ARES folks… with the winter back east and now this little rattle …. a reminder to review your plans, train your crew and hold simulated emergency drills. Now is the time to practice, not when it happens
Last week on Vancouver Island there was an event. A woman and her infant ended up in a river. The final out come took several days to occur : it has not been happy. The attached is an editorial in a local paper. It is a reminder to all of us that first responders are there every day for us. We need to remember, and not just on those Special Days, but everyday. The photo above is ARRL HQ. They have a memorial that reminds us how hams have given their lives in the service of others. The responders never ask for thanks, but they need to know we care.
The issue of background checks for ARES folks continues to swirl, While the attached is a US issue it provides food for thought on this side of the border.
CG30F is a special event call sign issued to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Canadian Maple Leaf flag. To see a list of special call signs go to
As the family said yesterday, they were saying their goodbyes, today (Jan 21,2015) RCMP Cst. David Wynn died. Articles such as the one below are becoming all to common. While there are many comments being made about the killer and his criminal record this is not the time or place to enter that conversation.
IT IS TIME to support the family, the RCMP and each other. We need to sit back, take a breath, and seriously look at where we are going as a society.
Our police and military are ALWAYS there for us both here at home and overseas. Their presence allows us to have our freedoms, not to mention our hobby of ham radio. They all need our support.
Cst. Wynn, thank you for your public service across this country. To the Wynn family our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this terrible time.
RAC is getting a look from Ontario amateurs who are responding to comments made by the RAC President on downloading the ARES function. The url noted below has been mentioned before, and I usually find some interesting comments when I drop in for a look. See what you think at
The loss of 911 Service in a region of Ohio caused the activation of ARES units in Ohio. For more information go to
The BC Government has amended their slow down and move over regulations to include more people. Failure to comply with these regulations will result in a ticket. Pay attention to the red light, blue light and yellow light. For more information go to
ARES folks this article may help you rationalize why you do what you do. Often heard is the comment ‘why do we do this, we never get called ?’ It looks as though we may get only one chance at this so at least the amateur community should get it right.
BC is very diverse. The coast mainly worries about earthquakes while the interior mainly worries about fire and the east worries about mountain events. Just remember when an event occurs anywhere we are all in this together. Interoperabilty along with a consistent method of operation will be critical.