Welcome to the 19th 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 18 issues of the newsletter. There will however, be some things that will be omitted and the reasons for this will also become clear as you read this issue. Please read on and enjoy.
Hello, this is your friendly author welcoming you to the 19th issue of the Weather Radio Listeners Newsletter. It’s a new issue, of course. There are some changes to the newsletter, due to some recent developments. First of all, there will be some things that will be taken out and put into the new website and blog. For example: Geoff Coulson will still have his yearly message about CANWARN in the winter here but any training schedules will be moved to the website and blog.
The SAME and 1050 HZ test reports will be here for one more issue, but they too will be moved to the blog and be posted monthly, starting in May. There will be other changes as time goes on and the newsletter will be shrinking to a more reasonable size, as opposed to a massive sprawling novelette. By the end of the year, all the necessary changes will be complete.
The Weather Radio Net on ham radio has also been cut back, from twice a week to once a week again. We now meet on Wednesdays at 7:00 PM, starting either late May or in June. We are also going back to our home IRLP reflector and Echolink node too.
Weatheradio Canada is also going through changes in the people who are working in this department. Denis Paquette and Peter Staples have both since departed with Denis moving onto another job at EC and Peter retiring. I would like to thank them both for their contributions to the newsletter and hopefully, they will continue to receive it and the new website. I will certainly miss both of them because they taught me a lot about how Weatheradio Canada currently functions and in particular, getting to meet Denis Paquette last year, while he was in Toronto for the Pan-Am Games. Also, they have both participated in the Weather Radio Net on ham radio, appearing on a session each. Once again, thank you to both Denis Paquette and Peter Staples for your help in making the newsletter what it is and will be in the future. I will not forget what you have taught me as long as I live. Of course, I also wish them much success in their future endeavors.
As for myself, I have also become an Admin for the NOAA Weather Radio and Weatheradio Canada Facebook Group and I am delighted that some of you have joined without me adding you. I have had fun so far as an Admin and hope to be in this role for a long time. I am very humbled to be in this position and well, it was very unexpected. I have been mainly bringing up topics to discuss and people have obviously come forward to voice their opinions. I will write a more detailed article about my experience so far in this roll in the next issue.
Well, that’s about it for me and my comments for this issue. Enjoy the rest of the spring and don’t be surprised if the newsletter comes out sooner. I have ideas for that which is in the works.
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MONTY PYTHON’S FLYING CIRCUS
Okay, this is another detour into pop culture, in regards to weather. This time I am focusing on the sketch comedy troupe Monty Python. I have always liked their material because of how brilliant the writing has been and how unusually distinct each member is, with their own voice rolls. For example: Michael Palin and Terry Jones are usually portraying females as housewives or older women. All though they both have been usually heard in their real voices as other characters. For example: Michael Palin is heard in the Argument sketch and Dead Parrot Sketch, along with John Cleese.
For this newsletter, I have found a rare sketch they included as a bonus track on their 1972 album Monty Python’s Previous Record. It features Terry Jones as the interviewer and John Cleese as the meteorologist interviewee. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=FAnT-VSeLJ4
The only other weather related bit I can think of off the top of my head is the 1972 Eclipse of the Sun, which also appears on the same album. This bit also features 4 members of the team as commentators: Terry Gilliam as the announcer introducing the bit, Graham Chapman, Eric Idle and John Cleese as the commentators. I hope you enjoy it and if you haven’t heard any Monty Python bits before, I encourage you to go on line and look for them on YouTube and elsewhere. I think you can even purchase their TV show Monty Python’s Flying Circus on iTunes too. Well, it’s time to move onto the next article, before I go on, and on, and on, and on, and on much like a character in one of their sketches.
SIMULATED EMERGENCY TEST EXERCISE
This article is about an event in the amateur radio community, which involves simulating an emergency, in order to test how we can handle various unforeseen emergencies and occasionally, intentional problems added to them to make things even more interesting. After all, this is supposed to be a test to see how we handle any type of disaster, whether it is manmade or natural.
This past fall, some ARES groups (Amateur Radio Emergency Service) In the Greater Toronto Area did such a test, using weather as the focus. I would like to thank both the Mississauga ARES and South Halton ARES groups for providing me with the bulletin, which was especially put together for this event. Please note, for those of you who work for Environment Canada and Weatheradio Canada, this is only a bulletin and not a real special weather statement. All though it looks similar to one of them, it was only created for the purpose of an emergency test.
WOCN11 CWTO 252000
SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT
ISSUED BY ENVIRONMENT CANADA ONTARIO REGION
4:00 PM EST FRIDAY 6 November 2015.
SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT FOR:
CITY OF TORONTO
YORK – DURHAM
HALTON – PEEL
CITY OF HAMILTON
DUFFERIN – INNISFIL
BARRIE – ORILLIA – MIDLAND
…STRONG THUNDERSTORMS POSSIBLE EARLY SATURDAY MORNING…
•A RECORD-BREAKING HOT AND HUMID AIR MASS CONTINUES TO LINGER OVER
MUCH OF SOUTHERN ONTARIO. HIGH TEMPERATURES NEAR THE 30 DEGREE
CELSIUS MARK CONTINUE ACROSS THE REGION WHEN NORMAL HIGH
TEMPERATURES SHOULD BE IN THE 12 TO 15 DEGREE CELSIUS RANGE.
•HOWEVER THE ARRIVAL OF A COLD FRONT MOVING IN FROM THE WEST
OVERNIGHT WILL USHER IN A COOLER AND DRIER BRAND OF AIR BUT NOT
BEFORE KICKING OFF SOME SIGNIFICANT THUNDERSTORM ACTIVITY. SOME OF
THESE THUNDERSTORMS COULD BE SEVERE WITH THE POTENTIAL TO PRODUCE
DAMAGING WINDS, LARGE HAIL, FLOODING RAINS AND THE RISK OF ONE OR
•ENVIRONMENT CANADA WILL BE MONITORING THIS SITUATION CLOSELY AND
IT IS LIKELY THAT WATCHES AND WARNINGS WILL BE REQUIRED OVERNIGHT
AS THE STRONG STORMS FORM.
•LISTEN FOR FURTHER STATEMENTS. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION MAY ALSO BE
FOUND BY CONSULTING THE LATEST PUBLIC FORECAST. THE NEXT PUBLIC
FORECAST WILL BE ISSUED BY 5:00 AM ON SATURDAY MORNING.
•EXERCISE EXERCISE EXERCISE Simulated Emergency Test Bulletin End
I actually received an email with the original bulletin about this simulated weather statement and that got me to thinking about how both Weatheradio Canada and NOAA Weather Radio can do much the same thing, once or twice a year. This could be a way to test out not just the weekly and monthly SAME test alerts but for other events as well, depending on the impending time of year. For example: in early spring a fake severe thunderstorm watch or warning could be sent out on a specific day each year, to simulate what could happen. On NOAA Weather Radio they talk about and refresh listeners on the dangers of severe weather for upcoming seasons, so why not do an annual simulated event like that on Weather Radio in both Canada and the US?
This would also prove to be very helpful with the new voices which are being brought into the network and how they would handle such events. On Weatheradio Canada it was very quiet for a few months last year, without any real major weather event requiring SAME and when it did happen, a whole bunch of alerts came out over the network, even on one WXR. On December 27th the first winter storm watch for Southern Ontario was issued and this very thing happened. I had texted one of you who are reading this and had reported this to Weatheradio Canada. Unfortunately nothing further was said about it that was helpful.
So, will both Weatheradio Canada and NOAA Weather start simulating events for upcoming severe weather seasons in the future? I know there is Ana annual national test of the EAS but I personally think that simulating a real event would be much more affective. Of course, in the bulletin there has to be a statement saying that this is only a test and not an actual alert. We don’t want anything like what happened when the radio adaptation of War of the Worlds aired in October 1938. Right? But simulating actual events is good to test out all alerts each year and if there are problems they can be ironed out.
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 National Weatheradio Canada Team at Wxradio@ec.gc.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 email@example.com and it will be passed on for you.
On Friday February 5th at 7:15 PM, the network in Ontario went into watchdog mode. It came back up at around 8:00 PM The same night.
On Monday March 21st at 12:17 PM Weatheradio Canada in Ontario went into watchdog mode and came back at 1:28 PM.
On Thursday, April 28 at around 11:14 AM the entire network in Ontario went down, for about 10 minutes into watchdog mode.
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. You are also encouraged to give reports on the Weather Radio Nets on Wednesdays if possible. 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 February 3rd, St Catharines (VAD320 162.475 MHz.) (RWT) 11:53 AM, (RMT) 11:57 AM, (1050 TONE) 11:59 AM local, Toronto (XMJ225 162.400 MHz.) (RWT) 11:55 AM, (RMT) 12:01 PM, (1050 TONE) 12:00 PM local.
Wednesday February 10th, St Catharines (VAD320 162.475 MHz.) (RWT) 11:52 A.M. local, Toronto (XMJ225 162.400 MHz.) (RWT) 11:54 AM local.
Wednesday February 17th, St Catharines (VAD320 162.475 MHz.) (RWT) 11:52 AM local, Toronto (XMJ225 162.400 MHz.) (RWT) 11:54 AM
Wednesday February 24th, St Catharines (VAD320 162.475 MHz.) (RWT) 11:52 AM local, Ottawa (VBE719 162.550 MHz) (RWT) 11.53 A.M. local, Toronto (XMJ225 162.400 MHz.) (RWT) 11:54 AM local.
Wednesday March 2nd, St Catharines (VAD320 162.475 MHz.) (RWT) 11:52 AM, (RMT) 11:57 PM, (1050 Hz. tone) 11:59 AM local, Toronto (XMJ225 162.400 MHz.) (RWT) 11:54 AM, (RMT) 11:59 AM, (1050 Hz. tone) 11:59 AM local.
Wednesday March 9th, St Catharines (VAD320 162.475 MHz.) (RWT) 11:54 A.M. local, Toronto (XMJ225 162.400 MHz.) (RWT) 11:54 A.M. local.
Wednesday March 16th, St Catharines (VAD320 162.475 MHz.) (RWT) 12:52 AM local, Toronto (XMJ225 162.400 MHz.) (RWT) 12:54 PM local.
Wednesday March 23rd, St Catharines (VAD320 162.475 MHz. off the air, Toronto (XMJ225 162.400 MHz.) (RWT) 12:54 PM local
Wednesday March 30th St Catharines VAD320 162.475 MHz (RWT) off the air, Toronto XMJ225 162.400 MHz (RWT) 12:54 PM local.
Wednesday April 6th 2016, St Catharines (VAD320 162.475 MHz.) (RWT) off the air, Toronto (XMJ225 162.400 MHz.) (RWT) 12:54 PM, (RMT) 12:59 PM, (1050 Hz. tone alert) 12:59 PM local.
Wednesday April 13st, Ottawa (VBE719 162.550 MHz) (RWT) 11:54 AM local, St Catharines (VAD320 162.475 MHz.) (RWT) off the air, Ottawa VBE719 (162.550 MHz) (RWT) 11:54 A.M. local, Toronto (XMJ225 162.400 MHz.) (RWT) 11:54 AM local. 🙂
Wednesday April 20, St Catharines (VAD320 162.475 MHz.) (RWT) off the air, Toronto (XMJ225 162.400 MHz.) (RWT) 11:54 A.M. local.
Wednesday April 27th St Catharines (VAD320 162.475 MHz. (RWT) off the air, Ottawa (VBE719 162.550 MHz) (RWT) 11:53 A.M local, Toronto (XMJ225 162.400 MHz.) (RWT) 11:54 AM local.
Here is an explanation about why St Catharines VAD320 has been missing and the tests have gone off an hour late for a few weeks.
There was an IT change across all the government. We no longer have direct access to our servers. What used to be a simple “copy file” action is now taking forever. Some regions had it automatically programmed, with the CONFIG file actually checking the time zone and DST change. Ontario did not have that. It will be fixed, and will be automated for the next DST change, but for now the request has been sent but we’re waiting for the IT guys to update the servers. No update for St Catharines. Pending clement weather to get a rigger up there. Let me know if you have other questions.
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Here is the email I sent about these issues, which prompted the email above.WEATHER_RADIO_LISTENERS_NEWSLETTER_ISSUE_19_MAY_08_2016
Hi there. Just wondering why the tests are still an hour late? I reported on this a few weeks ago, both in an email and on Facebook and The status is still the same.
Secondly, St Catharines VAD320 has been off the air for a few weeks now, ever since the severe weather on March 16th. What is the problem and why is it not on the air? Am I the only one who notices this missing WXR?
Anyway, I will send out the report as usual as it comes in and hopefully things sort themselves out soon.
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.
The CANWARN training sessions will no longer be inserted in the newsletter, due to them not always being up to date. They are now in the blog and will be shown there. However, the reporting tips will still be here, for both CANWARN and SKYWARN.
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
Condition Codes: Code Green – Severe Thunderstorm Watch
Code Yellow – Severe Thunderstorm Warning or Tornado Watch
Code Red – Tornado Warning
in Ontario by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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.
WHERE TO PURCHASE 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/,
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 LINKS ON THE INTERNET
Suggested weather sites to visit as follows;
In Canada the current websites URL is
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.
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 email@example.com, 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/
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
CanWeather2 by High5
https://appsto.re/ca/M0aK6.i This app is simple but is full of features that you can unlock by purchasing others within the app.
Weather Alert Ontario 2 by Christopher Coudriet
This app sends you push notifications of watches and warnings only, with the SAME alert sound.
Weather Office Free by X2 Studios
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. There is a version you pay for but to me, it is the same as the free version.
NOAA Weather Radio by Christopher Coudriet
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.
The Weather Center by Midland Radio Corporation
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 and Wednesday evenings at 7:00 PM ET throughout the year on IRLP reflector 9038 and Echolink node VE3ZHR 591897. We also meet on the East Coast Reflector 9219 out of Raleigh North Carolina during the winter, starting in 2017. As for the summer usage, it is used for other nets for which an additional list is provided here 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
Daryl Stout, WX1DER, Net Control
VoIP Skywarn Hurricane Prep Net
Southeast US D-Star Weather Net
Certified Skywarn Severe Storm Spotter
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MANUFACTURERS OF WEATHER RADIOS
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. 🙂
If you have any comments or suggestions, or if you wish to submit an article, please email the author Gord at email@example.com OR firstname.lastname@example.org OR email@example.com.
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You can also contact him on Skype and his Skype name is blindgordie.
I would like to give special thanks to those who made contributions to this 19th issue as follows: Denis Paquette, Daryl Stout WX1DER, Marc-Antoine Chabot, Bob Robichaud VE1MBR, Midland Radio Corporation, Peter Staples, Malcolm Kendal VE3BGD, Jim Langille VE1JBL, Gregory Zwicker, Phil Chadwick, Geoff Coulson and Marc Fitkin for their help and contributions to the newsletter, among others, and finally Dennis T. Paganin VA3DTP (our faithful web master and Co-Editor).
Sincerely, Gord The Old Reliable.VA3WXA