Change Meeting Place for February 25th

A last-minute scheduling conflict necessitates that we shift our 25 February MIRA monthly meeting from the Qualicum Beach Fire Hall to the Qualicum Beach Civic Centre.  The meeting will now convene, starting at 10:00, in one of the Civic Centre’s meeting rooms located along the left-hand side of the facility as you pass through the main entrance doors leading from the parking lot area. As previously announced, a brief review of the various agenda items discussed at the recent Executive Meeting will be the lead item of the day’s program, after which we will then enjoy a presentation by the Cowichan Valley Amateur Radio Society (CVARS) and a tour of the their extensively equipped mobile communications trailers.  A mid-program coffee break and a Question & Answer period will also form part of the day’s program and, for those who might be interested, the intent is to proceed to a local-area lunch venue to wrap up the day’s CVARS visit. Given the late-notice nature of this change announcement, you are requested to communicate to those members who might not otherwise receive it. Looking forward to your good company and valued participation … 73 de Dave

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Operating on UHF and VHF

Since our hand held portables are battery operated and are relative short range equipment not many of us carry our radio with us all the time.  If we are getting together for some purpose we agree to monitor a specific channel then the group can talk to each other as necessary.  The international calling frequency is 146.520 MHz simplex and some might monitor this frequency. The protocol is to move off this channel after making an initial contact to leave the calling channel clear for someone else.  I think most of use when we have our radio on will be monitoring one of the local repeaters such as VE7RFR, VE7RPQ, VE7SYD or VE7PQA  or maybe scanning all four.

73s de Len Hooper VE7XLH

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MIRA FEBRUARY monthly meeting Feature Event – Saturday, 25 February 2017

The regular MIRA club meeting for February 2017 has been re-scheduled to Saturday, February 25th, starting at 10:00, at the Qualicum Beach Fire Hall.

The theme for February’s monthly meeting will be a visit from the Cowichan Valley Amateur Radio Club (CVARS). Steve Bradshaw (the CVARS club president), together with a small cadre of his team will brief us regarding the following aspects of their club’s interests and activities, namely:

  1. a brief history of the Cowichan Valley Amateur Radio Society (CVARS);
  2. an overview of the club’s skill-sets and equipment holdings, both of which are diverse and significant;
  3. an overview of CVARS’ operational mandate and its organizational structure (both of which are quite different from those of MIRA’s);
  4. an appreciation of the various agencies CVARS serves and how those agencies provide additional funding in support of CVARS activities;
  5. a summary of CVARS activities over the past year, and;
  6. an appreciation of the preparations CVARS is making in anticipation of Exercise Sweeper 2017, scheduled to activate on Wednesday May 3rd, 2017, on the Parksville Beach waterfront. Steve will also provide a short briefing on the features & capabilities of the Hytera radio unit the Province intends to purchase for selected clubs committed to supporting Emergency Communications needs.

After our traditional mid-meeting, 20-minute coffee break, the above-noted presentation will be followed by a Question & Answer period which we will then follow with a tour of the CVARS mobile communications trailer and its associated systems and antenna mountings.

Dave Ireland (VA7QED), President

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