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Ve4ssr Swan River 146.940
Tone 127.3

Ve4bmr Baldy Mtn. 147.030

Ve4bvr Russell 147.240

Ve4shr Ashern 146.700

Ve4ldr Lundar 146.970

Ve4bas Basswood 145.150
Tone 127.3

Ve4jar Rice Creek 147.360








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Dauphin Amateur Radio Club

The Dauphin Amateur radio Club (DARC) is a non profit group devoted to the promotion and enhancement of Amateur Radio activities and faculties. The DARC was formed in 1952 using Hf ( high frequency ) 1-30 Mhz using Morse Code and some voice. In the late 80's DARC set up a system of VHF radios 144 to 148 Mhz repeaters were built through out western Manitoba. This system is designated for emergency use when other communication systems have failed. There are 6 DARC repeater locations which are opened to all licensed amateur radio operators.

In July 1993 with fires at Lynn lake, flooding in Swan River area, and a fibre optic cut at Cowan, HF and DARC repeaters were used to communicate with Winnipeg.

In Canada once you have passed the amateur radio test which consists of 100 multiple choice questions, you will receive a life time license to operate your ham radio. Even though no longer part of the test, there are still operators who communicate using morse code.

Hams enjoy extremely reliable communications within there local community via simplex communications. The use of repeaters can extend the range up to 50 miles or more.

Morse Code is the original digital mode. Its a series of transmitting text as a series of on/off tones that can be directly understood by a skilled listener, the code consists sequences of short and long signals called "dits" and "dahs" which represent all 26 letters of the alphabet as well as numbers, punctuations and prosigns.

Though no longer required for licensing in most countries, CW or continuous wave is still a popular operating mode among amateur radio operators today. Many consider CW to be the language of Amateur Radio.

There are approximately 3 million amateur radio operators world wide..


Manitoba Cell Phone Ban

With the Province getting ready to announce the date that this law will start to be enforced, you should be ready if you are stopped by police for using your Ham radio..

Firstly note.. You are not exempt by this law. You must abide by it. Where you are exempt is when you use your radio. I would also suggest that you have a copy of your radio communications certificate with you in the vehicle..

Do not argue with the police officer that is giving you the ticket. Simply point this out to him/her and let the chips fall where they may. Your chance to fight will be in court, not with the officer..

Reporting Tip Sheet

How To Report
Amateur radio network (if applicable)
            By Phone 1-800-STORM (1-800-667-8676)
            Email at

What Your Report Should Contain
 Who - your name, Callsign, contact number
            Where - your location and approx, what you are reporting
            What - describe what you witnessed
            When - time of occurrence of event and duration
            Movement -  where phenomenon came from and where
            it is going

What to Report - Spring/Summer
            Hail (use coins to describe size )
            Large ball etc..
            Heavy rain that has resulted in local flooding
            Damaging winds ( damage from tree branches down to
            significant tree or structural damage )
            Wall cloud
            Funnel Cloud
            Dense fog - visibility less than 1 Km

What to Report - Fall/Winter
Dense fog - visibility less than 1 Km
            Any occurrence of freezing rain or freezing drizzle
            Heavily accumulation snow ( 2 or more cm/hr )
            Whiteout conditions in snow/blowing snow
            ( visibility near zero )
            Rapid freezing of water on road surfaces





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