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From Dave VE1HUL Nov.21st, 2017
Just a note to let everyone know that the Truro ARC Newbie Round Table will be "On the Air" Sunday night beginning at 9pm AT.
Suggestions for new topics and or questions to ask are always welcome send them to firstname.lastname@example.org
From Jim VE1JBL Nov.11th, 2017
From the RAC website Nov.9th, 2017
Dear RAC Members,
It has been brought to out attention that a hacker in Taiwan is phishing (attempting to obtain sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, credit card details and indirectly money) using <callsign>@rac.ca addresses.
Do not click the icon to "verify email"
We have taken steps to block the sender but some cases of this attempt may already be contained in your RAC email.
As with all emails when in doubt .... DELETE FIRST. You can always contact the proper source to confirm when unsure of an emails content.
Paul Burggraaf VE3PRB
RAC Chief Information and Technology Officer
From Jim VE1JBL Nov.5th, 2017
The Wake-up net meets Monday to Friday at 7:30am AT on the MAVCOM system throughout Nova Scotia & Prince Edward Island.
The net has been running for several years and continues to grow across the region.
All amateurs including visitors to the area are invited to join in to get your morning fix of amateur radio and the latest happenings around the area.
Net Control Operators include Al Christie VE1ZX, Bob Tuttle VE1DR and Norm Richard VY2NR.
The net usually runs for an hour but varies due to the amount of check-ins.
Amateurs outside of the area are also invited to check in via IRLP Reflector 9013 and Echolink node 100853 VE1ZX-L
So if you are up early in the morning, put on a pot of coffee or tea sit back and enjoy.
If you have any amateur radio announcements you would like to get out to the amateur community this is a great time to present it.
Any questions or comments about the net CLICK HERE
From Rick VE9MTB Nov. 3rd, 2017
From Jerry VE1AAC Nov.1st, 2017
It was Nov 27, 2016 that I did my last calling of the Maritime Weather Net using the net call VE1MWX.
Around 8 am that morning my daughter took me to the Emergency section of the Halifax Infirmary
with strong chest pains. A couple of hours later following some tests I was told I had a large aneurysm on my aorta that required immediate bypass surgery. Roughly six hours later I was placed in a room with Doctors and nurses everywhere. They got me
settled in and told me I would be staying there at least a week. They told me that I had recently had a mild stroke and a light heart
attack, both of which I had no knowledge of.
After ten days I was released and after arriving home I decided that my days on the Weather Net were over. It was a task that I enjoyed doing 6 days a week for 37 and a half years. I still miss it but do not plan to go back at it. I gave up the call VE1MWX and had it transferred to Darrell, VE1ASI. I tried a few times to check into the net but without success. I seem to have antenna troubles of some sort and with my health and now being 84 yrs old I guess there is not much I can do about fixing it.
I certainly want to thank all the guys and gals who called in over
the years and the weather office feels the same way. I would appreciate
it if you would mention this on your web page so all the hams who were ever on the wx net will know that I do appreciate their support over the years.
From Jim VE1JBL Oct.31st, 2017
Exercise Handshake Receives Award
On Thursday Oct.12th, 2017 members of the WestCumb ARC travelled to Dartmouth NS to receive the Ian MacKinnon Memorial Interoperability Award at the 2017 Nova Scotia Interoperability Forum hosted by Nova Scotia Public Safety and Field Communications.
The award was given to “Exercise Handshake” for its outstanding contribution over the years to ensure radio interoperability for first responders in Nova Scotia.
Since December 2008 “Exercise Handshake” has been a monthly exercise to promote and test the provincial Trunked Mobile Radio (TMR) system around the province. The exercise was a joint venture between Jim Hannon VE1AFH who was Cumberland Regional EMO Coordinator at the time and Public Safety Field Communications.
It had been hosted by Cumberland Regional EMO and the WestCumb ARC in Amherst for the first six years before being handed over to other clubs to host.
The idea of the exercise was to have a monthly net to test out the new provincial TMR radios in a non emergency situation so that agencies would learn to be comfortable using these radios and find any problems with them so they could be repaired and be ready in case of a real emergency or disaster. Amateur radio operators associated with EMO's across the province were also ask to learn how to use these radios in case they would be called in to operate these radios during a real emergency or disaster.
At this writing there have been 106 exercises with over a thousand check-ins by multiple agencies including RCMP, Police, Fire, EHS, Search & Rescue, provincial & county EMO Centers, Environment Canada etc.
Accepting the award of behalf of Handshake was Jim Hannon VE1AFH.
Also receiving awards as key members for Handshake were Jim Langille VE1JBL, Bob Perry VE1EDP, Mike Johnson VE1MWJ and Craig Seaboyer VE1DSS.
Jim Langille was Net Control Operator in the early days of Handshake, sending out monthly recaps and reminders to the agencies and also looks after the webpage for Handshake on the Maritime Amateur website.
Bob Perry took part from the very beginning of Handshake and was Communications Officer for Cumberland EMO, looking after the radios and having the radio room ready each month for us to host the exercise.
Mike Johnson is the current regional EMC for Cumberland County while Craig Seaboyer Alternate Emergency Management Coordinator for Antigonish REMO is the current Net Control Operator for TMR during the exercise.
In the past year Prince Edward Island & New Brunswick have joined Nova Scotia using the TMR system and their agencies are in the process of changing over to the system. Hopefully they will also join in on Handshake to exercise these radios and also be comfortable using them when the need arises.
Special thanks to all the radio operators who have taken part in Handshake over these past nine years. This award is for all of you who take time out each month to check into Handshake.
Without all of you this exercise would not be active.
Jim Langille VE1JBL
(L to R) Mike Johnson, Bob Perry, Jim Langille, Jim Hannon, Craig Seaboyer.
From Robert VE3EGD Sept. 28th, 2017
Thanks for any help,
(Originally VE1 ABG (Moncton, 1967-1975)
From Dave VE1GM Sept. 25th, 2017
The Yarmouth Amateur Radio Club was formed by a group of interested people in the original Grand Hotel in July of 1947. We celebrated our 70th anniversary with a supper meeting at the current Grand Hotel on July 18th of 2017 and we were honored to have the last surviving founding member, Wally Clarke, VE3CBE, in attendance. He’s 90 years of age and came all the way from Ottawa to be with us and everyone was happy to meet him and share in his memories of Yarmouth.
There have been many changes in those 70 years, in the early days most amateurs built their own equipment and after World War Two ended a lot of military equipment became surplus and many operators bought and modified it for use on the amateur frequencies. Nowadays, parts are getting hard to find and equipment is much more sophisticated, so almost all of us use commercially made equipment. In the early days everyone had to start out using Morse Code for their first year and in order to go on the air by voice, they had to demonstrate that they had improved their Morse Code skills and write a second examination. The Morse requirement was dropped about 20 years ago and the exam was changed to a multiple-choice format and there was an influx of new amateurs.
The club now has 36 members who meet on the third Tuesday of each month except for July and August, and there is an informal get-together at the local EMO building every Saturday morning beginning at 9:15 and anyone with an interest in amateur radio is invited to drop in.
We own and operate several repeaters and are affiliated with the local Emergency Management Organization.
From Howard VE1DHD Sept.23rd, 2017
The Halifax Amateur Radio Club has been given the special callsign CK100VDA to use for nine days in December - 0000Z on December 2nd to 2359Z on December 10th, with December 6th being the 100th anniversary of the Great Halifax Explosion.
We have set up a special page on the HARC website - look under "Events" on the home page for the tab "CK100VDA". There you will find the history of the Great Explosion.
We will have the capability of simultaneously working in all three modes - SSB; CW; and any one of the various digital modes.
From Ron VE1AIC Sept. 2nd, 2017
1. This page has been around for awhile but is still updated. It deals with work on the D-Star mode only.
2. This newer page has info on DMR and Fusion projects.
3. This new page is all about the latest in multi-mode digital voice Hotspots.
All the latest info on hardware and software for D-Star, DMR & Fusion modes based on the MMDVM project.
From Jim VE1JBL Sept. 2nd, 2017
Yarmouth Emergency Operations Center
From Dave VE9CB Aug.27th, 2017
Classes will run most Mondays and Thursday evenings from 7pm to 9pm. The language of instruction will be English.
The cost is $120, including all required study materials. The fee includes a one-year membership in the Fredericton Amateur Radio Club and the Radio Amateurs of Canada. At the end of the course, FARC’s accredited Examiners will administer the examination for the Basic Certificate of Proficiency in Amateur Radio, the essential requirement to hold a call sign and get on the air.
Your instructors are a team of experienced, knowledgeable Radio Amateurs who are very keen to help you get a good start in the fascinating, diverse world of Amateur Radio.
Registration will be on Monday, 2 October 2017 at 7pm. Come to the Boardroom of the Victoria Health Centre, 65 Brunswick Street, Fredericton NB.
For more info, Please contact Dave VE9CB at (506) 206-8334 or email@example.com
From Rick VE9MTB Aug. 11th, 2017
From Dana VE1VOX Aug.9th, 2017
From Al VE1CYP Aug. 8th, 2017
From Lorne VE1BXK Aug.5th, 2017
Status of the MARCAN (Maritime Canada) RF Packet Radio Network as of Thursday August 5, 2017.
MARCAN Packet / APRS Network
VE1PKT LAN (145.030) - RF cable run connected from radio/MFJTNC to VHF multi-coupler. ON AIR
VE1PKT APRS (144.390) – Replacement Motorola GM300 VHF and MFJ1270 TNC installed. ON AIR
VE1USR (UHF Packet Node Node) - Replaced Tiny 2 TNC with a MFJ1270B TNC. Set transmit deviation to spec. ON AIR
VE1USR APRS (144.390) - Found MFJ1270B TNC VHF/HF switch was in the wrong position. Removed cover off TNC and removed clip on VHF/HF switch so it remains in VHF selection only. ON AIR
VE1TAL LAN (145.070) – Complete node stack now operational. ON AIR
From Doug VE1FAL Aug.3rd, 2017
VK3LDR of dstar.org.au defines reflectors as such:
A reflector can be considered to be similar to a repeater, but with no RF capabilities. Reflectors are Internet connected servers, generally in data centres, which receive a transmission from a connected gateway (via the Internet) and send it out to all other connected gateways for retransmission, via RF in the case of a repeater. The term gateway is used in the broader sense, which includes devices such as dongles and DVAPs.
Reflectors are basically a conference bridge for D-Star. They allow multiple D-Star repeaters and Dongle users, from around the world, to be joined together and whatever information is transmitted across one of the repeaters is repeated across all of the connected repeaters.
Reflectors are often set up for the purpose of regional communications, not usually in any technically enforced way, but rather as a designation of purpose. For example, there are reflectors for Ontario, there are a cluster of reflectors linked together in the mid-Atlantic region of the US and so on.
At the time I write this there are only 5 D-Star repeaters in the
Maritimes (3 in PEI and 2 in NS) but there are many D-Star users in the
region, many of whom use “dongles” or “hotspots” to access the wider
D-Star network. But until now there was no regional reflector to link
Maritimers. Now there is. Annapolis Valley ARC is hosting the Maritime D-Star Reflector.
This reflector has been added to the X Reflector host list (will be in the next published version after 16 July 2017) which can be found here or here. Or if you prefer to edit your host file manually then add the following:
The dashboard can also be found at http://xlx339.avarc.ca/ Currently there are 3 modules available. Module A is linked to international reflectors. Module B is linked to Canadian reflectors. Module C is the regional Maritimes reflector. If/when other Maritimes reflectors are created by other groups, AVARC will request to link with them. Module D is not enabled at this time but there are experimental D-Star/DMR/YSF crosslink reflectors that we will be linking to in the future.
Over time this reflector will grow with more linking of international and national peers. But more importantly it is hoped that Maritime D-Star users will make it their “home port” on the wider network of D-Star reflectors.
UPDATE: Module D is active with a crosslink to the Ontario C4FM group and DMR Brandmeister TG 3023.
From Howard VE1DHD Aug. 1st, 2017
The Halifax Amateur Radio Club is pleased to announce that Bram Paterson - VA2XE - has been awarded the 2017 Brit Fader Scholarship.
Bram has just completed a college programme in engineering at CÉGEP de Saint-Laurent and will begin Electrical Engineering at the Sir George Williams Campus of Concordia University in Montreal in September 2017. It was because of his experiences in Amateur Radio that Bram elected to further his education in the field of electrical engineering and hopes to work in the area of RF field engineering.
Bram’s operating activities consist of SSB HF 2m and 70cm (FM & DMR) and he operates an APRS gate at his home QTH.
Bram served as the treasurer for the West Island Amateur Radio Club from 2015 to 2017, and is currently the editor of the Club News Letter, acts as backup net control operator for the Club and helps out at Field Day.
Bram was awarded a RAC Scholarship in 2015 as well as the 2015 Brit Fader Scholarship.
From Dave VE9CB Aug. 1st, 2017
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From Willis VA1WAB Jul.28th, 2017
The Pictou County Amateur Radio Club (PCARC) will conduct a radio course with the object of participants becoming a licensed radio amateur.
This course will be held at the club meeting place (Senior Citizens Meeting Place and former library, adjacent to the ball park) located at Acadia Avenue and Leo Fahey Way in Stellarton NS on Thursday evenings at 7:00 PM
The cost will be $80 payable at registration, per person plus one family member. It also includes the textbook for the course and a one year membership in the club.
August 12th Last day of Registration
September 14th Start of Course
December 14th Last session in 2017
January 11th 2018 Course resumes
Exam Target the end of January
In order to register, the following persons may be contacted;
Bill Akkerman, 51 Weir Ave. Stellarton 902-752-7360
Willis Bates, 2544 Cowan St. Westville 902-396-1289
John Orritt, 53 Denoon Street Pictou 902-237-6334
Kevin Kehoe, 459 Chisholm St. New Glasgow 902-759-7616
VA1WAB ………… Willis
From Dana VE1VOX Jul.25th, 2017
From Mike VE1MWJ Jun. 28th, 2017
The following is a brief on the events relating to the loss of telephone service to Cumberland County Region on Tuesday the 27th day of June, 2017. The region experienced several hours without phone service affecting 2936 customers of Bell Aliant. From near 1530 to 1926 hrs.
During the late afternoon of June 27th, the phone service to a number of prefixes in the Cumberland region went down due to an electronic card at the Amherst office that impacted a number of switching units in the area. The prifixes affected were, 667, 546, 545, 686, and 251. These prefixes served the following areas, Tidnish, Amherst Shore, Shinimicas, Amherst Head, Truemanville, East Amherst, The Town of Amherst, Amherst Point, Nappan, Maccan, River Hebert, Joggins, Southampton, Collingwood, and Brookdale.
This affected land lines for Aliant only. Cell phones were still usable as well as those linesserved by other providers like Eastlink, even though the prefix was the same.
The Town of Amherst had sent out a PSA advising of the problem and provided cell phone numbers for the Amherst Police and Fire.
Once the extent of the affected area and residents was known the Emergency Telecommunication plan was put in place and calls were made to Cumberland County Fire Departments and the Amateur Radio Service to mitigate the consequences of the outage. The plan called for a member of the Fire Department to staff their department and use the TMR system to communicate to all other Emergency Response Agencies through Mutual Aid.
The WestCumb Amateur Radio Club in Amherst responded and was preparing to back fill the fireman at various departments across the County. This was being done to relieve the fire service member so he/she would be available to respond in the event of a fire call.
Public Service Announcements were being prepared to advise the resident of Cumberland Region to attend their local Fire Departments where any calls for assistance could be taken and relayed to the appropriate emergency service. Cell phone numbers were also being reiterated for Amherst Dispatch of Fire and Police.
Valley Dispatch was contacted and the requested to contact the affected Fire personnel and have them attend their offices.
Shubie Radio was contacted and Mutual Aid 2 talk group was established to provide communication to all emergency service in the Cumberland Region.
In response, Collingwood, Joggins, River Hebert, Shinimicas, Southampton, Tidnish Fire Departments, Amherst Town Police, Amherst Fire Servcie, EHS dispatch and Valley Dispatch were all monitoring Mutual Aid 2 and checked in with EMO Cumberland.
The Joggins Fire Department advised at 1828 hours that their phone was working. Further checks at 1917 hrs. determined that all Fire Departments had their phones working. The latest update from Aliant was that the technicians were still working on the problem. Consequently all plans to have Amateur Radio operators attend the Fire Departments was put on hold.
Aliant Corporate Emergency Planning called at 1926 hrs. and advised that their tech’s had restored the service. In response Amateur Radio was stood down. All fire department personnel were advised of the update and thanked for their assistance. All monitoring agencies left the Mutual Aid Talk group and Shubie was advised the talk group was no longer needed.
Your support and the support of the amateur community was very helpful. This is the first time we put into practice what we theorized for the backup communications plan. I am pleased with how it went but will have a quick hot wash to discuss any pitfalls experienced.
On behalf of REMO I would like to thank all who participated in the event. This is exactly what I anticipate will become more and more common as we rely more on our infrastructure that is getting old.
Mike Johnson VE1MWJ REMO Cumberland
From Dave VE1GM Mar.1st
From Jim VE1JBL Feb.20th
473 Green Road
Tidnish Bridge NS B4H3X9
From Jim VE1JBL Jan. 4th
Just a note to let everyone know Dennis d'Entremont VE1XT has recently become the Nova Scotia Administrator for RepeaterBook.com
Dennis can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org 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
"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."