Amherst, Nova Scotia
VE1WRC 147.285
 VE1AMH 145.190

WestCumb  Amateur  Radio Club  VE1WRC

  Serving Westmorland County New Brunswick & Cumberland County Nova Scotia since 1980


S.M.A.R.T. 2019 Recap

The 4th annual Symposium for Maritime Amateur Radio Technicians (SMART) was held Saturday April 27th 2019 at the Dr. Carson & Marion Murray Community Center in Springhill NS.

Doors opened at 7am for the volunteers, presenters and vendors and soon the building was alive with sounds of amateurs preparing their presentations for the day while others were setting up their tables for displays and sale items.

At 8am the doors opened and many amateurs rushed in to get out of the cold and rainy weather.

The canteen (new this year) became the central point at this time with amateurs picking up tea, coffee and breakfast sandwiches. Then the rush was on for the 50/50 and raffle tickets. Some hams filtered out to the arena to see what was being setup for the flea market.

As promised each amateur received a Yaesu Fusion ball cap although they did not arrive till later in the morning.

At 11am the barbecues were turned on but due to the weather they had to be relocated to the side door of the arena which caused a slight problem of getting the burgers and dogs to the waiting hams..

At 12 noon lunch started with hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, pop and water. By 12:30pm everyone had been fed and then the presentations began with opening remarks from Mike Johnson VE1MWJ representing the County of Cumberland.

Bernie Cormier VE9BGC was asked to join Mike up front and Bernie presented SMART organizer George Dewar VY2GF with a plaque for his work on bringing this Symposium to life over the years. This was followed by the door prize winners and topped off by a photo of all the hams taking park in this event. The hams continued to mill around the flea market tables until classes began again at 1:30pm.

At 3:30pm the hams gathered in the arena for the Grand Prizes and 50/50.

The complete list of winners can be found on the WestCumb ARC website under SMART 19.

The final classes began at 4pm and by 5:30pm the final hams left the building and SMART was finished for another year.

The organizing committee consists of Bernie Cormier VE9BGC, George Dewar VY2GF, Kevin Burke VE1KEV and Jim Langille VE1JBL.

We would like to thank the volunteers who helped out with the event.

Mike Johnson VE1MWJ Cumberland Regional EMO Management who made sure the arena was booked and brought two barbecues from Amherst to Springhill to help feed the hams.

Kevin Burke VE1KEV for helping the hams set up their flea market tables in the morning.

Bob Perry VE1EDP and his XYL Jo-Ann Reynolds for working the entrance tables and the giving out of name tags and hats. They also preformed other duties feeding the hams during the lunch hour.

Kevin Burke VE1KEV, Mike Masters VE1ZB, Robert Mannette and Mike Johnson VE1MWJ for another great barbecue.

Dana Rushton VE1VOX and Don Roland VE1AOE for another great raffle draw while Al Christie VE1ZS and Ron Blue VE1BBB manned the 50/50 table.

Ron Bickle VE1BIC who looked after the sound systems in both rooms and took photos throughout the day and hopefully will be on the website soon.

Bob Tuttle VE1DR who looked after the talk-in frequency from his mobile and was prepared with extra gas and others items in case of a break down along the way.

The County of Cumberland for letting us use this great Community Center to hold the event.

A special thank you to Heather Laurie and the staff at the arena who looked after all our needs and did a great job helping us prepare for the event.

Thanks to all the local clubs who donated prizes. Their names and the winners can be found on the SMART 19 webpage

Finally a big THANK YOU to the 170+ hams who came out in the not so best weather to support SMART. Without all of you this event would not take place.

See you next year at SMART 20.

Photos by Ron Bickle VE1BIC

This link will take you to all the photos taken by Ron VE1BIC at the 2019 SMART Symposium in Springhill on April 27 2019.


VO1NO - Alphonse Penny - WW2 British Air Defence
VE1COR - Andrew Cornwall - WSPR (Whisper)
VE9BGC - Bernie Cormier - 40m Vertical by Salt Water
VE1DSS - Craig Seaboyer - Raspberry Pi and Amateur Radio
VE1HUL - Dave Hull - Newbie
VE9CB - Dave Goodwin - Radio Amateurs of Canada
VE1FA - Fred Archibald - Advance Test Equipment
VE1FA - Fred Archibald - Getting most out of an HF Receiver
VY2ZM - Jeff Briggs - WRTC 2018
VE1RSM - Robert Schofield - Operating FT8
VE9XAB - Tobie Boutot - CubeSatNB
VE9MTB - Rick MacMillan - International Repeater Group

Door Prize Winners

PEI Bridge Pass
 WestCumb ARC
  John MacDonald VE1CM
PEI Bridge Pass
 George Dewar VY2GF
 William Caw VY2CAW
N3FJP Software Package
  Russ Hemphill VE9FI
RAC Membership
  Dave Goodwin RAC Atlantic Director
  Dave Lewis - Student
RAC Membership
  Dave Goodwin RAC Atlantic Director
  James Oh VE9WIN
$25.00 Gas Card
  Jason Karle VE1AJK
$25.00 Gas Card 
  Truro ARC
  Luigi Zanin VE1XBJ
$25.00 Gas Card
 Hull Electrical Service Ltd. Truro NS
  Doug Steeves VE9TNT
$25.00 Gas Card
 Hull Electrical Service Ltd. Truro NS
  John MacDonald VE1CM
$25.00 Gas Card
 Hull Electrical Service Ltd. Truro NS 
  Jim Cerrato KC5UEQ
$25.00 Gas Card
 Hull Electrical Service Ltd. Truro NS 
  Kaye Hannah VE1YH
$25.00 Gift Card
  Dave Goodwin VE9CB
$25.00 Gift Card
  Scott Wood VE1QD
$25.00 Gift Card
  Therese Mair VY2TAM
$25.00 Gift Card
  James Salamore VE1JCS
$25.00 Gift Card
  Larry McNight VE9ASB
$25.00 Gift Card
  Kelly Nickerson VE1DNA
$25.00 Gas Card
  Stirling Carr VY2SEC
$25.00 Gas Card
  Darrell MacArthur VY2OM
$25.00 Gas Card
 Fredericton ARC
  Misha LeBlanc VE9GIS
$25.00 Gas Card
  Greenwood ARC
 Marcel LeBlanc VE9ML
$20.00 Gas Card
  George Richards VE1XP
$20.00 Gas Card
 Moncton & Area ARC
  Patricia Hemphill  VE9DZ
$20.00 Gas Card
 Moncton & Area ARC
  Kevin Baker VE1BAK
$20.00 Gas Card
 Moncton & Area ARC
  Vernon Amberman VE9VEA
$20.00 Gas Card
 Moncton & Area ARC
  Roger Stein VA1RST
Dead Bolt Lock Set
 Holmes Security Truro NS
  Rick MacMillan VE9MTB
Dead Bolt Lock Set
  Holmes Security Truro NS
 Malcolm Smith VE9ZY
DX'ing on the Edge....the Thrill of 160M!
  Greg LaPierre VE1GRE

Grand Prize Winners

 WestCumb ARC
  Jim Hannon VE1AFH
 WestCumb ARC
  Al Cyples VE1CYP
 NBDMR Repeater Trustee's and
 DMR-MARC Canada.
  Malcolm Smith VE9ZY
  John Mitchell VY2WW

(176) Amateurs, XYL's & Non Amateurs (z)

KC5UEQ    Jim    Cerrato
OK2MNM    Martin    Bruchanov
VA1AAB    Dave     Lewis
VA1ARN    Aaron    Bradley
VA1BIL    Bill    Sproul
VA1JON    John    Orritt
VA1PYE    Chris     Pye
VA1RST    Roger    Stein
VA1TIM    Tim    Delaney
VA1WTF    Scot    Austin
VA1YL    Helen    Archibald
VE1AFH    Jim    Hannon
VE1AHF    Doug    Holmes
VE1AIC    Ron     MacKay
VE1AJK    Jason    Karle
VE1AOE    Don    Roland
VE1AS    Terry    Duncan
VE1AVL    Kevin    Brown
VE1AWP    Alan    Prosser
VE1BAB    Wayne     Blenkhorn
VE1BAK    Kevin    Baker
VE1BBB    Ron     Blue
VE1BIC    Ron     Bickle
VE1BXK    Lorne    Anderson
VE1BZE    Lysle    Anderson
VE1CHL    Scott    McNutt
VE1CM    John    MacDonald
VE1CNS    Bryne    Munroe
VE1COR    Andy    Cornwall
VE1CWJ    John    Langille
VE1CYP    Al    Cyples
VE1DBM    Doug    MacNabb
VE1DC    Thomas    Brazil
VE1DEH    Dave    Harris
VE1DEW    Donald    Wareham
VE1DFG    Doug    Grace
VE1DLH    Rick    Hull
VE1DNA    Kelly    Nickerson
VE1DPG    Paul    Gillis
VE1DR    Bob    Tuttle
VE1DSS    Craig     Seaboyer
VE1EDP    Bob    Perry
VE1FA    Fred    Archibald
VE1FAL    Doug    McComber
VE1FFA    Francis    Albert
VE1GFX    Greg    Estabrooks
VE1GLM    George    Millard
VE1GPF    Gord    Ferris
VE1GRE    Greg    LaPierre
VE1HGR    Greg    Ross
VE1HQ    Sheldon    Donaldson
VE1HUL    Dave    Hull
VE1II    Bruce     Harvey
VE1IOU    Doug    Schultz
VE1IQ    Brian    DeAthe
VE1JBL    Jim    Langille
VE1JCS    James    Salamone
VE1JS    John    Scott
VE1JSG    Jon    Gordon
VE1JSO    Jerry    Osborn

VE1JW     Eric    Smith
VE1KEV    Kevin    Burke
VE1KW    Jerry    Hannah
VE1LAU    Laurie    Cormier
VE1LCG    Lindsey    Garnett
VE1LFS    Logan    Shaw
VE1LRL    Larry    Larlee
VE1LSE    Larry    Silver
VE1LV    Hal    Rodd
VE1MBH    Michael    Harvey
VE1MWJ    Mike    Johnson
VE1MY    Mike    Embree
VE1NAT    Nathalie     St-Onge
VE1NR    Wayne     King
VE1OO    Jim    Holmes
VE1PAB    Alastair    Cox
VE1PHL    Phil    Hunter
VE1PM    Paul    Murphy
VE1PR    Bob    Romano
VE1PS    Peter    Service
VE1PX    Jason    LaPierre
VE1PYE    Jason    Ingraham
VE1QD    Scott    Wood
VE1QET    Quentin    Hickey
VE1RMJ    Robert     Mannette
VE1RSJ    Scott     Johnston
VE1RSM    Robert     Schofield
VE1RTI    Barry    Diggins
VE1SM    Peter    Hebb
VE1SMC    Shane    McDougall
VE1SN    Earl    Osborne
VE1TH    Sharon    Mooers-Henry
VE1UF    Ken    Holmes
VE1VOX    Dana    Rushton
VE1WPH    Wayne     Harasimovitch
VE1XBJ    Luigi    Zanin
VE1XP    George    Richards
VE1YH    Kaye    Hannah
VE1YY    Bill    Karle
VE1ZB    Mike    Masters
VE1ZG    Doug     Henry
VE1ZS    Al     Christie
VE1ZX    Brad    Ross
VE9ARG    Andre    Goguen
VE9ASB    Larry    McKnight
VE9BGC    Bernie     Cormier
VE9BK    Jean-Paul    LeBlanc
VE9BP    Art    Gunn
VE9CB    Dave    Goodwin
VE9CD    Jerry    Arsenault
VE9CDN    Robert     Vinet
VE9CJB    Curtis     Baxter
VE9DSO    Doug    St-Onge
VE9DWJ    David     Jones
VE9DZ    Patricia    Hemphill
VE9ELA    Keith    Whalen
VE9FCP    Francis    Pitre
VE9FI    Russ    Hemphill
VE9GC    Gordon    Cotton
VE9GIS    Misha    LeBlanc

VE9GJ    Glenn    Taylor
VE9GLF    Linda    Friars
VE9IM    Ian    MacFarquhar
VE9JFL    Michel    Landry
VE9KM    Rob     Ireland
VE9KW    Ken    Williams
VE9LJW    Lee    Williams
VE9ML    Marcel    LeBlanc
VE9MM    Gordie    Morton
VE9MTB    Rick     MacMillan
VE9MTV    Michael    Caissie
VE9MY    Len    Morgan
VE9NOM    Michael    Noble
VE9NW    Gilles    Gaudet
VE9OSK    Oscar    LeBlanc
VE9PIN    Bert    St-Onge
VE9PKV    Pravin    Varma
VE9PTC    David     Masson
VE9RON    Reynald     Fortier
VE9SF    Steve     Frost
VE9SK    Sterling    Carpenter
VE9TFB    John     DeDourek
VE9TNT    Doug    Steeves
VE9TTT    Paul    Cant
VE9VEA    Vernon     Amberman
VE9WIN    James    Oh
VE9XAB    Tobie    Boutot
VE9YHR    Yvon    Roy
VE9ZY    Malcolm    Smith
VO1NO    Al    Penney
VY2CAW    William    Caw
VY2DAC    David     Cosh
VY2GF    George    Dewar
VY2HF    Brent    Taylor
VY2HH    Miriam    Briggs
VY2JC    Joe    Clements
VY2OG    Bryan     Weaver
VY2OM    Darrell    MacArthur
VY2REG    Reg    Sharkey
VY2RU    Ken    McCormick
VY2SEC    Stirling    Carr
VY2TAM    Therese    Mair
VY2WM    Bill    McMaster
VY2WW    John    Mitchell
VY2XU    Alan    Beck
VY2ZM    Jeff    Briggs
z    Jo-Ann    Reynolds
z    Gord    Young
z    J.P.    Ouellette
z    Janet    Lynch
z    Dave    Lewis
z    Wendell    Porter
z    Daniel    Gallant
z    Ben    Shaw
z    Maya    Estabrooks
z    Craig     Sanford