Canwarn Spring 2018 Announcement no. 1

Folks, another year has flown by and it is once again time to be thinking about severe thunderstorms and CANWARN storm spotter training. A number of venues have been confirmed already, some are still in the process of being confirmed but I thought it would be worthwhile to advertise what is known as of March 9, 2018.
As always your membership in this program is greatly appreciated by the forecasters in the Ontario Storm Prediction Centre. While social media can light up during severe weather events, the forecasters need to do a fair amount of legwork to verify these reports. Reports received through social media, the spotter phone line or email that are from identified CANWARN members allow forecasters to utilize the information received much more quickly and with a greater degree of confidence.
I once again look forward to seeing many of you at one of the upcoming training sessions and also look forward to meeting new volunteers that have learned about the program and want to become a part of it.
So, without further delay, please find following the current list of training dates/venues. Please note that some evening training sessions begin at 6:30 PM, others at 7 PM and some morning sessions begin at 9 AM while others at 9:30 AM. This list will be updated regularly in the coming weeks as other venues are confirmed. The training dates in northwestern Ontario are still to be decided and I’ll confirm them in the coming weeks. Some of the venues below will have specific people/websites to RSVP to…if no specific RSVP instructions are there, please feel free to RSVP directly to me at

  • Essex County/Chatham-Kent – date/venue to be determined
  • April 5 – Sarnia – 7 PM - Sarnia Yacht Club, 1220 Fort St. Point Edward, RSVP to Bill Hoad at
  • April 10 – Grey County/Owen Sound – 6:30 PM – Bayshore Community Centre, 1900 3rd Ave E, Owen Sound, RSVP to
  • April 18 - London – 7 PM – Room T1003, Building T, Fanshawe College, 1001 Fanshawe College Blvd, London
  • April 23 – Simcoe County/Midhurst – 7 PM – County of Simcoe Admin Centre, 1110 Highway 26, Midhurst
  • April 25 – Huron County/Clinton – 7 PM – Clinton Town Hall, 23 Albert St, Clinton
  • April 26 – Niagara Region/Thorold – 7 PM – Niagara Region Headquarters, Council Chambers, 1815 Sir Isaac Brock Way, Thorold
  • April 30 – Perth County/Stratford – 7 PM – Perth County Paramedic Headquarters, 480 Douro St, Stratford
  • May 2 or 3 – Durham Region – date/venue to be determined
  • May 5 – Toronto – 9 AM – Environment and Climate Change Canada Headquarters, 4905 Dufferin St
  • May 8 – Markham – 7 PM – venue to be determined
  • May 9 – Kitchener-Waterloo – 7 PM – Forbes Room, RIM Park, 2001 University Ave. E, Waterloo
  • May 12 – Haliburton County/Irondale – 9:30 AM – Bark Lake Leadership and Conference Centre, 1551 Bark Lake Drive, Irondale.
    RSVP to
  • May 14 – Peterborough – 7 PM – Peterborough Lawn Bowling Club, 577 McDonnel Street
  • May 15 – Dufferin County/Orangeville – 7 PM – Dufferin County Courthouse, 55 Zina Street, Orangeville
  • May 16 – Oakville – 7 PM – Glenorchy-Dakota Room, Halton Regional Headquarters, 1151 Bronte Road, Oakville
  • May 17 – Hamilton/Stoney Creek – 6:30 PM – Stoney Creek City Hall, 777 Highway 8, Stoney Creek
  • May 23 – Sudbury/Azilda – 6:30 PM – Lionel E. Lalonde Centre, 239 Montee Principale, Azilda
  • May 24 – Temiskaming Shores/New Liskeard – 6:30 PM – Riverside Place, 55 Riverside Drive, New Liskeard
  • May 26 – Belleville – 9:30 AM – 3rd floor Conference Room, Belleville Public Library, 254 Pinnacle St., Belleville

Geoff Coulson
Warning Preparedness Meteorologist |
Météorologue de sensibilisation aux alertes
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Distracted driving regulations update

From RAC:

Distracted Driving in Canada: An Update
Ontario Temporary Exemption has been Extended until January 1, 2021

For immediate release: December 15, 2017

Distracted driving regulations continue to be an area of interest for many Canadian Radio Amateurs. These regulations are made and enforced by provincial governments and can vary considerably from province to province and over time. In Ontario, RAC Directors Allan Boyd, VE3AJB (Ontario North/East) and Phil McBride, VA3QR (Ontario South) have been working hard on this issue.

On December 15, 2017, the Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) announced that the current two-way radio exemption for “Amateur Radio operators and specified commercial, public transit, and public function drivers will be extended for a further three-years, effective January 1, 2018 until January 1, 2021.”

The update to the regulation can be found at

While we were hoping for a permanent exemption, this decision by the MTO ensures our continued ability to operate Amateur Radio apparatus while mobile. RAC will continue to press for a permanent exemption going forward.

For more information visit our Distracted Driving webpage at:

Bill Dillon VE3KWX, SK

From Nigel VE3ID:

I was very sad to hear of the death of Bill Dillon, VE3KWX last week.

As many of you will know, Bill was the one person who brought us all together to actually get the micro controller project finished. We had been floundering for years with a little bit of this and a little bit of that but he showed the value of having a true project manager.

Bill and I had dinner almost every week for years at Chapters Restaurant and Book Store at Yonge/Eglinton (not the one that became !ndigo), and he helped me with advice (and his company's wholesale discount) to re-wire a whole house that belonged to my Danish landlady.

Unfortunately I lost contact with him when I went to England for a year in 1993. His IC listing showed at a place in Harvard Avenue in Toronto, but lately I discovered that he had been living with his brother in Haliburton.

During the time that I was close to Bill, I discovered that he had suffered chronic pain throughout his life, and had turned to Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) to help. I just fished an index card from my desk that he gave me, and on it he wrote the titles of some books about NLP for me to read, ending with the statement "I wish you a pain free life, see you on the other side."

Nigel, ve3id

Site update

Originally posted June 19.

This is what is working today.

  1. Internet was down - it is now back up. It is running on ac for now. (Inverter is no good.)
  2. RPT 70cm side is up and running both system fusion and FM
  3. RPT 2m side is running only FM until update is completed.
  4. BEG Icom 220 is running 20 watts with no amp.
  5. IRLP is off line.
  6. D-star running linking available
  7. Batteries were cleaned and topped-up
  8. Both tower 2m 70cm are ok.

This is what needs to be done.

  1. Six meter. Works on the receive side. Duplexers to be installed.
  2. 1.25 g is up and running
  3. Clean up the shack in progress
  4. 10m still on hold until transmitter finds a spot.
  5. TWR 70cm side needs firmware update.
  6. Siding on roof for the shack needs to be closed off from mice and raccoons. (In progress)
  7. AGM meeting and picnic to be planned

We will make another trip soon at a later date.

Thanks to the following people for helping out.
Malcolm, Nigel, Paul, Ian, Henry, & William