Welcome to VA3DBJ.ca

Welcome to VA3DBJ.ca. We are situated in Clarington, within Durham Region.  This site is dedicated to radio communications in the Durham Region, Northumberland, Kawartha Lakes and Peterborough area. The primary focus will be Amateur Radio, but I do spend a lot of time on other areas with my assortment...

A Clear Summer Day in Southern Ontario

A clear summer day in southern Ontario. Halfway through my one week vacation, just enjoying the clear and summer day, while monitoring the radios. For once, I actually scheduled vacation and had great weather....

DMR in Durham Region Area

For updated DMR information, click here. The following DMR repeaters are available in the Durham Region area. BrandMeister Network VE3SBX – Ajax – 442.3625 – CC3 VE3LBN – Oshawa – 443.9875 – CC3 VA3WIK – Singhampton – 442.1875 – CC4 VE3NUS – Toronto – 444.2875 – CC1 TalkGroups 9...

Durham Radio Closes Business

RAC – We have received the sad news that Durham Radio Sales & Service Inc has decided to cease operations.  A message on their website made the following announcement: “We regret to inform you that Durham Radio Sales & Service Inc., after nearly 25 years in the industry –...

Revised Canadian Table of Frequency Allocations

Revised Canadian Table of Frequency Allocations now includes additional 15 kHz for 60 Metre Band with the same power limits as earlier allocated spot frequencies. RAC – In August 2017, the Department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) issued “Proposed Revisions to the Canadian Table of Frequency Allocations”. These proposed...

NXDN Support Comes to the BCDx36HP

The long-awaited upgrade to support scanning NXDN digital systems is now available for the BCD436HP and BCD536HP scanners from Uniden. This after the DMR upgrades release in the summer of 2016. This upgrade allows you to program these scanners to trunk track NXDN 4800 and NXDN 9600 systems, as...

Distracted Driving in Ontario

[UPDATED] RAC – Distracted driving regulations continue to be an area of interest for many Canadian Radio Amateurs. These regulations are made and enforced by provincial governments and can vary considerably from province to province and over time. In Ontario, RAC Directors Allan Boyd, VE3AJB (Ontario North/East) and Phil...

HAM Radio Operators Still Have Role To Play

ANNE FARRIES – The people who keep communication lines open when disaster strikes are looking for new talent. That’s amateur radio clubs, and they’re increasingly filled by people above the age of 50, who would like to prepare the following generation to help in a crisis, says Mike Johnson, emergency...