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.

2019 Club Meetings

Licensing Course

SSARS put on another licensing course for new members to obtain their Basic Amateur qualification from October 20 to November 10 2019. Space is limited to 20 attendees and is expected to be quickly filled up. REGISTRATION OPENS ON SEPTEMBER 14, 2019!

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Winter Field Day 2019

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 2019, the dates are January 26th and 27th.

BCQP 2019

The 2019 British Columbia QSO Party, sponsored by Orca DX and Contest Club, will run from 1600z February 2 to 0400z February 3 and from 1600z to 2359z on February 3, 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

2019 Burnaby Amateur Radio Club Annual Swap Meet

The 2019 BARC Annual Swap Meet is Sunday March 03 at the Queensborough Community Centre (920 Ewen Ave) in New Westminster from 10:00 am until 1:00 pm.

Comox Valley Amateur Radio Club Swap Meet

The Comox Valley Amateur Radio Club annual swap meet will take place at 10 am 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 will take 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. There are plans for a greater number of emergency communication equipment displays this year. General admission is $5 per person (with free admission to children 12 and under) and vendor tables are $20 each. Free parking is available in the church parking lot and along No. 3 Road where permissible. There will be the usual door prizes from local and national suppliers, special raffles (licence pending), as well as a beverage and snacks area.

The "Lucky Seven" Swap Meet

The Comox Valley Amateur Radio Club will sponsor the "Lucky Seven" Swap Meet on Sunday, April 7, 2019 at the Florence Filberg Centre, 411 Anderton Ave. in downtown Courtenay. It takes place from 10 am to 1 pm.

Annual Stuff Day

The Annual Stuff Day in Kelowna is on April 13 2019 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.
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Maple Ridge Swap Meet

Maple Ridge Amateur Radio Club
Sunday, May 5, 2019 from 9 am – 12 pm
There is a pancake breakfast from 8 am to 9 am.
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 holding 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 2019 BC Amateur Radio Coordination Council AGM will be held on Sunday, May 26 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 May 31 to June 2 2019. Taking place 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 2019

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 22 - 23.

2019 Pacific Scout Jamboree

The 2019 Pacific Scout Jamboree will be happening next week, July 7 to 13th at Camp Barnard near Sooke BC. The Ham Radio station will be operating from 8am to 9pm Saturday evening through Friday and any amateur operations listening are encouraged to respond to CQ’s and talk to the youth. The camp call sign is VE7SHR.

The following frequencies will be monitored:

There will also be an FT8 station operating.

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, November 3, 2019 starting at 9 am. 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.

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


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.

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