Club meetings are held on the third Friday of the month at 10 AM. Contact Paul VE7PJO () for the location. On the first Friday of the month, we meet for coffee at the Salt Spring Island Golf and Country Club.
2017 marks 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.
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.
The BCARCC Annual General Meeting takes place on Sunday, May 28 2017 at North Shore Emergency Management, 147 E. 14th St, North Vancouver, BC. This is the 2nd floor of RCMP Building.
The SEA-PAC Hamfest takes place at the Seaside Convention Center, Seaside, Oregon on June 2-4 2017. www.seapac.org
Sponsored by Cowichan Valley Amateur Radio Society, the Vancouver Island Ham Happenings is the largest swap meet on Vancouver Island. It takes place on Sunday, August 27 at the Island Savings Centre, 2687 James Street in Duncan, BC. It runs from 9 am to 12 noon. Admission is $5. The "talk-in" frequency will be on 145.470 MHz - 127.3 Hz on the VE7RVC repeater.
Cascadia Rising was a US exercise, running from June 7-10, 2016. The scenario for Cascadia Rising was that a 9.0 magnitude earthquake struck along the Cascadia Subduction Zone (CSZ) and the resulting tsunami was the most complex disaster scenario that emergency management and public safety officials in the Pacific Northwest could face. Cascadia Rising was an exercise to address that disaster. It involved all Emergency Operations and Coordination Centers (EOC/ECCs) at all levels of government as well as Military Commands the private sector.
Coastal Response was a Canadian exercise that took place from June 7-10 2016. It ran concurrently with the US excercise, Cascadia Rising. With a budget of $1-million, the exercise was BC's first-ever provincially led, full-scale earthquake response practice to test elements of the new BC Earthquake Immediate Response Plan (IRP). Coastal Response was developed by Emergency Management BC (EMBC). The scenario was for a major earthquake and tsunami with most of the action being in the Port Alberni region.
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
SSIARC members have assisted with communications for the Swiftsure 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 will be fired at 09:00 May 27 2017.
There are several courses.