Club News

Our club now meets the first Thursday of each month (September – June) at the Scout Hut on Lansdown Ave. 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.

Next meeting is Thursday April 2, 2015 at 7:00pm local time.

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

In the near future, CKARC will be introducing a new Yaesu Fusion repeater! We will be running it in mixed mode (Analog->Analog, Digital->Digital) so all existing FM users will be able to access it as well as those using the C4FM digital mode. Analog users will need a 100hz tone IN and OUT so as not to be bothered by digital signals.

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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News & RAC Bulletins New 195 212
General Discussion New 68 127
CANWARN New 19 38
VHF & Repeater Activity New 23 33
ARES New 17 24
Buy, Sell & Trade New 21 21
1.8 to 30 MHz HF Activities New 12 13
General Digital Activity New 7 8
Linux New 4 8
Silent Keys New 4 7

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!