Club News


Our club meets on the first Thursday of each month (September – June) at (location to be announced). Hopefully, we will be able to bring in a guest speaker from time to time to make the meetings more informative. Make sure your membership is up to date to help support the great repeaters and resources the club offers.

Thanks for everyone's support in the 2014-2015 season!

Southgate Amateur Radio News

January 5, 2016

The next club meeting is Thursday, January 7, 2016 at 7:00pm and will be held at the "Residence On The Thames", 850 Grand Ave W, Chatham, ON. This is our first time at this location and it may become a permanent meeting place for the club. Thanks to Adam and Sarah for setting this up.

Hope to see you there!

November 30, 2015

The next club meeting is Thursday, December 3, 2015 and will be held at the Golf Course in Oungah. This is also our annual Christmas dinner so we will be arriving around 5:30 - 6:30 with an abrieviated meeting at 7:00pm.

Hope to see you there!

October 22, 2015

The next club meeting is Thursday, November 5, 2015 and will be held at the Chatham Scout Shack. This will REALLY be the last meeting held at this location. There are still some items available (freebies!) so be prepared to take something home with you!

Hope to see you there!

September 21, 2015

The next club meeting is Thursday, October 1, 2015 and will be held at the Chatham Scout Shack. This will be the last meeting held at this location. There are still some items available (freebies!) so be prepared to take something home with you!

Hope to see you there!

August 31, 2015

The first club meeting for the 2015-2016 year will be held on Thursday, September 3, 2015. It will be held at the Country View Golf Course just north of Chatham. Dinner is at 6pm or so, meeting at 7pm. You do not need to buy a meal if you're just going to the meeting, but it's a good buffet and reasonably priced.

Hope to see you there!

July 15, 2015

** Club Meetings - Club meetings will need to be held at a different location beginning September, 2015. Next meeting date/location to be announced.

June 13, 2015

FIELD DAY 2015 - ARRL Field Day will be on June 27/28 and we will be operating from the Scout Shack again this year. We'll also have the club trailer there for your operating pleasure. Please come out and support the club in our yearly endeavour to talk to the world.

May, 2015

New Repeater! - It has finally arrived! Welcome to our new Yaesu System Fusion repeater! MORE INFO

April, 2015

IRLP Node - has been upgraded by VE3UGG to an EchoIRLP node! Everything is still the same on the IRLP side using **nnnn to connect and **73 to end a link. But now, you can also connect to EchoLink nodes using ***nnnnnn (yes, an extra '*') so that makes it simple. When VE3UGG's link node is available (usually on the VA3KCR 146.680 repeater) these two repeaters can be linked through EchoLink during nets and public service events..

The 444.325 EchoLink node is VE3UGG-R (852814) and the link on 146.680 is VE3UGG-L (852808). Please click here for more information.


Recently a DMR repeater has been set up in Chatham. Freq: 443.9875+, colour code 7. This repeater antenna is perched 110' in the air and works very well. Thanks to VE3MUN for sponsoring this machine. Currently off the air.

Our Wednesday Night Net (FM) now commences at 7:30pm! We felt that 9:00pm was just too late in the evening and are hoping the new time will attract more users. We may institute an FM (or HF) simplex net as well in future if there is interest.

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 :) I will endevour to keep the site maintained and updated to the best of my abilities.

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!