New Ham – VE6KDP

Hi. I’m just brand new certified with honours near Olds. I’m looking for some guidance on a mobile unit for car and home I would like to buy.  I don’t know any hams in the area and I need to know where to turn to purchase, likely new/newer equipment. Any guidance available?



Field Day 2024

Hello all.. I would  like to thank everyone who helped set up, operate and take down all the necessary equipment and towers for this year’s field day. The weather and propagation certainly helped to make field day a great success! I have uploaded a lot of great pictures from Don VE6HQ to the CAARC web site today. If anyone has any more pictures please send them to me so I can  add them to this gallery.

Be sure to click each individual  page of the six pages to view all the pictures one page at a time.

I hope to hear you on the RAC Canada Day Contest this weekend..

Thanks again to everyone.

73 Bob VE6BLD


Pictures from Don VE6HQ


Pictures from Mike VE6MIM


SARA Picnic 2024

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It is with sadness I have to report that VE6DJC Doug Corrigan formally of Lacombe became a silent key on May 21 in Sherwood Park . Doug was very active on the VE6QE repeater system as well as HF. He was always a very happy person and was well known and loved throughout Lacombe and area.

He will be missed.


Please click this link for the funeral location and obituary.


CAARC 2024 Field Day

Be Radio Active – Attend CAARC Field Day June 22nd – 23rd


Your CAARC executive is currently conducting extensive planning for ARRL Field Day operations.

We invite all CAARC members and interested parties to attend and participate.

CAARC plans to have two (2) fully operational HF stations and a VHF station dedicated for this ARRL contest.

The venue location is excellent, within a short drive from Red Deer and has onsite camping and facilities available.

We will also be hosting a tail gate flea market so bring along your amateur related goodies!

In the near future, we will be sending each of you an operation sign up schedule request to coordinate RF operations.

Thank you for your continued support of CAARC.

We look forward to seeing you at this event.

Click this link for driving directions 


Don Westacott VE6HQ

CAARC President


A google form  electronic document will provide the CAARC field day committee with essential and required information to plan and execute a successful field day radio operation.

A copy of this signup form and updates to field day information will be e-mailed to all CAARC members. If you did not receive an e-mail with the link to fill in this form please contact Don VE6HQ.

Aurora pictures Bob and Sarina May 10, 2024

Sarina and I took these pictures from 11PM to 1:30 AM on May 10,2024.

Half of the pictures were taken looking due south and some were straight up above our heads. What a spectacular night.

The next CAARC general meeting will be on Wed. May 15th at 7.30 PM.

Hello all.

The  next CAARC  General Meeting will be on Wed May 15th at 19:30 hours. Meet after 19:00 hours at the Calder School at Sunnybrook Farm 2879 Botterill Crescent .  The Calder School entrance is behind Sims Furniture just north of the Bower mall at the south end of Red Deer.

There will be a zoom available for this meeting. Watch for an email from Don VE6HQ with the zoom link.

The gates will be open for 1900.

Hope to see you at the meeting!





World Amateur Radio Day, April 18, 2024

Have you ever wanted to operate one of the Radio Amateurs of Canada callsigns, well now may be your chance. World Amateur Radio Day takes place April 18, 2024, and I am looking for volunteers to operate VE6RAC. You’re welcome to operate for the full 24h duration but, even if you can only manage a 2-4h slot, I want to hear from you.

The stipulations to operate VE6RAC are as follows:

  1. Be a paid up member of Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC)
  2. Be able to submit a log of contacts made, so RAC can send QSL cards.

There’s no restriction on band or mode.

Interested? Then reach out to me

CAARC March 2024 Technical Presentation

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