Amateur Radio Emergency Comms Under Review in the US

In response to the Congressional directive to prepare a study to assess Amateur Radio’s role in emergency and disaster communications and the impact of private land use regulations on the amateur community’s ability to provide such communications, the FCC issued DA 12-523 soliciting comments from the public. The period for public comment runs until May 17, 2012.

For the full article go to http://www.arrl.org/news/fcc-seeks-public-comments-on-emergency-communications-by-amateur-radio-and-impediments-to-amateur-ra

SEPARS teaches Kids, Tuesday March 20th

 

Kids Learn about amateur radio at the Surrey BC museum

 

 

Thanks to the efforts of the Surrey (BC) Emergency  Program Amateur Radio Society members kids will learn about emergency communications via amateur radio. The program will take place at the Surrey Museum.   Please check the article noted below. Maybe you could participate and talk to one of the kids

For full details see http://www.surreyleader.com/community/140363773.html

New ARES Logo

RAC Bulletin 2012-017E – New ARES logos
2012-03-11

The attached ARES/SURA logos (see url below), designed by Tyler Tidman VA3DGN are now available for use by all ARES/SURA members and groups. The black and yellow will be used on a “go forward” basis for caps, shirts, crests etc, while the black and white lends itself well when used in print form. Making these logos available in both official languages illustrates the RAC Field Organization’s desire to grow the ARES network in all areas of Canada, and I would like to sincerely thank Tyler for his assistance in bringing these to you.

73,

Doug Mercer VO1DTM/VO1DM CEC
Chief Field Services Officer

<http://www.rac.ca/en/news/bulletins/2012/new_ares_sura_samples.pdf>

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Vernon Ikeda – VE2MBS/VE2QQ
Pointe-Claire, Québec
RAC Blog Editor/RAC E-News/Web News Bulletin Editor

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DISTRACTED DRIVING LEGISLATION

 

Here is some interesting information:

Please keep in mind that in BC Ham radio operations are exempt from the legislation

4449 tickets handed out by RCMP for the use of electronic devices in Feb 2012 in lower mainland nearly double from Feb 2011

NOW THE GOOD NEWS Distracted driving contributing factor to 27 fatalities in 2011 in lower mainland, down from the 46 in 2010,

PS The lower mainland is the greater Metro Vancouver area and part of the Fraser Valley. While it may represent the bulk of the population of the Province of British Columbia it certainly is not the bulk of the Province in area.

Port Alberni Swap Meet June 2,2012

Here is some information received from the Port Alberni Club about their swap meet.

                                                                                  Arrowsmith Amateur Radio Club

                              Third Biennual Swap Meet

When:  June 2, 2012

Where:  Alberni Valley Rescue Hall 4790 Tebo Ave.

                    (Come down Johnston Road turn left at McDonalds)

Times:  Sellers setup 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

Times:  Buyers 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.

Sellers Tables:  $5.00 a table

Sellers Helper:  $5.00 each

Buyers entry fee:  $3.00 a person

Door prize and raffles: Icom 2300 Purchased from Radioworld

Extra tickets can be purchased for the door prize at $2.00 each

Talk in freq. 147.240 + 600

For more information listen to the Sunday net at 19:30 hrs. or

Bob   ve7mtv@gmail.com

 

SIMULATED EMERGENCY TEST FEB 12TH -PRESS RELEASE

On Sunday Feb 12th the Coast Emergency Communications Association, a group of local ham radio operators who provide communication in times of emergency or crisis situations, conducted and Simulated Emergency Test.  Also participating were members of the Nanaimo Amateur Radio Association.  This test was to confirm stable and reliable communication could be established using various modes of operation. In addition activation and mobilization plans were tested. The exercise allowed members to practice the handling of radiograms.  Stations involved in this communication exercise were located on GabriolaIsland,Nanaimo, Courtenay, Parksville, and North Vancouver. For this exercise the Emergency Management British Columbia radio room inVictoria was also activated. A total of 25 ham operators participated in this exercise.

 

The scenario for the event was an earthquake occurring on a previously unknown fault that runs underGabriolaIslandand out into the Strait of Georgia.  There was significant damage to general infrastructure as well as communication facilities on GabriolaIsland.Vancouver Islandalso suffered damage from aftershocks.  For the purposes of the exercise telephone service to Gabriola was severed, cell towers were impacted, and general phone service along with the cell service onVancouver Islandwas overwhelmed.

 

The exercise lasted for four hours.  During this period of time members used radios on VHF, UHF and HF frequencies. Stations were established in emergency operations centres, and reception centres.  This allowed the passing of radiograms up and down the east coast ofVancouver Islandand over to the lower mainland.  The content of these radiograms was operational information which dealt with the event itself as well as welfare traffic which expedited the reunification of families. Some information with respect to “injuries” and “evacuation plans” was conveyed along with requests for assistance from other agencies.

 

The four hour period provided time to review procedures regarding notification and deployment of personnel and resources, the evaluation of equipment, and the overall operational readiness of the group.  During this time period in excess of 100 radiograms were passed.  Overall the exercise was deemed a success by all involved. As with any exercise there were items noted that could be improved upon, however all volunteers are to be commended for their dedication to the amateur radio emergency service.

 

If you are interested in serving your community, by assisting with emergency communications and can meet the criteria below we are always looking for new members.

 

1. Live in the City ofNanaimo, or Regional District ofNanaimo,

2.  Are willing to submit to a criminal record check

3   And can provide about two hours a month

 

 

 

You do not have to have an amateur radio license to be part of the group. If you are interested in obtaining a license we will certainly assist you. For further information on amateur radio please visit   www.va7eca.ca, www.ve7na.ca  or www.va7mpg.ca