Jim Langille, VE1JBL, the president of Westcumb ARC and RAC section manager: Maritimes has sent a report to the ARES RAC reflector detailing the preparations that involved amateur radio operators across the east coast of Canada. Here’s a brief synopsis:
The CANWARN operation began at 6:30 a.m. with Derek, VE1WRG, putting out a report of Hurricane Earl and requesting check-ins to the net. At 7 a.m. Jim says he began operations in Amherst for northern Nova Scotia, Halifax, South Shore and Prince Edward Island. Two nets were already in operation in New Brunswick with net controllers Al Thurber, VE1AKT and Sterling, VE9SK.
As we all know now 200,000 Nova Scotians were without power as a result of Earl with Halifax taking the brunt of the storm. One fatality was reported by authorities.
The CANWARN system is just in the process of being set up and Jim says that Hurricane Earl turned out to be a learning experience for all involved. As Jim concluded in his email “It (Amateur Radio) is truly a great hobby.
It’s volunteers like Jim, VE1JBL and the crew in Eastern Canada that makes it so.