KAMLOOPS KIDS WORKED HARD, THEN LOST IT ALL.

A group of elementary school students from Kamloops worked hard on their experiment, raised funds,did all the required paperwork and then watched it all go up in smoke when the NASA rocket blew up earlier this week. The science experiment dealt with the manufacture of crystals in space.

The lads have not given up, good luck to them in their future activities.

Also posted is an article about the loss of some US amateur payloads.

http://www.cbc.ca/kamloops/mt/2014/10/29/kamloops-science-experiment-explodes-along-with-nasa-rocket/

http://www.arrl.org/news/satellites-carrying-amateur-radio-payloads-amon

A CHANGE OF COMMAND.

My duties as Section Manger for the BC Yukon Section of the Radio Amateurs of Canada will come to an end November 1, 2014.

Having completed terms as both Section Traffic Manager and Section Manager I don’t think the average ham has any idea of the amount of volunteer work that goes on behind the scenes. Thanks to all that have served on the secretariat. Bill Foster, VE7WWW and Fred Orsetti, VE7IO have done an exemplary jobs that were very much appreciated. In addition, a special thank you to the editor of TCA for his help and patience.  It has been  interesting to say the least.

73 Paul    VA7MPG

 

WEATHER WATCHES/WARNINGS FOR MOST OF THE BC COAST TODAY OCTOBER 26 2014.

he remains of tropical storm Ana will hit the coast today and Monday. Rainfall warnings, high stream advisories and wind are in the forecast for various coastal areas.

http://www.cbc.ca/vancouverweather/mt/2014/10/rain-continues-today-more-to-come-in-the-forecastoct-23rd.html

http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/?prov=bc

WEATHER ALERT FOR SUNSHINE COAST, HOWE SOUND

As of Tuesday Oct  21,2014 a rainfall warning is in effect for the Sunshine coast  and Howe Sound with 60 mm of rain expected. This amount of rain can cause flash floods and dangerous road conditions.  In addition winds of over 40 knots are expected in the southern portion of the Strait of Georgia. This is all expected in the next 24 hours.

ARES folks, it might be a good time to review your emergency plans before winter really gets going.

http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?bc38

http://weather.gc.ca/marine/forecast_e.html?mapID=02&siteID=14305

OCTOBER HAS CHANGES FOR BC DRIVERS

The annual reminder for BC drivers to use winter tires and carry chains has come into effect.   In addition on OCT 20 2014 increased penalties come into effect for those charged for distracted driving.  Remember in BC only fixed radios in vehicles may be used while the vehicle is in motion.  While amateurs enjoy an exemption under these conditions handhelds and portables DO NOT comply with the legislation. They can cost you $167.00 and three demerit points. Remember too in BC you must carry a copy of your Certificate of Proficiency in Amateur Radio with you in the vehicle if you have “ham plates” Check your registration.

MARINE EMERGENCY ONGOING IN THE QUEEN CHARLOTE ISLANDS.

A large Russian container ship has lost power off the Queen Charlotte Islands. The ship captain has been injured and removed by chopper. Winds and weather are not cooperating.  5 metre seas and deep water prevent anchoring. Rescue efforts continue

 

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/fuel-laden-container-ship-adrift-off-coast-of-haida-gwaii-1.2803590

WE NEED MORE REGISTRATIONS

As of Monday night Oct 13th 2014 there are 12 radio groups registered with 270 folks participating. This is still down from last years numbers. I know we can do better,much better.

From an ARES perspective the more the general population knows about earthquakes and response to them the better off we are.  This is a time to showcase ARES and enhance community knowledge. Register, it’s free.  For more information go to

http://www.shakeoutbc.ca/index.html