Club meetings are held on the third Friday of the month at 10 AM. Contact Paul VE7PJO () for the location, but usually at the golf course or in the SAR building. On the first Friday of the month, we meet for coffee at the Salt Spring Island Golf and Country Club.

BCQP 2018

The British Columbia QSO Party, sponsored by Orca DX and Contest Club, takes place on February 3, 08:00 to 20:00 Pacific time, and 08:00 to 20:00 Pacific time on February 4. That’s UTC 16:00Z Feb 3 to 04:00Z Feb 4 and 16:00Z to 23:59Z.

Rules, tools, helpful hints, in-depth event analysis/reports and scores from past years, examples of the lovely photo-based certificates and plaques are all available for viewing from links on the BCQP page of the Orca DXCC website. Go to


2017 marked the 100th anniversary of Battle of Vimy Ridge, which took place from April 9 to 12 in 1917 during WW II. The battle was the first occasion when all four divisions of the Canadian Expeditionary Force participated in a battle together and it was made a symbol of Canadian national achievement and sacrifice. The Battle of Vimy Ridge has considerable significance for Canada. The Vimy success awakened a sense of national identity in Canadians which has been described as "the moment when Canada leapt in spirit from colony to nation".

The Vimy Commemorative Station Society, a registered in BC Society, in coordination with a number of leading Canadian amateurs, has been operating the VE100VIMY commemorative special event station across Canada since early in 2017. From April 1 to 9, they will operate TM100VIMY, 2 km from Vimy Ridge itself. It will operate from 160M to 10M, using CW, RTTY and SSB..

Visit the VE100VIMY web site for more information.

Electronic Devices While Driving

This document (updated) about the use of electronic devices while driving in BC (578 KB) was downloaded from the BC Government web site on March 9 2017. It spells out what is and what isn't allowed while driving in BC. Obviously, cell phones shouldn't be used except when using it "hands free" like with a car-kit or a Bluetooth headset. For amateurs, the bottom line is that an HT can only be used if it is attached to the vehicle or worn securely on your person. This really means using a speaker-mic with it so the HT is not in your hands. Mobile radios can be used, but only if the radio is attached to the vehicle. The microphone must be within easy reach. If you use a radio while driving, you might want to print a copy of the document and keep it with you. Some radios also have optional Bluetooth interfaces that would allow the radio to be used in a "hands free" mode.

Distracted driving regulations were mentioned in the July 2016 RAC report. Regulations vary province by province.

BC Amateur Radio Coordination Council AGM

The 2017 BCARCC Annual General Meeting took place on Sunday, May 28 at North Shore Emergency Management, 147 E. 14th St, North Vancouver, BC on the 2nd floor of RCMP Building.

RAC Assistant Director for the Island

Eric Manning VA7DZ has been appointed RAC Assistant Director for the Island - Contesting & DX. He is an enthusiastic contester and IEEE Fellow. He would be happy to give a talk to one of your Club's meetings on any of...

He is willing to pay the cost of Travel from Victoria to your town [RAC does not have budget for this] but he would appreciate a bed at someone's house for overnight. Contact him directly by to set up a visit.

73 Bill Gipps VE7XS - Director, Radio Amateurs of Canada, BC & YT


SSARS members have assisted with communications for the Swiftsure International Yacht Race race in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. The first three years they were at Swiftsure Bank. In 2016, they were at the much busier Neah Bay. The Swiftsure race is probably the largest non-emergency "exercise" that local hams will be involved with. The race is hosted by the Royal Victoria Yacht Club.

The starting gun for the 2017 race was fired at 09:00 May 27 2017.

There were several courses.