Field Day 2017

From 10 a.m. Saturday June 24, 2017 to 10 a.m. Sunday June 25, 2017, the Coquitlam, Burnaby and New Westminster amateur radio clubs will be jointly conducting their annual Field Day at Coquitlam’s Blue Mountain Park, located at 975 King Albert Avenue.

The public is invited to stop by the Porter Street side of the Park to watch local radio amateurs of all ages as they set up antennas and radio equipment and make contacts with other operators from not only the Lower Mainland, but also from the thousands of local clubs across North America that will be active.

Last year more than 40,000 operators tested their skills in this most popular event of the “ham radio” calendar, which has been held annually in North America since 1933.

Using the call sign VE7SCC, operators will exchange contact information on radio voice bands, as well as by modern digital modes and by using morse code.

The exercises are a field test of the ability to perform mutual aid and support municipal and provincial government agencies in response to an earthquake, tsunami, floods, or other disasters. Amateur radio operators are certified and issued their licenses by Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada.

This year at Blue Mountain Park, a local youth group plans to operate a “Get on the Air” (GOTA) station in order to familiarize themselves with operating techniques, strategies and procedures.

There will also be a demonstration of QRP operation, which is the challenge to make contacts using a minimal five watts of transmitter power, and there will also be radio operation using power from solar-charged batteries.

The emergency services mandate is to run autonomously in the event of emergencies in which power, telephone, internet and other civil services have been damaged. Using radios and computer software, radio amateurs connect and record activity with other  stations inside and outside of the disaster area, including radio stations around the world.

Locally, amateur radio organizations provide backup communication for municipalities and the Province, and are an integral component of the planning, response and recovery during the first 72 hours of an emergency.  Members who volunteer with Emergency Management British Columbia (EMBC) are vetted and are issued Provincial identification.

The Coquitlam Amateur Radio and Emergency Services Society (CARESS) has its main site in co-location with the BC Ambulance Station (BCAS) at the Riverview site.

The general public and news media are all welcome to stop by and view the event.

Field Day 2015

The Coquitlam Amateur Radio Emergency Services Society in conjunction with the Burnaby and New Westminster Amateur Radio clubs will be hosting the 2015 ARRL Field Day at the Coquitlam Club’s facilities located at the Riverview Grounds starting at 11AM Saturday June 27 running through to 11AM Sunday June 28.

ARRL Field Day is the most popular on-the-air event held annually in the US and Canada. On the fourth weekend of June, more than 35,000 radio amateurs gather with their clubs, groups or simply with friends to operate from remote locations.

The public is welcome to join us and see amateur radio operators in action and learn more about this very active and growing hobby.

For more information, click FIELD DAY 2015.




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.

Upcoming Club Events

Hello everyone,

First, I want to thank everyone that has helped in the construction of our 3 towers so far. I am truly inspired and grateful by the effort (big or small), passion, and generosity put in by volunteers on their own spare time and funds into this endeavour. The next step is excavation of the bases and this is planned for this week! Stay tuned for progress reports and further calls to action.

1. Membership

Yes, it’s that time of the year. Our membership fees are due on Sept 1.

Paul Bryan, VA7CDB, has done a fantastic job upgrading our website which includes a refreshed membership renewal page.

You can pay by PayPal or by cheque.

If you are at the club, you can deliver your cheque (or cash) directly to an executive. For those paying by cash or cheque, we will provide you with a receipt at the next club meeting.

And now with our towers going up, let’s spread the word and recruit new members!

2. Club Meeting

Our next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Sept 25 at 7:30pm. I will send out a reminder with an agenda one week prior to the meeting. It’s going to be a full one with many exciting items to report. We are planning various different hands-on presentations as well throughout the new season.

I hope to see you all then.

3. Nets

We are planning to move our nets from Thursdays at 7:00pm to Mondays at 7:30pm and from the VE7MFS to VE7RPT repeater starting on Monday, Sept 22. This is to expand our coverage with better access to all areas.

I received some initial feedback and reminder that the Abbottsford ARES net is on Mondays at 7:00pm so, I shifted my initial proposal to 7:30pm.

I received permission from BCFMCA for the use of their repeater.

If anyone has any issues regarding this move (regarding conflicts, access, etc.), please do not hesitate to contact me.

Best regards,

Mobile: 604.802.0244

Field Day 2014!

CARESS (Coquitlam ARC), The Burnaby Amateur Radio Club, and the New Westminster Amateur Radio Club will once again be doing a joint field day exercise. This year however, there will be a change of venue. CARESS is proud to host this years field day from our club parking lot on the Riverview Grounds! We have chosen this location to put the spotlight on our current tenancy issues and to show that we are still active in the community.

What is field day?

  • Field day serves many purposes. It is a public relations exercise, a public service communications (disaster communications) exercise, and a “contest”. The objective of the contest is to work as many stations as possible on any and all amateur bands (excluding the 60, 30, 17, and 12-meter bands) and to learn to operate in abnormal situations in less than optimal conditions. Field Day is open to all amateurs in the areas covered by the ARRL/RAC Field Organizations and countries within IARU Region 2. DX stations residing in other regions may be contacted for credit, but are not eligible to submit entries.
  • We use FD to promote the hobby and help people understand what our hobby (and service) is all about, and what it is not. It is common for people to mistake ham radio for ‘trucker radio’ or ‘CB radio’. While the technical concepts are similar, the practices are significantly different.
  • See the ARRL website here.

Where is field day happening?

  • CARESS is hosting the 2014 ARRL/RAC Field Day at our club house location on the Riverview grounds. There will be signs showing how to get to us from the main entrance at Lougheed and Colony Farms.
  • Click here to see the map.
  • Click here to see a Google Map showing the front Entrance of Riverview.
  • Click here to see a our club location on a Google Map

Who will be there, and who can attend?

  • You! Everyone is welcome. If you are interested in becoming an amateur radio operator we WANT you there. This is our chance to introduce new hams, or existing inactive hams, to the hobby. You are welcome to participate in anyway you are comfortable, and we encourage everyone to try out the “GOTA” station. GOTA means Get On The Air, and that’s what it is for – putting people behind the mic to make a contact.

Talk in?

  • VE7MFS 145.310- Tone (Primary)
  • VE7RBY 145.350- Tone 127.0 Hz (Poor coverage to the FD site)
  • VE7NWR 145.390- Tone 100.0 Hz
  • Give us a call on any of these three repeaters. If you are not yet a ham, then pop these into a scanner and keep an ear out for us.

We look forward to seeing you!