Southern Alberta Amateur Radio Club

We Have a New Executive


Our club had a packed meeting on the 8th of January to elect a new slate of officers for the club.  The new executive is:


Geoff Peterson VE6LSX - President

Ron Papp - VE6PAP - Vice President

Pieter van Ewijk - VE6PLV - Secretary

Tom Martins - VE6TRM - Treasurer

Tom Buchanan VE6ARG - Communications Director

Terry Adams - VA6TMA - Director

Cory Martin - VE6COR - Director

Tony Warwaruk - VE6ABO - Director


In addition Blair Shaw has agreed to stay on as the head of the repeater committee and to continue to be our examiner.


Many thanks to all that have donated their precious time and energy to make the club a vibrant organization dedicated to the hobby of Amateur Radio.  Without that kind of commitment we wouldn't be able to accomplish the great things that we do each year.


We Have New Hams in Our Midst


After many weeks of concentrated effort, we have new hams who have passed their basic qualification.  Welcome to Anthony Beattie, Mark Brandon, Brian Layton, David Johansen, Alex Wilson and Dan Earle who sat in to help better understand how to apply the principles of amateur radio.  Congratulations to all of you on a job well done.  We are proud of you.


The basic course was held at Tom Buchanan VE6ARG's QTH over 12 weeks and it allowed them an opportunity to put the information they were studying into context in a real ham shack.  Everyone passed with honours and some of our new hams are already putting their shacks together and getting on the air.


The course uses the text from Coax Publications and real world demonstrations of the electronic principles and we also use information provided by the Cold Lake Amateur Radio Association who have amazingly well done on-line course material.  If you're interested in looking at what they offer, go to and feast on their information.



















Tom's well equipped ham shack is fun to use as a base for teaching amateur radio.  It covers many aspects of the course with real world demonstrations of how it can be done that the students can learn from or emulate.  Everything from HF communications to how to solder or homebrew equipment as well as safety in the shack by properly grounding your gear to reduce interference.  Tom has a unique way of selecting an appropriate antenna for for any band and has a large variety of radio equipment to show the various advantages of them and the differences.  Tom's radios range from a fully functional Collins S Line to modern equipment such as his Icom IC-7300.  Antennas for HF are a homebrew G5RV, a 124' random length long wire, a Butternut HF9V vertical and atop his tower a six band hexbeam.




















The next basic course will be in the fall of 2018.


The next Advanced Qualification course will be at Tom's QTH in the spring of the 2018.  If you are interested in upgrading your qualification to Advanced to take advantage of the extended privileges that come with that ticket, register by sending Tom an E-mail here.  The course material will be available through Coax Publications once again.  The Advanced course will be primary technical and once again many of the principles will be demonstrated to better explain why and how they work.


Sign up soon as this is going to be a full course from the interest that it has generated so far.


What's Happening These Days
 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 next meeting is being held on February 12th, 2018 at 7:30 PM.  Our new meeting place is at Training Inc. - 444 - 5th Ave. South in Lethbridge.

A New Place to Meet

Many thanks go out to one of our Basic Course students, David Johansen for arranging a new place for us to park ourselves for the regular monthly meetings for the SAARC.  David arranged that we can meet at:

Training Inc.

444 - 5th Ave. South in Lethbridge.


Many thanks to the owner of Training Inc. for his generous support.


See you on Monday, February 12th at 7:30 PM at the new place.

It's time to pay your membership dues for 2018!



Gary Wheeler VE6CV has put a new Fusion repeater VE6DOK up at his QTH on 442.075 + with a 100.1 tone.  After many hours of work by Ross VE6ARS and Gary and help from Geoff VE6LSX for his tower work, the new repeater is on the air and can be heard all over the city and beyond.  The coverage is good on this great machine.  Give it a try and see what the future holds for digital communications and the truly amazing signal to noise capabilities of these repeaters.


Gary also runs an amazing up to date weather site at West Lethbridge Weather.  Have a look at it and see what Gary has been up to in terms of keeping us informed on the local weather.  It also includes a lightning detector that tells you where the lightning is and how to be prepared for it.


Join the Digital Revolution


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