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Amateur radio operators showcase emergency response communications at 24-hour event

June 26 2014

VECTOR volunteer

Hundreds of highly skilled local amateur radio operators will come together to practice emergency response operations during a 24-hour event at Queen Elizabeth Park.

VECTOR Field Day

To support the City's local emergency response operations, the Vancouver Emergency Community Telecommunications Organization (VECTOR) is hosting this event to exercise their skills while educating the public. 

VECTOR volunteers will  set up shelters, antennas, and communications equipment in Queen Elizabeth Park — a site where they would be likely to set up operations post-disaster. Throughout this 24-hour event, participants from around North America will attempt to make contact with as many radio operators as possible.

Where and when

  • Queen Elizabeth Park
    (In the field by the tennis courts and off leash dog park. Enter at Cambie Street and 37th Avenue)
  • Saturday, June 28, 2014 at 11:00am to Sunday, June 29, 2014 at 11:00am

What you can see and do

  • See VECTOR showcase new technology and radio skills
  • Learn more about emergency response communications
  • Talk to other participants in North America using amateur radio equipment

About VECTOR

VECTOR is made up of dedicated and highly skilled local amateur radio operators. These volunteers collectively spend hundreds of hours each year practicing so they are prepared in the event of communication failures following emergencies or disasters.

Find out how the City is preparing its emergency communications

VECTOR volunteers

Emergency communications

If telecommunications infrastructure is damaged, telephones, mobile phones, and internet may not work. The City has a dedicated Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) designed to act as a coordination and communications centre for any large emergency or disaster events that impact Vancouver.