Paul Harcourt VE3BDW SK

We have recently learned that Paul Harcourt VE3BDW, one of our founding members, became a Silent Key in 2015.

Memorial page

Note from Nigel Johnson VE3ID:

Dear TFMCS members:

I was saddened to hear that Paul Harcourt, VE3BDW had become a silent key. My association with Paul goes back to my high-school days when I lived at McCowan and Lawrence in Scarborough, a long way from the TFMCS meeting place which was always at Yonge and Sheppard in those days. At the time, Paul worked at the Frigidaire plant on Eglinton East and drove out to my home to pick me up and go to meetings.

Paul was one of the charter members of the Society. I remember sharing the digging of the hole for the current shack with him and several other locals, now SKs as well, during the summer of 1971. Many people do not realise that the shack door is actually a cold-room door that Paul procured for us! While officially our treasurer for many years, he was involved in just about everything. As an avid skier and member of the Sky-Loft Ski club, he was our liaison with our neighbours until his health forced him to take a lesser role.

Of course, the annual barbeque was a trademark of his hospitality. Few knew of the amount of work he put into organising it, coralling the burgers and those delicious bratwurst sausages from his personal butcher and bringing them up the hill. How can we replace him?

I have very fond memories of the camaraderie shared during board meetings at his house, and later on at the local Realtor's office where he arranged for us to meet. In fact, I cannot remember a time when Paul was not an active member of the board.

Paul may have passed on to that great QSO party where there is never any QRM or QRN, but his spirit lives on in a little piece of turf on the top of a hill in Uxbridge.

Nigel, VE3ID

January 14 update

January 14 update

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. bbe icom 220 is running 20 watts with no amp.
  5. Irlp should be online.
  6. Dstar should be running but not sure how to link repeaters. (Due to internet being down.)
  7. backup batteries were thirsty. Topped as much as we can. Paul or Nigel to check with someone about the state of the batteries. (Possible end of life.)
  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 ghz is at the site and cannot be placed into service. No duplexers. Nigel to follow up
  3. Clean up the shack
  4. Steel wool needs to be sealed around antenna openings. Mice have chewed through the foam insulation.
  5. 10m still on hold until transmitter finds a spot.
  6. rpt 2m side needs updating firmware.
  7. Twr 70cm side needs firmware update.
  8. Siding on roof for the shack needs to be closed off from mice and raccoons. (summer)
  9. 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.

Canwarn Training 2017


This page will be updated as information is sent to us from Environment Canada.



From: Coulson, Geoff (EC) []
Sent: Thursday, March 16, 2017 4:25 PM
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: CANWARN Spring 2017 Training Notice No. 1


Hello everyone...after spring-like weather in February, March has seen a return to colder temperatures and snow for some areas. The forecast for April right now has temperatures bouncing back to somewhat warmer than normal conditions for much of the province. That surge of warm air also means the possible return of severe thunderstorms for Ontario. Please find following the CANWARN storm spotter training schedule for the spring of 2017. This year represents CANWARN’s 30th anniversary from its humble beginnings with the amateur radio group in Windsor. The program now boasts well over 6000 members across the province from all walks of life...amateur radio, emergency managers/responders, government employees and many, many more.

As always, there is no cost to attend the training and each session lasts between 2 to 2.5 hours. To RSVP with regards to a particular session, please send an email to The exception is for the sessions in Owen Sound and Sarnia. For these sessions, please RSVP to the website/email address provided below.
Once again my thanks to all of you who are current members of this important program and I look forward to meeting many first-time attendees over the course of the coming weeks.

April 5 – Owen Sound - 6:30 PM Quality Inn, 950 6th St E, Owen Sound, RSVP to
April 18 – Windsor – 7 PM Caboto Club, 2175 Parent Ave
April 19 – Sarnia – 7 PM Sarnia Yacht Club, 1220 Fort St RSVP to Bill Hoad
April 20 – London – 7 PM Fanshawe College, 1001 Fanshawe College Blvd, Building T Room T1003
April 24 – Central Huron/Blyth – 7 PM Emergency Services Training Centre, 40193 Blyth Road, Central Huron/Blyth
April 25 – Stratford – 7 PM – Perth County Paramedic HQ, 480 Douro St, Stratford
April 29 – Barrie – 9 AM Innisfil IdeaLab and Library, Community Room, 967 Innisfil Beach Road
May 3 – Brantford – 7 PM 3rd Floor Atrium Room, Brantford Public Library, 173 Colborne St.
May 6 – Toronto – 9 AM Environment and Climate Change Canada HQ, 4905 Dufferin St.
May 8 – Niagara Region – 7 PM Niagara Region HQ, Council Chambers, 1815 Sir Isaac Brock Way, Thorold
May 9 – Dufferin County – 7 PM Dufferin County Courthouse, 55 Zina St., Orangeville
May 10 – Waterloo – 7 PM RIM Park 2001 University Ave East, Waterloo
May 13 – Hamilton – 9:30 AM Stoney Creek City Hall, 777 Highway 8, Stoney Creek
May 15 – Peterborough – 7 PM Peterborough Lawn Bowling Club, 577 McDonnel St.
May 16 – Ottawa – 6:30 PM – Greenboro Community Centre, 363 Lorry Greenberg Dr., Ottawa
May 16 – Toronto – 7 PM – Environment and Climate Change Canada HQ, 4905 Dufferin St
May 17 – Cornwall – 6:30 PM – Cornwall Public Library, 45 Second St. E, Cornwall
May 18 – Tiverton – 7 PM Bruce Power Visitor Centre
Renfrew date/venue TBA
May 24 – Markham – 7 PM Canada Room Markham Civic Centre, 101 Town Centre Blvd, Markham
May 25 – Oakville – 7 PM Glenorchy-Dakota Room, Halton Region HQ, 1151 Bronte Rd, Oakville
May 27 – Belleville – 9:30 AM Belleville Public Library Conference Room, 254 Pinnacle St.
May 29 – Sudbury – 6:30 PM Lionel E. Lalonde Centre, Azilda
May 30 – Espanola – 7 PM Pinewood Inn Espanola
May 31 – Sault Ste Marie TBA
June 5 – North Bay – 6:30 PM OPP Regional HQ Cahty Burns Training Room, 911A Gormanville Road
June 6 – Temiskaming Shores – 6:30 PM – College Boreal, New Liskeard
June 7 – Timmins – 6:30 PM – Timmins Firehall, 133 Cedar St.
June 12 – Thunder Bay - TBA
June 13 – Fort Frances/Emo - TBA
June 14 – Kenora - TBA
June 15 – Dryden - TBA

Geoff Coulson
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