Edge 2 Edge Marathon 2011

On the weekend on June 11th and 12th 2011, members of the Coast Emergency Communications Association traveled to the west coast of Vancouver Island to provide race and emergency communications for the Edge to Edge Marathon

This annual event drew over 800 runners this year from Canada and other nations. The marathon and relay segments of the race started in Tofino. The half marathon started in Ucluelet. The race course included portions of highway, sandy beach, residential areas and land within a national park.

Working in concert with ham radio operators from the Nanaimo Amateur Radio Association, North Island Amateur Radio Society, the Comox Valley Amateur Radio Club and Ucluelet radio operators a total of 19 hams manned 14 checkpoints. Specific assignments related to safety and race organization were also handled.

Due to the topography a portable repeater was set up for the race. UHF and VHF frequencies were used to coordinate operations.

The weather cooperated, the scenery is always beautiful in this area and race went off without any serious events. All in all a great learning experience and a lot of fun for those involved.

Edge 2 Edge Marathon

CECA & NARA members will be taking part in the Edge to Edge Marathon on Sunday, June 12 2011.

This marathon takes place on the West Coast of Vancouver Island. Runners and walkers follow the route between Tofino and Ucluelet. The race is broken into a full marathon, half marathon, and a relay. For more information on the race please visit www.edgetoedgemarathon.com

If you are an amateur radio operator, and are interested in helping out with communications please contact Matthew Lewis at va7mjl@gmail.com

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The May Meeting will be held on  Thursday the 26th at 1900 hrs

at the NANAIMO EOC, # 1 FIREHALL, 666  Fitzwilliam St, Nanaimo.

Please ensure you bring your PEP ID card with you, along with your binder.  This will be a members only meeting and not open to all amateurs.


Press Release

Members of the Coast Emergency Communications Association are also members of the Provincial Emergency Program and the national Amateur Radio Emergency Service. The Canadian Red Cross, the Salvation Army and other similar organizations have established formal agreements with the Amateur Radio Emergency Service to provide communications

The Coast Emergency Communications Association, based in Nanaimo, is pleased to announce that it has recently been granted charitable status. This newly formed British Columbia society was incorporated by local area amateur radio operators and is dedicated solely to providing accurate and efficient emergency communications services to government agencies, non-governmental agencies and the public in times of community crisis. While this group of radio operators offered this service in the past while operating as members of the Nanaimo Amateur Radio Association, this new society will provide an enhanced service to the community.

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The monthly meeting will be held at the old Departure Bay Firehall at 1900 hrs April 28th. There will also be an orientation for those who would like to become participants in Emergency Communications. Anyone interested in Emergency Communications is invited to attend.

Japan Suffers Large Aftershock

Tsunami Warning Issued, Lifted

A 7.4 magnitude aftershock hit just off the coast of Japan at 11:30 PM JST (1430 UTC) on Thursday, April 7. The epicenter of this earthquake is just 73 miles from the nuclear plant at Fukushima and 41 miles from the epicenter of last month’s 9.0 earthquake. As such, Japan’s meteorological agency issued, and then lifted, a tsunami warning for a wave of up to 6 feet for the coastal area that has been already torn apart by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. These events are believed to have killed some 25,000 people and have sparked an ongoing crisis at the nuclear power plant. The ARRL asks that you keep 7.030 MHz clear for emergency use. In addition, these frequencies should also be kept clear: 3.525, 7.030, 7.077, 7.087, 7.097, 14.100, 21.200 and 28.200 MHz.