Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Simulated Emergency Test 2014

ECOA is pleased to announce that it will be hosting its annual SET on Sunday, October 19th.

This SET is an Ontario-wide exercise in emergency communications, administered by ECOA.

Timings for this event will be 1030 Local to 1530 Local Eastern Time Zone.

For further information please contact your local ECOA EC or Section Manager.

Sunday, 27 July 2014


Russ, VE3FI
Our congratulations go out to Russ, VE3FI, who is the new president of ECOA, effective Saturday, 26th July, 2014. 

Russ has a long and great background in emergency communications and we look forward to ECOA moving ahead in the next few months under his leadership.

Our thanks go out to Bill, VE3CLQ, our immediate past president for his hard work on behalf of the organization over the last two years.

Thursday, 23 January 2014

Canada finally has 60m access

On Wednesday 22nd January, the Canadian regulator, Industry Canada (IC) released a decision to allow amateur radio operators to use the 5332 kHz, 5348 kHz, 5358.5 kHz, 5373 kHz and 5405 kHz frequencies on a no-interference, no-protection basis, 2.8 kHz bandwidth, same modes as U.S., 100W PEP maximum power.

These are the same channels, modes and criteria as those available to US operators on 5 MHz and are as the result of an official IC consultation held earlier in Summer 2012.

Prior to this, Canadian amateurs have had access to these frequencies since 2012, provided they applied to IC for a special interim 5 MHz/60m developmental licence, utilising a VX9 series callsign.

The Industry Canada 5 MHz Decision document can be found at

Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Merry Christmas to all

The ECOA Executive would like to take this opportunity to wish all
our members, a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year for 2014.

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

EC Appointment

ECOA is pleased to announce that David Sellick, VE3DZE, has been appointed EC for Lennox-Addington County, effective 15 October, 2013.

Dave has been a long time member of ECOA, and is a very experienced digital operator.  We look forward to the expansion of Emcomm in Lennox-Addington County under his watch.

Sunday, 1 September 2013

EmComm Net

ECOA is pleased to announce that once again we are starting Tuesday, the 3rd September, 2013, the ECOA EmComm HF Net for the fall and winter period. 

This net will take place from 1915 till 2015 local time on 3.755 MHz, and the net will start immediately after the Laurentian Net.

We would like to thank, once again, the ONTARS net, and Barry-VE3ISX, for facilitating space for this EmComm net.

Sunday, 26 May 2013

2013 Annual General Meeting

ECOA is pleased to report that all resolutions were passed at its Annual General Meeting held on May 25, 2013, at the Don Montgomery Centre in Scarborough.  The Board of Directors would like to thank all members for their continued support and confidence.

The two most important items of business where the announcements on the inauguration of our new provincial Emcomm Field Service, and making public the details on our new $5 million liability package.

The Board of Directors and Officers would like to congratulate David Sellick, VE3DZE, and Ralph Muecke, VE3XYC, who were elected to the Board of Directors.

ECOA looks forward to an outstanding 2013 - 2014.