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.

CARESS VE7SCC At Coquitlam Treefest 2014

On Saturday, September 13, 2014, Paul VA7CDB and Richard VA7RLW represented CARESS at the 2014 Coquitlam Treefest located at the Riverview Hospital Grounds.

At our display, we demonstrated our capabilities as volunteer emergency communication providers to the City of Coquitlam.

We ran a Grab-n-Go kit and a 20m Zepp dipole antenna along with a 2m VHF station.

We had many interested visitors along with representatives from the City of Coquitlam, (Concillors Terry O’Neill and Craig  Hodge) along with the Province of BC (MLAs Linda Reimer, Selina Robinson and John Horgan).

CARESS VE7SCC display at Treefest

CARESS VE7SCC display at Treefest



Terry O'Neill, Councillor for Coquitlam, a supporter of CARESS is next to Paul Bryan VA7CDB.

Terry O’Neill, Councillor for Coquitlam, a supporter of CARESS is next to Paul Bryan VA7CDB.


Linda Reimer, M.L.A. for Port Moody-Coquitlam visited us.

Linda Reimer, M.L.A. for Port Moody-Coquitlam visited us.



Tour of MCTS

On August 24th Coquitlam ARC and SEPAR (Surrey Emerg. Prog. Amateur Radio) members toured the Vancouver MCTS centre located downtown Vancouver on the 23rd floor of Harbour Centre building, 555 West Hastings.

The MCTS (Marine Communications and Traffic Services) centre consists of a Vessel Traffic, Supervisor and RMIC (Region Marine Information Centre) positions and normally a Radio and Safety position which has however at this time been remoted to Victoria MCTS in preparation of reducing the 5 present Pacific Region MCTS stations (Prince Rupert/Comox/Vancouver/Tofino/Victoria) down to 2 stations – Victoria and Prince Rupert MCTS in the future.

Vancouver MCTS at this time monitors the movement of marine traffic on VHF radio and radar and advises vessels of other traffic in its mandated area of responsibility and also provides navigational, safety and weather information broadcasts to mariners.

The tour was informative and operations were expertly described by the on duty MCTS Officer Bob Holoiday.

Webpage for Vancouver MCTS –

The tour was organized by Brian Derksen.
Photos taken by B. Derksen and Fred Orsetti

View of Burrard Inlet from MCTS

View of Burrard Inlet from MCTS

left to right  Jay Melkins/VE7KC,    Stan Williams/VA7NF,    Denny Baylis/VA7BAV,    Phil Storey/VE7YBH,    Duncan Meakins/VE7NEO,<br />  Fred Orsetti/VE7IO, Marcy Liu/VE7JT, Ron Cunningham -former MCTS Officer, Brian Derksen VE7VBD

left to right Jay Melkins/VE7KC, Stan Williams/VA7NF, Denny Baylis/VA7BAV, Phil Storey/VE7YBH, Unnamed,
Fred Orsetti/VE7IO, Marcy Liu/VE7JT, Ron Cunningham -former MCTS Officer, Brian Derksen VE7VBD

Supervisors position with RMIC position in far background

Supervisors position with RMIC position in far background

Traffic services position

Traffic services position

Duty officer  B. Holoiday describing operations and functions of MCTS Vancouver

Duty officer B. Holoiday describing operations and functions of MCTS Vancouver


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!