Club meetings usually are held on the third Friday of the month at 10 AM at the SAR building. Coffee is at 10 am on other Fridays. On the first Friday of the month, it is at the Salt Spring Island Golf and Country Club. On other Fridays, it is at the SAR building.

Winter Field Day 2018

Winter Field Day is presented by the Winter Field Day Association. The WFD is a dedicated group of Amateur Radio Operators who believe that emergency communications in a winter environment is just as important as the preparations and practice that is done each summer but with some additional unique operational concerns. Operation can be from a remote Indoor location, set up Outdoors, or from at Home, so everyone can participate. WFD runs for 24 hours during the last full weekend in January each year from 1900 UTC (11 am PST) Saturday to 1900 UTC (11 am PST) Sunday. For 2018, the dates are January 27th and 28th.

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

Field Day 2018

Every June, more than 40,000 hams throughout North America set up temporary transmitting stations in public places to demonstrate ham radio's science, skill and service to our communities and our nation. It combines public service, emergency preparedness, community outreach, and technical skills all in a single event. Field Day has been an annual event since 1933, and remains the most popular event in ham radio.

This year, Field Day it will be held on June 23 / 24.


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.