At the request of the City of White Rock E.C. (Phil) we were asked to test the communication between the city's emergency reception centre at Centennial Arena and the EOC in the Fire hall. Ralph and Eric got together on Thursday July 19th to see what would be needed. Ralph went to the Fire hall and Eric to the arena. We started on the club repeater and then moved to simplex on VHF. We confirmed that we were able to communicate with handhelds using both VHF and UHF at ground level.
Our club has been asked to help with the annual Tour for the first time this year. Though last minute we have been able to mobilize a few workers to help on the Friday and observe on the next two days. It will be fun helping the local bicycle event and I hope we can help make the event more successful. Details of the week-end to follow.
Ralph met with the Fire Chief earlier today. Unfortunately, Eric did not make the meeting as he had hoped. Ralph reported that it went well.
Two of our club members each puchased a new Icom radio at the Burnaby Club Flea Market this past week-end.
Stuart was first across the line with a new IC-208H dual band VHF/UHF radio. He secured the only new one available at the show. Ross quickly got in on the act and purchased an IC-2200 VHF single band unit which can be upgraded to the new D-start digital mode.
Great news for activity in our club, I expect the repeater will see some intense use between members in the days ahead. I look forward to meeting you both on the air soon.
The evening of Wednesday July 4 we did a bit of reception testing on the repeater to see if there was any noticable improvement in the reception capabilities of the system. I am pleased to report that it has improved a bit. Ross can now work the repeater from his home using his hand-held which he could not do before. The area around South point mall has some what better coverage though still a bit broken. Ralph can use his hand held around his yard quite reliably.