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Amateur Radio stations anywhere in the Greater Toronto Area are invited to check into the evening nets of the Toronto ARES Group.
All weeknight nets start at 8.00 PM.
The Net on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday nights is a SIMPLEX net on 147.405 MHz. You must transmit a PL tone of 103.5 hz.
The Monday night net is held on the VE3TNC repeater (147.270+) in downtown Toronto. No tone required.
The Wednesday night net is held on the VA3GTU repeater 4B (444.850+) in downtown Toronto. 103.5 tone required.
The Friday night net is held on the VA3GTU repeater 4C (443.750+) in Scarborough. 103.5 tone required.
On Saturday nights additional nets are held
On Sunday evening three nets are held.
None of these 3 nets require a tone.
At 5.30 PM on Sundays, the GTA Regional Net is held on the CN Tower repeater VE3TWR 145.410-(103.5) and 444.400+.
By participating in any of these nets you are putting your radio on the air and ensuring that it is working properly.
You are also informing all the other Amateur Radio Operators in Toronto that you are on the map. That you exist.
Being an Amateur Radio Operator means you talk on a radio with other Amateur Radio Operators.
Print out this message for reference. Relay over to your club’s website or newsletter.
73 – Toronto ARES Group
VE3RPT B DSTAR on 443.225 + is back online with great coverage in the GTA area and points north to Barrie. VE3RPT B is often connected to XRF005B reflector which is a reflector that other GTA repeater are also connected to. This repeater is connected to the FREESTAR DSTAR network and it is not uncommon to hear others from all over the world on this network was well.
No DSTAR registration is required to connect to this network. Only a valid Amateur Radio callsign in your MYCALL field. (This is a change in recent history)
To ensure that you are using VE3RPT B correctly, you want the following values set on your radio:
You will also notice that on this repeater and VE3RPT C (145.25) you will see the current Air Temp and average wind speed displayed from time to time. The measurements are made right from the tower at the repeater site. The complete weather details are at Weather Underground
Barc Nutter VE3HAH became a Silent Key on December 31, 2012, in his 81st year. He was an active member of TFMCS and we will miss him.
David Faul VE3TIJ became a Silent Key on December 9, 2012. His good friends Don Dorward, VA3DDN & Joseph Verdirame, VE3LNU submitted this
The CN Tower VHF repeater is back on the air as of today, Please note that you must have the 103.5 PL tone in order to access the repeater.
Photos by Glenn VE3ROQ
RAC Bulletin 2012-057E – Distracted Driving Bulletin: Ontario Extends Exemption
The Radio Amateurs of Canada are today announcing written confirmation from Minister Bob Chiarelli of the Ontario Provincial Government regarding a five year extension of exemption to the Ontario distracted driving law. In his letter, Minister Chiarelli explains that the current exemptions for both Amateur Radio and Two Way Commercial Radios will be extended until January 1st, 2018.
Minister Chiarelli expresses his hope that in that time commercial hands free alternatives will be found for two way radios. While RAC finds victory in the five year extension, a permanent solution is desired and required.
The Radio Amateurs of Canada will continue to pursue a permanent exemption for Amateur Radio operators in Ontario. Similar exemptions already exist in many other provincial jurisdictions in Canada – thanks in part to the efforts of local amateurs and RAC’s national strategy to address distracted driving legislation.
The Radio Amateurs of Canada is Canada’s national voice for Amateur Radio. Our efforts not only promote the Amateur Radio Service but protect it from regulatory interference that may lead to less capability to provide emergency communications. Not already a RAC member? Why not join today at www.rac.ca
Bill Gade, VE4WO
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