Emergency Radio Communications - Resources
Links and supplementary material for my presentation at the Georgian Homesteading and
Survival Show, July 31 - August 1, 2016.
Bay Amateur Radio Club is offering an introductory amateur
radio course starting August 31.
Course outline and supplementary information is here.
- Battery-powered receivers are available everywhere
- Hand-crank receivers are also widely available (e.g. Amazon,
The Source, Wal-Mart)
- some REACT groups (see above) may still use CB.
Amateur Radio General
Amateur VHF/UHF Radio
Amateur VHF Repeaters in or near Grey County
Lists of Amateur VHF/UHF Repeaters
- Owen Sound VE3OSR, 146.940 MHz, -600 kHz offset, CTCSS tone
97.4 Hz, weekly net Tues. 7:30 pm
- Owen Sound VA3YOS, 146.640 MHz, -600 kHz offset, CTCSS tone
- Berkeley VA3CAX, 145.290 MHz, -600 kHz offset, CTCSS tone
- Blue Mountain VA3ROG, 145.370 MHz, -600 kHz offset, CTCSS tone
156.7 Hz, weekly net Thurs. 7 pm
- Paisley VE3RTE, 146.730 MHz, -600 kHz offset, CTCSS tone 156.7
- Shelburne VE3ZAP, 146.685 MHz, -600 kHz offset, CTCSS tone
- Collingwood VE3BMR, 146.790 MHz, -600 kHz offset, CTCSS
tone 156.7 Hz
- Port Elgin VE3PER, 146.820 MHz, -600 kHz offset, weekly
net Sun. 9 pm
- Kincardine VE3TIV, 146.610 MHz, -600 kHz offset
Amateur HF (shortwave) Radio
Regular HF nets covering Ontario
- Ontario Amateur Radio Service
(ONTARS), 3.755 MHz LSB, 7 am to 6 pm daily
- Laurentian Net, 3.755 MHz LSB, 6:45 pm daily
- Trans-Provincial Net
(TPN), 7.055 MHz LSB, 8 am to 5 pm Mon-Fri
- Communications Ontario
Net (COMSONT), 7.153 MHz LSB, 9 am EDT daily
- Great Lakes Emergency and Traffic Net, 3.932 MHz LSB, 8 or
8:30 pm daily (varies seasonally)
- Trans-Canada Net,
14.140 MHz USB, Sundays and holidays 2 pm EDT (1 pm EST)
Amateur Digital Radio
Winlink - is a network
for "global radio email" using both VHF and HF amateur radio.
The Wikipedia page
about Winlink might be easier to understand.
PSK31- is a low power, point-to-point digital mode that works
well on HF (shortwave) frequencies.
There isn't an "official" PSK31 web page, but this and this seem to be
There's also a Wikipedia
page about PSK31.
APRS - Automatic Packet
Reporting System network (GPS + mobile VHF ham radio).
aprs.fi - Google map of APRS stations,
searchable by callsign (try VE3ZAP for Shelburne node)
Of course, there's a Wikipedia
page about APRS.
- "is a high speed, self discovering, self configuring, fault
computer network that can run for days from a fully charged car
battery, or indefinitely with the
addition of a modest solar array or other supplemental power source.
The focus is on emergency
the Wikipedia page about High-Speed Multimedia Radio.
Commercial VHF Radio