Simulated Emergency Test (SET)

The RAC S.E.T. is scheduled for Saturday October 13th. from 0730 to 1300 Hrs (Local time), and we need as many volunteers as possible to cover this event. This is a great opportunity for you to test your equipment, and for those members who do not have radios you can check out the Operations at our Trailer which will be set up in the White Spruce Park on Heart Lake Rd (between Bovaird Dr & Sandalwood Pkwy).

The scenario for this Test will be announced on the PARC VHF Repeater on Friday Evening Oct. 12th. between 1900 & 2000 Hrs (Local Time), so please monitor the frequency (146.880 MHz) during that time. Check in time for the S.E.T. will be on Saturday morning from 0730 to 0800 Hrs when you will be given your assignment.

Richard  VA3RMU

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NVIS 2018 – Reminder and PARC Trailer Deployment

Hi All,

just a friendly reminder that this Sunday is the NVIS event.  PARC will be deploying the trailer at White Spruce Park in Brampton.  The event will be from 1pm to 6pm local time.  For those of you who are not doing their own deployment, but would like to participate, join us at the trailer!

There will be a BBQ, and there will be a charge of $10 for the food.  We’ve provisioned for 18 people, and based on the provision $10 will give each person 1 hamburger, 1 beef hotdog or polish sausage, 2 cans of pop (Coke or Ginger Ale), and a bottle of water.  Please bring cash (but we can do debit if needed – no credit card).

Hope to see you out there – either in person, or, on the air!

Joe de VA3POR




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Welcome Back! Start of 2018-2019!

Hi All,

I trust everyone had a great summer!

So tonight we will have our first general meeting of the new club year 2018-2018!

As per usual – we will meeting at the south Fletcher’s Creek Sportsplex (McLaughlin and Ray Lawson in Brampton) at 7.30pm in the Craft Room.

We will be renewing memberships, reviewing club news and business (ARES Activities, Homebrew) and other upcoming events.

On the subject of memberships – a new convenience is being tested out this year.  Many of you have taken advantage of being able to pay online.  At the meeting tonight – if you havent paid yet, we will be able to accept credit card and debit payments (Done through Square Payments).  If you can’t make the meeting, but want to pay online, and have not received an invoice – email me (kingpin (dot) joe (at) gmail (dot) com) and I’ll send you an electronic invoice that you can pay at home.

If you have any announcements you would like to make to the club, or would like to do a little bit of “show and tell” tonight, let me know!

See you all tonight!


Joe de VA3POR


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2018 Field Day Claimed Score


Many visitors braved the conditions to come out and observe what we do. Among them were several members from the City of Brampton Emergency Management office as well as Linda Jeffery, the Mayor of Brampton.


Of particular note was the CW station. They managed to rack up 824 contacts, which looks to be an all time high.


To everyone in the club who participated, whether as an operator, logger or assisting with the setup and take down, we extend a big THANK YOU. None of this could have happened without you. We hope you had a great time and are looking forward to FD 2019.


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Sign Up for PARC 2018 Summer Soiree

Hi All,

following up from the AGM, the club has decided to head to the Mandarin Restaurant this year for the Summer Soiree.

Here is the link to the form ->

Details are at the top of the form for date, time, location and pricing.

For those of you who signed up at the AGM, I’ve already entered your information into the form, and you should receive an email confirming your RSVP.

If you need to change your reservation, let me know!

Please RSVP so we have a proper count!


Joe de VA3POR


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AGM Meeting Reminder 2

Hi All,

This is a second reminder that tomorrow (May 1st, 2018) is our Club AGM.

It will be at this meeting that we will:

  • Elect Our Executive
  • Vote on where to have of Summer Soiree
  • Get an update of Field Day 2018

In terms of our current slate of candidates, we have the following:

  • President John Bakkeren
  • Vice President – vacant
  • Executive Secretary – Kevin Heise
  • Treasurer – Joe Valenti
  • Repeater Director – Paul Allen
  • Education Director – vacant
  • Public Relations and Special Events – vacant

Other positions such as Membership, Trailer Manager, Website Manager are appointed.  Past President and ARES Director are ex-officio and RAC appointments respectively.

Please consider in volunteering/running for a position.  We will provide a general description of the positions as we go through the election process.

The AGM will be at Flecther’s Creek Sportsplex, at 7:30pm, and will be in the Preschool Room (the room directly across the Info desk behind the frosted doors).

Also, please come with suggestions for our Summer Soiree!

See you all tomorrow!


Joe de VA3POR


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AGM Meeting – May 1, 2018

HI All,

just as a reminder, we will be having our AGM meeting this coming Tuesday (May 1, 2018) at 7.30 pm.  At the meeting, we will be doing the following things

Vote on any resolutions.
Elect an executive
Decide on location for the June Summer Dinner (Our Summer Soiree)

I will also be doing a review of Field Day, where we stand and field any questions or requests.

Currently our slate of candidates is as follows:

President – John Bakkeren
Vice President – Vacant
Executive Secretary – Kevin Heise
Treasurer – Joe Valente
Repeater Director – Paul Allen
Education – vacant

At the AGM, any club member in good standing can be nominated or any elected position.  Many of the existing executive members have expressed a willingness to hand their positions over to those interested and want to try their hand at a particular position.

There are also positions that are appointed by the President/Executive. Special Events, HAMEX, Web Master, Trailer Manager, and Membership are appointed.  Also, if there is a project that you would like to head up, that can also be done with consent from the membership and/or executive.

So, if you have never had the opportunity to serve your fellow members in the capacity of an executive position, please consider it!  You’ll have the experience and support of those who have gone before you!

I’ll be sending out a second reminder tomorrow, reiterating the slate and providing any errata if necessary.


Joe de VA3POR

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HF Mobile


Treasured club member returns to display transportable HF in a bag.

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Next Homebrew meeting Wednesday, April 18th

Screen Shot 2018-04-16 at 8.43.07 AMThis month Dave VE3OOI, will be presenting a high-level overview of our latest project, the PARC SNA.

This presentation will be of particular interest to all the builders of the PARC SNA and also for those who wish to learn more about this type of test instrument. The presentation will give some insight on how an SNA works.


The meeting will be held at Berlet Electronics Limited, 1715 Meyerside Dr. Unit #6 at 7:30. For those who would like even more time to discuss homebrew topics, we have the Pre-meeting meeting at Kelsey’s Restaurant Dixie & 401 at around 5ish.

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Canwarn Training 2018

Folks, please find following the updated list of CANWARN training sessions for this spring. The following changes and additions have been made…there is now a website to register for the session in Midhurst in Simcoe County on April 23rd provided by the County. The session in Essex County has been confirmed. It will take place on Tuesday, May 22nd in the Town of Essex at the Essex Centre Sports Complex. The session in Durham Region has been confirmed for May 3rd in Whitby. As this session is being organized by Durham Region, they have asked that it initially be open only to residents of Whitby. The registration will be opened more widely depending on the initial response. Sessions have also now been confirmed for Mallorytown, Iroquois and Kingston. The venue for the Kingston session will be confirmed shortly.

As noted in the previous training announcement, if you don’t see specific instructions on how to RSVP at the session you are interested in, please RSVP to me at geoff.coulson@…. As also noted in the previous announcement, please ensure to check the start time of your session. Some evening sessions begin at 6:30 PM, others at 7 PM. Some weekend sessions begin at 9 AM and others at 9:30 AM.

My thanks to those of you who have registered already, the numbers are growing at many sessions. By all accounts this is shaping up to be another successful training season for the CANWARN program. The program’s strength is in its membership and based on that, CANWARN continues to be a very vibrant program.

More details on sessions that don’t currently have a venue and more info on additional sessions will be provided in coming updates.

My thanks again to all of you for being a part of this program and for those of you who will be joining it in the coming months.

April 5 – Sarnia – 7 PM – Sarnia Yacht Club, 1220 Fort St. Point Edward, RSVP to Bill Hoad at billhoad00@…
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. RSVP to
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 3 – Durham Region/Whitby – 7 PM – Whitby Centennial Building, 416 Centre St S, Whitby…course available to Whitby residents only initially
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 10 – Mallorytown – 6:30 PM – Mallorytown Community Hall, 76 County Road 5 South, Mallorytown
May 12 – Haliburton County/Irondale – 9:30 AM – Bark Lake Leadership and Conference Centre, 1551 Bark Lake Drive, Irondale.
May 14 – Iroquois – 6:30 PM – Iroquois Legion, 24 Dundas St., Iroquois
May 14 – Peterborough – 7 PM – Peterborough Lawn Bowling Club, 577 McDonnel Street
May 15 – Kingston – 6:30 PM – Location to be announced
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 22 – Essex County/Essex – 7 PM – Shaheen Room at the Essex Centre Sports Complex – 60 Fairview Ave W, Essex
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, Meteorological Serviceof Canada

Environment and Climate Change Canada / Government of Canada

Geoff.coulson@…/ Tel: 416 739-4466

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