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: https://www.weather.gov/media/bis/Weather_Spotter_Field_Guide.pdf
National Weather Service Spotter Glossary: https://www.weather.gov/oun/spotterglossary
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 https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/canwarn-oakville-tickets-59771355734
April 30 – 6 PM – Holly Community Centre, 171 Mapleton Ave, Barrie RSVP at https://ca.apm.activecommunities.com/barrie/Activity_Search/34593
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 https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/canwarn-toronto-tickets-59774506157
May 7 – 7 PM – RIM Park Waterloo, Forbes Room (2nd Floor), 2001 University Ave East, Waterloo, RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/canwarn-waterloo-tickets-59845612839
May 8 – 7 PM – Niagara Region Council Chambers, 1815 Sir Isaac Brock Way, Thorold RSVP at https://niagaracanwarn.eventbrite.ca
May 14 – 7 PM – Essex Centre Sports Complex, 60 Fairview Avenue West, Essex RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/canwarn-essex-county-tickets-59775334635
May 14 – 6:30 PM – Greenboro Community Centre, 363 Lorry Greenberg Dr. Ottawa RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/canwarn-ottawa-tickets-59775547271
May 28 7:30 PM – Spacecraft Brewery, 854 Notre Dame Avenue, Sudbury – (food and drink orders at 6:30, focus on marine severe weather)
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/summer-severe-weather-presentation-sudbury-tickets-59775965522
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
The federal government has responded to a petition about
interference on amateur radio HF bands.
Mike VA3MW from FlexRadio Systems will be speaking to us about software defined radio. Come and join us on Monday, March 11 at 7 PM at the Don Montgomery Community Recreation Centre.
Just a reminder that the next meeting of Scarborough ARC will be this coming Monday, February 11, 2019 beginning at 7:00 pm at the usual Don Montgomery Centre, Senior's Activity room, second floor.
Paul will give a presentation on remote control operation / weak signal HF digital.
Come and bring a friend or friends.
73 de Gord, VE3CNA
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
A letter from our President, Duncan VE3GNI:
The new year 2019 is here and along with it comes the renewal of our club. The Scarborough Amateur Radio Club exists today, thanks to the unwavering efforts of some very keen champions, who have kept the embers glowing in defiance of gale force winds. Those winds have extinguished many amateur radio clubs over the past decade. There are many causes for club failure - advancing social technologies - apathy - ageing membership - the list goes on. We are all aware of what causes memberships to decline and interest to wane. This is not going to happen to the Scarborough Amateur Radio Club. We have a proud history of being one of the premier clubs in amateur radio. This coming year is not going to be a candle in the wind - it is going to be a bonfire!
We are very fortunate to have the resources, structure and most importantly you the enthusiastic participating members of the club. Without your participation, knowledge and resourcefulness the flame will go out. Each of us has a common interest in amateur radio and bring great talent to the club. Using our collective knowledge and enthusiasm we are going to make this a banner year for SARC in 2019.
Over the past few weeks there have been many brilliant suggestions from you for the upcoming year. These ideas coupled with great ingenuity, effort and desire from all of us will form the new foundation for SARC. This exciting new foundation will bring great joy and success to our club as we welcome new members and we participate in exciting club events.
Each one of us has the opportunity to actively Participate in the club's rebirth. We get to create exciting club activities from which we can Learn and explore the fascinating world of amateur radio. We will be able to really Enjoy our friendships and membership in the Scarborough Amateur Radio Club. Our efforts will guarantee the success and growth of SARC in this new year.
I am sure you all remember the time you made your first contacts. The fabulous excitement of calling CQ - giving your signal report and sending 73. This is how I feel right now about the Scarborough Amateur Radio Club. I am nervous, humbled, excited and thrilled to be honoured with my role as president of SARC. We have an extremely talented executive who I am sure feel the same excitement for this coming year. I look forward to working with you to make 2019 a year to look back on with pride and also knowing that SARC is strong, growing and a great place to enjoy the world of amateur radio.
Again thanks to all who have kept the embers burning and to all who will Participate, Learn and Enjoy the year ahead as members of the Scarborough Amateur Radio Club.
Have a great 2019 everyone.
Duncan Robertson VE3GNI 73
The next meeting of SARC will be on Monday, December 10, 2018 beginning at 7:00 pm at the Don Montgomery Centre. Lots of parking at the rear of the building.
Meeting dates for early January (to be confirmed) are planned for January 14, 2019 and February 13, 2019. Arrangements will be made and firm dates for 2019 will be announced later.
At the meeting on December 10 it is hoped that we will either elect or acclaim a new President and Vice-President. Ray will remain as Secretary and Lambert will remain as Treasurer. There may be other vacancies to fill as well.
Other business may be conducted and hopefully there will be a bit of Christmas cheer.
All the best and hope to see you at the meeting. Bring a friend or friends.
73 de Gord, VE3CNA
Happy Thanksgiving from the Scarborough Amateur Radio Club.
The next meeting will start at 7:00 PM on Monday 22 October.
Hope to see you there.
Hello To Everyone:
Just a reminder that the next meeting of Scarborough ARC will be held a week from today, Monday, September 10, 2018 at the Don Montgomery Centre as before. Starting time about 7:00 pm and our guest speaker will be Stan Leschinsky, VE3TW of Radio Amateurs of Canada.
Stan is an Assistant Director of RAC for Ontario South, Greater Toronto Area. He is active on HF and is very enthusiastic about contest operation.
I have invited members of South Pickering ARC to join with us to hear Stan and renew old friendships.
All are welcome including members of other clubs including the Toronto ARC. Pardon me if I have forgotten anyone.
Come and bring a friend or two and help SARC begin the Fall 2018 season.
For directions see the SARC website at: http://ve3we.org/event/september-2018-meeting/
73 de Gord, VE3CNA
The next meeting will start at 7 PM on Monday 11 June 2018 at the Seniors' Lounge in the Don Montgomery Recreation Centre.
Our guest speaker will be Adrian VA3NNA from the Senators group. He will tell us what he is doing with satellite operations. Thanks to Gord VE3CNA for arranging the talk.