- 147.320 MHz + CTCSS 88.5 Hz FM / C4FM
VE7RSI repeater on Salt Spring Island's Bruce Peak
- 444.550 MHz + CTCSS 103.5 Hz FM / C4FM
VE7RGP repeater on Salt Spring Island's Bruce Peak
We now have a digital WIRES-X node on VE7RGP.
Club members and others can connect to other nodes and rooms
around the world. Incoming callers can connect to...
VE7RGP-ND 72058 or VE7RGP-ROOM 82058.
- 444.375 MHz + CTCSS 88.5 Hz FM / C4FM repeater
VE7EMG repeater on the north end of Salt Spring Island
- 146.595 MHz simplex T 123.0 Hz... SSIARS Net Wednesday 7 PM.
We moved here from 146.460 MHz because of interference from a
Bellingham D-STAR repeater.
- 446.300 MHz simplex T 123.0 Hz... used on Salt Spring Island
- 3750 kHz... used by the Salt Spring Amateur Radio Society Net.
Wednesday evening usually by 19:30, but it depends how long the
VHF portions of the net run for.
- 3753 kHz... sked at 08:00 M-W-F with Salt Spring stations & friends.
As the frequency was used by Ted VE7FND SK for many years for CW practice,
it is fitting that we start at 08:00 with a CW session before changing
over to SSB at 08:30.
- Communications between PODs and amateurs on Salt Spring Island
makes use of GMRS. Channel 15 is the "main" channel, but various others
are used througout the island. SSIARS Members are encouraged to
monitor the appropriate GMRS channel for their POD at 18:00 on the
first Wednesday of the month, as well as other occasions such as when
we are experiencing severe weather conditions, power outages or other
emergencies. Range on GMRS is very limited, so having many people
listening will increase the chance of messages being passed on to
where they need to get to.
- 146.660 MHz + 100.0 Hz VA7VIC... linked to VE7VIC in Victoria
- 146.680 MHz + 141.3 Hz VE7RNA repeater... Mt. Brenton, Chemainus (VITS)
- 145.470 MHz + 127.3 Hz VE7RVC repeater... Mt. Sicker, Duncan
- 145.470 MHz + 077.0 Hz VE7CHO repeater... Bruce Pk
- 7284 kHz Noon-Time Net (new URL)
informal 09:30 Pacific time... roll call at noon. This is a
permanent move from 7283.5 kHz. There is also an 80m net on 3970 kHz
at 11:30 am. Of interest, the net started on 80m and then added 40m later!
- 3729 kHz BC Public Service Net
daily at 01:30 UTC year round.
- 3700 kHz Alberta Public Service Net 01:30 UTC daily
- 3775 kHz BC Northern Net Sunday and Wednesday 03:00 UTC
- Northwest SSB Net
3945.00 kHz daily at 17:30 Pacific
- 7100 kHz Afternoon Aurora Net daily at 23:00 UTC. This is a new frequency,
and the start time as of February 1 2018 is 1/2 hour earlier. The alternate frequency
will be 7055 khz, the old net frequency.
- 7055 kHz Evening Aurora Net Wednesday and Sunday at 02.30 UTC (alternate frequency 7100 kHz)
- Trans-Canada Net 14140 kHz Sunday at
18:00 UTC (10am PST/9am PDT)
- Pacific Seafarers Net 14300 kHz daily at
03:00 UTC (7 pm PST/ 8 pm PDT)
- The Maritime Mobile Service Network
is also on 14300 kHz, daily from 1600 UTC to 0200 UTC.
- The Chubasco Net 7192 kHz daily at
7:30 am Pacific time
- 144.225 MHz 2m Vancouver area SSB net Thursday 7 pm
- 144.210 MHz 2m Vancouver Island SSB Net Saturday 10:45 am
- 50.150 MHz SSB Vancouver Island 6m SSB Net Saturday 11:00 am
- RAC HF Bandplan Dec 1 2015
Standards for the Operation of Radio Stations in the Amateur Radio Service
- Info about 60M from Industry Canada
- VE7SPR-10 on 144.970 MHz 1200 bps RMS
- VE7SPR-8 on 144.970 MHz 1200 bps node
- VE7SPR-7 on 145.690 MHz 1200 bps node
- VE7SPR-6 on 440.125 MHz 1200 bps node
(down for maintenance)
Three inter-connected packet nodes were installed in our repeater hut by
VARPA some decades ago.
They were handed over to SSIARS in early 2015. We gladly took over ownership
because we didn't want to see them disappear. They are valuable part of the
communications infrastructure for the whole Vancouver / Nanaimo / Victoria area.
With that said, VE7SPR-6 failed in 2018, followed by VE7SPR-7 in early January
of 2019, and finally VE7SPR-8 went down in March of 2019. All failures were
caused by the TNCs. VE7SPR-8 and VE7SPR-7 were put back in service on
April 17 2019, but for now, they are not interconnected.
When VE7SPR-8 was resurrected, it was still using the original PK-80
TNC, but VE7SPR-7 was using a KPC-3+.
VE7SPR-6... down temporarily
VE7SPR-7... now using a KPC3+
Because of this, you may need to modify your scripts that
use VE7SPR-7 to include "!WAITFOR Help ?" after the "CONN"... e.g.
!WAITFOR Help ?
As of Dec 5 2019, the RMS VE7SPR-10 was running on
144.970 MHz on Bruce Peak. It is using a TNC-Pi connected
to a Raspberry Pi 3B+ running LinBPQ, the Linux version of
BPQ32. The packet node VE7SPR-8 and the RMS VE7SPR-10
share the same TNC.
If you could previously connect directly to VE7SPR-8,
you should be able to connect directly to VE7SPR-10 now.
If you can't hit it direct, you can of course go through
another packet node on the same frequency that is within
earshot to get to it.
While there is no need to go through VE7SPR-8 to get to
VE7SPR-10, you can go through it to get to other RMS
gateways or to P2P stations. However, you will now need to
insert a port number into your scripts... e.g.
C 2 VE7SKR-10
VE7GDH for years ran P2P on 144.970 MHz on Salt Spring Island, but
changed over to Winlink format in July of 2019 and started using ARDOP
and VARA on HF with good success. For several months, it was QRP running
just 5W from an FT-817 and a SignaLink USB. The same 5W station made
a number of contacts with JS8 to Australia and New Zealand on 40m. While
the FT-817 is still available, VE7GDH has been using an FT-991A with a
built-in sound card since August of 2019, now mostly using VARA with the
radio running 25W, but sometimes turned down to 5W. The FT-991A has CAT
control and access to the built-in sound card on a single USB cable. As
well as using VARA HF, tests have also been done with VARA FM on 2M and
6M again with good results. In March of 2021, VE7GDH connected with just
5W to KD7UHR in Collinsville IL on 17m, a distance of 2890 km. This works
out to about 1.7 mW/km. Days later, he connected to VK3DPW in Red Hill
VIC in Australia on 40m, also with 5W, a distance of 13185 km. This
connection worked out to 0.38 mW/km. Who says QRP doesn't work, or
that there's no propagation!?
Messages in Winlink format can be sent to our "club" station
VE7RAS, but it is seldom attended while the COVID-19
pandemic is still going on. Until the pandemic is over, messages
sent to VE7GDH will be viewed more often.
Winlink Express can be downloaded from
It can be used at 1200 bps and 9600 bps on VHF/UHF and can also
ARDOP or VARA with a sound card type of interface such as the
SignaLink USB (or a radio with a built-in sound card) on HF.
WINMOR has now been depracated. VARA FM can be used on 10M and
up. Winlink Express can also use a PACTOR modem, but they are