The Powell River Regional Emergency Program in cooperation with the local Emergency Radio Communication Unit has established a backup Community Emergency Radio Communication network for local emergencies such as extended power outages, flooding, wildfires, earthquake, etc. when 911 telephone services are not available to affected residents.
Community Emergency Ham Radio Operator Identification
In the event of an emergency where 911 telephone services are not available, designated volunteer Community Emergency Ham Radio Operators will place “sandwich board” signs at the front of their property.
Residents in the area can pass their emergency, priority, welfare, and routine messages via Ham Radio Station located at the residence of the designated volunteer Community Emergency Ham Radio Operator.
The designated volunteer Ham Radio Operators will use previously established procedures to route the emergency radio communication messages based on their priority and the scale of the emergency.
Residents should become familiar with the location of the nearest designated volunteer Ham Radio Operator in their area. Check with the Volunteer Emergency Radio Coordinator for the current list.
Community Ham Radio Resources
Powell River Amateur Radio Club and Powell River Amateur Repeater Society meet jointly from September to June on the second Wednesday of the month at the Westview Flying Club, Powell River Airport at 7:00 pm and usually every Saturday morning at 10:00 am at a local restaurant. Call on the Powell River Repeater or call the Westview Flying Club at 604 485-6916 for access if you see vehicles with Ham license plates in the flying club parking area. Everyone is welcome.
Powell River Amateur Radio Club is a good local resource for prospective Ham Radio Operators for assistance in obtaining their amateur radio license and establishing a ham radio base or mobile station. Club activities include supporting community events such as the Terry Fox run.
Powell River Amateur Radio Club holds a weekly net, every Sunday night at 8:00 pm using the Powell River Repeater. All interested Ham Radio Operators are welcome to participate.
Powell River Amateur Repeater Society operates 3 repeaters in the local area: Powell River VE7PRR (147.200+ t141.3); Lund VA7LND (147.000+ t100); and Pocahontas Mountain on Texada Island VE7TIR (444.025+ t141.3).
These initiatives were funded through club fundraising, support from both local governments and the private sector combined with successful LottoBC grant applications.
Powell River Repeater VE7PRR
Powell River Regional Emergency Radio Communication Unit (ERCU) meets for training exercises from September to June usually on the last Wednesday of the month at the Westview Flying Club, Powell River Airport, at 7:00 pm. Unit members participate in the Emergency Management BC (EMBC) weekly provincial wide High Frequency Single Side Band net at Westview Flying Club, Powell River Airport at 7:00 pm every Wednesday to confirm station operation as well as to gain experience and to maintain competence.
The Powell River Regional ERCU’s main role within the BC Emergency Response Management System as registered Public Safety Lifeline Volunteers is to provide a backup radio communication network between local government Emergency Operation Centres to Emergency Support Service Reception Centres, Department Operation Centres of the Police, Fire, Ambulance, Search and Rescue, etc. as directed, as well as to the Provincial Regional Operation Centre in Victoria.
Powell River Regional ERCU holds a weekly net every Wednesday night at 6:30 pm using the Powell River Repeater. Interested local Ham Radio Operators are welcome to participate.
Interested in Becoming a Member?
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer Community Emergency Ham Radio Operator and/or a local EMBC registered Radio Communications Public Safety Lifeline Volunteer with the Powell River Region ERCU, contact Derek Poole, Emergency Radio Coordinator at 604 414-4358 or at firstname.lastname@example.org or Russell Storry, Deputy Emergency Radio Coordinator at 604 223-4345 or at email@example.com. For the Texada coordinator, contact Jim Johnson at 604 486-7466 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. More volunteers are always welcome for operations, administration and technical support.