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EMO worker tries to drum up enthusiasm for ham radio

EMO worker tries to drum up enthusiasm for ham radio

In an emergency, ham radio is an essential form of communication, Mike Johnson says

A free workshop about ham radios will be held in Sackville on Oct. 22. (Nicole Williams/CBC)

A ham radio probably isn’t the first form of communication a person thinks about in an emergency, but sometimes, it’s the only one that works.

Ham radios can use wireless transmission to send messages to battery-operated radios.

And they can be useful when large storms knock out telecommunications, says Mike Johnson, the Cumberland Regional Emergency Management co-ordinator.

He is partnering up with EOS Eco-Energy and the West Cumb Amateur Radio Club to hold a free workshop in Sackville to try get more people interested in ham radios.

Different technology

Johnson, who is also a member of the WestCumb club in Amherst, N.S., said that when we lose essential communications such as cellphones, landlines and the Internet — a ham radio can come to the rescue. Hurricane Michael, which struck Florida this week, devastated normal channels of communications.

Storms that knock out telecommunications for long periods of time create more problems for co-ordinated emergency response, he said.

He said he’s already seen how ham radios could help in New Brunswick.

In January 2017, a massive ice storm knocked out power to thousands in the northeast for days.

Operators dwindling

“It became very difficult,” said Johnson.

Today, ham radios are considered a hobby more than a necessity, and not many people know how they work.

“Our numbers are dwindling,” Johnson said of the amateur radio clubs.

But younger members are needed, especially since the clubs’ services may be needed even more as the climate changes.

“We still use Morse code to this day,” he said.

Requires a test

Johnson said there are a few steps to becoming a ham radio operator.

“You need to study, take the test, once you pass it’s a one-time cost,” he said. “It’s good for life.”

After that, it’s just buying the equipment to use. Equipment for amateur radio costs between $300 and $5,000.

The workshop will be held at the Sackville Royal Canadian Legion on Monday, Oct. 22, at 6:30 p.m.

SET 2018 Oct13

SIMULATED EMERGENCY TEST 2018 October 13

The Scenario: Please see Stephen’s post below

 

Possible useful info:

National HF ARES Frequencies

SSB Frequencies Tactical

75 M ‐ 3.675 MHz LSB Alfa

40 M ‐ 7.135 MHz LSB Bravo

20 M ‐ 14.135 MHz USB Charlie

17 M ‐ 18.135 MHz USB Delta

15 M ‐ 21.235 MHz USB Echo

10 M ‐ 28.235 MHz USB Foxtrot

CW Frequencies Tactical

80 M ‐ 3.535 MHz Golf

40 M ‐ 7.035 MHz Hotel

20 M ‐ 14.035 MHz India

17 M ‐ 18.075 MHz Juliett

15 M ‐ 21.035 MHz Kilo

10 M ‐ 28.035 MHz Lima

Digital Frequencies Tactical

80 M ‐ 3.596 MHz Mike

40 M ‐ 7.096 MHz November

20 M ‐ 14.096 MHz Oscar

17 M ‐ 18.096 MHz Papa

15 M ‐ 21.096 MHz Quebec

10 M ‐ 28.096 MHz Romeo

 

IRLP Reflector 9302

 

ARES Red Deer system

Frequency Offset Tone Location State Call  Use
146.5550 0 MHz 103.5 Rimbey AB VE6YXR OPEN
444.5500 +5 MHz 91.5 Red Deer AB VE6YXR OPEN
447.6000 -5 MHz 110.9 Buck Lake AB VE6YXR OPEN
448.7500 -5 MHz 107.2 Crossfield AB VE6YXR OPEN
449.8750 -5 MHz 107.2 Alix AB VE6YXR OPEN
449.8750 -5 MHz 103.5 Sundre, Limestone Mtn AB VE6YXR OPEN

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Simulated Emergency Test (SET) – October 13, 2018

 

 

The 2018 Simulated Emergency Test will be held on Saturday, October 13, starting 9am local time on the Central Alberta Amateur Radio Club repeater network, VE6QE etc.

This will be a virtual exercise for a train derailment. As a virtual exercise there is no need for anyone to travel to take part.

The exercise will use a Net Control Station (NCS) plus a minimum eight other stations.

Each operator participating in the exercise will receive a script detailing station location.

The following link includes the instructions and minimum specific messages noted above: SIMULATED EMERGENCY TEST 2018

Hope you are able to take part.

73

Stephen Lee, VA6SGL CEC

CAARC and Red Deer & Area EC

Cell: (403) 307-1643

Thanks to CAARC

SABRE-27 High Altitude Balloon

Hi

The weather is looking promising so we’re going to give it another try this Saturday, September 29.

Please pass this on to anyone you think may be interested.

73, Bruce – VE5BNC

Unfortunately we’ve had to postpone the flight due to terrible weather.  (near freezing, 40km winds and a mix of snow and rain).

I’ll re-send an announcement when we have it rescheduled.

Thanks

Bruce

 

Hi Bob

The Saskatoon Amateur Radio Club is planning on flying a VHF voice repeater on our next flight on September 22.  Please pass this on to anyone you think will be interested. More >

Report on CAARC 2018 Field Day

Well, ARRL Field Day is over for another year. Some Central Alberta amateurs operated this event from the Red Deer County EOC Amateur Radio Station. I would like to thank CAARC for encouraging me in this venture. I also thank Rod, VE6XY, and Stephen, VA6SGL, for trying to keep me grounded. And a special thank you to Brian for helping me understand the radios and correcting the aim of the HF beam antenna and for serving as Safety Officer. Ric Henderson, now Assistant County Manager of Red Deer County, found a way to let it happen. Ryan Mysko of Red Deer County served as the Red Deer County EOC member of our planning team. And a big Thank You to him for being patient with the preparations and testing and facilitating our access to the county’s radio station.

More >

Online petition about radio interference

Online petition about radio interference
Deadline for signatures: October 4, 2018

Radio Amateurs in Quebec have told us of a petition involving a radio station that is “generating interference on purpose”.

While we have not had a chance to investigate the specific details of the incidents the petition refers to we agree with the importance of acting to support the security of high frequency communications.

Those interested in signing the petition can do so at the following website:

https://petitions.ourcommons.ca/en/Petition/Details?Petition=e-1631

The petition will be closed for signatures on October 4, 2018 at 9:33 am.

Alan Griffin

RAC MarCom Director

BBQ Found

Hi everyone, I’ve contacted Baker Hughes about a BBQ trailer, they have offered to donate this to the club. I’ve got it booked for June 15, 16, 17 018. Just as an FYI, they mentioned that they’ve been having trouble with the one half but said they’d most likely have the bugs worked out by the time we get it. Let’s cross our fingers and hope the whole thing works. 73 from VA6TNA

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    • Koffee Klatch Join the local Hams for coffee at the A and W in the Village Mall across from Wall Mart on the North hill in Red Deer. .Listen to VE6QE 147.150 MHZ plus 600 for directions. See you there!
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    • ARES Net on the CAARC repeater system
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    • CAARC 2 Meter NET Please check in to the CAARC net on VE6QE 147.150+ repeater.,VE6VHF 146.91-, VE6PZ 145.210 -, VE6UK 145.25 -...
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    • Koffee Klatch Join the local Hams for coffee at the A and W in the Village Mall across from Wall Mart on the North hill in Red Deer. .Listen to VE6QE 147.150 MHZ plus 600 for directions. See you there!
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    • Koffee Klatch Join the local Hams for coffee at the A and W in the Village Mall across from Wall Mart on the North hill in Red Deer. .Listen to VE6QE 147.150 MHZ plus 600 for directions. See you there!
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    • CAARC 2 Meter NET Please check in to the CAARC net on VE6QE 147.150+ repeater.,VE6VHF 146.91-, VE6PZ 145.210 -, VE6UK 145.25 -...
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    • Koffee Klatch Join the local Hams for coffee at the A and W in the Village Mall across from Wall Mart on the North hill in Red Deer. .Listen to VE6QE 147.150 MHZ plus 600 for directions. See you there!
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    • ARES Net on the CAARC repeater system
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