Exercise Handshake 2017 November 28 1500 hrs PST or 1900 hrs AST

The net will be held on the CQ – Canada room 40678 on Wires X

The local repeater is VA7REF on 442.500 MHz in East Richmond, BC

November 28, 2017  1500 Hrs or 3 PM PST.




@ 7:00 pm Atlantic


The exercise began in December 2008 as a radio net for TMR (Trunked Mobile Radio) system, agencies and operators around the province of Nova Scotia. The net was established and hosted by the WestCumb ARC in Amherst due to talks between Jim Hannon VE1AFH Cumberland REMO and Public Safety and Field Communications (PSFC).
The idea of the net was to encourage first responders to learn how to use these radios under normal conditions and also to report any problems (dead batteries etc.) to Net Control so they could let PSFC be aware of these problems. This way in a real emergency or disaster, the radios would be in working order and operators would be available to use them.


The net grew to include testing of all modes of communications including Satellite phones and amateur radio. Amateur radio operators associated with local EMO (Emergency Measures Organization) were asked to learn the operation of TMR radios in case they were needed as radio operators in Emergency Situations.
The exercise is also a great time to test backup power (batteries, generators etc.) for radios and EOC (Emergency Operations Centers) around Atlantic Canada.

Amateur radio operators associated with EMO, ARES, CANWARN & Red Cross are invited and encouraged to take part in this exercise.


It is better to practice learning how to use these radios and run backup power in a monthly exercise than to have then sitting on a desk and expecting them to work in a power outage, real emergency and/or disaster


With the new TMR2, all agencies throughout the Maritimes can now join in on the exercise and are encouraged to do so. The exercise is a great learning tool for TMR2.


Checking in on Handshake using Amateur Radio:

Find Exercise Handshake on the MAVCOM repeater system across Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island and IRLP reflector 9014.


–HF operation on 3.675 Mhz

–Echolink is available through VE1ZX-L in Springhill ,N.S. Node 100853.

–Packet radio leave a message at Cumberland REMO VE1EMX-12 via Node VE1NET-1 NETLAN.

–DMR net on the New Brunswick TG.

–WINLINK contacts to NCO Dave Musgrave, VE1EDA@WINLINK.ORG


Call in when the Net Control is looking for check-ins.

When Net Control calls you in, give your name, QTH, repeater you are using, modes of operation and if you have backup emergency power.

Once you have finished checking in you may ask Net Control to leave the net or monitor.


Any questions or problems contact jimve1jbl@gmail.com



One Reply to “Exercise Handshake 2017 November 28 1500 hrs PST or 1900 hrs AST”

  1. ve7lee

    So as not to be all over Canada it was decided at the TARC monthly meeting tonight
    to hold it in the VE1XK room.


    Similar to last month where DMR was used, this month on
    November 28 an Exercise Handshake will be held using
    It will be held in VE1XK ROOM which one can search for VE1XK
    or room 28329.

    Hal, VE1LV

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