Once again, we are pleased to announce the granting of three scholarships of $500 each to three Canadian Amateurs who are studying in Electrical Engineering programs in Canadian universities: Aaron Younan, VA3AZY, Trent Mitchell, VE9EN, and Louis Harris, VA2LDH.
Trent Mitchell, VE9EN is studying at the University of New Brunswick (UNB) in Fredericton. The UNB has a very active Amateur Radio group under the mentorship of Dr. Brent Petersen, VE9EX and associates. You can watch Trent make his first QSO with the International Repeater Group in February 2016 and as a bonus you get a pretty good description of how a repeater operates. Here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ET8hutBtVqQ
It’s gratifying to think that a radio you may be using in the future could be designed by a Canadian Amateur who was helped by your or your club’s donation to the RAC Scholarship and Grants Program today. We need Amateurs like you who are willing to donate to the RAC Foundation to continue supporting future Engineers and young people at the post-secondary level who are studying in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields.
RAC operates the RAC Foundation in cooperation with the Community Foundation of Ottawa (CFO) which administers and invests the donated funds and disburses the earnings from those invested funds to grant applicants, based upon the advice of the RAC Board. All grant applications should be submitted to the RAC Foundation for processing and recommendation.
In addition to the Scholarship and Grants Program RAC also has a Youth Education Program (YEP). For more information visit: http://wp.rac.ca/youth-education-program/
On behalf of Aaron, Trent and Louis, thank you for your continued support of this program.
Bill Unger, VE3XT
RAC Scholarship Coordinator
Brian Jackson, VE6JBJ
RAC Youth Education Program Chair
Here is the latest update to April 18, 2017 in PDF format. Expiry dates prior to April 30 2017 are shown in shading. Please verify your information, and if you notice any errors or omissions, please contact the Secretary-Treasurer.
Due to a publishing error, many recent updated memberships were omitted in the list posted last week. Please accept our apologies if you were missing from the list or your renewal was not shown. Please check the revised list at the link below.
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Welcome back! If your previous membership has long expired, you are welcome to renew you membership on a go-forward basis. Our on-line PayPal renewal system makes it easy to renew your support for the IRG using your credit, a Visa debit card or PayPay account.
Visit the Join or Renew page for more details.
It is with great sorrow that the family of Arthur
‘Melvin’ Ellis announce his passing on December 7,
2016 at the Oromocto Public Hospital. Melvin was born February 27,
1939 in East Bideford, P.E.I. He was the son of the late Luther and
Susan (Adams) Ellis.
Melvin was a proud member of the Military, first serving with the Black Watch from 1957 to 1970, transferring to 2 RCR from 1970 to 1989; retiring as a Warrant Officer. Upon retiring from the Military, he continued his career with the Department of Transportation from 1989 to 2000. During his years of retirement, Melvin was still active in Amateur Radio, he was known as VE9KK, being a former president of International Repeater Group.
From all officers and members of the IRG, best wishes for a great 2015! The past year 2014 was a good year for the IRG, here are some highlights:
Work continued on fine-tuning the newly revamped repeater system. The new digital microwave system installed by the province of New Brunswick provides a good platform for the IRG, and we will continue to work towards making our linking system one of the best in Canada. We are most grateful of the support provided by the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure and Department of Public Safety in maintaining and upgrading our repeater network.
In March, we were successful in lobbying to have favourable amendments to the Motor Vehicle Act. Previous amendments to ban the use of cell phones and other hand-held devices meant that amateurs could only use their radios during emergencies or hands-free while mobile. After much lobbying, and recognition that amateurs provide a valuable public service, Bill 41 was passed in March to remove the restrictions against amateurs from using their radios while mobile. Royal Assent was given on May 21, 2014. We went from having some of the most restrictive rules to having some of the most amateur-friendly rules in Canada.
In June, the IRG sponsored a special event station on Miscou Island, commemorating the 1939 forced landing of a Russian plane en route to the New York world's fair. Several members of the IRG participated using the special event call sign, VE9MOSKVA. Over 1500 contacts were made with stations all over the world.
In October, we tested the readiness of our system to help out in the hospitals. Memoranda of Understanding have been signed with the IRG and the two hospital corporations and the Department of Health to work together towards providing back-up communications. All hospital facilities and the department of Health now have 2-meter radio capability to help in times of emergency. Over 40 amateurs took part in the exercise, and another will take place at a future date.
As we look forward to 2015, we need to give ourselves a pat on the back. The IRG only exists through support of its members, and membership support is the only way we have to prove to government that we are active and ready to help, so they will help us. We encourage everyone who enjoys the system to join or renew your membership in the IRG.
IRG President Yvon Hachey VE1VON (left) presents a new life membership card to the IRG founding President Claude Bailey, VE1HU. Claude, 99 years young, is celebrating almost 80 years as an active amateur radio operator.
(2014-05-21) UPDATE: Bill 41 received Royal Assent at 11:52 am on May 21, 2014.
(2014-04-23) UPDATE: Bill 41 has gone through third reading in the Legislature, so now all that remains is Royal Assent. When that is done, the changes become effective immediately. Stay tuned....
(2014-03-18) Good news for radio amateurs in New Brunswick! Bill 41, An Act to Amend the Motor Vehicle Act was introduced in the Legislature today, allowing use of a hand-held electronic device by a person "who uses a two-way radio while operating a motor vehicle on a highway if that person is the holder of a radio operator certificate issued under the Radiocommunication Act (Canada)."
Before this change becomes law, it will still require further readings in the House and Royal Assent, expected in perhaps a few weeks. Until that time, you must observe the present law which allows you to use your radio only when stopped, or in a hands-free manner if in motion.
A link to Bill 41 can be found here: http://www.gnb.ca/legis/bill/pdf/57/4/Bill-41.pdf
More news on this to follow later. Here is the text of the provincial government news release:
Amendments introduced to clarify distracted driving rules
Programming of the repeater controllers continues. Stay tuned for further updates. Thanks for your patience!
Current System Notices:
Seven Mile Ridge VE9VDR - Off Air.
Due to equipment failure, the Campbellton - Seven Mile Ridge VE9VDR 146.390 is OFF AIR. Parts are on order and expected return to service date is late October.
Remember to unlink, please!
Here is the logo you will see on our web site and communications in the future, Thanks to Gaston VE9TEK for his creativity!
You can now submit your IRG membership application or renewal on-line and make payments using PayPal on our new Join or Renew page. New members, be sure to fill out all the information on the form so we can keep in touch. Renewing members, please fill in a form so we can verify and update the information we have.
As always, amateurs can still join or renew via Canada Post, just download the MS Word form here, print it and mail it with your payment. Instructions are on the form. You can also join or renew at the next IRG meeting in person, or via any of the area representatives.
Mailing address for the IRG:
Please note the address for mailing membership forms or renewal payments:
Gordon Boone VE9GB
80 Jennings Drive
Fredericton, NB E3A 4Z4
Welcome to the International Repeater Group!
The IRG Network of repeaters can be linked all at once so that province wide communications are available during emergencies. Two times per week all repeaters are linked and the network is tested with Amatuer Radio Nets. Radio operators call in from all over the province via any of the 23 repeaters in the network. Any two repeaters can be linked together as well to acheive communications within the repeater's range in the province. The network can also be connected to the Provinces of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.
The main objective of the IRG network is to provide emergency back up communications to NB EMO, CANWARN, Municipal EMO's, First Responders, Ground Search and Rescue teams, and hopefully in the near future, Amber Alert.
A special thanks to New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization who makes the IRG network possible.
GETTING THE MESSAGE THROUGH IN EMERGENCIES
AMATEUR RADIO AND EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS
In our ever changing world it seems more and more the threat of major emergencies and natural disasters are apparent. In light of these occurences the need for emergency preparedness is real. Emergencies can happen anytime, anywhere without warning.
Often, existing means of communications, such as telephone both landline and cellular, become useless and unreliable due to system overload during an emergency or, they simply do not exist. Our communications we depend on each day can go down in an instant in the event of a natural disaster or act of terrorism.
We are Amateur Radio Operators and have extensive knowledge of radio systems and antennas. In the event of emergencies we are able to establish communications via our amateur repeaters, if they have not suffered from the event, or via direct radio contact using high power, high frequency radios. Many amateurs have emergency radios and antennas ready to deploy when needed.
Members supporting IRG from the following Province / State Flags. THANK YOU!
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