Amherst, Nova Scotia

WestCumb  Amateur  Radio Club  VE1WRC

  Serving Westmorland County New Brunswick & Cumberland County Nova Scotia

News & Information

From Jim VE1JBL Feb.9th:

The county room was full for the regular monthly meeting of the WestCumb ARC Thursday night.
Kevin brought in the club shirts and everyone seem pleased with them. There will be another order going in when there is enough interest. Contact Kevin Burke VE1KEV if you want to place an order.
There was talk about SMART. The event will take place Apr.27th in Springhill. The registration form is now active on the website. Always looking for volunteers if you would like to help out. Contact Jim Langille VE1JBL if interested.
A letter was read from Bob Tuttle VE1DR asking about placing a new Fusion digital repeater at the Liecester site in place of the analog repeater that is there now. He is willing to make a donation for a new Fusion repeater if it is placed at that site. The repeater committee will get together next week too go over the offer and what all it takes of changing up the repeater.
Mike Johnson reported about the new simplex repeater that is now active at the Liecester Fire Hall. He asked that everyone try it out and report to him your findings on how far away you can activate the repeater. The frequency is 146.490
Dave Hull VE1HUL won the 50/50.
Next club brunch is at Brittney's on Saturday February 16th.
Next club meeting will be Thursday March 7th.

From Jim VE1JBL Feb.7th, 2019

Mike Johnson VE1MWJ Cumberland Regional EMO Management and Jim Langille VE1JBL from the WestCumb ARC returned to the new Liecester Fire Hall today to finish installing cable runs for the department's VHF and TMR radio. At the same time we finished up the amateur radio station and installed and tested the first of four simplex repeaters by Argent Data Systems on 146.490.
We received reports from Bob Tuttle VE1DR in Pugwash Junction, John Haley VE1JCH in Tidnish and Kevin Burke VE1KEV in Amherst. The repeater is operating perfectly at this time and we are now looking for more reports from amateurs who can access the repeater. We want to get a footprint of this repeater. Take notes on where you were, power you were using and the signal report. Later in the evening after returning home in Tidnish I had no problem bringing up the repeater on 5 watts at 25kms away.
The Liecester Fire Hall is located at 1476 ft above sea level. The pictures below show the amateur radio antenna above the entrance door to the fire hall and the simplex repeater sitting on top of the radio. The last picture is taking in front of the building showing the height of the location. It is hard to see but to the left in the picture is the Amherst wind farm and areas of New Brunswick in the background. To the right of the picture you can see the Northumberland Strait.
Remember this is a simplex repeater. It only plays back what you say to it so keep your test short. If you are talking to someone on the repeater remember there is a delay between each transmission.
Thanks to Lorne Anderson VE1BXK for finding the radios and wiring the repeaters to these radios.
Send reports to Mike Johnson at                                          

From Jim VE1JBL Jan. 4th 2019:

There were 12 members present at the regular monthly meeting of the WestCumb ARC on Thursday Jan.3rd, 2019. Regrets from Mike VE1MWJ, James VE9WIN and Lorne VE1BXK.
There was plenty of talk about SMART 2019 and starting to get prepared for this year's event on April 27th. A new page has been set up for this years event on our website.
System Fusion was also discussed as many club members and amateurs throughout the Maritimes are getting into this mode.
Final fittings for club shirts took place and Kevin Burke VE1KEV will now take this to Carter's Cresting . Please bring your 30 dollars to the next club meeting to pick up your shirt.
Dave Harris VE1DEH won the 50/50 and turned his winnings over to the bursary fund. Thanks Dave.

This month's brunch will be held on Saturday Jan.12th at Patterson's in Sackville.

Next club meeting will be February 7th, 2019.

From Jim VE1JBL

Here are a couple of pictures from the Christmas Pot Luck Supper held on Wednesday night. There were 18 in attendance this year. Regrets from Dana Rushton VE1VOX, Pravin Varma VE9PKV, Rob Ireland VE9KM and due to an accident on the TCA blocking traffic Terry Craig VE9TER and Bill Durant VE9JMP returned home.
There was no meeting so everything will be carried over till the January meeting on the 3rd.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

From Kevin VE1KEV

At the last club meeting in November it was brought up about getting golf shirts made up for club members. If interested in having a shirt contact Kevin Burke VE1KEV at or phone 902-694-9202
Kevin will be bringing a selection of sizes to the Pot Luck Supper in December. If you are interested in a shirt come to the supper and try a shirt on so you can get the right size. Hopefully the shirts will be ready for the January 2019 meeting.

From Amanda Marlin & Amelia Moore EOS  Eco-Energy Inc.

Dear Mike, Jim and Bob,
Attached is our summary of the evaluations from the ham radio workshop. Lots of good feedback and some suggestions for next time.


EOS Amateur Radio Workshop

Amelia Moore, EOS Eco-Energy

October 24, 2018

EOS and the WestCumb Amateur Radio Club hosted an evening workshop on October 22, 2018 at the Sackville Legion. More than 40 participants attended, 16 of which filled out evaluation forms.  Participants included a local Scout troupe and their leaders but they had to leave early and did not fill in evaluations.

13 of the 16 evaluations rated the content of the talk, venue/location, speaker, date/time, and price a 4 or 5. When asked how much participants knew about ham radio before the event compared to after, 11 participants stated that they now knew more than when they arrived, with other participants stating that they were already quite knowledgeable about ham radio. Many stated that they were very unlikely to engage with ham radio before this workshop, but likely would now.

When asked what participants found most interesting about the workshop, many were interested in ham radio being used for weather warning and for emergency response. One participant found “collaboration between various organizations to collect and use of information during weather events and other emergencies” the most interesting. Others enjoyed the radio display and videos of the radios in action. Another participant said that this was a new topic they hadn’t thought of before and found all the information interesting.

When asked how they planned to use what they learned today, several participants said they would consider pursuing their amateur radio license. Others said they would further research the topic online or join their local ham radio club and look into getting more involved. One participant was curious about the costs required to get into ham radio and another was curious to learn more about software-defined radios.

When asked about how this workshop impacted their stress around climate change 6 participants said they felt more at ease knowing that this system existed and they better understood the emergency procedures. Another participant noted that they “didn’t know so many volunteers contributed” and that made him feel more at ease. Other participants said that his stress about climate change had stayed the same.

Participants heard about this workshop through word of mouth (6), the EOS newsletter (4), Facebook (4), radio(3), local newspaper, and posters.

Finally, other suggestions for workshops that EOS could offer included information about emergency go-bags, conservation focused workshops or urban planning and design.

Thanks to Amelia Moore for the photos.

From Robert VE1RMJ Oct.3rd:

Good evening,

If you have purchased a study guide place see the link below for additional study material.

The material can be viewed online or downloaded, there should be a download all button in the top right corner.

From Brad VE1ZX Sept.22nd:

Here is a picture of the WestCumb ARC brunch held on Sept. 22nd at Patterson's in Sackville NB. Nice to see Rick Sullivan VE9RWS at the table. Welcome back Rick.

Sept. 7th, 2017

The first meeting of the WestCumb ARC was held on Thursday evening Sept.6th at the ED Fullerton building in Upper Nappan.

There were sixteen members attending with two guest.

First was the annual meeting and all members of the executive have returned for another year. Kevin Burke VE1KEV President, Mike Masters VE1ZB Vice-President, Ron Bickle VE1BIC Secretary and Jim Langille VE1JBL Treasurer.

A motion was made to permanently moved the club meetings to the first Thursday of each month due to a conflict with the county meetings. Motion carried. The dues for the year will remain the same and can be found on the website under Club Dues

The regular meeting followed the annual meeting and the hot topic for the evening was the report from Mike Johnson VE1MWJ of happenings from the Oxford sinkhole. Mike showed us several videos taken by the county drone showing different angles not seen from television video. The county is still following activity and Mike will give us updates and more video at the next meeting in October.

Mike also informed us that the county has purchased five new radios, antennas and power supplies to be installed in fire halls and other places throughout the county during the upcoming year. He has also received three more simplex repeaters to go along with the one we already purchased in the past year. At this time two of the repeaters will be permantly installed at locations around the county and the other two will be mobile stations to be activated when needed. He is still planning for a simplex exercise for the club in the upcoming year.

Robert Mannette VE1RMJ has purchased 16 amateur radio manuals from Coax Publishing in Ontario on behalf of the club for amateurs wanting to upgrade from basic to advanced license and people around the area wishing to learn and become amateur radio operators. These books are for sale from the club at $46.00 for either the basic or advanced book. Contact Robert Mannette  VE1RMJ at if you wish to purchase a book. Six books were sold after the meeting last night.

Member Bob Tuttle VE1DR brought a new member to the meeting last night. Terry Duncan VE1AS was introduced before the meeting. Terry and his wife Susan who is also a ham VA1SIS have recently moved here from Ontario.

WELCOME to the area and the club Terry and Susan.

50/50 was won by new member Terry VE1AS. 

The first club brunch of the new year will be held on September 22nd at Patterson's in Sackville NB beginning at 11am. Come early for a good seat.

The WestCumb ARC 2 Meter Net will begin another new season on Monday September 10th at 8pm. Hope to hear many of you on there to support our local club net. Also a reminder to renew your club dues ASAP.

The next club meeting will be held October 4th at 7pm.  

June 23rd, 2018

The WestCumb ARC participated again in this year's Cross Border Challenge. This is the tenth anniversary for the event and the club has taken part each year providing communications. There were 46 messages exchanged throughout the day.
This is the last club event until the September annual meeting. Everyone have a wonderful summer and see you then.
Thanks to Ron Bickle VE1BIC for the photo.
L to R: Ron Bickle VE1BIC, Jim Langille VE1JBL, Bob Tuttle VE1DR, Ron Blue VE1BBB, Peter Hebb VE1SM and Kevin Burke VE1KEV. Missing from photo, Mike Johnson VE1MWJ.

June 8th, 2018

There was a good turnout at the final club meeting of the WestCumb ARC for 2017-18. Twenty Nine members and family arrived to first take in the annual members apperiation barbecue put on by the executive to thank the members for their support over the year. Hamburgers and hot dogs were presented with soft drinks.

After the meal the meeting was brought to order and most of the short meeting talked about the upcoming YMCA Cross Border Race on June 23rd. If interested in helping provide communications for this contact Kevin Burke VE1KEV at 902-694-9202.

After a Q&A on the MESH network the club voted to purchase a couple of units to tour around the county this summer to see where they will work. Robert Mannette VE1RMJ will be looking after this. 

Hope everyone has a great summer and hope to see you in the fall at our annual meeting on Sept.6th, 2018.

Thanks to Robert VE1RMJ for the photos.

May 21st, 2018

There were 16 members in attendance Saturday at the monthly club brunch which was held this month in Parrsboro at the Harbour View Restaurant. Thanks to Ron Bickle VE1BIC for the pictures.

May 11th, 2018

There were fourteen amateurs attending the MESH class last night in Amherst put on by Steve Frost VE9SF. The class lasted just over an hour and then about forty five minutes for Questions & Answers. Steve went over all the basics of what is needed to set up a MESH network and had the equipment to show the class. Everyone seem to enjoy the class and this will be brought up at our next club meeting in June. In time the WestCumb ARC would like to have a Network set up to include most of Cumberland county and link into New Brunswick up to Moncton.

MESH Resources:

Steve Frost VE9SF


AREDN Homepage -

Fleet network - Source of Ubiquiti equipment

Airlink Link Planner -

May 6th, 2018

The regular club meeting of the WestCumb ARC was held this past Thursday. There was plenty of talk about SMART 2018 and how to improve on it next year.
Mike Johnson VE1MWJ REMO Coordinator for Cumberland Co. passed out new EMO Auxiliary ID cards to registered members of the club. For those who were not in attendance the cards are in his office if you drop by. There was also a draft drawn up by Mike Johnson for a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the County of Cumberland and the WestCumb ARC. Amateurs were given copies and ask to look it over and bring any questions or comments to the meeting in June.
Mike Masters VE1ZB and Robert Mannette VE1RMJ gave a talk about DMR and the group is looking for funding for a local C-Bridge here in the Maritimes. The club is looking for more information about this before voting on a donation but Mike has starting taking donations from interested amateurs. If you would like to donate contact Mike Masters at
Kevin Burke VE1KEV has made plans with Steve Frost VE9SF to have a MESH class at the County building on Thursday May 10th, beginning at 7pm. This should be a interesting evening of learning.
Brad Ross VE1ZX won the 50/50 this month and donated his half to the C-Bridge proposal.
The next club brunch will be in Parrsboro at the Harbour View Restaurant on May 19th, beginning at 11am. Come early for a good seat.
The next club meeting will be our last of the fiscal year. It will be held on June 7th, beginning at 6:30pm (note the time) with the annual "Members Barbecue" put on by the executive to thank the members for their support over the past year. There will be a regular club meeting after the barbecue.
See you there.

Apr.21st, 2018

Here are a couple of pictures taken today at the WestCumb ARC brunch in Oxford. Looks like there were 14 in attendance. Thanks to Robert VE1RMJ for the photos.

Apr.5th, 2018

The regular club meeting of the WestCumb ARC was held last night at the ED Fullerton building in Upper Nappan. There were 16 members taking part. There was talk on MESH, repeaters and SMART coming up at the end of the month. There are now thirteen club members using the DMR repeater including myself who purchased a radio last week. It has been fun to learn the new mode and play with the code plugs. A special thanks to Robert VE1RMJ who upgraded firmware for three of these radios last night during the meeting. Greatly appreciated Rob.
Tickets are now available for the grand prizes at SMART. Several club members have the tickets for sale.
Club members who are volunteering for SMART are asked to be at the Springhill community centre on Friday evening Apr.27th at 6pm to help set up for the event. Volunteers are also asked to be at the Centre at 7am on the 28th.
The 50/50 was won by Don Roland VE1AOE who donated his winnings back to the club. Thanks Don.
The next club brunch will be held on Apr. 21st at the Parkview Family Restaurant in Oxford.
SMART 2018 will be Apr.28th at the Dr Carson & Marion Murray Community Centre in Springhill.
Next club meeting will be May 3rd at the ED Fullerton building in Upper Nappan.
Thanks To Ron VE1BIC for the photos.

Mar. 2nd, 2018

The regular club meeting of the WestCumb ARC was held last night at the ED Fullerton building. Fourteen members were in attendance with guest Hal Rodd from Truro who joined the club at the end of the meeting.
Talks included EMO, MESH and SMART and at the end of the meeting there was an auction of amateur radio equipment. Equipment that was not sold last night will be taken to the 2018 SMART and hopefully will sell there. Proceeds will be divided 50/50 between the amateur and the club.
The regular 50/50 was won by Mike Johnson VE1MWJ.
The next club brunch will be Mar.17th at Patterson's in Sackville NB
Next club meeting Thursday April 5th, 2018

Mar.2nd, 2018

Cumberland REMO along with the WestCumb ARC traveled to Collingwood NS yesterday to install an amateur radio station at their new Fire Hall.
We arrived at 9:30am and were met by Chief Jake Cotton and Terry Stone.
Two lines of coax cable were run from the radio room to the outside of the building. Connectors were soldered on, the amateur radio station was installed and Robert Mannette VE1RMJ stopped by and helped assemble the amateur radio antenna.
Later in the morning Kenny Gilbert's bucket truck arrived and the fire dept's antennas were removed from the old fire hall and installed at the new hall. The amateur radio antenna was also installed and the cable was attached.
Test were done with the fire radio and the amateur radio and both stations had good reports.
We packed up and left the station at 4pm.
This is the latest Fire hall to receive an amateur radio station which now includes Oxford, Springhill, Tidnish, Parrsboro, Advocate, Wentworth and Pugwash. Plans are in the works to install amateur radio stations this summer at Westchester and Wallace. 

Feb.16th, 2018

Eighteen members and three guests participated in the regular monthly meeting of the WestCumb ARC which was held Thursday night in Amherst.

Mike Johnson VE1MWJ gave an update on EMO including the new simplex repeater the county has purchased and how it works. He will be testing this out over the next few weeks so if you hear him mobile he will have the repeater with him and will be looking for contacts to test out this unit. It will be operating on 146.490 simplex.

New EMO ID cards are almost ready and will be given out ASAP. He is still looking at having an exercise in the spring dealing with all repeaters down and relying on simplex contacts around the county. Once the exercise is ready there will be another meeting with members of the WestCumb ARC to go over the plan for the exercise.

There was talk on the SMART symposium coming up on April 28th, 2018. Dana VE1VOX has received the license for a lottery, prizes are being looked at, wireless headsets have been ordered for the presenters to use during the classes and the Dr. Carson & Marion Murray Community Centre has been booked. We are expecting well over 100 amateurs taking part this year and a reminder to all who want to take part in this year's event to register on the website under SMART.

The 50/50 was won by Mike Masters.

The WARC brunch will be this Saturday Feb.17th, at "Breakfast at Brittney's" in Amherst beginning at 10:30am.

Starting on March 1st, the regular monthly meetings of the WestCumb ARC will be held on the first Thursday of each month.


Jan. 11th, 2018

There was a very good turnout at the WestCumb ARC meeting Wednesday night. There were nineteen club members, two visitors from Truro Ken Holmes VE1UF and George Millard VE1GLM and John Langille from Folly Mountain NS who was taking his amateur radio exam.

Mike Johnson VE1MWJ gave a presentation on past weather events in the county and the possibility of a storm coming in the next few days. He reminded everyone in the event of the perfect storm the club may be active on simplex. He is drawing up an exercise for the club to experiment with simplex around the county. He showed off the new simplex repeater but due to problems it will be sent back to the manufacture for a replacement.

There is interest from members about purchasing coax cable for the club. If there is enough interest Mike will order a 500 ft role which he can get at a very good price. If interest in buying some of this cable contact Mike at You must commit to buying the cable once it comes in.

There was talk about the SMART symposium coming up this April. The registration page has been added to the club website and if you are interested in attending go the the page and fill out the form. Dana Ruston VE1VOX will look after the lottery license and also the prizes for the event. For all the news and information about this year's event go to the club's website and click on S.M.A.R.T.

John Langille passed his amateur radio exam and was congratulated by all. Once he receives his call sign I will post it on the website. Thanks to Brad VE1ZX and Rick VE9RWS for conducting the exam.

UPDATE: John received his call sign. VE1CWJ

Dana Rushton VE1VOX won the 50/50 of 49 dollars and donated his half back to the club. Thanks Dana.

The club brunch will be this Saturday Jan.13th at Patterson's Restaurant in Sackville NB.

Next club meeting will be Feb.14th, 2018