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.
Placing the tower base into the foundation hole.
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
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.
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 – http://www.ccg-gcc.gc.ca/e0003905
The tour was organized by Brian Derksen.
Photos taken by B. Derksen and Fred Orsetti
View of Burrard Inlet from MCTS
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
Traffic services position
Duty officer B. Holoiday describing operations and functions of MCTS Vancouver