Projects

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 worked out.

Community Events

These 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 following:  Assisting 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.

Major Projects

Emergency Communication Trailer
 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. There is a long wish list just for the trailer! For more information click on the title above.

Repeater Site Upgrades
2019 will see the completion of some work that is in progress and the installation of new batteries in a couple more mountain top radio repeater sites. We continue to work on the digital overbuild (BCWARN) described below. If we have time, we want to install generators to backup the batteries that are backing up the grid at a couple sites. In the emergency response business, you can't have too much redundancy!

BCWARN Digital Overbuild
We have raised some money (keep buying those lottery tickets), purchased some equipment, and started installing the equipment for the BCWARN project. The BCWARN project is an intranet (private internet) system. The main objective of the project is to establish a backup digital network for emergency communication when the regular systems fail. A secondary objective is to enable remote equipment diagnostics, maintenance and control of our repeater sites. The network uses wireless Internet technology but will operate in stand alone mode when the internet fails. All the links between our radio sites, and other end users (EOCs and hospitals) will use radio technology with battery backup power. There are redundant gateways to the Internet to enable e-mail etc to clients outside the private system.

When not needed for emergency communication, the primary 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. For more information click on the title above.