Welcome to the
General meeting of the Rideau
Lakes ARC will be held on
Thursday, Mar. 20th., 2014 in the Kilmarnock Room, of
the Smiths Falls Community Health Centre
30th Annual Smiths Falls Amateur Radio
Based in Smiths Falls, Ontario, the Rideau Lakes Amateur Radio Club Inc. has members throughout the Region, and is active in amateur radio and public-service activities in the area. The Club Station Callsign is VE3SFR.
The first organized amateur activity in the area arose in 1977 with the founding of the Rideau Lakes Repeater Association, which was established to build and install the repeater VE3RLR in Smiths Falls. The objective of the repeater was to cover the area between Ottawa and Kingston that repeaters in those centers could not reach, and also to serve boaters and cottagers in the central Rideau Canal System area.
In 1982, co-incident with the 150th anniversary of the completion of the Rideau Canal, the idea arose to have a special events station set up to advertise the occasion and promote amateur radio activity. To this end, in January of that year several amateurs from around Eastern Ontario gathered to form the Smiths Falls Amateur Radio Club. Permission was subsequently obtained for the station to be installed at the Detached Locks in Smiths Falls under the callsign VE3SFR. Permission was also granted for the use of the special callsign CZ3SFR, for a two week period. Later, due to dwindling resources, the Rideau Lakes Repeater Association amalgamated with the Smiths Falls Amateur Radio Club. In 1995, the club name was changed to the Rideau Lakes Amateur Radio Club and in July 1996 the Club was incorporated under the laws of Ontario as a non-profit charitable organization.
Photo of members at the February 2007 meeting, celebrating the 30th anniversary of our repeater, VE3RLR, and the 25th anniversary of the Club.
In 2009 the
club had to relocate the repeater due to the
closure of its previous home for over 25
years, the Rideau Regional Centre.
Fortunately with the help of the Town of
Smiths Falls, a new home was found in the
Works Department Garage. To see some
photographs of the work done, go here.
In July 2010,
a rigger was hired to climb the tower and
add two more antennas as well as check some
existing connectors. Check out the
In March 2011,
a new repeater was placed on line replacing
the old repeater that had been in service
for more than 30 years. The new
equipment is a Motorola MSR2000
system. Hopefully this will provide more
(February 2012) a NHRC 3+ Controller was
installed and is now providing regular
control capability such as ID and courtesy
the summer of 2013 failures occurred with
the MSR2000 due to high temperature at the
repeater site. The system ran on the
standby repeater for several months until
replacement parts could be provided in
NODE formerly linked to VE3RLR has been
link is now operated under the call VE3UIL-L
on a simplex frequency of 147.540 Mhz.
Pressing * on
your keypad (while holding the PTT) will
cause the NODE to announce itself and
provide it's status. To connect to an
Echolink NODE press the NODE number on your
keypad while holding the PTT switch.
(NODE numbers can be found on the Echolink
website.) Also you can try a random
connection by keying in 00 and you will be
connected to a random NODE.
the Internet to connect stations
together. As a result some delay may
occur so please allow a few seconds before
talking at the start of each transmission.
After having a
conversation with a station on Echolink,
don't forget to terminate the connection by
keying in 73.
number for the VE3UIL-L NODE is 339852.
APRS DIGI and Packet BBS
The club operates an APRS
digipeater, VA3RLR, on 144.390 MHz.
The club operating year is from July 1 to June 30.
-The Executive of the Rideau Lakes Amateur Radio Club -
|President:||Richard Burroughs||VE3CDO||Mike Ligeza
|Vice-President:||Mike Ligeza||VE3UIL||Art Childerhose
|Secretary:||Art Childerhose||VE3CGD||Richard Buckley
|Treasurer:||Bud Kern||VE3CAE||Steve Spencer
Members of the RLARC
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