Prince George Amateur Radio Club
All members and directors of PGARC are unpaid volunteers. Prince George
is the largest city in the northern two thirds of the province, so it is
natural that we would have the largest and most active club in the area.
We are fortunate that a high percentage of our members have advanced
technical skills and are highly motivated. Of course that also means
that our to-do list sometimes grows faster than our job-done list. We
welcome anyone who would like to join us on any of our projects. You
don't have to be an expert. We all learn from doing and from each other.
Besides, lots of what we do, even on repeater installation or
maintenance trips, is pretty basic stuff. We always have fun at what
ever we do. Sometimes that means turning a project into a family camping
trip or it may be an excuse for a quad or snowmobile ride. What ever it
is, there is lots of joking around and the fun of working together on an
old fashioned work-bee. Have a look st some of the photos in the "Radio
Sites" section of this web site. This is just a tiny bit of the
incredible scenery that you'll see if you join the team!
The Prince George Amateur Radio Club is an active volunteer partner with
Emergency Management BC (EMBC) through their Provincial Emergency
Radio Communication Service (PERCS), to provide radio
communication during an emergency or disaster. PGARC purchased and
equipped a new custom built radio communication trailer. Because it is
so well equipped, if it were in the USA, it would qualify as a 'national
resource' under the FEMA definitions. We will take the trailer anywhere
it is needed as long as it is dispatched (tasked) by EMBC. It has been
used in a remote location south of Anahim Lake in the Chilcotin region
and it was used for 6 days in the Terrace area during the search for a
lost American tourist, as well as many jobs closer to home.
We have a mix of formal and informal
agreements with EMBC, Prince George Search and Rescue (PGSAR), the City
of Prince George, Regional District of Fraser Fort George (RDFFG),
Regional District of Bulkley Nechako (RDBN), and the Red Cross. For
hands-on training and a fun weekend together, we take the trailer to a
different remote location (camp site) each year where we operate on
solar power to exercise both it and our skills during the annual North
America wide Field Day Contest on the last full weekend of June.
This trailer is also used to support community events. They give us
another training opportunity and provide our members with more
experience with the equipment and procedures. Our members have provided
communication services and traffic control for numerous public events
that have been held in our city during the last two decades. This
includes the canoe race, BC Northern Games, BC Senior Games, and traffic
control for countless parades and fund-raising walks and runs.
style="font-weight: bold;">Repeater Network
The club owns and maintains an extensive
Amateur Radio VHF and UHF radio network using mountain top repeaters All
of the repeaters use modern, reliable radio equipment and have backup
power in case the power grid fails. PGARC members work with and assist
other clubs and individuals in the region to expand and maintain the
radio network that now covers most communities and highways in the
northern 2/3 of the province. The entire network is tested every Sunday
morning as part of the weekly "Northern BC 2-Meter Net". This repeater
network is invaluable when we are working with Search and Rescue (SAR)
to help to find and rescue missing people.
The club meets at 19:30 on the third
Wednesday of each month in the EMBC office at the corner of
Ferry and Westwood. We use a conference bridge so out of town members
can participate in our meetings. Before our business meeting, the
PREOC radio equipment is tested for operational readiness. Meetings
frequently include demonstrations and short training sessions.
Following the meetings, we usually go for coffee at a near-by coffee
shop. Daily & weekly gatherings at coffee shops are both social
events and opportunities to discuss work plan details and to
'brain-storm' ideas before presenting them to the membership as a
project for approval.
Our web site was created and is maintained by our members. We are
just novices at this and will never become professional web site
developers! This is a learning process for us and we realize that all
the pages on this web site could be improved. Just don't expect
anything too fancy from us! Our FaceBook page is at https://www.facebook.com/pgradioclub/
Please report any mistakes, spelling errors, or links that don't
work. Please send us your suggestions for additional pages or topics
that would be of interest. Most importantly, send stuff - content that
is, not your "boat anchors". If this web site is not going to go
stale, we need news, photos, up coming events, event reports, etc.
This web site is generously provided
to us by Andy Townsley VE7EQU. It runs on his server under the Linux