Welcome to the official Web Site of VE1CR - Sydney Amateur Radio Club
SYDNEY AMATEUR RADIO CLUB
Telephone:     (VE1DM, Bill) (902) 562-5898
Sydney Amateur Radio Club
PO Box 34
Sydney NS   B1P 6G9
Club president: George, VE1GV
New Members Always Welcome!
MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL (2013 - 2014) TIME IS HERE!
Dues are only $20 per year for full membership (licensed amateur)
or associate membership (individual interested in amateur radio) plus $10 for
NSARA membership for a total of $30 annually. Support the fine work that SARC and the NSARA does for YOU!
***Please remember that membership dues are necessary to finance club operations - especially the Cape Breton
linked system and Echolink!
Donations of equipment or money are always appreciated.
Please come visit us on Saturday Mornings at the club at
11 St. Bridget St., Sydney, NS.
...from 10 AM until 1 PM or so...
See our location on GOOGLE Map.
SARC IRLP Node 2435
The SARC IRLP Node 2435 has been linked to the entire Cape Breton Repeater System.
For more vital information see:
Click for vital IRLP info.
NSARA CONTEST:   MARCH 9, 2014.
Click for more info.
SARC Members Installation Crew
at VE1HAM Site
New repeater equipment was installed at the VE1HAM site by SARC members on May 21, 2013.
Equipment for the installation was generously provided by the NSARA.
Roy, Greg, Walter, Daryl, George, Paul, Howie, Andrew, John
Next was Cape Smokey,
the VE1CBI Site
New repeater equipment was installed at the VE1CBI site by SARC members on June 9, 2013.
Again, equipment for the installation was generously provided by the NSARA.
Paul, George (at back), Richard, Howie
the VE1KIL Site...
New repeater equipment was installed at the VE1KIL site by SARC members on June 30, 2013.
Once again, equipment for the installation was generously provided by the NSARA. (photos: Andrew, VE1AG)
Paul       Frank       Stuart
INTERNATIONAL MARCONI DAY
WAS CELEBRATED AT MARCONI NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE IN GLACE BAY ON
SATURDAY, APRIL 20, 2013, STARTING AT 10 AM.
THERE WAS NO MEETING AT THE SARC CLUBHOUSE ON THAT DAY !
WE MADE LOTS OF CONTACTS AND HAD A FUN TIME !
VE1IMD 2013 Logbook here
See Erik's (VE1FE) great Marconi Day page here.
TEAMWORK AT THE CLUB:
(L to R)   Bill,   Mel (KA4KDZ),   George,   Richard,   Greg,   and Frank   shown with 210A4 repeater antenna.
June 15, 2013.
On the last Tuesday of every month at 19:00 AST/ADT, there is an Emergency Radio Communications Exercise that takes place on the NS VHF amateur radio network, on Echolink, and on HF at 3675 kHz. An assigned NET Control Operator, at a scheduled EOC Center, takes “check-ins” from: Municipal EMO Stations, EOC’s, ARES, Canwarn and individual Amateur Radio Operators throughout the province. The name of this exercise is “Exercise Handshake”. It is extremely important that all SARC members take the time to check in to this NET Control, and identify themselves as members of SARC. The statistics or activity counts that are generated from this exercise are used as part of a justification or assessment of a region’s AR communications participation. If our participation is high it is much easier to apply for funding, surplus equipment, or support resources. If participation is low the numbers will indicate a lack of support activity on our part.
NOTE: Next "EXERCISE HANDSHAKE" is
Tuesday, March 25, 2014.
Click for more information on Exercise Handshake.
Click here for the
"Maritime Amateur" summary of the latest Exercise Handshake.
EXECUTIVE MEMBERS for 2013 / 2014
Acclaimed Saturday, Oct. 26 / 13.
President: George, VE1GV
First Vice President: Paul, VE1DPG
Second Vice President: Mike, VE1CYO
Treasurer: Brian, VE1MBT
Secretary: Robert, VA1RM
Past President: Bill, VE1DM
SARC Cape Breton VHF linked system
The Sydney Amateur Radio Club operates five repeaters
on Cape Breton Island (IOTA NA-010):
VE1CR Sydney 146.610 (-) ECHOLINK: VE1CR-R NODE No. 104517
VE1HAM Rear Boisdale 146.880 (-)
QRZ.com listing (Note: Major upgrade was completed on 21 May 2013.)
VE1CBI Cape Smokey 147.240 (+)
QRZ.com listing(Note: Major upgrade was completed on 9 June 2013.)
VE1KIL Kiltarlity (Margaree) 146.730 (-)
VE1HK Sydney 146.940 (-)
(The above 5 are all now continuously and permanently linked via UHF. Some amateur radio organizations would call this "hard-linked" although the linking here is by UHF)
NOTICE: VE1HK repeater (146.940 -) has been moved to its new location and is linked into the C. B. system. Presently the output is intermittent due to antenna problems. Comments concerning its coverage and operation are welcome, and may be directed to the club email address above, or to any member.
The Oban repeater,VE1OBN 147.105 (+) near St. Peters, is operated by the NSARA.
It is UHF linked to VE1HAM, so it is permanently linked to the SARC Cape Breton repeaters.
To link the Cape Breton system (via Oban) to the mainland UHF backbone, dial: 196*, to disconnect: 197*.
The mainland link is via VE1RTI in Antigonish, the provincial hub repeater. So by dialing 196* on any Cape Breton repeater, you are linking all Cape Breton repeaters (via Oban) to the UHF backbone through VE1RTI. (Antigonish) Once this is done, you can link to any other maritime repeater, including VE1RTI, using the appropriate link code.
For example, suppose you wish to connect to the Fredericton repeater, VE1BN. After linking to the mainland UHF backbone by dialing 196* and hearing the voice announcement confirming the link, then dial 150#, and you are connected. Of course, please identify your station as per regulations, before inputting any tones!
RAC Code Access Linked Repeater instructions.
List of maritimes repeaters and link codes:
Maritime Link Codes
Visit the Nova Scotia Amateur Radio Association page:
Notice: SARC is currently upgrading their VHF hard-linked community repeater network system. Over the course of the next few months all existing sites will be undergoing much needed modifications and hardware/software changes. These upgrades will increase our existing island coverage areas immensely. SARC members are encouraged to utilize the repeater network from their home and mobile station location. Please forward your comments, technical findings and suggestions about the repeater network to any member of the executive.
All local amateurs are also encouraged to ensure that their SARC Club and NSARA dues are currently paid and up to date. All amateurs should also realize, while they are using the SARC repeater system, they should conduct themselves appropriately, and any and all use of the SARC repeater network system is a privilege. From time to time SARC may take the network out of regular service for technical adjustments, special events and communications exercises. In the event of this occurring only emergency traffic will be permitted by the NET Controller. SARC also wishes to thank the NSARA for their much needed assistance in providing the equipment for our upgrades. All visiting amateurs are welcome to use our repeater network. This repeater network is for the pleasure and enjoyment of everyone, 73 to all.
George (at top) and Paul (below) installed 210A4 antenna for
VE1CR repeater on August 31, 2013.
Thank you for a job safely and professionally done!
Bill on the Rope
KB4SVP's OUR COFFEE SHOP
Check out Richard's, KB4SVP - Our Coffee Shop page.
Also, check EchoLink KB4SVP-R Node # 354980
to connect with Our Coffee Shop.
George, VE1GV shown re-linking VE1CR to the system
VE1CR was temporarily un-linked, but is now back on the Cape Breton repeater system.
Please come visit us on Saturday Mornings at the club at
11 St. Bridget St., Sydney, NS. , 10 AM until 1 PM...
See our location on GOOGLE Map.
Robert, VE1RMG     George, VE1GV     Daryl, VE1KI     Bill, VE1DM
SYDNEY AMATEUR RADIO CLUB
NEW MEMBERS and RENEWALS WELCOME - - PLEASE RENEW NOW!
REGULAR MEMBERS 2013 - 2014
As of March 1, 2014.
VE1AG Andrew Gillan
VE1AVK John Clarke
VE1AJ Stuart MacLeod
VE1ARS Albert MacKinnon
VE1DM Bill Appleton * LIFE MEMBER
VE1GV George Ernst
VE1RA Dan Randall
VE1YR Enos Ash
VE1DPG Paul Gillis
VE1FEK Frank King
VE1MBT Brian Timmons
VA1RM Robert E. McGrath
VE1LAV Lavato Harrietha
VE1KI Daryl Stevens
VE1CYO Mike Butler
VE1TEC Howie Anthony
VE1HP Ray Mossman
VE1FE Erik Fullerton
VE1BVD Phil Irons
VE1FJG Fred Gillespie
VE1CJB Joe Bushell
VE1YL Diane Ernst
VE1GGM Gordon MacDonald
VE1SYN Greg Mac Innis **(youngest member)
VE1GAT Galen Thurber *** newly licensed - CONGRATULATIONS!
VE1AWA Roy MacIntosh
VE1NY Ken Brake
VE1VR Anna Abraham
VE1CRR Bob Roper **** (2-year)
VE3AYY Tom Strickland
VE3CWR Gerard Randall
DK8KT Klaus Bretzing
KA4KDZ Mel Collins
KB4SVP Richard Bascom
N1CSO Ed Gillespie
W1WMN Walter MacNeil
Honorary Member: VE1SMC Shane MacDougall
Associate: Jim Tanner
"Silent Key" is an endearing and respectful term for a deceased amateur radio operator. Since the early days of amateur radio, the Morse key played a vital role in amateur communication. In the beginning, it was the only means of communicating. Now that there are a multitude of voice, video, and digital communication modes, Morse code is still a vital, vibrant, and popular way for amateurs to enjoy radio, and the Morse key remains an enduring symbol of amateur radio. For proof, just check the lower end of 20M on any day the band is open!
"Silent Key" is sometimes abbreviated "SK" - when sent without spaces, this prosign means "end of contact".
We miss all our Silent Keys. Their contributions to amateur radio in Cape Breton are an inspiratation to us all. Let us remember them fondly!
List of Sydney Amateur Radio Club SILENT KEYS -
SATURDAY MORNING RAGCHEW
Here are the friendly members of the SARC ready to welcome you to the Saturday morning ragchew! EVERYONE IS WELCOME - especially those interested in getting licensed as an amateur radio operator!
Every Saturday, from 10 AM 'til 1 PM...
Enos     Daryl   Richard   George        Frank   and           Bill
George,    Mel,    Enos, Joe, Richard, Daryl
Our esteemed past president
about to rule on important matters of procedure...
Bill, VE1DM, admired and respected for his innumerable contributions to amateur radio and SARC in particular, is our most beloved member for his warmth and caring for others! We salute you, Bill!
Welcome to our former youngest Member:
Erik, VE1FE - Licensed at age 14 - Former callsign VE7IFE.
STUART, VE1AJ WITH 40M XCVR PROJECT
Here is Greg VE1SYN, our youngest member, just after passing Basic with Honours!
Enos with Bill at SARC, March 16, 2013. They are watching Youtube video of Col. Doug Wheelock making amateur radio contacts aboard the ISS.
Youtube video of Col. Doug Wheelock making amateur radio contacts aboard the ISS.
Enos with Richard at SARC, Sept. 15, 2012.
Click for a CB Post story about Enos.
Chanel, Jim and Michelle at VE1VAS/VA1VAS Marconi Exhibit Centre, Glace Bay.
For more MARCONI related information,
VE1VAS / VA1VAS - SARC Marconi Page.
VA1 VAS QSL Card.
Why not visit the Marconi Historic Site
Another interesting page is the
Marconi National Historic Site Wikipedia article.
SOLAR TERRESTRIAL INDICIES FOR TODAY
Interested in propagation and what the sun is doing today?
Solar and Terrestrial Indicies from qsl.net:
Daily Solar & Terrestrial Indices
AMATEUR RADIO LICENSING
Want to become a licensed radio amateur, or upgrade your quailfications?
This Industry Canada page should be your first stop:
Amateur Radio Service
Follow the links to the Amateur Radio Certification Fact Sheet, the Question Bank for the Basic (or advanced) Qualification, exam generator software, various RICs ("Radio Information Circular") and regulations pages, etc.
A good source of general information for the beginner is:
Radio Amateurs of Canada's Amateur Radio FAQ page.
Visit the club on any Saturday morning and the friendly folks there will advise you.
Or you can email us:
For study materials for Basic and Advanced, why not visit:
COAX PUBLICATIONS: Publications For the Radio Amateur
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73, Sydney Amateur Radio Club