RAC Bulletin 2009-01-24

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Subject: RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for January 24, 2009
Date: Saturday, January 24, 2009 10:57 AM
RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for January 24, 2009
1. Funding Cut Ends International EMCOMM Event Planning
Regrettably the RAC-ARRL Myrtle Beach Special Event, planned for
mid-March 2009 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, has been cancelled.
Preparations for the event, which was to be a second demonstration of
cooperation between Canada (RAC) and the United States of America
(ARRL) in emergency communications, had to be halted when Canadian
government funding was suddenly and severely reduced due to the
current world economic situation.
Sincere thanks are extended to all who participated in planning for
the event, including Canadian Consulate officials in Atlanta, GA and
Raleigh, SC. Special mention goes to Matt McGuire, AF4UZ, ARRL EC for
Horry County, who did so much of the leg work at Myrtle Beach, and
his group of local Radio Amateur volunteers.
-- Bob Cooke VE3BDB, Vice President Field Services
2. RAC President sends message to Manitoba Minister
RAC president Dave Goodwin has sent a letter to Ron Lemieux, Minister
for Infrastructure and Highways, on behalf of Manitoba Amateurs in
reference to Bill 5, which will regulate use of cellphones while in
the car.  Dave has requested that Amateurs have an explicit exemption
from this proposed amendment as in other provinces that have such a
ban on handheld personal devices such as cell phones and PCS devices
while mobile.
-- RAC Bulletin Service

3. Amethyst District Appointments
The Amethyst District of northern Ontario announces three new
appointments to the Ontario Section ARES. Brad Harris, VE3MXJ becomes
the new EC for Thunder Bay.  Dennis Collins, VE3CZG is the new EC for
Fort Frances. And Chris Bigelow, VA3ECO takes over as EC for Kenora.
These newly appointed positions are a welcome expansion of the ARES
in northern Ontario and reflect the level of dedication and service
by members in the District.
-- Bob Gammon, VA3RX, Ontario ARES SEC

4. Niagara Peninsula Hamfest
The Niagara Peninsula Amateur Radio Club will hold its "Big Event 31"
Flea Market and Hamfest on Saturday, February 7, at the Merriton
Community Centre, 7 Park Ave., St. Catharines.  Open to the public at
9 a.m.; talk-in on VE3NRS repeater, 147.240(+) tone 107.2 Hz.
For more information visit www.nparc.on.ca
-- RAC Events Database
5. "WorldRadio Online" Posted on Web
The first issue of WorldRadio Online, February 2009, is now posted on
the CQ Magazine website. It is available to all without charge.
WorldRadio Online is the first wide-distribution general-interest ham
magazine to be published exclusively online. To download and view the
issue, go to www.cq-amateur-radio.com and click on the "WorldRadio
Online" box. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to read this PDF
-- CQ Bulletin Service
6. Japanese Cubesat Launch
Mineo Wakita, JE9PEL sent a Cubesat launch alert for five amateur
radio satellites launched as secondary payloads with the Japanese
GOSAT IBUKI satellite on January 23.  The small satellite
payloads are:
KAGAYAKI Downlink 437.375,     Beacon 437.375,     Mode FSK9k6/CW
STARS    Downlink 437.485/465, Beacon 437.305/275, Mode FM/CW,
   Callsign JR5YBN/JR5YBO
KKS-1    Downlink 437.445,     Beacon 437.385,     Mode AFSK/CW,
   Callsign JQ1YYY
PRISM    Downlink 437.425,     Beacon 437.250,     Mode AFSK/GMSK/CW,
   Callsign JQ1YCX
SOHLA-1  Downlink 437.505,     Beacon 437.505,     Mode AFSK/CW
For more information see www.amsat.org
-- AMSAT News Service