. We are keenly interested in the history of communications, and we’re proud to share the story of the first female Sparks at sea.”
Next year marks the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War, and of the Battle of the Atlantic. October, when the monument will be unveiled, is Women’s History Month in Canada. “We need to see more notable Canadian women celebrated in our communities, with these types of public commemoration,” says Leona Woods, Committee Chair. “This is also a story of remembrance – Canadians played an important role in the Battle of the Atlantic, and we must not forget.”
For more information about the commemoration, contact Committee Chair Leona Woods at leonaewoods@gmail.com
Donations may be made online at the Cobourg Museum Foundation website: www.cobourgmuseum.ca. Tax receipts will be issued for donations of $20 or more.
For more information about Radio Amateurs of Canada, and to read the article, please visit www.rac.ca.
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QST de W1AW  
ARRL Bulletin 22  ARLB022
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  November 5, 2019
To all radio amateurs

ARLB022 W1AW 2019/2020 Winter Operating Schedule

Morning Schedule:

Time                  Mode     Days
——————-   —-     ———
1400 UTC (9 AM EST)   CWs      Wed, Fri
1400 UTC (9 AM EST)   CWf      Tue, Thu

Daily Visitor Operating Hours:

1500 UTC to 1700 UTC – (10 AM to 12 PM EST)
1800 UTC to 2045 UTC – (1 PM to 3:45 PM EST)

(Station closed 1700 to 1800 UTC (12 PM to 1 PM EST))

Afternoon/Evening Schedule:

2100 UTC (4 PM EST)    CWf      Mon, Wed, Fri
2100  ”      ”         CWs      Tue, Thu
2200  ”  (5 PM EST)    CWb      Daily
2300  ”  (6 PM EST)    DIGITAL  Daily
0000  ”  (7 PM EST)    CWs      Mon, Wed, Fri
0000  ”      ”         CWf      Tue, Thu
0100  ”  (8 PM EST)    CWb      Daily
0200  ”  (9 PM EST)    DIGITAL  Daily
0245  ”  (9:45 PM EST) VOICE    Daily
0300  ”  (10 PM EST)   CWf      Mon, Wed, Fri
0300  ”      ”         CWs      Tue, Thu
0400  ”  (11 PM EST)   CWb      Daily

                         Frequencies (MHz)
CW: 1.8025 3.5815 7.0475 14.0475 18.0975 21.0675 28.0675 50.350 147.555
DIGITAL: – 3.5975 7.095 14.095 18.1025 21.095 28.095 50.350 147.555
VOICE: 1.855 3.990 7.290 14.290 18.160 21.390 28.590 50.350 147.555


CWs = Morse Code practice (slow) = 5, 7.5, 10, 13 and 15 WPM
CWf = Morse Code practice (fast) = 35, 30, 25, 20, 15, 13 and 10 WPM  
CWb = Morse Code Bulletins = 18 WPM

CW frequencies include code practices, Qualifying Runs and CW

DIGITAL = BAUDOT (45.45 baud), BPSK31 and MFSK16 in a revolving

Code practice texts are from QST, and the source of each practice is
given at the beginning of each practice and at the beginning of
alternate speeds.

On Tuesdays and Fridays at 2330 UTC (6:30 PM EST), Keplerian
Elements for active amateur satellites are sent on the regular
digital frequencies.

A DX bulletin replaces or is added to the regular bulletins between
0100 UTC (8 PM EST) Thursdays and 0100 UTC (8 PM EST) Fridays.

Audio from W1AW’s CW code practices, CW/digital bulletins and phone
bulletin is available using EchoLink via the W1AW Conference Server
named “W1AWBDCT.”  The monthly W1AW Qualifying Runs are presented
here as well.  The audio is sent in real-time and runs concurrently
with W1AW’s regular transmission schedule.

All users who connect to the conference server are muted.  Please
note that any questions or comments about this server should not be
sent via the “Text” window in EchoLink. Please direct any questions
or comments to w1aw@arrl.org .

In a communications emergency, monitor W1AW for special bulletins as
follows: Voice on the hour, Digital at 15 minutes past the hour, and
CW on the half hour.

All licensed amateurs may operate the station from 1500 UTC to 1700
UTC (10 AM to 12 PM EST), and then from 1800 UTC to 2045 UTC (1 PM
to 3:45 PM EST) Monday through Friday.  Be sure to bring your
current FCC amateur radio license or a photocopy.

The W1AW Operating Schedule may also be found on page 100 in the
November 2019 issue of QST or on the web at,
http://www.arrl.org/w1aw-operating-schedule .

An Interesting Letter on Digital Communication

The following letter is self explanatory

I have been in Washington with other concerned hams lobbying the FCC in defense of amateur digital modes and Winlink amateur radio email against the attacks of Dr. Ted Rappaport N9NB of NYU and his team. They are relentless in their big-bucks campaign to change Part 97 digital communications rules, to cripple many digital modes, their future development, and to remove radio email from the amateur bands. It’s truly sad.
Search for the latest from them on the FCC.gov/ecfs (electronic comment filing system) under the 16-239 proceeding (the ARRL’s proceeding to remove the ancient 300 baud symbol rate from the rules). Here is a direct link: https://ecfsapi.fcc.gov/file/1101131173138/DA-19-1130A1.pdf for the FCC Public Notice and request for comment. Their full petition is at https://ecfsapi.fcc.gov/file/10242392005642/NYU%20Wireless%20Petition%20for%20Declaratory%20Ruling%20-%2010.24.19.pdf
NYU (Rappaport, et al) seeks a declaratory ruling that section 97.113(a)(4) of the Commission’s rules prohibits the transmission on amateur radio frequencies of “effectively encrypted or encoded messages, including messages that cannot be readily decoded over- the-air for true meaning.” If enacted, it will have immediate and far reaching effects on amateur radio’s digital future (and all future development is in the digital realm, that’s obvious). Comments are now open. I urge you and any stakeholder in a digital mode or amateur radio development to read it and comment. Please forward this information to any stakeholder or group you might think of.
The facts:  There is no such thing as ‘effective encryption’ and dynamic compression is not encryption, yet the opposition ignores this and continues to spread false information otherwise. State-of-the-art data compression is employed in many digital signals to optimize spectral efficiency. Further, Winlink messages sent over the air can be more conveniently read by any licensed amateur for the purpose of self-policing using our online ‘Message Viewer’ linked from the main page of winlink.org.  There is no ‘intent to obscure meaning‘. Messages can be easily read for full meaning both on-air and on-line. Making all this moot is this: Over-the-air monitoring of Winlink PACTOR 1-3 signals by third party eavesdroppers have been demonstrated and documented using free software available for download from . See the video https://p4dragon.com/en/downloads at http://www.philsherrod.com/Winlink/Winlink_monitoring2.mp4 for proof. On-air copying of other modes only requires adequate software that can be developed using publicly documented technical details of the mode in question, as was done for the PACTOR software mentioned above.
The petition should be dismissed because there is no need for the ruling demonstrated by the petitioners. The current rules are adequate to enable self-policing of digital modes on the amateur bands.

73,Lor Kutchins, W3QAPresident,Amateur Radio Safety Foundation, Inc.Winlink Development Team