The Richmond Amateur Radio Club will hold a basic radio course starting on Feb 3 2018. For more information go to
The article noted below will explain what a numbers station is all about. Who knows you may run across one as you move around the bands.
Those involved in emergency response and ARES leadership spend a lot of time teaching folks about disaster planning/response. For those involved the recent survey in British Columbia must be truly frustrating.
Keeping in mind the fires and flooding that have occurred in BC in 2017 BC Business Magazine commissioned the Mustel Group to contact businesses to see how prepared they were for a natural disaster. The results : 4 in 10 businesses THINK they have a plan six in ten have no formal or even informal plan.
Those businesses that were more prepared were in the interior where fires and flood activity has recently occurred. Might make one wonder if folks need to go through a crisis or disaster to learn why they need to be prepared.
Reference BC Magazine Dec/Jan 2018.
FEMA Region 10 (The Pacific Northwest) will hold a communications exercise on Jan 17 2018. Again, in this exercise they will use 6o M Frequencies. The following bulletin regarding the exercise has been received.
CANADIAN AMATEURS PLEASE NOTE:
AN IMPORTANT POINT FOR CANADIAN HAMS ….IF the US FEMA station uses WGY910 ( the FEMA callsign for Region 10), it is NOT “Amateur” so Canadian Amateur stations can’t talk to them. But if FEMA uses their Amateur radio callsigns, then Canadian Amateurs can communicate with the FEMA “Amateur stations”. Its an important distinction to remember. American hams can communicate with FEMA WGY stations but Canadians can’t. Bear in mind also they may be other government stations with non ham call signs on the air in addition to FEMA stations.
JANUARY 13 2018 Launch was a success but satellites are not yet available to hams
The Fox 1D is set to launch from India on Jan 12 2018. This satellite will carry 30 payloads.
Online registration for the International DX Convention will open on Jan 15 2018. The convention will be held in California in April. To learn more go to
The eastern seaboard of the US has seen several storms already this winter. Ham radio has been involved in assisting authorities.
The Winlink Development Team has issued a further update as well as some changes coming. If you are a Winlink user please continue reading
The North American QSO Party SSB Portion will be held on Jan 20th 2018. For more information go to
The Society of Newfoundland Radio Amateurs have announced V02ET repeater in Labrador City is now part of their linked radio network. Congratulations to all involved