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, June 13, 2017 starting at 7 PM in the cafeteria of Eastview Secondary School. Note that our usual meeting dates are on the second Tuesday of each month, but the school is closed for March Break on the 14th of March.
Our guest speaker for this meeting will be Bob Morton VE3WY (Mapleleaf Communications). He will be talking about limited space compact antennas.
New Location: Our monthly club meetings are now 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.
Field Day 2017
This year the club will be holding Field Day at St. Vincent Park (located on Blake St. off the end of St. Vincent St.). Around 7:30am Saturday, some of us will be meeting for breakfast at Jimmy’s (428 Blake St) not far from the Field Day site. We will be meeting at the park about 9:30 or 10am Saturday morning (24 June) to begin setup for Field Day which begins at 2pm our time and goes until 2pm Sunday (25 June). Come out and join us.
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.
Echolink and IRLP are currently offline until we sort out a problem with the internet service provider we are using.
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 started on Wednesday evening, 11 January at 7pm in classroom 130 at Eastview Secondary School. The course is approximately 10 evenings long with each class from 7pm until about 9:30pm. The final exam will be held on 12 April. A Basic Amateur Radio Qualification course is offered by the Barrie Amateur Radio Club once each year (starting in January or February), contact the club (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are interested.
Simcoe County Hamfest
The Barrie Amateur Radio Club holds a hamfest on the first Saturday of May each year. It will be held on 6 May 2017 at the Grenfel Community Centre at 1989 Sunnidale Road. Vendor setup at 8am, opens to public at 8:30am. Rain or shine, covered venue.
See http://rac.eton.ca/events/detail.php?event_ID=1871 for more info.
Thank you to everyone who supported 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)
email the club at email@example.com
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.
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.