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Aftershocks Continue in Haida Gwaii.

The aftershocks continue in Haida Gwaii with a Magnitude 5.0 reported at 0528 UTC Dec 6th 2012. The location was 50 kmsouth west of Sandspit. This is the same area where the Magnitude 7.7 struck several weeks ago.. There is NO Tsunami warning and no reported injuries or damage.  Representatives from several universities and Natural Resources Canada continue their research in the area.   This is yet another reminder to be prepared.  ARES units are you ready to assist if required ?

Do you Know the Difference in the various warnings involved with a Tsunami

Do you know the difference between a Tsunami Warning and a Tsunami Advisory? The response between the two is very different.  For the definition of a warning and advisory and other information go to the website noted below.  While this information is useful to the general public it is very important for those involved with ARES

http://www.prepareyourself.ca/hazards-in-our-region/tsunami.aspx

Central Okanagen Emergency Communications Team

The emergency radio team in the Central Orkanagen has had a busy spring and will have a busy fall.  The spring activities includedthe installation of D-Star in their emergency operations centre, as well as  Unity 2012. Unity 2012 was a table top exercise held at the University of British Columbia- Central Okanagen.  There are more plans for exercises in the fall.  For a look at a very interesting and informative website go to

http://www.cordeoc.ca/

Mike Andrews has a new job

Mike Andrews,VE7MPA, the person responsible for the amateur radio portfolio at Emergency Management British Columbia, will be moving to a new post with the  North Shore Emergency Management Office effective August 20th 2012.. Mike has held the EMBC position for the last eight years.

Thank you Mike for your support and the best of luck in your new position.

46TH ANNUAL BATH TUB RACE IN NANAIMO BC

On Sunday Juy 22nd members of the Nanaimo Amateur Radio Association and the Coast Emergency Communications Association combined to provide race and emergency communication for the annual bath tub race.  The race course covers 36 miles, had over 30 entrants and lasted just over one hour.  Weather conditions went from sunny and mild to windy with rain and a thunderstorm.

Amateurs were posted at the start and finish lines as well as various locations along the course. In addition amateurs manned a second net control station on Gabriola Island. This second net control station allowed radio coverage of the complete course.  Information as to tub location and status, escort vessel location and general course conditions was provided. In addition frequencies remained available for emergency traffic.

Nanaimo  Amateur Radio Association also hosted a special event station  VE7TUB.

Photo’s of the event:

 

The flagship of the bath tub fleet. Reportedly the worlds largest bath tub !

Two of the competitors as they head into the first check point

Entrance Island light station. One of the check points where an amateur  station was set up. Members were flown by chopper out to the station.

 

A check point on Gabriola Island handled VHF Marine, vhf and uhf traffic in addition to spotting duties.

Special Event station VE7TUB has been active for many years on bath tub weekend.

A busy weekend for amateurs, but well worth all the effort put forth.