Jul 31

MARITIME MOBILE NET AIDS IN LAND BASED INCIDENTS..

The Maritime Mobile Service Net once again aided folks in distress. To read about the events go to

http://www.arrl.org/news/view/maritime-mobile-service-network-aids-in-separate-land-based-emergencies

Permanent link to this article: http://va7eca.ca/?p=2141

Jul 31

AMATEUR RADIO AIDS YUKON RESCUE.- UPDATED JULY 28 2014

INFORMATION HAS BEEN RECEIVED that the victim in this event is no longer in critical condition and will be discharged soon from hospital.  All in all a really GOOD NEWS STORY.

Amateurs in the Yukon do a tremendous job with their repeater system. Here is one example of how it works.  Congratulations to all involved in this incident and thank you for your efforts in maintaining your network

On Friday morning, July 11,214  Certified Pilot Car Ltd was enroute withtwo of its vehicles operated by Mike (VY1WH) and Elayne House to Dawson City accompanying two loads from Western Heavy Haul; an oversize load and a legal size load with mining equipment. Mike was talking to a trucker who was ahead of him when that trucker, Thomas Moore of Norcope enterprises, spotted what he was pretty sure was an overturned vehicle with what appeared to be fairly fresh tracks leading to it off the road over a steep bank near Twin Lakes, which is south of Carmacks on the North Klondike Highway. As Certified Pilot Car was within a few minutes of Thomas’s location, and Thomas had spotted this too late to stop, Mike informed him that we would stop our convoy in the area he described and not proceed north until we found the unit and ascertained whether it was in fact a recent or old accident and that there no assistance we could render. Elayne House actually found the overturned vehicle, and thought she could hear a faint voice coming from it. She was in that moment deciding whether she should go over the bank and investigate or radio it to Mike when her driver, Clyde, arrived on foot and it was decided Clyde would go over the bank immediately to investigate so Elayne could relay information by radio to Mike.

There was a female inside, who was in great pain and had stated she had been there since midnight and couldn’t move (it was now approximately 06:15). Elayne radioed this information to Mike who immediately called ahead to Thomas on Ladd 1 to inform him that an ambulance was needed if he was within cell coverage area and could reach one. Then Mike immediately switched to the YARA network and made an emergency call requesting any station for emergency assistance. The call was answered by Ray (VY1RF) who relayed the information to emergency personnel. At this time, further medical information, recovery details, patient condition, etc, were relayed via the YARA system to better inform emergency personnel the exact details of the situation, etc, as well as the need for the mechanical extraction equipment. Shortly after that, the RCMP arrived, shortly after that the ambulance. I have no further recovery nor other details, other than that the subject was initially in critical condition,  and is still alive in Whitehorse hospital at this moment, updated condition unkown.

YARA president Terry Maher has a sign on his truck that says, “Amateur Radio Saves Lives”. There is no way to know for certain if it did in this case, but I would be fairly confident in saying it certainly played a part. For those involved in designing, installing and maintaining our Yukon network, I can’t express enough thanks.

Permanent link to this article: http://va7eca.ca/?p=2139

Jul 29

[RAC-Bulletin] 2014 RAC AGM Concluded

On the heels of the 2014 Pacific Northwest DX Convention hosted by the Orca DX and Contest Club held in New Westminster BC this past week-end, the RAC AGM took place on July 27th.
Once again this year, RAC held a simulcast Webinar making it possible for anyone across the world to participate in the AGM via the convenience of their computer or smartphone. Voting capabilities through the Webinar was also made available. RAC would like to thank everyone who helped make the AGM another successful event and in particular those involved with the logistics for the Webinar. RAC’s Hounourary Legal Counsel Marcel Mongeon, VA3DDD moderated the online proceeding and we would be remiss not to thank him for his assistance. Bill Gipps, VE7ISV/VE7XS Regional Director for BC/Yukon (and others) also provided valuable help from the actual AGM venue in New Westminster BC.
The venue was made possible by the Orca DX and Contest Club and RAC wishes to reiterate it’s appreciation for this opportunity.
The proceedings can be heard through the archived Webinar recording here:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/recording/6290409736681938946
RAC President Geoff Bawden, VE4BAW, made the announcement that next year’s AGM was being planned to be held in Saskatchewan.
RAC Comms

Permanent link to this article: http://va7eca.ca/?p=2135

Jul 26

NANAIMO BATH TUB RACE THIS WEEKEND

Amateurs in the Nanaimo area of Vancouver Island didn’t have much time to rest.  The BC Summer Games ended on Monday and this weekend they will be busy with the annual bath tub race.  Safety and Race communication will be provided again this year. In addition some new equipment may be tried. More on that later.  For more information go to

http://bathtubbing.com/

http://bathtubbing.com/userfiles/pdf/NMF2014_Schedule.pdf

Permanent link to this article: http://va7eca.ca/?p=2133

Jul 26

[RAC-Bulletin] Webinar information (AGM Jul 27th)

Webinar information:

You can register for RAC Annual General Meeting July 27 2014 12:00 PM PDT athttps://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/9109278273881096961The RAC annual general meeting will be held July 27 from 12:00 noon until 4:00 PM BC time, as part of the 2014 Pacific Northwest DX ConventionAfter registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.

Permanent link to this article: http://va7eca.ca/?p=2131

Jul 26

AMATEUR RADIO AIDS IN RESCUE OF HIKER IN COLORADO

A hiker was injured in an area where there was no cell phone coverage.  An amateur arrived on the scene and help was soon on the way. For the entire event go to

http://www.arrl.org/news/ham-radio-aids-in-rescue-of-injured-colorado-hiker

Permanent link to this article: http://va7eca.ca/?p=2129

Jul 25

[RAC-Bulletin] Webinar information (AGM Jul 27th)

You can register for RAC Annual General Meeting July 27 2014 12:00 PM PDT Read the rest of this entry »

Permanent link to this article: http://va7eca.ca/?p=2127

Jul 25

Two Amateurs Receive the Order of Canada

This is an interesting read.  Please go to

http://www.arrl.org/news/radio-amateurs-named-to-order-of-canada

Permanent link to this article: http://va7eca.ca/?p=2125

Jul 23

Radioworld will Open IN CALGARY JULY 26 2014.

Great news for amateurs in the western portion of Canada.  Radioworld has announced they will open their new store in Calgary on July 26th 2014.  More details to follow.

Permanent link to this article: http://va7eca.ca/?p=2123

Jul 22

KELOWNA EOC AND EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS STAND DOWN AFTER 4 DAYS OF OPERATIONS

The Kelowna EOC and the Central Okanagen Regional District (CORD) EOC Comms Team stood down after working the Smith Creek fire near Westbank. The units were stood down at 1900 hrs Sunday July 20th.

For more information go to  www.cordeoc.ca

Click on the FIRE TRUCK, then click on the picture TO THE RIGHT of the BULLETIN BOARD.

Permanent link to this article: http://va7eca.ca/?p=2119

Jul 17

AMATEUR RADIO AIDS YUKON RESCUE.

Amateurs in the Yukon do a tremendous job with their repeater system. Here is one example of how it works.  Congratulations to all involved in this incident and thank you for your efforts in maintaining your network

On Friday morning, July 11,214  Certified Pilot Car Ltd was enroute withtwo of its vehicles operated by Mike (VY1WH) and Elayne House to Dawson City accompanying two loads from Western Heavy Haul; an oversize load and a legal size load with mining equipment. Mike was talking to a trucker who was ahead of him when that trucker, Thomas Moore of Norcope enterprises, spotted what he was pretty sure was an overturned vehicle with what appeared to be fairly fresh tracks leading to it off the road over a steep bank near Twin Lakes, which is south of Carmacks on the North Klondike Highway. As Certified Pilot Car was within a few minutes of Thomas’s location, and Thomas had spotted this too late to stop, Mike informed him that we would stop our convoy in the area he described and not proceed north until we found the unit and ascertained whether it was in fact a recent or old accident and that there no assistance we could render. Elayne House actually found the overturned vehicle, and thought she could hear a faint voice coming from it. She was in that moment deciding whether she should go over the bank and investigate or radio it to Mike when her driver, Clyde, arrived on foot and it was decided Clyde would go over the bank immediately to investigate so Elayne could relay information by radio to Mike.

There was a female inside, who was in great pain and had stated she had been there since midnight and couldn’t move (it was now approximately 06:15). Elayne radioed this information to Mike who immediately called ahead to Thomas on Ladd 1 to inform him that an ambulance was needed if he was within cell coverage area and could reach one. Then Mike immediately switched to the YARA network and made an emergency call requesting any station for emergency assistance. The call was answered by Ray (VY1RF) who relayed the information to emergency personnel. At this time, further medical information, recovery details, patient condition, etc, were relayed via the YARA system to better inform emergency personnel the exact details of the situation, etc, as well as the need for the mechanical extraction equipment. Shortly after that, the RCMP arrived, shortly after that the ambulance. I have no further recovery nor other details, other than that the subject was initially in critical condition,  and is still alive in Whitehorse hospital at this moment, updated condition unkown.

YARA president Terry Maher has a sign on his truck that says, “Amateur Radio Saves Lives”. There is no way to know for certain if it did in this case, but I would be fairly confident in saying it certainly played a part. For those involved in designing, installing and maintaining our Yukon network, I can’t express enough thanks. Sincerely.

Permanent link to this article: http://va7eca.ca/?p=2116

Jul 16

RAC AGM WEBINAR

The attached message from RAC is self explanatory. Please note the closing date

To sign up for this Webinar that begins at 12:00 noon Pacific from Vancouver please email racgm@rac.ca before July 25th and details will be sent to you.
 
We will be having our Annual General Meeting (AGM) on July 27th in New Westminster, BC. As previously mentioned, this AGM will be hosted by the Orca DX and Contest Club. It will be held in conjunction with the 59th annual Vancouver 2014 Pacific Northwest DX Convention which is being held at the same location. Notices have already been published in TCA/RACReport. All RAC members are encouraged to attend*. DATE: Sunday July 27th 2014 after the DX Convention TIME: 12 Noon (Pacific) PLACE: Inn on the Quay, 900 Quayside Dr. New Westminster BC. (Just 25 minutes by SkyTrain southeast of downtown Vancouver and 20 minutes north of the “Peace Arch” BC-Washington border crossing)
* Once again this year, those unable to attend the AGM in person can sign up for the Webinar broadcast. Please send an email to RAC Head Office (Frank G.) at RACGM@RAC.CA to register and receive details. Requests must be made prior to July 25th 4:00pm EDT.

WebLink: http://wp.rac.ca/agm-2014-reminder

Permanent link to this article: http://va7eca.ca/?p=2114

Jul 15

2014 BC SUMMER GAMES NANAIMO BC.

Ham Operators from Sidney to Courtenay on Vancouver Island will converge on Nanaimo BC this week to form a communications team for the BC Summer Games.  Starting on Wednesday July 16 2014 over three thousand competitors along with coaches, parents and friends will arrive .  The communications centre will run 24 hours a day until July 21 2014.  The centre will provide, routine and emergency communications during the events.  Good Luck to all involved.

http://www.bcgames.org/Games/BCSummerGames.aspx

Permanent link to this article: http://va7eca.ca/?p=2112

Jul 15

AMBER ALERT FOR NATHAN OBRIEN **** ********************* CANCELLED******************************************

THE POLICE INVESTIGATION IS CONTINUING HOWEVER A MURDER INVESTIGATION IS NOW UNDERWAY WITH THE ARREST OF A SUBJECT

 

Permanent link to this article: http://va7eca.ca/?p=2106

Jul 14

.ARTHUR, NOVA SCOTIA, COMMUNICATIONS ISSUES

Nova Scotia endured some communications issues during and after the storm known as ARTHUR. In these times people need instant communication; when that doesn’t happen they get upset. Instant communication requires electrical power of some sort. ARES folks, this may be a good scenario for you to review as part of your training.   Communications issues come up in nearly every debrief of serious events.  We need to use these debriefs to learn, identify issues of concern and improve the delivery of ARES service

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/storm-arthur-nsp-ceo-bob-hanf-apologizes-for-communications-gaffe-1.2701161

Permanent link to this article: http://va7eca.ca/?p=2104

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