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Written by Bill Till   
Saturday, 22 November 2014 12:03

There is a new SARC web site with our own domain name coming soon.  We have a bunch of volunteer monkeys working at their typewriters moving all of the content from this site to the new one.  As is expected with monkeys things will take some time to proof read.  If you would like to check things out head on over to http://saskaltarc.ca/.

It's not much to look at now but give it a week or two and things will start to look better.

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Written by Bill Till   
Tuesday, 14 August 2007 00:35
Latest revision: 22 Jan 2015

Amateur Radio License Course


· Develop a new hobby

· Learn how radio works

· Meet new people locally and around the world

· Support communications in emergencies


Anyone with a valid address in Canada


Orientation is February 11, 2015 at 7:00 pm

Classes every Wednesday evening from 7:00 to 9:30 pm

Classes Feb 18 - June 3


Vermilion Armoury

5301A - 50 Avenue, Vermilion

Fully equipped amateur radio station on site


$100.  Includes course instruction, student manual, Canadian

Amateur Radio Operators Licence when exam passed,

club membership and more.

Contacts: VA6GWS - Greg Shalay: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

VA6RLB - Richard Bennett:  780-853-6415

VE5FN - Bill Till:  780-875-7619 in Lloydminster

News for SARC members

Look at the menu on the left for the latest items

As of August 2009 we have an Echolink node running here and accessible through your computer or the VE5RI repeater.  Through VE5RI, it is possible to connect to any Echolink node in the world.  To use this service with your radio, call through the VE5RI repeater and use the DTMF pad on your mic or radio to enter the node number of the station desired. All DTMF commands must start with the prefix "A" then touch in the node number.  Disconnect with A#.  Note:  when using Echolink, pause about 3 seconds between transmissions to allow the system to switch properly.  Jumping right in as soon as the other station stops will result in loss of the first words.  Count slowly to three before pushing that PTT button.

To use Echolink from your computer, go to ECHOLINK and download the free program.  Read the information on this web page and register your callsign as directed.  This will take a short interval , then you can use the program to connect to another Echolink computer or to an RF node for a computer to radio QSO.  Node numbers can be seen when you place your cursor over a station listing.  Ours is 470103.  All hams are welcome to try it out and use it.

A new Kenwood TKR-750 was installed at the VE5RI site on June 26 2008 by VE5FN and VA6NJK, replacing the 30 year old Micor that had done such yeoman service for many years.  VE5RI has battery backup so it will still be available during power outages. For a computer projection of the VE5RI system coverage area, go to VE5RI system coverage. A system failure during the winter of 2013 has been repaired and VE5RI and VE6YVG are back in business together.

Also SARC are the operators of a UHF repeater on a shared tower in the City of Lloydminster.  Callsign VE5YLL.  This machine is a modified MSR2000 kindly supplied by Ed VA6EF and retuned by Gerard VE5FF.  Installed by Bill VE5FN and Jim VA6NJK.  Frequency 444.725 + mhz.  It can be worked with a low power UHF handheld from anywhere in the city. Check it out at VE5YLL coverage.  This UHF repeater has IRLP access available if a 100Hz CTCSS tone is added to your transmit signal. The standard four digit address codes and 73 disconnect code can be used to activate IRLP.  See IRLP for further information.

Our second repeater site is some 5 km north of Vermilion.  Callsign VE6YVG.  It should cover from the SK border to Vegreville and from Wainwright to Myrnam or beyond. Frequency 147.315 + mhz.  As of 12 June 2014 it is full-time linked to VE5RI, extending our system coverage to the north and west.  Soon to come will be re-activation of VE6RWC at Edgerton and its link to VE5RI and VE6YVG.


Perhaps you thought about it years ago, but the Morse code requirements scared you off?

The Canadian amateur radio licencing requirements have been restructured. The Basic Amateur Radio Operator's Certificate does NOT require Morse code proficiency and allows operation on all assigned amateur frequencies above 30 mhz.  In fact, there are now several ways to get HF privileges without having to learn Morse code.  However, your ham radio experience will be much expanded and enriched by the learning and use of the code.  After all, a CW (Morse code) station is still the simplest and most effective under the most difficult conditions.


Cheap too. Ham licences are free as of 1 April 2000. Study material is available at the Lloydminster Public Library and self teaching courses are available on the Internet for reasonable fees. Examinations are given locally by an Industry Canada appointed examiner at no charge.  All communications with Industry Canada are now done on-line via the Internet so action and response times are reduced.

For more information, click on the "Becoming a Ham" link in the menu.  For local help call Bill at 780-808-6456 or email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

If you have a VHF scanner, listen for our VHF repeater - VE5RI - on 146.940- mhz.  This one is located some 15 miles south-west of Lloydminster on the Blackfoot Hills at a total height above sea level of 2800 feet (853 metres for those who insist on metric). We also have a UHF repeater on 444.725+ mhz located on a 100' (30 m) tower within the City of Lloydminster.  IRLP is available on this repeater if you use a 100 Hz. CTCSS tone on your transmitter then use the usual four digit IRLP address codes.

Join us for coffee any Saturday morning at the Singing Waitress (4910B 49 Street) at 9:30 AM. There will be as many as a dozen hams there for breakfast and talking ham radio.


Some resources worth checking out for further information on amateur radio:

In Canada:  RAC TCA

General: Amsat CQ Magazine

In U.S.A.:   ARRL Ham Radio Resource Guide


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Click for current YLL wx


Need a repeater list for your holiday trip?

To repeaterbook info page.

Would you like to test your Internet download speed? Are you getting the speed you are paying for?


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A very popular and inexpensive handheld radio on the market these days is the Baofeng UV-5R. There are several in our local group and they seem to be performing well. One source of information on this little wonder is http://www.miklor.com/.  The manual that comes with the radio is almost useless but go to http://radiodoc.github.io/ for a much better version.  It is recommended that you check eBay for suppliers who ship direct from China or Hong Kong, postage paid, for incredibly low prices. Delivery is slow but so far for several orders, sure.  These radios are not IC approved for commercial use but are fine for ham radio.

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