We are an active and diverse group of
men and women who enjoy our high-tech hobby, helping during emergencies,
helping with community events, working together, and playing together. We
always have something on the go and a list of things to do when we get the
time and the money. You don't have to be a high-tech specialist to join
our team. To keep up with us, you should participate in the Sunday morning
2M net and attend our monthly meetings. SIG (Special Interest Group)
meetings are often held following our Saturday morning
coffee/breakfast/brunch gatherings. That is where the details are usually
are usually short duration events that pop up at irregular intervals.
They are announced on the Sunday net and on the events page. Information
about past events is often posted on our news page. Some of the
community events that we have helped with in the past include the
Search And Rescue, Elks May Day Parade, BC
Senior Games, BC Summer Games, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation,
Prince George Exhibition (PGX), Forestry Exhibition, Santa Clause
Parade, Scouts & Cubs, Mothers & Daughters Walk for Breast
Cancer, PG Air Show, and a few others that I can't remember.
We have partnered
with Northern Health, local government EOCs, and Emergency Management BC
to provide radio (voice) communication for them and to build a data
network which will be shared with them during emergencies or disasters.
The emergency data network is an
intranet (private Internet) to provide digital communication when the
regular systems fail. The data network uses 5GHz microwave
radio. Bringing this project on line is our primary objective for 2020.
network will also enable remote equipment diagnostics, maintenance, and
control of our repeater sites. There are redundant gateways to the
Internet for e-mail to clients outside the private system and servers
within the system will keep us operating when outside access fails.
When not needed for emergency communication, the data on the network
will be APRS data, alarm reporting, remote maintenance, VOIP, and SCADA,
(Sense, Control, And Data Acquisition). This is a fun project for those
with computer networking skills. The
intent is to connect our system to the BCWARN project that similar in
nature but is building from the lower main land outwards.
Our emergency communication trailer has been in use for over a
decade. However the upgrades and improvements to enhance our
capabilities are ongoing. We have added a PBX (Private Branch
Exchange) so now when we are co-located with SAR or an EOC, we have
telephone service between our communication trailer and their
facility. We have recently added a cell booster and satellite Internet
to our capabilities. There is a long wish list just for the trailer!
For more information click on the title above.
This is a never ending project to continuously maintain and upgrade
our 19 mountain top repeater sites. In addition to the on site
batteries, we are adding solar and generator to some of our sites.