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PostPosted: August 31st, 2020, 7:39 pm 
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NOte sure about the netiquette here, but saw this discussion on FB

https://www.change.org/p/ec-radio-ec-ca ... recruiter=
These broadcasts are critical for many backcountry areas where cell service is not great or available.
If you listen to your favourite weather radio frequency in Canada, you will hear a message that the service 'the service in this area is scheduled to be discontinued within the next 6 months.'

Radio operators/weather watchers have relied on this server for almost 50-years.

The internet is a valuable service however when you're in a situation where there is no internet, you can still get some information from ECC on the VHF band.

Not only do I rely on this service to watch for WX (weather) I also use it to test scanners when I get buy them. If they can receive 162.55 Mhz in my area, that's a good sign they work.

Please sign and share this petition with members of your radio/weather group to help preserve this service.
Note from FB:
Dont panic. The petition a is a little misleading They are not proposing to shut down the whole system. where cell and other services are widely accessible they are keeping the transmitters in weak or poor cell coverage areas.
In a letter from EC sent to a member of CanWarn who inquired
Thank you for your inquiry regarding our Weatheradio network. We are currently reviewing the network for usage and efficiency to best target this service where it makes the most sense. As a result of our initial assessment, approximately 48 transmitters across Canada (in our network of 230) are currently being considered for decommissioning. These are predominantly in populated areas covered by cellular service, where other options for accessing weather and alerting information exist. For weather information and alerts at any time, you can always check weather.gc.ca or download our free mobile app “WeatherCAN” from the Apple App Store or Google Play store for weather information and alerts delivered directly to your mobile device.
Best regards,
Bernard Duguay
Weather information specialist
MSC National Inquiry Response Team ISO 9001:2015
Environment and Climate Change Canada"

"but as a paddler, there are huge cellular dead-spots in low lying areas like river beds and lake valleys, even in areas with good reception! Cellphones work by line- of- sight, so if there's a large hill or bank in the way, kiss your signal goodbye. Also you need DATA for weather forecasts, and depending on your provider there are huge areas where it's unavailable.
weather radio is cheap, effective, and only requires a basic $30 radio, cell service is none of those things!"

next note: "Trouble with any issue affecting the general public as we have found in the past is that failure to make any noise at all is the wrong thing to do. They will nickle and dime things away untill it is gone and getting it back is next to impossible. Just ask the rural comunities that have lost bus and train service in the last few years. I found that this is a good wake up call to get people involved."

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