Hey, weather watchers! Dust off those snow boards, metre sticks and thermometers, because the IRG Weather Net will start for the 2023-2024 season on Monday, October 23, 2023 and run every morning at 7:30 a.m. Atlantic Time. Net control will be shared by Rick VE9MTB and Scott VE1CSA. They will gather your local observations and send them off to Environment and Climate Change Canada. ECCC uses the reports to fine tune their predictions and issue alerts in severe weather conditions. The reports are also used by other agencies such as River Watch and news media.
As of today, the VE1BM 147.120 repeater in Fredericton has been upgraded to full CTCSS - (PL tones) on transmit and receive. Users will need to set their radios to transmit a sub-audible tone of 151.4 to access the repeater.
The Fredericton VE1BM repeater joins those in Elmtree, Campobello, Maces Bay, and the new UHF repeaters as requiring a PL tone. For an up-to-date list of all new repeaters and PL tones, go to https://ve9irg.net/revamp/ctcss_chart
Three more repeaters will be upgraded to require CTCSS (PL tones) during this week:
- VE9VDR 147.390 - Seven Mile Ridge / Campbellton - 151.4 Hz
- VE9ELM 145.410 - Elmtree / Belledune - 151.4 Hz
- VE1BRD 147.315 - Allardville / Bathurst - 151.4 Hz
You will need to program your radio to transmit the PL tones shown above in order to be heard when using the repeater after this change is made. You can add the PL tone prior to the change if you wish. Consult your radio manual for help.
Earlier this spring, we notified all our contacts that changes were coming to the IRG repeater system. Here is the latest news.
Details of work completed to date:
The repeater at Maces Bay (VE9MBY 444.875 +) is back on the air, a new repeater has been installed. In addition, the repeater is now programmed with CTCSS tone 141.3 Hz on RX and TX. You will need to program your radio to send the CTCSS (PL tone) in order to use this repeater. In addition, you have the option to set your radio to ignore any signals on that frequency except those sending 141.3 Hz. This may resolve issues with distant repeaters or signals causing interference on your radio.
Check out this feature from the CBC NB web site noting the humble beginnings of CFNB, 100 years ago.
The VE9GMI repeater (146.955-) repeater is off the air, and will be relocated to Campobello Island when scheduling permits. (Update 20 June 2023: Campobello Island repeater now on air)
Other services at the Airport Road site were moved to a privately owned tower with the start of the NB-TMR Radio system in 2016. We were fortunate to be able to have the repeater remain active at the old site until it was removed on November 10, and the old site will be decommissioned.
It’s an almost universal experience: People get in the car and turn on their favorite music. But the first car radio wasn’t sold until Chevrolet offered one as an option in 1922. And at first, radios in cars weren’t a popular feature. In 1930, laws were proposed in Massachusetts and Missouri that would ban automobile radios, and a poll in 1934 found that 56% of people thought car radios were a dangerous distraction.