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KARC in the News!

The Kamloops Amateur Radio Club has been featured in the local and international media recently, following the Club's offer to the TNRD to discuss using our microwave network to assist TNRD communities during disaster events where normal telephone and internet services are disrupted. 

Local reporter Kristen Holliday from Castanet Kamloops was the first to express interest in our offer to the TNRD, and here is the link to her story:



Producer and Host of the NL Noon Report, Brett Mineer,
interviewed KARC President Myles, VE7FSR on January 26, 2021. 
The interview may be listened to below.



KARC interview - Radio NL - Jan 26, 2021


Brett Mineer of Radio NL Interviewing Myles Bruns, President of the KARC on January 26, 2021







And the final story was posted this morning (Feburary 5) on the Amateur Radio Newsline

Editor Caryn Eve Murray, KD2GUT, interviewed Myles, VE7FSR on January 27 about the Club's offer to the TNRD and how amateur radio can assist local authorities during disaster events.

Here is the transcript from the portion of the show that mentions the club:


JIM/ANCHOR: For one ham club in Canada, emergency response doesn't just consist of HTs, repeaters and HF radios. Radio operators there are hoping they can soon assist local responders by getting their microwave network in the game. Christian Cudnik K0STH has that story.

CHRISTIAN: The Kamloops Amateur Radio Club, which already provides emergency support on the ground throughout its region in British Columbia, sees even more potential in their mountaintop-to-mountaintop broadband network. They're offering to open its use to the TNRD, the regional governing body, in the hopes that the microwave links' internet connectivity and large data bandwidth can provide an additional resource for local Emergency Operations Centres in the case of wildfires or other calamities.

Club president Myles VE7FSR said the idea of providing the TNRD, or Thompson-Nicola Regional District, with a higher level of assistance was inspired by a 2017 wildfire in the region. He and some friends in the British Columbia Wireless Amateur Radio Network recalled how the blaze had hampered the Emergency Operations Centers' abilities to communicate vital information.

Myles told Newsline that for the region's various municipalities to utilize the club's high speed microwave system, they'd need to first establish that they have line-of-sight with the mountaintops and then install dishes there to connect with the EOCs below. Myles said this sort of operation has come of age. EOCS, he said, are more dependent than ever on internet access because the data bandwidth is so much greater there than on VHF, UHF and especially HF.

For Amateur Radio Newsline I'm Christian Cudnik K0STH.