Weather Radio Canada on the way out in 6 months

jasoyeom

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Just heard Weatheradio Canada announce on the Normondale (Norfolk, Ontario) tower that they will be shutting it down over the next 6 months. You can call or email them if you have any concerns.
 

sudsyjkh

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Same here in Sudbury.

I honestly haven’t regularly used WRC for forecasts in years, but still switch it on a couple times/day to check the volume level of my radio.

Last night, for the first time, noticed a female TTS synthesizer reading a message stating: “The Weather Radio Canada station for this area is scheduled to be discontinued in the next six months. If you have any comments or concerns, email xxxxx or call yyy”.

Then it went on to promote ECCC’s website/mobile app.

I realize the hardware/software they’re using is ancient, and prone to tech glitches/failures, but all that aside, personally know a few people (especially older folks) who still rely on their WX radios for Watch and Warning Alerts.

As both a radio and weather buff, I remember getting my first scanner as an eight-year-old back in 1992 living in Tiverton, leaving it on 162.55 for hours at a time. That’s when a real person (in the London weather office) would disseminate the info.

Farewell old friend; RIP
 

mrweather

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I noticed that the Fonthill, ON transmitter (162.475) appears to be down again (it was down for several months a couple of years ago). I wonder if EC will just leave it that way?
 

harryshute

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Yes it appears to be gone. Someone told me that they had been running a recording that it was going to be disconnected within six months. I can get 162.475 from the west and someone I know in Sherwood Park can still get 162.55 most likely from the east.
 
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