On Saturday, Feb 21, 2015, Coquitlam Amateur Radio hosted Girl Guides from the 1st & 13th Eagle Mountain, 8th Chimo and 1st & 3rd Hyde Creek units – all from the local area – for the annual GOTA or Guides On The Air event.

49 Girl Guides visited our club facilities where we operated 2 stations: HF (15m, 20m, 40m)  and VHF (local repeaters, simplex and IRLP).

The girls were very interested in amateur radio and eager to talk to other Guides located across Canada and the US. They were very excited when we made a contact in Venezuela on 15m.

A little “mike fright” at first soon turned very quickly into enthusiastic question and answer exchanges.

Along with the radio stations, the girls were taught about Morse code using simple exercises and they also learned about the phonetic alphabet.

Nothing but smiles, learning and fun by all – as you can see in the photo slide show below:


After the event, the girls visited the SPARC Museum next door, where they were in awe of the incredible antique radios.


  • Event Planner, Coordinator:  Marcy Lui VE7JT
  • HF Station Operator:                Paul Wagner VE7TL
  • VHF/IRLP Station Operator:  Gord Barker VE7GVB
  • Photographer:                            Dan Marsland VA7DCR
  • Event Manager:                          Richard Wodzianek VA7RLW