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Our executives run the day to day operations of our club. We've provided details about our Executives on the Executives Page, and if you have any questions about our club, they would like to hear from you. Emails are always welcomed.
The CARC Club meetings are held on the second Monday of the month at 7:30 pm in the Preston Arena Board Room. Visitors are always welcome. For those that have never been to the Arena before, when you walk into the front doors, turn right, go up the stairs, and the door to our meeting will be at the top of the stairs on your left. The building is fully accessible as well. Meetings run from the months of September through June, and we do not have meetings in July or August - we still do have our weekly nets on Wednesday evenings, year long.
The Preston Memorial Arena is located at the corner of Bishop St and Hamilton St. Please note, we do not have meetings in July or August.
Before each meeting, there is an informal get together at the Cambridge Restaurant. If you wish to attend, please contact us and let us know. Kindly note, this is a pay your way dinner. All are welcome to participate.
The restaurant is accessible, through the rear entrance off of Laneway 122. If you require assistance getting in, please advise our Club President before the meeting, and we will assist you in getting in. You may also wish to call the restaurant direct, and one of their employees will help you, too.
Membership in our club is $20 per year. Included in the $20 per year, is our monthly newsletter, The Dummy Load. Membership fees help to pay for things such as repeater repairs, and other activities the club involves itself in.
Our club has a Club Constitution that guides us in our decision making at club meetings. We have included a copy here for you to read.
Here's some details on our repeater you may find interesting.
We take part in the annual Field Day Contest. The purpose of the contest is to demonstrate and exercise our ability to operate within adverse conditions. Such conditions may arise as a result of a natural disaster or other emergencies.
During Field Day we set up our station in the field in tents and make as many contacts with others as possible. Some use solar panels to power their radio, and others use wind power or diesel generator. The point is to be able to operate in emergency situations. Ham Radio Operators are ready to help out and maintain communication even when there is no phone or internet.
We have a couple of videos of Field Day 2018. Please note that these videos are very large. It is suggested you view them on a high speed connection. (Video credit to Steve VE3USP).
Video 1 | Video 2
Interested in seeing where we've contacted? Click here. A map will pop up showing all the contacts that we have made on CW and Voice over the past little while. At this time we don't have a way to separate the two, this is a project for a future update. Interesting tip: Click on the marker, and a photo of the City that contact was made with, will pop up!
A.R.E.S. stands for Amateur Radio Emergency Service. The idea with ARES is that we can assist when needed in an emergency.
If you would like to learn more about ARES, the Kitchener-Waterloo Amateur Radio Club is involved in ARES and has a section detailing ARES and how it works.
Some of our members take part in CANWARN. This is an amateur radio service that provides “on the ground weather reports” to Environment Canada in times of severe weather. Members take a one-night training session – usually about three hours – and then have access to a dedicated phone number and email address to report severe weather, based on specific criteria. The preferred method with Environment Canada is through the KWARC CANWARN Repeater or email. Environment Canada prefer not to have phone calls if a severe weather event is occurring unless it is an absolute immediate danger (i.e., confirmed a tornado on the ground).
For more information about CANWARN, visit this informational website.