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The RAC Band Planning Committee has released an updated band plan for all LF and HF (0-30 MHz) amateur allocations. This includes the new LF bands at 2200m and 600m, the 60m USB channels, and changes to reflect current best practice on other bands.
The updated band plan represents the RAC Band Planning Committee’s year-long review of all LF and HF allocations. It is intended to be a quick reference guide summarizing all bands on a single page. Special thanks go to Vince d’Eon, VE6LK, for designing the graphic and enduring many revisions.
The RAC 0 - 30 MHz Band Plan is available for viewing on the RAC web site: http://wp.rac.ca/rac-0-30-mhz-band-plan/ or by navigating through the “How to Start?” tab on the RAC home page. A downloadable PDF file is available by clicking the image.
Comments and suggestions are welcome. Please use the comment form http://wp.rac.ca/executives/ and select International Affairs Officer. Comments will be acknowledged and forwarded to the full RAC Band Planning Committee for consideration as future updates.
George Gorsline VE3YV
International Affairs Officer
720 Belfast Road, #217
Ottawa, ON K1G 0Z5
613-244-4367, 1- 877-273-8304
This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by
QRZ DX, the OPDX Bulletin, 425 DX News, The Daily DX, DXNL, Contest
Corral from QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM web sites.
Thanks to all.
RWANDA, 9X. Bjorn, LA9IAA is now QRV as 9X0AA. He has been active
on 20 meters using CW around 2000 to 2230z. QSL to home call.
CHILE, CE. Scott, K0MD will be QRV as CE0/K0MD from Vina del Mar
from August 1 to 7. Activity will be on 20 to 10 meters in his
spare time. QSL to home call.
ENGLAND, G. Special event station GB70VJ will be QRV from August 1
to 31 to commemorate the 70th anniversary the end of World War II in
the Pacific. QSL via G0TOC.
GALAPAGOS ISLANDS, HC8. Geoff, G8OFQ is QRV as HC8/G8OFQ from
Isabela Island, IOTA SA-004, until September 30 while working as a
volunteer for the Galapagos National Park at the Giant Tortoise
Breeding Center. Activity will be on 160 to 6 meters using only SSB
in his spare time. QSL to home call.
HAWAII, KH6. Tim, N3QE is QRV as N3QE/KH6 from Kauai, IOTA OC-019,
until August 5. Activity is holiday style on the HF bands. This
includes being an entry in the North American CW QSO Party. QSL via
BULGARIA, LZ. Special event station LZ100AJ is QRV until August 15
to honor the memory of Assen Jordanoff, who constructed the first
Bulgarian airplane 100 years ago. QSL via LZ1KSP.
AUSTRIA, OE. Scout club station OE5J will be QRV from Bad Ischl
from August 1 to 8 during the context of the World Jamboree in Japan
and the summer camp of the Club Telescout. QSL via bureau.
NETHERLANDS, PA. Special event station PC15SAIL will be QRV from
August 2 to 29 during the SAIL Amsterdam event. QSL via PA0RDY.
BRAZIL, PY. A group of operators will be QRV as PW2G from Gatos
Island, IOTA SA-071, on August 1 and 2. They will be active on the
HF bands using two stations. QSL via PY2LCD.
FRANZ JOSEF LAND, R1/F. Eugene, UA4RX will be QRV as RI1FJ while
posted on Heiss Island for one year beginning in August. Activity
will be in his spare time on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and
various digital modes. QSL direct to UA2FM.
POLAND, SP. Special event station HF690PMA is QRV until August 5 to
celebrate the 690th anniversary of the Catholic parish Saint Matthew
in Andrychow. QSL via SP9KUP.
EUROPEAN RUSSIA, UA. Mikhail, RA1ALA, will be QRV as RA1ALA/1 from
Varnek on Vaygach Island, IOTA EU-086, from August 2 to 14.
Activity will be on 40 meters and above using CW and SSB as time
permits. QSL to home call.
ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA, V2. Tim, VE6SH is QRV as V29SH from Antigua,
IOTA NA-100, until August 8. Activity is on the HF bands with an
emphasis on 17 and 12 meters. QSL to home call.
BERMUDA, VP9. Eric, K9GY will be QRV as VP9GE from August 5 to 11.
This includes being an entry in the upcoming Worked All Europe CW
contest. Activity will be mainly on the newer bands and 6 meters,
and possibly using RTTY. QSL direct to home call.
CAMBODIA, XU. Rene, F6CTW is QRV as XU7AEX from Phnom Penh until
August 10. Activity is on the HF bands using CW and SSB. QSL
direct to home call.
VANUATU, YJ. Rod, YJ8RN plans to be QRV from either Loh or Hiu
Islands, both IOTA OC-110, beginning around August 3 to August 17
while on work assignment. Activity will be on 20 meters using SSB
around 0600 to 0800z during the week. QSL direct to home call.
SOUTH SUDAN, Z8. Massimo, Z81B has been QRV on 17 meters using SSB
around 1600 to 1700z. QSL via IZ0EGA.
THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO:
The ARRL August UHF Contest,
Intercontinental Lighthouse-Lightship Weekend Contest,
QRP CW Fox Hunt,
NCCC RTTY Sprint,
NCCC Sprint CW Ladder,
TARA Grid Dip Shindig,
10-10 International Summer SSB Contest,
European HF Championship,
North American CW QSO Party,
RSGB RoPoCo 80-Meter CW
SARL HF Phone Contest
The Intercontinental Lighthouse-Lightship Week runs from August 1 to 8.
The ARS Spartan CW Sprint is scheduled for August 4.
The Phone Fray and CWops Mini-CWT CW Test are scheduled for August 5.
All dates, unless otherwise stated, are UTC.
See the ARRL Contest Branch page: http://www.arrl.org/contests
The ARRL Contest Update: http://www.arrl.org/The-ARRL-Contest-Update
and the WA7BNM Contest Calendar: http://www.hornucopia.com/contestcal/index.html
for more information. Looking for a Special Event station be sure to check out the ARRL Special Event Stations Web page: http://www.arrl.org/special-event-stations
Some of P.E.I. lighthouses will be getting repairs thanks to funding from the Federal Government of Canada announced today July 30, 2015.
The Fisheries and Oceans Department will spend about $500,000 on five lighthouses around the province.
Some of the work will include removing lead paint and re-painting the lighthouses in Bedeque ARLHS CAN-453, New London ARLHS CAN-341, North Cape ARLHS CAN-345, North Rustico ARLHS CAN-350 and the Haszard Point Rear Range (Tea Hill) ARLHS CAN-129.
The North Rustico ARLHS CAN-350 Lighthouse will also get other repairs, including replacing doors, installing a waste disposal system and upgrading the heating system.
In the first three months, the ANZAC suffixed callsigns in Australia, commemorating the Centenary of the ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) landing at Gallipoli in WWI, had logged more than 11,000 contacts.
The Wireless Institute of Australia activity began on the ANZAC Day weekend of April 25-26 with more than 40 event details until December 20, when the ANZAC troops left Gallipoli, are listed on the WIA website: http://www.wia.org.au/
The most popular band used has been 20-metres with 3175 contacts, followed by 40-metres on 2463, although all HF bands and some in the VHF and UHF spectrum were used as well.
The predominate mode is SSB on 4888 contacts, closely followed by CW with 4522. The current eight ANZAC callsigns throughout Australia have also been heard on AM, PSK31 and 63, FM, RTTY, JT65, SSTV and via satellite.
QSLing via eQSL has been logged for 88 countries already. All electronic logs received online by the WIA are being uploaded.
Jim Linton VK3PC
Wireless Institute of Australia