The Codiac Amateur Radio Group (CARG), in cooperation with the Codiac RCMP, conducted its yearly Pumpkin Patrol, which covers the municipalities of Moncton, Dieppe, and Riverview.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the decision as to if the Pumpkin Patrol would go ahead this year was not taken until the last minute. This had a minor impact on the number of volunteers and patrol vehicles this year. But as is usually the case, CARG and MAARC members stepped up and made this public service event a great success.
A total of 16 volunteers, compared to 22 last year took part. In all, 10 vehicles compared to 12 last year were organized in accordance with the 6 Codiac RCMP zones.
Volunteers provided 64 volunteer hours, compared to 70 last year, and covered a total of 739.3 kms, compared to 819 last year. We are happy to report that it was a very quiet night for our patrollers.
Taking part in the patrol were: Tobie, VE9AXB, Craig, VE9NCW, Andre, VE9ARG, Gilles, VE9NW, Marcie, VE9MMG, Yvon, VE1VON, Denis, VE9MUD, Hugette, VE9HUG, Gerry, VE9GER, Chris, VE9CS and his helper of many years Owen Kelly, Dave, VE9QED, Lou, VE9LMN, Larry, VE9ASB, and Jack, VE1AIR.
Special thanks go out to Yvon, VE1VON for doing double duty by also acting as Net Control for the event. As in previous years, JP, VE9BK organized and coordinated the patrol with Codiac RCMP.