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 and 88.5 Hz CTCSS. 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 first radios to support C4FM FDMA were the FT1DR HT and the FTM-400D mobile. More recently, the FT-991 HF radio (HF/6M/2M/70cm) was released, and the FT2DR HT should be available in February of 2015. The FT-991 has a colour touch screen and the FT2DR has a greyscale touch screen. The FT1DR, FT2DR and FTM-400 can send text messages back and forth and transfer pictures. The new FT1XD HT and FTM-400XD mobile should be available soon. The VE7RSI repeater seamlessly goes back and forth betwen FM and digital, depending on what type of signal it hears.
We also operate the VE7RGP repeater on 444.550 MHz + 103.5Hz CTCSS. After something like 25+ years, it was replaced by a Yaesu DR-1X on October 30, 2015.
Our Emergency Communications Net takes place on Wednesday evening, starting at 7 PM local time on VE7RSI 147.320 MHz, which requires a tone of 88.5 Hz for FM. We then move to 146.595 MHz simplex with a 123 Hz tone, followed by 446.300 MHz simplex, and then finish up on on 3750 KHz. The net control is usually at the EOC. There is also an informal get-together on 146.595 MHz at 8 am every day.