CONGRATULATIONS TO JOINT RESCUE COORDINATION CENTRE, US & CANADIAN COAST GUARD UNITS, BC FERRIES AND THE ROYAL CANADIAN MARINE SEARCH AND RESCUE UNITS

Congratulations to EVERYONE who was involved in the response and rescue of five people last night.  It was great to learn everyone involved ended up safe. Thanks for being there.

http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/Canada/BC/ID/2536892920/

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/galiano-island-rescue-family-of-7-had-4-life-jackets-1.2782583

Are You Dizzy…

An interesting article from a recent ARRL Newsletter.  Now that tower work is being done before the snow flies it is even more noteworthy, thanks ARRL

WORD TO THE WISE

A fall is a common reason for a trip to the Emergency Room for older adults, usually male, when they look up, feel faint, then pass out when working on a ladder or on a tower. The usual cause is restricting blood flow in the arteries at the base of the brain when tipping one’s head back. It seems to be a condition that becomes more pronounced with age. You can test this fairly easily: stand straight and tall – then tip your head back as far as it will go without bending your back. A few seconds of readjustment before you get your equilibrium back is more or less normal. If dizziness persists or gets worse, you have a problem to have checked out by your doctor. It is better to find this out at ground level than aloft, don’t you think?

KEEP CALM AND GRAB YOUR RADIO

Keep Calm and Grab your radio is exactly what happened the in Yukon Territory on the evening of Sunday Sept 21, 2014. A Search and Rescue team was on a search for a lost young man.. The location was about 35 km north of Whitehorse at lake Laberge. The satellite phone was not functioning properly and there was no communication back to Whitehorse to call for assistance, additional resources or send status reports. One of the search and rescue members is an amateur who has a radio in his truck. A radio link was established with Whitehorse using the Yukon Amateur Radio Association (Y.A.R.A.)repeater system. In the end the individual was found safe and sound and proper communications were established for the search.. For the second time in as many months members of Y.A.R.A. were able to assist in an emergency situation.

The Y.A.R.A. repeater system and Y.A.R.A.  members have been mentioned on this site several times. It is truly an impressive system run by a dedicated group who have to contend with conditions and circumstances many here in the south could not imagine.

Congratulations to all involved for your continued excellent work.

IC Proposes Changes to Antenna Siting Protocol* 2014-02-28

Earlier today IC released a consultation
documenthttp://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/smt-gst.nsf/eng/sf10786.htmlproposing
changes to CPC-2-0-03, the Antenna Siting Protocol to address the
Industry Minister’s policy statement of 5 February 2014 removing the
15m exemption for “cell towers”.

The RAC Bulletin of 6 February had commented on the Minister’s policy
statement and urged that the drafting of the regulatory changes should
follow closely the Minister’s statement. It provided several reasons
why the exemption should not be removed for radio amateurs.

The consultation document released today proposes exactly the type of
change to the height exemption RAC favoured.The 15m exemption would
remain but not apply to “broadcasting undertakings and
telecommunications carriers”.

The consultation document proposes a number of other small changes to
CPC-2-0-03 and RAC will look closely at these before completing its
comments on the proposed changes. Industry Canada will receive
comments from the public on these changes by 31 March 2014 and
finalize the changes shortly thereafter.

Some radio amateurs had expressed concern that there might be a
blanket removal of the 15m exemption, forcing those wanting to install
any antenna into cumbersome notification and consultation processes.
This now seems unlikely but we need to follow through on the
consultation process to make sure this is the final result.

RAC will respond on behalf of all Canadian amateur radio operators.

Glenn MacDonell, VE3XRA
RAC Vice-President Regulatory Affairs

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