The Salt Spring 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) and three packet nodes.
Yaesu released the DR-2X repeater in fall of 2017. It was a "no-brainer" for us to decide to get two DR-2X repeaters to upgrade both VE7RSI and VE7RGP. This change should happen (snow permitting) early in 2018.
The Salt Spring Amateur Radio Society (SSARS) 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 and seamlessly goes back and forth between FM and digital, depending on what type of signal it hears. Yaesu's name for this is System Fusion. To accommodate FM users, the repeater started transmitting a a tone of 88.5 Hz so they don't have to listen to digital transmissions with an FM-only radio. After a transition period ending on July 14 2014, the tone was required on the input too. The delay in implementing the tone requirement on the input was so that everyone would have lots of notice about the upcoming change. In turn, it was upgraded to a DR-1X on Aug 11 2016.
We also operate the VE7RGP repeater on 444.550 MHz + 103.5 Hz CTCSS. After being in operation for something like 25+ years, it was replaced by a Yaesu DR-1X on October 30, 2015.
The Salt Spring Amateur Radio Society weekly net takes place on Wednesday evening at 7 PM local time. It commences on 146.595 MHz simplex, then moves to 446.300 MHz simplex. A tone of 123.0 Hz should be used on the simplex frequencies. We then move to VE7RSI on 147.320 MHz. It requires a tone of 88.5 Hz for FM. C4FM check-ins will be taken on VE7RSI after the FM portion of the net. Finally, we move to 3750 KHz. There is also an informal get-together on 146.595 MHz at 8 am every day, a sked on 3753 kHz at 08:30 M-W-F and another on 14.155 MHz on Sunday evenings at 17:00.