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

Have You Joined Us for Breakfast?


Braving the cold weather to show up to our breakfast at Humpty's is well worth the effort.  The food is good and it's a reasonable price.  We have people from as far away as Milk River, Pincher Creek and Elkford B.C. show up.  Just remember to let Tom VE6ARG know before Saturday morning at 7:00am if you are going to join us.  Lots of room and great company and conversation.


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...



Did You Know???

That the SAARC is one of the oldest amateur radio clubs in the world?  Yes our own Bill Savage VE6EO (SK) pulled some other radio enthusiasts together to form the Southern Alberta Amateur Radio Club in 1932 and it has been running ever since.  Bill was also active in the formation of the Lethbridge Senior Centre Amateur Radio group.  Bill was a square dancer and built model trains and had a huge layout in his basement up on Stafford Drive.  Bill was a friend to everyone  and we are indebted to him for his undying devotion to our club over his lifetime.

A New Executive

The regular meeting on January 14th was also our AGM and we elected new officers for the club.  Here is the list of new people that have decided to step up to the plate and help to run the SAARC.


President: Cory Martin - VE6COR

Vice President: Tom Buchanan - VE6ARG

Secretary: Brian Layton - VE6LAY

Treasurer: Tom Martins - VE6TRM

Director: Geoff Peterson - VE6LSX

Director Blair Shaw - VE6AGH

Director Alex Wilson - VE6WFD


Wish our new board luck in the coming year and we look forward to seeing some great things happen this year under Cory's direction.


The Basic Course is Finished


We were successful in minting 13 new ham radio operators in our Basic course this year.  All passed with honours and it was an exciting night at the training centre in Coaldale that night.  Our thanks go out to Tom Buchanan VE6ARG for facilitating the group through 12 weeks of intense study to become qualified ham radio operators.  They all wrote their exams on Thursday, January 31st and it was administered by Rick Beres VE6CW.  You have never seen such an excited group of people in your life as they were that night.  It is so gratifying to see that they all passed with such high marks and are ready to talk to the world.  The results were sent to the Amateur Radio division in Ontario the next day electronically and most people had their newly minted licenses a few days later.  Here are the names of our new hams and members of the SAARC here in southern Alberta:


Allan Hill - VE6AHZ

Jen Stephen -VA6ACD

Les Stephen - VE6GNX

Ron Krenbrink - VA7YZT

Paul Coutts - VE6THZ

Paul Hawkins - VE6KIE

Cody Johnson - VE6LZY

Richard Colley - VE6PCO

Colin Macintyre - VA6BYE

Bill van Braak - VE6BVB

Kevin Wittke - VE6KVV

Derek Veldman - VA6AWJ

Riley Irwin - VE6WEY


Good luck all you people and to everyone else offer your congratulations to these amazing new hams and help them where you may.


The Advanced course is being run this year as well and there are 2 students who will be moving on to the highest step in Amateur Radio and enjoying the additional privileges that gives them.  Congratulations to them on making that commitment.    That course is also being run at the VE6ARG QTH.




A Primer on Antennas to Use

One of the most common questions I get asked as an instructor is what antenna should I buy or build to get me on the bands.  Because it is such an important subject I wrote an article on it to share with everyone that cares to read my scribblings.  Here is a PDF of the article and I encourage you to contact me if you have any ideas or questions regarding the ideas presented.  These are only suggestions, however, and I strongly encourage you to look for other solutions if you are trying to do something different.  This is an experimental hobby and your innovations will benefit everyone.  Our club president, Cory, experiments with new ideas all the time because of the challenges he faces by living in an upstairs town house.  Let's see what you can do.



Tom Buchanan - VE6ARG


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