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Last Updated:  December 1st, 2022

Eight new amateurs on Prince Edward Island

Good afternoon, everyone

After a wait for ISED to catch up and issue/confirm chosen call signs, (and some delays caused by my poor typing skills when uploading the exam scores) I am pleased to report that we had eight new amateurs pass their Basic, some with Honours, last night. In addition, Micah VY2MIC, passed his Advanced exam.


Our new hams and call signs are as follows:

Bushra Bashir (YL) VY2BBK, Stratford

Maggie MacEachern (YL) VY2MMM, Tarantum

Tracey Allen (YL) VY2TAZ, Covehead

Graeme Brown (OM) VY2WT, Glenfinnan

Rick Hews (OM) VY2WTF, Belfast

Arden Gallant (YL, 12 years old!, daughter of Micah Gallant) VY2ALG, Wheatley River

Fraser Ashworth (OM, ex G7NEJ) VY2FA, Charlottetown; and

Julia Ashworth (YL) VY2JA, Charlottetown


We had a great class, and some of the above are going to try to write again to see if they can get their Honours. Also, we had one unsuccessful candidate and three class members who were not able to write last night, so we hope to have a couple more new hams to announce in the coming weeks.

The class was delivered by the Charlottetown Amateur Radio Club from early September to Late November, over 10 sessions - including an interruption caused by Hurricane Fiona at the end of September. The class was taught by Club President Bill VY2WM, Vice-president Joel VY2KW and myself. We used the Coax Publications Basic Study Guide, and leaned heavily on the excellent slide decks created/adapted by Al Penney. We also want to thank The Canadian Red Cross, who kindly allowed us to teach in their boardroom each night. Several Red Cross volunteers participated in the class and some of them are among the new amateurs listed above. It was a great relationship that we hope will continue. We already have more Red Cross folk on a list for next time.

It was a super class of students, and our ratio of 5 YLs to 3 OMs is something very special to celebrate. We are now scrounging surplus VHF/UHF gear for short-term loans while they figure out what areas they want to expand into with our great hobby.


73

Brent Taylor, VY2HF / W1PJ

Stratford, PEI, Canada

(RAC) Certified Emergency Coordinator

Industry Canada Accredited Examiner: Aviation and Amateur Radio Licensing

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 Atlantic Provinces Support Team for Amateur Radio.


We are pleased to announce the creation of APSTAR, the Atlantic Provinces Support Team for Amateur Radio. 

Its purpose is to assist newly-qualified Amateur Radio operators by providing a forum and website where their questions can be answered by more experienced hams.

The Sept/Oct issue of TCA featured an article entitled Southern Alberta Support Team for Amateur Radio – Filling the Gap. The author, Jerry (VE6TL), recounts the establishment of SASTAR which is a group dedicated to ensured newly licensed

amateurs are easily able to embrace what amateur radio has to offer.

Prior to the appearance of the article Jerry had been contacted and asked if he would be available to assist in establishing a similar group in the Atlantic provinces. He readily agreed and the process to create the Atlantic Provinces Support Team for Amateur

Radio (APSTAR) was started. Dave (VE1HUL) agreed to look after creating the website while George (VY2GF) created the APSTAR group. The group is where dialogue between licensed amateurs or aspiring amateurs takes place. Ideally registered

members of the group would consist of those asking questions and those willing to provide answers.

Groups.Io is essentially an email system linking registered members. An individual seeking information would first forward a subscribe email which would require approval by one of the listed “owners” of the group. Once approved the individual could post a

message which would be forwarded to everyone registered. Any responses would be seen by all those registered. Groups.Io has different membership levels based on the number of individuals using it.

At present APSTAR is using the free level available for groups with less than one hundred members. Initially to keep from exceeding one hundred individuals could be requested to unsubscribe once their query has been answered.

Going forward persistent subjects could be dealt with using a video-communication service such as Google Meet. This document will be forwarded to Atlantic provinces clubs, ISED designated examiners and other parties deemed to have an interest in

mentoring. It’s hoped knowledgeable individuals will come forward and serve as mentors.

APSTAR is definitely a work in progress so comments and suggestions are most welcome.

Links: APSTAR – www.apstar.ca

Groups.Io - https://groups.io/groups

SASTAR - https://sastar.ve6hams.ca

Grand Manan Island repeater to be relocated


IRG News - November 15 2022


The VE9GMI repeater (146.955-) repeater is off the air, and will be relocated to Campobello Island when scheduling permits.

Other services at the Airport Road site were moved to a privately owned tower with the start of the NB-TMR Radio system in 2016. We were fortunate to be able to have the repeater remain active at the old site until it was removed on November 10, and the old site will be decommissioned.

The new location for the repeater will be on Campobello Island; an on-air date will be announced when the move is complete. The frequency will remain unchanged, and it will remain in the South West Zone for linking.

While we won't have a repeater physically located on Grand Manan Island, coverage on the island can still be quite good from the Maces Bay (444.875+) and St. George (147.225+) repeaters, and others. It will likely be good from the new site also.

The Campobello Island site is expected to provide the advantage of increased coverage to other Fundy Isles and coastal areas. In addition, the linked audio will be vastly improved -- the old GMI site required a UHF audio link, while the new Campobello site will benefit from the seamless microwave audio link enjoyed by other sites.

We thank the Departments of Transportation and Infrastructure and Public Safety for their support in this move, and for allowing the extended life of the old GMI site, and also a thanks to VE9MB Murry Brown for his foresight and work in establishing the IRG repeater on GMI.


Changes to the RAC Field Organization

Sections

As previously reported, on May 25 the Board of Directors of Radio Amateurs of Canada approved changes to the “RAC Field Organization” which will take effect on January 1, 2023. This will be most noticeable during Field Day.

Beginning in 2023 the Maritime Section (MAR) will be deleted from contest to be replaced by Nova Scotia (NS) and New Brunswick (NB).

Here are the new Canadian sections beginning in 2023

The end result will be 14 Sections:

• Alberta (AB)

• British Columbia (BC)

• Manitoba (MB)

• New Brunswick (NB)

• Newfoundland and Labrador (NL)

• Nova Scotia (NS)

• Ontario North (ONN)

• Ontario South (ONS)

• Golden Horseshoe (GH)

• Ontario East (ONE)

• Prince Edward Island (PE)

• Quebec (QC)

• Saskatchewan (SK)

• Territories (TER)


VY2RU with information for amateurs

Ken McCormick VY2RU post daily information to amateur radio operators on the Summerside ARC website.

Here is the link to the website and Kenny's information. CLICK HERE


New Canadian Amateur Radio Frequencies

RBR-4 Update: July 2022

For immediate release:

On July 28, 2022, Innovation Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) released an update to a very important document for Canadian Radio Amateurs: “RBR-4 – Standards for the Operation of Radio Stations in the Amateur Radio Service”.

The document specifies what frequencies we may operate on and with what bandwidths.

There are two major new additions to our spectrum:

472 to 479 kHz, also known as 630 metres: on this new band, we are allowed to run a maximum of five watts EIRP, using emissions with a maximum bandwidth of 1 kHz.

5351.5 to 5366.5 kHz in the 60 metre band: this is a new worldwide allocation. Canadian Amateurs are allowed to run a maximum of 100 watts ERP, using emissions with a maximum bandwidth of 2.8 kHz.

The new 60 metre band is in addition to our existing fixed-frequency allocations at 5332, 5348, 5373 and 5405 kHz. The new 15 kHz-wide allocation overlaps our existing authority to use 5358.5 kHz. Canadian Amateurs are unique in having authority to use 100 watts ERP on the four spot frequencies and on the new 15 kHz worldwide segment. Amateurs in most countries are limited to 25 watts or less and may operate only in the new 15 kHz-wide segment.

Please note that Amateur Radio is a Secondary radio service on these bands. Amateurs may not cause harmful interference to Primary users and we may not claim protection from interference by Primary users.

There are other small changes in RBR-4 that bring Canadian Amateur Radio regulations in line with changes agreed at several previous World Radio Conferences (WRCs) of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU).

Radio Amateurs of Canada would like to thank former Regulatory Officer Richard Ferch, VE3KI, for his dedicated work over several years to bring these changes forward.

You can find the English version here:

https://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/smt-gst.nsf/eng/sf10650.html

You can find the French version (IPR-4) here:

https://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/smt-gst.nsf/fra/sf10650.html

If you have any questions, please contact RAC Regulatory Affairs Officer Dave Goodwin, VE3KG, at [email protected]

Dave Goodwin, VE3KG

Regulatory Affairs Officer

Radio Amateurs of Canada

[email protected]

QRPer  is a personal website administered by Tom Witherspoon – K4SWL. He created the site in order to have a fun, dynamic space to connect some of his favorite external QRP web sites. There are a lot of QRP websites on the internet–some with amazing content–and he especially like those sites that give first-hand accounts of QRPers, in the field or at home, using their QRP equipment. CLICK HERE for more.

In the latest edition of QRPer John Leonardelli VE3IPS reviews his trip to Nova Scotia to get his lobster fix. As he always does, he prep his radio with local repeaters, look up local radio clubs, museums and check the POTA and SOTA map for locations to operate from. He also attended the Halifax Flea market on June 4th. Click Here for the complete story.

SMART22 Recap

SMART22

On a cold rain/snow mix Saturday morning Apr.30th, 2022 the WestCumb ARC hosted the 5th annual Symposium for Maritime Amateur Radio Technicians at the Dr. Carson & Marion Murray Community Centre in Springhill NS.


After two years of cancellations due to COVID the event was nearly postponed again due to a rise in COVID cases but with the organizing committee making masks mandatory, it was decided to go ahead. There were only a few cancellations due to masking but many amateurs emailed me personally and thanked us at the event for mandating masks.


The event was set at a maximum 150 registered members and sold out in less than two weeks. Flea market tables also sold out quickly.


We had the most displays ever at SMART with tables representing Maritime Contest Club, Radio Amateurs of Canada, Maritime Lady Amateurs, Old Timers Club, Roger Stein VA1RST  from Halifax running the VE1-VE0 QSL Bureau and Douglas Silliker VY2DS from Summerside running the VE9/VY2 QSL Bureau. We were also expecting the Nova Scotia Amateur Radio Association (NSARA) but they had to cancel at the last moment due to a illness.


Everyone was treated to free coffee and tea when first arriving and everyone received a free barbecue lunch which included hamburgers, hot dogs, water and a soft drink.


There were eight classes during the day and also a presentation in the afternoon from Nova Scotia Public Safety Field Communications..


This was a real team effort to hold the event this year, losing seven regular volunteers but several new members stepped up.

The list is long of whom to thank so here goes. If I miss anyone my apologizes.


  • The Municipality of Cumberland for the donation of the Community center for the event. Eileen Davage Marketing Officer at the Dr. Carson & Marion Murray Community Center who worked with us very closely to prepare the building for our use. Ron Maine and Mandy Hunter from Maintenance who were instrumental in helping us with any problems throughout the day.
  • The mayor of Cumberland County Murray Scott for the opening remarks in the morning.
  • Mike Johnson VE1MWJ who was the MC for the day and also worked tirelessly at obtaining funding for the event, buying of food and collecting the barbecues.
  • Mike Masters VE1ZB for helping Mike VE1MWJ with food items.
  • George Dewar VY2GF who looked after finding the presenters for SMART22.
  • Dana Rushton VE1VOX for getting the licenses for the raffle and 50/50 draws.
  • Kevin Burke VE1KEV for looking after the setup of the flea market / display tables and also working the barbecue.
  • Robert Mannette VE1RMJ for the setting up of computers in each class and working the barbecues.
  • Robert's girlfriend Amber who helped look after the raffle ticket table and helped give out the food during the lunch hour.
  • Ron Bickle VE1BIC for the setting up of sound systems and computers in each room, video recordings and taking all the official photos for SMART. Coming Soon.
  • Tom Hughes VE1TWH for video recording the classes and setting up a YouTube channel dedicated to SMART. Coming soon
  • Jim Hannon VE1AFH for manning the canteen throughout the day for tea & coffee.
  • Mike Embree VE1MY who was looking after call-ins via ham radio throughout the morning on VE1WRC. Later in the day Mike also looked after the Old Timer's Table, WestCumb ARC table and helped out on the 50/50 table.
  • Ron Blue VE1BBB who worked the 50/50 table.
  • Terry & Sue Duncan VE1AS / VA1SIS  who looked after the Raffle tickets.
  • Frank Marks VE1FSM who as a new member to the WestCumb ARC looked after selling of items that had come our way lately from the wife of a former amateur radio operator.
  • Joe Clememts VY2JC/VE1JCC and his wife Tracy who looked after receiving the funds and passing out the name tags as amateurs entered the building in the morning. Joe and Tracy also helped give out the food during lunch hour. Tracy also drew all the tickets for the draws at the end of the day.
  • Jean-Pierre Ouellette VE9ADV from the Moncton ARC who helped out with the barbecues.
  • John Langille VE1CWJ who during lunch hour held a class outdoors in the snow/rain mix and showed his skills of making several satellite contacts on a pass including Greenland, Ireland, Scotland, England, Germany, France, and Spain.
  • John Scott VE1JS was also there again this year looking after award verification and LOTW confirmation.

We would like to thank the presenters whom without them there would be no classes.

Craig Seaboyer, VE1DSS, Al Penny VO1NO, Neil Hughes VE1YZ, Chris Pye VA1PYE, Jean-Paul LeBlanc VE9BK, Bill McMaster VY2WM, Fred Archibald VE1FA and Bill Karle VE1YY.


Thanks also go out to all the sponsors for the event including Scott Davis N3FJP for his annual donation of his amateur radio software package, Radioworld for their regular contributions of gift cards, Mike Embree VE1MY for his donation of an antenna, Craig Seaboyer VE1DSS and the Antigonish ARC for their donation of a Raspberry Pi kit, Moncton & Area ARC, Greenwood ARC, Kings County ARC, Loyalist City ARC and the Truro ARC for their donation of several gas cards, ICOM Canada and Yeasu USA for their ball caps and Nova Scotia Public Safety Field Communications for their donations.


The main event this year was the arrival of Nova Scotia Public Safety Field Communications who attending this year with two of their new communication vehicles. The team of Scott Hawkes VE1SLH, Al Cyples VE1CYP / VE1TMR and Mark Turner VA1TMR spent the day showing off the vehicles and answering any questions brought up by amateurs. At 2pm in the afternoon Scott gave a presentation to everyone in the arena and it was very well received.


Winners of the Grand Prizes were Lorne Anderson VE1BXK who won the 50/50. The other half of the 50/50 was donated this year to the Canadian Red Cross Ukraine Fund.

The three other Grand Prizes donated by the WestCumb ARC included a Diamond Vertical Duel Band Antenna won by Ken Holmes VE1UF, Yaesu FT-70DR portable Fusion radio won by Mike Caissie VE9MTV and Michael Harvey VE1MBH walked away with the Yaesu FTM-300D Mobile Fusion Radio.


Finally we would like to thank all the 127 amateurs who braved the weather, the price of fuel and still dealing with COVID to take in the event this year. Not one person complained about wearing masks.

Without all of you this event would not have happened.


Hope to see many of you again next year at SMART23.


Jim Langille VE1JBL

Fredericton Amateur Radio Club

The Maritime Amateur would like to thank the Fredericton Amateur Radio Club for their generous donation to this website.

It will go toward renewal of the MA website coming up later this year.

Click on the logo to enter the FARC website.


Cape Breton ARC

There you go! We are up and running!!

https://www.cbarc.ca/

Updated: February 15th, 2022

After a bit of work we are up and running at Cape Breton Amateur Radio Club!

We are really looking forward to spreading the fantastic hobby of Amateur Radio on Cape Breton Island!!

Please feel free to contact us at [email protected]

Wires-X Updates

Ron MacKay VE1AIC has updated information on his website dealing with a common problem with  Wires-X.  CLICK HERE

Ron's site has a wealth of information about amateur radio here in the Maritimes including repeaters, APRS , Digital modes including D-star, DMR, Fusion, Hot Spots and Packet.

Ron MacKay VE1AIC

Maritime Contest Club

A new link has been added to the website with the addition of the Maritime Contest Club.


If you would like to join the Maritime Contest Club, simply send a request to: [email protected]. Anyone with a valid Amateur license in the Maritimes and Newfoundland Labrador is welcome.

World Radio History Magazines

Here is the site I go to get books. Scroll down the page and on the left is a list of books from A’s up. I have a lot of them downloaded and in a file on a thumb drive. When you click on a Mag like popular electronics it has them listed by year and month some copies they don’t have

https://worldradiohistory.com/index.htm

Ivan (Tiny ) VE9TIC

Contribution to Amateur Radio in Canada

Hamshack.ca is my contribution to the amateur radio hobby, by providing an easy-to-use site for all licenced amateur radio operators to buy, sell and swap surplus ham radio gear. Hamshack has been developed to modern web development standards and incorporates an intuitive design to make it easy to add your ham radio listings to the site. In addition, Hamshack utilizes powerful filtering and search tools making it easy for users to quickly locate items listed on the site. Potential buyers can filter listings by ham radio category and item location. As well, Hamshack features a powerful Search function which dynamically displays items matching the search criteria entered.

Don VE7DXE

73 Magazines

I was purging some of my saved websites and came across this one, maybe some of you may be interested in looking at the old magazines. 73 Magazine (also known as 73 Amateur Radio Today) was a United States-based amateur radio magazine that was published from 1960 to 2003. It was known for its strong emphasis on technical articles and for the lengthy editorials in each issue by its founder and publisher, Wayne Green. The magazine title, 73, means "best regards" in amateur radio lingo.

https://archive.org/details/73-magazine

73 - Ken VY2RU