The Salt Spring Island Amateur Radio Society is an active group of ham radio operators on Salt Spring Island, BC. The purpose of the Society is to promote Amateur Radio technology, provide education in its operation and use and support local networks, emergency communications, community events and member activities. Our goal is to foster and promote amateur radio and encourage "radio activity" and be ready to provide communications in time of need. We maintain and operate three voice repeaters (FM & C4FM), one with a WIRES-X node on it, and three packet nodes.
The Salt Spring Island Amateur Radio Society (SSIARS) operates three repeaters. They are VE7RSI, VE7RGP, and VE7EMG. They are all dual mode analog/digital repeaters, responding to conventional FM and digital C4FM. There is now also a WIRES-X node on VE7RGP.
The Salt Spring Island Amateur Radio Society weekly net takes place on Wednesday evening commencing at 7 PM local time. It starts on our VE7RSI repeater on 147.320 MHz. It requires a tone of 88.5 Hz for FM. For more details on other frequencies used after the opening session, see our "nets" page.
In lieu of coffee on Friday March 20, there will be a net held on VE7RSI starting at 10 am. A general theme might be "health & welfare" and how everyone is coping with the ongoing COVID-19 situation, but other topics will be fair game.
The windstorm that hit BC’s south coast on December 20, 2018 resulted in more than 750,000 customers without power. Salt Spring Island was one of the "hardest hit" areas. The amount of damage was unprecedented. This BC Hydro report explains why there was so much damage and how long it took to restore power.