The Cowichan Valley Amateur Radio Society (CVARS) is an incorporated Not For Profit group. CVARS is comprised of amateur radio operators from Ladysmith to the Malahat including Lake Cowichan and the Gulf Islands.
The Society maintains a number of voice repeaters and digipeaters located near Duncan on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada.
144.39 (APRS), 146.68 pl 141.3, 224.90- pl 141.3, 442.60+ pl 141.3, all on Mt Brenton
The CVARS repeater frequency 145.47 pl 127.3 on Mt Sicker is maintained by the Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD)
Mount Brenton VE7RNA telemetry (opens in a new window)
The web cameras will be off over night while the batteries are charged. Too much cloud and not enough sunlight. (December 3, 2012)
IE 11 and the Web Cams
To view the club's cameras when using Internet Explorer 11, click tools (Alt x), chose compatibility view settings and add www.cvars.com to the list.
IE 11 tools icon
The CVRS actively supports community communications needs and has designed and constructed a fully equipped Communications Trailer. As well, emergency radio communications kits are distributed throughout the area.
CVARS has recently begun a working relationship with the Cowichan Valley Search and Rescue, supporting their activities when requested with amateur radio communications capabilities.
Community Events Participation
In the past CVARS has provided communications support to
|Calendar of Events||2014|
|SAR exercise||Feb 16|
|Burnaby Swap Meet||Feb 23|
|CVRD ECT course||TBA|
|Communications Academy||March 22-23|
|Maple Ridge Swap Meet||May 4|
|RAC AGM in Vancouver||July 25 to 27|
Training Ham radio course will be held from Thursday to Saturday, March 13-15, 2014. Course is free. To register or for more information contact Tim Mitchell at 250-746-4532 or e-mail email@example.com
Search and Rescue
SAR Exercise, February 16, 2014
Cowichan Search and Rescue is this year's host of SAREX, a major joint exercise involving multiple groups training in various disciplines. "We should have dozens of search and rescue folks running a joint exercise with RCMP," Bradley said.
"We're going to have our swift water teams involved, and our high angle ropes teams..." (Cowichan Valley Citizen)
View Slideshow at Skutz Falls and Marie Canyon
Industry Canada will allow amateur radio operators to use the 5332 kHz, 5348 kHz, 5358.5 kHz, 5373 kHz and 5405 kHz frequencies on a no-interference, no-protection basis. Industry Canada will not allow amateur radio operators to use the 5329 kHz frequency.
For the frequencies centred on 5332 kHz, 5348 kHz, 5358.5 kHz, 5373 kHz and 5405 kHz: Amateur stations will be allowed
a maximum bandwidth of 2.8 kHz. Amateur stations will be restricted to the following emission modes and designators:
telephony (2K80J3E), data (2K80J2D), RTTY (60H0J2B) and CW (150HA1A). Amateur stations will be allowed to operate with a
maximum effective radiated power of 100 W PEP.
Spectrum Management and Telecommunications
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