Another successful Canada Day Parade at Steveston Salmon Festival with members heading back to community centre.

Busy Day for RARC Members on July 1st
At Steveston Salmon Festival

The annual Steveston Salmon Festival on July 1st is the busiest day of the year for the usually tranquil waterfront community on the southwestern end of Richmond. For RARC, it was an activity filled day starting at 6 AM with members helping the Festival's Parade Committee at traffic control for assembling the nearly 100 parade entries.

More members arrived later in the morning to provide radio communications for pre-parade and parade actives along the 1.9 km parade route. There was less radio traffic on both the commercial 'parade' channel and designated Amateur radio frequencies, meaning that there were a lot fewer glitches with the progress of the parade and incidents involving spectators requiring assistance.

In the afternoon members attended to the RARC display booth at the Festival's Trade Show signing up many inquiries on the club's activities and radio course. We also had member(s) going back to the club station VE7GOG at the GOG Cannery site to participate in the final hours of the RAC Canada Day Contest.    

After nearly 12 hours on their feet, some members were still energized by all the well-planned festivities in the Village and took in the live entertainment on the main stage across the street from the community centre. All in all, the club has never accomplished so much (by so few) in a single day for the benefit of the Steveston community and public awareness for RARC.

Also thanks to all the other (non-participating) members, former members, members from other local Amateur radio organizations and interested hams for dropping by the booth. (More photos to come)


Club members talking to visitor at RARC booth in Steveston Salmon Festival Trade Show..



Member explains to invited guest, local MLA John Yap, the propagation characteristics of L-shape configuration of portable Buddipole antenna during Field Day at club station VE7GOG.

Field Day 2018 at Club Station VE7GOG
Offered Different Advantages from
Regular Garry Point Park Location

Moving Field Day to the club station VE7GOG at Parks Canada Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site from its regular location at Garry Point Park realized many advantages (and differences) from that of an open field totally exposed to the elements. Hence RARC operated under class 2D instead of 2A.

The motives for having this year's Field Day at VE7GOG is so that members can:
- Test capabilities of the club’s station and see what it's like to operate 24 hours,
- Determine what the public response is like at the GOG Cannery location, and
- Demonstrate different Amateur radio activities from a different location.

The main difference from other recent Field Days for the club is radio operations continued almost non-stop for the 24-hr event, with main operators, mostly making QSOs (contacts) on CW (Morse code), on 20m and 40m. There were also SSTV image exchanges (with VECTOR) and a satellite contact with VE7NA (Nanaimo ARA) on Vancouver Island using cubesat AO-85 (Fox-1A). 

Having Field Day at the staion also enabled all invited dignataries and elected officials to visit the radios station and (finally) see what is under the tall antenna tower next to the GOG Cannery admin building. It was great to have Members of Parliamewnt, a Provincial MLA and City Councillors all crowded inside the trailer cab watching CW in action and receiving a briefing on radio operations.

Lessons learned from the weekend also helped to identify requirements for upgrades to improve the emergency communication capability of the station. But most satisfying of all is discovering that the local public washroom on Third Ave is open throughout the night. (More photos to come)


RARC members operating under Class Two-Delta for Field Day 2018. Station was hardly unoccupied throughout the 24-hour event from 11:00 AM, June 23 to 11:00 AM, June 24.


Successful 2018 Swap Meet and
Emergency Communications Display
Sets Stage for 2019 Event

In spite of the torrential downpour early Saturday morning on April 7th, hundreds of Amateur radio enthusiast attended RARC's second annual Swap Meet and Emergency Communication Display that featured a broader array of communica-tions vehicles; this year representing Vancouver (VECTOR), Surrey (SEPAR) and the Canadian Armed Forces (39 Service Battalion). There were also radio go-kit exhibits inside by groups from as far away as Abbotsford (AARESS).

Vendors and attendees from across the Lower Mainland created a venue for great face-to-face interaction amongst a crowd that usually communicates on the air. We were informed that the Mayor (of Richmond) made a brief, personal visit and a few city councillors were also at the event. Councillor Linda McPhail 'tweeted' "there's lots to see and learn" at the event.

It took many to make such an event possible: the attendees, vendors, exhibitors, the donors of giveaways and $1400+ value in door prizes, and all the RARC members who volunteered to help with planning and running the event. The aim of the event is to promote awareness of Amateur radio's role in emergency communications. More recap and photos are on the events page.


Proud winner of grand door prize, Larry Lee, receiving Icom ID-4100A D-STAR Mobile Duo-Band transceiver presented by Paul Veel, Amateur Sale Manager of Icom Canada.


Iveco VM90 from 39 Service Battalion of Canadian Armed Forces with Surrey Emergency Program Amateur Radio (SEPAR) trailer at other end of parking lot. The outside display of communications vehicles was joined by the Community Emergency Response Vehicle (CERV) from Vancouver Emergency Community Telecomm. Org. (VECTOR) (beyond left of photo).

Congratulations to New Members
for Obtaining Basic Qualifications

Congratulations to 2018 RARC radio course students for obtaining their Basic Qualifications after writing their exam on Mar. 17th. This year's class not only achieved the highest overall average score in recent years but also has the highest percentage of Basic with Honours qualifications. A big thank you to our eight-member faculty of instructors taking part in teaching the course, and special thanks to Vancity Blundell for providing the Community Stage for the classes.


A Part of the Richmond
Community Since 1966

The Richmond Amateur Radio Club (RARC) is a registered BC Society of volunteers to promote the interests of Amateur Radio, assist in the provision of communication services in the event of an emergency, and provide communications for public community events as requested. RARC is a supporter of Emergency Management BC and Richmond Emergency Programs, and an affiliated club with Radio Amateurs of Canada. Programs for RARC are partially funded by grants from City of Richmond and Province of BC. Visit 'About RARC' for more info about the club and RARC's history.

A Technical Hobby and
Community Service

Amateur radio is a technical hobby as well as a community service. One can contact the International Space Station using a homebuilt antenna or volunteer to provide radio communication support for a local emergency program. The fascination of Amateur radio has led skilled hobbyists to develop cutting edge technologies like APRS using the GPS to turn your radio into a location tracker. Amateur radio isa hobby that's regulated both nationally and internationally. This is why your call sign is recognized all over the world and can be used as your vehicle's licence plate. Visit club 'Activities' to see how RARC supports local community events.


 
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UPCOMING EVENTS

July 11, 2018 - Canada Day Parade Debrief
7 to 9 pm (location tbc)
July 25, 2018 - Monthly Club Meeting
7 to 9 pm (location tbc)
Aug. 28, 2018 - Monthly Club Meeting
7 pm to 9 pm (location tbc)
Sept. 26, 2018 - Monthly Club Meeting
7 pm to 9 pm, Steveston Community Centre
Oct. 31, 2018 - Monthly Club Meeting
7 pm to 9 pm, Steveston Community Centre

EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS
PROGRAM - Action Plan


Prize winners and more photos
on event page


THANK YOU FOR THE
DOOR PRIZES AND GIVEAWAYS

CLUB CONTACT INFO

Club Call Signs:
VE7RAR - primary call sign
VE7RMD - VHF and UHF repeaters
VE7GOG - Station at Parks Canada Gulf of Georgia Cannery Natl. Historic Site

Radio Coordinates:
LOC: CN89jd (VE7GOG station)
ITU Zone: 2,  CQ Zone: 3
ARRL/RAC Section: BC

Regular Monthly Meetings:
Every last Wed. except Dec. at 7:00 pm
Steveston Community Centre

Weekly Coffee Get-Together:
Sat. mornings 10:30 am to noon
Lansdowne Centre Food Court

Weekly VHF Repeater Net:
Tuesdays at 7 pm on 147.140 MHz

VHF Repeater:
VE7RMD 147.140 MHz
+600 kHz offset, 79.7 Hz tone

UHF Repeater:
VE7RMD 442.375 MHz
+5 MHz offset, 203.5 Hz tone

Mailing address:
Richmond Amateur Radio Club
PO Box 88061
Richmond, British Columbia
Canada  V6X 3T6

Email: info@richmondarc.ca
  

PLEASE NOTE THAT OUR REGULAR CONTACT EMAIL
info@rarclub.ca IS TEMPORARILY INACTIVE
FOR THE TIME BEING, PLEASE USE info@richmondarc.ca
 

Updated July 6, 2018 (BETA 2)