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Thu Jun 01, 2017

[RAC-Bulletin] A “Whisper” (WSPR) for Canada C3: Coast to Coast to Coast



​An Epic Journey to Celebrate Canada and Connect Canadians


A Canada 150 Signature project, Canada C3 is a 150-day expedition from Toronto to Victoria via the Northwest Passage. It will inspire a deeper understanding of our land, our peoples and our country.

The Canada C3 organizers have kindly permitted a group of enthusiasts under the leadership of Barrie Crampton, VE3BSB, to install a WSPR (pronounced "whisper") beacon on the Canada C3 vessel. This provides a unique opportunity to track the vessel on its 150-day sailing voyage around the Canadian coast – the longest coastline in the world.

Stopping at a different location every day, Canada C3 will visit 50 coastal communities, 36 Indigenous communities, 13 National Parks and 20 Migratory Bird sanctuaries. Canadians are encouraged to join the adventure as a virtual expeditioner, tracking the voyage online via website updates and museum hubs.

The WSPR project will be part of science experiments and research to be carried out on the voyage. The location and frequencies for the WSPR, CG3EXP, may be viewed at: http://wsprnet.org/drupal/ wsprnet/map

Many of the locations to be visited by Canada C3 lie in areas where radio communication is difficult. Phenomena such as “arctic flutter” and disturbances from the aurora have traditionally been a problem in the north. Very few, if any, of these locations will have a WSPR beacon and are thus, until now, outside the worldwide WSPR network. The gathering of information on radio propagation simultaneously by several receiving stations will be of scientific interest – and it will also be fun. The WSPR network of stations meets this need comprising, as it does, a series of receiving sites and stations capable of reporting, in real time, the reception of, and location, of the beacons.

The community of people tracking the Canada C3 WSPR beacon are expected to come up with new and innovative ideas for its use.

Some ideas already suggested are:

An “awards” program offering certificates for people copying the beacon at Canada C3's various stopping points along the way.
Special maps to complement the maps of WSPR activity being generated continuously on http://wsprnet.org At the conclusion of the voyage it might be possible to produce a map showing the course of the voyage with a summary at each stop of the numbers and locations of listeners who logged the Canada C3 beacon.
A software defined radio building project relating specifically to the Canada C3 WSPR.
Publications, articles and reports such as an article on the propagation of WSPR signals during the voyage.

While this project is associated with the Canada C3 Expedition, results might provide “proof of concept” more generally for remote telemetry applications from Arctic regions. With the impending increase in non-commercial adventurers traversing the Northwest Passage, this low-cost technology might fill a need. Researchers following the Canada C3 “whisper” might wish to compare the experience to other ship-borne uses of WSPR as reported on several Internet sites.

For more information visit: https://canadac3.ca and http://wp.rac.ca/a-whisper-for-canada-c3/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/canada_c3

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ CanadaC3/

Alan Griffin
RAC MarCom Director

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Sat May 27, 2017

[RAC-Bulletin] Countdown to World Radiocommunication Conference 2019



Bryan Rawlings, VE3QN, RAC Special Advisor, is in Geneva, Switzerland attending Preparatory Meetings for the World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC).

The current meetings are the third of a series of meetings which will continue until just before WRC-19 now scheduled to be held in Geneva from October 28 to November 22, 2019.

Preparatory Meetings are almost always two weeks in duration and are held at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) headquarters in Geneva. This time Bryan is attending as a member of the Canadian Delegation and also as an Expert Consultant for the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU).

Preparatory Meetings primarily prepare documents on the agenda items identified for the upcoming WRC. They are in turn preceded by meetings and the submission of documents from the participating administrations, for example, Canada through its authorized government agency, the Department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED; formerly Industry Canada). Canada is represented by ISED. The RAC representative is made a member of the delegation by invitation and Bryan's role is to advise on Amateur issues.

The principal Amateur Radio issue is an international authorization of the 50 to 54 MHz band in ITU Region 1 (Europe, Africa and the Middle East) – not a critical issue for Canadian Amateurs.

Also under consideration are:

1) an expansion of Radio Local Area Networks (RLANs) into the 5 GHz band. Amateurs have a secondary allocation here in 5650 to 5925 MHz which we already share with the Primary Users and with ISM (Wi-Fi, etc.).

2) proposals to study frequencies for wireless power transfer, e.g., charging cellphones and bigger devices. Depending upon the frequencies planned and the technical characteristics there may be a significant potential for interference to Amateurs.

3) studying the possible frequency range for International Mobile Telephony (IMT) in a range between 24.25 and 81.5 GHz. Radio Amateurs will be carefully watching our Primary allocation in 47 to 47.2 GHz.

As was the case during the WRC-15 conference, Bryan will be tweeting comments on Amateur Radio issues from the meeting using the hashtag #RACatITU. You can also follow him via @ractweets.

Bryan will also be including a report in the next issue of The Canadian Amateur magazine at the conclusion of the meetings.

For more information visit the RAC website at: http://wp.rac.ca/wrc-preparatory-meetings-may2017/


Alan Griffin
RAC MarCom Director

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Sat May 20, 2017

RAC-Bulletin] “About RAC” promotional brochure now available



Check out the Brochures/Handouts area of the RAC website for a new "About RAC" promotional brochure.

This brochure is a work in progress. It describes both the tangible and intangible benefits of belonging to Radio Amateurs of Canada. It is currently on display at the Dayton Hamvention and STEAM 2017 events.

To download the brochure visit http://wp.rac.ca/brochures/ and click on the link provided.

Please send any feedback to tcamag@yahoo.ca Based on the feedback provided it will be revised and then new promotional brochures will follow in English and in French.


Alan Griffin
RAC MarCom Director

Posted by: VY2WRV - Richard on 20-05-17 | [0] comments (305 views) | 

Tue May 16, 2017

Down East Flea Market....

Down East Flea Market

Sponsored by:
the Halifax Amateur Radio Club
and
the Dartmouth Amateur Radio Club

DATE: June 3, 2017

Open: 8am for vendors and display setup

Open: 10am for buyers,lookers and socializers

LOCATION:

Saint Andrew's Community Centre
3380 Barnstead Lane
Halifax, NS
[This is off Bayers Road Outbouind immediately after Romans Avenue]

TALK-IN: VE1PSR 147.270+

ADMITTANCE: $5 per person for everybody - buyers and sellers

TABLES: No additional charge but they must be reserved in advance.

Please let us know if you have particular needs.

E-mail Marc VE1BEL at mjhemphill@ns.sympatico.ca

or call 902-240-8024

BBQ and SNACKS available

DOOR PRIZES

SALES

DISPLAYS

OLD and NEW FRIENDS !

Suggested accommodations:

Chebucto Inn
6151 Lady Hammond Road, Halifax
902-453-4330 or 1-800-268-4330
The rate for Flea Market attendees is $105 for a room w/ 2 double beds.
Breakfast is not included but there is an excellent breakfast special at $4.99.

For more information, contact Marc Hemphill (VE1BEL) at: mjhemphill@ns.sympatico.ca

Posted by: VY2RU - Ken on 16-05-17 | [0] comments (199 views) | 
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