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.
Folks, some additional locations have been added to the
spring training dates. Specifically, we have added two sessions in Huron County
on April 25, confirmed the venue in Dufferin County on May 15 and added
sessions in Belleville on May 25 and Renfrew on June 5. Training in
Northwestern Ontario will take place during the week of June 3 with specific
dates and venues being announced in the next training update.
Thanks to all of you who have replied to the firstname.lastname@example.org
account with the session you plan to attend or emailed Bill Hoad at email@example.com with
your intent to attend the Sarnia session. If you plan on attending a session but
haven't yet RSVP'd, please feel free to do so in the coming days.
The response so far indicates that we will again have a strong turnout this
year. Thanks again for being a part of this worthwhile program.
April 16 – 7 PM – Leamington – Kinsmen Recreational Complex – 249 Sherk St
April 17 – 7 PM – Sarnia – Upper Hall Clearwater Arena – 1400 Wellington St.
April 18 – 7 PM – London – Fanshawe College Building T Room T1003 – 1001
Fanshawe College Blvd. – Free parking at any metered spots on campus after 6 PM
April 20 – 9 AM – Hamilton – Nash Auditorium Chedoke Hospital – Sanatorium Road
– free parking in lot across from the auditorium
April 25 – 1 PM – North Huron (Wingham) – North Huron Wescast Community Complex
– Hot Stove Lounge – 99 Kerr Drive
April 25 – 7 PM – South Huron (Exeter) – Exeter Firehall – 55 William Street
April 27 – 9 AM – Orillia/Rama – Rama Fire Hall – 7454 Williams Road in Rama
April 27 – 9 AM – Ottawa – Nepean Sailing Club – 3259 Carling Ave., Nepean
May 1 – 7 PM – Kitchener - Bingemans Conference Centre – 425 Bingemans Centre
May 4 – 9 AM – Toronto – Environment Canada Headquarters – 4905 Dufferin St
May 8 – 7 PM – Toronto – Environment Canada Headquarters – 4905 Dufferin St
May 14 – 7 PM – Peterborough – Public Library – 345 Aylmer St. North
May 15 – 7 PM – Dufferin County – Centre Dufferin Recreational Complex – 200
Fiddlepark Lane - Shelburne
May 25 – 9 AM – Sudbury – Lionel E. Lalonde Centre, 239 Montee Principale,
May 25 – 10 AM – Belleville – Belleville Library 3rd Floor Conference Room -
254 Pinnacle St
May 26 - 1 PM - Espanola - Pinewood Inn, 378 Centre St.
May 26 – 7 PM - Elliot Lake - Renaissance Centre (tentative), 20 Veterans Way
May 27 - 7 PM - Sault Ste. Marie - Delta Sault Ste. Marie, 208 St. Mary's Drive
May 29 – 7 PM - Timmins – Holiday Inn, 30 Algonquin Blvd West.
May 31 – 6:30 PM - North Bay - OPP Communications Centre - 877 Gormanville Road
June 5 – 6:30 PM – Renfrew – Best Western – 760 Gibbons Road
Rapid Deployment Amateur Radio, often referred
to by its acronym RaDAR, is a concept for operating an amateur radio station
anywhere, anytime and even in adverse environmental conditions. This concept
supports the amateur radio service’s emergency communications mandate and ECOA is very pleased to support this excellent concept.
Marcus KD0JKM is organising a RaDAR-America Contest - an event aimed
at promoting the use of Rapidly Deployable Amateur Radio stations throughout
North and South America. This contest is for all licensed radio amateurs.
A choice is made prior to the contest to participate in one of the defined
categories. The points system is so structured as to encourage portable
operation, especially moveable stations.
This contest will take place at the same time in South Africa (the Nation from
which the idea originated), as it will here in the Americas - the first
Saturday of April (the 6th) and first Saturday of November (the 2nd) starting at 14:00 UTC and
ending at 18:00 UTC (4 hours operating time)
For more information on the RaDAR-America Contest,
visit the website HERE.
This is an outstanding opportunity to shake off the winter dust and test out your Go-Kits and portable antennas.
Radio stations anywhere in the Greater Toronto Area are invited to check into
the evening nets of the Toronto ARES Group. The nets begin with a call out to roll call
stations but the Net Control Station (VE3NCS) will also issue a call for any
station anywhere to check in.
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 at 8.30 PM on repeater VE3RPT
(147.060+) and at 9.00 PM on 6 Meter repeater VA3ECT (53.390-).
On Sunday evening three nets are held at 8 PM a net is held on the VE3BEG
At 8.30 PM a simplex net is held on 446.025 MHz. At 9.00 PM a 6 Meter simplex
net is held on 52.525 MHz. 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
Checking into the ARES Nets is your best easy way to do that on VHF and UHF.
Most emcomm groups take part in the ARRL Field Day, but how many take part in the SPAR Winter Field Day? Being able to do your job in the cold or the heat is paramount, and the same is true in emcomm.
Our emcomm groups in Eastern Ontario all took part in Winter Field Day this year, setting up for the weekend and erecting antennas in -16C weather. Not only did these groups deploy to isolated locations, some with electricity, some with batteries, and operate for the full 24 hours, they had to live, sleep, and cook in those conditions as well.
This is Canada, not all of our emergencies will take place in good weather. In fact statistics tell us we have a greater chance of being called out in the winter than we do in the summer. How would your group do?
Well done to the Eastern Ontario groups who practiced their winter operating skills. They are really living up to ECOA's motto: "Utrinque Paratus" - Ready for Anything.
The ECOA Executive is extremely pleased to announce the appointment of Brett Gilbank- VE3ZBG, as the new Sector Manager for ECOA's Western Sector.
Manager Brett will be responsible for: Bruce County, Grey County, Huron County, Perth County, Lambton County, MIddlesex County, Oxford Regional Municipality, Essex County, Kent County, and Elgin County.
The ECOA Executive
also looks forward to hearing of the CANWARN expansion in this Sector. Brett brings a high level of experience to this position and we look forward to watching Western Sector grow over the next few months.
The ECOA Executive is very pleased to announce the appointment of Russ Hemphill - VE3FI, as the new Sector Manager for ECOA's Central Sector.
As Sector Manager Russ will be responsible for: Northumberland County, City of Peterborough, County of Haliburton, City of Kawartha Lakes, Regional Municipality of Muskoka, County of Simcoe, and Parry Sound District.
Russ brings a high level of experience to this position and we look forward to watching grow the Sector over the next few months.
The ECOA Executive looks forward to working with Russ through this exciting time of growth in our association.
It's that time of year again! Once again ECOA Emcomm groups will be taking part in the SPAR Winter Field Day.
To quote the SPAR website: "Not only during Field Day in June, do the bands come alive with improvised
signals proving the ability to respond to emergencies. Since emergencies and
natural disasters don't always happen in the summer, during Winter Field Day,
frigid winds, icy limbs and bitter cold replace the thunderstorms and blistering
heat of summer.
In 2007 SPAR established a Winter Field Day event and invited
all Amateur Radio operators to participate. The event was repeated in 2008 and
was considered a success, so it was then designated an annual event to be held
the last full weekend each January".
The rules for the event can be found on this LINK.
As I begin my term as President I would like to start by thanking Bob for his service to ECOA, his great effort and the time he put into this organization. To quote the Beatles, "It's been a long and winding Road", and I suppose we can add "rocky" to that description as well.
Without Bob's steady hand it could have been a lot worse. Many Thanks Bob; and we look forward to working with you in your new role as our Provincial Emergency Coordinator.
As of today we start to move forward, building ECOA into a first class, highly visible, energetic, emergency communications organization. This will be done by recruiting more qualified and highly energetic individuals into leadership positions for our new Field Service, and by fully supporting them as they grow their sectors, districts and groups.
I look forward to working with you all through this exciting time as we launch this rebuilding project for public safety and service.