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

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That many of us have been meeting for breakfast every Saturday morning?  This has become the event to attend and we are not only enjoying the nonsense that hams usually get up to, but we are also able to have a great meal for a great price and unlimited coffee as well.  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...



Upcoming Courses in Amateur Radio


Are you interested in becoming an amateur radio operator?  We teach two courses in our club both the Basic and Advanced and we will be doing that again this fall for those of you that want to take a course to get your Certificate of Qualification.  We will be running both courses in the late fall.


The Basic course will be run beginning on October 25th and runs through to the middle of January when the exam will be written.


The Advanced course will begin one week later on the Wednesday and will run till we have finished all of the material and you feel comfortable with writing the exam.


Both courses will be held at Tom VE6ARG QTH where you will get a chance to see a well equipped station in operation.  Tom has a fully equipped shop as well and can demonstrate equipment and concepts with it.


We have 7 people signed up for the Basic course and nobody has signed up for the Advanced as yet.  If you want to become a ham or upgrade your certification send a note to the address below and we will enroll you in the class.

Come on Out to the Annual Corn Roast


The Annual Corn Roast is being held at Renze (VE6DC)and Annetta's place on Saturday night, September 1st from 17:00 MDT on.  Don't miss this wonderful event that those two fine people donate their time and culinary skill to all of us out of the goodness of their hearts.  There is an enormous amount of preparation that goes into this and the food is amazing.  THIS IS A FAMILY EVENT!!! Everyone is welcome.


Their place is easy to find. Simply drive east on Hwy 3 until you pass Cranford and on the right hand side of the highway you will see a big, black tank standing on end.  Turn right there and then a quick left on to the gravel road heading east again.  About a kilometer east you will see Renze's towers and antennas and you are there.


Renze has asked me to announce that you should bring your own folding chair with you.


You don't want to miss this amazing event and get to know some of the movers and shakers in amateur radio from around the region.  We will be holding a short club meeting while having dinner.


Come out and see one of the nicest vegetable gardens in the area and maybe participate in a tour of their property.  Renze is very active on HF and has the land and the antennas to do it.  But above all is the quiet conditions he has at his place.  S0 noise is the norm.


See you all there.



A Great Summer Project by Terry Adams VA6TMA


Terry VA6TMA built a six band hex beam.  It is good from 20M to 6M and he has it installed on the top of his tractor shed in Raymond.  He did a great job building it and it works perfectly. Terry had Tom Buchanan VE6ARG and Alex VE6WFD come out and help him put it up and all went like it was supposed to. He has it mounted on a Yaesu G-800SA rotator and the first station he worked was one in Barcelona Spain.  Well done Terry.


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