We are raising money for COWICHAN VALLEY AMATEUR RADIO SOCIETY and your contribution will make an impact, whether you donate a lot or a little. Anything helps. The Society relies solely on donations and occasional grants to maintain operations. The Society has no paid staff and is run completely by volunteers. All donations go directly to the Society. Thank you for your support.
The Society owns and operates a mountain top radio repeater site that serves the entire Cowichan Valley providing auxiliary communications services. These capabilities provide vital links to citizens and response organizations should a significant event occur in the area.
This site runs solely on batteries and solar panels. The batteries and charge control system have passed their useful life and failed this past winter causing significant outages.
The cost to replace batteries, solar controllers and install a backup power system is approximately $33,000
Access to the mountain top site is limited to less than half the year due to snow and fire hazard situations.
Approximately $6000 of the funds have already been raised and work has begun on the upgrades.
We still need the funds for the big items. Those are a complete replacement of all the batteries (to be done in two banks) and the addition of a remote start generator system or acquisition of a snow cat to enable winter access. Once these items are acquired and installed the mountain site should once again be stable throughout the winter months. We have broken this down into phases. Phase one is the addition of solar panels, replacement of controllers and some high power use accessories. Phase two is the replacement of the first battery bank. Cost is about $8000 Phase three is to replace the second battery bank (cost $8000) and Phase 4 is the remote start generator or snow cat. Cost is $11000 to $15000.
We are now in Phase Two. The first battery bank must be replaced ($8000). Please hep out the society with your tax deductible donation so we can keep this important communications service running this winter. Your donation to assist with this project would be greatly appreciated.
- Brandon Brown
- Earl Gyselman
- Patrick Truchon
- Nancy Dower
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