Yellowknife Amateur Radio Society

Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada



A Do-it-Yourself (DIY) Website

Around 2012 the Yellowknife Amateur Radio Society (YARS) decided to take control of its domain name and to build its own website, rather than contracting that out.  This was a cost-saving measure but also a way in which to abandon the use of the increasingly defunct FrontPage software used to maintain HTML pages on the site.  One can see the original site by looking up YKARS.COM in the Wayback Machine.  

In 2012 we decided to make use of Joomla 1.3, an open source content management (CMS) program.  The use of a CMS is how most modern websites operate and others in use include WordPress and Drupal.  In 2012 Joomla was one of the most popular.  In 2020 WordPress (which is actually a blog system rather than a proper CMS) was used by about 40.4% of websites on the Internet, followed by Shopify and then Joomla.  On 17 August 2021, Joomla released Joomla 4.0.  We decided to abandon Joomla 1.3 and work with Joomla 4.0. 

On 23 August 2021 we deactivated the old site and embarked on creating a new site under Joomla 4.0 and its upgrades.  All links on the website are gradually being verified and articles put through an editorial review.  We will also be installing and using a mass mailing system that conforms to Canada's anti-SPAM legislation. Persons may subscribe.  Also we will be setting up a blog type newsletter to replace our old newsletter, The Ensign.  That newsletter was discontinued and taken off-line around 2015 for various reasons, despite its popularity.

Please be patient with us as this website develops.  We are not web developers, so we have a steep learning curve to deal with.  At the moment the default Templates in Joomla 4.0 are being used.  This might change eventually.  

Category Organization Follows Incident Command System (ICS)


Incident Command System Organization Chart

This website is structured using the Incident Command System (ICS).  That system is a standardized approach to the command, control and coordination of emergency response, providing a common hierarchy that can be used amongst multiple emergency response agencies.  It is scalable up or down and so can be used in a relatively small organization such as YARS or a huge organization such as the armed forces.  Those in the armed forces might see a similarity to the General Staff System (GSS), based on the 19th century French army system.    

The ICS and its adoption by YARS is a key component to our orientation to emergency preparedness and our function in emergency management or civil defence. 

The ICS is also an important management tool mentioned in the Northwest Territories Emergency Plan (2018):

6.2 Incident Command System
The Incident Command System (ICS) is an incident management tool designed as a standardized and
coordinated approach to managing emergencies that provides functional interoperability at all levels of
emergency management. ICS breaks up tasks into functional areas of Command, Operations, Planning,
logistics and Finance/Administration. The NWT EMO has adopted ICS as its response model for the
purposes of the NWT Emergency Plan.


The image gallery has been downloaded and installed and populated by images from about 2003 to present.  They are arranged in yearly albums and sometimes in sub-albums if there are enough images.  These images are a form of record-keeping of the activities of YARS.  We have also discovered that they can be used as an image library for the website.


We have systematically reviewed all articles, adding new articles and corrected most broken links.  If you think that an article should appear or have comments, let Ian Rennie know.  Registered users have the ability to login to our system and submit articles.  They will be put through an editorial process before they are published.