Club News

Our club meets the second Thursday of each month (September – June) at the Scout Hut on Lansdown Ave. This year, meetings will be less formal, with an emphasis on fun projects instead of business. Make sure your membership is up to date to help support the great repeaters and resources the club offers.

Our next meeting is Thursday September 11, 2014 at 7:00pm local time. This is our first meeting for the next season so please plan to attend.

VE3KCR the "Mighty 712" is now operational! Simulcasting from four transmitters (and one odd split transmitter) the range is pretty phenomenal with handheld coverage in Chatham, Wallaceburg, Leamington, Bothwell and other areas. There is still work to be done at the Wallaceburg and Leamington sites but over the whole, it's working extremely well.

Kudos to all that participated in the project. Thank you to the dedicated hams who's time, energy, donations and support made this project a great success.

Note: If you experience hetrodyning in the Chatham area, please tune your radio to TX=147.720, RX=147.070 to use the odd split (650 Khz) site.

The new executive positions for the next year(s) have been elected. Check the members area for further information.

We would like to thank the London ARC, the Toronto FMCS and the Muskoka ARC for reciprocally linking to our site.

We now have a Facebook Page - be sure to "like us"!

Don't forget to check out and contribute to our forum. You don't have to be a club member to join, and we'd welcome some more members from Windsor, Sarnia, Leamington, and elsewhere. This is where the most recent news and information will be posted.

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Message from Austin - VE3NCQ
This site is now on a new server, hosted by VE3NCQ. It's dual core is 4 times faster than the old server, which has been running continuously since 2002 with a yearly reboot whether it needed it or not. Pages should load faster since PHP and MySql won't be so slow, and the output is now compressed even higher to minimize bandwidth. It took significant work to move the whole site from Windows 2000 to Apache on Debian Linux. Please notify the webmaster if anything appears broken. The entire site is designed and hosted by Austin VE3NCQ at no charge to the club.
Thank you Austin - de VE3UGG

Your new assistant webmaster is VE3UGG Gord. Any concerns or updates can now be handled by a local member so feel free to send an email. Or use the forum :) We will endevour to keep the site maintained and updated to the best of my abilities. The ckarc.NET site now redirects to ckarc.CA to give us a larger internet 'footprint'.

RAC Memberships - Don't forget to renew RAC memberships. RAC is our collective voice and advocate to defend our hobby against commercial interests and undue government regulations. In addition, each RAC member in our club reduces our club liability insurance, and RAC includes liability insurance for every member to cover amateur-related activities. Membership is a small price to pay, considering the efforts of RAC eliminated our annual licence fees!

As of December 2010, RAC insurance no longer covers amateurs who do not belong to a club, due to changes in their insurance provider. This is one more reason to join RAC and the Chatham-Kent Amateur Radio Club!