TROPICAL CYCLONE for Eastern Canada

Date: Tue, 4 Sep 2012 16:05:01 +0000
From: Canadian Hurricane Centre
To: chc-ccpo-en
Subject: Information – Leslie – 2012-09-04 16:02:14 UTC

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Back to School!

The kids are back to school.  Please remember to keep a watchful eye out, and obey the posted signs & speed limits.

For more information on school zone safety please visit

[warning]Do you feel that you can get away with a couple over the limit? The tickets can be written at 31km/h with a cost ranging from $196 to $483. Think twice before you speed in a school zone![/warning]

Central Okanagen Emergency Communications Team

The emergency radio team in the Central Orkanagen has had a busy spring and will have a busy fall.  The spring activities includedthe installation of D-Star in their emergency operations centre, as well as  Unity 2012. Unity 2012 was a table top exercise held at the University of British Columbia- Central Okanagen.  There are more plans for exercises in the fall.  For a look at a very interesting and informative website go to

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.


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.



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.

Help BC Stay Green

If you are enjoying Canada’s outdoors this summer please do you part to preserve our forests, properties, and lives.  If you see a forest fire please call:  1-800-663-5555,   Cellular *5555, or 911.  Be ready to share as much information as needed to assist in the initial assessment of the fire.  Your assistance will help emergency management personnel determine the best course of action in managing the fire.

Before you head out,  please be sure to check the campfire regulations in your area.  Stay informed by calling: 1-888-3-FOREST for up to date information.  Please read the Stoves & Campfires PDF for information on outdoor fires, and be sure you understand the regulations.  Remember: The Wildfire Act  applies to all Public & Private lands in BC.

Please follow on Twitter for updates on all emergencies in British Columbia

Please visit for information on forest fires  in British Columbia.

Thank you for doing your part.

Matthew Lewis – VA7MJL