In response to the COVID 19 issue the Nanaimo Amateur Radio Association has published a list of nets for Central / Northern Vancouver Island. Some of these nets have become more frequent.
Nanaimo Area Nets
Daily VHF Nets Time Repeater Callsign Frequency (MHz) Shift Tone
10:30 AM * VA7DXH (Ladysmith) 145.410 MHz (FM) Minus (600 KHz) 88.5 Hz 3:30 PM * VE7ISC (Nanaimo) 146.640 MHz (FM) Minus (600 KHz) 141.3 Hz *Stay Connected Nets operate until BC is cleared of the virus restrictions
Other VHF Nets
Daily 8:15 AM Cowichan Valley ARS Morning Net Island Trunk system (FM) See ITS below
Daily 9 AM Rainbow Country Net 146.940 MHz No Tone (FM) 146.940 MHz
Monday 8 PM Island Trunk system Monday Net Island Trunk system (FM) See ITS Below
Tuesday 7 PM Coast Emergency Comms Association (Message passing Net) CECA VIU Repeater System (FM) Use a 141.3 Hz Tone 443.000 MHz – S. Nanaimo 442.525 MHz – N. Nanaimo 442.450 MHz – Ladysmith 147.080 MHz – Parksville
Tuesday 7:45 PM Vancouver SSB Net 144.22 MHz (USB) Vertical Polarization
Wednesday 7:15 PM Emergency Management BC Island Trunk System Hosted by VE7PEP (FM) See ITS below Thursday *
7 PM NARA Thursday Net Island Trunk System ( see below)
Wednesday 6 PM CQ Canada Net (Canada Wide Net) This is a Digital Net using the Fusion C4FM 146.980 MHz (VE7ANI) 443.900 MHz (VE7DJA)
Saturday 11 AM Vancouver Island 50 MHz net* Single sideband (USB) (Hosted by NARA) 50.150 MHz (Simplex)
*Stay Connected Nets operate until BC is cleared of the virus restrictions
** 9 AM The Wrong Button Club 3.744 MHz
Daily 6:30 PM BC Public Service Net 3.729 MHz
Daily 7:30 PM BC Yukon Traffic Net 3.716 MHz
Sunday 4:30 PM NARA Weekly HF Net 3.744 MHz
** Normally Monday to Friday but presently 7 days a week during the virus restrictions
ARRL Bulletin 9 ARLB009 From ARRL Headquarters Newington CT March 24, 2020 To all radio amateurs
SB QST ARL ARLB009 ARLB009 W1AW to limit transmit schedule
In response to an executive order from Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont that all non-essential businesses and not-for-profit entities reduce in-person workforces because of COVID-19 pandemic concerns, W1AW has slightly altered its transmission schedule.
W1AW has suspended its morning code practice and qualifying run transmissions, beginning March 24, 2020. However, W1AW’s evening transmissions, including qualifying runs, will be sent as usual — there are no changes to the evening transmit schedule.
Message from the RAC President Glenn MacDonell, VE3XRA
The Covid-19 pandemic has been a part of our daily lives for several weeks now and will most likely continue to be for some time. The pandemic is of particular concern for Radio Amateurs because ours is a hobby that can be practised by people of all ages from elementary schoolchildren to senior citizens. In fact, it is frequently one of the activities that many take up as they near or begin retirement and finally have the time and resources available to participate. Consequently, we have a high proportion of seniors among our members and indeed some of the Amateur Radio clubs affiliated with RAC are senior citizen organizations.
Canadians are being directed to stay home in order to limit their contact with other people and to “flatten” or “plank” the coronavirus curve. As result, Amateur Radio club meetings and public events have been cancelled and clubs are investigating ways to keep in touch with their members – who are being encouraged to limit direct personal contacts through social/physical distancing and self-isolation – by using existing or new Amateur Radio nets (see below) and/or internet-based communication tools such as Zoom, GoToMeeting, WebEx and many others.
Isolation can have its own potential problems for people who live alone. Amateur Radio is all about communicating and we have the necessary hardware and expertise to enable individuals to stay in touch with their families, friends and colleagues.The Canadian Red Cross has prepared a “Psychological First Aid Pocket Guide” (PDF file, 631 kB) which “provides emotional and practical support to individuals, families and communities who are having difficulty coping. It is about establishing a connection with people in a compassionate non-judgmental manner to bring calm and comfort.”
The Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) is assisting the effort at every level. Some regions have already activated their Emergency Operations Centres to help coordinate agencies working the frontline and because of the current state of emergency declared by provinces, territories and municipalities. This does not mean that Amateur Radio Emergency Services are active or will be activated for this event. We provide communications services to mitigate potential failures and currently, despite the reports of concerns, there have been no reported issues.
Amateur Radio nets regularly connect individuals on a scheduled basis, but perhaps they can play additional roles during these difficult times such as helping isolated seniors keep contact with one another and allowing their colleagues and club members to help out when needed. We do not have a complete list of all Amateur Radio nets in Canada but the links at the end of this Message will provide a good start.
The impact and duration of the unprecedented global pandemic we now face has yet to be determined and it is difficult to plan in an uncertain future. However, although the RAC Head Office in Ottawa has been closed indefinitely, the majority of activities and responsibilities of the RAC administration are now being performed remotely. In addition, the RAC Board and Executive and all RAC committees and volunteers continue to work on behalf of all RAC members and for Amateur Radio in Canada and internationally.
The Amateur Radio Service consists of a diverse population, both in age and abilities, and Amateurs and Amateur Radio organizations are adapting to the current crisis and using their skills and knowledge to help in any way they can. RAC is also rising to the challenge and is now looking at ways to do things differently and to take advantage of our technical skills and recent technological advances. For example, we are now in the final stages of organizing both a Basic and an Advanced online Amateur Radio course. More information about this new initiative will be posted on the RAC website in the coming days.
It is interesting that we are discussing this new need for Amateur Radio to provide assistance as we approach World Amateur Radio Day which is held every April 18. It was on that day in 1925 that the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) was formed in Paris and Radio Amateurs worldwide now take to the airwaves each year in celebration.
Appropriately, the theme of World Amateur Radio Day is “Celebrating Amateur Radio’s contribution to Society” and Amateur Radio will play its part as the current global crisis unfolds. RAC is planning to celebrate World Amateur Radio Day this year on the air by inviting Amateurs in Canada and around the world to contact RAC official stations (VA2RAC, VA3RAC etc). The details are still being worked out and we will provide more information about this event in the near future.
Thank you for your continued support and understanding during this time of crisis. Please take care of yourself and your loved ones.
Stay safe and, wherever possible, let us help one another during this extraordinary time.
Radio Amateurs of Canada is pleased to announce that Paul Coverdale, VE3ICV, is now the RAC Special Advisor at the World Radiocommunication Conferences and their Preparatory Meetings. It is the job of a WRC to review and, if necessary revise, the Radio Regulations, the international treaty governing the use of the radio-frequency spectrum and the geostationary-satellite and non-geostationary-satellite orbits. Paul was first licensed in 1965 as G3TZJ in England. Emigrating to Canada in 1974, he became VE3ICV. His Amateur interests are primarily HF DXing and CW contesting, with outdoor QRP operation in the summer. He also enjoys antenna experimentation. Paul has been a member of the Ottawa Amateur Radio Club for many years, serving twice as its President, and is a member of Radio Amateurs of Canada. Professionally, Paul spent 30 years with Nortel Networks, where he held a number of engineering and management positions related to the specification, design, verification and standardization of wireline and wireless products, He took early retirement in 2004 and since then has acted as a consultant in the area of Quality of Service / Quality of Experience of telecommunications networks. Paul has been active for many years in international Standards Forums and has participated in many meetings of the International Telecommunications Union’s Telecommunication Standardization Sector (ITU-T). He is a member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and is a registered Professional Engineer. Going forward, Paul’s main activity in participating in ITU Radiocommunication Sector (ITU-R) meetings as a RAC Special Advisor will be to monitor proposals, and lobby to protect Canadian and worldwide Amateur Radio interests, in the run-up to WRC-23, the next World Radiocommunication Conference. Glenn MacDonell, VE3XRARAC President and Chair Note: For additional information about World Radiocommunication Conferences visit: https://www.rac.ca/wrc/
On March 20, 2020, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont ordered workers at all non-essential business to stay home.
In keeping with the guidelines issued by the CT Department of Economic and Community Development (“DECD”), the ARRL has enabled those employees whose jobs allow them to work from home do so. Compliance with this executive order may delay some services. Issuing LoTW certificates will be sporadic at best.
The LoTW support personnel are working remotely and will answer your e-mail questions. We ask that you use the online documentation < https://lotw.arrl.org/lotw-help/ > before sending an e-mail to the help desk < LoTW-Help@arrl.org > LoTW support is by e-mail or help ticket. Please do not call HQ for LoTW support.
We greatly appreciate your understanding.
Norm Fusaro, W3IZ Director of Operations
ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio™ 225 Main Street, Newington, CT 06111-1494 USA
The following was received from the Maritime Historical Society
MARITIME RADIO HISTORICAL SOCIETY 25 March 2020 “Special Bulletin” Dedicated to the True Believers Worldwide
By Now most of you know that following the guidance of the CDC and local health officials, the Point Reyes National Seashore has closed all visitor centers in the park and suspended all volunteer activities until further notice. Since we at the MRHS are all park volunteers, that includes us. In the spirit of keeping MRHS on the air, we the volunteers will be operating on K6KPH frequencies from our home QTHs. Most of us don’t have the power or the antennas system of K6KPH but we will be there keeping the airwaves charged with RF. The plan for this Saturday 28 March 2020 is to be on the air from 1200 hrs to 1700 hrs Pacific Time (1900 UTC 28 March 2020 to 0000 UTC 29 March 2020) Operating Frequencies are the K6KPH frequencies of 3550 Khz, 7050 Khz, 14050 Khz, 18097.5 Khz, and 21050 Khz.We will be calling CQ MRHS. Please join us and if you need us to QRS (Slow down) for you we will. Thank you so much for such a loyal, dedicated following and we look forward to hearing you on the air!
The next Full edition Newsletter will come out 5 April. Stay safe and we are wishing all the best in these difficult days ahead.***
If you would like to show your support of the MRHS through a gift, please click the “Make a Donation” button below, or send your gift to: MRHSPO BOX 392Point Reyes Station, CA 94956 The MRHS is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization, so your gifts are tax deductible. Our Tax ID Number is: 20-1122405. And don’t miss our fabulous MRHS Swag store. Your purchases also provide some much needed income to the MRHS. To access these treasures, click on the picture of our lovely MRHS Model, Tina Shinn/TS, below!
Thanks, in advance, for your continued support! We are committed to using your gifts responsibly to help preserve our maritime and communications heritage!
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