The Barrie Amateur Radio Club – VE3GCB

Welcome to the website of the Barrie Amateur Radio Club, call sign VE3GCB.

Our club meets monthly to exchange ideas, meet new friends and share exciting experiences.  We’d like to invite you to take a look through our website and attend our monthly club meetings.  You do not need to be a member to attend our club meetings.

Next Club Meeting

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 starting at 7:15 PM in the cafeteria of Eastview Secondary School.

Our expected guest speaker, Steve Dallas from Toronto Electric Innovation, has just informed the club that he will not be able to make tomorrow night’s meeting.

We will be presenting an equipment “show-and-tell”. If you have any projects you have made that you would like to show off, bring them along. There will also be a couple of BITX40 SSB transceivers if you are interested in this low cost 40m transceiver from India.

New Location: Due to construction at Barrie North, our monthly club meetings will be held at Eastview Secondary School, 421 Grove St. E.  Click here for map. Eastview is located east of Duckworth St.  beside Eastview Arena. Enter the school via the side entrance to the right of the main front doors.

All are welcome to attend the meeting, you do not need to be a club member.

Come out and enjoy the fun of ham radio – bring a friend.


Club Repeater

The club’s repeater is VE3RAG on 147.000 + and requires a 156.7 Hz tone for access. This repeater has IRLP (node #2039) and Echolink (node #731301). This repeater is located on a high point in Barrie, and provides excellent coverage within the city and extends into many communities surrounding the City of Barrie.


Weekly Net

The Monday Night Net happens weekly on the VE3RAG repeater at 7:30pm.  All hams within the repeater coverage area are welcome to join in.


Basic Amateur Radio Course

The ham radio course will be starting on Wednesday evening, 11 January at 7pm in classroom 130 at Eastview Secondary School. The course will be approximately 10 evenings long with each class from 7pm until about 9:30pm. Contact the club (  if you are interested.


Simcoe County Hamfest

The Barrie Amateur Radio Club holds a hamfest on the first Saturday of May.

Thank you to everyone who attended our past hamfests.


New Club Mailing Address

Barrie Amateur Radio Club Inc., 19 Maplehurst Cr., Barrie ON, L4M 4X1    (note that this is a private residence for club mail only)


ARES – Amateur Radio Emergency Service / Public Service Communications

There is a Public Service Communications / ARES meeting at Barrie Fire Hall #1 (intersection of Dunlop Street West and Eccles Street) at 7 PM on the first Tuesday of each month.  If you want to learn more about Public Service Communications and our group, please feel free to attend. Talk-in is on the VE3RAG club repeater.

The 17 January meeting was cancelled. The next ARES group meeting will be on 7 February 2017.


WAX Group – for those who like to make

Our Wireless Amateur Experimenter Group (WAX Group) continues to meet weekly throughout the year at Ken VE3KDG’s workshop in downtown Barrie.  Contact the club for the address as it is a private residence.  Members are welcome to attend our weekly sessions on Thursdays at 7:00 PM. Talk-in is on the VE3RAG club repeater.


Club Event and Activities Calendar