The Codiac Amateur Radio Group (CARG) provided communications for the New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization (NB EMO) during the province wide exercise Brunswick Bravo (BB). CARG provided communications for EMO Regions 6 and 7 which are composed of Kent and Westmorland counties. Net control was established at Regional EOC 7 which is located at CCNB in Dieppe. Primary means of communications was by NB government TMR radio system, with amateur radio as a backup.
Since exercise inputs are injected by email or telephone, CARG volunteers quickly become bored with the lack of radio activity. As a result, CARG held its own communication exercise within BB. Net control, located at REOC 7 established the net at 0800 hrs and was active until 1530 hrs. CARG volunteers provided communications in the following EOCs: City of Moncton, City of Dieppe, Town of Riverview, and Village of Salisbury.
During the exercise, some 25 messages were exchanged between the various EOCs. As well, participants were required to move to a simplex frequency when the repeater that was being used for the exercise went off the air (simulated). A number of simplex links were tried in order to determine reception between the various EOCs. As a result, we identified a couple of antenna issues that will need to be corrected.
We also tested out our mobile emergency repeater, VE9MER, which is located next to the water tower in Riverview. Recently, we’ve been having battery issues, but these were resolved by Tobie, VE9XAB with the help of Andre, VE9ARG prior to the exercise. At two different times during the exercise, all EOCs switched to the IRG System in order to check into the special EMO BB Net.
Participating amateurs were: Ross, VE9CGS, Mike, VE9MWB, Michel, VE9JFL, Andre, VE9ARG, Oscar, VE9OSK, Mike, VE9MTV, and Jim, VE1ASR.
As you probably know (via emails and discussions at our October meeting) I've organised a webinar on Fusion. The focus will be on the end user, the radio operator (not the repeater administrator). John Kruk – N9UPC Yaesu National Sales Manager will be the speaker.
The date and time for the webinar has been finalized, it will occur next Saturday, October 26th at 10AM.
I will be setting up a computer at our clubhouse with the projector so we can watch the webinar on the screen. Please arrive 10 or 15 minutes before the start of the webinar.
If you are unable to join us at the clubhouse but would like to attend the webinar, you can still do so. Register with the webinar using the link below. After registering you will receive an email with your personal link and instructions. You will be able to use this link at your own location.
Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any comments or questions.
73 ... Michel - VE9JFL
October Monthly Meeting
A great turn out at this months meeting. Topics included IRG/TekTalk, QSL Bureau, the upcoming Basic Class, Christmas Party and Fusion updates. This coming Saturday, October 26th a Fusion Webinar will take place with Yaesu Rep, John Kruk. Watch for future posts on this event.
Thank you to JP LeBlanc (VE9BK) for his TekTalk on How I got Paid to Listen to the Radio.
Meeting minutes now available here.
On Saturday, October 5th, the Codiac Amateur Radio Group (CARG) took part in the annual Fire Prevention Week event at the Riverview Firehouse. CARG once again setup a display focusing on the different technologies encompassing amateur radio including Morse Code Keys to the latest SDR radio tech. Many kids and adults alike dropped by and asked questions and took the opportunity to try Morse Code. Kids received a certificate if they were able to send their name in Morse. Guests were treated to a Pancake Breakfast and refreshments on site. A great time had by all and great exposure for amateur radio.
In attendance this year were: JP (VE9BK), Gilles (VE9NW), Marcia (VE9MMG), Andre (VE9ARG), Ross (VE9GCS), Oscar (VE9OSK), Jim (VE9JRP), Denis (VE9MUD), Gordie (VE9MM), and Mike (VE9NOM).