The Victoria-Haliburton Amateur Radio Association serves the amateur radio needs of it's members and the City of Kawartha Lakes as well as Haliburton County.

The Association is open to all Amateur Radio operators and SWL's interested in promoting the Ham Radio hobby.

 

The Association owns and operates three 2 meter FM voice repeaters, VE3LNZ and VE3LNZ Fusion (located in Grasshill) and VA3MIN (located in Eagle Lake). In addition we offer a Packet Radio Node (VE3LNZ),  APRS Station (VE3LNZ-3)  and an IRLP Node. General meetings are held once a month on the last Tuesday of the month (excluding July and August) at the City of Kawartha Lakes  Police Department Building, Community Services Room, in Lindsay. Meetings start at 7:30 PM. Guests are always welcome so drop by for one of our meetings and see what we're all about!

Social events are held throughout the year including Field Day, Fox Hunts and picnics. In the past, some of our community service events have included Talk To Santa By Ham Radio Day (in the Lindsay Square Mall), participation in the Lindsay Santa Clause parade, JOTA (Boy Scouts Jamboree On The Air) and school presentations to all ages on the hobby of Amateur Radio.

 

Due to a technical problem, the VHARA web page is currently being served from an alternate location. June 8, 2019

Note!   Please use the official web page address,   vhara.ca   , to type in the address bar of your web browser, to bring up the correct vhara web page.

Do not depend on using a bookmark/favourite from your browser, to get to the correct web page.

We host our own club web page and because of outages at the physical site, the vhara web page has to be served from an alternate site, until the outage at the main physical site has been restored.

 

 

Repeaters: 

VE3LNZ   ( 147.195 MHz + )    With optional Linked Access to the COARC system

VE3LNZ Fusion  ( 146.925 MHz - ), CTCSS Tone  156.7

VA3MIN   (145.210 MHz -)    With optional Linked Access to VE3LNZ

 

Packet Node:

VE3LNZ   (145.050 MHz S)    1200 BAUD User Port linked to 19.2 Kb Back-Bone

 

APRS Station:

VE3LNZ-3

 

IRLP Node:

2870

 

EchoLink:

VE3LNZ-R     Node 748673

 

Event Call Signs:

VA3LNZ

VA3VHA

 

Next VHARA meeting, Tuesday evening, June 25, 2019, 7:30 pm

Police Department Building, Community Services Room, in Lindsay, 6 Victoria Ave., K9V 4E5 pre meeting dinner location was not decided.  Check on the Thursday evening Net, on VE3LNZ or call out on VE3LNZ repeater the afternoon of the meeting, to see if anyone else wants to meet up for dinner.   Dinner start time is usually 5:45 pm!

 

Meeting Topic -   Next Regular Meeting a FLEA MARKET TIME FOR MEMBERS

 

ARRL Field Day, VHARA will be at the Grasshill Reapeter site - June 22-23

Preliminary setup is Friday.  Contest starts at 2 pm Saturday and runs through until 2 pm Sunday.

It is expected that VHARA will have a 4A station.

Everyone wlecome!  Bring your own supplies of chairs, food, drinks, insect spray etc.  Saturday afternoon is usually the main time that people come by for a visit.

 

 

Fox Hunt -   Len VE3VSR and Stephen VA3KXP  won the May Fox Hunt. Congratulations!

Next Fox Hunt

Date: Saturday, July 6, 2019 Start Time: 11:00 AM Maximum Duration: 2 hours Start Location: Parking Lot of Lindsay Square Mall (Old Zellers/Planet Fitness) The fox will be located within a 50 KM circumference centered on the start location. Hunt Frequency: 146.580 MHz Simplex Signal Characteristics: 1 minute on/1 minute off Stephen Cook Len Visser VA3KXP VE3VSR [email protected] [email protected]

 

 

CONTESTS AHEAD

New ARRL portal website for contests - http://contests.arrl.org/

 

VHARA May 2019 Meeting Highlights -  Brian from BTW Electronics in Lindsay gave a very informative talk on one of the products that is available at his business.

The product is known as Stabilant 22 and it is a liquid or paste that you apply a thin film onto any metal contacts or wire conductors to increase the conductivity of the metal conductors.

Stabilant 22 works well on conductors/connectors in RF components such as PL259 antennae connectors, etc.

Len VE3VSR noted that he uses Stabilant very often in his work and it does improve the conductivity of the connectors/contacts.

Brian provided a small free sample package of Stabilant 22 to everyone at the VHARA meeting.

Thank you Brian for a great talk at our May meeting!

 

2019 CANWARN Training - an email from the CANWARN Environment Canada people has been sent out which lists some of the training Venues for 2019.

However they are cutting back on the number of training Venues for this year and there appears to be, at this time, no training available for the Lindsay/Peterborough area.

 

VHARA Radio Net every Thursday at 8 pm, on repeater VE3LNZ

 

VHARA Swap Meet 2019    click this link for the flyer

 

 

VHARA Christmas Dinner 2019    click this link for the flyer

 

 

Year 2018 Draw Prize Winners -

 RadioWorld Gift Cards, $50,  Yury, Toronto

RadioWorld Gift Cards, $50, John VA3NW, Peterborough

Gift Basket, Strang's Valu-mart Grocery, Bobcaygeon,  Glen VE3LIZ, Oshawa

50 pc Benchmark Screw Driver Set, Stephen VA3KXP

 

Year 2018 Door Prize Draws - free draws, with admission, see photos below.

Thank you very much to the following businesses for donating a prize to the VHARA Club Swap Meet Draws.

The Swap Meet helps raise funds for the VHARA Club, to help pay our insurance costs, etc.

RadioWorld, Toronto; Canadian Tire, Lindsay; Strang's Valu-mart, Bobcaygeon; Home Hardware, Lindsay; Swiss Chalet, Lindsay; Home Hardware, Bobcaygeon; Eggsmart, Bobcaygeon; Just For The Halibut, Bobcaygeon; The Full Cup Cafe, Bobcaygeon; Kawartha Computers, Bobcaygeon

 

 Year 2018 Swap Meet Contact person -  Bill VE3WAH,  email - [email protected]

 

 

VHARA ARRL Field Day Contest, Saturday June 23-24, 2018 - A very successful Field day was achieved,  Lots of radio contacts were made and the BBQ and social time was well attended with 21 people attending this years event.

If anyone has photos of the Field day that they would like to share, please email them to me and I will put them here, on the vhara web page.  Bill VE3WAH

 

 

VHARA Bobcaygeon Legion Swap Meet 2018

vendors


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tailgaters

BTW Electronics Lindsay

btw electronics

Draw Prizes - RadioWorld Gift Cards

radioworld gift cards

Free Door Prizes

door prizes

 

 

VHARA Christmas Dinner

From VHARA President, Doug VA3DLJ

“Special thanks to those involved in arranging the Christmas gatherings this year… Pat for Lindsay, plus Marlene and Lillian for Minden. Very enjoyable times to celebrate the season. Good times were had by all.

The photo is of the buffet at the Minden Christmas dinner at the Peppermill. Special thanks to Santa (Lillian SWL) ”

 

minden xmas dinner

 

 

VHARA ARRL Field Day, June 24-25 2018

photos to be posted

 

Remote HF Vertical Antenna  -  A new remote hf vertical antennae has been installed at the Grasshill repeater site.

Thank you to Doug VE3ATP and Vic VE3JAR for providing the antenna and doing the install!!!

remote hf antenna

remote hf antenna2

remote hf antenna3

remote hf antenna4

 

 

VE3LNZ Antenna Change Out, Grasshill Repeater Site, Sept. 24, 2016 - Tower climbers, Martin VE3PWR and Doug VE3ATP.  Ground crew, Mark VE3LJQ and Bill VE3WAH

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doug martin

tower

 

 

 

 Nuts and Volts - website/magazine for the electronics hobbyist.  This is a terrific website/magazine

 

 

Link To VHARA Membership Registration

 

VHARA Contact Information:

 

Mailing Address:

VHARA

54 Elgin st.

Lindsay, Ontario

K9V3W5

 

Webmaster:

Bill   VE3WAH

email   ve3wah_at_hotmail.ca (replace _at_, with @ )

photos, information, etc, for posting on the vhara webpage, are always welcome

 

RAC Region:

Ontario East (ONE)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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