Welcome to the CAARC web site. I have been a Ham since 1978 and I am active on most modes from HF to UHF Satellite communications.

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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



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!





New CAARC Executive and winner of the new handheld.

The November AGM was held on Wed Nov 15 with a great turnout. The draw for the new handheld radio donated by Mike VE6MIM was won by Tadd who is working on getting his license, CONGRATULATIONS. We hope to hear you on the repeater soon.

New CAARC President Don VE6HQ



MikeVE6MIM presenting new Handheld to Tadd.



New 2023-2024 executive

Click this link to see the new executive.

Field Day Friday, Saturday and Sunday 2023

Welcome to Field Day

Central Alberta Amateur Radio Club will be hosting a Field Day Station. Please come and
join the fun.

When: All day, Saturday, and Sunday 24 – 25 June

Where: Hillcrest Community Hall, Township Road 342, Bowden (AB)

Bring your lawn chairs, lunch, drinks, sunscreen and be ready to help our station
make contacts around the world. Club members and non-members are welcome.
Non licensed operators are also welcome to operate under supervision. Invite
your friends, it is a great time to get to know what the hobby is all about. If you
would like to camp, you are welcome to do so for a small donation to the club.

Set-up: We will begin setting up the station from noon on Friday, 23 June. Those
of you that have assignments to bring equipment for the event, please plan to
bring it on Friday afternoon. If you brought radio items last year, please bring the
same equipment this year. Your help in setting up on Friday afternoon and taking
down on Sunday is highly appreciated.

Please see the next item for driving directions and the location.

Hope to see you there. Don VA6DFR

Your field day 2023 committee.

Field Day update 2023

The Field Day planning committee just met for a brief progress meeting.  The following issues came up 
Thank you to all the hams  for offering your help to participate in another field day  the last weekend of June.   Brian VE6CKC has booked Hill Crest community center SW of Innisfail for the last weekend of June. Some of us met at the hall and we all agreed it is a great place for field day as it has a hall and an outdoor covered operating  area and lots of room for antenna separation.

Here is the link for directions
Exit off QEII just south of the refinery at Exit 357 and take the first ramp on your right. Turn left at the Stop sign. (Hwy 587 west). Go approximately 7 miles to RR22 South
Turn South on RR 22 ( there is a Hillcrest Hall sign ) and turn right at the Stop sign. The Hall is on your right. The address is 2206 TWP342.
 Please note that you are responsible for providing your own meals , lawn chairs, mosquito spray, and any  other personal items you will need during field day operation.

Invitation to come and camp for the weekend for a small donation to the club.

Bring your own food and drinks.

Maybe a photo from last year for attention.


Field day will be a great opportunity to gather and work together as hams to communicate around the world. If we all do a small part to help field day will be a great experience for everyone involved as well as learning some new skills and getting more operating experience.
We look forward to a great couple of days working together!
Please let us know by e-mail of any ideas or additions you can think of to help us plan this field day.
Please e-mail  Paul VA6MPM

Please  watch here for more ongoing info.

73 Paul VA6MPM

Artemis 2 astronauts flying to the moon could phone home with ham radio

It’s been 40 years since the first astronaut called an amateur radio operator on Earth. Now the moon is in the community’s sights.

Most of the astronauts aboard the Artemis 2 mission, which will send a quartet of people around the moon in late 2024, are certified ham radio (amateur radio) operators. There’s high hopes in the community that the astronauts may call home from deep space, the president of Radio Amateurs of Canada told

click to read the whole story

NASA astronaut Owen Garriott made the first amateur radio call from space in 1983. (Image credit: NASA)




New CAARC Tower trailer

The club has purchased a used trailer and we are in the process of adding the tilt over tower from the old county bus. Stay tuned for more updates.