VECTOR March 2024 News

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Drills this week, can you come?

Getting started on key events for the spring. We need your thoughts about the newsletter: Newsletter Feedback.

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, March 6, in the E-COMM Media Room.

Detailed agenda included in e-mail to members.

2. Community News - What’s Coming

VFRS March DOC Drill has room for more - Wednesday 10:00 - 2024-03-09

  • March 06, 10:00, 1 hour
  • 6 people estimated (Fire DOC, DSA3, Radio Room)

For March, DSA3:

For April, DSA4:

Community Centres Drill Next Saturday - 2024-03-09 10:30

Shaking out the rust at Hillcrest and Sunset.

Sign Up:

Vaisakhi Parade in 6 weeks — Saturday, April 13

For the first time, VECTOR will be helping facilitate communications at the annual Vaisakhi parade in South Vancouver. This is a civic event similar to our volunteering with the Pride Parade.

Sign Up:

Teach at Discover Amateur Radio - 2024-04-27

Richmond ARC invites you to help share what you know with interested folks for a day-long seminar about Technology Advancing Amateur Radio. Presentations are 20 minutes long and the day runs from 9 am to 4 pm.

Read more.

Many on air and service activities on our calendar

Find links in the calendar!

  • May DSA exercise
  • Field Day Weekend, June 22 and 23
  • Celebration of Light (night 1) - Saturday, July 20
  • Frontrunners Pride Run-Walk - Sunday, July 21
  • Celebration of Light (night 2) - Wednesday, July 24
  • Celebration of Light (night 3) - Saturday, July 27
  • Pride Parade - Sunday, August 4
  • Punjabi Market Live
  • Main Street Car-Free Day
  • BC Shake-Out exercise
  • Fall DSA exercise
  • [Champlain Heights Summer Fair]

BCARCC AGM coming up - 2024-05-26

Sunday, May 26, at 10 am on-line via ZOOM. Updates on the website

Wildfire season starting in Alberta and BC?

Health care is circulating invitations for our annual immunization for Influenza and COVID-19.

Radio Skills Course coming soon - great intro or refresh

We pick a day when we have around 12 people.
Join the Waitlist

Scheduling our next four-week deep dive into radio procedures, events, message handling, and more. Learn more about our key technologies and buying your first radio. Play in three specialized on-air nights. Non-VECTOR operators welcome with $ 20 fee.

Repairing power supplies to finish HEMBC kit upgrades

Last weekend, several members stopped by Norman’s basement (VE7NWM) to help and test. We chose to pull all the power supplies to replace capacitors before they fail. Five kits are ready to go once the power supplies go back in. Three more kits are nearly ready. Soon, you can sign to take one for a spin. test these day-to-day (weekly nets).

DSA2 Reconfiguration Underway

Lis VA7EVJ is preparing the interim station pack based on DSA3. We intend to have it ready for the first new City DSA training course.

Renew for 2024 - Volunteer Waiver Ready

Reminder to cover the Volunteer Waiver.

To remain active volunteers, we need three things current:

  • getting a Police Information Check every fifth year
  • accepting the City Volunteer Waiver every January
  • updating our MyVolunteerPage (or BetterImpact) profile

You can pay your dues via Interac eTransfer to [email protected], or by cheque.

HEMBC Upgrade Build Day

Full details…

New Packet Radio Trial Internet Connection - 2023 March

We evaluated an NPR Master modem with local internet access to connect over-the-air for 433.500 MHz client modems.

Full details…

Yaesu FTM-6000 Trial - 2023 March

Net control operators and others evaluated a new radio on station two last spring.

Full details…

2023 Events Snapshots

VECTOR around the community; checking, testing, serving, and connecting.

Full details…

Missed Something?

We intend that this news looks forward unless we wish to commemorate accomplishments. I expect to know about 20 - 50% of what’s going on. You can easily make sure we get closer to 80% of what matters using our news form: Recommend Item.

Help with, Work On, and Learn about

  • Online Task Board shows active opportunities. Eight parts of VECTOR you can get involved in: Invitation Link. Task cards include links to file folders, checklists, and conversations.
    • DSAs
    • Civic Events
    • Field Day
    • CERV
    • Maintain-Repair-Overhaul
    • Next Drill
    • High Speed Data
    • Board

3. Upcoming Training & Practice Opportunities

4. On Air Radio Activities

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


  • Refer to Community News above.

Get to know other members on air - Friday Nights at 20:00 on VE7RVF

Time Estimate: 30 minutes

Get involved

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.

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
March 06 44 146.430 MHz
March 13 20 147.200 MHz +600 kHz T100.0 Hz
March 20 7 147.450 MHz T100.0 Hz simplex
March 27 4 146.580 MHz simplex
April 03 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. We have the meeting room at ECOMM and can also connect in our Zoom virtual space.

Add to your calendar

The next 4 Monthly Members' Meeting dates:
  • March 6 - 18:30
  • April 3 - 18:30
  • May 8 - 18:30
  • June 6 - 18:30
  • July 3 - 18:30

All at the E-COMM Media Room, and Zoom.

Please find the link to the Zoom online conference room in your email edition of the newsletter for joining remotely or on your MyVolunteerPage 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] Recommend Item

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

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