After the December 20 2018 wind storm, islanders were 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 will be offering the second four week licensing course starting on October 20 2019. It will run for four Sundays. The course, all study materials and final examination are all free of charge as a public service for island residents. The classes will be held at the Portlock Park Meeting Room.
Registration for the course will start on September 14.
The first course had a very high success rate. Obtaining an amateur radio certificate will help ensure that more individuals will be able to serve as a critical link in a failsafe island network during a catastrophe. If cell service and landlines fail, amateur radio can continue to provide a vital communications, locally and to the outside world.
The course is a joint effort of SSARS, the CRD Emergency Operations Centre and the Cowichan Valley Amateur Radio Society. Les Dawes from CVARS will be providing instruction for the course.