General News

The next CAARC general meeting will be on Wed. April 17th at 7.30 PM.

Hello all.

The  next CAARC  General Meeting will be on Wed April 17th 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!


We have planned an important and pertinent technical presentation by Greg McKinney, VA6GMC

Radio construction, antenna installation, test equipment fabrication and RF operations has been a part of amateur radio operations since its inception over a hundred years ago.  Importantly, amateur radio operators have obligation to eliminate RF interference during RF operations and equipment testing. Greg will present  construction methods and project results for a RF dummy load he has designed for use within his station.  In addition, Greg will discuss practical and required workshop safety procedures, best practices and workflow techniques to ensure our “homebrew” construction projects are successful and occur without incident or injury.

Please plan to attend the CAARC April meeting to participate in this information session.



Long Island amateur radio operators to help with NASA study during Monday’s total solar eclipse

Long Island amateur radio operators to help with NASA study during Monday’s total solar eclipse


Click this link to see the full story.

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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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.

Ham Radio can help


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
receiving system or tell you why it is desirable to send the data to other flight trackers.
Most aircraft worldwide are required to transmit data using a system known as ADS-B meaning More >