5 MHz NorthWest USA interoperability test July 15-18 2019..

On July 15, 16, 17, and 18, FEMA Mobile Emergency Response Support (MERS) Bothell, will deploy to Whidbey Island near Oak Harbor with their Forward Communications Vehicle (FCV). The exercise will provide an opportunity for antenna testing at 5330.5 Khz USB (actual transmitted center frequency will be 5332.0 KHz) between 1200 to 1300 Pacific Time every day with the amateur radio community. Amateur radio operators (General and higher) are encouraged to contact the FCV (call sign WGY9502) for signal quality checks. Only voice mode will be tested. The FCV will test its whip antenna, as well as a AS-2259 Near Vertical Incidence (NVIS) antenna and a C&S Antennas LFH230 fanlite.

General and higher amateur radio operators may set Effective Radiated Power (ERP) up to 100 watts. For more information on the special 60 meter channels, see http://www.arrl.org/60m-channel-allocation

Terry Starzl
Telecommunications Specialist (RF)
FEMA Mobile Emergency Response Support (MERS)

Cowichan Valley Basic Radio Course. Sep 17 2019..

Basic Ham Radio Course Starting September 17, 2019 Cost: FREE

Participants must register prior to the course . This course is designed to provide you with all the information needed to obtain your Basic Amateur Radio Certificate and call sign. An examination by an accredited Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada examiner is included in the course.

Course Dates: Four Tuesday evenings, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.:

September 17, 24, October 1, and 8; and a Saturday, 8:30 a.m. – 2:30± p.m., October 12th.

Location: Duncan area For more information about the course: Contact Les, VA7CBN, va7cbn@cvars.com, 250.510.6305. To register: Contact Donna, VA7CHS, va7chs@gmail.com by September 10.

Irish MP Celebrates Morse Code Event on July 11 2019

An Irish MP used Morse Code in the House of Commons to mark the 100th Anniversary of a British Intelligence Agence and the 150th Anniversary of the first use of Morse Code between two cities. To learn more go to



The Hurricane Watch Net is active. Planned frequencies in use will be 14.325 and 7.268. Check the site noted below. Your usual cooperation in keeping these frequencies clear is appreciated.

The net was secured at 1900 UTC July 13 2019