NEWS Information

2024 CQ World Wide VHF Contest

2024 CQ World Wide VHF Contest 6 & 2 Meters

Begins: 1800 UTC Saturday, July 20

Ends: 2100 UTC Sunday, July 21

For all the information on this CLICK HERE

Should be a blast if the 6M band opens up. Fingers crossed🤞

Charlottetown ARC Flea Market

Date: Saturday, July 27, 2024

Location: 7 Tamarac Ave, Charlottetown

Join us for the Ham Radio Flea Market!

Vendors: Secure your table for just $10. Setup begins at 9:00 AM. To reserve your spot, please send $10 in advance to treasurer@charlottetownarc.com.

Doors open at 10:00 AM for all attendees. Entrance fee is $5 per person, which includes complimentary coffee, tea, or bottled water.

For more information or to reserve a table CLICK HERE


CY9C St. Paul Island Activation

The St Paul Island CY9C DXpedition is scheduled for August 26 - September 5, 2024.  The team will use two helicopters and a boat to transport the operators and all of the gear to the Northeast Island of St Paul.  There are ten experienced DXpeditioners and contesters on the 2024 team. 

For more information CLICK HERE

YOTA Halifax  Nova Scotia YouTube videos

Here is a link to several YouTube videos of this year's Youth on the Air in Halifax NS.

To all the volunteers and the Halifax ARC...job well done. Congrats.

Youth on the Air Halifax 2024 Highlights - Thursday, July 11 Highlights (youtube.com) 

Youth On The Air / Halifax 2024

Activation of the VE1YOTA callsign from the camp in Halifax, Nova Scotia will begin the evening of Sunday, July 7th and conclude on Friday, July 12th. Campers will operate the memorial station as they finish projects, between sessions, and during free time.

Sunday, July 7th: 0000Z to 0200Z

Monday, July 8th, Wednesday, July 10th & Thursday, July 11th: 2100Z to 0200Z

In addition, campers will have the opportunity to operate the Bob Heil Memorial Shack during the following dedicated times:

Campers will also have dedicated satellite operating times on Wednesday, July 10th from 1230Z to 1500Z.

Campers will be able to ask questions of an astronaut on the International Space Station during the camp as well. The ARISS contact is currently scheduled to take place on Tuesday, July 9th at 1430Z or a backup of Wednesday, July 10th at 1345Z.

A highlight of the camp will be a day of POTA activations, one of which will be on an island with a lighthouse - which according to the Parks on the Air website has only very recently been activated once previously. Georges Island National Historic Site POTA ID CA-4838 & ILLW ID CA0053 will be active on Thursday, July 11 from 1300Z to 1800Z. Activations will simultaneously take place from the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, the HMCS Sackville POTA ID CA-5821, and possibly the C.S.S. Acadia POTA ID CA-5432.

The opening and closing ceremonies and the International Space Station contact (ARISS) will be streamed live on the Youth on the Air YouTube channel. The opening ceremony is Sunday, July 7th from 2000Z to 2200Z. The closing ceremony is Friday, July 12th from 1300Z to 1400Z. The channel will also feature a daily highlight video spotlighting the activities of the previous day.

For more information about the camp, see the Halifax 2024 page.

IRG Repeaters now fully tone-enabled

May 10th, 2024

With the Doaktown VE1XI repeater being the final one updated, all IRG repeaters in the province of New Brunswick are now tone-enabled.  Users are required to program a sub-audible tone with their transmission to activate a repeater.  For more information, see our Revamp page.

All  IRG VHF repeaters use a CTCSS (or PL tone) of 151.4 Hz, while IRG UHF repeaters use 141.3 Hz.  You can check the complete updated repeater listing by clicking on the “Revamp” tab at the top of any page. 

There is still more work upcoming, including correction of some audio drop-out issues, and a reconfiguration of the zones and hardware replacements.  Once all is complete, a new network diagram of the system will be published.

For more information about the IRG,  CLICK HERE


SMART24 Recap

Friday evening May 3rd was the beginning of SMART24 with the annual Meet & Greet at the Amherst Railway Station. Over 20 amateurs spent two hours eating, meeting and chatting with their fellow hams.

On a cool foggy Saturday morning May 4th, the annual Symposium for Maritime Amateur Radio Technology (SMART) began with the doors opening at 7am for volunteers and vendors.

At 8am the doors open for the registered hams and the building began to hum with amateurs picking up their name tags, buying 50/50 & Raffle tickets and heading out to the arena to take in the flea market.

After opening remarks and welcome from Cumberland County Mayor Murray Scott the classes began at 9am.
There were ten classes throughout the day including Internet Radio Linking Project (IRLP),  Taking care of your Transmission Line; Logging, contesting & software;  Antenna, feedline & radials; Digital Modes, slow scan, ft8 etc.; Parks on the Air (POTA); Digital Mobile Radio (DMR); Amelia Earhart radio signals update and Winlink Global Radio Email.
I want to thank the presenters of the classes including Brent Taylor VY2HF, Bill McMaster VY2WM, Craig Seaboyer VE1DSS, Bill Karle VE1YY, Robert Schofield VE1RSM,  Chris Pye VA1PYE,  Sean Bridge VE1XOP,  Stuart Crawford VE9SRC, Tobie Boutot VE9XAB and Al Penny VO1NO. 

At 12:30 lunch was served by Subway Springhill who catered this years SMART with individual box lunches which included a sandwich, chips and cookie. Thanks to Mike Embree VE1MY and Garrett Orr VA1OR for picking up and delivery of the order.
For the next hour, amateurs had time to relax, chat with other hams and explore the flea market tables.

At 1:45 the afternoon classes began and continued till 4pm.
After the last classes, everyone came out to the arena to take part in the prizes before closing the event.

I would like to thank the following for their gracious offers of door prizes. The WestCumb ARC for their two PEI Bridge Passes and gas card,  Mike Caissie VE9MTV for the donation of a Quansheng handheld radio, Scott Davis N3JFP for his annual donation of the logging and contest software,  Jose Ros EA5HVK for the VARA high speed modem license, Moncton & Area ARC and the Kings County ARC for gas cards, Radioworld for their four gift cards, James Salamone VE1JCS for the thermal mug with personal name and callsign engraved and Yaesu USA for the ballcaps. The Quansheng UV-5R Plus handheld radio was re donated by Matt VE9MV and also by Gordon VE9GC and was won by Don VE9ZP.

Winner of the 50/50 was Gino Mazerolle VE9GM.

The raffle prizes were donated this year by the WestCumb ARC (ICOM IC2730 Dual Band Mobile), ICOM Atlantic Rep Grant Saffarek VE9CXT  (IC-V86 Handheld Transceiver) and Denis Grisak K0TX for the Digirig Soundcard certificate.
The winners were Jean-Pierre Ouellette VE9ADV who won the ICOM mobile radio, Ron Bickle VE1BIC  the ICOM Portable radio and Gino Mazerolle VE9GM the Digirig.

S.M.A.R.T 24 Photos

Here is the link to Ron Bickle's VE1BIC Dropbox for photos from SMART24.  CLICK HERE


Now to thank everyone who participated in this years event. Apologies if I miss anyone.

First of all the County of Cumberland and the staff at the Dr. Carson and Marion Murray Community Center in Springhill for their continuing support and help throughout the event.

Kushal Trivedi and the staff at Subway Springhill or the making of 150 box lunches Saturday morning for the event.

Atlantic Superstore for the donation of water.

Bambino's Pizzeria & Fine Foods in Amherst for the rental of the building for the M&G.

Stuart  Crawford VE9SRC posted a YouTube video on his trip to SMART.  CLICK HERE

The following amateurs donated their time to volunteer for SMART24.
Dana Rushton VE1VOX who looked after the licenses and one of the door prizes, Mike Embree VE1MY who looked after the talk-in frequency for Friday night and Saturday morning and also filled in at different tables when needed,  Terry & Sue Duncan VE1AS/VA1SIS who looked after the entrance fee, Borden Chapman VA1CBC who gave out the name tags, Colleen Orr VE1CEO at the raffle table, Mike Caissie VE9MTV at the 50/50 table, Mike Johnson VE1MWJ who manned the coffee table, Kevin Burke VE1KEV flea market tables,  Frank Marks VE1FSM for looking after the club table, George Dewar VY2GF for the lineup of presenters for SMART, George Dewar VY2GF & Gordon Cotton VE9GC who introduced the presenters, Ron Bickle VE1BIC and Robert Mannette VE1CA for the audio & recording of the classes, Tom Hughes VE1TWH who set up and operated the WINLINK lab upstairs throughout the day, Steve Orr VE1OR who also helped Tom from his mobile Winlink station outside the arena.

Finally to all registered amateurs who signed up and attended the event. THANK YOU!
Without all of you SMART would not take place.

For more information on SMART, go to the website at  smart24.ca


Jim Langille VE1JBL
Coordinator SMART24


MFJ Closing Down after 52 Years.

Posted April 26, 2024

Taken from The DXZone

In an email that resonated deeply within the amateur radio world, Martin F. Jue, the founder of the iconic MFJ Enterprises, announced the cessation of on-site production for MFJ and its sister companies, including well-known brands such as Ameritron, Hygain, Cushcraft, Mirage, and Vectronics. The Starkville, Mississippi-based operation will officially stop production on May 17, 2024.   For the rest of the story, CLICK HERE.

"This is When" story of Mutiny on the Bounty and Silent Key "Spud Roscoe VE1BC (SK)

According to Bruce Nunn's book "The History Of Nova Scotia, With A Twist" Spurgeon Roscoe VE1BC played the part of the radio operator in the 1962 MGM motion picture "Mutiny On The Bounty" starring Marlon Brando. 

The replica of the "Bounty" was built in Lunenburg Nova Scotia and several Nova Scotians had small parts in the movie. 

However Spurgeon had a larger part to play in real life, saving the film production crew and the replica of the "Bounty" during the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962.

Spurgeon George “Spud” Roscoe VE1BC passed away December 28, 2023 in Halifax

His story was the subject of the feature "This Is When" on Community Radio CFTA 107.9 in Amherst on April 4, 2024.


https://www.dropbox.com/scl/fi/dtjcant8a3nikh7xo03xp/THIS-IS-WHEN-APR-05-Spurgeon-G-Roscoe-VE1BC-SK-Mutiny-On-The-Bounty.mp3?rlkey=2nxc548m5ag7ngowdljsrdulz&dl=0


VE1PKT VARA-FM Digital Repeater is "On the Air"

Posted March 26th, 2024

Here is information thanks to Neil Hughes VE1YZ.

A reminder there will be a VARA HF & VHF station active throughout the day at SMART24 for all to see.

  Location:  Halifax (Hammonds Plains)

                                                   Frequency:  145.03 MHz

                                                   Coverage:  All of Halifax County and beyond.

                                                   Connects to VE1TWH or VE1YZ VARA FM Winlink Gateways.

                                                   Sponsored by NSARA and VE1YZ.

                                                   For more information contact VE1TWH or VE1YZ. 

Changes to Parks on the Air.

Posted March 14th, 2024

In order to support our continued growth, both in scale and global coverage, we are in the process of doing some cleanup and reorganization in the way the Programs, Locations, DX Entities, and Parks are stored in the database.
All Canadian parks now start with a prefix of "CA" instead of "VE" 

CLICK HERE for the full story.

Maritime VHF VARA gateways

Posted March 8th, 2024

Here is the list of stations I took a picture of today which includes a new gateway VE1WAR-10 hosted by Steve VE1OR at his home in Warren Nova Scotia just outside Amherst.

SMART24 Website ONLINE

Posted February 21st, 2024

There is a new website for SMART24. 

smart24.ca

The site carries all the information about SMART24 and also has the recaps of past events, directions to the event and motels in the area.
The registration form is NOW active.

At this time everything is still very fluid so keep checking back to the website for updates.

History of the NSARA 

Posted February 6th, 2024

Stan Parsons VE1RY and Leigh Hawkes VE1GA have written an article about the history of the Nova Scotia Amateur Radio Association.

The article can be found on Stan's new website CLICK HERE 

Digital Modes

Posted February 3rd, 2024


My name is Sean VE1XOP and I’m located in Pictou County and I’m reaching out to all the Clubs in the Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island .

 

I was curious to know if any of your members or even the club would be interested in learning more about how to get set-up on:

 

 

I’ll be hosting an online via Zoom Session/ Screenshare and I will also be interested in hosting some in person sessions with a club or a series of clubs. The objective is to gain more traction per the Digital Modes and demo out some of the neat features of what can be learned, performed and communicated via the various amateur radio frequencies. The focus would be using open source based software, keep cost only to the use of time.

 

I’m learning it’s hard to get people involved in Ham Radio, and I feel with more learning and showing others what’s available, would be helpful.

 

If you or the club feels this would be of value to your members, please let me know. I’d like to get several sessions running in the next 30 days.

 

Questions? Please ask. I’m very open to ideas.

 

Thank you,

 

Sean

Website: VE1XOP

Landline: 902-701-1588

Mobile/ WhatsApp: 902-616-0143


History of Silent Keys

As many of you know, when I lost access to the original Maritime Amateur website I lost all the Silent Keys I registered all the way back to the start of the Maritime Amateur in 2008.

Fortunately  the Radio Amateurs of Canada have a Silent key list called "The Carl Everson Memorial List" that goes back many many years.

All you need to do is go to the home page of the RAC and scroll down to the bottom where you will find the list. You do not need to be a member of RAC to view this list.

Here is the link to the page.  Carl Everson Memorial Silent Keys List - Radio Amateurs of Canada (rac.ca) 

WestCumb ARC now on Facebook

Posted January 17th, 2024

Just a note to let you know the WestCumb ARC in Amherst has set up a social media page on Facebook.

Westcumb Amateur Radio Club | Facebook 

Thanks to Robert VE1CA for setting this up.

Maritime Fusion Net, 4th anniversary recap 

Posted December 31st, 2023

The Maritime Fusion Net finished its forth year of operation in the "CQ Maritimes Room" on December 27th, 2023 with 39 check-ins including 21 Nova Scotia, 16 New Brunswick, 1 Prince Edward Island and one from outside the area.

Contacts were down again this year.  Average net total was 32 check-ins, down from a high of 42 check-ins  in 2021.

Year   - NS - NB - PE - OS  -  TOTALS

2020 - 838 - 698 - 117 - 33 -  1755
2021 - 913 - 969 - 128 - 157 - 2167
2022 - 861 - 818 - 98 - 162 - 1939
2023 - 780 - 645 - 92 - 131 - 1648

I would like to thank everyone who checked into the net over the year and thank the other NCOs: Mike VE9MTV, Robert VE1CT and Rob VE1CA for taking time out of their day to host the net throughout the year.

Hope to hear many of you "On the Air" in 2024

Below is the online feed of the Maritime Fusion Net that is recorded live each week thanks to Robert VE1CA on his YouTube channel at "Robve1rmj"

Happy New Year from the Maritime Amateur.

Jim VE1JBL

Saltscapes Magazine "Airwaves Ambassadors" by Deborah Carr

Posted December 30th, 2023

A great story of Maritime amateur radio operators George Dewar VY2GF and Bernie Cormier VE9BGC.

 Airwaves Ambassadors - Saltscapes Magazine 

MARCAN Packet Network UPDATE

Posted December 24th, 2023

MARCAN Packet Network Operational /Non-Operational Nodes Status

Nova Scotia 

VE1HAM VE1KIL VE1GYS VE1RTI VE1HR VE1HR-1 VE1TRO VE1TRO-1 VE1TAL VE1TAL-1 VE1TAL-2

VE1AEH VE1AEH-2 VE1WN VE1WN-1 VE1NSC-1 VE1NSC-2 VE1NET VE1NET-1 VE1NET-2 VE1NET-3 VE1NET-4 VE1CDN VE1CDN-3 VE1DAR VE1DAR-1 VE1DAR-2 VE1PKT VE1PKT-2 VE1MHR VE1AEH VE1AEH-1 VE1WN VE1WN-1 VE1BO VE1EKV VE1EKV-1 VE1VO VE1YAR VE1YAR-1 VE1SCR VE1SCR-1 VE1VO VE1VL VE1LUN VE1LUN-1 


New Brunswick

VE9SJW VE9SIX VE1PRM VE1PRM-1 VE1PRM-4


Prince Edward Island

VE1CRA-1


***** Non- Operational *****


VE1NSD VE1NSD-1 VE1NSD-4 (off air) all nodes for check-repairs May 6 2023 (ve1bxk)

VE1MHR


This does not include Gateways, Switches, BBS or AIPCOM/EMO (220) packet nodes currently accessible to the MARCAN Network. 


Lorne Anderson

VE1BXK

December 24 2023



New Brandmister Talkgroup "Atlantic Canada"

Posted December 15th, 2023

I’m the Atlantic coordinator for Brandmeister Canada, and we had a request for a new talk group for the Atlantic province’s.
We discussed it and approved the creation of talk group 30205. This new talk group is labelled as “ Atlantic Canada” and is now available for use!
73 VA1RF BRANDMEISTER.NETWORK 

Matthew Gillie VA1RF
va1rf@outlook.com

If anyone has any questions you can also contact Stephen Conard by email @ ve9sc@ve9sc.com I am the owner of the new TG30205 I made the request and Matthew and Beniot approved it.

So if anyone has any questions I am very open to answering them. We also are planning a weekly net on the TG in the future when we determine the best date and time slot. We now have a few and don't want to overlap.

 

Stephen VE9SC

Winlink Global Radio Email

...is a network of amateur radio and authorized government stations that provide worldwide radio email using radio pathways where the internet is not present. The system is built, operated and administered entirely by licensed "Ham" volunteers. It supports email with attachments, position reporting, weather and information bulletins, and is well-known for its role in interoperable emergency and disaster relief communications. It is capable of operating completely without the internet--automatically--using smart-network radio relays. Licensed Winlink operators/stations use both amateur radio and government radio frequencies worldwide.  

For more information about Winlink  CLICK HERE

Building and Operating a Transmitter from the Roaring 20s

Posted December 6th, 2023

Here is an article from Bruce Robertson VE9QR on his blog of building and operating a old style transmitter. CLICK HERE

Parks on the Air (POTA)

Posted Oct.7th, 2023

A great way to get outdoors and use off grid options for amateur radio. Very much like Field Day but you can do it at your pleasure any day of the year and as many days as you wish.  https://parksontheair.com/
There are many Maritime hams who are registered for POTA and have activated hundreds of parks across the region. Some of these hams have thousands of contacts and many awards.

Jim VE1JBL

Yaesu Fusion, Wires-X, CQ Maritimes Room,
Maritime Fusion Net, Friendly Friday Fusion Net

Updated December 24th, 2023


With the popularity of Yaesu Fusion Radios here in the Maritimes, here is some information I would like to share with anyone interested in buying a Fusion radio.

There are now over 20 Fusion Repeaters across the Maritimes and a room dedicated to Maritime Amateurs.

The CQ Maritimes Room #60207 is hosted by the WestCumb ARC in Amherst on the VE1AMH repeater 145.190 and there are several other  repeaters connected to this room including VE1CDN Halifax 442.975, VE1CRA Charlottetown 145.310, VE9MFR Moncton 146.625, VE1AEH Kentville 145.370, VE9FNB Fredericton 145.390, VE1YAR Yarmouth 444.700 and a new addition VE1RMW Antigonish 145.490. Plans are in the works for a new repeater in the Lunenburg area. Will let everyone know when it comes online.
 
NOTICE: This room is setup to be used by Fusion radios only. No access for hot spots.

There is a Maritime Fusion Net each Wednesday evening at 7pm AT and several other repeaters connect during the net so that other amateurs in the region have the opportunity to check into the weekly net. This net also has a LIVE feed via YouTube thanks to Robert VE1CA so that amateurs around the world can follow the net and take part in the chatroom. 

There is also a Friendly Friday Fusion (Triple "F") Net at 8pm AT which operates throughout the year except July and August.

For more information about Fusion / Wires-X and a list of repeaters    CLICK HERE

There is also plenty of information about Fusion & Wires-X on the VE1AIC-VE1CRA website   CLICK HERE


Jim Langille VE1JBL

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)


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 regulatory@rac.ca

Dave Goodwin, VE3KG

Regulatory Affairs Officer

Radio Amateurs of Canada

regulatory@rac.ca