Canadian Special Call Signs

In order to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the CBC, Special Event Canadian call signs have been approved for use for all amateurs by Industry Canada.

British Columbia QSO Party

The BC QSO party will take place on Feb 04th 2012 and lasts for 12 hours.

Industry Canada Web Services

Industry Canada has recently instituted web based services for Amateur Radio. Accredited Examiners may submit new exam marks and upgrades. Call sign search, additional certificates and call signs may be done via this page.

Christmas Pot Luck Dinner

NARA's Christmas pot luck dinner will be held on Thursday December 8th at 6 PM. Please bring a dish of your choice and enjoy a festive celebration with NARA members.

NARA Membership Renewal

Membership dues are collected by the treasurer every September with the cut-off for collection at the end of December.

NARA membership provides you with full access to all local repeaters and it also helps with the cost of maintaining our repeaters and Club projects. Members also benefit from Club purchases and supporting Amateur radio in the Mid Island area.

NARA Amateur Radio Training Course

The Nanaimo Amateur Radio Association offers an amateur radio training course to the public. The course aims to teach all of the necessary operating regulations and technical knowledge necessary to obtain an Industry Canada issued Amateur Radio Certificate.
Please register on or before 15 Oct 2011.


Drop, Cover, and Hold On!

2011 ShakeOut:

At 10:20 a.m. on October 20, 2011, British Columbians will "Drop, Cover, and Hold On" in The Great British Columbia ShakeOut, the largest earthquake drill in Canadian history! A short net will be held on 146.64 immediately after the exercise.

Heathkit's Amateur Radio Plans

Heathkit Educational Systems hopes to re enter the Amateur Radio market by the end of 2011.

6.4-magnitude Quake Leaves B.C. Shaken, But Not Hurt

A 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck the coast of northern Vancouver Island Friday, shaking and rattling Metro Vancouver highrises and parts of B.C., but otherwise leaving the province fairly unscathed.

Nanaimo Daily News Articles

Book on BC licence plate history

I am currently researching a book on BC licence plate history and am working on a section related to ham licence plates and am hoping that NARA members might be willing to share any stories or old photos related to their ham licence plates.
Please reply to:

Thanks, Chris Garrish

World Championship Bathtub Race 2011

JULY 24th 2011 11AM
Some pics of the event

IARU HF Championship

NARA will be participating in the IARU HF Championship Contest at the VE7NA Club Station beginning Saturday 1200 UTC and ending Sunday 1200 UTC 4:00 AM to 4:00 AM Local time July 9-10, 2011.

RAC Canada Day Contest Results

NARA Participated in the RAC Canada Day Contest at the VE7NA station.

Field Day Results

Field Day was a Great success at VE7NA Thank-you to all who helped make this event fun.

RAC Canada Contest

NARA is participating in the Canada Day Contest at the VE7NA Club Station.

Bath Tub volunteer sign-up list

Volunteers are required to help out with the Bath Tub Race. The bath tub race is on July 24, 2011. The Nanaimo Amateur Radio Association is supplying radio operators/spotters.

QSL arrangements for Royal Wedding Prefix

As the Royal Wedding prefix GR, MR and 2R replaces the traditional regional locator for G, M and 2 callsigns, it has been necessary for the QSL bureau to create a temporary special sub group to handle the expected large influx of cards.

Yaesu, ICOM, Kenwood Issue Statements Regarding Effects of Earthquake on Operations



According to a press release, no one from ICOM is known to be injured. No damage has been reported at ICOM’s headquarters in Osaka, or at either of their two main factories in Wakayama; both Osaka and Wakayama are located far south of the most severely affected areas. The branch offices in Tokyo and Sendai, however, did suffer some minor damage. “Most of ICOM’s facilities and systems are ready to get back to normal business, but supplier logistics, commuting issues and future power disruptions will affect our company,” the press release said. “It is too soon to tell how big an impact the earthquake and its aftermath will have on ICOM. We appreciate your interest and concern.”

Request for Information, Interference from Plasma Television Sets.

According to members of the Niagara Peninsula Amateur Radio Club, noise and signals originating from Plasma Screen digital television set are causing considerable interference to their HF activities and have asked RAC for help.

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