For reasons unknown the amateur radio packet station on the International Space Station has come to life. No one is sure h ow long it will last, but it is working. To read the whole story go to
The US FCC has waived their rules on bandwith and is allowing the use of PACTPR 4 during the hurricane called LANE as it hits Hawaii. To learn more go to
In view of events in Hawaii the SATERN net will activate on Friday Aug 24 2018 at 1300 CDT. The Hurricane Watch Net, The Maritime Mobile Service Net (14.300) the National Hurricane Centre Amateur Radio as well as the ARRL are all currently standing by to assist Hawaii ARES units. The state of Hawaii is operating on 7088 KHz, The National Weather Service Honolulu is operating on 7080 KHz, and SATERN is operating on 14265 KHz
PLEASE ENSURE THE HF FREQUENCY IS NOT IN USE BEFORE YOU USE IT.
Rescue operations are underway in parts of India as a result of weather events. Over 300 hams have responded to the situation. To learn more go to
There is a request to keep 7088 KHz clear for emergency communication as a result of the earthquake. More information can be found at
A magnitude 6.2 earthquake has struck off the Oregon coast. There is no tsunami alert. ARES leaders, again the question, ARE YOU PREPARED.
The following is an update on the fires in BC.
- B.C. is in its fifth day of a province-wide state of emergency. There are more than 560 wildfires burning across the province.
- People living in more than 2,800 properties have been forced to leave, while 11,300 more properties are under evacuation alerts.
- On Friday, the province announced it would match donations to the Red Cross for people affected by wildfires up to $20 million.
- The B.C. Wildfire Service said its cost for fighting fires so far this season has topped $242 million.
- More than 100 Canadian Armed Forces have been deployed to help B.C. personnel.
- Wildfire smoke over western Canada is visible from NASA’s DSCOVR satellite — about 1.6 million kilometres away.
Smoke has delayed on cancelled many flights around the Province. On Vancouver Island the smoke is so thick all fire fighting helicopters are grounded. For the rest of the Provinve go to
Thanks to all members of the Coast Emergency Communications Association and the Nanaimo Amateur Radio Association who attended the Vancouver Island Exhibition this weekend in support of the amateur radio booth. Special thanks to those that organized everything, you know who you are. I won’t list names as I know I someone will be missed. Great job everyone.
The following information has been received from the Nanaimo Amateur Radio Association
The Nanaimo Amateur Radio Club (NARA) is providing a Basic Radio Course starting mid-September and an Advanced course in January at the NARA Club location in Nanaimo.
The Basic Course starts Saturday September 22nd and runs for 6 weeks with the exam on week 7. The club has an ISED certified examiner who will conduct the exam on week 7.
The Advance Course, which you need your Basic Licence first, is planned for mid-January for 7 weeks and the exam in week 8.
The cost is estimated to be $120 per student including the study guide and one-year club membership. This is payable to the club. The exact cost will be determined shortly as the study guide costs vary from year to year based on volume and shipping costs.
The Basic course is designed to take someone with little to no electronics background through to the exam.
The Saturday classes format will be lectures in the morning and hands on with equipment in the afternoons.
Please let me know via email (email@example.com) with your full name, email and phone number and more details will be provided as they become available.
The Nanaimo Amateur Radio Association will host HamHappenings, a hamfest, on Saturday Sept 8 2018. For more information go to