Southern Alberta Amateur Radio Club
What's Happening These Days

Our next meeting is being held on June 11th, 2018 at 7:30 PM.  We will be meeting at Tom VE6ARG's QTH - 2206 19th St. Coaldale, AB. (the other place isn't available that night)

If you want some entertainment, read the rant by our resident curmudgeon Rob McMillan called

Power over Signal Strength

 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

Did you know...


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 our new place at the Mediterranean Mazza Bar in the Paramount building in downtown Lethbridge for a some good fun. We meet at 9:00am on Saturday mornings.


See you there...



Upcoming Events:


Field Day is happening on June 23 and 24 and more information will be coming out on this event over the next few days.


Don't forget to set aside the evening of September 1st at Renze and Annetta's place east of Coaldale for the annual corn roast.  This is an event not to miss under any circumstances.  The food is great, the company is great and the weather will cooperate we're sure.

An Open Letter to Anyone Interested in Ham Radio


This is an open letter by our own Gary Wheeler VE6CV to anyone that is interested in finding out about Amateur Radio.  If you are not coming to Field Day on the 23rd of June, why not support one of our members in this venture on that day?  Or maybe come to both and get a double whammy of ham radio.


Hello and thanks for expressing an interest in amateur (HAM) Radio!  My name is Gary Wheeler - VE6CV (My call sign) and I am a local HAM operator here in Lethbridge.  I've spoken with each of you in regards to an information session for all to attend.


The session will be held June 23, 2018 at the Lethbridge Senior Centre from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM.  Several local operators will be presenting mini sessions on various aspects of the hobby.  After these sessions you will be able to mix and mingle with local operators.  In addition - you will be able to tour the Amateur (HAM) station VE6LSC, listen in actual broadcasts on the air.  There will also be presentation on emergency stations, mobile operation, and so much more!


Several local HAM's have volunteered to be on hand to answer any and all questions related to the hobby.  These locals represent over 400 years collectively in the hobby.


To make an even more interesting - June 23 is the event  'Field Day' sponsored by the American Radio Relay League. ARRL Field Day is the single most popular on-the-air event held annually in the US and Canada. On the fourth weekend of June of each year, more than 35,000 radio amateurs gather with their clubs, groups or simply with friends to operate from remote locations.   We will be part of the action on the air!  For more  info on Field Day



500 - 11 St. S. Lethbridge  or here on Google Maps. for directions to the location.


I have invited several 'Emergency Preparedness' groups to attend this session.  HAM radio is an absolute essential component in emergency communications.


Here's what FEMA Administrator on Amateur Radio use in an emergency


Yet another interesting HAM Radio station located at the National Hurricane Center


Please help me get the word out to any and all that may be interested in finding out just what HAM radio is all about!


Thanks so very much!!  Any questions by all mean give me a call!


Gary Wheeler

73 de VE6CV




Upcoming Courses in Amateur Radio


We will be running two courses in the late fall.


The Basic course will be run beginning in the last week of October and running through to the middle of January when the exam will be written.


The Advanced course will begin one week later 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.

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