Atlantic News

From Jeremy VE1JHF May 15th,

Greeting from Halifax ARC

This is a not so gentle reminder that the DownEast Flea Market is scheduled for the 26th of May.
That's 12 days from today.

As it stands now, table reservations are very low and if people plan on selling they need to book tables  NOW ..

Tables can be booked thru Craig MacKinnon  (VE1JMA)  at

If the numbers don't reach a decent level in the next week, we stand a chance of having to cancel the event for this year..

This years event was problematic because the gymnasium where we normally hold it is not available this year, due to the impending destruction of the building.

We had difficulty finding a new location that would suit us.

Further details regarding the times and location can be found on the HARC website.

Please spread the word as best you can.

Appreciate your cooperation .


From George VY2GF May 13th.

Bernie Cormier VE9BGC and George Dewar VY2GF will be active at the Woods Island Lighthouse on Prince Edward Island next weekend. Here is the complete info.

When: 2000UTC May 18 to 1800UTC May20.

Callsign: VY2PLH

ARLHS: CAN 536, CAN 536, CAN 537


Mode: SSB, Digital


From Peter VE1PS May 12th

Here’s a throw back link for the Maritime Amateur site.

 The basic operation of a Morse code telegraph is explained for transmitting messages using short and long signals called "dots" and "dashes".


N. Peter D. Service, BA

From Jeremy VE1JHF Apr.6th.

The annual Down East Flea Market will be held this year on Saturday May 26th, 2018.


Royal Canadian Legion Calais Branch 162
45 Sackville Cross Road
Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia

To book a table please contact Craig MacKinnon

Keep checking the Halifax ARC website for updates.  CLICK HERE

45 Sackville Cross Road, Lower Sackville NS

From Al VO1NO May 8th

Emergency Communications Course

 The Annapolis Valley ARC and Kings County ARC will conduct an Emergency Communications Course on Saturday, 2 June in the Kentville Volunteer Fire Department, 463 Main Street in Kentville.   The course will start at 0900, and continue into the afternoon after a break for lunch.

Topics to be covered include:
- Regional Emergency Management Organization;
- Incident Command System;
- Maritimes Repeater System;
- Basic Voice Procedure;
- Message Handling: and
- Net Procedures.

The course is available to everyone interested in assisting in time of emergency - you do not need to be a licensed Amateur Radio operator, or a member of either club. There is no cost to take part.

Those wishing to register for the course can contact me by e-mail:

Al Penney


From Ken VY2RU May 6th,

Solar Panel QRM!!!  Read and take note guys...this is becoming a!!!!  If you have a problem with noise check your area for Solar Panel Arrays and see if they are emitting any spurious RF.  The following by Bob WB4APR and associated links will certainly give you some idea of what we are up against.   

- Ken   VY2RU

Threat to HF from Solar Panel change....

Friday, May 4, 2018

The creator of APRS Bob Bruninga WB4APR says "I don't want to be an alarmist, but we need the Hams with the proper knowledge to get involved in this disturbing news" 

His post on the AMSAT-BB, used with permission, says: 

The National Electric Code now requires electronics on every module of a solar array communicating via signalling on the DC power lines to assure EACH pair of panels can shut down independently. This is to make all possible faults never allow more than 80 volts anywhere in the system. This is effective 1 Jan 2019

This is the nail in the coffin of simple DC series string arrays which are the quietest systems and almost demands microinverters oroptimizers on every panel. Refer to the QST article a few years ago about how disastrous optimizers are to RFI and HF operations with modules all over the roof.

Here is the Solar news:

Also, what is going to happen to an array that has signaling all over it in the near field of HF?

Although you can avoid it by going solar before then, you may have problems when your neighbors go later.

I hate to be an alarmist but we all know what happens when ham radio and commercial systems are incompatible and even though Ham radio might be in the right, we are only 1 in 600 and no one is going to side with us.

We took on broadband over power and squelched that dumb idea, but now this has the potential for equal demise of Ham radio. It should be fixable, but we also know that there is high competition in the solar market and the modules that are made the cheapest will be popular and will likely not be adequately filtered.

If nothing else, we need to find out what systems are terrible emitters and nip them in the bud. Maybe all it takes is driving by solar systems you see and turing on your AM radio on a weak signal channel and seeing if the background noise peaks near that home. But also it has individual peaks, so it might also be nice to tune around too find the max and then check the range. I find the noise can go hundreds of feet along the power lines.

You can't miss em... just sounds like a 60 Hz buzz on all the harmonics of the inverter switching frequency.


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From Matt VE1BSG May 1st,

Hi Everyone,


I wanted to pass on my congratulations and recognition to the Province’s newest set of licensed amateur radio operators!


Over the last four months this group has put in a great deal of effort and study both inside and outside the Province’s class, and has shown a great deal of interest in this hobby, which is also a great help to public safety during times of emergency. The examiners commented that both the interest and the diligence of the students was obvious when the final review occurred and the exam was written. We are proud to welcome this group into the amateur community, and know that their new privileges will be very useful in their roles as communicators and emergency management personnel.


Congratulations to you all!


In the attached photo, from left to right:


Scott Fisher – PSFC – Student

Al Cyples – PSFC – Course/Exam Assistant

Wanda Witcher – EMO Nova Scotia – Student

Nicole Benoit – PSFC – Student

Debra MacDonald – Student

Tosha Clarke – Student

George Mosdell – Student

Donna Harwood – Student

Karen Wickwire – Student

Paul Maynard – Student

Jim Hannon – Examiner

Brad Ross – Examiner

Mark Turner – Student


There is at least one additional student who was not able to write the exam yesterday, but we hope to arrange this in the near future.


Matthew Boyle

Manager of Field Operations

Public Safety and Field Communications

(902) 424-3479

From Rick VE9MTB Apr.19th

New Web Site Launched

At long last, we have refreshed our web site. It's still a "work in progress" but we're sure you will find it easier to navigate and keep up-to-date on IRG activities.   The new location will be   so be sure to update your bookmarks.  Some content on the old site will still be available as we transition.  Any feedback is welcome, just look for the "Contact" link at the bottom of each page.  See the important information below about your user name and password for the new site!

Member information update

As part of the new web site, we have been updating the membership information.  No doubt, we have a lot of wrong e-mails, mispellings or wrong expiry dates with the change-over.  Take a look at the "Current Members" page on the new web site and if anything is incorrect, let us know using the "Contact" form at the bottom of each page.

Important:  Your old log-in and passwords are not valid on the new web site.  Current members seeking access to "members only" features on the new site will have to set a new password as a security feature.  Here's how:

  • Go to the Home Page and look for the  "User Login" box on the left.
  • Click on "Reset your password"
  • Enter your User name -- this has been set by default to be your call sign (i.e. ve9abc ) or the e-mail address that we have on file (the same one that you got this e-mail on).  Click "Submit".
  • Instructions will be sent to your e-mail on how to set your new password.
  • Once you log in, you can check and edit your personal information if you wish.
  • After that, you can log in at any time with your "User name" (usually your call sign) and your own "Password" that only you can set or change.
  • You do not need to log-in check your expiry date, or to renew your membership.

If you run into problems, send us a note here:

Rick MacMillan  VE9MTB
President, IRG

From Dave VE1HUL Apr.16th

As of today April 13, 2018 at 0045 the new web page for the Truro Amateur Radio Club is online.
There are still some areas to add some more info to but we are essentially up and running.

If you have any questions or comments you can direct them to VE1HUL at

From Jim VE1JBL Apr.11th

With the latest increase of users and digital radios here in Atlantic Canada I have added a couple of new links on the Homepage of the Maritime Amateur website. On the left hand side you will see "All things Digital" and "DMR NB on Facebook.
"All things Digital" directs you to Ron MacKay's website VE1AIC and to My DMR, Fusion, MMDVM Information page.
There is a wealth of information there going back several years but also includes the latest news and information and photos about digital radios, software and hot spots.
Ron will again this year have a display at S.M.A.R.T 2018 showing off all the digital modes, Hot Spots and will answer any questions you have on the mode.

The other new link is the DMR New Brunswick Facebook page @DMRNB. This covers all the latest news and information about DMR in New Brunswick.
For those of you that do not have Facebook (myself included) I have set up an email list where I will send out news and information to all that sign up (24) and counting. Let me know if you would like to be on this list.
The news will also be posted on the MA website and on the MA Twitter feed.

From Shane VE1SMC Apr.8th

Since the fall of 2017 some members of the Liverpool Fire Department expressed interest in taking a basic amateur radio course.
They approached Trevor Munroe VE1TKM who is the fire chief, and asked him if he could put one on for them, he agreed. He obtained training information from Honorary Firefighter Shane McDougall VE1SMC. On April 7th,  2018 the group sat down with Bill Corkum VA1BC the local examiner from the Queens County ARC along with assistance form Howard Henderson VE1FV, and 4 out of 5  member passed there amateur radio course.
Two of them obtained Basic with Honors. They are Devon Whynot VE1DXW and Chris Whynot VE1CLS. The other two that passed with Basic are Nicholas Whynot VE1NJW and Byron Thorburne VE1BET. Michael Peach will be rewriting his exam at a later date.
Best of luck to you and congratulations to our new ham radio operators, and enjoy this hobby we call Amateur Radio.

From Jim VE1JBL Apr.7th

With interest growing in the digital radio mode (D-Star, Fusion, DMR) for amateur radio the WestCumb ARC in Amherst NS is kicking around the idea of hosting a weekly Maritime DMR net. There are now well over one hundred DMR ID"s issued to Atlantic Canada amateurs but not much activity. This may be a good time to start up a net so amateurs will be able to learn and use these radios.
Not all amateurs are interested in DMR and some may not have the funds to purchase a radio yet but the prices have really come down in the past couple of years.
If interested in a weekly net please email me and let me know. You can also suggest a day and time to have a net. If you have questions, send them along.
There is also a poll on the Maritime Amateur Twitter feed @maritimeamateur where you can vote YES or NO to a weekly maritime net. This poll will be active for seven days.
As most of you know I like to promote the hobby the best I can. Saying that I have set up an email list for amateurs interested in digital radio in Atlantic Canada. I will share all the information I receive dealing with the mode including updates to repeaters and local nets as they come online. Send me an email letting me know you would like to be on this list and I will add you in.

From Dana VE1VOX

The Canadian Brandmeister DMR Network now has an established emergency communication talk group for NB, NS, PEI. 3021911 Maritime Canada Disaster.

From Jim VE1JBL

Just a note to let everyone know that on March 1st, it was the 10th anniversary of the Maritime Amateur website.
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

Starting on 1 May, Fredericton ARC will run its first Advanced Certificate Course.  

Here are the key features:

Cost: $75.  This includes:
- the 2nd Edition Canadian Amateur Radio Advanced Qualification Study Guide (Spring 2017) from Coax Publications and
- the costs of the examination. 
If you already have a copy of the Advanced Study Guide, your cost will be only $25.  You are responsible to provide pen, paper and a receptive frame of mind.

Registration: Due date: Monday 9 April.  Either send me an Interac E-Transfer (to or bring cash or a cheque payable to FARC to the Monday 9 April meeting of FARC .  I will order the required study guides that evening after the meeting.  

Classes: All classes will be in the Boardroom of the Victoria Health Centre, 65 Brunswick Street, Fredericton from 7pm to 9.30pm on the following dates:
Tuesday 1 May 
Monday 7 May 
Thursday 10 May 
Tuesday 15 May 
Thursday 17 May 
Monday 21 May (Note: Victoria Day) 
Thursday 24 May
Tuesday 29 May
Thursday 31 May
Monday 4 June
Tuesday 12 June 
Thursday 14 June - ADVANCED EXAMINATION by Art VE9BP

Please circulate this to anyone who you think might be interested in joining the course.

Please let me know if you have any questions.  


Dave VE9CB
FARC Training Coordinator

From the February HARC Reflector

President’s Report:
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

AVARC Field Day results – Summer and Winter
Once again, members of Annapolis Valley ARC have demonstrated that they are ready and able to assist emergency officials in time of disaster – summer AND winter!

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

The AM net was started in the 1960's or 70's by my mentor Tex Mattinson VE1AAX.  He had been forced off of AM operation in the 50's because his AM transmitter caused TV I due to poor shielding. He acquired a better transmitter but SSB was becoming the phone mode and AM carriers were not really welcome on the band's. He eventually acquired a SSB rig but him and some of his buddy's wanted to use AM because they liked the quality. Tex often referred to AM as "Angel music". So they started the net. I used to listen to the net before I was licensed and I even called in on CW after I got my ticket. My first HF phone contact was on the AM net in July 1988, just after passing my advanced. I had been CW only since 1967. 
Tex became a silent key in 1993 and I was asked to be net control and have been doing so, with help from others, since.
I was asked one time if I would send in a traffic report for the net but it was not a traffic net so we started referring to it as a round-table.  This is appropriate as back when AM was king most of the rigs did not have PTT and round-table QSOs were the norm.
The net usually starts around 8:30 local Sunday mornings on 3735. Anyone is welcome and most of the discussion revolves around old gear and technical topics.

From Gary VA1GGM Jan.26th, 2018


My name is Gary Murphy VA1GGM and I have been handed the Canwarn coordinator torch from Jim Langille. 

I have spent the last 20 years working as a Nova Scotia Paramedic and also 20 years working in the NS Medical Communications Center as a Paramedic Communications Officer.  I have been a Radio Amateur for about 5 years. (I am still learning an awful lot about ham radio and welcome all hints and tips. Please feel very free to help me in this endeavor.)

I have also taken most of the FEMA independent Study courses, COMET courses, SkyWarn courses , ARRL, ARES, RAC, and EMO courses. I heartily endorse taking all the courses that are available I will be highlighting any free courses for anyone with the interest and time to take them.

I want to thank all those spotters who have put the time in over the years with Jim and hope you will help me continue to make this a worthwhile resource for Environment Canada. Also tank you to the Net Controllers who have helped over the years. If anyone wishes to take on that role as well; I am hoping to get a net controller course for us.

I have started a Facebook page to keep us together as well.

Please send me your ideas and suggestions so that we, together, can make this a great resource

Gary Murphy VA1GGM

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 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 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