From Jim VE1JBL Jan.29th, 2017
Mike Johnson VE1MWJ from Cumberland REMO and Jim Langille VE1JBL of the WestCumb ARC 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.