The Salt Spring Island Amateur Radio Club is an active group of ham radio operators on Salt Spring Island, BC.
The Salt Spring Island Amateur Radio Club (SSIARC) operates the VE7RSI repeater on 147.320 MHz with a + offset. As of April 25 2014, it was replaced by a Yaesu DR-1. It supports both FM and digital C4FM FDMA. Yaesu's name for this is System Fusion. To accommodate FM users, VE7RSI now transmits a tone of 88.5 Hz. This is so FM users don't have to listen to digital transmissions. Because the repeater was previously just carrier operated, a tone on the input wasn't immediately implemented. This was so everyone would have adequate warning of the change. As of July 14, the tone has been required on the input too.
The two radios that support C4FM FDMA are the FT1D HT and the FTM-400D mobile. The repeater seamlessly goes back and forth betwen FM and digital, depending on what type of signal it hears.
Our Emergency Communications Net takes place on Wednesday evening, starting at 7 PM local time. It begins on 146.460 MHz simplex, then moves to VE7RSI on 147.320 MHz. This is followed by moving to 446.100 MHz simplex. The net control is usually at the EOC. There is also an informal get-together on 146.460 MHz at 8 am every day.