Hello CVARC Members,
2019 Field Day is June 22-23 beginning at 11:00 AM Saturday and running through 11:00 AM Sunday.
This years location will be at Filberg Lodge in Comox.
Field Day is ham radio's open house. Every June, more than 40,000 hams throughout North America set up temporary transmitting stations in public places to demonstrate ham radio's science, skill and service to our communities and our nation.
It combines public service, emergency preparedness, community outreach, and technical skills all in a single event. Field Day has been an annual event since 1933, and remains the most popular event in ham radio.
Field Day is a picnic, a campout, practise for emergencies, an informal contest and, most of all, FUN! It is a time where many aspects of Amateur Radio come together to highlight our many roles.
While some will treat it as a contest, other groups use the opportunity to practise their emergency response capabilities.
It is an excellent opportunity to demonstrate Amateur Radio to the organizations that Amateur Radio might serve in an emergency, as well as the general public.
For many clubs, Field Day is one of the highlights of their annual calendar.
The contest part is simply to contact as many other stations as possible and to learn to operate our radio gear in abnormal situations and less than optimal conditions.
We use these same skills when we help with events such as marathons and bike-a-thons; fundraisers such as walk-a-thons; celebrations such as parades; and exhibits at fairs, malls and museums – these are all large, preplanned, non-emergency activities.
But despite the development of very complex, modern communications systems – or maybe because they ARE so complex – Amateur Radio has been called into action again and again to provide communications in crises when it really matters. Radio Amateurs are well known for our communications support in real disaster and post-disaster situations.
Drop by for important coverage to help raise the Amateur Radio profile within the community and invite your government leaders to drop by your site.
The Comox Valley Amateur Radio club has committed to patriciate in this year’s event.
In order for our club to participate during the entire 24 hours, we are looking for 3 volunteer radio operators for every station we set up.
We are looking for Hf radio station equipment along with antennas (antennas that a single person or two people can safely set up) for each station. We will also be looking for gear such as generators, batteries for the radios and any other related gear.
Even if you don't want to participate directly, we still need people to talk to the public and generally lend a hand.
We are also looking for 3 people to act as safety officers (1 per shift)
We would also like to organize a pot luck BBQ for participants for the first day. We have permission to set up BBQs on the stage for this purpose. Let’s make this a real public event!
Setup will start at 0700 hrs sharp on the Saturday. We have to be wrapped up and out of the park by 1300 hrs Sunday.
British Columbia QSO Party
ANNOUNCING THE 2019 BC QSO PARTY
BCQP 2019 will run from 1600z February 2 to 0400z February 3 AND 1600z to 2359z February 3.
A total of 20 hours: 12 on Saturday and 8 on Sunday.
Goto to www.elections.ca/home.aspx to find your Federal Electoral District....
Packet Team Leader
Matthew Fox, VA7YBL
A KNet Packet Node on Mount Washington has been launched and operational. Call sign VA7MWP-8 is a VHF KNet Node operating on 144.970 MHz. The coverage from this node isimpressive! This station hasr eceived beacons from Port Alberni, Ladysmith and as far as Saltspring Island. Matthew Fox has also reporting connecting to this node from the Sayward forest north of Campbell River. We also have two new nodes that went live recently on Texada: VHF VE7TXD-8 and UHF VE7TXD-6 plus VE7TXD-10 as this node has internet! This node has the same great coverage of Mount Washington with a better penetration into the Cowichan and Alberni Valley plus Duncan.
Note from the Editor: Just to clarify terminology and prefixes... a -8 is a node on 144.970 and a -10 is a gateway connected to the internet. A -6 is a UHF node on 440.125.