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From the IRG Website

CANWARN NB activated for winter storm

(Posted 2018-01-05 - 10:00 hr)  CANWARN NB was activated for the winter storm on January 4, 2018.

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

Hospital Radio System Exercise Great Success!

A test exercise of the New Brunswick health facility radio system that took place on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 was a great success.

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 Vitalit√© 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 on the homepage. Fill in the information and click Send at the bottom.


From Dave VE9CB

On Thursday, 14 December, the Fredericton Amateur Radio Club's Authorized Examiner Art VE9BP conducted Basic Certificate exams.  Among those taking the exam, five (5) passed the Basic with Honours, one of whom earned a mark of 100%!

Please welcome the following new hams:

- Gordon VE9BCD of Moncton
- Curtis VE9CJB of Saint John
- Silas VE9SI of Saint John
- Jay VE9TOF of Carleton County
- Jason VE9WTF of Fredericton

Three were students in FARC's most recent Basic Certificate course, one was a student in a previous FARC course, and one was a self-directed student.

Congratulations to you all.  Now, get on the air!

We may have a few more new Radio Amateurs among us as soon as we can schedule another exam session.


Dave VE9CB
FARC Training Coordinator

From Dave VE1HUL

Truro ARC Newbie Round Table Net

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