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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 tarcnewbie@davidh.ca

From Jim VE1JBL Nov.11th, 2017

Here are a few pictures from Ron Huybers VY2HR and his wife Shirley VY2SKH taken when they toured Vimy Ridge this past year. I had talked to Ron about sending some pictures and a short write-up of their trip.

Here are some pictures of our recent trip to the WW1 Vimy Ridge monument in France.
We arrived there about two weeks after the official ceremony. This time there were very few visitors around. We almost had the entire monument to ourselves.
We lucked in with a nice warm sunny day, with fluffy clouds and a gentle breeze.
Very peaceful.
This is a most impressive monument. It is surrounded by lush grassy fields and forests.
Unfortunately many of the grounds are still off limits due to un exploded ordnance in the ground. Just another reminder of the battles that raged there so many years ago.

While Shirley toured the museum (above ground) I toured the original trenches and under ground tunnels that are there well preserved. I just cannot imagine the hardship those soldier experienced while digging those tunnels. A well worth trip to experience a monument dedicate to so many soldiers who fought there and never made it back home.

Lest Not Forget.

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

2 Meter Wake-Up Net

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

IRG Weather Net starts again on Monday, November 6

Everyone likes to talk about the weather, here's your chance to do something useful about it!

The IRG Weather Net will start for this season on Monday, November 6. The net starts at 7:30 a.m. every morning on the 25 repeaters of the International Repeater Group (IRG).

The purpose of the net is to gather observations to assist Environment and Climate Change Canada with its forecasts. No special training is required, and you do not need to be a member of anything. 

A fancy weather station is not needed, simple observations are all that are required, but a thermometer, ruler and simple rain gauge would help if you have them. 

We gather any or all of the following:  cloud cover if any, current active weather, visibility in km, current outdoor temperature, current wind speed and direction, measured rainfall or snowfall, and high and low temperatures in the last 24 hours.  

Anyone who wants more information about the Weather Net, you can visit the web site irg73.net and follow the weather link, or just tune in -- we'll help you become a weather expert in no time. 

For more information, contact Rick VE9MTB at ve9mtb@rac.ca

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

Jim Hannon (Left) receiving Exercise Handshake award from Todd Brown Director Public Safety & Field Communications.
Certificates awarded for Key Members of Exercise Handshake
(L to R) Mike Johnson, Bob Perry, Jim Langille, Jim Hannon, Craig Seaboyer.

From Robert VE3EGD Sept. 28th, 2017

I am beginning a research project to study ducting in maritime environments to see if communications reliability can be enhanced. In particular, I would be interested to know if anybody in the forum has any knowledge or experience with ducting and circular polarization.
Thanks for any help,
Robert Bultitude
 

robert.bultitude@yahoo.com

(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.


73 Howard

From Ron VE1AIC Sept. 2nd, 2017

Here are three different web pages on my website VE1AIC-VE1CRA devoted to Digital Voice Mulit-Mode Projects

1. This page has been around for awhile but is still updated. It deals with work on the D-Star mode only.

http://ve1cra.net/main/dstar.html

2. This newer page has info on DMR and Fusion projects.

http://ve1cra.net/main/dmr.html

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.

http://ve1cra.net/main/zumspot.html

From Jim VE1JBL Sept. 2nd, 2017

Shout out to Dave Vail VE1GM & Bernie Bonnar VE1UT long time volunteers for Exercise Handshake at their stations in the Yarmouth EOC. The Yarmouth ARC has been one of the longest supporters of Handshake going back to its beginning in 2008.

Exercise Handshake

Dave Vail VE1GM left NCO for HF operations and Bernie Bonnar VE1UT on TMR radio.

Yarmouth Emergency Operations Center

 

From Dave VE9CB Aug.27th, 2017

From 2 October to mid-January, Fredericton Amateur Radio Club will run a course to help you earn your Amateur Radio license.

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 ve9cb@rac.ca

From Rick VE9MTB Aug. 11th, 2017

New Brunswick amateur radio operators proved they were ready to get the message through "when all else fails" during the recent telephone outage. 

Last Friday August 4th, 2017, Bell and other telephone carriers experienced a widespread failure of the telephone network in Atlantic Canada. Service was interrupted to many cellular and landline telephone customers and to many mobile radio services, including portions of the trunked mobile radio system (TMR) used by Ambulance New Brunswick and other public services. 

New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization (EMO) immediately began monitoring the situation and an amateur radio operator was en route to EMO headquarters. A province-wide call via radio was made to all amateur radio operators, to be prepared to deploy to local Emergency Operation Centres if needed. 

"Amateur radio has a long-standing history of being a back-up communication link for EMO, and this is exactly the type of situation where we can help," said Rick MacMillan, (call sign VE9MTB) President of the International Repeater Group (IRG).

"With limited telephone service, it was a challenge to reach anyone for the call to action, but the wheels started turning immediately and amateur radio operators started ramping up within minutes of the outage," added MacMillan. 

"The IRG has agreements with the Department of Health, and with Horizon and Vitalité health systems to help with back-up communications. Just within the last few years, amateur radio stations were installed in all hospital facilities, to be ready 'when all else fails'.  Within an hour, there were radio operators standing by at several local hospitals, just in case the facilities lost all their communications."

"Our repeaters are connected via a modern digital microwave network.  It does not require internet and most have back-up power sources -- it's a very robust system, proven over the test of time in all types of disasters". 

Amateur radio volunteers routinely take part in provincial and municipal emergency exercises throughout the year, and take part in regular on-air tests of equipment. 

"We want to remind all amateurs of the importance of tuning in during any type of unusual event.  Having a radio ready to go could make a big difference to their neighbors who need help.  Remember to keep your transmissions short and leave lots of chance for others to use the frequency if they need it during any emergency."

"Hats off to Cory Allen, VE9CO who immediately deployed to EMO headquarters and took inventory of other amateurs who were on the air and their location," said MacMillan.   

"In many locations, cellular and landline telephones were dead, and radio was all we had. We had over thirty amateur radio operators on the air throughout the province and more were joining in as the day went on.  Had the failure been more serious, we would have been able to relay urgent messages to anywhere in the province and beyond." 

"We can't say it enough -- be ready with a radio and back-up power to help others in case of an emergency.  Emergency situations can arise suddenly and without warning and the faster we can get people on the air or positioned where they can help, the better."

"All of our training and readiness paid off.  You never know when an emergency will strike, so it pays to be prepared," concluded MacMillan. 

The International Repeater Group operates on twenty five (25) amateur radio repeaters across New Brunswick, with links to Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, and covers parts of eastern Maine.  In addition to supporting the hobby of amateur radio, the IRG helps provide emergency communication support to New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization, Environment Canada, River Watch, and other departments, municipalities, hospital corporations and agencies.

More information:
Rick MacMillan, President
International Repeater Group

Background information:
International Repeater Group (IRG)
Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC)
American Radio Relay League (ARRL)
Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada


From Dana VE1VOX Aug.9th, 2017

DMR repeater VA1DIG in Truro NS is now on Facebook. The setting is set to Public so all can see so you shouldn't have to be a member of FB.

There is repeater updates and some great operating tips for those new to DMR. 

From Al VE1CYP Aug. 8th, 2017

Thanks to Tom Cohoon VE1TA and the NSARA with cooperation of the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg our IRLP node 2973 on the VE1KIN repeater in Bridgewater 147.120 is once again back online.

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

 

Hammonds Plains

 

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

 

 

Upper Sackville

 

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

                                                                  

Hilden

 

VE1TAL LAN (145.070) – Complete node stack now operational. ON AIR

 

73, Lorne

VE1BXK


From Doug VE1FAL Aug.3rd, 2017


Maritime D-Star Reflector




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:


     XRF339 xlx339.avarc.ca

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

2017 Brit Fader Scholarship

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

Here is a succinct article from Howard VE1ZD on the matter of a Silent Key's certificate.  It's posted on the Fredericton ARC site under the title "None of us is here forever."  You might want to add it to the MA site.

This is something we must all consider.  Thank you to Howard VE1DHD for this concise article:

What happens to a Silent Key's Amateur Radio Operator certificate?

Unless someone notifies the Amateur Radio Service Centre at Industry Canada, now known as Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED), so that the deceased ham’s call sign can be deleted from the database, absolutely nothing happens and the callsign remains active until the SK’s 125th birthday.  This then begs the question as to how many of the Radio Amateur callsigns in the ISED database belong to SKs.
While the families of some Radio Amateurs are aware of the importance of cancelling the callsign of a deceased family member, I would suspect that the vast majority are not.  I would therefore suggest that all Radio Amateurs should, as a matter of course, instruct family in a formal way as to how to cancel their callsign on their death.  The best way to do this is to include a directive in our wills to the effect that the executor needs to contact the Amateur Radio Service Centre in Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada to report the passing of a licensed Radio Amateur; a copy of the deceased’s obituary is required as confirmation.
The address for Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada is:

ISED Amateur Radio Service Centre
2 Queen Street East
Sault Ste. Marie, ON
P6A 1Y3

email address:  ic.spectrumamateur-spectreamateur.ic@nullcanada.ca

Telephone: 1-888-780-3333 (Toll free)

Fax number: 1-705-941-4607

The next time you update your will be sure to add this change.

D. Howard Dickson
Radio Amateur – VE1DHD // VE1ZD
Seabright, Nova Scotia

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.




Projected dates:


    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

 

73

VA1WAB ………… Willis


From Dana VE1VOX Jul.25th, 2017

The VA1DIG repeater is now up and running. A few tweaks are yet to come including DStar accessibility. Currently the output is 10 watts and will be increased shortly.  It is running under the Brandmiester network. The hardware is located in Truro Heights and coverage is focused on the Truro core area. The frequency is 442.650+. 

From Mike VE1MWJ Jun. 28th, 2017

Telephone Service Disruption
2017-06-27

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

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 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 ve1xt@repeaterbook.com 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: http://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/smt-gst.nsf/eng/sf01008.html

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: http://wp.rac.ca/study-guides-2/regulatory-info/cept-permits/

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. 

Any questions regarding these changes may be directed to Richard Ferch, VE3IAY/VE3KI, RAC Regulatory Affairs Officer at regulatory@rac.ca.

Richard Ferch, VE3IAY/VE3KI
RAC Regulatory Affairs Officer