Annual General Meeting

The 2019 Annual General Meering took place on Friday January 18 2019.


Club meetings are held several times a year on Fridays at 10 AM at the SAR building. Coffee is at 10 am in the SAR building on other Fridays, except on the first Friday of the month when it is at the Salt Spring Island Golf and Country Club.

2020 Club Meetings

Licensing Course

SSIARS was scheduled to put on another licensing course for new members to obtain their Basic Amateur qualification from March 14 to April 4 2020, but it was put on hold due to concerns about COVID-19.

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Bob VA7MOF - Distinguished Service Award

Bob VA7MOF received our Distinguished Service Award for 2020. The award is for outstanding contribution and leadership. Past recipients were Jon VE7TEP in 2019 and Wilf VE7SJW in 2018.

World Amateur Radio Day

World Amateur Radio Day was held from 1200Z to 2359Z on April 18 2021. On that day, RAC held the “Get on the Air on World Amateur Radio Day” special event. 3373 amateurs participated in the event. RAC made a nice certificate available to participants.

December 2018 Windstorm

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.

Winter Field Day 2021

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 2021, the dates are January 30 & 31.

BCQP 2021

The 2021 British Columbia QSO Party, sponsored by Orca DX and Contest Club, ran on February 6 & 7 for a total of 20 hours... 12 on Saturday and 8 on Sunday. That is 8 am to 8 pm Pacific time on the Saturday, and from 8 am to 3:59 pm Pacific time on the Sunday.

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

Pacific North West DX Convention 2021

The Pacific North West DX Convention will take place Aug 7 2021 via Zoom. This is a free and open virtual convention. Registration is open to all amateur radio operators.

2020 Burnaby Amateur Radio Club Annual Swap Meet

The 2020 BARC Annual Swap Meet was on Saturday February 29 at the Salvation Army Cariboo Hill Temple at 7195 Cariboo Rd in Burnaby from 10:00 until 13:00.

Crofton Flea Market

There will be an amateur radio flea market at Crofton, BC on March 1 2020, running from 09:00 until 11:00. It will take place at 8104 Musgrave Street at the Crofton Community Centre. That's five blocks up the hill from the ferry terminal and one block to the left. Entry and tables are by donation with proceeds going towards the Mt Brenton battery project.

After the flea market, Gabor Horvath VE7JH (Canadian ham of the year 2018 and one of the best CW operators in Canada) and others will be going to the summit of Mt Sicker to do a SOTA activation.

Comox Valley Amateur Radio Club Swap Meet

The Comox Valley Amateur Radio Club annual swap meet took place on April 7 2019 at the Florence Filberg Center, 411 Anderton Ave in Courtenay.

Richmond Amateur Radio Club
The RARC swap meet and Emergency Communications Equipment Display took place between 10 am and 1 pm on Saturday, April 6, 2019 at the South Arm United Church at 11051 No. 3 Road on the SW corner of Steveston Highway. General admission was $5 per person (with free admission to children 12 and under) and vendor tables are $20 each. Free parking in the church parking lot and along No. 3 Road where permissible. Door prizes from local and national suppliers, special raffles (licence pending), as well as a beverage and snacks area!

Annual Stuff Day

The Annual Stuff Day in Kelowna is on May 2 2020 from 9 am to 4 pm at the Sphere Research Corporation at 3394 Sunnyside Rd, West Kelowna. Every year, they give away all kinds of great electronic, optical and mechanical parts and equipment free and provide all kindes of other material for a very small charge to clear out excess stock.
Annual Stuff Day!
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Maple Ridge Swap Meet

Maple Ridge Amateur Radio Club
was Sunday, May 3, 2020 - CANCELLED 12460 Harris Road, Pitt Meadows BC
This is 1 Block South of the Lougheed Hwy In the old REC Building.
Call Nick 604-465-9476 for more info or email Dave at .

AARESS Swap Meet

The Abbotsford Amateur Radio Emergency Services Society is held a swap meet on May 25 2019 from 10 am to noon, presumably at the old #3 Fire Hall at 28465 Fraser Highway. For more info...


The 2020 BC Amateur Radio Coordination Council AGM was held on Sunday, May 24, at at 147 E. 14th St. in North Vancouver, BC is on the 2nd floor of RCMP Building. The Annual General Meeting was hosted by the North Shore ARC.


The SEA-PAC Ham Convention takes place from June 5 - 7 2020 at Seaside, Oregon. It is the Northwest's largest ham convention.

CVRS Antique Radio Swapmeet

The next CVRS (Canadian Vintage Radio Society) swap meet will be held on June 2 2019 from 12 pm until 1 pm. It will take place at Charles Rummel Park at the corner of Lozells Avenue and Government Rd in Burnaby. Free admission! (sellers tables $5).

Field Day 2020

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. The objective is to contact as many stations as you can on the 160, 80, 40, 20, 15 and 10 metre HF bands, as well as all bands 50 MHz and above, and to learn to operate in abnormal situations in less than optimal conditions.

Field Day is held on the 4th full weekend of June. This year, Field Day will be held on June 27 - 28. SSIARS is planning on operating at the top of Mt Maxwell from 11 am to 2 pm on the 27th.

W1AW CW Practice

The ARRL runs code practice sessions on the air five days a week, Monday through Friday. The speed varies based on the time of day and day of the week, operating all througout the year. Slow code is sent at 5, 7-1/2, 10, 13 and 15 words per minute (wpm). Fast code is sent at 35, 30, 25, 20, 15, 13 and 10 wpm. Code bulletins are sent at 18 wpm. The W1AW CW Operating Schedule is available on the ARRL web site. The code practice is also available via EchoLink.

2019 Pacific Scout Jamboree

The 2019 Pacific Scout Jamboree took place between July 7 to 13th 2019 at Camp Barnard near Sooke BC. The Amateur Radio station was operated from 8am to 9pm Saturday evening through Friday. Amateurs were encouraged to respond to CQ’s and talk to the youth. The camp call sign was VE7SHR.

Read all about other Scout Jamborees.

Ham Happenings

The Vancouver Island Ham Happenings hosted this year by CVARS will take place on August 25, 2019 from 9 am until noon. Entry fee is $5. It will be held at the Cowichan Community Centre at 2687 James Street in Duncan BC. The talk-in frequency is 145.470 MHz T127.3 Hz


Delta ComFest Swap Meet

The Delta Amateur Radio Society is hosting the 2019 Comfest Swap Meet on Sunday Oct 6 from 10 am to 1 pm. It is a great venue to meet fellow hams, buy and sell gear or simply discover what the world of Amateur Radio has to offer.

In recent years, it has taken place at the South Delta Recreation Center, 1720 56th Street in Tsawwassen, just off of highway 17. There is plenty of free parking.

Maple Ridge Swap Meet

The Maple Ridge Amateur Radio Club fall swap meet will take place on Sunday, May 3, 2020. It will take place at 12460 Harris Road in Pitt Meadows BC, one block south of the Lougheed Highway in the old REC Building. The Ham Radio & computer swapmeet will be the largest in the Fraser Valley, with great prices and lots of stuff!

Discover Amateur Radio Seminar

Details for 2019 are not yet available. The Richmond Amateur Radio Club hosted a day-long seminar for radio Amateurs and the interested public back on November 10 2018, from 9 am to 4 pm. It was held at the Steveston Community Centre at 4111 Moncton St. (at No.1 Rd.) in Richmond, BC. It consisted of presentations and informal discussions on a variety of Amateur radio topics. Admission was $5. There were be two $50 gift certificates from Radioworld for door prizes.

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.

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


SSIARS members 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.

There are several courses. The first starting gun for the 2019 race will be fired at 09:00 on May 25.