The Vancouver Island Ham Happenings for 2013 is sponsored by the Cowichan Valley Amateur Radio Society. The event will be held Sunday August 25th 2013 at the Cowichan Community Centre in Duucan. For more information go to http://rac.eton.ca/events/detail.php?event_ID=1606
Ken Long VE7JU is Canada’s newest Certified Emergency Coordinator
Congratulations are extended to Ken Long, VE7JU for successfully
completing his Certified Emergency Coordinator qualification exam. All
EC’s, DEC’s, AEC’s are encouraged to complete this program of study
along with the IMS-100 and IMS-200.
Doug Mercer VO1DTM/VO1DM CEC
Chief Field Services Officier – Radio Amateurs of/du Canada
This morning, Aug 4th, around 0500 an earthquake wth initial reporting of a 5.5 magnitude was reported south of Port Hardy. Yet another reminder to be prepared. For full details go to http://www.earthquakescanada.nrcan.gc.ca/index-eng.php
The website noted will take you to the Canadian Government website announcing Emergency Preparedness Week. In addition you will find links to other sites that will provide more information on preparedness.
188 deceased and over 11,000 injured and relief efforts continue in China. The emergency frequencies of 3855kHZ, 7050kHz, and 14.270 kHz have been released.
For more information go to http://southgatearc.org/news/april2013/china_earthquake_update_3.htm#.UXXQYbWG1gE
China earthquake – update
A day after a strong earthquake hit southwest China’s Sichuan province, the death toll stood at least 156, with many more injured and without homes.
Fan Bin BA1RB reported that it was a 7.0 magnitude quake in Ya’an city, Sichuan province with its epicentre near Lushan County.
The Sichuan amateur radio association took immediate action withBD8DX and BD8AAA leading a team heading to the disaster area providing emergency communication services.
A request is made to keep the HF frequencies of 3855kHz, 7050kHz and 14270kHz clear for disaster traffic.QQ
For more information go to http://www.southgatearc.org
As of 0415 PDT, 1115 UTC April 21,2013 HF frequencies remain in use. Nearly 200 dead and 7,000 injured..
All Hams involved in the Boston Marathon are reported to be safe. Some good news in an otherwise bad news day. For the release go to http://cqnewsroom.blogspot.ca/
Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected by the bombings in Boston today, April 15th 2013. Special thoughts to those ham radio operators who were helping at the race. May you all have a speedy and complete recovery
Please see the url noted below for an update on ham radio involvement and frequencies in use for the flooding in Argentina. http://www.southgatearc.org/news/april2013/floods_in_argentina_final.htm#.UWqCzbWG1gE
The chief developer of the National Traffic System passed away on March 24 2013. He was 99 years old and had an interesting life. For his story go to