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Club meetings are held several times a year on Fridays 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.

2018 Meetings


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 www.orcadxcc.org.


2018 Burnaby Amateur Radio Club Annual Swap Meet

Sunday March 04 2018
ve7bar.org
Queensborough Community Centre, 920 Ewan Avenue, New Westminster, BC
Snack shop: Coffee, hot dogs, do-nuts
Free Parking... limited handicapped parking, so arrive early.
Door Prize: ICOM 2M FM handheld transceiver.
Raffle Prize: ICOM 65W 2M FM mobile transceiver.
Cost: $6.00 at the door per person. Children under 12 years: free

Doors Open:Dealers:8:30 am
 Sellers:9:00 am
 Buyers:10:00am to 1:00pm


Comox Valley Amateur Radio Club Swap Meet

The Comox Valley Amateur Radio Club annual swap meet will take place on April 1 2018. So if you want a table, call Ralph to reserve at 250-339-4452. For those of you who don't want a table please consider donating a few things to the Club table. All proceeds of sales from the Club table come right back to us and after replacing a repeater this year we need it. The location for the Swap Meet is at the Florence Filberg Centre in Courtenay, ground floor. The doors are open to the public at 10:00 am but club members who can help out are requested to be there at 7:30 - 8:00 am and sellers at 08:30. This year there will be free coffee, and rumours have it there may be a few Easter eggs hidden about! The talk-in on 146.780 MHz - 141.3Hz.


Richmond Amateur Radio Club

www.richmondarc.ca
Swap Meet & Emergency Communications Equipment Exhibition
Richmond Amateur Radio Club
Saturday, April 7, 2018 9 am to 12 pm
Richmond, BC, Canada (No 3 Rd & Steveston Hwy west of Hwy 99)


AARESS Swap Meet

Abbotsford Amateur Radio Emergency Services Society will be holding a swap meet on April 21 2018 from 10 am to 12 noon at the old #3 Fire Hall at 28465 Fraser Highway. There is no entry or table fee! For more info... www.abbyarc.ca


Maple Ridge Swap Meet

mrarc.net
Maple Ridge Amateur Radio Club
Sunday, May 6, 2018 from 09:00 to 12:00
12460 Harris Road
Pitt Meadows BC


Port Alberni Swap Meet 2018

Arrowsmith ARC
Saturday, May 26, 2018
Port Alberni BC.
Call 250-937-0564 for more information.


BCARCC

The BC Amateur Radio Coordination Council AGM will be held on Sunday, May 27, 2018 at 147 E. 14th St. in North Vancouver, B.C. This is on the 2nd floor of RCMP Building. The Annual General Meeting is hosted by the North Shore ARC. bcarcc.org


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.


Ham Happenings

Vancouver Island Ham Happenings, hosted by NARA takes place on September 8, 2018. This year, it will be at Cedar Hall, 2388 Cedar Road in Nanaimo. The talk-in frequency is on the VE7ISC repeater on 146.640 MHz + T 141.3 Hz. Vendors 9 am. Buyers 10 am. No sales until 10 am. Ample parking and air conditioned premises!


ComFest Swap Meet

The Delta Amateur Radio Society hosts the Comfest Swap Meet on Sunday, September 30, 2018, from 10 am to 1 pm. The long tradition of ComFest Amateur Radio Swap Meet continues into the 10th anniversary year. This could be the biggest ComFest yet and is a great venue to meet fellow hams, buy and sell gear or simply discover what the world of Amateur Radio has to offer.

It takes 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 will be held on Sunday, November 4, 2018. 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! There will be a pancake breakfast between 8 and 9 am.


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


Swiftsure

SSARS 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.

The starting gun for the 2018 race was fired at 09:00 May 24 2018.

There are several courses.