VECTOR September 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, September 7, online using Zoom.

Detailed agenda included in e-mail to members.

2. Community News - What’s Coming

September Basic Starts soon

Team on track for September 10, online. Advanced course postponed for in-person venue.

Full details…

VE7RVZ upgraded to heavy-duty gear

Repeater upgraded from XPR 8400 to Quantar.

Full details…

Volunteer Picnic next week (Tuesday)

2022-09-13, 17:30, 2h at Trout Lake

RSVP to full details…

How do you want to help?

Making the CERV tent safe again

Until we can make the shelter over the CERV safe again, current plans must hold. We need 3 people to make sure it happens.

Meeting needed immediately once we have 3 people. Sign up

Forming a regular crew for working on tech

Logistics needs to resume working on keeping the gear going. Watch for the special meeting.

Join the crew!

  • Resume work on the Microwave Link (High-speed Data) project

We have much of the gear, just need a few parts and three people to make it happen.

  • Outfit Laptops for Deployment

The 2022 laptops await new operating system images and testing.

  • 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

3. Upcoming Training & Practice Opportunities

Holding for interest

4. On Air Radio Activities

Local Nets | Program | Calendar | Jessé VE7DET | Team Page | Team Mail

Time Estimate: 30 minutes

Connect Casually Any Night - 19:05 nightly on VE7RVF

Time Estimate: 30 minutes

  • Members have run these nets for over 789 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 a September drill?

Time Estimate: 1 hour

  • Opportunity to do an exercise every third month on VECTOR gear
  • VECTOR gear lives at 6 community centres, 6 DSAs, a few other places, and the radio room
  • Updated schedule pattern and duration coming up
  • How much would you like to cross-train with ESS or NEAT on a couple?

Sign up for a drill

5. Announcements, Notables, etc.

  • Swap Meet - Westcoast Amateur Radio Association - 2022-09-25, Victoria:

    • Reserve a vendor table for $20 before 2022-09-18
    • Radioworks attending
    • Alpha Antenna gift certificates
    • Icom radio
    • other gift certificates and goodies
    • Talk-in 08:00 on VE7VIC, 146.840 MHz, Tone 100 Hz
    • Details on the WARA website
  • Dunbar Earthquake and Emergency Preparedness needs neighbourhood volunteers

    • 6 to 8 more volunteers to help with community work
    • around 2 to 3 hours one evening per month, a couple hours for housekeeping at the Disaster Support Hub occasionally, and a couple of 4 to 5 hour training exercises per year
    • Contact John
  • RATPAC Online Courses:

  • Kerrisdale Earthquake and Emergency Preparedness is ramping up again

    • We have partnered with the Kerrisdale Community Centre Society’s efforts to outfit a Disaster Support Hub with a VECTOR Vision Grab and Go Kit
    • We have local opportunities for outreach and advising coming up soon!
  • ECUAD Student Researching Community Disaster and Emergency Communications

  • 2022 Emergency Preparedness and Business Continuity Conference early-bird registration deadline 2022-09-15

    • Conference connects people in community resilience, business continuity, emergency management, disaster risk reduction, emergency social services, and disaster response
    • Register for 3 days ($850) or 1 day ($450)
  • VE7SAR Communicator - Amateur news edited by former VECTOR president John Schouten

  • Get to know other members on air - Nightly Check in and Chat

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
September 07 44 146.430 MHz
September 14 20 147.200 MHz +600 kHz T100.0 Hz
September 21 7 147.450 MHz T100.0 Hz simplex
September 28 4 146.580 MHz simplex
October 05 1 145.450 MHz -600 kHz T100.0 Hz

7. Monthly Members' Meetings

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

Add to your calendar

The next 4 Monthly Members' Meeting dates:
  • September 07 - first Wednesday, 18:30 online
  • October 05 - first Wednesday, 18:30 (location pending)
  • November 02 - first Wednesday, 18:30 (location pending)
  • December 07 - Annual General Meeting, 18:30 (location pending)

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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