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The Vancouver Olympics Committee (VANOC) has given Radio Amateurs of Canada details of their search for ham radio volunteers to assist during the Olympic Winter Games (Feb. 12-28, 2010) and Paralympic Winter Games (March 12-21, 2010).   Volunteers must have their own local accommodation in Greater Vancouver or Whistler areas. 

Of the 25,000 volunteers required, Amateur Radio operators are especially needed to help in technical roles during the events, and perhaps earlier.  The on-line volunteer application form, at www.vancouver2010.com, includes space to list skills and experience.   If the applicant wishes a communications or technical role, they should add a key phrase on their application form, to make it easy for VANOC to identify them.  In the fifth (final) application page, add the words "Amateur Radio Operator" in a box called "Additional Information...". 

For volunteers with professional  technical skills and experience, VANOC has provided a second key-word to be entered on the last page of the form.  This key-word is available from RAC Director Ed Frazer VE7EF, RAC Assistant Directors, RAC Section Manager Mike Hale VE7DXD, and ARES officers in BC.  See a recent issue of TCA for contact details.