BC Boaters Net 2022


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The BC Boaters Net normally operates daily at 17:00 PDT during the summer months using the Vancouver Island Trunk System. See below for the dates. The purpose of this net is to provide information to mariners, and to facilitate communications between boaters and with friends and family back home. Methods of contacting us are shown below.

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BCBN Operations

Planning is underway to open the BCBN on Friday, June 17 2022 (subject to change) at 5:00 pm daily on the Island Trunk System and ending on September 08.

High Frequency (HF)
There are three HF nets that you may be interested in. They are run independently of the BC Boaters Net and we encourage you to check into them.
Great Northern Boaters’ Net on 3870 KHz commences April 15 at 0630 Alaska time (0730 PDT) with a roll call at 0700 Alaska time (0800 PDT). Bill VE7WSM has taken the net over since Barbara VA7KLU has retired.
Northwest Boaters’ Net 3865 KHz at 0830 Pacific time.
West Coast Boaters’ Net 3860 KHz (formerly 3855 KHz) at 1800 PDT, usually June to the end of September, for stations unable to access the Island Trunk System.
VHF
The BC Boater’s Net normally takes place on the Vancouver Island Trunk System at 5 pm PDT (17:00) daily starting in mid-June. However, the net did not take place at all in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It should commence this year on July 2 2021. View a Diagram of the VITS. A big thank you to the dedicated group of hams that maintain the Vancouver Island Trunk System! www.islandtrunksystem.org
NOTE… VE7RNA on 146.680 MHz (and all repeaters from Courtenay and south) require a tone of 141.3 Hz. VE7RNA is the southern-most repeater on the VITS.
The Salt Spring Island repeater VE7RSI on 147.320 MHz + CTCSS 88.5 Hz is no longer used for the BC Boater’s Net. However, it still provides good coverage to the southern Gulf of Georgia area. It was recently replaced by a Yaesu DR-2X System Fusion repeater. It supports FM and the digital C4FM, called System Fusion by Yaesu. For FM users, it requires a tone of 88.5 Hz for FM. It also sends a tone, so you can set your radio up for tone decode as well as encode. That way, owners of FM-only radios don’t have to listen to digital transmissions. If your FM radio is capable of BCL (busy channel lockout) it would be a good idea to enable it to prevent it transmitting while a digital QSO is taking place. For users wishing to make the move to digital, there is a growing list of radios that support C4FM. Some are also APRS capable.