A letter from our President, Duncan VE3GNI:
The new year 2019 is here and along with it comes the renewal of our club. The Scarborough Amateur Radio Club exists today, thanks to the unwavering efforts of some very keen champions, who have kept the embers glowing in defiance of gale force winds. Those winds have extinguished many amateur radio clubs over the past decade. There are many causes for club failure - advancing social technologies - apathy - ageing membership - the list goes on. We are all aware of what causes memberships to decline and interest to wane. This is not going to happen to the Scarborough Amateur Radio Club. We have a proud history of being one of the premier clubs in amateur radio. This coming year is not going to be a candle in the wind - it is going to be a bonfire!
We are very fortunate to have the resources, structure and most importantly you the enthusiastic participating members of the club. Without your participation, knowledge and resourcefulness the flame will go out. Each of us has a common interest in amateur radio and bring great talent to the club. Using our collective knowledge and enthusiasm we are going to make this a banner year for SARC in 2019.
Over the past few weeks there have been many brilliant suggestions from you for the upcoming year. These ideas coupled with great ingenuity, effort and desire from all of us will form the new foundation for SARC. This exciting new foundation will bring great joy and success to our club as we welcome new members and we participate in exciting club events.
Each one of us has the opportunity to actively Participate in the club's rebirth. We get to create exciting club activities from which we can Learn and explore the fascinating world of amateur radio. We will be able to really Enjoy our friendships and membership in the Scarborough Amateur Radio Club. Our efforts will guarantee the success and growth of SARC in this new year.
I am sure you all remember the time you made your first contacts. The fabulous excitement of calling CQ - giving your signal report and sending 73. This is how I feel right now about the Scarborough Amateur Radio Club. I am nervous, humbled, excited and thrilled to be honoured with my role as president of SARC. We have an extremely talented executive who I am sure feel the same excitement for this coming year. I look forward to working with you to make 2019 a year to look back on with pride and also knowing that SARC is strong, growing and a great place to enjoy the world of amateur radio.
Again thanks to all who have kept the embers burning and to all who will Participate, Learn and Enjoy the year ahead as members of the Scarborough Amateur Radio Club.
Have a great 2019 everyone.
Duncan Robertson VE3GNI 73
The next meeting of SARC will be on Monday, December 10, 2018 beginning at 7:00 pm at the Don Montgomery Centre. Lots of parking at the rear of the building.
Meeting dates for early January (to be confirmed) are planned for January 14, 2019 and February 13, 2019. Arrangements will be made and firm dates for 2019 will be announced later.
At the meeting on December 10 it is hoped that we will either elect or acclaim a new President and Vice-President. Ray will remain as Secretary and Lambert will remain as Treasurer. There may be other vacancies to fill as well.
Other business may be conducted and hopefully there will be a bit of Christmas cheer.
All the best and hope to see you at the meeting. Bring a friend or friends.
73 de Gord, VE3CNA
Happy Thanksgiving from the Scarborough Amateur Radio Club.
The next meeting will start at 7:00 PM on Monday 22 October.
Hope to see you there.
Hello To Everyone:
Just a reminder that the next meeting of Scarborough ARC will be held a week from today, Monday, September 10, 2018 at the Don Montgomery Centre as before. Starting time about 7:00 pm and our guest speaker will be Stan Leschinsky, VE3TW of Radio Amateurs of Canada.
Stan is an Assistant Director of RAC for Ontario South, Greater Toronto Area. He is active on HF and is very enthusiastic about contest operation.
I have invited members of South Pickering ARC to join with us to hear Stan and renew old friendships.
All are welcome including members of other clubs including the Toronto ARC. Pardon me if I have forgotten anyone.
Come and bring a friend or two and help SARC begin the Fall 2018 season.
For directions see the SARC website at: http://ve3we.org/event/september-2018-meeting/
73 de Gord, VE3CNA
The next meeting will start at 7 PM on Monday 11 June 2018 at the Seniors' Lounge in the Don Montgomery Recreation Centre.
Our guest speaker will be Adrian VA3NNA from the Senators group. He will tell us what he is doing with satellite operations. Thanks to Gord VE3CNA for arranging the talk.
Glenwood Trading Company Ltd., operated a mail-order, retail business supplying Canadian 'Hams' with a variety of equipment, books and supplies.
Their catalogues were about 50 pages including the cover and measured 7 1/2" X 10 1/2".
Glenwood's start and ending dates of operation are not known at this time. If anyone has information about the company, or other information about them, please let us know.
These catalogues date to 1982 - 1984 and tell us much about the state of the art of Canadian Ham Radio equipment and prices in that era.
These catalogues were purchased from "Mario the Tube Man" at the Durham Hamfest of April 18, 2018.
The annual Scarborough Mandarin MS Walk returns to Guild Park this year. The walk takes place on Sunday, May 6 from 8:30 to about 12:00 (check-in is at 8:30, walk starts at 10:00).
The 5 km route starts and ends at the Guild Inn Estate, 201 Guildwood Parkway. Radio amateurs help provide communication support to the organizers and volunteers.
If you are interested in helping, please contact Malcolm Kendall
From Ken VE3FIT, via Gord VE3CNA and courtesy of the MicroHAMS group:
Joe K1JT video about WSJT-X
Thanks to Rod VE3SOY the 10 metre CW beacon is back on the air. The frequency is 28.2653 MHz.
Bill VE3PA and Bert VE3NR have been conducting a rag-chew 10m net on Thursday nights at 7 PM local time on 28.730 MHz USB, and on Sunday morning, CW from 10:00 to 10:30 then USB phone. Check in any time and say hello.
Update: the beacon is currently off the air for repairs.
Spring is (almost) here, and it's time for a new beginning.
The Scarborough Amateur Radio Club returns to the Seniors' Lounge at Don Montgomery Community Centre (2467 Eglinton Avenue East, near Kennedy subway) starting on March 12 at 7:00 PM.
See you there!