Extreme fire risk in Coquitlam

The City of Coquitlam has advised us that the lack of rainfall in May and June have created severe dryness in our parks, undeveloped lands, and on private property where vegetation is extremely dry. The public is asked to:

  • not start any fires,
  • not smoke in any of our parks, or in locations where a spark could ignite vegetation,
  • avoid cutting “high grass” lawns or property where the heat or a spark from a lawnmower or weed eater could ignite a fire.

Smokers, please don’t smoke in forested or park areas, or flick butts out of open windows. Smouldering cigarettes are a very common source of enormous fire damage and loss during this season.

Mayor Stewart also advises that they are waiving watering restrictions for certain homes on the perimeter of Mundy Park and other forested areas; residents affected have been notified. But for all residents keep dry foliage cut back to prevent fire spread in the event of a neighbour’s home or a neighbouring forest area suffers a fire. When it is this dry, we all need to be a little more vigilant.

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.

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.