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   http://qrz.com/ 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 https://twitter.com/EmergencyInfoBC on Twitter for updates on all emergencies in British Columbia

Please visit http://bcwildfire.ca/hprScripts/WildfireNews/Fires.asp for information on forest fires  in British Columbia.

Thank you for doing your part.

Matthew Lewis – VA7MJL  info@coastemergency.ca

*RAC Bulletin 2012-031E – Canada Day Contest*

*RAC Bulletin 2012-031E – Canada Day Contest*

A reminder to all Amateur Radio Operators that our Canada Day Contest is just over three weeks away. This is a great opportunity have a little fun on the airways and compete with others over a twenty four hour period. What better way to celebrate Canada’s birthday!

Whether you choose to operate as an individual or as part of a group, get on the air and see how many Official RAC stations that you can rack up. Also, check with your Regional Director to ensure that all possible RAC call signs for your Section are on the air, giving folks the best possible opportunity to pick up the “bonus points”.

RAC Canada Day Contest – 0000 – 2359 UTC – July 1, 2012

For all of this years rules and details, please visit theRAC website <http://www.rac.ca/en/rac/programmes/contests/files/2012%20RAC%20Canda%20Day%20Contest%20Rules%20-%20English%20and%20French.pdf>.

The very best of luck to everyone and have fun!



Doug Mercer VO1DTM/VO1DM CEC
Chief Field Services Officer


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

Edge 2 Edge Marathon 2012

The Tofino to Ucluelet Marathon is coming up quick!

One June 10th, atheletes from all over he world will be taking part in the Edge 2 Edge marathon.  With  full marathon, half marathon, and team relay events there is something for everyone.  This marathon is a certified qualifying event for the Boston Marathon.

Amateur Radio Operators are required to man the check points to provide race progression bulletins and emergency communications in the event of an injury.  If you are interested in helping out with communications during the race, please contact info@coastemergency.ca,  and we will provide you with information on camping and radio requirements.

Please visit http://www.edgetoedgemarathon.com for more information.

Marathon Map