UPDATE From Jim VE1JBL Jan.29th, 2017
Mike Johnson VE1MWJ from Cumberland REMO and Jim Langille VE1JBL of the WestCumbARC attended the Tidnish Fire Hall on Sunday Jan.15th to install an amateur radio station in their radio room. We started at 10am running two lines of coax through the attic to the new tower at the back of the building. The tower was attached to the building. Connectors were soldered on all four ends and the antenna was raised to the top of the tower. With the wind picking up and snow squalls coming in off the strait we decided to wait for another day to finish the project. The antennas for Tidnish Fire were tied with rope to the side of the tower instead of bringing them back down. We connected the cable and checked their VHF radios by making a contact with Valley Dispatch. They responded with a very good signal report so we finished up their radio in the radio room and it is now active. The amateur radio antenna and radio will be installed when we return at a later date.
to Kenny Gilbert and his bucket truck Cumberland REMO Mike Johnson
VE1MWJ along with WestCumb ARC member Jim Langille VE1JBL finished the
installation of the Tidnish Fire antenna and amateur radio antenna on
Sunday morning Jan.29th, 2017. Once completed contacts were made to
Valley Dispatch on the fire radio and to WARC club member Brad Ross
VE1ZX in Two Islands on the amateur radio station. After cleaning up we
left the building at around 12 noon.
Work has now been completed in Pugwash, Oxford and Tidnish. We are hoping to get to Parrsboro sometime in February to install their amateur radio antenna and station.
From Jim VE1JBL Dec.22nd, 2017:
On Tuesday Dec.20th members of the WestCumb ARC and Cumberland EMC Mike Johnson VE1MWJ made a trip to Oxford to install a complete amateur radio station at the Oxford Fire Hall. We began work at 10am installed the antenna on the roof, feed the feedline from the radio room to the antenna, installed PL 259 connectors and opened up GoBox which includes radio, power supply and accessories. We made a few calls out on different repeaters across the band and SWR was perfect. By 1pm we left the building leaving the GoBox in the radio room for future use. Thanks to Mike Johnson VE1MWJ, Mike Masters VE1XDT for taking part in this project.
Three more fire halls will be completed come the new year including Tidnish, Amherst and Parrsboro.
Members of the WestCumb ARC participated in a amateur radio session at the Oxford Fire Hall on Thursday Jan.8th, 2015.
Mike Johnson Cumberland Regional Emergency Management Coordinator and other members of the WARC gave a presentation of amateur radio and the benefits of having amateur radio as a backup to their fire communications system.
Besides Mike VE1MWJ other members of the club that participated were Jim Langille VE1JBL, Mike Masters VE1XDT and Ron Blue VE1BBB who came down to learn more about his new hobby. There were more than 20 firefighters at the meeting.
All connections went well and after speaking with Brad Ross VE1ZX in Springhill our noise went away as well after moving the radio away from the power supply. Thanks Brad.
Repeaters used during the evening were Sugarloaf VE1BHS, Springhill VE1SPR, Harmony VE1HAR and the IRG system in New Brunswick.
The meeting ended after an hour with a Q&A session.
Hopefully soon the club will be asked to supply Oxford Fire with amateur radio equipment for backup communications as in Pugwash NS.
More trips are being planned to other fire halls around the county.
Thanks to the Oxford Fire Dept. and the volunteers for having us down to explain our hobby.
Jim Langille VE1JBL