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January 20 Meeting Minutes

Members Present:

Mike VA6PLC, Terry VA6TMA, Barry VE6BGR, David VA6IRE, Ron VE6PAP, Milt VE6MLD,
Peter VA6ARI, Tyler VA6TI, Kalvin VE6KRO, Amber VE6APA, Geoff VE6LSX, Ed VE6ENG,
Wayne VE6WEK, Brian VE6LAY

Call to order: 10:07 am

Motion to accept minutes of Nov. 18, 2023:
Gary VE6CV, 2nd Dave VA6IRE

Treasurer’s Report provided by Barry.

Repeater Committee Report:
Looking at getting a new solar controller.Still can’t find the mystery noise.

Presentation by Jerry VE6TL on QSL Bureau System

Presentation by Gary on FT-8, Grid Tracker, and Propagation tools

Thanks Jerry VE6TL and Gary VE6CV for putting together such great presentations.

New business:
Looking for volunteers for field day June 22-24, 2024, to be held in at the Fort Macleod Lion’s Campground.

Motion to adjourn:
Gary VE6CV 11:54 am

Next meeting: Feb. 17, 2024 in MPR-8






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Web References for Jerry’s QSL Presentation

Here are the references for Jerry’s presentation from this past Saturday:


eQSL –


Club Log –


VA6/VE6 QSL Bureau –

RAC Outgoing QSL Bureau –

Digital Modes Club –

30 Meter Digital Group –






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Gary’s VE6CV FT-8 Presentation

Dedicated station for digital modes:

  • Radio is IC-7100 Icom all mode 2m, 70cm, 6m – 160m
  • LDG AT600 Pro 2 Auto tuner
  • Antenna is a Zero Five GP43 vertical
  • Camera view on radio
  • Remote control of station
  • Automated 



GridTracker is a warehouse of amateur radio information presented in an easy to use interface, from live traffic decodes, logbooks, real-time spot reports, weather, current solar conditions and more!

Uploading FT8 logs

LOTW Logfile Maintenance

Log Analyzer 3.2

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Next SAARC Meeting – Jan. 20, 10 am

The next SAARC meeting will be:
Date: Saturday, January 20, 2024
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: YMCA, 74 Mauretania Rd W, Lethbridge, AB T1J 5L4
Room: LPR-8 (upstairs)
Part in the north parking lot, enter the north entrance, and immediately turn right and take the elevator to the second floor. The room is about half way down the hall.
After the business portion of the meeting, Gary VE6CV will be demonstrating FT-8 and GridTracker. Also, Jerry, VE6TL will give a short presentation on the ARRL QSL Bureau system.
In advance of the meeting, have a quick read-through of the minutes of the Nov. 18 meeting and note any changes or omissions required.
Please join us for breakfast before the meeting at 8:30 am at the Crossings Smitty’s, 10 Aquitania Blvd W #10, Lethbridge, AB T1J 5L4.
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December Meeting and Christmas Breakfast



Please join us for our December meeting, which will be breakfast at The Nest (next to Honker’s Pub). We will be ordering off the bar menu, and everyone will be paying their own. There will be a couple of door prizes, generously provided by Blair VE6AGH. This meeting will be open to everyone and their YL, OM, or partner. We’re looking to see everyone at:

  • 10 am, Saturday, December 16,
  • The Nest, 2805 – 5 Ave. North.

There are only a few parking stalls along the front of the venue and so, to be considerate of the other businesses in the area, if you are able, please park along the east side of 28th Street North.

If you have not yet RSVP’d, please email me as soon as possible, with answers to the questions below.

  1. Will you be attending the breakfast meeting?
  2. Number attending?
  3. Number wanting breakfast?

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November 18 Meeting Minutes

Members Present: Louise VE6YOY, Roy VE6AWT, Wayne VE6WEK, Pam, Penny VA6PJK, Austin VE6QBD, Renze VE6DC, David VA6IRE, Kevin VE6KVV, David VE6DRL, Terry VA6TMA, Barry VE6BGR, Cory VE6CYT, Steve VE6SCL, Gary VE6CV, Peter VA6ARI, Brian VE6LAY

Call To Order: Peter VA6ARI at 10:12am

Motion To Approve October 21 Minutes: Steve VE6SCL, 2nd Cory VE6CYT

Treasurer’s Report: Barry VE6BGR, 4 new members

Repeater Committee: Having issues in windy conditions. Cory VE6CYT and Barry VE6BGR are looking into it. Gary VE6CV is looking into better batteries for the repeater. Cory VE6CYT has been looking into getting a repeater controller:

  • Arcom RC210 can control up to 3 repeaters, price is around $500.00 Canadian
  • Audio Test Solutions RLC-4 controller is around $1,406.00 Canadian
  • Audio Test Solutions RLC-1 controller is around $795.00 Canadian

The repeater committee will look into the best controller for our needs and provide more information.

Field Day Committee: Plan to hold field day June 22-23, 2024 in the same place as last year. Help is welcomed.

Old Business: Still looking for help to

  • Teach Basic license class
  • Promotion and Communications
  • Service Support Group
  • Elmer support

Flea market now online.

New Business: Club members are encouraged to join RAC membership which will help with our insurance rates. RAC is the voice of Canadian Amateurs at all levels of government and represents their interests.

Cory VE6CYT is teaching a CW course.

Gary VE6CV suggested we look into YMCA sponsorship.

Motion To Adjourn: Kevin VE6KVV 11:45 am


Presentation: by Martin VE6VH

Welcome To New Dawn In Amateur Radio

AREDN – Amateur Radio Emergency Data Network. To provide the amateur radio community with a quality solution for supporting the needs of high speed data in the amateur radio and emergency communications field.

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RAC Morse Course

If anyone is interested in a CW course from Radio Amateurs of Canada:

The instructor’s name is Tony Pattinson and information about upcoming courses is available at You must be a RAC Maple Leaf Member or contribute to RAC Youth Education Program in order to participate.


Next Meeting, Nov. 18 at 10 AM

Please join us for the upcoming SAARC meeting to be held at the YMCA building in West Lethbridge:
Date: Saturday, November 18, 2023
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: YMCA, 74 Mauretania Rd W, Lethbridge, AB T1J 5L4
Room: MPR-8
Note: Park in the north parking lot off Britannia Blvd. and take the elevator right around the corner from the north entrance.
After a very short business meeting, Martin VE6VH will be giving a presentation by the Alberta Digital Radio Society on 5th Generation high-speed amateur networking, and plans to deploy a province-wide network. There will be two presentations, the first an overview of the network in general, what it is, what it offers, and how to become connected, and the second on the proposed network and benefits to the club.
This should be a very interesting and informative presentation. See you all there.
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