General News

The next CAARC general meeting will be on Wed. May 17th at 7.00 PM.


Hello all.

The next CAARC monthly meeting will be on Wednesday September 20 at 19:30. Meet at the Calder School at Sunnybrook Farm. The gates will be open for 1900. The Calder School entrance is behind Sims Furniture. Unfortunately there will be no Zoom option this month as I recently learned our Zoom account has expired. Renewal discussion is on the agenda.

Hope to see you at the meeting!



Ham Radio can help

CAARC End of Summer Social

Don – VA6DFR

Please mark your calendar for the CAARC End of Summer Social SATURDAY, September 9, 2023 16:00 – 20:00.  This year Tiny (VE6TIP) and Agnes have generously offered to host this event at their place.   Please bring your significant other, lawn chairs and a potluck item.  The club is providing hot dogs and buns and Tiny is providing the fire!  Hope to see you there! Tiny and Agnes live at 39053 Range Road 280, Red Deer County. Coming from Red Deer on hwy 11a west, go 1km. west of Bluegrass greenhouses, then turn north on RR280. They are the 1st. place on the right. (This is the same road that John Malinic lives on)

Please click on the blue Directions arrow below for driving directions from your location.


Please RSVP to Don (VA6DFR)

2023 RAC Conference and AGM








The 2023 RAC Conference takes place this weekend August 19th & 20th.
Further details can be found at:



The CAARC entry for 2023 ARRL Field Day has been submitted. We came in with an overall score of 966 points.

The image below is from the ARRL Field Day entry page.

A big thank you to all who took time to operate, especially Bob VE6BLD, and to all helped with the setup and teardown.


Steve VA6SGL

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.

Flight tracking

ADSB Aircraft Tracking
Have you ever wondered about that aircraft flying over your head? Perhaps you are already aware that
most aircraft are required to transmit location data. Anyone can easily receive that publicly available
broadcast data. Maybe you already receive that data and are feeding it to one or more of the flight
trackers. This article will help explain the fascinating hobby of aircraft tracking and will help you set up a
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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

For Sale by VE6SNL Red Deer Alberta

Please see the swap and shop for VE6SNL’s swap and shop items or click this link..