Category Archives: Events

Field Trip – Hammond Museum of Radio

Join us on our tour of the Hammond Museum of Radio in Guelph on Saturday, October 26, 2019 (note new date!)

Lunch courtesy of Hammond Manufacturing.

Carpool available from Scarborough. Meet at No Frills rear parking lot (Pharmacy/Eglinton) at 8 AM.

Cost of the trip is free but donations toward the cost of fuel are welcome.

Register now!

Hammond Museum photo

Scarborough Mandarin MS Walk 2019

The Toronto ARES group will be providing radio communications at the Scarborough Mandarin MS Walk on Sunday, May 5. 

Radio operators are needed to act as route marshals and assist the organizers and volunteers. 

The 5 km walk begins and ends at the Guild Inn Estate, 201 Guildwood Parkway, Scarborough. 

If you are interested in participating in this event, please contact:

Ian Clarke VA3KCP k9lyfgrd -at-
Tim Andrew VA3TMA tandrew -at-

For more information about the walk itself, see the MS Society event page:

CANWARN Training 2019

Folks, 2019 will mark a year of change for the CANWARN storm spotter program in Ontario. I retired last fall from Environment Canada but have returned this spring on a part-time basis to assist with the planning and some of the delivery of the training. Gerald Cheng and Peter Kimbell of Environment Canada will handle the majority of the sessions with me helping here and there. Resource pressures have demanded a stricter look at the number of training sessions that can be provided, resulting in a reduction of available sessions from previous years. Part of my duties during my part-time assignment this spring and summer will be to develop storm spotter training material that can be posted on-line and accessed at any time by interested parties. What form this material will take has not been determined yet and it is not likely it will be available by the end of this summer. However, we will keep you all posted as to the progress of this project and as material becomes available; you will be more than welcome to access it. For those of you who may not be able to attend a session this spring but want to refresh/reinforce your severe weather knowledge, the following websites will be helpful…

National Weather Service Spotter Guide: 

National Weather Service Spotter Glossary:

Environment Canada Lightning Safety:

In addition, Environment Canada recently launched a weather app called WeatherCAN available for both Apple and Android devices. This app represents the most direct way to receive our various severe weather watches and warnings. The app can be found in the app store on your Apple or Android device. More information on the app can be found here…

As an additional reminder, I have also attached the CANWARN reporting tip sheet to this email to reinforce the types of reports the Weather Centre would like to receive and the ways that information can be shared with them.
My long association with the CANWARN program has provided me with many fond memories and some of the biggest highlights of my 35-year career. The devastating tornadoes that struck near Ottawa and into parts of Quebec last September were a stark reminder of why timely and credible reports of severe weather remain essential. My thanks again to all of you for your continued support of the program and your dedication in watching the sky and reporting severe weather to Environment Canada. 
Please find following the list of training venues. Each venue specifies the way to RSVP your intention to attend through either a registration web link or a contact email. Some venues only have limited space, so please sign up early if you intend to go. The session in Sudbury this year will not be a full CANWARN session but rather a 1-hour presentation on severe weather focused on marine activities. More information can be found below. Should there be other venues added in the coming weeks, this announcement will be updated accordingly. 

April 25 – 7 PM – Dakota-Glenorchy Room, Halton Regional Centre, 1151 Bronte Road, Oakville RSVP at
April 30 – 6 PM – Holly Community Centre, 171 Mapleton Ave, Barrie RSVP at
May 2 – 6:30 PM – Emergency Operations Centre, 275 Boler Road, London 
RSVP to Amy Leggate at [email protected] – space is limited
May 4 – 9 AM – Environment Canada Headquarters, 4905 Dufferin St., Toronto RSVP at
May 7 – 7 PM – RIM Park Waterloo, Forbes Room (2nd Floor), 2001 University Ave East, Waterloo, RSVP at
May 8 – 7 PM – Niagara Region Council Chambers, 1815 Sir Isaac Brock Way, Thorold RSVP at
May 14 – 7 PM – Essex Centre Sports Complex, 60 Fairview Avenue West, Essex RSVP at
May 14 – 6:30 PM – Greenboro Community Centre, 363 Lorry Greenberg Dr. Ottawa RSVP at 
May 28 7:30 PM – Spacecraft Brewery, 854 Notre Dame Avenue, Sudbury – (food and drink orders at 6:30, focus on marine severe weather)


Geoff Coulson

Warning Preparedness Meteorologist, Meteorological Service of Canada

Environment and Climate Change Canada / Government of Canada

[email protected] / Tel: 416 739-4466

Météorologue de sensibilisation aux alertes, Service météorologique du Canada

Environnement et Changement climatique Canada / Gouvernement du Canada

[email protected] / Tél: 416 739-4466

January 2019 Meeting

Hello to Everyone and Happy New Year.

The first meeting of SARC for 2019 is this coming Monday, January 14, 2019 at the usual place, the Don Montgomery Community Centre beginning at 7:00 pm.

Our new President, Duncan, VE3GNI will have some things to talk about and I plan to do a 'show and tell' about some very old wire (1858 wire) and some telegraph keys.

Hope to see you there; come and bring a friend or friends.

73 de Gord VE3CNA

Scarborough Mandarin MS Walk 2018

The annual Scarborough Mandarin MS Walk returns to Guild Park this year. The walk takes place on Sunday, May 6 from 8:30 to about 12:00 (check-in is at 8:30, walk starts at 10:00).

The 5 km route starts and ends at the Guild Inn Estate, 201 Guildwood Parkway. Radio amateurs help provide communication support to the organizers and volunteers.

If you are interested in helping, please contact Malcolm Kendall

2014 Simulated Emergency Test


2014 SET (Simulated Emergency Test) will take place on Saturday October 18.

There will be a meeting on Friday September 19 at 7:30pm at the Regent Park Aquatic Centre, 640 Dundas Street East. The 505 Dundas Street Car runs right past the Centre, street parking also available.

We are hoping that many of our present members and Amateur operators that would like to take part in this exercise will attend. If you are unable to attend but would like to take part please e-mail me at [email protected] or [email protected]

The Toronto ARES group is now affiliated with The Toronto Amateur Radio Club and The Toronto Red Cross.

This Year’s SET scenario.
Base stations required
Mobile stations required
Operators required
Mode of operation Phone & Digital
Locations: to be used

Malcolm Kendall VE3BGD

CANWARN Storm Spotter Training Notice No. 2

Folks, spring weather is slowly making inroads in Ontario (aside from recent snowfalls) and we are less than a week away from our first training session in Windsor on April 22. We experienced our first damaging thunderstorms of the year on the evening of Saturday, April 12 in the Chatham-Kent area where downbursts caused some tree damage and power outages.

There have been a number of additions to the list of training venues with this second training notice. Sessions have been added in Huron County (May 1), Dufferin County (May 13), Niagara Peninsula/Thorold (May 21), Belleville (May 31) and Northwestern Ontario (June 9-13). A session is planned for Frontenac County and details will be available in the next training notice. In addition, there is a correction to the address for the session in North Bay on June 5, it will take place at the OPP Regional Headquarters located at 911A Gormanville Road in the Cathy Burns Training Room.

Thanks to all of you who have already RSVP’d for a session near you. For those of you, who haven’t already contacted me to provide me with the session you intend to participate in, please RSVP me at g;eo;f;;u;l;s;on;@ec.;gc;.ca;. For the Sarnia training session, please RSVP Bill Hoad at b;hoad@;xcelco;.;on;.;ca

Lastly, if you are an amateur radio operator and know of any repeaters that are used in your area for CANWARN weather events, please email Ward Kennedy (ve3w;g;[email protected]o;t;mai;l;.;c;om;) with the frequency, known PL tone and call sign.

  • April 22 – 7 PM – Windsor – Caboto Hall at the Caboto Club – 2175 Parent Avenue, Windsor
  • April 23 – 7 PM – Sarnia – Sarnia Yacht Club – 1220 Fort Street – Sarnia
  • April 24 – 7 PM – London – Fanshawe College – Room T1003 Building T – Free Parking at any metered spot after 6 PM
  • April 26 – 9 AM – Hamilton – Nash Auditorium, Wilcox Building, Chedoke Hospital, 555 Sanatorium Road, Hamilton – Free parking available across the street from Wilcox Building
  • April 26 – 9 AM – Ottawa – Nepean Sailing Club – 3259 Carling Ave., Nepean
  • May 1 – 7 PM – Huron County – Bayfield Community Centre, Municipality of Bluewater, 4 Jane Street, Bayfield
  • May 3 – 9 AM – Toronto – Environment Canada Headquarters, 4905 Dufferin St, Toronto
  • May 7 – 7 PM – Toronto – Environment Canada Headquarters, 4905 Dufferin St, Toronto
  • May 10 – 9 AM – Cornwall – OPG St. Lawrence Power Visitor Centre – 2500B 2nd St. W, Cornwall
  • May 13 – 7 PM – Dufferin County – Amaranth-East Garafraxa Town Hall – 374028 6th Line Amaranth
  • May 15 – 7 PM – Kitchener – Bingemans Conference Centre – 425 Bingemans Centre Drive, Kitchener
  • May 21 – 7 PM – Niagara Region/Thorold – Thorold Fire Station #2, 701 Allanburg Road, Thorold
  • May 21 – 6:30 PM - Renfrew – Best Western, 760 Gibbons Road, Renfrew
  • May 22 – 7 PM – Peterborough – Peterborough Public Library – 345 Aylmer St. North, Peterborough
  • May 24 – 9 AM – Orillia/Rama – Rama Fire Hall – 7454 Willams Road, Rama
  • May 31 – 9 AM – Sudbury – Lionel E. Lalonde Centre, 239 Montee Principale, Azilda.
  • May 31 – 9:30 AM – Belleville – Belleville Library Upper Floor Conference Room – 254 Pinnacle Street, Belleville
  • June 1- 1 PM - Espanola - Pinewood Inn, 378 Centre St.
  • June 2 - 7 PM - Sault Ste. Marie - Delta Sault Ste. Marie, 208 St. Mary's Drive
  • June 3 – 7 PM - Timmins – Holiday Inn, 30 Algonquin Blvd West.
  • June 4 – 6:30 PM – Temiskaming Shores – College Boreal, route 118, New Liskeard.
  • June 5 – 6:30 PM - North Bay - OPP Regional Headquarters – Cathy Burns Training Room, 911A Gormanville Road
  • June 9 – 7 PM – Thunder Bay – McIntyre Building Room 274, Red Rock Drive, Confederation College, Thunder Bay
  • June 10 – 7 PM – Atikokan – Venue to be determined
  • June 11 – 7 PM – Fort Frances/Emo - Emo-Lavallee Community Centre 78 Colonization Road, Emo
  • June 12 – 1 PM – Kenora – Red Cross Offices – 1008 Ottawa St. Keewatin
  • June 12 – 7 PM – Kenora – Red Cross Offices – 1008 Ottawa St. Keewatin
  • June 13 – 7 PM – Dryden – Dryden Fire Services Training Room -189 Colonization Ave S
  • Frontenac County – To be determined

Geoff Coulson
Warning Preparedness Meteorologist |
Météorologue de sensibilisation aux alertes
Ontario Region Client Services |
Service à la clientèle, Région de l'Ontario
Environment Canada | Environnement Canada
Government of Canada | Gouvernement du Canada
4905 Dufferin St | 4905 rue Dufferin
Toronto, ON M3H 5T4