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New repeater added to IRG system - Grand Lake VE9GLA

Submitted by admin on Thu, 2019/12/19 - 21:46

A new repeater has been added to the IRG repeater system:  VE9GLA (Grand Lake) with frequency of 145.190 (minus offset).  The repeater is located on Hardwood Ridge, and is operational as of December 19, 2019.  If anyone has any signal or coverage reports to pass along, send us an e-mail via the contact form

At this time, the repeater is a stand-alone repeater, but will be added into one of the existing zones in a future reconfiguration of the IRG zone system.

Looking back at the Apollo 11 landing radio transmissions

Submitted by admin on Sun, 2019/07/14 - 12:04

Were you around 50 years ago for the historic landing of Apollo 11 on the moon?

Radio communications played a vital role in the mission.  When seconds count and the station you are talking to is a couple hundred thousand miles away, the importance of the "ABC's" of radio comms become clear - Accuracy, Brevity and Clarity.  The mission used ground-breaking voice and data communications methods that many radio amateurs use today.  (By the way, the radios used on Apollo were supplied by Collins!)

IRG Nets during state of emergency

Submitted by admin on Sat, 2020/03/21 - 13:08

This is to advise that during the state of emergency, the NB Emergency Measures Communications Group (EMCG) will be conducting periodic nets.  Effective Monday, March 30, the net will revert to once per day at 1700 hrs (5:00 pm)  Click here for more details.

The purpose of the net will be to test readiness of the system.  Although the pandemic is not a communications issue, The EMCG is standing by in case emergency communications are needed between critical locations due to a failure of regular means.