After the recent wind storm, islanders are well aware of the importance of communications. We need to ensure we can communicate with neighbours, family and the authorities. We also need critical updates on damage to infrastructure, other advisories and to be able to request help for medical emergencies, supplies and other resources.
The Salt Spring Amateur Radio Society is offering a licensing course free of charge as a public service for island residents. The course will help ensure that more individuals will be able to serve as a critical link in a failsafe island network during a real catastrophe. If cellphone towers and coverage fail, amateur radio can continue to provide a vital communication link.
The Cowichan Valley Amateur Radio Society (CVARS) will be providing instruction for the course. They have helped many new hams get started and their students have a very high success rate.
To register for the course, please follow the link below. If the class is full, you will be placed on the waiting list and contacted as soon as a space is available. We will contact you when additional courses are scheduled. The classes will be held at the Salt Spring Sailing Club (152 Douglas Rd) *** on four consecutive Sundays (Feb 17, Feb 24, Mar 3 and Mar 10) from 10:00 am to 3:30 pm. Examinations will be held on the final day. Successful candidates will hold a Basic Amateur Radio Operator Certificate. Those with a result better than 80% will have "Basic with Honours" and will be permitted to operate on HF with no further testing. To register, please fill out the application form below. Let’s be prepared!