VE7TUB will again be operating as a special event station during this years bath tub weekend in Nanaimo. This station is operated by the Nanaimo Amateur Radio Association.  The station will be avtive on 14.265 +- from 0900 PDT Saturday July 21 until 1500 PDT Sunday July 22, 2012. For more information go to and query VE7TUB

In addition to operating this special event station members of the Nanaimo Amateur Radio Association and the Coast Emergency Communications Association provide safety and emergency communications during the race. Members are posted at various location ( light houses,on shore and various vessels) in order to ensure timely and accurate information is available to race control.

All in all a fun weekend.


Activation in BC Interior

Emergency Management British Columbia  central region’s Provincial Regional Emergency Operations Center (PREOC) amateur radio station was activated from 08:00 Hrs. until 17:00 Hrs. On June 26,27,28, and 29. Emergency Management BC (EMBC) asked Provincial Emergency Communications Service (PERCS) volunteers to man the station encase of a loss of communications from the Shuswap Lake area and to monitor for any information reported on amateur frequencies re the flash floods in the Sicamous area, generally  high water, and high stream flows in the region.

Other than a power outage at the PREOC, which the UPS and back up generator took care of flawlessly and a short visit from our premier and two local MLAs the activation was rather uneventful.

The following PRECS volunteers participated in the activation. VE7s EFL, EHE, TGV, RY, WWW and VA7s AIR and SPA.

The Waters Are Rising

Now is a busy time of the year for some.  The BC River Forecast Centre continues to issue high stream, high flow and flood warnings.   This is the start of the run off season. Some radio rooms have been activated. There have already been evacuations and flooding in some areas while sandbagging continues in other portions of the Province.  With high snow packs this concern will not end soon.

It might be a good time to review your family emergency plan. Have you checked your grab and go kit lately?   Be prepared, and have a plan. Be part of the solution, not part of the problem.

Additional Stations for World Amateur Radio Day

– Two new special event stations for WARD.*
Two new special event stations join the celebration of the World
Amateur Radio Day and the 87th Anniversary of IARU.

P487IARU by the Aruba Amateur Radio Club. They will be active starting
today until the end on the month. QSL information on

SK87WARD by the Föreningen Sveriges Sändareamatörer. They will be
active on the HF bands (CW SSB and PSK31) from 00z to 24z only on
April 18th. QSL via buro or SM6JSM; probably also LoTW.

This stations join other stations previously reported and some of them
are on the air as you read this note:



Joaquín Solana, XE1R
News Editor – IARU R2 <>


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