Welcome to the 16th issue of the Weather Radio Listeners Newsletter. In this issue, we have much the same exciting articles you have come to know throughout the last 15 issues of the newsletter. There may also be a few new things thrown in there, to keep you interested. Please read on and enjoy.
Hello, this is your friendly author welcoming you to the 16th issue of the Weather Radio Listeners Newsletter. I hope we are all having a great summer, even with all the events like the Pan-Am Games and such. It is certainly an improvement from last summer’s cool temperatures in Southern Ontario. All though, it was and has been seasonable throughout both last and this summer. The difference is that is we have had actually some days where we have gone over 30 degrees Celsius and have had heat warnings this year.
As for the Weather Radio Net, it is going well, all though at times people stop checking in half way through and I have to pull teeth, to get new check ins. However, it is going well and I will have the results of the last 3 months of the net in this issue and in future issues of the newsletter.
I would also like to thank Geoff Coulson, for mentioning the newsletter, in the last mass blast, for all CANWARN Ontario recipients who have email. As a result I have had quite a few new people join the mailing list and I thank everyone who has asked to join in the past month or so. Anyone is welcome, especially if you have an interest in Weatheradio and or would like to contribute your comments and reports on how your local WXR is doing.
One more thing before I forget, since 2012 I have been filing reports for Weatheradio Canada with the weekly test and I need more of you to do the same. What we need are at least two people for every transmitter in Canada to file a report of the weekly SAME test and also the 1050 Hz tone test. , which happens on the first Wednesday of each month. This is important so we all know how Weatheradio Canada is doing across the country and also if there is the possibility that your Weather Radio may need to be reset, if there is no weekly test. I will have more on that later in the newsletter.
Anyway, let’s all enjoy the rest of this summer and have as much fun as we can, before the weather turns cooler and the ground becomes covered with white stuff. I hope that the El Nino that is forecasted can make this winter a milder one this year, compared to the last two winters here in Ontario.
This article is all about the AA batteries, we use to power our modern WX radios. Yes, we have some battery packs but the AA batteries are quite good for keeping your Weather Alert Radio running, when you have no access to AC power.
In the past I used to buy alkaline batteries as my rechargeable cells. I like them but I figured it out after a while, they didn’t hold a charge as long as the newer nickel metal hydride cells, which I will get to in a minute. Those were the days when I would buy AA cells primarily to listen to music on my diskman. Now, I buy them for many purposes, all be it still for listening to music and my Weather Radio, while on a long trip.
In 2005 I decided to ditch the rechargeable alkalines, for nickel metal hydride rechargeables. I began with buying Sony rechargeable batteries which were quite good but I don’t actually know if they were either nickel cadmium or nickel metal hydride. However, they were a big step up from what I was using before. Then I learned about a company called Maha Powerex which makes much better cells then even the Sony cells.
I started buying Maha in the spring of 2011 and I love how good they are. The problem is that I still was using a charger that is really meant to recharge Sony AA cells. It’s not that the charge wasn’t good but after a while, they would lose their charge within a couple of years. My handheld WX radio wasn’t able to work with them after a while so I would use them for my scanner.
After 4 years I finally bought myself a couple of chargers that are absolutely compatible with these nickel metal hydride batteries from Maha Powerex. The first one was the MH-C204 charger, which is also a conditioning charger. It’s quite a good unit and you can basically bring old batteries that might be ready to be put away, back to life and pretty much do a full charge as good as new. The only thing wrong with it is that you can’t charge 1 or 3 cells with it. You can only charge 2 or 4 cells at a time. However, you can use it worldwide and it charges batteries fast.
The other one is the MH-C401FS is much more suited to charging 1, 2, 3 or 4 cells. It doesn’t condition them. However, you can either charge them fast or charge them slow. It has a switch on the side to allow you the choice to charge them at either speed.
I should have bought one or both of them back in 2011 but I was scared I wouldn’t have enough room to put them in a backpack, while traveling on a trip out of town. Well, now I have them and I am so happy that I finally did the right thing and saved money on buying more and more cells.
Oh, the other nice thing about Maha Powerex batteries is that they come with their own transportable plastic carrying case, so you don’t lose them. Unless, you are careless and you throw your batteries around and are disorganized. Me, I am very organized and if something is out of place I am not happy.
Anyway, here are some websites you can go to for more information on them.
I decided to put this in here because you never know when you will need rechargeable batteries for your Weather Alert Radio. I am now happy with my chargers and hopefully they will last for years, like the batteries. My HH54VP WX radio is hard on some cells and the chargers will hopefully have solved my problem that I mentioned earlier. Also, they will save me money and stress of having to go out and buy new cells every year or so. :
FROM THE BLOG
This post talks about the reception problems that Toronto XMJ225 had, for a week or so from late may to early June.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or on the web at http://www.nws.noaa.gov/nwr. If you live in Canada, you can call 1-877-789-7733. You can email the Meteorological Service of Canada at ECWeather-Meteo@ec.gc.ca, or email the National Weatheradio Canada Team at Wxradio@ec.gc.ca. You can also go on the web at http://www.ec.gc.ca/weatheradio. 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 the Yahoo group later in this issue and all issues of the newsletter.
Thursday May 14th at around 6:27 PM, all of Weatheradio Canada in Ontario went into watchdog mode. It was miraculously restored by 7:00 PM, the same evening. Also on Thursday May 14th, Toronto XMJ225 went down by itself at 10:36 PM. It came back up later that night.
On Monday May 18th at 9:36 PM the entire Weatheradio Canada network in Ontario went into watchdog mode. It must’ve come back before midnight the same day. I fell asleep with it in watchdog and woke up and it was back, as if nothing happened. Again, it was restored at
On Tuesday May 19th around 6:20 PM ET or so, all WXR’s in the Canadian prairies and arctic all went into watchdog mode, three hours after no new data in their respective time zones. It all has come back with hourly’s being updated at 9:00 AM ET.
On Saturday May 30th around 10:36 PM Toronto XMJ225 and the rest of Weatheradio Canada in Ontario has gone into watchdog mode but the telephone ATAD for Toronto is still updating the hourly’s and forecasts. The WXR came back at around 11:25 PM, less than an hour after it went into watchdog mode.
On Friday June 19th as of 8:20 P.M. ET, the WXR network in the Canadian Prairies is in watchdog mode. It was restored about 5 hours later.
From the National Weather Service, Tulsa, Oklahoma, Facebook page
on June 29, 2015:”Just a heads up for all NOAA Weather Radio listeners in eastern Oklahoma and northwest Arkansas. All broadcasts from our office will be off the air between 10:30 and 11:30 am this morning for necessary maintenance. We apologize for any inconvenience.”
I checked on at least 1 WXR in Tulsa Oklahoma on my NOAA Weather Radio app and it seems that the systems are back online.
From NWS Tulsa
NOAA Wx Radio E OK and NW AR down for maintenance. Expected to return by mid-morning.
From the NWS, Tulsa, Oklahoma — posted on Facebook at 11:39pm CDT, July 11, 2015
A broadcasting issue has developed with the Antlers, Bartlesville and Springdale NOAA weather radio sites. Transmission has been temporarily interrupted. Technicians have been notified. Restoration time remains unknown…however it is anticipated service will remain suspended through the early morning hours. We apologize for any inconvenience.
On July 14th there were some severe thunderstorm warnings issued for parts of Southwestern Ontario. In particular, Windsor and Essex County. XJV492 162.400 Sarnia and VAZ533 Windsor 162.475 MHz went into watchdog at around 7:25 P.M. It was fixed on Wednesday July 15th.
FROM THE NWS OFFICE IN SHREVEPORT, LOUISIANA
The Texarkana NOAA Weather Radio transmitter is offline today, July 20, due to replacement of the transmitter. It is expected to be back online by this evening. Texarkana NWR is back up, but apparently, there’s an echo on their end. Looking for signal reports.
On July 21st, from NWS Shreveport Tyler NOAA Wx Radio offline for transmitter upgrade today. Should be back online later today. Also, from NWS Shreveport — the Monroe, Louisiana NWR Transmitter will be down July 22, due to a transmitter upgrade.
FROM THE NWS SHREVEPORT, LOUISIANA FACEBOOK PAGE:
Due to the Monroe, LA transmitter upgrade on this past Wednesday, July 22, 2015….weather radios in most of northeast Louisiana did not receive the signal for the weekly radio test. This will result in some weather radio giving out one audible beep every ten minutes and possibly a “Check Reception” message. If you get this problem, and you can’t wait until the next weekly test to reset your radio, please do the following:
-unplug the radio from the wall
-turn the radio over, and remove one battery -Replace the battery and plug the radio back in http://ow.ly/Q57UVThe settings on the radio will NOT be affected by this, as the SAME county code, and all other information is stored on a flash memory chip. Thanks to our colleagues at the National Weather Service in Albuquerque, New Mexico for this information.
On Tuesday July 28th at 6:40 P.M. Weatheradio Canada in Ontario has just gone into watchdog mode. It was restored at around 7:00 P.M, the same day.
WEEKLY SAME AND 1050 Hz. TONE TEST REPORT
The following are reports from listeners on the weekly (rwt), monthly (rmt) SAME tests sent to each site in Canada. However, it is not complete so we need you to send your reports to the author as well as Wxradio@ec.gc.ca. Remember, the 1050Hz Tone test and SAME Required Monthly Test is performed on the first Wednesday of each month just before noon local time. The SAME Required Weekly Test is performed every Wednesday around 11:50 local time.
Date Call Sign TX Frequency (MHz) Name alphanumeric or basic tone alert test alarm time
Wednesday May 6th, St Catharine’s (VAD320 162.475 MHz) (RWT) 11:53 AM, (RMT) 11:57 AM, (1050 TONE) 11:59 AM local, Ottawa (VBE719 162.550 MHz) (RWT) 11:54 A.M, (RWT) 11:57 AM, (1050 Hz tone) 12:02 PM local, Toronto (XMJ225 162.400 MHz) (RWT) 11:55 AM, (RMT) 12:01 PM, (1050 TONE) 12:00 PM local.
Wednesday May 13th, St Catharine’s (VAD320 162.475 MHz) (RWT) 11:52 A.M. local, Ottawa (VBE719 162.550 MHz) (RWT) 11:53 A.M local, Toronto (XMJ225 162.400 MHz) (RWT) 11:54 AM local.
Wednesday May 20th, St Catharine’s (VAD320 162.475 MHz) (RWT) 11:52 AM local, Toronto (XMJ225 162.400 MHz) (RWT) 11:54 AM
Wednesday May 27th, St Catharine’s (VAD320 162.475 MHz) (RWT) 11:52 AM local, Toronto (XMJ225 162.400 MHz) (RWT) 11:54 AM local.
Wednesday June 3rd, St Catharine’s (VAD320 162.475 MHz) (RWT) 11:52 AM, (RMT) 11:57 AM, (1050 Hz. tone) 12:00 PM local, Toronto (XMJ225 162.400 MHz) (RWT) 11:54 AM, (RMT) 12:00 PM, (1050 Hz. tone) 12:00 PM local.
Wednesday June 10th, St Catharine’s (VAD320 162.475 MHz) (RWT) 11:54 A.M. local, Toronto (XMJ225 162.400 MHz) (RWT) 11:54 A.M. local.
Wednesday June 17th, St Catharine’s (VAD320 162.475 MHz) (RWT) 11:52 AM local, Toronto (XMJ225 162.400 MHz) (RWT) 11:54 AM local.
Wednesday June 24th, St Catharine’s (VAD320 162.475 MHz) (RWT) 11:52 AM local, Toronto (XMJ225 162.400 MHz) (RWT) 11:54 AM local
Wednesday July 1st 2015, St Catharine’s (VAD320 162.475 MHz) (RWT) 11:52 AM, (RMT) 11:57 AM, (1050 Hz. tone alert) 11:59 AM local, Toronto (XMJ225 162.400 MHz) (RWT) 11:54 AM, (RMT) 11:59 AM, (1050 Hz. tone alert) 11:59 AM local.
Wednesday July 8th, St Catharine’s (VAD320 162.475 MHz) (RWT) 12:11 PM local, Toronto (XMJ225 162.400 MHz) (RWT) 12:14 PM local.
Note: WE had a system freeze-up for about 15 minutes. It was reset and that’s why tests came
out late. Quebec is also frozen right now…Looking into it. Peter Staples
Wednesday July 15st, St Catharine’s (VAD320 162.475 MHz) (RWT) 11:52 AM local, Toronto (XMJ225 162.400 MHz) (RWT) 11:54 AM local. 🙂
Wednesday July 22, St Catharine’s (VAD320 162.475 MHz) (RWT) 11:52 A.M. local, Toronto (XMJ225 162.400 MHz) (RWT) 11:54 A.M. local.
Wednesday July 29th St Catharine’s (VAD320 162.475 MHz) (RWT) 11:52 A.M. local, Toronto (XMJ225 162.400 MHz) (RWT) 11:54 AM local.
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.
FROM GEOFF COULSON, Warning Preparedness Meteorologist with Environment Canada and the newsletter author Gord Maybee:
Folks, the CANWARN training has come to an end for another year. In tallying up the attendance of all of the sessions across the province, just shy of 1500 people came out this year. Of that total, about 500 were first time attendees, so the overall number of spotters in the database now rests at around 6500. My thanks to all of you who took time out of your schedules to come out to a session and to all of you who have sent in reports so far this season. This season is off to a bit of a slow start but we are anticipating more in the way of heat and humidity in the coming weeks that could lead to more active storms.
It has been brought to our attention that the EC Alert Me email alerting service has had problems as of late, with weather alerts arriving in email inboxes much later than they have been issued. Both Geoff and the author have received emails and text messages informing us of this and here is what both Geoff and the author have to say about it. Plus, a mention of using either Twitter or weather alert apps. ECAlertMe has been experiencing some delays lately. The situation is being looked at by the developers but not sure how long it will take to correct the situation. For the time being, Twitter may actually be the way to go to receive our warnings with almost no lag time. All of the tweeting we are doing with respect to our warnings are automated…there is no humancomponent. So as soon as the warning goes out…tweets are automatically created in English and French and sent out.
There are definitely a number of other apps out there to get our warning information…only issue is that they involve a middleperson and that can introduce delays. My recommendation for now is to follow us on Twitter (each City Page on our weather.gc.ca website has the twitter icon near the bottom) as the best way to get our warnings with a minimum of delay.
However, there are definitely pros and cons to the various ways to get alerts. If you are following lots of sources on Twitter, there can certainly be a lot of tweets. I’m not an expert but there does appear to be a number of ways to filter tweets through Twitter itself or other apps like Tweetdeck or Hootsuite…so that would be another option…during a severe weather event, you choose to only follow the direct tweets from the Weather office city pages for given locations…that should only give you the alerts. With minimal filtering there is a lot of stuff to wade through.
COMMENTS FROM THE AUTHOR
In my case I wouldn’t recommend using Twitter or any social media for that matter, to be my main source of receiving weather alerts. I follow a lot of accounts and sometimes tweets come in fast and furious and I would have to go through them all, in order to sort out which one is the latest weather alert. That’s why I use the weather alert apps that I currently have downloaded onto my IPhone. Plus, I turn off my Twitter notifications when I do a net, whether it is a CANWARN net or my own Weather Radio Net because it can get frustrating when you receive a whole bunch of alerts that have nothing to do with weather from Twitter. Unless you are willing to go through all of your friends and followers and turn off all notifications except for weather alerts. Don’t forget all the dm’s, mentions, favourites and new followers that may come in as notifications, while you are receiving or looking at the latest weather alert.
So, there are obviously pros and cons to using both and I guess, it’s up to the individual if they choose to use one or both sources. This is why I have started to include a small list of weather alert apps for those of us who use an IPhone, at the moment. I would love to include android apps but I don’t have any at the present time. Keep reading and you’ll find this new list and more on how you can contribute to it.
Finally, I’d like to wish you all a happy and safe summer. Keep your eyes to the sky and feel free to report occurrences of severe storms that you may experience. This summer so far, has been an improvement over last summer in Southern Ontario, with hot weather in mid to late July. We have even had some heat warnings issued throughout Southern and South Central Ontario. Let’s all be safe and stay as cool as possible and make sure others who are more vulnerable than us are OK too.
Regards, Geoff Coulson, Warning Preparedness Meteorologist | Météorologue de sensibilisation
Ontario Region Client Services | Service à la clientèle, Région de l’Ontario
Environment Canada | Environnement Canada
Government of Canada | Gouvernement du Canada
4905 Dufferin St | 4905 rue Dufferin Toronto, ON M3H 5T4
Telephone | Téléphone 416-739-4466
Facsimile | Télécopieur 416-739-4603
Website | Site Web http://www.weather.gc.ca
TORNADO OUTBREAK May 31, 1985 Tornado Outbreak – Geoff Coulson, Warning Preparedness Meteorologist, Environment Canada
On May 31 of this year, I had the privilege of attending a 30th anniversary commemoration event at the Mady Theatre in Barrie concerning the devastating tornado outbreak that occurred in southern Ontario on May 31, 1985. On that day, 14 tornadoes occurred in Ontario. Two of those tornadoes, one in Barrie and one in the Grand Valley area, were rated as Fujita Scale 4 or F4 events and resulted in 12 deaths, hundreds of injuries and millions of dollars in damages. An F4 tornado is capable of severely damaging well-built homes, causing vehicles to become airborne and devastating large swaths of trees. The Grand Valley tornado continues to hold the record for the longest-tracked tornado in Canadian history with a damage path of 115 kilometres. There have not been any more F4 tornadoes in Ontario since that day.
The tornadoes in Ontario were part of a larger outbreak of tornadoes that also caused significant impacts in parts of Ohio, Pennsylvania and Western New York. The outbreak in the United States resulted in 27 tornadoes causing 75 deaths and over 1,000 injuries.
The event at the Mady Theatre this past May was an opportunity for survivors and emergency responders to tell their stories in their own words. It was a moving and powerful evening with stories of tragedy as well as those of miraculous survival. All of those who lived through the event were changed in some way and none of them have ever looked at a dark sky in quite the same way again.
Much has changed in Canada’s Weather Service and society in general in the last 30 years. In 1985, there was no such thing as the Internet, Smartphone’s or Social Media. For the Weather Service, 1985 was the dawn of the introduction of Doppler Weather Radar. By the late 1990’s, all of Environment Canada’s weather radars had Doppler capability. Much has changed within the Weather Centre as well, as reams of paper have been replaced with cutting-edge workstations capable of accepting and displaying huge amounts of information in rapid fashion. However, even with all of the improvements in technology and the understanding of summer storms, much still needs to be learned about why one thunderstorm ends up producing a violent tornado while another similar storm does not. As we expand our knowledge of summer severe storms, we will continue to rely on proven technologies like Weatheradio and volunteer organizations like the CANWARN storm spotter network to play an important role in Environment Canada’s Watch and Warning system.
As for SKYWARN training schedules, you can go to either of the following sites:
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
Code Green – Severe Thunderstorm Watch
Code Yellow – Severe Thunderstorm Warning or Tornado Watch
Code Red – Tornado Warning
In Ontario by email at email@example.com, 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 RADIO NET RESULTS
Weather Radio Net Reports for May, June, and July 2015 in the following order:
VA3WXA Gord in Toronto Ontario (Net Control and Net Manager) hears: Toronto XMJ225, St Catharine’s VAD320, Kitchener XMJ330 and Normandale VFI621. WX1DER Daryl in Little Rock Arkansas, VE3XBH Brian in Mississauga Ontario hears Toronto 162.400 and St Catharine’s 162.475, VE3XQ Dan in Windsor Ontario hears Windsor 162.475, VA3PRS Peter in Oakville Ontario hears Toronto 162.400, VE3YGG Gregg in Hamilton Ontario hears Toronto 162.400 and Kitchener 162.550, VA3CQA Brian in Scarborough Ontario hears 162.400 162.475, VE3US Rick in Mississauga Ontario hears 162.400, N1VXP Rick in Chillicothe Ohio, KC8FQV Mark in Aurora Ohio, VE3QAD Rizwan in Maple Ontario, VE3HJL Henry in Scarborough Ontario hears Toronto 162.400.
Gord VA3WXA (NCS and Net Manager), WX1DER Daryl in Little Rock Arkansas, VA3JFW Jack in Bobcaygeon Ontario, VA3DGD Douglas in Scarborough Ontario, N1VXP Rick in Chillicothe Ohio, VA3AEV Gord in London Ontario, VA3EMW Michael in Mississauga Ontario, VE3XBH Brian in Mississauga Ontario, VA3CQA Brian in Scarborough Ontario, VE3EAL Eric in Toronto Ontario, VA3ATB Brian in London Ontario.
Gord VA3WXA in Toronto Ontario (NCS and Net Manager), WX1DER Daryl in Little Rock Arkansas, VA3JFW Jack in Bobcaygeon, VA3RHH Bob in Oakville, VA3PRS Peter in Oakville, VE3FAF Amnon in North York Ontario, VE3XBH Brian in Mississauga Ontario, VA3CQA Brian in Scarborough Ontario, WA6DKS Suzi in Granada Hills California, N1VXP Rick in Chillicothe Ohio, VE3IKG Ivan in London Ontario, K2LED Bob in Kenmore New York.
Gord VA3WXA in Toronto Ontario (Net Control and Net Manager), WX1DER Daryl in LittleRock Arkansas, VE3HLD Bob in Oakville Ontario, VA3PRS Peter in Oakville Ontario, VA3JFW Jack in Bobcaygeion Ontario, VE3FAF Amnon in North York Ontario, VE3RWI Rob in Sarnia Ontario, VA3CQA Brian in Scarborough Ontario, N1VXP Rick in Chillicothe Ohio, VE3TTO Gary in Hamilton Ontario.
Gord VA3WXA (Net Control and Net Manager) hears: Toronto XMJ225 162.400, St Catharine’s VAD320 162.475, Normandale VFI621 162.450 and Kitchener XMJ330 162.550 MHz, VA3FGI Terry in Huntsville Ontario, VE3US Rick in Mississauga Ontario hears Toronto XMJ225 162.400 and St. Catharine’s VAD320 162.475 MHz, VE3VJH John in Grand Bend Ontario hears Goderich XLT839 162.400, VE3DBG Bill in Sarnia hears XJV492 162.400, KF7QV Mark in Aurora Ohio, N1VXP Rick in Chillicothe Ohio.
Note: this net was cut short because of a repeater, which was working but couldn’t connect with the IRLP reflector.
VA3WXA Gord in Toronto Ontario (Net Control and Net Manager), WX1DER Daryl in Little Rock Arkansas, VE3HLD Bob in Oakville Ontario, VA3PRS Peter in Oakville Ontario,VE3HJL Henry in Scarborough Ontario, VE3FAF/VE3AJF Amnon in North York Ontario, VE3XBH Brian in Mississauga Ontario, VA3JFW Jack in Bobcaygeon Ontario, VE3YNG Dorian in Minden Ontario, VA3EMW Mike in Mississauga Ontario, N1VXP Rick in Chillicothe Ohio, VE3RSI Bob in Sarnia Ontario, VA3AZA Brian in Mississauga Ontario, VE3JFW Jim in Port Franks Ontario.
VA3WXA Gord in Toronto Ontario (Net Control and Net Manager), WX1DER Daryl in LittleRock Arkansas, VA3RHH Bob in Oakville Ontario, VA3CKI Alex in Thornhill Ontario, VE3FAF Amnon in North York Ontario, VA3JFW Jack in Bobcaygeon Ontario, VE3XBH Brian in Mississauga Ontario, N1VXP Rick in Chillicothe Ohio, KC8FQV Mark in Aurora Ohio, VA3CQA Brian in Scarborough Ontario, VA3EMW Micheal in Mississauga Ontario, VE3TTO Gary in Hamilton Ontario.
VA3WXA Gord in Toronto Ontario (Net Control and Net Manager), VE3FGI Terry in Huntsville Ontario, VE3KR Klaus in Nobleton Ontario, VE3FAF Amnon in North York Ontario, VA3GOC Joey in Elmvale Ontario, VA3JFW Jack in Bobcaygeon Ontario, N1VXP Rick in Chillicothe Ohio, VA3AZA Brian in Mississauga Ontario, VA3DGD Douglas in Scarborough Ontario, VE3OGF Karl in Sudbury Ontario, VA3XJL John in Etobicoke Ontario.
VA3WXA Gord in Toronto Ontario (Net Control and Net Manager), WX1DER Daryl in Little Rock Arkansas, VE3HJL in Scarborough Ontario, VA3JFW Jack in Bobcaygeon Ontario, VE3JFW Jim in Port Franks Ontario, N1VXP Rick in Chillicothe Ohio, VE3RSI Bob in Sarnia Ontario, VA3AZA Brian in Mississauga Ontario, VE3ACW Mike in London Ontario.
Note: we had one less repeater to use, like the June 1st net. Unlike that particular net, the repeater was not the flagship repeater that was unable to connect to 9038. In this case, it was already connected to another reflector and probably hadn’t timed out, after whoever was using it.
VA3WXA Gord in Toronto Ontario (Net Control and Net Manager) hears: Toronto XMJ225 162.400, St Catharine’s VAD320 162.475, Kitchener XMJ330 162.550, Buffalo KEB98 162.550 and Normandale VFI621 162.450 MHz WX1DER Daryl in Little Rock Arkansas hears WXJ55 162.550, VE3FAF Amnon in North York Ontario hears Toronto 162.400, St Catharine’s 162.475 and Buffalo 162.550, VE3YOM Steve in Mississauga, N1VXP Rick in Chillicothe Ohio, VE3TTO Gary in Hamilton hears Toronto 162.400, St Catharine’s 162.475 and Kitchener XMJ330 162.550.
Gord VA3WXA in Toronto Ontario (Net Control and Net Manager), WX1DER Daryl in Little Rock Arkansas, VA3SB Sergio in Mississauga Ontario, VA3NCS Dave in Sudbury Ontario, VE3RSI Bob in Sarnia Ontario, VE3OGF Karl in Sudbury Ontario, N1VXP Rick in Chillicothe Ohio, VA3XJL John in Etobicoke Ontario, VA3CQA Brian in Scarborough Ontario.
VA3WXA Gord in Toronto Ontario (Net Control and Net Manager), WX1DER Daryl in Little Rock Arkansas, VA3JFW Jack in Bobcaygeon Ontario, VE3HLD Bob in Oakville Ontario, N1VXP Rick in Chillicothe Ohio, VE3XBH Brian in Mississauga Ontario.
VA3WXA Gord in Toronto Ontario (Net Control and Net Manager), VA3JFW Jack in Bobcaygeon Ontario, VA3ACJ Sam in Toronto Ontario, N1VXP, VE3TTO Gary in Hamilton Ontario, N1VXP Rick in Chillicothe Ohio, WX1DER Daryl in Little Rock Arkansas, VE3US Rick in Mississauga Ontario, VA3XJL John in Etobicoke Ontario.
WHERE TO PURCHASE WEATHER RADIOS
Weather Radios can be purchased at various electronics stores that specialize in radios and other equipment such as:
BML Communications at http://www.bml.ca/,
CB World at http://www.werecb.com/,
Universal Radio at http://www.universal-radio.com/,
Durham Radio at http://www.durhamradio.com/,
Radio World at http://www.radioworld.ca/,
Burnaby Radio at http://www.burnabyradio.com/,
Ambient Weather at http://www.ambientweather.com/
Weather Radio Store at http://www.Weatherradiostore.com/, and many more retailers throughout North America. 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 visit 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/,
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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,
WXtoIMG at http://www.wxtoim.com/downloads/,
Digital Atmosphere at http://www.weathergraphics.com/da/
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 newly constructed list and it needs more results for future reference. If you have ideas for weather or Weather Radio apps which should be put into future issues of the newsletter, send an email to the author at email@example.com. Right now these are IPhone apps only, because that is all we have at the moment. Your help is needed to expand this list farther.
Degrees Pro – Accurate Weather by Best Essential Apps https://appsto.re/ca/kLiRz.i This app sends out alerts for watches, warnings and statements. It even will alert you when the temperature goes below freezing in the area you select it to monitor. If you allow your IPhone to track you it will follow you around and sent you alerts for where ever you are, whether you are home or on a business or vacation trip, in Canada or the US.
Weather Alert Ontario 2 by Christopher Coudriet https://appsto.re/ca/yNZeC.i This app sends you push notifications of watches and warnings only, with the SAME alert sound.
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 all apps mentioned here provide information from one or both sources.
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.
The Weather Center by Midland Radio Corporation https://appsto.re/ca/9De3K.i This app provides access to Midland Radio via social media and also provides weather forecast information and much more.
WEATHER NETS ON HAM RADIO
The authors own Weather Radio Net meets on Monday evenings at 7:00 PM ET throughout the year on IRLP reflector 9038 and Echolink node VE3ZHR 591897. An additional list is below, from Daryl Stout WX1DER.
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 2, Port A. The net also meets on the Southeast US D-Star Weather Net Reflector 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 firstname.lastname@example.org — and again, a list of selected Echolink Nets is at http://www.wx1der.com/elk.htm
Daryl Stout, WX1DER, Net Control
VoIP Skywarn Hurricane Prep Net
Southeast US D-Star Weather Net
Certified Skywarn Severe Storm Spotter
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 W-r300, W-r100B, W-R120, HH54VP, HH54VP2, ER102, Nautico 3 and W-R11 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.com BC75XLT, 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.:)
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I would like to give special thanks to those who made contributions to this 16th issue as follows: Sam Garland VA3ACJ, Terry Spratt VA3FGI, Dorian young VE3YNG, Bob Sacerdy VE3RSI, John Hood VE3VJH, Bill Hoad VE3DPG, Dan Crilley VE3XQ, Gregg Gignac VE3YGG, Karl Ament VE3OGF, (Mike Watts VE3ACW), (Sergio Mario Burtuzzo VA3SB), Steve Partington VE3YOM, (Mark Studer KC8FQV), (Rizwan Ahmed Syed VE3QAD), Henry Blais VE3HJL, Douglas Gebhart VA3DGD, (Michael Wild VA3EMW), Brian Boukley VA3ATB, Ivan Garnett VE3IKG, Bob Brock K2LED, Brian Alexander VA3AZA, Rick Mc Clure N1VXP, Susan White WA6DKS, Jim Wadsworth VE3JFW, Amnon Fischer VE3AJF/ VE3FAF, Bob Heath VA3RHH, Rick Michowicz VE3US, (Dave Van Dyke VA3NCS), Peter Schonrock VA3PRS, Brian Herling VE3XBH, Klaus Rung VE3KR, Rob Winschip VE3RSI, Eric Mysenko VE3EAL, Alex Szkabarnicki VA3CKI, (Gord Horner VA3AEV), Daryl Stout WX1DER, Bob Robichaud VE1MBR,Midland Radio Corporation, Garry Notto VE3TTO, Ward G. Kennedy VE3WGK,), Peter Staples, Brian Hart VA3CQA, Malcolm Kendal VE3BGD, Jim Langille VE1JBL, Gregory Zwicker, Phil Chadwick, Geoff Coulson and Marc Fitkin for their help and contributions to the newsletter and Dennis T. Paganin VA3DTP (our faithful web master and Co-Editor).
Sincerely, Gord The Old Reliable.VA3WXA