Amateur Radio Emergency Service in the Niagara Region Canada

Welcome to the new site for Niagara ARES
Site construction completed February 28, 2019

Henry VA3OV va3ov @

From: CANALERTE Ontario / CANWARN Ontario (EC) []
Sent: Friday, April 03, 2020 12:56 PM
Subject: CANWARN Training Announcement Spring 2020


Good day CANWARN Members,

This email is to regrettably inform you that we will not be proceeding with in-person CANWARN (severe weather spotting) sessions this year in light of the on-going COVID-19 pandemic.

We spent much of February and early March coordinating with partners and planning sessions. We likely do not need to tell you in detail, that the current COVID-19 situation changed quickly and dramatically; governments at all levels are responding to this crisis and encouraging everyone to do what they can to “flatten the curve” (such as physical distancing). As such, we will not be scheduling group-training sessions in order avoid the spread of the virus.

We do have some capacity for doing online webinar-style sessions. Given the current situation, and resource allocation, preferential consideration for these webinar-style training sessions will be given to those working in emergency management or critical infrastructure, and those with the ability to convene a group of participants (remotely). If you feel this style of training might meet your local safety training requirements, do let us know and we will work with you to organize something.

We are sorry for this disappointing news. We are grateful for your support. You can contact us at if you have any questions or would like to coordinate a virtual session; someone on our team will triage your request.

Take care and stay safe!

In the meantime, here are some websites that may be of interest to you:

National Weather Service Spotter Guide:

National Weather Service Spotter Glossary:

Environment Canada Lightning Safety:

In addition, Environment Canada has a weather app called WeatherCAN available for both Apple and Android devices. This app represents the most direct way to receive our various severe weather watches and warnings. The app can be found in the app store on your Apple or Android device. More information on the app can be found here…


Sat. Jun. 27, 2020
Ride for Roswell 

Sat.-Sun. Jun. 27-28, 2020
NPARC Field Day 2020
in person cancelled

Wed. Jul. 1, 2020
Niagara Falls Canada Day Parade 
cancelled. Virtual celebration.

Wed. Jul. 1, 2020
Canada Day HF Contest

Fri.-Sun. Aug. 2-4, 2019
Port Colborne Canal Days

Fri.-Sun. Aug. 16-18, 2019
Tour for Kids

Sat. Aug. 29, 2020 
Fort George Echoes of Niagara Past Cancelled 

Sun. Sep. 20, 2020
Terry Fox Run

Sun. Oct. 6, 2019
CIBC Run for the Cure

Mon. Oct. 12, 2020

Sat. Nov. 14, 2020
Niagara Falls Santa Claus Parade 


About Niagara ARES

The Amateur Radio Emergency Service is the part of Radio Amateurs Canada Inc. that coordinates groups of volunteers to help them provide radio-based communications when needed.

Volunteers register with a local group; attend additional training; participate in ‘nets’ and in an annual exercise. All so that they can be ready when normal forms of communication have been disrupted.

While some ARES groups provide communications support for activities such as Search And Rescue, ARES Niagara found that other associations in the region already provide this and similar support.

So, since 1998, ARES Niagara has helped maintain and expand the Hospitals Radio Network operated by our volunteers. At the March, 2018 meeting, ARES Niagara received a presentation with a video from Niagara Health System Emergency Management. ARES also expedites training for client staff to become licensed amateurs.

Stations belonging to the Niagara Health System along with two other Niagara hospitals form the backbone of the Hospitals Radio Network. But, there are additional stations in the network located in places such as fire stations, potential shelter locations, and government offices.

Most of these locations have backup power so stations can operate during local power failure. While it is important that some Volunteers can set up transportable stations at selected locations, what is more important is that some bring along portable power. Again, so that stations can still operate during a local power failure.

More discussion of ARES. from our national organization’s perspective, can be found on the Amateur Radio Emergency Service page at the RAC web site.

Please forward any comments on this site to the Niagara ARES EC, Henry va3ov @

Thank you,
Niagara ARES Web Development Team

Next ARES Virtual Meeting Jan 20