Hurricane Dorian welcomes us to New Brunswick!

We have been hearing about it all week as Dorian hit the Bahamas and then the U.S. and now it's our turn here in the Maritimes. Julie and I have never been in a storm like this ever! It's 17:00 here local time and the winds are really picking up along with the rain but we are told on the new the worst is yet to come. I have no antennas as of yet up and thank goodness as now that I have seen what could happen here weather wise it may cause me to rethink where and how my HF antenna will be constructed and where. So far our power has not gone out but as the evening goes on the wind picks up I would not be surprised if we are in the dark. We did prepare earlier this week with water, food that can be cooked on the BBQ (once the storm calms down that is), our cells are charged up, our SUV is full of gas, the external battery chargers are topped up, our Eaton FRX5-BT radio if needed will be ready and the list goes on. Maybe because we are very new to this we are over reacting but I would rather have and not need than need and not have. Our generator arrived yesterday but before that can be put into service I have to install the transfer switch. We are now going to throw the dice and start dinner which is homemade mac and cheese.
Oliver our cat has his own take on things.......
Mike Weir, VE9KK, is a regular contributor to and writes from New Brunswick, Canada. Contact him at [email protected].

6 Responses to “Hurricane Dorian welcomes us to New Brunswick!”

  • Jim/KM4UFN:

    Sorry you too are included in this hurricane event. On the Treasure Coast of Florida
    (between Cape Canaveral and West Palm Beach) we were not hit. But, I do share the hurry up and wait, and wait, and….Time consuming and nerve wracking. best, j/KM4UFN

  • Mike VE9KK:

    Good evening Jim very nice to hear from you, we we’re able to make our mac and cheese dinner but shortly after that the power went out and it was off for over 15 hours. The next day I got the new generator going which helped with the power out situation. Our power came back on around 16:00 local today. We had no damage to our home so we were very thankful for that.

  • David, KJ4CMY:

    Glad you made it through. They don’t have hurricanes in Toronto, do they? I was a young kid when I experienced my first hurricane in upstate New York. We now live near Atlanta, Georgia and we have had three hurricanes come close. I am so glad you were prepared for Dorian. All the best in getting your station up and running! 🙂

  • Larry Springsteen WB8LBZ:

    Your cat remained calm in all the testing. How much did your shack down grade? I have a 1200 square foot room and don’t think I want to go smaller.

    73, Larry WB8LBZ
    El Paso, TX

  • Mike VE9KK:

    Good evening David and thanks for taking the time to comment, not there is no Hurricanes in Toronto but when there we had some strong winds but nothing like Dorian. Yes we we’re prepared and I was surprised the next day of the lines at the gas stations for gas. It was very well communicated to fill up before the storm hit but it seems some just don’t get it.
    73 and have a good week.

  • Mike VE9KK:

    Very nice to hear from you Larry, yes Oliver is a very laid back kitty for sure there is not to much that rattles him. The shack is about the same in regards to square footage. No where close to 1200 it is a medium size bedrooms that I share with my wife and her hobby.
    73 and have a good week Larry.

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