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Help JOTA 2019 get on the air!

Submitted by admin on Sun, 2018/12/02 - 08:00

Would you like to help Scout leaders near you to put their groups on the air?  Two events are coming in 2019 and you can help.

Coming up on Saturday, February 16 2019:  Thinking Day On The Air (TDOTA) from the VE9UNB station from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm.  If there are enough guide troops participating, they may link parts of the IRG system during part of that afternoon. 

Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) will be using the 25 repeaters of the International Repeater Group on Saturday, October 19, 2019, between 1 pm to 5 pm Atlantic time. 

IRG member recognized by Public Safety Canada

Submitted by admin on Sat, 2018/05/26 - 07:42

Congratulations to IRG member and past president Allan K. Thurber (VE1RG) on being recognized with an Emergency Management Exemplary Service Award.   Federal/Provincial and Territorial Ministers recognize the work being done across Canada to prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies and disasters.  The award ceremony was held on May 24 in Ottawa, attended by nominees and was addressed by The Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness.  

Amateur radio at the ready during telephone outage

Submitted by admin on Mon, 2017/08/07 - 18:51

New Brunswick Amateur Radio operators proved they were ready to get the message through “when all else fails” during the recent telephone outage.

On Friday August 4, 2017, Bell and other telephone carriers experienced a widespread failure of the telephone network in Atlantic Canada. Service was interrupted to many cellular and landline telephone customers and to many mobile radio services, including portions of the trunked mobile radio system (TMR) used by Ambulance New Brunswick and other public services.

CANWARN New Brunswick activated for blizzard

Submitted by admin on Fri, 2015/02/20 - 08:00
At the request of the Environment Canada's Atlantic Storm Prediction Centre (ASPC), CANWARN New Brunswick was activated on Sunday, February 15, 2015. Blizzard warnings, Storm Surge warnings and Winter Storm watches had been issued for all parts of the Province, and snow began in western regions late on Saturday night and intensified with strong winds through the day, creating white-out conditions and heavy blowing, drifting snow which continued into the night and during Monday in eastern regions.

The year 2014 in review

Submitted by admin on Mon, 2015/01/05 - 11:34

The IRG celebrated it's 40th Anniversary in 2014. Members at the April meeting of the IRG heard stories of the formation of the International Repeater Group from some of the original members. We presented our first President, Claude Bailey VE1HU, with a new life membership card. Many members of the IRG and friends of Claude's gathered in July to celebrate Claude's 100th birthday, and mark his many years as an amateur.Cutting the cake at the 40th Anniversary celebration at the annual meeting. 

VX9MOSKVA - Moscow to Miscou Island, 1939

Submitted by admin on Sun, 2014/06/01 - 12:21

The New Brunswick division of the Canadian Aviation Historical Society will be hosting a commemorative ceremony on Miscou Island (IOTA NA-068) at the Miscou Island Lighthouse (ARLHS CAN-320) on June 19, 2014. The International Repeater Group will be operating from 1500UTC, June 19 for a minimum of 48 hours using CW and SSB on 80, 40, 20,15, and 10m.

Photo:  Soviet propaganda photo of Brig. Gen. Vladimir Kokkinaki, standing in front of one of the Moskva’s engines.

Radio Amateurs to be excluded from distracted driving legislation

Submitted by admin on Wed, 2014/05/21 - 10:00

(2014-05-21)  UPDATE:  Bill 41 received Royal Assent at 11:52 am on May 21, 2014.

New Brunswick Bill 41, An Act to Amend the Motor Vehicle Act, received Royal Assent this morning (Wednesday, May 21, 2014), allowing use of a hand-held electronic device by a person "who uses a two-way radio while operating a motor vehicle on a highway if that person is the holder of a radio operator certificate issued under the Radiocommunication Act (Canada)."