ARRL REPORTS US ARMY REVERSES ITS DECISION

The ARRL  reports that the US Army has reversed it decision to discontinue the use of Winlink 2000 in its MARS program. For full details go to the url   http://www.arrl.org/news/army-mars-resumes-use-of-winlink-2000.

The decision to discontinue the use of Winlink caused concern within the MARS,CFARS and ARES communities. This decision will allow services to be provided in a timely and efficient manner for all involved,.

4.7 Mb – QUEEN CHARLOTTE ISLANDS REGION

4.7 Mb – QUEEN CHARLOTTE ISLANDS REGION
Preliminary Earthquake ReportMagnitude4.7 Mb
Date-Time13 Jan 2012 19:46:09 UTC
13 Jan 2012 11:46:09 near epicenter
13 Jan 2012 11:46:09 standard time in your timezone

Location51.262N 130.361W
Depth15 km
Distances210 km (131 miles) WNW (289 degrees) of Port Hardy, BC, Canada
338 km (210 miles) S (181 degrees) of Prince Rupert, BC, Canada
388 km (241 miles) WNW (293 degrees) of Campbell River, British Columbia, Canada
559 km (347 miles) WNW (296 degrees) of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Location UncertaintyHorizontal: 22.4 km; Vertical 10.8 km
ParametersNph = 240; Dmin = 187.0 km; Rmss = 0.88 seconds; Gp = 158°
M-type = Mb; Version = 6
Event IDUS c0007kg9

For updates, maps, and technical information, see:
Event Page
or
USGS Earthquake Hazards Program
National Earthquake Information Center
U.S. Geological Survey
http://neic.usgs.gov/

6.6 Mw – SANTA CRUZ ISLANDS

6.6 Mw – SANTA CRUZ ISLANDS

Preliminary Earthquake Report
Magnitude 6.6 Mw
Date-Time
  • 9 Jan 2012 04:07:16 UTC
  • 9 Jan 2012 15:07:16 near epicenter
  • 8 Jan 2012 20:07:16 standard time in your timezone
Location 10.557S 165.159E
Depth 38 km
Distances
  • 353 km (219 miles) E (92 degrees) of Kira Kira, Solomon Islands
  • 583 km (362 miles) ESE (102 degrees) of HONIARA, Solomon Islands
  • 1970 km (1224 miles) E (95 degrees) of PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea
Location Uncertainty Horizontal: 13.9 km; Vertical 8.8 km
Parameters Nph = 201; Dmin = 584.4 km; Rmss = 0.65 seconds; Gp = 25°
M-type = Mw; Version = B
Event ID US c0007hrv

For updates, maps, and technical information, see:
Event Page
or
USGS Earthquake Hazards Program

National Earthquake Information Center
U.S. Geological Survey
http://neic.usgs.gov/

RAC Bulletin 2012-001E – Trustee wanted for Defence of Amateur Radio Fund (DARF)

RAC Bulletin 2012-001E – Trustee wanted for Defence of Amateur Radio Fund (DARF)
2012-01-08

RAC is looking for a person to fill the recently vacated trustee position in DARF. The DARF trustee must be a licensed amateur and may not be an officer, employee, director or agent of RAC. DARF is a Trust Fund established in the early 90’s to provide financial support for travel expenses of an Amateur representative on the Canadian delegation to World Radio Conferences to defend the Amateur Radio Bands.

The World Radio Conferences occur under the aegis of the International Telecommunications Union, a United Nations agency responsible for information and communication technologies and managing the radio spectrum. Moving the short wave broadcasting allocation out of the 40 Metre band was accomplished at a WRC and was a major victory for amateur radio.

As a Trust, DARF’s role is to raise and manage donated funds. These funds can only be used for the stated purposes. All decisions by the trustees must be unanimous to ensure that the purpose of the DARF trust is upheld. Funds are held in a trust account at a major chartered bank and can only be withdrawn with two of three trustees. signatures. The current trustees are Gerry Hohn, VE6LB, Dave Snydal, VE4XN, and one vacancy. DARF has no policy role. The Board of Directors of RAC set policy and nominates the amateur representative on the Canadian delegation.

If you are interested please provide your name and a brief resume [no more than 500 words in French or English] email communication preferred to:

Paul Burggraaf, VO1PRB
51 Greenspond Drive
St. Johns NL, A1E 5Z9
Vo1prb73064;rac.ca

Geoff Bawden VE4BAW
President and Chairman – Radio Amateurs of Canada

BE PREPARED – A Manual to Get You Started

Living on the West Coast earthquakes and a tsunami are real concerns. Emergency Management British Columbia has published a manual that will assist you in getting prepared.  As part of the emergency response it is even more important that ARES operators are properly prepared. Remember ARES is part of the solution, not part of the problem.  For a look at the manual please view the website noted below.

http://www.pep.bc.ca/hazard_preparedness/Earthquake_and_Tsunami_Smart_Manual.pdf

Pitcairn Island Dxpedition VP6T – January 20 – February 4, 2012

2012-01-06

There is going to be a Dxpedition to Pitcairn Island (OC-044, CQ Zone 32) between January 20th and February 4th, 2012. The operator lineup is made of Jacques F6BEE, Gilles VE2TZT, Nigel G3TXF, Michel FM5CD and Vincent F4BKV

They will be on all bands 160-10 metres including the WARC bands during their stay.

They will try and upload the VP6T log to LoTW during the operation if they can. if not, they will upload the logs after their arrival home. They will try to update their VP6T log on “ClubLog” as often as they can during the operation.

For their operating plans, QSL information and other information, take a look at the Dxpedition web site at: http://www.vp6t.org/

Vernon Ikeda – VE2MBS/VE2QQ
Pointe-Claire, Québec
RAC Blog Editor/RAC E-News/Web News Bulletin Editor

7.0 M – IZU ISLANDS, JAPAN REGION

7.0 M – IZU ISLANDS, JAPAN REGION

Preliminary Earthquake Report
Magnitude 7.0 M
Date-Time
1 Jan 2012 05:27:54 UTC
1 Jan 2012 14:27:54 near epicenter
31 Dec 2011 21:27:54 standard time in your timezone
Location 31.416N 138.155E
Depth 348 km
Distances
241 km (150 miles) SW (220 degrees) of Hachijo-jima, Izu Islands, Japan
368 km (228 miles) S (173 degrees) of Hamamatsu, Honshu, Japan
395 km (245 miles) SSE (157 degrees) of Tsu, Honshu, Japan
495 km (308 miles) SSW (198 degrees) of TOKYO, Japan
Location Uncertainty Horizontal: 14.3 km; Vertical 9.7 km
Parameters Nph = 618; Dmin = 244.9 km; Rmss = 0.67 seconds; Gp = 25°
M-type = M; Version = 9
Event ID US c0007fbh
For updates, maps, and technical information, see:
Event Page
or
USGS Earthquake Hazards Program

National Earthquake Information Center
U.S. Geological Survey
http://neic.usgs.gov/

Merry Christmas and a Happy Holiday Season

It’s Christmas time already !

I would like to thank each of you for your support and efforts over the past year. Thanks also to those family members who have supported you and the program over the past year. 2011 has been a very busy and interesting year, and while I haven’t completed the year end statistics they are looking very good. I will have them done by the January meeting.

A special thanks to those on the current executive and those who helped form the society. There was a lot of work and many hours put in behind the scenes.

I would like to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a Happy Holiday season.

May 2012 bring the answers to your hopes and dreams. May it also be peaceful and prosperous.

73
Paul