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WARA's Emergency Communications Team
The Westcoast Amateur Radio Association (WARA) and the Victoria Branch of the Canadian Red Cross signed a Memorandum of Understanding on July 10, 1996. This memorandum outlines an understanding wherein WARA will provide radio communication for the Red Cross Society - BC Coastal Region during an emergency.
WARA has an Emergency Communication Team (ECT) which consists of club volunteers. The role of WARA's Emergency Communication Team is to provide radio communication between the Victoria Red Cross and the following organizations and agencies:
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WARA Emergency Communication Meetings and Nets
The Emergency Communication Team (ECT) operates the Disaster Managment Operations Centre Radio Room at the Canadian Red Cross, BC Coastal Region building at 909 Fairfield Rd.,Victoria BC. The station VE7VCC can operate on 2 m voice, 70 cm voice, HF voice and pactor, 2 m packet (Airmail). The ECT has a number of portable amateur radio stations that can be deployed at Field Reception Centres within the BC Coastal Region. These portable radio kits consists of a 2-metre radio or a dual-band radio, a portable antenna, coax, power supply and battery connectors for hookup to a car battery if needed. Some units have a Kantronics KPC-3 Packet TNC.
Every Wednesday at 7:00 pm, the Emergency Communication Team holds an Emergency Communication Net on the VE7VIC repeater system 146.840 MHz (-600 kHz) followed by a simplex net on 146.580 MHz
The purpose of the net is to:
AT THE TIME OF AN EMERGENCY OR DISASTER
The Emergency Communication Team may establish a Net Control Station on the VE7VIC repeater 146.840 (-600) 100 Hz. If the repeater is NOT operational use 146.840 MHz simplex.
Control will be responsible for:
Any Amateur Radio Operator wishing to volunteer with WARA / ECT at the Red Cross must: