VECTOR November 2019 News

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Community News

  • How do Artists Help Communities Build Earthquake Resiliency?

    As part of the Kerrisdale Earthquake & Emergency Preparedness (KEEP) initiative, this free workshop on November 17th brings short 3 documentary films, hands-on art-based activities, and a panel of experts to discuss the role artists play in awareness-raising, socio-economic development, and post-disaster healing. Register on EventBrite.

  • VECTOR Annual General Meeting

    The 21st Annual General Meeting will take place on December 4th at City Hall. This is an opportunity to review the past year and direction for the future. Membership dues can be paid at the door (or online using e-transfers) to participate in voting for the next Board of Directors. The next-generation Grab-n-Go kit prototypes will also be on display to solicit operator feedback.

Upcoming Training & Practice Opportunities

Hands-On Opportunities

  • Lower Mainland 2m QSO Party

    All the fun of Field Day contesting, but with your handheld! On November 16th, look to make and log as many contacts as possible using 2m VHF simplex. More details to come at the November Members’ Meeting.

  • Vancouver Santa Claus Parade

    Spread holiday cheer and support VVC teams during the annual Santa Claus Parade on Sunday, December 8th. Watch for emails with more details to come.

  • Play With a Next-Generation Grab-n-Go Kit

    To collect feedback on the next-generation of Grab-n-Go kits, we’re looking for testing program volunteers who want to borrow a kit and try it out. You can sign up here.

  • Maintenance, Repair, and Operations Jobs Session

    There is always work to be done to keep our equipment ready for an activation. If you want to get hands-on with radios, antennas, software, and other tasks, check out the our “jobs board” in OpenProject.

Weekly Net

The weekly net takes place at 20:00 every Wednesday on the VE7TEL repeater (VECTOR channel 2, 145.170 MHz, -0.6 MHz offset). Each week, a secondary net follows on a different frequency, providing an opportunity for amateur radio operators to test their radio with other bands and modes of operation.

The schedule for upcoming secondary net frequencies is as follows:

Date Channel Frequency Information
November 6 1 145.450 MHz, -0.6 MHz offset, tone 100.0 Hz
November 13 201 224.640 MHz, -1.6 MHz offset
November 20 4 146.580 MHz simplex
November 27 401 443.725 MHz, +5 MHz offset, 88.5 Hz tone

Monthly Members’ Meeting

The monthly VECTOR members’ meeting is the first Wednesday of every month. The nex

  • November 6th in City Hall at 19:00 (this meeting will not be Zoom-cast)
  • December 4th in City Hall, doors open for membership renewal at 18:30 (Annual General Meeting starts at 19:00 sharp)
  • January 8th in the E-Comm Media Room at 18:30

Look for a link to the Zoom online conference room in your email ahead of the meeting to join remotely.