A large SET involving MARS members and amateur operators in Asia will be held on August 26th Dubbed Pacific Endevour-13 by the US Department of Defense it will test communication capability across the Pacific. For more information go to
New Zealand continues to be hit by earthquakes, damage is now report. Fore more information go to
While there was some hope the hot springs at Hot Spring Island in the Haid Gwaii National Park would return those hopes are dimming. The effects of the last October’s earthquake are still being felt. This is yet another reminder that preparation is key to major natural events and the recovery period may be long. It is wonderful that this negative impact is “minor.” I just wonder how many people will learn from this, get prepared and realize the recovery from a catastrophic event doesn’t happen over night.
The Red Cross has produced a new app to help people prepare for a disaster. To see a press release on this go to
The Province of BC is under a thunderstorm watch. The Okanagen and other parts of the Province remain under a severe thunderstorm watch. Check your local forecast.
Enviornment Canada has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for the Chilliwack area. There is a possibility of damaging winds and hail.
At roughly 10:06 UTC Aug 10th an earthquake occurred in the Pacific off the Oregon coast.. For full particulars go to http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/usb000j06u#summary
The Nanaimo Amateur Radio Association will be holding a picnic August 18th from 11am until 3pm at the lower picnic area in Bowen Park. This is open to all amateur radio colleagues For more information go to
The two articles below show the dangers of working on towers. Both are sobering reminders of the dangers involving towers. Think safety
Fires currently burning in the Bella Coola area are producing large amounts of smoke. At the current time 1530 hrs Aug 6th there is no immediate threat to structures. There is a concern for air quality. Fire fighting efforts are underway. To read the full bulletin go to