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

The 2017 SAARC Fleamarket Was a Huge Success!


This is an e-mail from Tom VE6ARG sent to all the people that volunteered to help at the fleamarket.



I just wanted to thank everyone for doing such a splendid job on Saturday at our SAARC Flea Market.  To say that it was a success would be an understatement.  We did very well and I was so proud of everyone the way they stepped up to the plate and made it perfect.  Over the last few days it has been talked about as an excellent event and with the exception of one person making unfortunate remarks on-air instead of to our face, it was the talk of the nets.


I know that Radio World Central enjoyed themselves very much and said they would come down in a heartbeat for anything we decide to put on again.  Jeremy Klassen from Icom had similar statements to me as well.


I especially want to thank Pam and Annetta for doing such a splendid job of selling 50/50 tickets and Roy and Ryan for manning the kitchen for us all.  Cory and Austin did a fantastic job at the front desk and the setup crew were amazing with Frank, Ron, Geoff and Terry and Renze doing the lions share of the work in that department. I also want to thank Geoff, Terry and Tommy for taking care of the antenna used by Radio World Central for their demo and Justin helping with the cleanup.  The vacuuming at the end of the day was done by Frank and we really appreciated that.  A nice touch was the help you all gave to our flea marketers helping to move that equipment in and out of the hall as well.


The attendance was good and that was largely due to Blair’s help with the promotion of the event on the media.


And finally I want to thank Maggie for doing the photography for the event and for going up to the church the next morning and cleaning the washrooms.  The place was spick and span by the time we were out of there.


If I’ve missed anyone, please forgive me and congratulations on a wonderful event that put a few bucks into the coffers and helped out the repeater fund too.

Till next time,




Tom Buchanan Sr. VE6ARG

SAARC Communication Director

E-Mail: ve6arg@shaw.ca


Special Note:  you can click here to see some of the pictures from the fleamarket and once again thanks to Maggie Buchanan for doing such a great job.




The 2017 Basic Amateur Radio Course is Full!!!

It Begins on October 26, 2017

We have 10 new students beginning their new adventure in amateur radio by taking the Basic course.  This is exciting news and we wish them all success in their studies.  The course runs for up to 12 weeks with meetings at Tom VE6ARG's shack where they will learn the basics in electronics, propagation, test equipment, receiver and transmitter design, antennas and legislation that governs the many aspects of the hobby.  They will learn how to use equipment that is used to design, align and build amateur radio equipment and antennas as well and how to get the most out of this amazing hobby. At the end of the course our resident examiner, Blair Shaw VE6AGH will administer the exam and we will have a whole new crop of freshly minted amateur radio operators on the air in our neck of the woods.


These courses are put on free of charge by the SAARC  and all the preparation and instruction is voluntary including the examiner's time. Each student who is successful in taking the course and passes the exam will receive one free year of membership in the SAARC as a bonus.


The next course that will run in the spring is the Advanced.  If you want to upgrade your certification to the highest level in Canada, contact the club through our email address on this website and we will put you on the list. You can read more about the course here.

Should We Do a 2018 Summer Event


Part of the success of having the SAARC Flea Market here in the Lethbridge Region was because we were able to bring a major Canadian vendor out, not to mention a manufacturer's representative.  That is huge especially when they have shown interest enough to want to come back.  The notion of having a summer event next year that won't interfere with other clubs and organizations in the province and Montana was discussed and the seed was planted to perhaps organize a summer event.


The difficulty with holding cross border events deals with the bureaucracy of moving equipment across the border from country to country and this is especially difficult for vendors from either side of the border.


Please take a few minutes to visit the information page we have written about this future event here.  Once again, if you have some insight into how to make this happen or are interested in helping to put this together and participate, send a note to the club via the e-mail address below.


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.

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