Prince George Amateur Radio Club
Prince George, B.C.
MEETINGS USING ZOOM
Details will be in the meeting announcement e-mail
Joining a PGARC meeting
PGARC meetings will be held from our homes using Zoom for the foreseeable future. In addition to protecting us from the pandemic, we don't have to drive on icy roads, in the dark, in snow storms, or extreme cold. Meeting attendees like the new format so much that there is talk of making it permanent.
There are several ways that you can participate. Zoom supports land line telephone and all computer operating systems so you can use your cell phone, tablet, laptop, or desktop computer either with or without a camera, speakers, or microphone.
Call one of the numbers (meeting ID) in the Zoom meeting announcement. No computer is required.
Telephone + computer
Telephone for audio, computer to see the other members & watch presentations.
Call in by phone as in the “telephone only” option and also join using your computer by clicking on the link in the meeting announcement. We won't be able to see you but you can fully participate in the meetings.
Computer + microphone or headset – no camera
This option provides the same level of access as above but without having to use your telephone.
Computer + microphone or headset + camera
Full two-way voice and video. This is the best option because we can see you raise your hand when voting and it is nicer for visiting before and after the meetings.
We look forward to seeing you at our meetings.
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.
Public Safety: 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 have 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 is 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.