From Jim VE1JBL
It started as a way to contact amateurs around the Maritimes after becoming Radio Amateur of Canada Section Manager for the Maritimes (2008-2012)
To all my friends who have helped me out during these 10 years with stories, Silent Key information and donations, thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Without all of you this site would not be possible.
I will continue to bring stories about amateur radio from Atlantic Canada to all of you for for enjoyment.
Quick stats after 10 years: TOTAL Visits - 113760, Monthly average - 948, Daily average - 31
From Dave VE9CB
From the February HARC Reflector
Brian reported that HRM has made the Club an offer to occupy two rooms on the upper floor of the Hammond Plains Fire Station #50 and HARC has accepted.
There will have to be a few upgrades made to the facility before we can take occupancy. There is also a large meeting room that we can book that will hold upwards of 40 people and will work for our monthly meeting.
There is a smaller room that is also bookable and will work for smallgroup meetings such as the Executive and our Basic Course.
Not having to rent our current monthly meeting room, will save the Club significant money. The plan is to move our tower from St. Andrews and put it up as a 56-foot tower with a beam and other antennae at the new location.
The actual move-in date is yet to be determined.
From AVARC website
First, the June Field Day 2017. AVARC set up two stations, complete with towers and triband yagis, in the sports field adjacent to the Annapolis West Education Centre in Annapolis Royal. We had a score of 2520, which was good for second place in the 2A category in the Maritime Section, behind the Kings County Amateur Radio Club. We were number 9 of 31 entries in all of Canada in the 2A category.
In the Winter Field Day last January 2017 we operated in the 1H category. Once again, we did very well. Our score of 20,876 was good enough for the top station in any category in Canada, and top station in the 1H category in North America. Overall, we were #4 in North America in the “Home” category. It’s worth mentioning that the 3 stations that were ahead of us used 3, 4 and 6 transmitters respectively to earn higher scores than we did.
So – excellent results! Thanks very much to all those who took part or assisted!
From Dave VE1ADH Jan.29th, 2018
From Gary VA1GGM Jan.26th, 2018
From the IRG Website
Environment and Climate Change Canada's Atlantic Storm Prediction Centre requested CANWARN New Brunswick and CANWARN Altlantic to activate to help provide real-time information about the storm, which helps them refine their warnings. Net controllers included Sterling Carpenter (VE9SK), Al Thurber (VE1RG) and Rick MacMillan (VE9MTB)
Approximately forty different amateurs called in with reports over the ten-hour net, which started at 2:00 pm on Thursday and ended at midnight that night. Their reports included the type and amount of precipitation, wind speed and direction, temperatures and barometric pressures. Many stations reported the lowest barometric pressures they had ever recorded during the storm.
Data from the reports was included in Environment Canada's web site "Weather Summaries" page.
Special thanks again to all the amateur operators who participated in CANWARN NB.
From the IRG Website
Net control was VE9DOH at Department of Health, Fredericton, headed by Al Thurber CG1RG contacted each health care facility. Operators at each facility reported those present and the equipment being used, and any particular comments on accessibility to the radio or the facility for the test. Over forty five (45) operators took part at twenty-one (21) facilities.
The test was a good demonstration to served agencies that amateur radio can be used as a back-up network in case of communication failures such as those experienced on August 4, 2017 when many cellular and internet connections were disrupted in the Maritimes.
The International Repeater Group maintains agreements with the Department of Health, and the Horizon and Vitalité Health Networks to assist with emergency communications. Each health care facility with an emergency room is equipped with an amateur radio as back-up.
From Jim VE1JBL Jan. 4th, 2017
Due to the upcoming storm there will be a CANWARN net starting up today on the MAVCOM system and IRLP Reflector 9014. A letter was sent out to members of CANWARN with information Environment Canada will be looking for from your reports. Remember to take your reports at the same time each hourand report your findings to Net Control in the order as in the letter.
If you have twitter you can file reports of the storm at any time using #NSStorm, #NBStorm, #PEStorm and #NLwx. CANWARN Atlantic also has a twitter feed at @canwarnatlantic
If you can't get on the air there is also a new reporting form we are experimenting with on the CANWARN Atlantic website http://canwarnatlantic.webs.com/ on the homepage. Fill in the information and click Send at the bottom.
From Dave VE9CB
From Dave VE1HUL
I will be away Dec 17th and I don't think anyone would be interested in participating on Christmas Eve or New Years Eve.
We will be returning on Sunday January 7th, same time same place.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Dave Hull VE1HUL