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CECA Open House Sturday Oct 1st, 2011 13:00 – 15:00

Please visit the Coast Emergency Communications Association’s Open House

From 1 – 3 pm on Saturday CECA will open its doors to the public. Come see how CECA uses amateur radio to provide communications in the event of a disaster.

Refreshments and Dougnuts will be provided.

We are located at:
#2 – 1415 Wingrove St.
in the Departure Bay Community Hall.

for more information please email

Great BC Shakeout – October 2011

At 10:20 a.m. on October 20, 2011, British Columbians will “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” in The Great British Columbia ShakeOut, the largest earthquake drill in Canadian history!

Please visit Shakeout BC


Notice of Annual General Meeting

Notice of Annual General Meeting

Please take notice that the Coast Emergency Communications Association (CECA) will hold it’s inaugural Annual General Meeting on September 29, 2011
at the location of EOC – Fire Hall #1 666 Fitzwilliam Street, Nanaimo, B.C.
at the time of 19:30 local.

The purpose of this meeting will be to:

1. Receive the financial statements of CECA for the year end of 2011;
2. To elect directors of CECA for the ensuing year;
3. To transact such other business as may properly come before the meeting or any adjournment thereof.

By Order of the Board
August 2, 2011

Matthew James Lewis — VA7MJL
Director for Coast Emergency Communications Association

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

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

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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.