WestCumb  Amateur  Radio Club  VE1WRC

  Serving Westmorland County New Brunswick & Cumberland County Nova Scotia


News & Information

From Mike VE1XDT Jul.16th, 2017

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From Jim VE1JBL Jul. 8th, 2017

Theresa "Terry" McGee wife of WARC Lifetime member Jack McGee VE1CZD passed away on Jul. 7th, 2017. Condolences to Jack and his family.
 Here is the link to her obituary. CLICK HERE.

From Jim VE1JBL Jun. 24th, 2017

Members of the WestCumb ARC participated in the 9th annual YMCA Cross Border Challenge that was held in Amherst this past Saturday. The club has provided communications each year for this event.
This event is broken down into three races: 5K, 10K and a half marathon.  The 10K race started in Mt. Whatley NB and finished in Amherst NS while the half marathon began in Amherst crossed over to New Brunswick to Mt. Whatley and returned to Amherst.
Net Control is set up at the starting point at the Amherst Stadium while other amateur radio stations are set up at each water station and also a station at the starting point of the 10K at Mt.Whatley NB. This is also the turn around for the half marathon. There were a total of 57 messages passed during the 2.5 hour event.
Members taking part in the event this year were Kevin Burke VE1KEV, Mike Masters VE1XDT, Bob Tuttle VE1DR, Ron Bickle VE1BIC, Ron Blue VE1BBB, Peter Hebb VE1SM, NCO Mike Johnson VE1MWJ and Mike Embree VE1MY who walks the race each year behind the walkers in case of any problems along the way.

Left to Right: Ron VE1BIC, Mike VE1XDT, Ron VE1BBB, Bob VE1DR, Mike VE1XDT, John VE1JCH, Kevin VE1KEV and Peter VE1SM. Missing Mike VE1MY.

Thanks to Ron VE1BIC for the photo.
Updated June 5th, 2017

The WestCumb ARC held their regular monthly meeting Wednesday May 10th, with 16 members in attendance.
There was talk about the Symposium and plans for next year.
Kevin Burke VE1KEV is looking after the YMCA Cross Border Challenge this year. If you are interested in helping contact Kevin at ve1kev1@ns.sympatico.ca
Don Roland VE1AOE won the 50/50 and donated his half to the club. Thanks Don.
The club brunch will be this Saturday in Parrsboro at the Harbour View Restaurant. See map below for directions.

The final club meeting of the 2016-2017 year will be on June 7th and will include the annual "Thank You Members" barbecue put on by the executive.
Note the starting time at 6:30pm.   Following the barbecue will be a short club meeting.
From Jim VE1JBL May 26th, 2017

Florence Tuttle wife of club member Bob Tuttle VE1DR passed away on Friday May 26th, 2017. Condolences to Bob and his family at this difficult time. CLICK HERE for obit.

April 12th, 2017 was a very special night for the WestCumb ARC.

Jerry Hannah VE1KW celebrated 60 years this month as a amateur radio operator getting his license in April of 1957.

Jerry noted "back in 1957 Amateur Radio was administered by the Department of Transport.  The Application to write the exam cost $2.50, and I think it included an outline of the material on which you would be tested - - - theory, operation, circuit diagrams to be drawn, cw test, etc.
The cost of being tested was 50 cents - - - presumably for the time the DOT Examiner spent in supervising, playing the cw tape, and marking the exam.
Anyway, I took the exam, passed, and got my call on April 4, 1957.
Being a student and spending summers working in Ontario I didn't get in a lot of operating time, but I did use a home-brew HF transmitter and a Hallicrafters SX99 receiver for a start".

Jerry is seen here sitting with his wife Kay VE1YH. Presenting the Lifetime certificate to Jerry is Peter Hebb VE1SM and his wife Treva.

Jerry is also a founding member of the WestCumb ARC having been at the first meeting back on Apr.9th, 1980. On October 27th, 1981 Jerry became part of the Education Committee which he continued to do until stepping down last month.

Picture courtesy of Ron Bickle VE1BIC.

Next club meeting is May 10th, 2017.

Jeong Hee Oh DS5NKO

My name is Jeong Hee Oh. I am Korean. My English name is James and I have a wife and two daughters.
In the fall of 2004, I decided to immigrate to Canada. I first got my permanent resident card through PNP in New Brunswick and arrived with my family  at Toronto Pearson Airport in the summer of 2006. I acquired my Canadian citizenship in 2010.
In March 2012 I bought the Tantramar Motel and moved from Moncton to Sackville NB where I now live with my family.
I first became interested in Amateur radio when I was a University student back in Korea. I received my basic license in 1987 and started working as a club station operator. In 1999 I personally opened my own radio station with the callsign DS5NKO.
Coming to Canada I thought I could no longer enjoy amateur radio because of the language barrier. It has been 11 years but now I would like to get back into amateur radio. I searched the web for the nearest amateur radio club and found the WestCumb ARC in Amherst NS. I would very much like to join the club and coming to this meeting in March I hope to meet many of you and hopefully get back into the hobby.
Thank You
From Jim VE1JBL Mar.8th:

We had a very good turnout for this month's meeting with 21 in attendance including two new members, John Haley VE1JCH of Tidnish Bridge NS and Jeong Hee (James) Oh of Sackville NB. James is originally from South Korea now living in Sackville NB.
There was much talk about club dues and how the family plan may be changed to streamline membership. Also talk about associate membership to the club. These will both be brought up again at the April meeting.
Mike Johnson VE1MWJ  mentioned that there is a exercise coming up and would like to know how many club members would like to take part. Club members are asked to contact me if they are interested in being part of EMO Cumberland but not on our call out list on the website.
EMO Cumberland and the WestCumb ARC will continue to add amateur radio stations throughout Cumberland County. Parrsboro Fire, Amherst Fire and Amherst PD are slated for this spring.
There is a problem with setting up ticket sales for a DMR radio we want to raffle off. Because of this tickets will only be sold by club members here in Cumberland County and at the upcoming Symposium at the end of April. Amateurs from outside the area wishing to buy tickets will have to purchase them from WARC club members.
Gerry Hannah VE1KW from Sackville NB will be celebrating 60 years as a ham next month. Congratulations Gerry. Well done.
Winner of the 50/50 this month is Ron Bickle VE1BIC $21.00
The club brunch this month will be at Patterson's Restaurant in Sackville NB on march 18th.
We had discussion on club meetings and for the time being our meeting will be on the second Wednesday of each month.
Thanks to Dana Rushton and Ron Bickle for donations to the DMR Repeater fund.
Next meeting will be April 12th, 2017.
From Jim VE1JBL Feb.21st,

NOTICE: I have a new mailing address as of today.
Jim Langille VE1JBL
473 Green Road
Tidnish Bridge NS B4H3X9

From Jim VE1JBL Feb.12th:

Ten members of the WestCumb ARC turned out Saturday to take in the presentation by Sean Bridge VE1XOP talking about Digital modes. It was very informative and Sean answered all questions that were asked. The presentation went on for three hours and could have lasted longer because of the interest. An HF station was set up in the conference room and the computer was connected to the overhead projector so everyone could see the operation of PSK31. Other Digital modes were also talked about including RTTY.
After the class was completed Sean came over to the radio room and set up the Ham Radio Deluxe software to our computer at our HF station and in no time we had Digital modes running.
Sean will be setting up links on his website VE1XOP.ca for all to see and download.
If you have any questions send him an email qso@ve1xop.ca and he will help you out.
On behalf of the club I want to thank Sean for coming up on a very cold morning and spending the day with us. There is talk that Sean will be setting up a session or two at this year's S.M.A.R.T.
Thanks to the following hams for taking part: Pravin VE9PKV, Dave VE1DEH, Jim VE1AFH, Jon VE1JSG, Ron VE1BBB, Rick VE9RWS, Brad VE1ZX, Kevin VE1KEV and Lorne VE1BXK. 
From Lorne VE1BXK Feb.11th

Today Kevin VE1KEV, Lorne VE1BXK and Mike VE1XDT arrive on site for the
installation of a internet router provided by Mike VE1XDT. Lorne VE1BXK with
his Notebook computer configured the router with ISP (internet Service
Provider) IP parameters and security information for remote configuration.
Once this was completed, the router parameters were saved on file.

The router was then installed on top of the XPR84000 VHF (DMR) repeater and
interfaced from the router to the ETHERNET port on the XPR8400 repeater.

"ON AIR" tests was verified by Kevin and Mike's DMR hand held's right at the
site with final confirmation from Ron VE1AIC from Web Site


See photos taken by Lorne VE1BXK. CLICK HERE


From Jim VE1JBL Feb.2nd, 2017

Here is a picture of the work party that participated in installing the new DMR repeater VE1XPR 145.290- in Springhill on Wednesday. 

(L to R) Kevin VE1KEV, Lorne VE1BXK, Mike VE1MWJ and Mike VE1XDT

Taking the picture is Brad VE1ZX

More pictures can be found in the Photo Gallery thanks to Brad & Lorne.

Thanks to WestCumb ARC, Cumberland REMO and Brian Kelly of Seaside Communications for getting this repeater on "ON THE AIR"

Work continues on fine tuning the repeater so at times it may be off at different times over the next couple of days. If you can reach the repeater please send reports to Mike Masters VE1XDT at mikemasters@eastlink.ca or Lorne Anderson VE1BXK at ve1bxk@ns.sympatico.ca

NOTICE:  VE1XPR is operating stand alone mode only, there is no connection with the Internet at the tower site. Seaside Cable will be checking it out.

UPDATE From Jim VE1JBL Jan.29th

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. 

Thanks 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 Lorne VE1BXK

Picture of WARC Lifetime member Bill Wheaton VE1CFK taken on his 96th birthday Dec.6th 2016.

Taken by  Brenda Wheaton at Camp Hill Hospital in Halifax.

From Jim VE1JBL Dec.22nd:

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.
Thanks to Mike VE1XDT for photo.

Fall Prevention Course:

Left to right back :  Ron Blue VE1BBB  -  Instructor  Alan Whitehead -  Mike Johnson REMC  VE1MWJ
First row:  Brad Ross  VE1ZX 

From Jim VE1JBL Dec.9th:

The WestCumb ARC held their regular Christmas Pot Luck Supper at the ED Fullerton building on Wednesday Dec.7th.

There were 26 members, friends and family taking part. There was no meeting so everything will be carried over to the next meeting on January 4th, 2017.