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The 2013 Great BC Shakeout

Just wanted to remind everyone that we are participating in The Great BC Shakeout again, but this year we're going to incorporate the exercise into our Monday night net on Oct. 21st at 19:00 (we'll basically be following the regular net procedures). Everyone is invited to join us on the RBY VHF/UHF repeater.


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Field Day 2013 – Planning Meeting

There will be a Field Day planning meeting on Tuesday, June 11th @7pm at the Tommy Douglas Library. Members from the Burnaby, Coquitlam, and New Westminster clubs are invited to attend.

This year we're hoping to get a little more activity going with newbies and YLs and especially new YLs :) so bring your ideas and enthusiasm!


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ARDF Practice in Burnaby on June 9th

There will be a practice fox hunt at Confederation Park, Burnaby,  June 9, 10:00 AM.  Meet at the parking lot off of Beta Avenue, North of Hastings. Equipment is available to loan. A license is not required (receive only).

For more information contact Keith VE7KW, Amel VA7KBA, or email

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CG7CWPC Canada Day Contest – 2012 Results

The results are in for the 2012 Canada Day contest. A number of us operated as Multi Transmitter Multi Operator class (MOMT) under the special event callsign CG7CWPC during the celebrations for the 100th anniversary of the C.W. Parker Carousel here in Burnaby. A few of us were even first-time contesters. We all had a lot of fun participating and as Eric, VE7EES,  says "we are not last" 😉  Yeah us!

You can view all the details on the RAC website at


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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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