The new Grand Lake repeater has been added to the IRG linking system. VE9GLA has a frequency of 145.190 (minus offset). The repeater is located on Hardwood Ridge, and is now included in the Stanley Zone in the linking system. Users can use the regular codes to link to or from Stanley Zone for contact within Grand Lake area.
The repeater was installed in December 2019 and was operating with good coverage as a stand-alone repeater. With its hard-link to Stanley, VE9GLA adds a wider area coverage to central New Brunswick.
Another new IRG repeater went on-air as of January 5! Mount Carleton Park (VE9MCP) on 147.120 + is the latest addition, bringing the total number of IRG repeaters to twenty-seven (27). The new site is near the park headquarters and will provide additional improved coverage in northern New Brunswick.
The University of New Brunswick Amateur Radio Club (VE9UNB) has just graduated another group of new amateurs.
According to Brent Peterson (VE9EX), “Ten amateur radio exams were passed today (January 17, 2019) at the University of New Brunswick, one advanced, five basic with honours, and four basic, bringing the cumulative number passed to 143 since June 20, 2010.
Congratulations to the VE9UNB club and VE9EX for the fine work helping new amateurs obtain their qualification. We look forward to hearing the new amateurs on the air soon!
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.
A test exercise of the New Brunswick health facility radio system that took place on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 was a great success.
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.