AGM 2015

The Coquitlam Amateur Radio Emergency Services Society CARESS will hold its annual general meeting AGM on Thursday, March 26 at 7:30pm.
All 8 executive positions (President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, 4x Directors) are open for nominations and election by members of the society.

Retro-Technology Petting Zoo – Port Moody Public Library

The Coquitlam Amateur Radio Club in conjunction with the SPARC (Society for the Preservation of Antique Radio in Canada) Museum participated in Port Moody Public Library’s “Retro-Tech Petting Zoo” on Feb 7, 2015.

This event showcased various technologies from the past and allowed adults to reminisce and the young to learn about various technologies that evolved into products they commonly use today.

Pat Jones VE7PRJ (right) from SPARC demonstrated a spark-gap generator, a 1914 World War 1 trench telegraphy field unit along with amateur radio equipment (using tubes) from the 1970′s.
Richard Wodzianek VA7RLW (left) demonstrated the latest in field-ready amateur radio technology – all microprocessor based.


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Everyone that visited our demonstrations had fun and the kids really enjoyed learning about Morse code.

We thank Maryn Ashdown of the Port Moody Public Library for inviting us to participate in this very educational and informative event.





Tower Bases Completed

Bases Completed

Tower bases completed.


The 3 concrete tower bases are complete!

They have been back-filled (lower left).

The towers are expected to be put into position during the week of November 24.

Scaffolding has been raised in preparation of assembling one of our large quad antennas.

Photo courtesy of Ian Procyk VE7HHS.

Concrete poured!

We finally poured concrete into all three of our antenna tower bases.

Photo courtesy of Dan Mars VA7DCR

Photo courtesy of Dan Marsland VA7DCR


A major milestone achieved.

We should be able to remove the forms in 1 week and back fill in the holes in about 2 weeks. After a curing period of 28 days, we will begin to raise the 3 towers.

An incredible job by all of the volunteers and die-hards of CARESS.

Stay tuned for more updates.

Coquitlam SAR Communication Test

Coquitlam Search & Rescue invited us to attend their large scale exercise at Pitt Lake on Sept 28, 2014. Our goal was to assist the various SAR teams by evaluating and establishing a radio link from the head of the lake all the way down to Coquitlam’s town centre fire hall. Click here to read the full story.

VE7SCC emergency communications trailer at Grant Narrows.

VE7SCC emergency communications trailer at Grant Narrows.

Antenna Tower Construction Continues

The construction of our 3 new antenna towers is well underway. Progress is excellent. The three foundation holes now have the first layer of rebar installed and we are now positioning the base of each towers into the foundation holes.

We have taken advantage of the great weather so far. Next steps: positioning the tower bases, installing the rebar around the base, creating the concrete forms, pouring the cement – and then finally raising the towers.

Stay tuned.

Placing the tower base into the foundation hole.

Placing the tower base into the foundation hole.