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

www.va7eca.ca

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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MAY MONTHLY MEETING

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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APRIL MONTHLY MEETING

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.