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British Columbia Frequency Modulation Communications Association
Welcome to the British Columbia Frequency Modulation Communications Association (BCFMCA). We are an Amateur Radio organization specializing in VHF, UHF, and microwave communications. We operate equipment in a variety of modes, including FM, DMR/MotoTRBO, IRLP (node 1694), and D-STAR. Please select one of the menu buttons on the left to find out more about us.
The BCFMCA is a registered charity with the Canada Revenue Agency. We accept all monetary and in-kind donations, and can issue tax receipts for donations over $25. We gladly accept charitable donations of estates from "silent-key" amateurs. Please see the "How to Reach Us" button on the left menu to get in touch with our Executive.
If you notice that the Power Status is "On Battery", please refrain from using the repeaters unless you have emergency or priority traffic.
More temperature telemetry is available here.
More power plant telemetry is available here.
VE7RPT IRLP Status
VE7RAG D-STAR Status
BUILDING MOVE - UPDATE
We're back connected to the Hydro grid. No more daily trips to refuel the generator (yay!).
The VE7RAG DMR repeater is back in service. That just leaves the VE7RAG 1.2GHz repeaters off the air, due to no transmission ' lines. Hopefully we'll get that resolved soon.
BUILDING MOVE - UPDATE
Monsoon season has returned... boy as it wet, but it isn't going to be any drier anytime soon.
Building has been moved to its new home. We'll be running on emergency power for a few days.
All the machines have been temporarily reconnected, and are back on the air, with exception of VE7RAG (UHF/DMR), VE7RAG D-STAR 1.2GHz DD/DV, and MSPK99 (144.990). The DMR repeater will be back online when we get power restored. The other two need new transmission line installed.
We still need to re-run new transmission line to all the antennas, as we have just spliced in to the existing runs to get things on the air (they are too short). That will be pending work for when the weather dries up again.
A page has been started to document this event, so far it has some pictures from move day.
You can check it out here.
NOTICE OF SERVICE DISRUPTION - UPDATE
Per the announcement below, we are currently off the air, scheduled to move the building in the morning. Hopefully all goes as planned, despite the weather forecast, and we'll have something back on the air later tomorrow some time.
If you want to help, we can use cash donations to help cover the costs, the bills for this move will likely exceed our cash reserves. Use the donation button at the left. All donations over $25 will receive a tax receipt.
Thank you for your patience!
NOTICE OF SERVICE DISRUPTION
Please be advised that starting August 22, 2015, and continuing for the next few weeks, there will be periodic interruptions of the operation of the BCFMCA repeaters.
Due to circumstances beyond our control, we are required to relocate our repeater building on Mt. Seymour. This move is to be completed before September 10.
We are currently in the process of securing the building to be moved.
The tentative move date will be August 28. Around this time, the building will be disconnected from power and antennas so it can be transported to its new home.
After the move, we will attempt to restore normal operations as soon as practical. This will depend on how quickly we get reconnected to power, and the installation of temporary antennas. Not all repeaters may be online after the move (subject to temporary antenna availability). VE7RPT VHF/UHF will be the priority to restore, followed by VE7RAG VHF/UHF. As we will need to re-run all new transmission lines to the towers, other repeaters may take longer to restore.
Thank you for your patience over the next month as we work through this re-location.
As of late August 2013 we installed our first DMR/MotoTRBO repeater at the Mt Seymour site. This repeater now occupies the VE7RAG 443.400MHz frequency in place of the D-STAR repeater that used to occupy this frequency. D-STAR is still available on VE7RAG VHF and 1.2GHz.
We are excited to start experimenting with DMR technology as it utilizes TDMA (Time Division Multiple Access) to accommodate two simultaneous data/voice streams on a single 12.5KHz channel.
The VE7RAG 443.400MHz repeater is also configured with internet linking using IPSC (IP Site Connect). This allows repeater users to connect to over 300 other DMR amateur radio repeaters around the world.
More information on the new DMR repeater can be found here.
Emergency Power Upgrade
We've recently done some major work on our emergency power system, replacing the batteries and charging system. You can read more about that project here.
The new equipment lets us easily gather remote telemetry/statistics, which you can see here.
You will notice on the top of this home page, you can see whether the equipment is running on AC or on battery. The status is effectively live (it is polled every minute), and is current when you load this page.
If you notice that the system is running on battery, please refrain from using the repeaters unless you have emergency or priority traffic.
We also have telemetry for temperatures inside and outside our building, which you can see here.
Yes, it is that time of the year once again... indeed, it is time to renew your BCFMCA membership!
Renew on-line, it is simple and fast! Online we accept VISA and MASTERCARD for on-line payment through PayPal. Save a stamp! Renew right now!
Never been a member before? We'd love you have you show your support for amateur radio and volunteer emergency communications in the Lower Mainland! You can join right now! Click to start a membership application.
It is YOUR support that helps to maintain eight repeaters at one of the most sought after locations in the Lower Mainland!
Check the NEWS button on the left for updated info on what has been going on in the BCFMCA lately!
More ways to talk to the world!
We are node number 1694 on the IRLP network, and normally IRLP will be linked to VE7RPT-VHF and VE7RPT-UHF. Don't be surprised if you hear someone connect with a callsign from another part of the world!
Transmissions from the IRLP port can be identified by the CW "I" courtesy tone at the end of the calling party's transmission.
In order to "dial out" and connect VE7RPT to another IRLP node, you will need to be a BCFMCA member. More details on IRLP and our system can be found here.
NOTICE TO ALL MALICIOUS OPERATORS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 5, 2007
From: Greater Vancouver Amateur Radio Council (GVARC) Interference Committee
Months of hard work tracking various sources of malicious interference directed at the VE7RPT repeater, owned and operated by the BCFMCA and located on Mt Seymour, have finally begun to pay off.
On September 25th the FCC issued a Notice of Apparent Liability, including fines totaling $7,000, to James Grinton, K7VNI, located in Bellingham Washington. A copy of this notice is attached for your information.
Grinton repeatedly and maliciously interfered with the operation of VE7RPT on a frequent basis. During the last 2 years Grinton directed his malicious interference and harassment at the President of the BCFMCA, jammed phone patches and periodically flooded the repeater with music and other forms of intentional interference.
In early 2006 a team of Canadian Hams began tracking the interfering signals and quickly determined they originated south of the Canada/US border. A group of Hams in the US were approached to provide assistance and the source of the interference was identified shortly thereafter. A number of independent confirmations were made to verify the location, the address of which was determined to be that of James Grinton, K7VNI.
A complaint was formally made to the FCC regarding this interference and the information collected by the combined Canadian and US tracking team was provided to the Seattle office of the FCC. An agent from the FCC Enforcement Bureau’s Seattle Office independently verified the location and source of the interference during late 2006 and a Warning of Interference to Communications Letter was sent to James Grinton, K7VNI, on January 19, 2007.
Grinton continued to interfere with the operation of VE7RPT after receipt of the warning letter. In fact, the Seattle agent recorded over 160 violations during the period January 19, 2007 to June 23, 2007.
A Notice of Apparent Liability, including fines totaling $7,000, was issued to James Grinton, K7VNI, on September 25, 2007 (see notice).
This is the second of a series of interference complaints affecting repeaters in the Greater Vancouver area to be brought to a conclusion. Additional interference investigations are on-going.
Many thanks to all the people who devoted countless hours tracking and identifying the source of this interference. This is an excellent example of the tremendous spirit of cooperation that exists between Amateur Radio operators in both Canada and the US. In addition, many thanks to the Seattle office of the FCC for their support and subsequent enforcement action.
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QRM is a problem, we all know that. We will try and locate possible sources of interference on the repeaters, but we need YOUR help.
Please submit a QRM report so that we can try and locate the source. It is important to fill out the report EVEN IF YOU DON'T HEAR the interference from your location when it occurs. Remember to listen to the INPUT of the repeater when listening for interference.
Don't think that your report has an effect? Well, see the press release above. James Grinton was busted by the co-ordinated efforts of a number of volunteers. All information reports are useful.
Are YOU causing QRM on our repeaters? Again, be warned, you never know who is lurking around your neighbourhood gathering evidence for prosecution. We've been at this at lot longer than you, and we're not going to let you destroy our resource... and we've got the law on OUR side.
Curious as to the coverage of some of our repeaters? Please see the Equipment page for more information.
Thank you for visiting our website and 73.
This page was last updated 26 February 2013.
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