"No person shall, except under and in accordance with a radio authorization, install, operate or possess radio apparatus"...
In other words, if you don't have at least your Basic qualification, you should not even have amateur transmitting equipment in your possession !
Bill (VE1DM) with Electro Voice model 731 - June 11, 2016. Bill is admired and respected for his innumerable
contributions to amateur radio and SARC in particular, and is our most beloved member. He is known for his warmth
and caring for others! We salute you, Bill!
Here is Frank, VE1FEK, in the bucket attaching balun to our Yagi at Marconi Centre - July 11, 2018. Thanks Frank !
Please come visit us on Saturday Mornings at the club at
11 St. Bridget Street, Sydney, Nova Scotia. ...from 10 AM until 1 PM or so...
SEPTEMBER MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL (2019 - 2020) 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!
If you live in the area served by our repeaters and USE them, then please join the club and contribute to their maintenance !
Donations of equipment, tools, or funds are always appreciated.
Don't forget: NSARA CONTEST:   March 1, 2020.
(NOW the NSARA contest takes place each year on the FIRST Sunday in March.)
Click for more info.
2 Meter Wake-up Net - Weekdays at 07:30 AM.
The 2 Meter Wake Up Net was established by Percy - VE1PLV. Controllers are
Bob - VE1DR, Al - VE1ZS, Norm - VY2NR, Mike - VE1MWJ, Max - VE1XAM, and of course Percy.
We operate five days a week, including most holidays, and we run from 0730 to 0845 hrs if traffic justifies the use of the repeaters.
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.
REMEMBER: "EXERCISE HANDSHAKE" is on the last Tuesday of every month, at 19:00 AST/ADT.
VE1HK Hunter's Mountain (new location as of 04 Aug 2014) 146.610 (-)
(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)
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. QRZ.com listing
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! Please also consider that unnecessary linking/unlinking/linking for amusement may be irritating to other operators. We all pay dues to our respective clubs, and we expect members to act responsibly.
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 RESPECTFULLY, and any and all use of the SARC repeater network system is a privilege. Please be CONSIDERATE OF OTHERS !!! If you live in the area served by our repeaters and USE them, then please join the club and contribute to their maintenance ! 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.
SYDNEY AMATEUR RADIO CLUB
NEW MEMBERS and RENEWALS WELCOME - - PLEASE RENEW NOW for 2019-20 !
***The club year runs from September to August. Dues are due in SEPTEMBER every year.
REGULAR MEMBERS 2019 - 2020 (so far...)
As of April 25, 2020.
*VE1DM    Bill Appleton   *Life Member
*VE1YR    Enos Ash   *Life Member
VE1AG    Andrew Gillan
VE1AJ    Stuart MacLeod
VE1ASE    Mike MacDonald
VE1AVK    John Clark
VE1AWA    Roy MacIntosh
VE1AWI    Archie Guy
VE1KRL    Carol Guy
VE1BVD    Phil Irons
VE1CMD Corey MacDonald
VE1CRR    Bob Roper
VE1CYO    Mike Butler
VE1DEW    Donald Wareham
VE1DPG    Paul Gillis
VA1DWG    Dewaine Gillie
VE1FEK    Frank King
VE1FHK    Frank Kober
VE1FJG    Fred Gillespie
VE1GV    George Ernst
VE1HF    Daryl Stevens
VE1HP    Raye Mossman
VA1IRO    Jarrod David
VE1LAV    Lavato Harrietha
VE1LL    Jim White
VE1MBT    Brian Timmons
VE1RA    Danny Randall (SK Dec. 2, 2019)
VA1RM / VA1BOB    Robert Bob McGrath
VE1SN    Earl Osborne
VE1SVP / KB4SVP    Richard Bascom
VE1TB    Pierre LeBlanc
VA1UD    Dave Hart
VA1VO    Shawn Hudson
VE1VR    Anna Abraham
VE1YL    Diane Ernst
VE1ZV    Robert Smith
VE3CWR    Gerard Randal
N1CSO    Ed Gillespie
VE1SMC    Shane McDougall *Honorary Member
"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!
NCDXF/IARU International Beacon Project
"The NCDXF, in cooperation with the IARU, constructed and operates a worldwide network of high-frequency radio beacons on 14.100, 18.110, 21.150, 24.930, and 28.200 MHz. These beacons help both amateur and commercial high-frequency radio users assess the current condition of the ionosphere
Each beacon transmits once on each band once every three minutes, 24 hours a day.
A transmission consists of the callsign of the beacon sent at 22 words per minute followed by four one-second dashes.
The callsign and the first dash are sent at 100 watts. The remaining dashes are sent at 10 watts, 1 watt and 100 milliwatts.
At the end of each 10 second transmission, the beacon steps to the next higher band and the next beacon in the sequence begins transmitting." (quoted from
the IBP pages)
Want to become a licensed radio amateur, or upgrade your quailfications?
This Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (formerly Industry Canada)
page should be your first stop:
Amateur Radio Service
AND you can do a practice Basic exam (I advise people to do MANY): HERE.
The exam generator, question bank, practice tests, etc., for BASIC and ADVANCED are on
Amateur Radio Exam Generator page.
I urge you to be familiar with the material on THIS page. Your exam will be generated
from the questions contained there. Please BEWARE of material from
Candidates have wasted time studying outdated/piecemeal/cobbled
together and unofficial exam preparation materials...!!! Please contact me at [email protected] or 902-736-9404 for guidance in studying. I can help.
Please do not listen to people who may try to discourage you. They may want you to "Just get a pass".
I don't know if this is jealousy, or just plain ignorance, but it is disturbing, and WRONG !
I know that you want to do WELL ! Remember, the pass mark on BASIC is 70%,
but Honours standing is 80%,
and that is what you want for full privileges.
The fee for each test is $20.00, with a reduced rate for SARC members.
Please contact me at least one week before any potential testing date,
in order to make arrangements to write a test.
Although testing is done informally and with low stress,
ISEDC has strict rules for testing procedure and reporting of results.
-Robert (Bob) McGrath, accredited examiner for SARC