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BARC Christmas Party

Friday, December 09, 2022
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

The 2022 BARC Christmas/Lou's Birthday Party will be held at Ricky's Country Restaurant (Schoolhouse) 300-100 Schoolhouse St. Coquitlam BC (Lougheed Highway and Schoolhouse)

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Friday, December 09, 2022, Time 6:30 pm
Members, spouses/significant others, and friends of the club are all welcome. Please contact Rich( or 7783208483) if you plan to attend. We need to know the numbers as we wish to buy a small gift for the ladies.

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2m QSO Party

Saturday Nov 12nd 2022
10:00-14:00 PST

Lower Mainland Radio Room

How often has an operator said that they would like to participate in a QSO party, but cannot do HF at their QTH? Here is a way they can join us, on 2m! This year, we have added SSB as well as FM.

Nov 12nd 2022, Saturday, from 10:00-14:00 PST, let's have a Party on 2m, FM or SSB. Use an FM simplex frequency between 146.415 and 147.570 MHz, or an SSB frequency between 144.200 and 144.275MHz.

Contest is open to all certified amateurs. Each QSO must have one station within Metro Vancouver, Vancouver and Gulf Islands, Southwest BC (Grids CN79, CN89 and CN99) or Northwest WA (only Grid Squares along the Canada-USA border: CN78, CN88, CN98) in order to be considered for points.

  • Radios will be classified by power as QRP (10w or less), MED (11-49w), HIGH (50w or higher)
  • Points will be given for the correct exchange of Callsign, Power class, Municipality.
  • Stations may be MOBILE (calling from multiple Municipalities), or FIXED (one Municipality).

Each FM station worked is worth one point. Each SSB station worked is worth 2 points. A Fixed station may be worked only once in each mode, while a Mobile station may be worked more than once if it has moved to a different Municipality. 10 bonus points for each municipality that you contact. 10 bonus points for each municipality you are transmitting from. (Shhhhh, your first contact could be worth 21 points (10+10+1 points) ).

Valid FM operating frequencies include 146.415, 146.430, 146.445, 146.460, 146.475, 146.490, 146.505, 146.535, 146.550, 146.565, 146.580, 146.595, 147.420, 147.450, 147.480, 147.510, 147.540, 147.570 MHz. Valid SSB operating frequencies are between 144.200 and 144.275.

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Electronic log files to be submitted in XLS or gsheet format to by Nov 30, to be included in the scoring. No prizes will be awarded, but lots of admiration from your peers.

For further information, contact

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Swap Meet 2013 Date Set

We've set the date for the 2013 Swap Meet ... Sunday, March 17th.

Thank You to everyone who participated in our survey to help us choose the day. We'll be posting more details as we get them sorted out so stay tuned.


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Volunteers Needed for the 2013 Christmas Parade of Lights

This year the Hyack Festival's Christmas Parade of Lights is on Saturday, December 1st and Ken VE7BC is looking for approx. 25 radio operators to help out.

This is a fun event for the whole family and new operators are always welcome.

See our Events listing for more details and Ken's contact information.

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You’re Invited to the 2013 BC QSO Party

The date for the 2013 BC QSO Party has been announced and everyone is invited participate.

The casual and friendly atmosphere of the BCQP makes it a great opportunity for newcomers to ease into the world of contesting.

More details are posted in our Events calendar.


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Practicing for a Disaster

A look at how multiple teams practice for a disaster ... Amateur radio gets a mention in the first minute or so of the video ...

Vancouver Sun earthquake simulation coverage

Thanks to Eric, VE7EES for passing along the link.

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Results from the 2012 Great BC ShakeOut Exercise

Photo of seismographToday we participated in our first Great BC ShakeOut exercise. A big Thank You to everyone who took the time to check-in with us and the other amateur radio groups.

We had 23 check-ins plus Pete and myself for a total of 25 participants. Pretty impressive numbers for a Thursday in the middle of the morning.

We heard from operators in Burnaby, New Westminster, Surrey, Vancouver, the North Shore, Richmond, Delta, Tsawwassen, and Langley including contacts from the Surrey RCMP and Vancouver EOC radio rooms and Delta's emergency radio team. More than half of the stations reporting in were using alternate power (batteries).

Some of the operators who checked-in with us were also able to check in with the other Lower Mainland radio groups and let them know that we were active on the RBY repeater and I think that certainly helped with our numbers today.

Unfortunately, I wasn't able to get the VHF and UHF repeaters linked as I had hoped and that is now the first 'To Do' on my list of preparations.

During a real quake we won't have the luxury of advanced warning and being able to look things up on the web ... we'll need to know ahead of time where to find each other. It was reassuring that so many lower mainland operators knew how to connect with us. We'll be continuing to work on our emergency plan and will let everyone know what that plan is.

Karla, VA7KJW

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VHF / UHF Repeaters Linked for The Great ShakeOut

For our Great BC ShakeOut exercise tomorrow we'll be linking the VE7RBY VHF and UHF repeaters so that you can check-in using either frequency.

This will be my first time manually linking the repeaters ... good practice for me and a good test of the written instructions ... so your patience is appreciated in the event I run into any hiccups.

Karla, VA7KJW

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Join Us for The Great BC ShakeOut Exercise

We're still working out a few of the details for our Great BC ShakeOut drill this Thursday, but the important part to remember is to:

  1. do your own drill first, then
  2. check-in to our net on the RBY VHF repeater (145.350 with a tone of 127.3) starting at 10:30am

The net will last approx. 1 to 1.5 hours (until 11:30 to 12noon) depending on how many check-ins we get and how many other radio groups we're able to connect with (I'll be asking for a few of the people who check in with us to switch frequencies and make contact with another of the participating radio groups).

I know a lot of folks will be in the middle of their work day so we'll try to get you checked-in and back to work as quickly as possible. Please don't feel you need to tune in right at 10:30 or stay on frequency during the entire exercise.

I'll be heading up the net control team for this exercise and am looking for one or two others who will have time to spend an extended amount of time on the radio to share net control duties.

Please pass this information along to other radio operators in the area and encourage them to check-in with us as well.

To see the volunteer radio groups registered for the ShakeOut go to


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Burnaby 2m ARDF Practice Session on Oct 7th

The 2m practice fox-hunt has been scheduled for October 7th at Robert Burnaby Park. Check out the event listing for all the details.


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Sept 15th Victoria ARDF Results

Image of person holding an Amateur Radio Direction Finding (ARDF) antennaThe results are in from the Victoria ARDF 2m fox-hunt held on Saturday Sept. 15th by the Friendship Amateur Radio Society.

It was a super nice and sunny day. Our Thanks go out to the Victoria hosts who made everyone's stay very pleasant.

The course at Beaver Lake Park had an estimated minimum-length run to all 5 tx of about 8 km, a 2 hour time limit. In approximate standing order:

  1. Amel   1:56, 5 tx + beacon
  2. James  1:48, 3 tx
  3. Lou    2:49, 3 tx
  4. Mike   2:05, 1 tx + beacon
  5. Les    2:25, ??? (not recorded)


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