November 2019 SAME & 1050 Hz Test Reports

Hi folks. This is the November 2019 monthly post which contains the monthly reports for the SAME and 1050 HZ tone test alerts for Weatheradio Canada, as I have them. For those of you reporting through Facebook groups, please give a time of the report and in the case of the first Wednesday of the month, please indicate whether it is the RWT or RMT. I had received reports in the past, which I couldn’t include, dew to no time given for the test, or whether it was the “RWT” or “RMT”. Please, be sure to take a look at the text, so you know whether it is one of the two, during the first Wednesday of the month.
Monthly SAME and 1050 HZ Tone Test Reports for November 2019
SAME and 1050 Hz tone test report for November 6th 2019
St Catharines VAD320 (162.475 MHz) (RWT) 11:53 AM, (RMT) 11:57 AM, (1050 Hz tone) 11:59 AM EST, Toronto (XMJ225 162.400 MHz.) (RWT) didn’t happen, (RMT) didn’t happen, (1050 TONE) 12:00 PM EST
SAME Test report for November 13th 2019
St Catharines VAD320 (162.475 MHz) (RWT) 11:52 AM EST, Toronto (XMJ225 162.400 MHz.) (RWT) no test today.
SAME Test Report For November 20th 2019
St Catharines VAD320 (162.475 MHz) (RWT) 11:52 AM EST, Toronto (XMJ225 162.400 MHz.) (RWT) 11:54 AM EST. Otherwise, keep the reports coming and they will certainly be included in future posts.

SAME Test Report for Wednesday November 27th 2019
St Catharines VAD320 (162.475 MHz) (RWT) 11:52 AM EST, Toronto (XMJ225 162.400 MHz.) (RWT) 11:54 AM EST.

Weather Radio Listeners Newsletter Issue 32

Weather Radio Listeners Newsletter Issue 32 for November 1st 2019

https://ipfs.io/ipfs/QmXoypizjW3WknFiJnKLwHCnL72vedxjQkDDP1mXWo6uco/wiki/Weatheradio_Canada.html 

Hello and welcome to the fourth and final issue of the newsletter for 2019. It is now November and it actually feels like November. It hadn’t been all that chilly until now and it hadn’t been all that hot during the month of August either in Ontario. However, on October 1st, it actually warmed up enough, to break records in Southern Ontario, including Toronto’s Pearson International Airport. However, winter is certainly on its way, as is iNotify to Weatheradio Canada. However, we will see the snow fly, before we hear the new voices on the network, on a regular basis across Canada.

You will notice some changes to the newsletter, in that models of WX radios will no longer be listed with a manufacturer. I decided to stop including them because there is no need and I had been mentioning models, which have been long discontinued. So, you will only see the manufacturer and a link to the website. The same is true for any Yahoo groups I have mentioned here, as they will no longer be seen in future issues. This is because Yahoo is getting rid of all groups. This includes a chat group relating to Weatheradio Canada, which had been around for years.

To those of you in any of the related Facebook groups, thanks for your continued support and reports, when you are able to post them. Some people have asked me, when I have posted about an outage on Weatheradio Canada, “what is watchdog?” Well, when I am reporting a “watchdog”. Situation for a Weatheradio Canada transmitter, there is no longer the need to ask what “watchdog” is, because I have created a blog post back in July, to address that question and to make it as clear as possible. I strongly encourage you to either follow or bookmark this blog, so if you forget what “watchdog” or any other term used by either NWR or Weatheradio Canada means, you can find the post in the archives and read it, before you feel the need to ask.

Survey Said… …

For those who probably don’t know, a tree fell in the forest and many people didn’t hear it. In other words, there was another survey which Weatheradio Canada had done in August 2019. Unfortunately, most people may not have heard the crack of the wood and the crash of trunk and bark to the ground. That is unless they were on social media groups and had heard about it through word of internet. The reason is that most WXR’s were unable to announce that the survey was taking place, because of being on dial-up or not ready to be switched over to iNotify. Unfortunately, this included the Toronto WXR. I only knew about the survey, from Facebook and by calling telephone ATAD’s, which are located in major cities. Before the prompts to get the weather information for a particular region, the survey announcement played, with both the male and female voices in which ever language you chose.

In case you haven’t figured it out, the survey was about the new voices, set to become the new ones we will hear on Weatheradio Canada. Because we have 4 of them, it was about which ones should do either: forecasts and weather conditions or, watches and warnings. Unfortunately, for myself and others, the voice samples provided for the survey, didn’t work when we tried doing the survey. However, because I have all 4 of them on my iPhone, I cheated and used them as they are, to inform my decision as to what I think each voice should be doing what, on the broadcast in the future. The survey is complete and unfortunately, I don’t have the results.

I wanted to hear the new voices on my WX radio because around the time of the survey, there were some people who were divided on one of the voices, just because one person didn’t like the tone. That voice was Ava and I can understand why, if you get a chance to listen to the Continuous Marine Broadcasts on CCG radio, on WX channels 8 and 9 on scanners, marine radios and amateur radios. The voice is very muffled and unfortunately, nothing has been done about it and I don’t know if anyone has reported it. I haven’t because… what am I going to say? I had no idea what voice it was, when I had first heard it back in 2014 and when iOS 10 came out in September 2016, I found out and well… I grew to like the voice…. a lot as it is in normal sound quality. Let us also keep in mind that the people running Canadian Coastguard Radio probably can’t do much about it, as the volume goes up and down, depending on whether it is weather and general marine navigation notifications or, a station ID message.

As I was saying, the survey is done and unfortunately, I have no news on which voices will be used, for the various boxes. My logical guess is that at least for the English translation, it will be Tom doing the bulk of the speaking, with Ava contributing here and there, saying things like the time announcements and little introductions to certain boxes. For example: in Ontario the current configuration was supposed to have the Avipad’s voices saying “current marine reports” in either language but, there was nothing in the dictionary with that phrase, in both English and French matching those words. So, they had a canned message with someone reading out those few words, in both languages. By the way, I hope you didn’t mind the attempt at working this metaphor into the newsletter. It was there and I just couldn’t resist.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy this issue and have a safe rest of the fall and early winter and stay warm. I hope we have a great rest of what’s left of 2019 and that the coming winter isn’t brutally cold and snowy, like some people are predicting. It makes for tricky walking, for a Padestrian and especially, someone who cannot see, where the next thin cote of ice is on a sidewalk or street crossing.

THE WATCHDOG REPORT

If you hear anything that doesn’t sound right on your local Weather Radio transmitter, there are various ways to report a problem that depend on where you live. If you live in The United States, you can call 1-888-697-7263. You can email NOAA at nwroutage@noaa.gov, or on the web at www.nws.noaa.gov/nwr. If you live in Canada, you can call 1-877-789-7733. You can email the National Weatheradio Canada Team at ec.wxradio.ec@canada.ca. Also, you can report it on the NOAA Weather Radio Weatheradio Canada Facebook Group. You will find the link to it later in this issue and all issues of the newsletter. You can also email the author directly at wxrnewsletter@gmail.com and it will be passed on for you.

Note from the author:

I will mainly include items with a definitive time on their start to finish and ones with unknown starts or endings, I will of course include as well. Also, this issue is a return to a more chronological order, with any outages reported to me, through Facebook or from myself.

Friday August 2nd, Toronto XMJ 225 went into watchdog again at 12:15 PM, without an alert and was restored around 1:56 PM the same day.

On Saturday August 3rd at 4:15 AM, all of Ontario went into watchdog mode and various WXR’s came back, either at full strength or with one thing holding things together. Toronto XMJ 225 is a prime example of this, as the only thing keeping it alive was the english language hourly reports for inland weather observations and even it slipped back into watchdog a couple of times. However, on Monday August 5th it was brought back to full strength, but still on dial-up.

On Wednesday August 7th at around 1:15 AM, all of Ontario had gone into watchdog mode, after a day of severe thunderstorm watches and warnings. Everything came back around 7:31 AM, with Toronto behaving just like in the above watchdog. However, later on in the day, it too began to go back to normal, without issuing SAME alerts, as mentioned in the August 2019 SAME and 1050 Hz tone test report.

On Tuesday August 20th around 7:15 PM, all of Ontario had gone into watchdog and was restored the next morning. Altho, without Toronto getting back on FTP and issuing alerts again and most importantly, having the current survey announcement (at the time) in the configuration. Also, on Saturday August 24th at around 8:00 AM, all of Ontario had gone into watchdog, for 2 hours.

On Friday September 6th at 11:15 ADT, Weatheradio Canada station XLK 473 in Halifax, went into watchdog, along with the entirety of the Atlantic region. Not good, considering Hurricane watches and warnings, as well as tropical weather statements were in effect for eastern Canada, from Quebec to Newfoundland including Nova Scotia, because of hurricane Dorian. It was back the next day, thanks to an angry tweet from someone else and an email, from myself.

From Myles Keleman and the NOAA Weather Radio and Weatheradio Canada FB group on Sunday October 6th

Station XLM537 currently broadcasting a looping “technical difficulties” message. Don’t know how long it has been. I just discovered it.

Author’s follow up:

I tried calling the ATAD for the local area in question but found no link to when the station had gone into watchdog and had received a couple more updates, with everything being the same. Also, a repeat of the same situation, with the same WXR had happened on October 13th, also from Myles Keleman. It had come back before this second outage but it is unknown when it did. Apparently, the situation has remained the same, with no indication as to whether it had been restored or not. That is, until Saturday October 19th, when it was reported that it is broadcasting again.

On Saturday October 19th at around 2:00 PM PT, Castlegar XMD 482 had gone into watchdog, after 2 hours of the hourly reports not updating and the 11:00 AM forecast getting through. It had returned some time either on Sunday October 20th or early Monday October 21st.

On Monday October 21st at around 3:15 PM, all of Ontario had gone into watchdog mode and wasn’t restored until around 8:00 AM the next morning.

On Tuesday October 22nd, St Catharines VAD 320 went into watchdog, all by itself around 8:15 PM and wasn’t restored until around 11:00 AM on Wednesday, October 23, just before the RWT.

On Sunday October 27th at around 8:00 AM, St Catharines VAD 320 went down again and wasn’t restored until Monday October 28th at 7:44 AM. There was a wind warning in affect for parts of the listening area and I wonder if that may have triggered it.

On a more positive note, this good news report from Christian Grosso.

“Finally! After two years, KWO-35 from NYC will be back on the air periodically at degrades power. The transmitter is now atop the Empire State Building.”

This is from the ⁨US National Weather Service New York NY FB page, poasted on Wednesday October 23rd.

The NOAA Weather Radio NYC transmitter (KWO-35) will be on air for a few weeks to test transmission. However, the transmitter will be operating at reduced power during the testing phase.

See our Public Information Statement for more information.

https://nwschat.weather.gov/p.php?pid=201910231552-KOKX-NOUS41-PNSOKX

THE CANWARN/SKYWARN REPORT

CANWARN (CANadian Weather Amateur Radio Network) is a volunteer organization of amateur radio operators who report severe weather and damage reports to Environment Canada when they see it. Weather reports from amateur radio operators help confirm on the ground what satellites and radars see in the atmosphere. The information gathered from CANWARN is also used to update and fine tune weather warnings, fill in gaps in current observing networks and is also valuable in forensic storm analysis. When Environment Canada issues severe weather watches or warnings, they may alert the CANWARN volunteer Net Controllers in the affected areas. The volunteer Net Controllers contact other CANWARN members on the amateur radio, tell them a watch or warning has been issued and ask them to report signs of approaching severe weather. In the US SKYWARN is the American counterpart to CANWARN in Canada and the purpose for it is exactly the same.

For this section of the newsletter, we will explore how different CANWARN and SKYWARN groups operate in their local region, from time to time. There may be some SKYWARN information from meteorologists in this issue and there will be some tips on how to report severe weather for both CANWARN and SKYWARN.

We may not agree with everything that is written here, but it is important to hear from others to see how different groups operate throughout North America.

Well, it’s now the time of year, when we go into winter mode and unfortunately, nothing new to report in this issue. However, I will have the annual reminder about the spring 2020 sessions, if any in the February 2020 issue/ post. There may be more of an emphasis on online CANWARN training sessions going forward. Hopefully, we will have more news on that in the coming months and of course, it will either be in a future newsletter issue or, as a standalone post.

Also, I am still looking for any information, on CANWARN and or, SKYWARN training schedules, outside of Ontario. Unfortunately, I have not received any emails from meteorologists or my fellow spotters, as to when sessions are will be conducted. Of course, I will post them as a standalone blog post outside the newsletter timeline and when ever a new schedule update is released. I have given my email address many times throughout the newsletter and any help on that is certainly welcome. Many thanks in advance.

As for SKYWARN training schedules, you can go to either of the following sites:

http://www.nws.noaa.gov/skywarn/

http://skywarn.org/

https://www.meted.ucar.edu/training_course.php?id#

http://spotterguides.us/

There are many links for you to look at on these sites. 

SPOTTER REPORTING TIPS

How to Report

Amateur radio network (if applicable) – Amateur Radio Condition 

Condition Codes: Code Green – Severe Thunderstorm Watch

Code Yellow – Severe Thunderstorm Warning or Tornado Watch

Code Red – Tornado Warning

in Ontario by email at storm.ontario@ec.gc.ca

Twitter with hashtag #onstorm

If you are CANWARN trained you should give the following information to the weather office in order to help them ground truth: Your name, CANWARN ID, contact number, – Where – you are located and the approximate location of what you are reporting, – Describe what you are witnessing/what you witnessed, the time of occurrence of the event and duration, its movement (where the phenomenon came from and where it is going).

In the spring/summer severe weather season, please report the following:

Hail (use coins to describe its size…dime, nickel, quarter, loonie for larger hail…golf ball etc.), Heavy rain that has resulted in local flooding, Damaging winds (damage from tree branches down to more significant tree or structural damage), Large scale rotation in a thunderstorm such as: Wall Cloud – Funnel Cloud, Waterspout and Tornado, Dense fog – visibility less than 1 km

Note: if you are unsure of the rotation or presence of a wall cloud or funnel cloud…watch the area for a few minutes if it is safe to do so to verify the situation.

For the fall/winter, please report the following: Dense fog (visibility less than 1 km), Any occurrence of freezing rain or freezing drizzle, Heavily accumulating snow (2 or more cm/hr), Whiteout conditions in snow/blowing snow (visibility near zero), Rapid freezing of water on road surfaces.

For SKYWARN spotters, you should report: Tornadoes or funnel clouds (be very wary of look-alikes; watch for rotation)

waterspouts, Wall clouds, especially if they are rotating

Hail (Be specific with regard to size; however, YOU SHOULD NOT report MARBLE size)

Winds (40 mph or greater; specify whether they are estimated or recorded), large branches downed (specify the diameter of the branch), Trees/power lines downed, Structural damage to buildings such as roof, windows, etc.

Rainfall (1 inch or greater in an hour) (NOT a 1″/hr. rate for 10 minutes), 2 inches or greater storm total, Flooding — Streams/Rivers — also, when nearing bankful — Coastal — Street (Road Closures/Washouts, Cars Stuck due to flood waters. Minimum of 6″ of water covering an entire roadway or lane of a major route/highway).

For Winter Weather you should report: Precipitation type change (rain to sleet/freezing rain/snow, when the change has “taken hold”), Thunder when it is accompanied by snow, 1/4″ radial ice accretion (from twig outward; not circumference), New Snowfall from the First 2 inches; every 2-3 inches thereafter, 1 inch per hour or greater.

If it is less than 2 inches total, give the final total only Give final total: no partial reports please) Report any snow/sleet/freezing rain if not in NWS forecast.

Please consult your local Amateur Radio club or CANWARN or SKYWARN group for their: email address, Twitter account or Facebook pages.

Weather Nets On Ham Radio from Daryl Stout WX4QZ

a) VoIP Skywarn Hurricane Prep Net — Meets at 8pm Eastern, 7pm Central, 6pm Mountain, 5pm Pacific Time, on the *WX_TALK* Echolink Conference Server…Echolink Node 7203, and IRLP Node 9219. 

During the off-season hurricane months from December through May, the net meets on the FIRST SATURDAY of the month ONLY. During the Atlantic Hurricane Season, from June through November, the net meets WEEKLY, at 8pm Eastern, 7pm Central, 6pm Mountain, and 5pm Pacific Time. 

Also, note that on the first Saturday of December, the net is ONE HOUR EARLIER…at 7pm Eastern, 6pm Central, 5pm Mountain, and 5pm Pacific Time. This is so at the conclusion of Skywarn Recognition Day, stations don’t have to wait for the net to occur. 

Further details are at http://www.voipwx.net

b) Southeast US D-Star Weather Net — Meets at 9pm Eastern, 8pm Central, 7pm Mountain, and 6pm Pacific, every Sunday night, on Reflector 4, Port A. The net also meets on the Southeast US D-Star Weather Net Ratflector on D-Rats.

Further details are at http://www.dstarinfo.com/se-d-star-wx-net.aspx

Lastly, stations can get a list of selected D-Star Nets during the week by sending an email to me at wx1der@gmail.com — and again, a list of selected Echolink Nets is at http://http://www.theweatherwonder.com/elk.htm

Daryl Stout, WX4QZ, Net Control

Southeast US D-Star Weather Net

Certified Skywarn Severe Storrrm Spotter

Where toPurchase Weather Radios

Weather Radios can be purchased at various electronics stores that specialize in radios and other equipment such as:

CB World at http://www.werecb.com/,

Universal Radio at http://www.universal-radio.com/,

Radiooorld at http://www.radioworld.ca/,

Burnaby Radio at http://www.burnabyradio.com/,

Ambient Weather at http://www.ambientweather.com/, and many more retailers throughout North America.

Best Buy, which caters more to General  consumer Electronics such as, Smart phones, tablets, MP3 players etc. However, they also Carrie some Weather Radios, in both Canada and the US. http://www.bestbuy.com/ also in Canada http://m.bestbuy.ca/defaultpage.aspx?lang=en and if you want results from a search on Weather Radios, https://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/Search/SearchResults.aspx?query=Weather+radio

Or, the free iOS app Best Buy Canada by Best Buy Canada Ltd

https://appsto.re/ca/_2iex.i

If you want more information about the app, check The developer website for more information. http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-ca/bestbuyapps.aspx

When planning to purchase your first Weather Radio, it is highly recommended to look for the Public Alert identification logo.

Weather Information on the Internet

Suggested weather sites to visit as follows; In Canada the current websites url is http://www.weather.gc.ca 

Want to get your weather in the US? Go to http://www.nws.noaa.gov/

Weatheradio Canada webpage at http://www.ec.gc.ca/weatheradio

NOAA Weather Radio webpage at http://www.nws.noaa.gov/nwr.

DX Info Centre at http://www.dxinfocentre.com/, to hear what Weather Radio sounds like before buying your first receiver, visit YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/ or just use Google to watch or listen to Youtube video or audio.

The NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards Newsletter is published four times a year. There is some seasonal information to notify recipients of additional weather information available to them that they may not know about (most of which can be found on the NOAA Watch web site http://www.noaawatch.gov/ ). At this site you can also subscribe to various weather feeds. The rest of the newsletter remains relatively unchanged due to outreach requirements. The current newsletter is available at the Noaa Weather Radio website http://www.weather.gov/nwr/news.htm. At this time, there is no newsletter mailing list to subscribe.

If you have additional questions, please feel free to e-mail answers@noaa.gov, here is the link to the answers website; http://findanswers.noaa.gov/noaa.answers/consumer/search.asp.

NOAA and Weatheradio Canada group on Facebook,

https://m.facebook.com/groups/weatheradio/

WXtoIMG at http://www.wxtoim.com/downloads/,

Digital Atmosphere at http://www.weathergraphics.com/da/

WebEx

http://www.freewebs.com/ve1jbl/canwarn.htm

NWS Taunton Amateur Radio SKYWARN Station home page at http://www.wx1box.org

The Maritime Amateur (Ham Radio for Maritimers by Maritimers) http://www.maritimeamateur.ca

VoIP Hurricane Prep Net – Saturday 9pm Atlantic Time / http://www.voipwx.net/

Phil Chadwicks blog at philtheforecaster.blogspot.com

Weather or Weather Radio Apps

This is a growing list and it needs more results for future reference. If you have idea’s for weather or Weather Radio apps which should be put into future issues of the newsletter, send an email to the author at wxrnewsletter@gmail.com. Right now these are iPhone apps only, because that is all we have at the moment. Your help is needed to expand it.

Alertable by Public Emergency Alerting Services Inc

https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/alertable/id1277488940?mt=8

Note: for android users there is an android version of this app, which you can find on the Google Play store.

Weather Office Free by X2 Studios

https://appsto.re/ca/–gXw.i

This app provides weather and forecast information for both Canada and the US from Environment Canada and the National Weather Service respectively. In fact nearly all apps mentioned here provide information from one or both sources. There is a version you pay for but to me, it is the same as the free version.

NOAA Weather Radio by Christopher Coudriet

https://appsto.re/ca/R0LCy.i

This app allows you to listen to NOAA Weather Radio and receive alerts for your county in the US. It would be nice if it also provided the same feature for Weatheradio Canada and Canadians too, as it provides some Canadian WXR’s as live streams.

Weather Radio by WDT by Weather Decision Technologies, Inc.

https://appsto.re/ca/5eBPy.i

This app gives you NWS alerts and also pushes lightning alerts to your iPhone, when lightning is possibly detected in your local area or, in area’s you have selected.

TuneIn Radio – Stream Live Radio by TuneIn

https://appsto.re/ca/_7t-y.i

This popular app allows you to listen to conventional, Internet and even some Weather Radio stations when and where available. you can even listen to podcasts of your favourite radio shows if you like and maybe even audiobooks, To help you pass the time in the monotony of a commute or while waiting in the waiting room for an appointment. 

WeatherCAN, Environment and Climate Change Canada’s new weather app is now available on Android and iOS. Check your store to download. Here is the iOS link.

WeatherCAN by Environment and Climate Change Canada https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/weathercan/id1334221563?mt=8

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=ca.gc.ec.weather_app_android.ops&hl=en_US

Météo – Canadian Weather by North Bits Solutions Ltd.

https://appsto.re/ca/vu0i3.i

This is another app designed for Canadians and is available in both english and french. It is similar to the Degrees Pro app and some of the others on this list. It is also free, despite that it offers in app purchases.

Atmosphérique Pro – Canadian Weather from EC by Quadrant Newmedia Corp.

https://appsto.re/ca/ZcvgB.i

Weather Gods by Weather Gods Ltd

https://apps.apple.com/ca/app/weather-gods/id1041512978

This app is an interesting one, in that it provides weather alerts and plays sound affects too, so a lot of people who are blind appreciate it for its ease of use. However, it pushes weather alerts to the iPhone a few minutes late and that isn’t good, in a potential tornado situation where you may have less than 15 minutes to prepare and get into a safe place, to avoid being struck and killed by flying debris. However, it does push severe weather alerts so, if you wish to give it a try go ahead but I encourage you to use it with another app, like WeatherCAN, which is much faster and pushes alerts in a more timely manner.

My Lightning Tracker & Alerts by JRustonApps B.V.

https://apps.apple.com/ca/app/my-lightning-tracker-alerts/id1175031987

This is another app which pushes lightning alerts to your iPhone but you have more control over how they are sent out, such as changing the distance and time duration between receiving a push notification from the app. Also, you have an option of changing the sound used to alert you of a lightning strike but it doesn’t notify you that it has been 30 minutes since the last lightning strike within 17 km of your current location. But, it still is a good app.

The official Weather Radio Listeners Newsletter Twitter Account

https://mobile.twitter.com/wxrnewsletter

There are many reliable manufacturers and retailers of Weather Radios sold in Canada and the USA. Below is an admitedly incomplete list of Weather Radio manufacturers. Note: This list of suggested weather radios is strictly for informational purposes, and not as an endorsement of any specific model or manufacturer.

Midland Radio Corporation http://www.Midlandradio.com

Oregon Scientific http://www2oregonscientific.com

Uniden Corporation http://www.Uniden.com

Sangean USA http://www.Sangean.com

Reecom Electronics Inc

http://www.reecominc.com

Kaito Electronics Inc http://www.kaitousa.com/

In Closing

If you have any comments or suggestions, or if you wish to submit an article, please email me at wxrnewsletter@gmail.com. You can also follow me on Twitter @WxrNewsletter. Also, check out The Weather Radio Listeners Newsletter on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/1854305558188610/

I would like to give special thanks to those who made contributions to this latest issue as follows:

Daryl Stout WX4QZ, Myles Keleman, Brandon Hennis, Christian Grosso., Bob Robichaud VE1MBR, Midland Radio Corporation, Malcolm Kendal VE3BGD, Jim Langille VE1JBL, Gregory Zwicker, Phil Chadwick and Marc Fitkin for their help and contributions to the newsletter.

Sincerely, Gord The Old Reliable.VA3WXA

From my iPhone 8

SAME & 1050 Hz Tone Test Reports for October 2019

Hi folks. This is the October 2019 monthly post which contains the monthly reports for the SAME and 1050 HZ tone test alerts for Weatheradio Canada, as I have them. For those of you reporting through Facebook groups, please give a time of the report and in the case of the first Wednesday of the month, please indicate whether it is the RWT or RMT. I had received a report this month, which I couldn’t include, dew to no time given for the test.

Monthly SAME and 1050 HZ Tone Test Reports for October 2019

SAME and 1050 Hz tone test report for October 2nd 2019
St Catharines VAD320 (162.475 MHz) (RWT) 11:53 AM, (RMT) 11:57 AM, (1050 Hz tone) 11:59 AM EDT. This station had all alerts go off twice. Toronto (XMJ225 162.400 MHz.) (RWT) didn’t happen, (RMT) didn’t happen, (1050 TONE) 12:00 PM EDT

SAME Test report for October 9th 2019
St Catharines VAD320 (162.475 MHz) (RWT) 11:52 AM EDT, Toronto (XMJ225 162.400 MHz.) (RWT) no test today. The RWT from St Catharines also went off twice, as it did last week.

SAME Test Report For October 16th 2019
St Catharines VAD320 (162.475 MHz) (RWT) 11:52 AM EDT, Toronto (XMJ225 162.400 MHz.) (RWT) no test today.

SAME Test report for October 23rd 2019

Yarmouth XLW-573 162.475 MHz. (RWT) 1:05 PM ADT, St Catharines VAD320 (162.475 MHz) (RWT) 11:52 AM EDT, Toronto (XMJ225 162.400 MHz.) (RWT) no test today.
SAME Test Report for Wednesday October 30th 2019

St Catharines VAD320 (162.475 MHz) (RWT) 11:52 AM EDT, Toronto (XMJ225 162.400 MHz.) (RWT) no test today.

Thanks to ⁨Bill Curry for his report from Yarmouth NS.

SAME & 1050 Hz Tone Tests For September 2019

Hi folks. This is the September 2019 monthly post which contains the monthly reports for the SAME and 1050 HZ tone test alerts for Weatheradio Canada, as I have them.

Monthly SAME and 1050 HZ Tone Test Reports for September 2019

SAME and 1050 Hz tone test report for September 4th 2019

Yarmouth (162.475 MHz) XLW-573 12:39 PM ADT, St Catharines VAD320 (162.475 MHz) (RWT) 11:52 AM, (RMT) 11:57 AM, (1050 Hz tone) 11:59 AM EDT, Toronto (XMJ225 162.400 MHz.) (RWT) didn’t happen, (RMT) didn’t happen, (1050 TONE) 12:00 AM EST. Note: there was no indication about whether the test out of Yarmouth was an RWT or RMT.

SAME Test report for September 11th 2019

Yarmouth (162.475 MHz)XLW-573) 12:59 PM ADT, St Catharines VAD320 (162.475 MHz) (RWT) 11:52 AM EST, Toronto (XMJ225 162.400 MHz.) (RWT) no test today.

SAME Test Report For September 18th 2019

YARMOUTH XLW-573 (162.475 MHz) 12:00 pm ADT St Catharines VAD320 (162.475 MHz) (RWT) 11:52 AM EST, Toronto (XMJ225 162.400 MHz.) (RWT) no test today.

SAME Test report for September 25th 2019

St Catharines VAD320 (162.475 MHz) (RWT) 11:52 AM EST, Toronto (XMJ225 162.400 MHz.) (RWT) no test today.

Thanks to Bill Curry for his report from Yarmouth NS.

SAME & 1050 Hz Test Reports for August 2019

Hi folks. This is the August 2019 monthly post which contains the monthly reports for the SAME and 1050 HZ tone test alerts for Weatheradio Canada, as I have them.

Monthly SAME and 1050 HZ Tone Test Reports for August 2019

SAME and 1050 Hz tone test report for August 7th 2019

St Catharines VAD320 (162.475 MHz) (RWT) 12:11 PM, (RMT) unheard, (1050 Hz tone) 12:08 PM EDT, Toronto (XMJ225 162.400 MHz.) (RWT) didn’t happen, (RMT) didn’t happen, (1050 TONE) 12:09 AM EST.

SAME Test report for August 14th 2019

St Catharines VAD320 (162.475 MHz) (RWT) 11:52 AM EST, Toronto (XMJ225 162.400 MHz.) (RWT) no test today.

SAME Test Report For August 21th 2019

YARMOUTH XLW-573 (162.475 MHz) 12:00 pm ADT St Catharines VAD320 (162.475 MHz) (RWT) 11:52 AM EST, Toronto (XMJ225 162.400 MHz.) (RWT) no test today.

SAME Test report for August 28th 2019

St Catharines VAD320 (162.475 MHz) (RWT) 11:52 AM EST, Toronto (XMJ225 162.400 MHz.) (RWT) normally at no test today.

Thanks to Bill Curry for his report from Yarmouth NS.

Weather Radio Listeners Newsletter Issue 31

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Hello and welcome to the third issue of the newsletter for 2019. It is summer and so far, it hasn’t been that bad in Ontario, but some parts of Canada had snow in July. I wish I was joking but, I’m not. At least the weather has become more consistent with summer weather throughout Canada, after the July snow..
Since the last issue, there have been some developments with Weatheradio Canada and I will get into the ones I know about, in a bit. Unfortunately, we also have some passings to talk about, from both the newsletter email list and Weatheradio Canada itself. James Organ  passed away on April 24th at the age of 70 or 71. He was a heavy smoker and was also a ham, with the call sign VE3EMT, as well as VE3OSJ. Some people liked him and others didn’t but you can’t deny his loyalty to the hobby and in particular, ARES (Amateur Radio Emergency Service) in Toronto, as well as doing various community walks like: MS Walk, walk for schizophrenia as well as doing the annual warriors day parade at Exhibition Place.
As far as Weatheradio goes, he knew a bit about it but was easily confused, as he had thought that the Toronto and St. Catharines WXR’s broadcasted much the same information. Once he called me on the phone, listening to both stations and because they both broadcast in english and french, he had thought that they were broadcasting information for the GTA, despite that they are on different frequencies and the transmitters are in different cities. I had to explain that they were completely different WXR’s and he then understood after a careful explanation of why they are both different from each other, despite the same voices on both frequencies. Those who were close to him, will surely miss him.
On June 19th former Dissemination Manager for Weatheradio Canada Tony Chir passed away. http://www.lifenews.ca/announcement/9452500-chir-anthony-joseph?fbclid=IwAR33K0Kx9QyN_Aok2_hGnFsqKkUOUvwoXwiGkXY4Tfi8gMQRfohzNLYYwSE
Here is what Geoff Coulson told me, about Tony, as he had worked with him for years in what was formerly named The Toronto Weather Office and is now known as The Ontario Storm Prediction Centre, by the time Tony had retired in 2007. With regards to Tony, yes, I knew him well during his time here at ECCC as well as after he retired. He was a frequent golf buddy. One of the best people I knew who touched many lives, he is sorely missed.” I had spoken with Tony on the phone a couple of times when I was a bit greener, as far as Weatheradio Canada and how VHF radio worked. I had thought that I would be able to hear the signal for Collingwood in the northern part of Toronto or, even traveling into Vaughn. In fact, the signal doesn’t even begin to break through until Aurora Go. Obviously, I know better now and since 2008, Denis Paquette had taken over Tony’s position until January 2016, with Warren Gash having the title, presently. I have nothing bad to say about Tony, or any of the people I had interacted with on the phone or by email over the years and obviously, it’s a bummer when someone you know is taken too soon. RIP to both James and Tony.

As for this issue, “The Watchdog Report” is back but it won’t be chronological as in past issues because, I simply forgot to write the outage is in my notes and had to dig into various Facebook groups and emails. So, this time it’s going to be a bit scattered and I have managed to collect most of the puzzle pieces for this issue, of the report. As I have said in the past, it may change with the new software and how outages will occur on the network and it may not even be called watchdog anymore. However, I will find out as best I can, as to how everything will be labeled and named so I can give you the latest in what is going on.
Anyway, I hope you enjoy this issue and have a safe rest of the summer and stay safe. I hope we have a great rest of what’s left of the summer of 2019 and it is nice and hot, but not stifling.
ChangesWXR Canada
At last, we have signs that Weatheradio Canada are about to go through some changes, which I had specified in previous issues but they look more likely now. There have been new voices added on to some WXR’s and they will be regular ones, once everything is switched over, as you will find out below. Also, some stations have been separated from each other, as they are no longer repeater stations of each other and even some VHF and UHF frequencies (outside the weather band) have been discontinued. As an example of this, here is a list of the changes which have happened for Weatheradio Canada in Ontario. Thanks to Warren Gash for kindly providing me with the list and, what he was allowed to tell me in an email.

1.       Sarnia/Oil Springs VHF (XJV 492 – 162.400 MHz) is now a stand-alone transmitter.  It uses the Nuance voices Tom/Nicolas for its ID.  The ID was updated to reflect its stand-alone nature, and the department name change to Environment and Climate Change Canada.

2.       Windsor/McGregor VHF (VAZ 533 – 162.475 MHz) uses the Nuance voices for its ID, which was updated to reflect its stand-alone nature, and the department name change to Environment and Climate Change Canada.

3.       Windsor/Victoria Park UHF (VAZ 826 – 407.2875 MHz) was closed, as it was no longer necessary as the broadcast feed for both repeaters in Oil Springs and McGregor.

4.       Sault Ste Marie/Derouche VHF (XMJ 373 – 162.400 MHZ) is now a stand-alone transmitter.  The ID was updated.

5.       The Montreal River VHF repeater (VAT 404 – 162.475 MHz) was relocated to Wawa, using the same ID and frequency, and is now a stand-alone transmitter.  The ID was updated to reflect its new location, stand-alone nature, and the department name change to Environment and Climate Change Canada.

6.       Sault Ste Marie/Industrial VHF (VAT 432 – 173.955 MHz) was closed, as it was no longer necessary as the broadcast feed for both repeaters in Derouche and Montreal River.

7.       Rosseau VHF (VBT 629 – 162.550 MHz) was upgraded.

8.       Little Current VHF (XMJ 375- 162.475 MHz) was made stand-alone, and no longer a repeater of Greater Sudbury UHF (XLJ 898 – 411.7125 MHz).  Both IDs were updated to reflect this change.

9.       Ramore VHF (VDB 885 – 162.400 MHz) will be made stand-alone and decoupled from Timmins VHF (VDB 886 – 162.475 MHz) later this month.

10.   Mount Forest VHF (XLN 600 – 162.450 MHz) will be made stand-alone and decoupled from Goderich UHF (XLT 839 – 407.2875 MHz) in August-September.

11.   The use of the Nuance voices will extend beyond the IDs, once we move transmitters from AVIPaDS to the iNotify system.  Date: To be determined.

12.   Voice selection will be determined in the near future.  I suspect that distinct ones will be used to differentiate the regular broadcast, from alerts.

 

In summary, here is the list of Ontario stations that are iNotify-ready (as of July 5, 2019):

 

1.       Algonquin Park

2.       Atikokan

3.       Barry’s Bay/Wilno

4.       Fort Frances

5.       Kenora

6.       Little Current

7.       Ottawa

8.       Pembroke

9.       Renfrew

10.   Rosseau

11.   Sarnia/Oil Springs

12.   Sault Ste Marie/Derouche

13.   Thunder Bay

14.   Wawa

15.   Windsor/McGregor

 Okay, now we know that the new software will be called iNotify and yeah, it sounds much like an Apple iOS branding but, it’s not. Yes, Nuance voices which have been around for a number of years will be a part of the broadcast and, all 4 of them are available on current iOS devices but, this probably isn’t a Tim Cook creation. Either way, I’m looking forward to hearing what it will sound like, once the new voices become regular on Weatheradio Canada.


This also brings up a question someone had asked me in the last few weeks. Will Weatheradio Canada be getting rid of transmitters? My guess is not necessarily but, some have already been closed because of the lack of a repeater station link. Like the example of Windsor and Sarnia/Oil Springs being finally separated from each other. So, I don’t think it will be a mass shrinkage, but out of necessity. That’s my own opinion on it and I welcome anyone else to offer their own and tell me I’m either right or wrong.


THE WATCHDOG REPORT

If you hear anything that doesn’t sound right on your local Weather Radio transmitter, there are various ways to report a problem that depend on where you live. If you live in The United States, you can call 1-888-697-7263. You can email NOAA at nwroutage@noaa.gov, or on the web at www.nws.noaa.gov/nwr. If you live in Canada, you can call 1-877-789-7733. You can email the National Weatheradio Canada Team at ec.wxradio.ec@canada.ca. Also, you can report it on the NOAA Weather Radio Weatheradio Canada Facebook page and the Yahoo Weatheradio Chat Group. You will find the link to both the Facebook and the Yahoo group later in this issue and all issues of the newsletter. You can also email the author directly at wxrnewsletter@gmail.com and it will be passed on for you.

Note from the author:

I will mainly include items with a definitive time stamp on them, from start to finish. That is in affect the whole point of this report, to give as conclusively as possible, dates and times when outages have begun and ended. However, in recent issues I have started putting in outages with unknown start and end times, as honourable mentions. However, I still would prefer definitive start and end times, for reference in other sources and websites. For this issue, I have decided not to include them in any particular order so, if you want to see your area as reported by myself or someone else, read on. Also, I will include comments about such problems and again, no order here so, keep reading. Okay?

July 22nd at around 11:15 AM, Toronto XMJ 225 went into watchdog without any warning and came back between 2:00 and 3:00 PM, this time on dial-up. Unfortunately, this had resulted in no alerts being sent out to that WXR, including the weekly test or any severe thunderstorm watches or warnings which were issued.

May 20

Andrew Back

Is there something down? I live south of London and our local broadcast (ch4) is nothing but static since at least yesterday morning. I checked with a buddy of mine who is in London and both his mobile unit and home base are doing the same as mine so I know it’s not our radios. Dave Ross reported that London was back and broadcasting, on May 21st.

June 21st

Brian Rodgers

Halifax Station XLK 473 is now having problems broadcasting weather information, because it is in watchdog.

May 20

Marc Fitkin

Algonquin Park on 162.400 is not transmitting. This was unfortunate because getting any alerts for what was a truly unpredictable weekend we didn’t get.  WeatherCan app worked as advertised but the forecasts were not a reflection of what happened.  A totally whacky weekend.

June 3rd

Calvin Dejong

Weatheradio Canada VAZ533 in Windsor appears to be in watchdog, technical difficulties message and station ID repeating, except the ID is using new synthesized voices. XJV492 Sarnia also has the synthesized voice for station ID (but still only rarely, wish it was every English cycle).

June 20

Toronto XMJ 225 had gone off the air, literally and was restored some time later, as if nothing had happened.

June 13

Looks like a potential problem with Toronto XMJ 225 is happening. Things like forecasts and hourly reports in both languages start playing and are suddenly cut off and on to the next thing. Hopefully someone can fix this before a watchdog starts barking.

What had happened is that nothing was updated after the 8:00 AM hourly reports and as the morning went on, problems arose with bins starting and not playing all the way through. It had to be taken off the air for a few minutes to reset everything and everything became alright again, for the time being.

July 5

Martin Roldan

VDC816 Brooks, AB hasn’t broadcasted anything in about a month. No weather forecasts or alerts. Can someone tell me what likely happened?

The same thing was reported on May 4th with the same WXR. For any of the comments and reports I have put here without an end date to the outage, they are all honourable mentions.

On Saturday May 25th at 10:15 PM, St. Catharines VAD 320 had gone into watchdog mode, during the first severe weather outbreak of 2019 in Ontario. It came back on Monday May 27th at 7:13 AM.

On Saturday June 1st at around 6:27 PM, all of Ontario had gone into watchdog and had come back within a few minutes.

On June 28 around 11:15 P.m, Toronto XMJ 225 and the rest of Ontario has just gone into watchdog and was restored some time on June 29th.

On Saturday July 6th at Just before 2:00 PM, St Catharines VAD 320 had gone into watchdog mode and had come back around 11:00 PM, the same day. The 11:00 AM forecast had gone through and that is when things had stopped updating, until the WXR was reset.

On Tuesday July 30th St Catharines VAD 320 had gone into watchdog mode, just before 7:00 PM. The 3:00 PM hourly report went through, along with the 3:30 PM forecast and everything had stopped updating. It was restored around 8:00 AM the next morning.

On Wednesday July 31st, Toronto XMJ 225 had quit broadcasting with a Dead carrier and was restored at 7:44 AM, after being taken off the air for a minute or two. As a bonus, it is back on FTP.

THE CANWARN/SKYWARN REPORT

CANWARN (CANadian Weather Amateur Radio Network) is a volunteer organization of amateur radio operators who report severe weather and damage reports to Environment Canada when they see it. Weather reports from amateur radio operators help confirm on the ground what satellites and radars see in the atmosphere. The information gathered from CANWARN is also used to update and fine tune weather warnings, fill in gaps in current observing networks and is also valuable in forensic storm analysis. When Environment Canada issues severe weather watches or warnings, they may alert the CANWARN volunteer Net Controllers in the affected areas. The volunteer Net Controllers contact other CANWARN members on the amateur radio, tell them a watch or warning has been issued and ask them to report signs of approaching severe weather. In the US SKYWARN is the American counterpart to CANWARN in Canada and the purpose for it is exactly the same.

For this section of the newsletter, we will explore how different CANWARN and SKYWARN groups operate in their local region, from time to time. There may be some SKYWARN information from meteorologists in this issue and there will be some tips on how to report severe weather for both CANWARN and SKYWARN.

We may not agree with everything that is written here, but it is important to hear from others to see how different groups operate throughout North America.

Authors Note:

I would like to know about both CANWARN and or.SKYWARN training schedules, outside of Ontario. Unfortunately, I have not received any emails from meteorologists or my fellow spotters, as to when sessions are will be conducted. Of course, I will post them as a standalone blog post outside the newsletter timeline and when ever a new schedule update is released. I have given my email address many times throughout the newsletter and any help on that is certainly welcome. Many thanks in advance.

So, for those who attended a CANWARN session in Ontario, what did you think? For those who used words and descriptions like: wattered down and not very good, I agree that it wasn’t the same as what we are used to with Geoff but, Gerald is new to this and he is a different person. He will either change his delivery over time or, it will stay the same. Unfortunately, for those who attended the Toronto session on May 4th, we couldn’t get a tour because of a teleconference going on, dew to the flooding in parts of Ontario so, that was a let down. But, I am willing to give Gerald more time, before I can actually constructively criticize him, if need be.

As for the future of CANWARN, here is what Geoff Coulson told me in an email and, the same email where he talked about Tony. I had asked him if there was any new information coming, in the form of a mass blast and here is what he told me, about what is to come.

“Hi, Gord, no new info on the CANWARN front. I continue to plug away at some scripts that could be used for short storm spotter training videos on Youtube. The program will likely continue to have some public training sessions but more and more people will be steered towards the videos and the online manual I am developing. The videos and online manual likely won’t be done till sometime next year so that is why at least some public training venues will again be held in 2020”.


This will surely be interesting to watch how this comes together and how many of us begin to take or refresh our training online and not attend sessions next year. My main reason is to meet like minded people and to show off to my friends and family, that I have been in an important place, where serious work is done and payed for, by the federal government, no matter who is in power. Besides, I get to leave home for a few hours and enjoy other’s company. However, I welcome the online aspect because this may be a way of showing the public that anyone can help out with detecting the weather around them because, we are the eyes and ears and our reports are just as important as reports from observation stations and weather radar.

As for SKYWARN training schedules, you can go to either of the following sites:

http://www.nws.noaa.gov/skywarn/

http://skywarn.org/

https://www.meted.ucar.edu/training_course.php?id#

http://spotterguides.us/

There are many links for you to look at on these sites. 🙂

SPOTTER REPORTING TIPS

How to Report

Amateur radio network (if applicable) – Amateur Radio Condition 

Condition Codes: Code Green – Severe Thunderstorm Watch

Code Yellow – Severe Thunderstorm Warning or Tornado Watch

Code Red – Tornado Warning

in Ontario by email at storm.ontario@ec.gc.ca

Twitter with hashtag #onstorm

If you are CANWARN trained you should give the following information to the weather office in order to help them ground truth: Your name, CANWARN ID, contact number, – Where – you are located and the approximate location of what you are reporting, – Describe what you are witnessing/what you witnessed, the time of occurrence of the event and duration, its movement (where the phenomenon came from and where it is going).

In the spring/summer severe weather season, please report the following:

Hail (use coins to describe its size…dime, nickel, quarter, loonie for larger hail…golf ball etc.), Heavy rain that has resulted in local flooding, Damaging winds (damage from tree branches down to more significant tree or structural damage), Large scale rotation in a thunderstorm such as: Wall Cloud – Funnel Cloud, Waterspout and Tornado, Dense fog – visibility less than 1 km

Note: if you are unsure of the rotation or presence of a wall cloud or funnel cloud…watch the area for a few minutes if it is safe to do so to verify the situation.

For the fall/winter, please report the following: Dense fog (visibility less than 1 km), Any occurrence of freezing rain or freezing drizzle, Heavily accumulating snow (2 or more cm/hr), Whiteout conditions in snow/blowing snow (visibility near zero), Rapid freezing of water on road surfaces.

For SKYWARN spotters, you should report: Tornadoes or funnel clouds (be very wary of look-alikes; watch for rotation)

waterspouts, Wall clouds, especially if they are rotating

Hail (Be specific with regard to size; however, YOU SHOULD NOT report MARBLE size)

Winds (40 mph or greater; specify whether they are estimated or recorded), large branches downed (specify the diameter of the branch), Trees/power lines downed, Structural damage to buildings such as roof, windows, etc.

Rainfall (1 inch or greater in an hour) (NOT a 1″/hr. rate for 10 minutes), 2 inches or greater storm total, Flooding — Streams/Rivers — also, when nearing bankful — Coastal — Street (Road Closures/Washouts, Cars Stuck due to flood waters. Minimum of 6″ of water covering an entire roadway or lane of a major route/highway).

For Winter Weather you should report: Precipitation type change (rain to sleet/freezing rain/snow, when the change has “taken hold”), Thunder when it is accompanied by snow, 1/4″ radial ice accretion (from twig outward; not circumference), New Snowfall from the First 2 inches; every 2-3 inches thereafter, 1 inch per hour or greater.

If it is less than 2 inches total, give the final total only Give final total: no partial reports please) Report any snow/sleet/freezing rain if not in NWS forecast.

Please consult your local Amateur Radio club or CANWARN or SKYWARN group for their: email address, Twitter account or Facebook pages.

Weather Nets On Ham Radio from Daryl Stout WX4QZ

a) VoIP Skywarn Hurricane Prep Net — Meets at 8pm Eastern, 7pm Central, 6pm Mountain, 5pm Pacific Time, on the *WX_TALK* Echolink Conference Server…Echolink Node 7203, and IRLP Node 9219. 

During the off-season hurricane months from December through May, the net meets on the FIRST SATURDAY of the month ONLY. During the Atlantic Hurricane Season, from June through November, the net meets WEEKLY, at 8pm Eastern, 7pm Central, 6pm Mountain, and 5pm Pacific Time. 

Also, note that on the first Saturday of December, the net is ONE HOUR EARLIER…at 7pm Eastern, 6pm Central, 5pm Mountain, and 5pm Pacific Time. This is so at the conclusion of Skywarn Recognition Day, stations don’t have to wait for the net to occur. 

Further details are at http://www.voipwx.net

b) Southeast US D-Star Weather Net — Meets at 9pm Eastern, 8pm Central, 7pm Mountain, and 6pm Pacific, every Sunday night, on Reflector 4, Port A. The net also meets on the Southeast US D-Star Weather Net Ratflector on D-Rats.

Further details are at http://www.dstarinfo.com/se-d-star-wx-net.aspx

Lastly, stations can get a list of selected D-Star Nets during the week by sending an email to me at wx1der@gmail.com — and again, a list of selected Echolink Nets is at http://http://www.theweatherwonder.com/elk.htm

Daryl Stout, WX4QZ, Net Control

Southeast US D-Star Weather Net

Certified Skywarn Severe Storrrm Spotter

Where toPurchase Weather Radios

Weather Radios can be purchased at various electronics stores that specialize in radios and other equipment such as:

CB World at http://www.werecb.com/,

Universal Radio at http://www.universal-radio.com/,

Radiooorld at http://www.radioworld.ca/,

Burnaby Radio at http://www.burnabyradio.com/,

Ambient Weather at http://www.ambientweather.com/, and many more retailers throughout North America.

Best Buy, which caters more to General  consumer Electronics such as, Smart phones, tablets, MP3 players etc. However, they also Carrie some Weather Radios, in both Canada and the US. http://www.bestbuy.com/ also in Canada http://m.bestbuy.ca/defaultpage.aspx?lang=en and if you want results from a search on Weather Radios, https://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/Search/SearchResults.aspx?query=Weather+radio

Or, the free iOS app Best Buy Canada by Best Buy Canada Ltd

https://appsto.re/ca/_2iex.i

If you want more information about the app, check The developer website for more information. http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-ca/bestbuyapps.aspx

When planning to purchase your first Weather Radio, it is highly recommended to look for the Public Alert identification logo.

Weather Information on the Internet

Suggested weather sites to visit as follows; In Canada the current websites url is http://www.weather.gc.ca 

Want to get your weather in the US? Go to http://www.nws.noaa.gov/

Weatheradio Canada webpage at http://www.ec.gc.ca/weatheradio

NOAA Weather Radio webpage at http://www.nws.noaa.gov/nwr.

DX Info Centre at http://www.dxinfocentre.com/, to hear what Weather Radio sounds like before buying your first receiver, visit YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/ or just use Google to watch or listen to Youtube video or audio.

The NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards Newsletter is published four times a year. There is some seasonal information to notify recipients of additional weather information available to them that they may not know about (most of which can be found on the NOAA Watch web site http://www.noaawatch.gov/ ). At this site you can also subscribe to various weather feeds. The rest of the newsletter remains relatively unchanged due to outreach requirements. The current newsletter is available at the Noaa Weather Radio website http://www.weather.gov/nwr/news.htm. At this time, there is no newsletter mailing list to subscribe.

If you have additional questions, please feel free to e-mail answers@noaa.gov, here is the link to the answers website; http://findanswers.noaa.gov/noaa.answers/consumer/search.asp.

Yahoo Weatheradio Chatgroup, at

http://tech.Groups.yahoo.com/group/weatheradio/,

NOAA and Weatheradio Canada group on Facebook,

https://m.facebook.com/groups/weatheradio/

WXtoIMG at http://www.wxtoim.com/downloads/,

Digital Atmosphere at http://www.weathergraphics.com/da/

WebEx

http://www.freewebs.com/ve1jbl/canwarn.htm

NWS Taunton Amateur Radio SKYWARN Station home page at http://www.wx1box.org

The Maritime Amateur (Ham Radio for Maritimers by Maritimers) http://www.maritimeamateur.ca

VoIP Hurricane Prep Net – Saturday 9pm Atlantic Time / http://www.voipwx.net/

Phil Chadwicks blog at philtheforecaster.blogspot.com

Weather or Weather Radio Apps

This is a growing list and it needs more results for future reference. If you have idea’s for weather or Weather Radio apps which should be put into future issues of the newsletter, send an email to the author at wxrnewsletter@gmail.com. Right now these are iPhone apps only, because that is all we have at the moment. Your help is needed to expand it.

Alertable by Public Emergency Alerting Services Inc

https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/alertable/id1277488940?mt=8

Note: for android users there is an android version of this app, which you can find on the Google Play store.

Weather Office Free by X2 Studios

https://appsto.re/ca/–gXw.i

This app provides weather and forecast information for both Canada and the US from Environment Canada and the National Weather Service respectively. In fact nearly all apps mentioned here provide information from one or both sources. There is a version you pay for but to me, it is the same as the free version.

NOAA Weather Radio by Christopher Coudriet

https://appsto.re/ca/R0LCy.i

This app allows you to listen to NOAA Weather Radio and receive alerts for your county in the US. It would be nice if it also provided the same feature for Weatheradio Canada and Canadians too, as it provides some Canadian WXR’s as live streams.

Weather Radio by WDT by Weather Decision Technologies, Inc.

https://appsto.re/ca/5eBPy.i

This app gives you NWS alerts and also pushes lightning alerts to your iPhone, when lightning is possibly detected in your local area or, in area’s you have selected.

TuneIn Radio – Stream Live Radio by TuneIn

https://appsto.re/ca/_7t-y.i

This popular app allows you to listen to conventional, Internet and even some Weather Radio stations when and where available. you can even listen to podcasts of your favourite radio shows if you like and maybe even audiobooks, To help you pass the time in the monotony of a commute or while waiting in the waiting room for an appointment. 

WeatherCAN, Environment and Climate Change Canada’s new weather app is now available on Android and iOS. Check your store to download. Here is the iOS link.

WeatherCAN by Environment and Climate Change Canada https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/weathercan/id1334221563?mt=8

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=ca.gc.ec.weather_app_android.ops&hl=en_US

Météo – Canadian Weather by North Bits Solutions Ltd.

https://appsto.re/ca/vu0i3.i

This is another app designed for Canadians and is available in both english and french. It is similar to the Degrees Pro app and some of the others on this list. It is also free, despite that it offers in app purchases.

Atmosphérique Pro – Canadian Weather from EC by Quadrant Newmedia Corp.

https://appsto.re/ca/ZcvgB.i

Weather Gods by Weather Gods Ltd
https://apps.apple.com/ca/app/weather-gods/id1041512978

This app is an interesting one, in that it provides weather alerts and plays sound affects too, so a lot of people who are blind appreciate it for its ease of use. However, it pushes weather alerts to the iPhone a few minutes late and that isn’t good, in a potential tornado situation where you may have less than 15 minutes to prepare and get into a safe place, to avoid being struck and killed by flying debris. However, it does push severe weather alerts so, if you wish to give it a try go ahead but I encourage you to use it with another app, like WeatherCAN, which is much faster and pushes alerts in a more timely manner.

My Lightning Tracker & Alerts by JRustonApps B.V.
https://apps.apple.com/ca/app/my-lightning-tracker-alerts/id1175031987

This is another app which pushes lightning alerts to your iPhone but you have more control over how they are sent out, such as changing the distance and time duration between receiving a push notification from the app. Also, you have an option of changing the sound used to alert you of a lightning strike but it doesn’t notify you that it has been 30 minutes since the last lightning strike within 17 km of your current location. But, it still is a good app.

The official Weather Radio Listeners Newsletter Twitter Account

https://mobile.twitter.com/wxrnewsletter

There are many reliable manufacturers and retailers of Weather Radios sold in Canada and the USA. Below is a list of the recommended models currently for sale. Note: This list of suggested weather radios is strictly for informational purposes, and not as an endorsement of any specific model or manufacturer.

Midland Radio Corporation http://www.Midlandradio.com WR-300, W-r100B, EH55VP, WR-120, HH54VP, HH54VP2, ER102, Er300, ER310, EH55VP, Nautico 3, WR-11 and WR-400 are all manufactured by Midland and sold in North America.

Oregon Scientific http://www2oregonscientific.com W-R601, W-R203 and W-R602 are currently sold in North America.

Uniden Corporation http://www.Uniden.comBC75XLT, BC95XLT, BC125AT, BC346XT, BCT15X, BCD996XT, Homepatrol, BC436HP, BC536HP and BCD396XT are currently sold in North America.

Sangean USA http://www.Sangean.com CL100, DT400,, DT500, MMR88, PR-D4W and PRD9W are manufactured by Sangean and currently sold in North America.

Reecom Electronics Inc

http://www.reecominc.com R-1630, R-1650, R-200 and R-500 are manufactured by Reecom and currently sold in North America.

Kaito Electronics Inc http://www.kaitousa.com/. KA500, KA101 and KA600 are currently sold in North America.

Alert Works http://www.alert-works.com/ Alert Works desktop model EAR-10 is currently sold in North America.

In Closing

If you have any comments or suggestions, or if you wish to submit an article, please email me at wxrnewsletter@gmail.com. You can also follow me on Twitter @WxrNewsletter. Also, check out The Weather Radio Listeners Newsletter on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/1854305558188610/

I would like to give special thanks to those who made contributions to this latest issue as follows:

Daryl Stout WX4QZ, Marc-Antoine Chabot, Warren Gash, Bob Robichaud VE1MBR, Midland Radio Corporation, Malcolm Kendal VE3BGD, Jim Langille VE1JBL, Gregory Zwicker, Phil Chadwick and Marc Fitkin for their help and contributions to the newsletter, among others who have been mentioned earlier.

Sincerely, Gord The Old Reliable.VA3WXA

From my iPhone 8

July 2019 SAME/ 1050 Hs.Tone Tests

Hi folks. This is the July 2019 monthly post which contains the monthly reports for the SAME and 1050 HZ tone test alerts for Weatheradio Canada, as I have them.

Monthly SAME and 1050 HZ Tone Test Reports for June 2019

SAME and 1050 Hz tone test report for July 3rd 2019

St Catharines VAD320 (162.475 MHz) (RWT) 11:52 AM, (RMT) 11:57 AM, (1050 Hz tone) 11:59 AM EDT, Toronto (XMJ225 162.400 MHz.) (RWT) 11:54 AM, (RMT) 11:59 AM, (1050 TONE) 11:59 AM EST.

SAME Test report for July 10th 2019

St Catharines VAD320 (162.475 MHz) (RWT) 11:52 AM EST, Toronto (XMJ225 162.400 MHz.) (RWT) 11:54 AM EST.

SAME Test Report For July 17th 2019

St Catharines VAD320 (162.475 MHz) (RWT) 11:52 AM EST, Toronto (XMJ225 162.400 MHz.) (RWT) 11:54 AM EST.

SAME Test report for May 24th 2019

YARMOUTH XLW-573 (162.475 MHz) 12:04 pm ADT St Catharines VAD320 (162.475 MHz) (RWT) 11:52 AM EST, Toronto (XMJ225 162.400 MHz.) (RWT) normally at 11:54 AM EST but not today, dew to it being on dial-up.

SAME Test Report For July 17th 2019

YARMOUTH XLW-573 (162.475 MHz) 12:04 pm ADT, St Catharines VAD320 (162.475 MHz) (RWT) 11:52 AM EST, Toronto (XMJ225 162.400 MHz.) (RWT) usually 11:54 AM EST, but not today for the same reason for last weeks lack of a test. Thanks to Bill Curry for his reports on Yarmouth NS.

Weather Radio Terminology

This is a post I simply had to do, because of more than one person asking about one of the terms, which relate to how either NWR or Weatheradio Canada operates. So, for those who keep asking what watchdog or any seemingly unknowable term (relating to Weatheradio Canada or NOAA Weather Radio) is, here is a standalone version of a portion of a recent issue of the newsletter, with what I called “Weather Radio Terminology”, as apposed to a glossary. Here, I will explain in more detail about most of the terms I mentioned here in the previous issue of the newsletter and that particular section. These both relate to both or either Weatheradio Canada and NOAA Weather Radio and I will state whether the term in question, relates to one or the other.

SAME:

Specific Area Message Encoding:

A method of alert localization, in which you can set alerts to go off for one or more regions or counties of your choosing. This is on both Weatheradio Canada and NOAA Weather Radio and has been for years.

WXR:

Fancy initials which simply mean Weather Radio transmitter, relating to both WXR Canada and NWR.

All Counties:

The All Counties setting allows you to receive SAME alerts from anycounties within the listening area of your local WXR. This and the next term relates to various models of WX radios and not WXR Canada or NWR.

Any Counties

The same as All Counties,

Basic Tone Alert

A WX radio with only the abbility to alert using the 1050 Hz tone for short fuze warnings or alerts which only require it. Weatheradio Canada mostly uses it currently, for alerts such as: Severe Thunderstorm Warning and Tornado Warning, along with the monthly 1050 Hz tone test on the first Wednesday of each month.

CLC code

Canadian Location Code:: which relates to Weatheradio Canada.

A six digit code representing the local area in which alerts will open up your WX radio.

FIPS Code:

Federal Industry Processing Standerds:

The NWR counterpart to CLC.

Watchdog:

An indication to Weatheradio Canada listeners that there has been no new data after 3 hours and a “stay alive message” is sent out. This was first on the network in 2010 and this also relates to the next term below.

Stay Alive Message:

A message stating that a WXR is going through technical difficulties and can not broadcast weather information at this time. This relates to both NWR and Weatheradio Canada but, only Weatheradio Canada has a name for the outage, other than “outage.”

Avipads:

The software used by Weatheradio Canada to disseminate weather information from the Internet over the network.

I hope this helps.

Monthly SAME & 1050 Hz Tone Test Reports for June 2019

Hi folks. This is the June 2019 monthly post which contains the monthly reports for the SAME and 1050 HZ tone test alerts for Weatheradio Canada, as I have them.

Monthly SAME and 1050 HZ Tone Test Reports for June 2019

SAME and 1050 Hz tone test report for June 5th 2019

St Catharines VAD320 (162.475 MHz) (RWT) 11:52 AM, (RMT) 11:57 AM, (1050 Hz tone) 11:59 AM EDT, Toronto (XMJ225 162.400 MHz.) (RWT) 11:54 AM, (RMT) 11:59 AM, (1050 TONE) 11:59 AM EST.

SAME Test report for June 12th 2019

St Catharines VAD320 (162.475 MHz) (RWT) 11:52 AM EST, Toronto (XMJ225 162.400 MHz.) (RWT) 11:54 AM EST.

SAME Test Report For June 19th 2019

St Catharines VAD320 (162.475 MHz) (RWT) 11:52 AM EST, Toronto (XMJ225 162.400 MHz.) (RWT) 11:54 AM EST.

SAME Test report for May 26th 2019

St Catharines VAD320 (162.475 MHz) (RWT) 11:52 AM EST, Toronto (XMJ225 162.400 MHz.) (RWT) 11:54 AM EST.

SAME & 1050 Hz Tone Test Report for May 2019

Hi folks. This is the May 2019 monthly post which contains the monthly reports for the SAME and 1050 HZ tone test alerts for Weatheradio Canada, as I have them.Monthly SAME and 1050 HZ Tone Test Reports for May 2019

SAME and 1050 Hz tone test report for May 1st 2019

St Catharines VAD320 (162.475 MHz) (RWT) 11:52 AM, (RMT) 11:57 AM, (1050 Hz tone) 11:59 AM EDT, Toronto (XMJ225 162.400 MHz.) (RWT) 11:54 AM, (RMT) 11:59 AM, (1050 TONE) 11:59 AM EST.

SAME Test report for May 8th 2019

St Catharines VAD320 (162.475 MHz) (RWT) 11:52 AM EST, Toronto (XMJ225 162.400 MHz.) (RWT) 11:54 AM EST.

SAME Test Report For May 15th 2019

St Catharines VAD320 (162.475 MHz) (RWT) 11:52 AM EST, Toronto (XMJ225 162.400 MHz.) (RWT) 11:54 AM EST.

SAME Test report for May 22nd 2019

Yarmouth XLW 573 (162.475 MHz) 12:50 PM ADT, St Catharines VAD320 (162.475 MHz) (RWT) 11:52 AM EST, Toronto (XMJ225 162.400 MHz.) (RWT) 11:54 AM EST.

SAME Test report for May 29th 2019

St Catharines VAD320 (162.475 MHz) (RWT) 11:52 AM EST, Toronto (XMJ225 162.400 MHz.) (RWT) 11:54 AM EST.

Thanks to Bill Curry for his report from Yarmouth Nova Scotia.