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

Thank You Renze & Annetta

 

Once again Renze and Annetta Damm hosted the amateur radio community at their place on September 1st, 2017 with corn and hamburgers on the menu.  This is an annual event put on by these fine people.  We appreciate the enormous amount of work and effort that goes into preparing all the food and the fine company of our amateur radio community here in Southern Alberta who attend.

 

Thanks Renze and Annetta for a great event.

Did You Know?

 

That we have just gone through a huge solar storm here on earth.  The sun decided to spew out some massive solar flares with one of them reaching a magnitude X9.3 on September 6th and another on September 10th reaching a magnitude of X8.2.  These huge solar flares wreaked havoc on the bands and virtually wiped them out with radio blackouts becoming the norm.  The nice part about them is that there was a wonderful lightshow at night during the bombardment of our upper atmosphere in the form of auroras.  Watch websites like dx.qsl.net/propagation for details on how to predict what the bands are going to be like during these solar events.

 

The next Ham Radio Basic classes will begin at the end of October.  There is no cost to taking the classes with us and you receive one year of free membership to the SAARC when you successfully complete the exam and become a ham radio operator.  Send a note to Tom VE6ARG@shaw.ca to join.

SAARC Flea Market

on October 7th, 2017

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

There is a strong possibility that we will get one of the first looks in Western Canada of the new Icom IC-7610!! There will be an OPERATIONAL display at our SAARC Flea Market at the Radioworld Central Booth. The Icom Western Canada Representative, Jeremy Klassen will be attending as well to answer any questions you have about the lineup of Icom radios and how they fit your amateur radio needs.  Icom is also donating a new rig as a doorprize, but I don't expect it will be a new IC-7610, sorry.

 

Our event is being held at the Coaldale United Church on October 7th, 2017.  Time is 9:00 am for vendors and the doors open to the public at 10:00 am.  Order your tables soon at $10 each.  Admission is $5.00 per person which includes a door prize ticket and snacks.  There will be a 50/50 draw too.

 

A regular meeting will be held on Monday September 11th, 2017 at 7:30 at the Glastech Board Room to discuss the event and to work out who does what by the many volunteers we have signed up to help.  If you are one of those that have volunteered, please attend this important meeting and book your table and see if you can help out with setup or other volunteer job assignments.

 

Yes there will be help available for those that need it to move your treasures both in and out of the building to save backs.

 

There are still lots of tables available for the event  so make sure you get your order in to Tom at VE6ARG@shaw.ca to reserve one.

 

We are expecting a large number of people for the Flea Market to attend from all over Alberta and look forward to seeing everyone for an eyeball QSO and lots of  good fun for everyone.

 

We want to thank the volunteers that have signed up to help beforehand for this first of many SAARC Fleamarkets.

 

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

See you there.

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