Prince George Amateur Radio Club
Prince George, B.C.
MEETINGS: THIRD WEDNESDAY OF EACH MONTH
The Prince George Amateur Radio Club is a not for profit regional society that is affiliated with Radio Amateurs of Canada. Our radio repeater assets are spread across an area that encompasses about a three hour driving radius from Prince George. The many small communities in this area don't have local clubs so we serve their needs.
As individuals, Amateur Radio (Ham Radio) is a great hobby. As a club, almost everything that we do is either done solely for public safety or has a large public safety component to it. For example, our Emergency Radio Communication Trailer was developed strictly for public safety and public service. Our repeater network goes way beyond anything needed for a hobby. Our repeater sites are designed to keep working when the public communication systems fave failed.
Our repeater network has been used to report a plane crash, forest fires, and climbers stuck on a cliff and then to direct emergency response personnel to the incident sites. The repeaters have been used in a support role for many searches and on several occasions, our repeaters have been used to directly conduct part of search operations.
Many of our members are registered Public Safety Lifeline Volunteers (PSLV) with Emergency Management British Columbia (EMBC). Their primary responsibility is to provide emergency management communications when the public systems are either not available or not working. An example of this is our partnership with the Search And Rescue (SAR) community.
"Amateur Radio" is an international term that means that we can not use our radios for profit. To get an "Amateur Radio Operators Certificate", you have to pass a federal examination that includes basic electronics, radio regulations, and operating procedures. This contrasts with commercial radio operators who simply buy a license and are good to go. Morse code no longer a requirement, not even for advanced status.
Meetings are held on the third Wednesday of each month at EMBC at the corner of Ferry & Westwood in Prince George, BC. Arrive early for the emergency net and see the radio station in operation. The meetings start at 19:30 (7:30 pm). Use the front door - ring the door bell if the door is locked. The alternate meeting location when the EMBC meeting room is unavailable is the old Beaverly fire hall on highway 16, about 10km west of the city.
You don't have to be a Prince George resident to be a member. We serve a large geographic area with repeaters in Mcbride, Valemount, Quesnel, Burns Lake, and other communities. We also assist other clubs with their projects. For example, we installed repeaters at Lac La Hache (south of Williams Lake), and Wells and we've helped service repeaters in other areas. We are asking all out lying areas that do not have their own club to join the Prince George Amateur Radio Club to help support us, so we can continue to support you. Everyone is welcome and we greatly appreciate your support.