Message from the President Sept 17, 2020

17 Sep

Sept. 17, 2020 – Hello fellow WARA Members,

As you know, our club meetings and functions have been suspended for several months now because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Recently, the Provincial health officials have further tightened the COVID protocols, closing meeting and banquet halls and limiting gathering sizes. How does that affect us?

Monthly General Meetings and social functions like the Saturday Breakfast, Ham Classes, etc. are cancelled until further notice.

More important, our AGM which is usually held the Third Tuesday in October effectively cannot be held in the usual Face-to-Face style. Your Board is meeting to review our options on to how to hold the AGM.

These are trying times for all of us. Some of our members fall in the “High Risk” category for age and health issues and can’t or shouldn’t risk any meeting outside your “Bubble”. And the Provincial Health officials are asking us to shrink our “bubbles”.

I will be posting status updates on the website ( as well as email as things progress.Thank you all for your understanding as we move through the trying times.

Brent Besse, VA7BNB  President – WARA.

“Ham radio: Practicing social distancing for 150 years”

2-metre, LF/HF, and HF Digital Band-Plans Aug 2020

21 Aug

Aug 21, 2020 – The RAC Band Planning Committee has released 2 updated band plans, and the IARU is conducting a “HF Digital Band Plan Review”. See info and links below.

RAC 2-metre Band Plan

RAC 0 -30 MHz Band Plan:

This is an updated band plan for all LF and HF (0-30 MHz) amateur allocations including the new LF bands at 2200 m and 600 m, the 60 m USB channels, and changes to reflect current best practice on other bands.

The updated band plan represents the RAC Band Planning Committee’s year-long review of all LF and HF allocations. It is intended to be a quick reference guide summarizing all bands on a single page. Comments and suggestions are welcome. Please use the comment form and select International Affairs Officer. Comments will be acknowledged and forwarded to the full RAC Band Planning Committee for consideration as future updates. George Gorsline VE3YV International Affairs Officer

IARU “HF Digital Band Plan Review

End of report – 73 Brent VA7BNB, WARA President

Victoria Marathon 2020 Cancelled

14 May
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