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2/13/2019 3:20 pm  #1


Weather radio

Hi folks,

My trip partner just picked up a solar powered weather radio because last Canada Day we got caught up in some pretty nasty weather that surprised us.  

I'm wondering if anyone has tried to pickup the VHF or FM bands within the park.  The weather station puts out a tiny amount of power, so I don't know how far it'll go.  If it works, yay.  If not, it's not the end of the world.  Maybe it's something to try on the higher parts of portages.

Let me know if you've had any luck with weather reports.

Thanks,

Ian

 

2/13/2019 5:01 pm  #2


Re: Weather radio

I used to take a walkie-talkie / radio combo that would pick up weather reports in some areas of the park, but it's been years and I have no idea what may have changed with the transmitting power (if anything) since then. My inReach mini lets me pull a weather report when I want one, and that works anywhere. 

 

2/13/2019 8:58 pm  #3


Re: Weather radio

If it has the seven pre-set Weatheradio Canada stations on the weather band, it will work in the park (and out).

I use one all the time on longer trips. Just turn it to the weather band, then scroll through the stations till you pick one up. You can only pick ones up that are in range, so it means you always get the appropriate one no matter where you are in Canada.

 

2/14/2019 12:07 am  #4


Re: Weather radio

Personal experience says unless you are tripping along the corridor it is really not worth talking one. Better off with a decent little AM?FM radio. Reception was a little spotty on Big, trout, LaMuir and Hogan. No problem on Big Crow and South. East, North. and West side I got nothing. 
The funny thing is sitting on the island on Hogan one afternoon, I was not able to get the weather, but on the same radio I was able to tune in Toronto and Barrie. Sat there looking over Hogan listening to what a mess the 401 was in. 

 

2/14/2019 8:30 am  #5


Re: Weather radio

Great, thanks for the info folks.  From what I gather this radio gets VHF, AM and FM so we'll play around with it and see what works.

Thanks again,

Ian

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2/14/2019 5:56 pm  #6


Re: Weather radio

My experience with weather radio in APP was:  I was barely able to pick up a signal on top of a hill on Crotch Lake.  I wasn't able to pick up a signal on Lake Traverse.  I've since stopped carrying a weather radio.

 

2/15/2019 12:28 pm  #7


Re: Weather radio

Just to clarify the weather stations,

There is the weather band, which if it is a true weather radio, should work anywhere in the park. I have never had an issue picking up a station. It is 162.400 in Algonquin, but should be preset in your radio. 

There is also the 100.1 and 101.3 FM stations that FOAP use to re-broadcast the weather band for people that only have FM radios. This I have never been able to pick up.  

Don't forget Moose FM. There is stations all over Ontario, and you can essentially always pick up one of the close by stations. Between the top 100 Ontario cottage hits of all time, you can pick up the weather report. http://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/happy.png

 

 

2/15/2019 4:19 pm  #8


Re: Weather radio

IanTendy wrote:

Hi folks,

My trip partner just picked up a solar powered weather radio because last Canada Day we got caught up in some pretty nasty weather that surprised us.  

I'm wondering if anyone has tried to pickup the VHF or FM bands within the park.  The weather station puts out a tiny amount of power, so I don't know how far it'll go.  If it works, yay.  If not, it's not the end of the world.  Maybe it's something to try on the higher parts of portages.

Let me know if you've had any luck with weather reports.

Thanks,

Ian

I know the exact storm you're referring to Ian, I got caught up in that too.
I have taken some valuable lessons away from that storm.

We were on Misty and I woke up around midnight to take a pee and there was some thunder and lightning in the distance; it seemed quite far off. But I mentioned to the guys that would should probably through the fly on just in case it headed our way, then we wouldn't be woken up to rain drops falling on us.  I am certainly glad we decided to put the fly on!

If I remember correctly it was MAYBE an hour later and we were woken up to wind and rain like I have NEVER before experienced in my life. The tent was being blown sideways, like a scene out a mountaineering movie!
All of a sudden my friend on the far side of the tent says holy S***! A branch just fell on the tent!
I turn on my headlamp and look over and the vestibule is pushed in and right beside him.
We give it a little bit as it was absolutely pouring out. I threw on my rain gear to go out to move the branch.  I got out and looked at it and I honestly couldn't believe what I was seeing. The top of a neighboring tree had snapped off and was RIGHT beside the tent, pushing in on the vestibule.

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The above photo was taken the next morning after the three of us rolled the trunk back about a 1/4 rotation so that it wasn't resting against the tent anymore.

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The above photo is where the top of the tree came from.

There were trees down all over the site.
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The canoes had been blown down the beach.
They were left on the beach, upside down. I'd left my fishing rod propped up against one.

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They canoes were in the red circle location when we went to bed.

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 and they were found on the rocks in the purple area the next morning.

My rod tip was broken off and there was a small scratch/indentation on the bottom of the pack boat, but otherwise no damage.  I am so impressed that the my tent withstood the branches from the tree without so much as a rip, puncture or run in the fabric!

We just happened to have a rented satellite phone with us, as my one friends wife was expecting a baby the following week and he wanted to be available should we need to leave early.
It was really nice to make a quick call to the wife and kids to tell them that I loved them and to quickly check in on the weather.

Due to the weather that day we decided to change our plans since we were getting a LATE start due to the winds not really dying down enough to paddle (what we were comfortable with) until around 10:30-11:00am so we also called the Kearney permit office to check availability on some other lakes and because of the long weekend we were told they were all reserved and decided to stay put for another night where we were and head out early the following morning to make it to our Day 3 location on David Lake.

When we got to David Lake we spoke to the people leaving the campsite and they had gone to bed on the Friday night without the fly on their tent. They got woken up by the downpour on them, apparently they had an inch of water in their tent.

I took away a few things from this trip, including how precious life is. It may sound silly, but this was definitely my closest "Near Death Experience" I've ever had.  A couple feet more and it would have landed on top of my friend.

The purchase of an inReach unit to use for emergency communication and weather reports moving forward is in my gear budget for this year.

I'm not sure of your experience Ian, but where we were on Misty, it came on so quickly and so strongly.  There was nothing in the forecast that day. It completely took us by surprise.

Also, I'm sorry I didn't mean to hijack your thread!

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2/26/2019 11:35 am  #9


Re: Weather radio

Hi Breed85,

Yep, that's the exact one.  It was a beautiful night, nicely warm and calm.  Then it all went to hell.  I would have been a bit more worried if the tarp we had up had torn its moorings, but the paracord elasticity held it.  It was insane how you could literally see in the middle of the night due to the lightning.  We called it  the Brule Laser Death Disco.  I guess it was lucky we tie up our canoe every night, seems I'm not as paranoid as I thought.  From the blow downs across portages and other campsites, I think we got off easy on Brule, as opposed to just that touch farther north.

Your feelings were very much echoed by me and my buddy (which is why he bought the radio).  It's like the time I pulled people out of a lake after flipping a canoe in early May which prompted me to buy a "space poncho" in case we ever get in a hypothermia situation.  Everything can go to hell in an instant out there, but I suppose that's part of the excitement.

At least it didn't hail like it did in Haliburton that week!

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