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.


Note!   Please use the official web page address,   , 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.




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:



IRLP Node:




VE3LNZ-R     Node 748673


Event Call Signs:





The next VHARA monthly Zoom video club meeting will be Tuesday, May 31, 7:30 pm, 2022. 


 Link to VHARA monthly Zoom meeting, March 29, 2022- TBA



Silent Key - Merv Hanchar, VE3MRV, Lindsay, ON.  My very good friend Merv, passed away on Saturday, March 26, 2022.

Merv did have a medical issue for a number of months. Merv was a VHARA member, years ago.

My deepest condolences to his wife and daughter.


 VHARA Email Messaging Group -  to join the VHARA email messaging Group, go to  from your Browser address bar and do a search for, Victoria Haliburton Amateur Radio Association. You should be taken to the VHARA page, were you can send a request to join the email messaging group.


Thursday evening VHARA Net, on repeater VE3LNZ.  The 8 pm Thursday evening net Controller is Bill, VE3WAH.  Please consider serving as Net Controller, once or twice a month, thanks.



Link To VHARA Membership Registration




New ARRL portal website for contests -


From the Archives:


VHARA Swap Meet 2019  Saturday September 14, Bobcageon Legion.  

A very successful Swap Meet was had on Saturday. We generated a good sum of money to help with the expenses in operating the VHARA Club.

Thanks very much to all the volunteers who helped with this years Swap Meet!

 click this link for the flyer.  Pat VE3PGN is the Swap Meet co-ordinator for this years Swap Meet.


Donations for the Swap Meet Draw prizes have been very generously provided from the following businesses:

RadioWorld, Toronto, ON -  gift cards, ball caps, special limited time discounts

Neabors Restaurant, Lindsay, ON (Lindsay Mall) -  gift certificate

Food Basics, Lindsay, ON - gift certificate

BTW Electronics, Lindsay, ON

Home Hardware, Lindsay - Solar Light set

Swiss Chalet, Lindsay - vouchers for meals

Canadian Tire, Lindsay - a lawn game for kids (a $40 item)

$100 Gift Certificate for Chiropractic services - courtesy Grant VE3GBJ

Numerous prizes for the Free Door prizes - courtesy Pat VE3PGN and Ross VE3RQN



2019 VHARA Swap Meet Photos


Indoor Vendors


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Outdoor Tailgaters





Free Door Prizes

door prizes





Paid Draw Prizes

RadioWorld Gift Cards, Canadian Tire Lindsay, Home Hardware Lindsay

paid draw prizes

Food Basics Lindsay gift card, Neabors Restaurant Lindsay Mall meal certificate, Swiss Chalet Lindsay food cards, etc.

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Items of Interest:


School Boys Who Cracked The Soviet Secret - an excellent Nova episode, found on YouTube, that shows how, in the 1960's, a British science school teacher and another teacher who was an Amateur Radio operator and their students, found out the Soviet space satellites were spying on North America by taking satellite photos.

The teachers and students cobbled together, amateur radio receivers to listen in on the radio signals from the Soviet satellites. From the charcteristics of these radio signals, the group was able to deduce that the Soviet satellites were probably taking photos of the United States and also that the Soviets had begun using a new launch site for their satellites.


Copy and paste the following into your  computer browser, address bar, to see the video on YouTube -




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


doug martin





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




VHARA Contact Information:


Mailing Address:


PO Box 321

Bobcaygeon, Ontario

K0M 1A0



Bill   VE3WAH

email (replace _at_, with @ )

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


RAC Region:

Ontario East (ONE)