Welcome

 

peter-west-2Welcome to the new Oakville Amateur Radio Club (OARC) blog, VE3HB.

Amateur Radio in Oakville is alive and well as our club adds new members and new projects in this our second year of a revitalizing process.

The Oakville ARC was formed back in 1956 and has served the interests of “Ham Radio” operators and the Oakville community ever since. Membership is $25 (Cdn) and you can request a membership by email to OakvilleARC@gmail.com or using our new PayPal button.

For more information go to the Membership Tab.

Club meetings are held on the second Tuesday of the month (December we hold an annual festive Christmas dinner and guests are welcome.) and there are no club meetings in the summer months of (June, July and August). Currently we are meeting at Abbey Park High School (1455 Glen Abbey Gate – east off Third Line north of the QEW).

Informal breakfast gatherings are held each Saturday morning at Cora’s on the east side of Dorval, north of the QEW at 6:30 am. Come join us and get your Saturday off to a great start.

Newcomers are always welcome to attend one or two meetings of the Oakville Amateur Radio Club as our guests.

The OARC serves Amateur Radio operators in the town of Oakville, Ontario and operates three repeaters with regional coverage (VE3OAK at 147.015 and 444.325 MHz). We now have a D-Star (digital) repeater working on 442.06250 and we’re working on connecting Oakville to the greater digital world.

This year many of members are building their own QRP CW 40-meter transceiver. Listen for our members in the New Year on 7.030 MHz. If you’d like to build your own rig next year join the club. We’ve got experts who can help and fellow members who might just join into the fun.

Getting your Amateur Radio “ticket” from Industry Canada is easier than ever and our members can guide you in your studies and even provide opportunities to take the exam right here in Oakville.

Planning for our annual participation in the North-American wide Field Day (a test of emergency preparedness and a 24-hour contest all rolled into one) in June has already begun and everyone is welcome.

Speaking of emergency preparedness, the Oakville Amateur Radio Club supports an Oakville ARES (Amateur Radio Emergency Service) group that serves the municipality of the Town of Oakville. One of our most exciting and ambitious projects is the implementation of a MESH network.

Our club members are involved in all aspects of Amateur Radio including an active and successful contesting group. If you’d like to learn more future meetings will have speakers offering technical and non-technical talks.

If you’ve been looking for an active Amateur Radio club to join, please consider the Oakville Amateur Radio Club. We’re looking forward to meeting you.

 

Best regards,

Peter West, President                                                                                                                Oakville Amateur Radio Club                                                                                   ve3hg@cogeco.ca

 

 

 

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One Response to Welcome

  1. Tony says:

    Is field day open to the public? and what are the hours?
    /…i am interested into getting into Amateur Radio..

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