VECTOR February 2022 News

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Previous newsletters can be found in the archive.

1. Coming Meeting | 2. News | 3. Learn | 4. On Air | 5. Notable | 6. Secondaries | 7. Meetings

1. Coming Meeting

Our next members' meeting will be held Wednesday, February 2, online using Zoom.

We meet to: To confirm 2022 path for Field Day, drills, and mini-exercises.

Afterward, we will:

  • Have a target for Field Day
  • Pick dates for exercises and drills
  • Understand our internal volunteering opportunities in February and March

2. Community News - What’s Coming

Disaster Response Routes identification program discontinued

Authorities will now use other methods to clarify who gets to use Disaster Response Routes after activating the route restrictions. Details attached to newsletter.

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Current update edited for latest information.

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Step 1 - Map Your Neighbourhood

Join DEEP in a workshop Monday. Community resilience starts when you know each other and understand what resources you all bring together.

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Tips using Loomio

Introducing a simpler way for VECTOR to work together far apart.

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Overcoming Vaccination Verification Challenges

VECTOR’s readiness for activations depends VEMA knowing which volunteers are proven ready. Let’s overcome any blockages in VEMA’s process.

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What is readiness in VECTOR?

Being ready to serve our community includes being ready to serve in-person during a disaster at VECTOR’s on-site radio stations around the City.

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Earthquake Scenarios Talk - Recording Available

Dr. Tiegan Hobbs shared with VECTOR upcoming public models that help us understand earthquake impacts particular to Vancouver.

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Understanding Risk BC 2021 Speaker Videos Ready

See interesting talks to help us build how we understand disaster preparedness and community resilience presented during the one-day event.

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VECTOR denied grants 2022; try again 2023

The commission gave us a few homework assignments so we can be ready for the next round of funding. Let’s get some hands-on work done in the meantime

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Practice your Winlink using VECTOR’s upgraded gateway.

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VECTOR COVID-19 Update - Volunteers Vaccinated

Use Jitsi for pop-up meetings when you need to share screens

Thank you for being a protector for people in our communities who could suffer from the impacts of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

Dr. Bonnie Henry, BC Provincial Health Officer:

“Be kind, be calm, and be safe.”

How do you want to help?

Moving gear around to support DSA work

One of the DSAs suffered from flooding during the super atmospheric river last autumn. We need volunteers to help with moving stuff from ECOMM to COMMS-1 to get the DSA restored.

Give as much commitment as fits your life as a helper to finish jobs

Get advice | Help a team | Get the code | Check our backlog

Please respond to the 2021 survey so we can make finding cool, meaningful volunteer work easier for you.

Respond now

3. Upcoming Training & Practice Opportunities

4. On Air Radio Activities

Local Nets | Program | Calendar | Jessé VE7DET | Team Page | [Team Mail][mailRocky]

Connect Casually Any Night - 19:05 nightly on VE7RVF

Time Estimate: 30 minutes

  • Members have run these nets for over 520 nights (since 2020-04-01) (except for 2021-07-25 when there was no net controller available)
  • Please take your shot leading as net controller for one night
  • Nightly Net Controller chooses a question or topic to inspire sharing (anything from radio to food to entertainment to no topic at all)
  • Connect to around 15 fellow operators (from 8 to 35 people any day)
  • Remember to identify your signal

Email Christin VA7WIE

Keep Formal Net Skills Sharp on Weekly Net - 20:00 weekly on Wednesdays, VE7TEL

Time Estimate: 30 minutes

Checking in on Wednesdays stretches a few less-used skills. Details below in 6. Weekly Nets.

How ready are you for bi-monthly drills?

Time Estimate: 2 hours

  • Opportunity to do an exercise every other month on VECTOR gear
  • How much would you like to cross-train with ESS or NEAT on a couple?

[Connect to the Drills and Exercises Team][mailRocky] [mailRocky]: mailto:[email protected]?subject=Upcoming%20On-air%20Activities?

5. Announcements, Notables, etc.

6. Weekly Net

Catch the weekly net at 20:00 every Wednesday on the VE7TEL repeater: VECTOR channel 2, 145.170 MHz -600 kHz.

Each week, a secondary net follows on a different frequency, providing opportunities for amateur radio operators to test radios using other bands and modes of operation.

Schedule for upcoming secondary net frequencies:
Date Channel Frequency Information
February 02 44 146.430 MHz
February 09 20 147.200 MHz +600 kHz T100.0 Hz
February 16 7 147.450 MHz T100.0 Hz simplex
February 23 4 146.580 MHz simplex
March 02 1 145.450 MHz -600 kHz T100.0 Hz

7. Monthly Members' Meetings

VECTOR gathers on the first Wednesday of the next 3 months to keep its operations flowing. Connect in our Zoom virtual space unless otherwise noted.

The next 3 Monthly Members' Meeting dates:
  • January 05 - first Wednesday, 18:30 online
  • February 02 - first Wednesday, 18:30 online
  • March 02 - first week, 18:30 online

Connect with others before and after the main session:

  • Join early (15 minutes) at 18:15
  • Hang around after (20 minutes) until roughly 20:50
  • We’ll have breakout areas available

Please find the link to the Zoom online conference room in your email edition of the newsletter for joining remotely or on your BetterImpact homepage. You can sign up for upcoming members' meetings in BetterImpact to log your meeting time automatically.

Tnx es 73,

VE7DET || Jessé Neri, President (he|him)
[email protected]

VA7DPO || Darryl Pogue, Vice President (he|him)
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