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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Ham-Ex 2018

Here are a few pictures from Ham-Ex 2018



Check in at the front door


The new PARC/ARES display table


Big crowds in the vendor building


Vendors were kept busy


Johnson and Collins rigs


Frank VE3FAO at the homebrew display


Writing the Amateur exam


Lots of test equipment


Bicycle mobile ?


More cool rigs from Icom


Antenna equipment from Maple Leaf


Bob VE3UBM wins an Icom 4100A


Leo VA3LL winner of the grand prize from RadioWorld

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March 2018 Main Meeting

Hi All,

So tomorrow (Tuesday March 6th, 2018) is the March main meeting being held at the Craft Room at Fletcher’s Creek Sportsplex at McLaughlin and Ray Lawson in Brampton at 7.30pm.

The main presentation that we will be having is on receiving weather images from weather satellites.  Yours truly will be doing a review of a setup where I’ve successfully received satellite images.

Hamex will also be discussed, as well as any announcements that we may have for you on other activities.

It should be fun!

See you all tomorrow

Joe de VA3POR

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February 2018 Meeting – Reminder

Hi Gang,

So today (February 6th, 2018) we are having our February Meeting at 7.30 pm at the Craft Room at Fletcher’s Creek Sportsplex (corner of Ray Lawson Blvd and McLaughlin Rd in Brampton).

The Craft Room is located just past the doors (ie you walk through the doors) leading to the Library. The Craft room is the first room to the left.  This is NOT the same room where we have held previous meetings.

On the February meeting, we will be doing some organizing with Hamex, we will have Hamex Raffle tickets you can purchase, updates on Field Day planning, updates on work being done on Education, as well as other club news and information.

This month also has Dave Rajnauth VE3OOI as our guest speaker.  He’ll be doing a presentation on high altitude ballooning!  Should be fun!

See you all tonight!


Joe de VA3POR



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Main Meetings – New Room at Fletcher’s Creek

Hi All,

So for this new calendar year, our main club meetings will be conducted in a different room other than the Youth Room.  Due to an error on my part, we were not enrolled in the Youth Room from January to May.  The staff at Feltcher’s Creek however were great, they temporarily gave us a room on the second floor for the January meeting, and they have got us a space on the first floor going forward.  We will primarily be in the Craft room (we’ve had meetings there before, just past the doors heading to the library) and there will be two meetings in the pre-school room (room behind frosted glass across the main desk).

So, for each monthly meeting announcement I will confirm the room for the particular meeting.  Below is the list for your reference:

  • Februrary Meeting – Craft Room
  • March Meeting- Craft Room
  • April Meeting- Preschool Room
  • May Meeting- Preschool Room
  • September Meeting- Craft Room
  • October Meeting- Craft Room
  • November Meeting- Craft Room

Meetings start 7:30 pm as normal.

See you all in February!


Joe de VA3POR

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Distracted Driving in Canada: An Update…/

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:

Alan Griffin

RAC MarCom Director
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Basic Amateur Radio Class Set

Hi All,

as was posted to the in December, PARC has a Basic Amateur Radio Class Scheduled for Saturday January 20th and Saturday January 27th 2018.  The class will be held at 8 Nelson St.

For anyone interested – please email me at kingpin (dot) joe (at) gmail (dot) com, and I will provide the full details, costs, and materials.

Thanks All!


Joe de VA3POR

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Happy New Year! First Club meeting of 2018

Hi All and Happy New Year!

I trust everyone had a great Christmas Holiday!  The wishes of a White Christmas certainly came through this year – and a true Northern climate to boot!

Tonight (Tuesday January 2nd, 2018) is our first meeting of 2018!  It’s held, as usual, at the Fletcher’s Creek Sportsplex (McLaughlin and Ray Lawson in Brampton) at 7:30 pm in the Youth Room.

I’m just getting confirmation for tonight’s speaker – so I’ll send out a second message as soon as I have a confirmation.

As a backup, I have something I can share… I have successfully downloaded satellite images from NOAA weather satellites using WXtoIMG software, a RTL dongle, CubicSDR software, Soundflower virtual sound cable, and a pair of good ole’ rabbit ears from the bygone TV era.  I can show you how I set it up, and show you links for you to dive deeper!

I will be bringing the club projector, so if any of you have anything to present, please let me know.  Also, if you have any announcements you need to make, please give me a heads up, and I’ll insure that you are on our meeting list.

So, if you’ve been hiding insude away from the cold and need an excuse to get out, you have one!

See you all later!


Joe de VA3POR

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PARC Christmas Dinner 2017 – Reminder

Hi All,

Tomorrow is our Christmas Dinner at Roma Ristorante.  After looking at our reservations, we still have 5 spots open.  If you’ve been on the fence, now’s the time to RSVP.  To do so, you can use this link.

The cost is $35 per person (CASH ONLY and I will be collecting at the door) and it is an Italian buffett that includes softdrinks, coffee and tea.  I will also be bringing in dessert from San Remo Bakery with our coffee and tea.  A cash bar is available incase you wish to have your favourite suds with dinner.

The restaurant is at 6350 Tomken Rd in Mississauga and will be accepting guests at 5.30 pm with dinner to start at 6.30pm.

Thanks to everyone that has already signed up!  I’m looking forward to seeing all of you tomorrow!



Joe de VA3POR

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Field Day 2017 Results

For the seventh year in a row PARC has managed to achieve the top Canadian ranking in the 4A category. Our score on 6336 (contacts plus bonus points) was slightly ahead of last year’s total.


We also placed second overall in Canada, regardless of transmitter category, coming in behind VE2CWI in the 2A category, with 7984 points.

Thanks to everyone who made this an enjoyable and rewarding event for the club. For further details and for plans for FD 2018, be sure to attend the January club meeting.


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