THREE BC AUTHORS ARE IN TCA JAN/FEB 2014.

In the latest issue of TCA we have three articles written by hams in the section.

John White, VA7WJ, wrote an article on Coaxial Lightning Arrestors

Dave Dickinson, VE7SST, wrote an article on the ARRL PIC Programming Kit

Erik Skovgaard ,VE7MDL, wrote an article on Broadband Receive Antennas.

Thanks gentlemen for your contributions

An Interesting Article on Amateur Radio Emergency Communications in Wales

The site below will take you to an interesting article on amateur radio and emergency communications in Wales.  They too seem to be short of members and are looking for more. They have some interesting qualifications and procedures too. To read the article go to

http://www.southwalesargus.co.uk/news/10904198.Gwent_radio_hams_ready_to_help_in_emergency/?ref=rss

Mike Andrews has a new job

Mike Andrews,VE7MPA, the person responsible for the amateur radio portfolio at Emergency Management British Columbia, will be moving to a new post with the  North Shore Emergency Management Office effective August 20th 2012.. Mike has held the EMBC position for the last eight years.

Thank you Mike for your support and the best of luck in your new position.

46TH ANNUAL BATH TUB RACE IN NANAIMO BC

On Sunday Juy 22nd members of the Nanaimo Amateur Radio Association and the Coast Emergency Communications Association combined to provide race and emergency communication for the annual bath tub race.  The race course covers 36 miles, had over 30 entrants and lasted just over one hour.  Weather conditions went from sunny and mild to windy with rain and a thunderstorm.

Amateurs were posted at the start and finish lines as well as various locations along the course. In addition amateurs manned a second net control station on Gabriola Island. This second net control station allowed radio coverage of the complete course.  Information as to tub location and status, escort vessel location and general course conditions was provided. In addition frequencies remained available for emergency traffic.

Nanaimo  Amateur Radio Association also hosted a special event station  VE7TUB.

Photo’s of the event:

 

The flagship of the bath tub fleet. Reportedly the worlds largest bath tub !

Two of the competitors as they head into the first check point

Entrance Island light station. One of the check points where an amateur  station was set up. Members were flown by chopper out to the station.

 

A check point on Gabriola Island handled VHF Marine, vhf and uhf traffic in addition to spotting duties.

Special Event station VE7TUB has been active for many years on bath tub weekend.

A busy weekend for amateurs, but well worth all the effort put forth.