Welcome to the Southern Alberta Amateur Radio Club (SAARC) We're an organization of people that provide entertainment and education for Amateur Radio operators who are members of our club and the ham population at large in our region of the province. We’re located in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada along the Old Man River near the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Our club operates the VE6CAM repeater on 146.88 Mhz which provides coverage throughout our region on two meters. Our club has been in operation for many decades and has been the home of amateur radio in this region for hundreds of dedicated ham operators over that time. Join us for our regular meeting and the many events that we host throughout the year. Our dues for joining our club are very reasonable and well worth the small investment. From time to time notices and news will be shared by e-mail as well and please remember that you are not obligated to receive anything from us and if you wish not to, send us a note and we will take you off our list. We hope you enjoy our site and come back often and point others to us too. 73

Our Breakfast Numbers are Rising


Last Saturday we had 13 people show up to our breakfast at Humpty's and it was great.  Boy they do a nice meal there for a reasonable price.  We had people from as far away as Milk River and Pincher Creek show up.  Just remember to let Tom VE6ARG know before Saturday morning at 7:00am if you are going to join us.  Lots of room and great company and conversation.


Come on out and join us at Humpty's on Scenic Drive in Lethbridge for a some good fun. We meet at 9:00am on Saturday mornings.


See you there...



Did You Know???

We have a huge library of books and magazines that have been donated to us by Roly Peddle's estate.  We have them in a nice bookcase that Tom VE6ARG and Tommy VE6TJB built just for them.  Have a look at the great collection when you come to the meeting on Monday night.


The regular meeting on January 14th will also have the AGM to elect new officers for the club.  Come out and step up to the plate and support your club.  Don't let only a few have to shoulder the tasks.

The Basic Course is Full


We have 15 active students attending the basic course every Thursday night until the middle of January.  What an enthusiastic crowd they are too.  Tom VE6ARG is the facilitator on this course and they are doing very well indeed is his opinion.  The process is simple, they use the Coax Publications Basic Amateur Radio Study Guide and review one or two chapters every week before the class and they review is together at the class.  There are lots of videos to look at and other study tools that are incorporated into this course too. It is gratifying to see how well everyone is doing and we are all enjoying ourselves in this fascinating course.  Hopefully we will have another full course next year and it will become the thing to do to get your license in amateur radio in Southern Alberta.  What a great way to build up the numbers in our club and get some fresh blood into amateur radio in our area.


The Advanced course is being run this year as well and there are 4 students so far interested in moving on to the highest step in Amateur Radio and enjoying the additional privileges that gives them.  Congratulations to them on making that commitment.    That course is also being run at the VE6ARG QTH.




Some Changes to the Website are Coming


As many of you know, doing an effective website requires the use of sophisticated software.  It is no different with ours.  However sometimes the software providers decide to re-evaluate their product line and software that you think is going to be supported forever is dropped from the line.  This is no different with Adobe.  Adobe has decided to discontinue support for Muse which is the software that I use to create and update our website. Because of this decision, I have had to look for something that will replace it that is both cost effective and robust enough to meet our needs.


I have used several packages over the years to create my own websites and all of them have their advantages and disadvantages.  While searching, I used a criteria that would provide us all that I think we need and at a reasonable price.  It has to be simple to use and easy to work with and not so technical that someone else can't just jump in and take over in the event of a change in your communications director and web master.


I found such a package in Canada that is used worldwide and fits all of the needs that we have. It is provided by Everweb.  Everweb is, however, only a Mac product and the websites you create can only be produced on a Mac.  This is no problem in my case because I work with both PC's and Mac's and they are completely integrated in my business and at home.  In fact I use Mac's almost exclusively in my photography business and I use PC's at home for amateur radio and for my servers.  This could be problematic however for anyone taking it over in the event of a problem with me carrying on.  I will use whatever I need that will provide me with the best sites I can create.


If, however, you feel this could be a problem, then I'm open to suggestions.


Thanks for understanding,




Contact us by e-mail at: infosaarc@shaw.ca | Snail mail: SAARC, PO Box 1024, Raymond, AB T0K 2S0