Great news for the Canadian ham radio community! On April 25, 2013, the VE3UUU DMR repeater in Windsor, ON, was officially connected to the Canadian arm of the DMR-MARC network, otherwise known as DMR-MARC Canada, thereby providing hams in the Windsor area with full access to the DMR-MARC worldwide network.
To access this system, hams will need a DMR capable radio, which are built by several manufacturers, including Motorola, Vertex Standard, Harris and Hytera, to name a few. Any hams in the Windsor area with a DMR capable radios will be able to use the VE3UUU DMR repeater to communicate with other hams using any of the following virtual channels, otherwise known as “talk-groups”:
- World Wide talk-group;
- North America talk-group;
- Canadian national talk-group;
- Ontario provincial talk-group;
- Local Windsor area talk-group;
To access the VE3UUU DMR repeater, the frequency is 444.4000 MHz, with a +5.0 MHz offset.
For more information about DMR, please check out the VA3XPR Digital DMR Repeater Page.
For anyone planning on making the pilgrimage to Dayton, OH for Dayton Hamvention 2013 on May 17-19, 2013, there are several must haves for this event, including a good pair of walking shoes, a ball cap, lots of sunscreen, a sturdy backpack and most importantly, your DMR radio. By using your DMR radio, you can keep on constant communications with your peeps back in Toronto for the entire event by simply tuning into the W8AK DMR repeater located in Dayton, OH, and having your ham buddies back home tune into the VA3XPR DMR repeater in downtown Toronto. By tuning into the North American talkgroup on either DMR repeater, you will have immediate access to the other repeater, with no complicated IRLP or EchoLink codes to dial or remember – just key up your radio and you will be heard in both Toronto, ON and Dayton, OH.
So when you need your friends back in Toronto to look up some radio specification on-line or some prices on eBay, your DMR radio will become your hotline to information.
Learning to use Amateur Radio can help people prepare for any disaster, including a Zombie Apocalypse. Photo credit: Daniel Hollister – http://www.thatzombiephoto.com
The threat of a zombie pandemic, commonly known as a zombie apocalypse, is ever present in today’s world of widespread genetic engineering and frequent international travel. Fortunately, Amateur Radio can help minimize the impact of such a catastrophe and as such, the Central Toronto Amateur Radio Club (aka CenTor) will be offering an Amateur Radio licensing course starting May 1, 2013.
Join the Central Toronto (CenTor) Amateur Radio Club members for a ham breakfast at the Golden Griddle Restaurant at 146 Laird Drive, Toronto, ON on Saturday April 6th @ 9:00am. Drop in as you may, as there’s no formality for this event.
441.9500+ PL 100.0 Hz (VA3XPR Analog)
442.3375+ DMR Local Talkgroup (VA3XPR Digital)
So your HT is getting a little old and you’re looking for an upgrade? Or is it that you’re looking to try out the greener pastures of UHF and access VA3XPR for the first time? Well, either way, the Central Toronto Amateur Radio Club (CenTor ARC) has a deal for you!
The CenTor ARC is giving away a brand new Baofeng UV-5R dual band HT! To win this ultra-cool radio, all you have to do is:
1. “Like” the CenTor ARC Facebook Page
2. Leave a comment on the CenTor ARC Facebook Page with your call sign
It’s that easy! The contest closes on April 1, 2013 @ 6:00pm EDT and the winner will be announced on the CenTor ARC Facebook Page.
To participate, contestants must be 18 years of age and a licensed amateur radio operator.