CanWarn Hamilton is a group of individuals who volunteer their time to assist Environment Canada, and the community, by monitoring and reporting weather phenomenon as they see it.
Most of our volunteers are Amateur Radio Operators, many of them trained by Environment Canada to spot threatening and dangerous weather related conditions. The work of these volunteers is invaluable, as they are able to report back to Environment Canada any actively occurring weather related events which are not picked up by radar or other instruments.
When Environment Canada's weather centres issue severe weather watches or warnings, a Net Control Operator is contacted. That Operator will immediately initiate the Net. Weather spotters throughout the area check into the Net to report what is happening in their local area. Any actual reportable conditions brought to the attention of the Net Control Operator are then forwarded on to EC so that they can use that ground information, along with the data from satellites and radar, to refine and update the forecast, or prepare and upgrade a severe weather watch or warning.
Ham, or Amateur Radio, Operators have long played important roles in their communities, particularly during emergencies. These men and women run very high frequency, VHF, or ultra high frequency, UHF, radios from their homes, offices, cars or trucks so they are in a good position to help when normal lines of communication have been knocked out by a tornado, fire or explosion.
CanWarn Hamilton Operating Frequencies:
|VE3RFI||443.250 + (Tone: 151.4)||Hamilton|
|VE3TVI||146.805 - (Tone: 151.4)||Binbrook|
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|If either of the above repeaters fail, STAY PUT! The controller will find a way to notify you of the next course of action.|
CanWarn Hamilton Areas of ResponsibilityHamilton -- Dunnville -- Caledonia -- Haldimand
Please note... Even if your location is not listed above, and you wish to call in a report to CanWarn Hamilton, please feel free to do so.
Although CanWarn is divided into areas of responsibility, it may not always be possible, or easy, to call in to the area in which your reportable event has occurred. The success of the CanWarn program depends on everyone working together. It is our wish to continue to provide this invaluable service to Environment Canada, and working together as a team helps ensure its continued success.