Due to the uncertainty of the timing and travel effects from Hurricane / Post Tropical Storm Lee, the meeting scheduled for Sunday, September 17 has been CANCELLED. If another date is set, we will advise later.
The IRG repeater system will undergo hardware and programming upgrades in 2023.
- Replacement of linking hardware and reprogramming of repeater controllers
- Changes in some zone configurations to allow for future expansion
- Addition of new repeaters
- Changes in linking codes and programming to improve reliability
- Phase-in of CTCSS ("PL tones") on repeaters
Find out more about what's planned....
When hurricanes or tropical storms threaten, The Hurricane Watch Net activates on 14.325 MHz and 7.268 MHz, and will use either or both of these frequencies as propagation allows.
If conditions require, a CANWARN Net may be activated on all or part of the IRG system. Be sure to listen to and follow the instructions of the net control station in giving any reports - report only what is asked --and remember the important ABC's: Accuracy, Brevity & Clarity.
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.