Events & Info
Thanks for visiting the New SARL website!
The purpose of this site is to help share knowledge about events, clubs and Amateur radio groups throughout Saskatchewan. We hope you will enjoy our new site, with a different look.
Here in Western Canada the vast open spaces make for some interesting challenges for Amateur Radio. We have a relatively small population compared to our land mass. Over the years Saskatchewan radio operators have tried to bridge the distance gap with a combination of different linking techniques. These are comprised of a radio and Internet based repeaters throughout the southern and northern areas.
There is also activity in the High Frequency radio bands with Nets to help those outside the reach of VHF & UHF repeaters. Please join with us here on the website where we try and bring areas of our province closer together by learning a little about different clubs, organizations and the events and activities they take part in.
Sarl Directors & Executive
According to NASA, a flare is a “sudden, rapid and intense variation in brightness.” A solar flare takes place when magnetic energy that has collected in the solar atmosphere is suddenly released. Interestingly, the first solar flare documented in astronomical literature was on September 1, 1859. The space agency notes that scientists Richard C. Carrington and Richard Hodgson were independently viewing sunspots at the time, when they observed a big flare in white light.
According to Space.com, the flare is the largest of 2014 and “one of the strongest in recent years.” While this may be the largest solar flare of 2014, what if a flare as strong as the 1859 Carrington Event took place today? That’s the question addressed by National Geographic’s Richard A. Lovett in a 2011 piece for the publication.
According to Lovett, the Carrington Event led to reports of northern lights as far south as Cuban and Honolulu, while southern lights were observed as far north as Santiago, Chile. If an equally-strong event took place today, “the world’s high-tech infrastructure could grind to a halt.”
Citing Daniel Baker, of the University of Colorado’s Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics, Lovett notes that power surges caused by solar particles could destroy giant transformers and, unfortunately, these transformers can take a long time to replace.
This particular flare is classified as an X4.9-class flare. NASA explains that X-class designates the most powerful flares, while the number offers more information about its power. For example, an X2 is twice as powerful as an X1, an X3 is three times as powerful, etc.
What do you think would happen if we experienced the largest solar flare ever recorded?
Hamfest 2014 will be held in Moose Jaw, sponsored by SARL, it's Directors & the Moose Jaw Pioneers Senior ARC.
July 5, 2014
Hamfest 2013 picture
Special Thanks to Kevin Crowston for doing the group photo.
Anyone who took pictures at any of the ham-fests (even the older ones - pre 2005)
please send to Val VE5ACJ by snail mail or by email .
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Just want to wish all who have a Birthday , Anniversary or other special event in March all the best. Just something new to see who reads to the bottom of the page.