Maritime News


From Jim VE1JBL Jun.24th, 2017

L to R: Ron VE1BIC, Mike VE1XDT, Ron VE1BBB, Bob VE1DR, Mike VE1MWJ, John VE1JCH, Kevin VE1KEV and Peter VE1SM. Missing Mike VE1MY
Members of the WestCumb ARC participated in the 9th annual YMCA Cross Border Challenge that was held in Amherst this past Saturday. The club has provided communications each year for this event.
This event is broken down into three races: 5K, 10K and a half marathon.  The 10K race
started in Mt. Whatley NB and finished in Amherst NS while the half marathon began in Amherst crossed over to New Brunswick to Mt. Whatley and returned to Amherst.
Net Control is set up at the starting point at the Amherst Stadium while other amateur radio stations are set up at each water station and also a station at the starting point of the 10K at Mt.Whatley NB. This is also the turn around for the half marathon.
There was a total of 57 messages passed during the 2.5 hour event.
Members taking part in the event this year were Kevin Burke VE1KEV, Mike Masters VE1XDT, Bob Tuttle VE1DR, Ron Bickle VE1BIC, Ron Blue VE1BBB, Peter Hebb VE1SM, John Haley VE1JCH, NCO Mike Johnson VE1MWJ and Mike Embree VE1MY who walks the race each year behind the walkers in case of any problems along the way.
Thanks to Ron Bickle VE1BIC for the photos.

First runners crossing the Nova Scotia-New Brunswick border at the 2017 YMCA Cross Border Challenge.

From Dave VE1HUL Jun.22nd, 2017

The Truro Amateur Radio Club's Newbie Round Table Net will be off the air for the summer but will return on October 22nd, 2017.

Thanks to everyone who has taken part and made this net a success and hope to hear you in the fall.

From Jim VE1JBL May 23rd, 2017

If you or your club are interested in putting information on the site about the upcoming Field Day 2017 please send it along and I will post it on the NEW webpage Field Day 2017. This is open to all amateur radio clubs in Atlantic Canada. Give as much detail as possible including location and designation you will be using.

For complete information about Field Day CLICK HERE.

From Jim VE1JBL May 18th, 2017

Jason LaPierre VE6TMR has informed me that the Red Cross Net is going on hiatus for the summer but will return in the fall.
Red Cross Atlantic ham radio stations are reminded they are always welcomed and encouraged to activate during Exercise Handshake.
s I receive information from Jason on the net I will post it here.

From Dave VE1HUL May 13th, 2017

Some new and important info regarding VE1XK and VE1TRO - as of May 6, 2017

  • VE1XK is now located in Hilden
  • VE1XK is no longer linkable to the Mavcom system
  • VE1XK still uses the same frequency as before 146.790 -
  • VE1XK now has an APRS node
  • VE1XK is at present a stand alone FM analog repeater only. It will become a Fusion Digital repeater at some point in the future.

  • VE1TRO is now the Mavcom system linkable repeater in place of VE1XK
  • VE1TRO uses the same frequency as before 147.210 +
  • VE1TRO uses the same link and down link codes as VE1XK did. 112* to link 113* to down link
  • VE1TRO is a one code to destination repeater
  • VE1TRO APRS and Packet have been repaired

    From Howard VE1DHD Apr.21st, 2017

    I am writing to remind all Maritime Amateur Radio Clubs about the 2017 Brit Fader Scholarship.  This year the award will be worth $1500 and the deadline for receipt of a complete application is 7 July 2017.

    If you have an individual in your club who will be attending a post-secondary institution in the fall of 2017, is a Canadian citizen, and holds a Canadian Amateur Radio certificate (Basic or Advanced), please encourage them to apply.  At this point we have not received any applications for the 2017 award.

    A complete application package can be found

    73  Howard
    HARC Secretary / Brit Fader Trust Member

    From Jim VE1JBL Apr.19th, 2017

    Bob Robichaud VE1MBR from the Canadian Hurricane Centre in Dartmouth once again gave his yearly presentation at the 2017 Amateur Radio Workshop which is part of the Atlantic Hurricane Conference. The conference was held this year in New Orleans Louisiana. Click on the video below for Bob's presentation and also other presentations from amateur radio groups including SKYWARN, VoIP Net, Hurricane Watch Net etc.

    Wednesday, April 19 -- 08:30-10:00 CDT*
    8:30     Opening Remarks (5 Minutes - Presented by Rob Macedo - KD1CY)
    8:35     Canadian Hurricane Centre and Hurricane Meteorological Topics (30 Minutes - Presented by Bob Robichaud-VE1MBR, Canadian Hurricane Centre)
    9:05     WX4NHC, the Amateur Radio Station at the NHC (30 Minutes - Presented by Julio Ripoll - WD4R)
    9:35     The Hurricane Watch Net, Personal Weather Stations, Backup Power, & Antenna Overview (30 Minutes - Presented by Bobby Graves - KB5HAV)
    10:05    ARRL Update (15 Minutes - Presented by Matt Anderson - KD5KNZ / LA ARRL Asst. SM)

    ---> NOTE:  Speakers will be on a break from 10:20-10:30 CDT

    Wednesday, April 19 -- 10:30-12:00  CDT*
    10:30     Importance of Amateur Radio / Spotter Surface Reports (25 Minutes - Presented by NHC Director Dr. Rick Knabb)
    11:00     The VoIP Hurricane Net and Best Practices in SKYWARN for Tropical Systems (30 Minutes - Presented by Rob Macedo - KD1CY)
    11:30     SATERN Presentation (30 Minutes - Presented by Bill Feist - WD8BZH)
    11:50     Q&A Panel with Door Prizes (20 Minutes - Presented by all members of the panel)

    ---> NOTE:  Sessions end at 12:15 CDT

    Thanks to all for their continued support of the VoIP Hurricane Net!

    Director of Operations for the VoIP Hurricane Net

    From the SONRA website Mar.13th: 


    New SONRA Executive
    March 13, 2017  

    Congrats to the new SONRA executive, elected March 13th 2017.

    • President: Andrew Green VO1ABC
    • Vice President: Mark Sheppard VO1MRK
    • Treasurer: Earl Tucker VO1ERL
    • Recording Secretary: Aaron Abbot VO1FOX
    • Director: Ira Stacey VO1IRA
    • Director: Charlie Marsh VO1VZ
    • Director: Dave McLennon VO1LM
    • Director: Keith Fifield VO1KTF
    • Director: Rick Turner VO1ZX

    From Rick VE9MTB Mar.10th:

    Congratulations to Trent Mitchell VE9EN of Fredericton NB on being awarded one of the Radio Amateurs of Canada Scholarships! Here is an excerpt from the RAC announcement - and be sure to check out the link to Trent's first contact -- on the IRG!:

    Every year, through the RAC Foundation, Radio Amateurs of Canada provides grants and scholarships to worthy community programs and to young Amateurs who are enrolled at the post-secondary level in Electrical, Electronic and Software engineering. Students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) programs are also considered on a case by case basis. 


    Once again, we are pleased to announce the granting of three scholarships of $500 each to three Canadian Amateurs who are studying in Electrical Engineering programs in Canadian universities:  Aaron Younan, VA3AZY, Trent Mitchell, VE9EN, and Louis Harris, VA2LDH.


    Trent Mitchell, VE9EN is studying at the University of New Brunswick (UNB) in Fredericton. The UNB has a very active Amateur Radio group under the mentorship of Dr. Brent Petersen, VE9EX and associates. You can watch Trent make his first QSO with the International Repeater Group in February 2016 and as a bonus you get a pretty good description of how a repeater operates. Here is the link:


    It’s gratifying to think that a radio you may be using in the future could be designed by a Canadian Amateur who was helped by your or your club’s donation to the RAC Scholarship and Grants Program today. We need Amateurs like you who are willing to donate to the RAC Foundation to continue supporting future Engineers and young people at the post-secondary level who are studying in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields.


    RAC operates the RAC Foundation in cooperation with the Community Foundation of Ottawa (CFO) which administers and invests the donated funds and disburses the earnings from those invested funds to grant applicants, based upon the advice of the RAC Board. All grant applications should be submitted to the RAC Foundation for processing and recommendation. 


    In addition to the Scholarship and Grants Program RAC also has a Youth Education Program (YEP). For more information visit:


    If you wish to donate or require further information about the RAC Scholarships and Grants Program, please visit or contact me at [email protected].


    On behalf of Aaron, Trent and Louis, thank you for your continued support of this program.


    Bill Unger, VE3XT

    RAC Scholarship Coordinator


    Brian Jackson, VE6JBJ

    RAC Youth Education Program Chair

    From Dave VE1GM Mar.1st

    Results of the 2017 Atlantic White Cane Contest:

    First Place White Caner, Normand Richard VY2NR

    First Place Non-White Caner, Charlotte Ward VE1XYL

    The Yarmouth ARC congratulates the winners and thanks all others who participated.  Certificates are in the mail.

    Dave Vail, VE1GM

    From Jim VE1JBL Feb.20th

    NOTICE:  As of today I have a new mailing address

    Jim Langille VE1JBL

    473 Green Road

    Tidnish Bridge NS B4H3X9

    From Lorne VE1BXK Feb.11th:

    Today Kevin VE1KEV, Lorne VE1BXK and Mike VE1XDT arrive on site for the installation of a internet router provided by Mike VE1XDT. Lorne VE1BXK with his Notebook computer configured the router with ISP (internet Service Provider) IP parameters and security information for remote configuration. Once this was completed, the router parameters were saved on file.

    The router was then installed on top of the XPR84000 VHF (DMR) repeater and interfaced from the router to the ETHERNET port on the XPR8400 repeater.

    "ON AIR" tests was verified by Kevin and Mike's DMR hand held's right at the
    site with final confirmation from Ron VE1AIC from Web Site

    See all photos taken by Lorne VE1BXK. CLICK HERE


    From Howard VE1DHD Jan.29th

    Brit Fader Scholarship Trust Announces 2017 Call for Applications 

    The Brit Fader Scholarship was established in 1993 by the Halifax Amateur Radio Club and endowed through the generosity of Club members and Radio Amateurs throughout the Maritime Provinces of Canada. This scholarship is intended exclusively for post-secondary educational use, including graduate studies, to provide assistance with the cost of tuition, room, board, books and/or other fees essential to the advanced education of the recipient. The amount of the 2017 award will be $1500.00.

     Applicant must be a citizen of Canada, but without regard to gender, race, national origin, handicap status or any other factor and must be performing at a high academic level.

     Applicant must hold an active Basic Class or higher grade of Canadian Amateur Radio license.
    This Scholarship will be provided for attendance at an accredited Canadian post-secondary technical school, college or university, with preference given to applicants who have been accepted into a program in the field of electronics or electrical engineering.

     Application submissions must be postmarked no later than July 7th, 2017.
    A zipped application package (Criteria; Application Form; Reference Form) is available for down-loading from the HARC website at:

    D. Howard Dickson – VE1DHD 
    for the Brit Fader Scholarship Trust
    Halifax Amateur Radio Club

    From RAC Website Jan.27th

    The International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Region 2 Executive Committee has appointed Al Penney, VO1NO, RAC’s Band Planning Committee Chair, as the HF Band Manager for IARU Region 2.

    The official announcement from IARU R2 can be found at:

    In Region 2, Canada’s proximity to both of the other International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Regions offers a unique perspective on how small the world is for radio propagation and the need to coordinate band usage to minimize interference and maximize the Amateur spectrum for all. Al is an excellent choice with his on-the-air experience and as the current Chair of the RAC Band Planning Committee. Please join me in congratulating Al on his new role.

    73, George Gorsline, VE3YV
    International Affairs Officer
    Radio Amateurs of/du Canada


    From Jim VE1JBL Jan.17th

    Here is a newspaper article of John Lockwood VE9KC back in 2010.
    I was talking with John this morning via email and he told me he is now going on 87 years young and still going at full speed. Hopefully I will feel the same if I reach that age. Congratulations John and thanks for being a influential part of this great hobby.

    You can find more pictures of John, his shack and yacht on his QRZ page. 

    Thanks to Linda Hersey for the story.

    From Ron VY2HR Jan.14th

     From Alberton to Summerside to Kensington and Clinton, Island Radio Amateurs took to the airwaves to tell the world of Canada’s World War I victory at the Battle of Vimy Ridge.
    Starting on New Year’s Day and for the next six days, six operators at two different locations made contact with more than 2400 Amateur Radio stations raising world-wide awareness of Vimy.

    VE100VIMY/VY2, the call sign used by the Islanders, was issued specially for the occasion by Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada. The call sign was issued to the Vimy Commemorative Station Society based in Richmond, BC. The Society was formed in 2012 and with the cooperation of the Amateur’s national organization, Radio Amateurs of Canada, organized operations in all thirteen of Canada’s Amateur Radio call sign areas. Each call sign area activates VE100VIMY for a week from January to March. The culmination of the Society’s Vimy initiative will be round the clock operation from April 1 to 9, by an international group of Amateurs at the Battle site at Vimy, France. More information may be found on the Society’s website at   

    The Island Amateur Radio operators were: Bill Glydon, VY2LI in Alberton; Doug Silliker VY2DS in Summerside; Pictured above Ron Huybers, VY2HR; and Shirley Huybers, VY2SKH in Kensington and Ken McCormick, VY2RU and Ella McCormick, VE1PEI in Clinton.

    Canadians are celebrating Canada’s sesquicentennial this year, 150 proud years as a nation. The Battle of Vimy Ridge is seen as an important step in the development of Canada’s nationhood. Canada’s Radio Amateurs are justly proud in leading in Canada’s commemoration of the centennial of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. Lest we forget!

    See story on the CBC News PEI website. CLICK HERE

    The Hon. Peter MacKay in a article in the Toronto Sun on Sept 25, 2016 challenged Canadians to remember to commemorate the centennial of the Battle of Vimy Ridge in this the sesquicentennial of Canada’s confederation.

    Island Radio Amateurs were the first Canadians to act on the Hon. Mr. MacKay’s challenge! I hope you will share with your readers the attached release and picture so they too can share in the commemoration.


    Hugh McCully, VE3AYR

    Publicity Director

    Vimy Commemorative Station Society


    [email protected]

    610 Barons Court

    Burlington, ON L7R 4E4

    From Jim VE1JBL Jan. 11th

    I would like to take this time to thank President Darrell O'Donnell VE1ASI , Treasurer Roger Belliveau VE1RV and webmaster and good friend Jim Cleveland VE1CHI for there warm welcome to the Old Timers Club.

    The Old Timers Club was founded in 1960 by Bert Whittaker, VE1RT. Nets have been held continuously since then on Sunday mornings at 8:00 am Atlantic time on a frequency of 3.750 MHz., using the call sign of our late Founder.

    Unfortunately my HF rig is in for repairs so it will be awhile before I will be able to take part in the net.

    If you have been a ham for 20 years or more why not help support the OTC by filling out the form and sending it in to become a member. Like this website, it is the members that keep the club going. WEBSITE 

    From Jim VE1JBL Jan. 4th

    Just a note to let everyone know Dennis d'Entremont VE1XT has recently become the Nova Scotia Administrator for

    Dennis can be reached at [email protected] if anyone wants to email him directly about RepeaterBook or anything else.

    RepeaterBook is also looking for administrators for New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. The Newfoundland & Labrador administrator is Matthew Gillie VO1EI.

    RIC-3, Information on the Amateur Radio Service 

    Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED), formerly Industry Canada, has issued a revised version of RIC-3, Information on the Amateur Radio Service. It replaces RIC-3 Version 3 that was released in July 2005. Radio Amateurs of Canada welcomes the change as it addresses several long-standing issues pointed out by RAC in the past where the document required updating to address changes in technologies and practices, notably the decision by many administrations to remove the requirement for Morse code qualification for new Radio Amateurs. The new version of RIC-3 can be found online at:

    The new document contains several editorial changes (such as the change in the name of the Department) and clarifications regarding the operating privileges granted to holders of the Basic qualifications. Over recent years there have been questions about which qualification is required by Canadian Radio Amateurs to modify a commercial transceiver to operate on Amateur bands. Those with Advanced certification could certainly make any sort of modification as they are allowed to design and build transmitters. The new RIC-3 makes it clear that the privileges of those holding Basic certifications includes:

    "re-programming of radio equipment to operate in the Amateur Bands if this can be done by a computer program. Note: No physical modifications to the circuitry of the radio are permitted."

    RAC had urged that the limitation of the restriction of remote control of Amateur Radio stations to those with Advanced qualification be relaxed as changes in transceiver design have made remote control over the Internet much simpler than in the past and so the higher technical qualification of Advanced was not essential. We believe that those with Basic should have this privilege but ISED has not yet agreed. Dealing with regulations and their interpretation is an ongoing activity where several rounds of discussion are often required to achieve results. 

    The document also drops the outdated requirement for visiting American Radio Amateurs to have demonstrated CW proficiency to be able to operate HF phone in Canada. The World Radiocommunication Conference of 2003 agreed that CW need not be required for Amateur Radio licensing and the USA dropped the CW requirement for Amateur Radio licences in 2007 after the previous RIC-3 was published. 

    The major change to the document relates to reciprocal operating privileges, in particular those provided in a European intergovernmental agreement developed through a European telecommunications committee (referred to by its French acronym CEPT) that has grown to include several non-European countries.

    Canada is a signatory to the CEPT T/R 61-01 reciprocal operating agreement, under which Canadian Amateurs who have a CEPT permit issued in Canada may operate in European countries during temporary visits. This agreement has undergone various revisions over the years notably to acknowledge the removal of CW qualification as a requirement for Amateur Radio authorization in many countries, and after negotiations between ISED and CEPT, the rules for Canadian participation have been updated to follow suit. There have been two major changes as a result: (1) There will no longer be two classes of CEPT permit depending on the holding of a Morse code qualification. Although Morse code is no longer a requirement for the CEPT permit, any such qualifications will still be noted on the permit for use in countries that still require Morse code for access to HF; (2) After conducting a comparison study of the syllabus for Canadian and CEPT examinations, CEPT has determined that only Canadian Amateurs who hold an Advanced qualification will be eligible for reciprocal operating privileges under CEPT T/R 61-01. Therefore, effective immediately, and as described in RIC-3, CEPT permits will only be issued to Amateurs with an Advanced qualification. Canadian Amateurs who have the requisite qualifications may submit requests for CEPT permits to RAC as described at:

    Canada is a party to another intergovernmental agreement, the Inter-American Convention on an International Amateur Radio Permitthat provides reciprocal operating privileges to Radio Amateurs of one country that signs on to this agreement when they visit other countries that have also joined the agreement. At the meeting of national Amateur Radio organizations in Chile in October, Radio Amateurs of Canada and other similar organizations in our hemisphere agreed to encourage their governments to update this agreement. At last week's meeting of the Canadian Amateur Radio Advisory Board (CARAB), RAC was told that at a recent meeting of representatives of governments of the Americas, the Inter-American Telecommunication Commission (CITEL), delegates agreed to update the agreement. We expect this will be done in the summer of 2017. 

    Richard Ferch, VE3IAY/VE3KI
    RAC Regulatory Affairs Officer