Welcome to the official Web Site of VE1CR - Sydney Amateur Radio Club 

V E 1 C R


Mailing Address:                                     Telephone:     (VE1DM, Bill) (902) 562-5898
Sydney Amateur Radio Club
PO Box 34
Sydney NS   B1P 6G9

Please come and visit us - EVERY SATURDAY FROM 10 AM UNTIL 1:00 PM - at 11 St. Bridget Street, Sydney, NS... EVERYONE WELCOME !

    Club president: George, VE1GV   ve1gv@juno.com

ve1cr@qsl.net   ve1cr@qsl.net

ECHOLINK: VE1CR-R, Node 104517
IRLP: VE1CR, Node 2435, Sydney, 147.570 simplex

CY9C DXpedition was on St. Paul Island, Aug 19 to 28, 2016!             CY9C DXpedition was on St. Paul Island, Aug 19 to 28, 2016 !             CY9C DXpedition was on St. Paul Island, Aug 19 to 28, 2016!

See: St. Paul Island DXpedition - August 19 - 28, 2016.

RBR-4 — Standards for the Operation of Radio Stations
in the Amateur Radio Service

Issue 2 - January, 2014 - These are the rules for amateur radio operation.

Bill with Electro Voice model 731 - June 11, 2016.

Nice job on the sign, Stuart !

Bill's 94th birthday celebration, May 6. 2017 at SARC

It was our great pleasure to welcome Sue and Ed, N1CSO to the club on Saturday, August 20, 2016.


Geroge welcomes Fabian, VA6FAB to the club.   Richard, Frank, and Fabian      
Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015.
Frank, VE1FEK, was busy positioning and levelling our new storage shed. Great job !!!

Amateur Radio: A Hobby For the 21st Century

Here is a great promotional video for the wonderful, modern hobby of amateur radio;
it targets the age group that we could be encouraging to join us:

Amateur Radio: A Hobby For the 21st Century  

Thanks to The Radio Society of Great Britain, for providing this. 

Bill, VE1DM, welcomes Frank, VE1FHK, to the club on behalf of all the members of SARC, Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014.

Congratulations to Richard, VE1SVP, for 100% on BASIC and Morse Code exams !
Club members look forward to Richard writing (and acing !) his ADVANCED test at the club at his earliest convenience ! WAY TO GO RICHARD !!!

Richard's 100%

Enos A. Ash, VE1YR ! (Licensed on August 10, 1964.)

Enos relaxing

New Members Always Welcome!
Dues are only $20 per year for full membership (licensed amateur)
or associate membership (individual interested in amateur radio) plus $10 for
NSARA membership for a total of $30 annually. Support the fine work that SARC and the NSARA does for YOU!
***Please remember that membership dues are necessary to finance club operations - especially the Cape Breton
linked system and Echolink!

Donations of equipment, tools, or funds are always appreciated.

Sydney Amateur Radio Club clubhouse

Please come visit us on Saturday Mornings at the club at
11 St. Bridget Street, Sydney, Nova Scotia.

...from 10 AM until 1 PM or so...

See our location on GOOGLE Map.

Mike Richard Frank George Brian Bob Paul Andrew Phil Bill Greg Patrick Robert

SARC Members, Saturday, June 14, 2014.

SARC IRLP Node 2435
The SARC IRLP Node 2435 is on-air in Sydney on 147.570 simplex.

For more vital information see:  Click for vital IRLP info.

Don't forget:
NSARA CONTEST:   March 5, 2017.

(NOW the NSARA contest takes place each year on the FIRST Sunday in March.)
Click for more info.

2 Meter Wake-up Net - Weekdays at 07:30 AM.
The 2 Meter Wake Up Net was established by Percy - VE1PLV. Controllers are Bob - VE1DR, Al - VE1ZS, Norm - VY2NR, Mike - VE1MWJ, Max - VE1XAM, and of course Percy. We operate five days a week, including most holidays, and we run from 0730 to 0845 hrs if traffic justifies the use of the repeaters.

SARC Members Installation Crew
at VE1HAM Site

New repeater equipment was installed at the VE1HAM site by SARC members on May 21, 2013. Equipment for the installation was generously provided by the NSARA.

Roy, Greg, Walter, Daryl, George, Paul, Howie, Andrew, John

Next was Cape Smokey,
the VE1CBI Site

New repeater equipment was installed at the VE1CBI site by SARC members on June 9, 2013. Again, equipment for the installation was generously provided by the NSARA.


                                Paul, George (at back), Richard, Howie                                   John             Walter                       Roy

Then Kiltarlity,
the VE1KIL Site...

New repeater equipment was installed at the VE1KIL site by SARC members on June 30, 2013. Once again, equipment for the installation was generously provided by the NSARA. (photos: Andrew, VE1AG)


      Paul       Frank       Stuart             Richard                                                                                         George      


VE1IMD 2013 Logbook here


(L to R)   Bill,   Mel (KA4KDZ),   George,   Richard,   Greg,   and Frank   shown with 210A4 repeater antenna.
June 15, 2013.


On the last Tuesday of every month at 19:00 AST/ADT, there is an Emergency Radio Communications Exercise that takes place on the NS VHF amateur radio network, on Echolink, and on HF at 3675 kHz. An assigned NET Control Operator, at a scheduled EOC Center, takes “check-ins” from: Municipal EMO Stations, EOC’s, ARES, Canwarn and individual Amateur Radio Operators throughout the province. The name of this exercise is “Exercise Handshake”. It is extremely important that all SARC members take the time to check in to this NET Control, and identify themselves as members of SARC. The statistics or activity counts that are generated from this exercise are used as part of a justification or assessment of a region’s AR communications participation. If our participation is high it is much easier to apply for funding, surplus equipment, or support resources. If participation is low the numbers will indicate a lack of support activity on our part.

on the last Tuesday of every month, at 19:00 AST/ADT.

Click for more information on Exercise Handshake.

Click here for the "Maritime Amateur" summary of the latest Exercise Handshake.

MARITIME AMATEUR - Ham Radio for Maritimers by Maritimers

EXECUTIVE MEMBERS for 2016 / 2017
Acclaimed Saturday, Oct. 1 / 16.

President: George, VE1GV     ve1gv@juno.com   ve1gv@juno.com

First Vice President: Paul, VE1DPG

Second Vice President: Mike, VE1CYO

Treasurer: Brian, VE1MBT

Secretary: Robert, VA1RM / VA1BOB

Past President: Bill, VE1DM

SARC Cape Breton VHF linked system

The Sydney Amateur Radio Club operates five repeaters
on Cape Breton Island (IOTA NA-010):

VE1CR Sydney, now 146.940 (-) (prevoiusly 146.610 -)   ECHOLINK: VE1CR-R   NODE No. 104517    QRZ.com listing

VE1HAM Rear Boisdale 146.880 (-)    QRZ.com listing (Note: Major upgrade was completed on 21 May 2013.)

VE1CBI Cape Smokey 147.240 (+) QRZ.com listing(Note: Major upgrade was completed on 9 June 2013.)

VE1KIL Kiltarlity (Margaree) 146.730 (-)    QRZ.com listing

VE1HK Hunter's Mountain (new location as of 04 Aug 2014) 146.610 (-)    QRZ.com listing

(The above 5 are all now continuously and permanently linked via UHF. Some amateur radio organizations would call this "hard-linked" although the linking here is by UHF)

The Oban repeater,VE1OBN 147.105 (+) near St. Peters, is operated by the NSARA.
It is UHF linked to VE1HAM, so it is permanently linked to the SARC Cape Breton repeaters. QRZ.com listing

To link the Cape Breton system (via Oban) to the mainland UHF backbone, dial: 196*, to disconnect: 197*.

The mainland link is via VE1RTI in Antigonish, the provincial hub repeater. So by dialing 196* on any Cape Breton repeater, you are linking all Cape Breton repeaters (via Oban) to the UHF backbone through VE1RTI. (Antigonish) Once this is done, you can link to any other maritime repeater, including VE1RTI, using the appropriate link code.

For example, suppose you wish to connect to the Fredericton repeater, VE1BN. After linking to the mainland UHF backbone by dialing 196* and hearing the voice announcement confirming the link, then dial 150#, and you are connected. Of course, please identify your station as per regulations, before inputting any tones! Please also consider that unnecessary linking/unlinking/linking for amusement may be irritating to other operators. We all pay dues to our respective clubs, and we expect members to act responsibly.

SEE: RAC Code Access Linked Repeater instructions.

List of Maritime repeaters and link codes:   Maritime Link Codes

Visit the Nova Scotia Amateur Radio Association page:   NSARA page

Wondering how the Maritime Repeater System is linked by UHF?
Here is an excellent PowerPoint explanation by Bill, VE1MR:

Nova Scotia UHF Back Bone Linking System

Notice: SARC is currently upgrading their VHF hard-linked community repeater network system. Over the course of the next few months all existing sites will be undergoing much needed modifications and hardware/software changes. These upgrades will increase our existing island coverage areas immensely. SARC members are encouraged to utilize the repeater network from their home and mobile station location. Please forward your comments, technical findings and suggestions about the repeater network to any member of the executive. All local amateurs are also encouraged to ensure that their SARC Club and NSARA dues are currently paid and up to date. All amateurs should also realize, while they are using the SARC repeater system, they should conduct themselves appropriately and RESPECTFULLY, and any and all use of the SARC repeater network system is a privilege. Please be CONSIDERATE OF OTHERS !!! From time to time SARC may take the network out of regular service for technical adjustments, special events and communications exercises. In the event of this occurring only emergency traffic will be permitted by the NET Controller. SARC also wishes to thank the NSARA for their much needed assistance in providing the equipment for our upgrades. All visiting amateurs are welcome to use our repeater network. This repeater network is for the pleasure and enjoyment of everyone, 73 to all.

    George (at top) and Paul (below) installed 210A4 antenna for
    VE1CR repeater on August 31, 2013.
                Thank you for a job safely and professionally done!


Bill on the Rope


Check out Richard's, KB4SVP - Our Coffee Shop page.

Also, check EchoLink KB4SVP-R Node # 354980
to connect with Our Coffee Shop.

George, VE1GV shown re-linking VE1CR to the system


VE1CR was temporarily un-linked, but is now back on the Cape Breton repeater system.

Please come visit us on Saturday Mornings at the club at
11 St. Bridget St., Sydney, NS. , 10 AM until 1 PM...

See our location on GOOGLE Map.

Robert, VE1RMG     George, VE1GV     Daryl, VE1KI     Bill, VE1DM              

REGULAR MEMBERS 2017 - 2018 (so far...)

As of December 11, 2017.

*VE1DM    Bill Appleton   *Life Member
*VE1YR    Enos Ash   *Life Member

VE1RA    Dan Randall
VE1AG    Andrew Gillan
VE1AJ    Stuart MacLeod
VE1AVK    John Clark
VE1AWA    Roy MacIntosh
VE1BVD    Phil Irons
VE1DPG    Paul Gillis
VE1FEK    Frank King
VE1CRR    Bob Roper
VE1CYO    Mike Butler
VE1TB    Pierre LeBlanc
VE1FJG    Fred Gillespie
VE1GB    Gordon MacDonald
VE1GV    George Ernst
VE1HP    Raye Mossman
VE1HF    Daryl Stevens
VE1LAV    Lavato Harrietha
VE1MBT    Brian Timmons
VA1RM / VA1BOB    Robert Emmet McGrath
VE1SVP / KB4SVP    Richard Bascom
VE1AUI    Roy Harding
VE1AUL    Grace Harding
VE1LL    Jim White
VE1PFL    Peter Poirier
VE1ZV    Robert Smith
VE1FHK    Frank Kober
VE3CWR    Gerard Randal
VE1AWI    Archie Guy
VE1KRL    Carol Guy
VE1YL    Diane Ernst
VE1DEW    Donald Wareham
VE1NY& nbsp  Ken Brake
VE1CKT    Gordon Sheriff
VE1RE    Alex Johnson
VE1VR    Anna Abraham

VE1SMC    Shane McDougall *Honorary Member

W1WMN    Walter MacNeil
N1CSO    Ed Gillespie

Associate Members:
J R McNeil
and Ben Edelenbos   


"Silent Key" is an endearing and respectful term for a deceased amateur radio operator. Since the early days of amateur radio, the Morse key played a vital role in amateur communication. In the beginning, it was the only means of communicating. Now that there are a multitude of voice, video, and digital communication modes, Morse code is still a vital, vibrant, and popular way for amateurs to enjoy radio, and the Morse key remains an enduring symbol of amateur radio. For proof, just check the lower end of 20M on any day the band is open!
"Silent Key" is sometimes abbreviated "SK" - when sent without spaces, this prosign means "end of contact".
We miss all our Silent Keys. Their contributions to amateur radio in Cape Breton are an inspiratation to us all. Let us remember them fondly!

List of Sydney Amateur Radio Club SILENT KEYS - MS Word or PDF


Here are the friendly members of the SARC ready to welcome you to the Saturday morning ragchew! EVERYONE IS WELCOME - especially those interested in getting licensed as an amateur radio operator!

Every Saturday, from 10 AM 'til 1 PM...

Enos     Daryl   Richard   George        Frank   and           Bill

       George,    Mel,    Enos, Joe, Richard, Daryl

Our esteemed past president about to rule on important matters of procedure...

Bill, VE1DM, admired and respected for his innumerable contributions to amateur radio and SARC in particular, is our most beloved member for his warmth and caring for others! We salute you, Bill!

Paul, Bill, Jim, Frank at SARC, Saturday, August 9, 2014.

Welcome to our former youngest Member:

Erik, VE1FE - Licensed at age 14 - Former callsign VE7IFE.



Here is Greg VE1SYN, our youngest member, just after passing Basic with Honours!

Enos with Bill at SARC, March 16, 2013. They are watching Youtube video of Col. Doug Wheelock making amateur radio contacts aboard the ISS.

Youtube video of Col. Doug Wheelock making amateur radio contacts aboard the ISS.

Enos with Richard at SARC, Sept. 15, 2012.

Click for a CB Post story about Enos.

The Sydney Amateur Radio Club operates and maintains
VE1VAS / VA1VAS at the Marconi National Historic Site.
For more MARCONI related information, please visit:
VE1VAS / VA1VAS - SARC Marconi Page.


This card depicts the Marconi National Historic Site, Glace Bay, NS.
Why not visit the Marconi National Historic Site

Another interesting page is the Marconi National Historic Site Wikipedia article.

Spotlight on Marconi’s Transatlantic Wireless Work In Canada by Henry M. Bradford from "DISTANT SPARKS" the Long Island Radio & Television Historical Society publication Vol. 13, Issue 1, copy 2.
Thanks to Mr. Bradford and the Long Island Radio & Television Historical Society!

Michael McCormack's Lumiere 2014 "BEACON" video



Interested in propagation and what the sun is doing today?

Solar and Terrestrial Indicies from qsl.net: Daily Solar & Terrestrial Indices

This is sunspot cycle 24:

"The 10.7 centimeter solar flux index (SFI) jumped to a Cycle 24 record of 262 on January 4. (2014)"

See ARRL News

Space Documentary 2015 | The SUN, SPACE & UNIVERSE

The SUN (Full HD 1080p) Amazing Documentary and Discovery HD Channel


Latest 50 HF DX spots on DX SUMMIT

Latest spots from DX WATCH

Here is a DX world map for propagation: - DXMAPS.COM


Want to become a licensed radio amateur, or upgrade your quailfications? This Industry Canada page should be your first stop:
Amateur Radio Service

Please be aware that the I.C. site is never fully up-to-date!
e.g. There in no longer a 12 WPM Morse Code qualification,
and there is a new Basic Question Bank (18 June, 2017 edition) at:

AND you can do a practice Basic exam (I advise people to do MANY): HERE.

The exam generator, question bank, practice tests, etc., for BASIC and ADVANCED are on the Amateur Radio Exam Generator page.
I urge you to be familiar with the material on THIS page. Your exam will be generated from the questions contained there. Please BEWARE of material from other sources! Candidates have wasted time studying outdated/piecemeal/cobbled together and unofficial exam preparation materials...!!!

ADVANCED testing resources and links:

YouTube - Advanced Question: 1 - 4 - 4 - Resonant Frequency Calculation

YouTube - Advanced Question 1 - 5 - 1 Q - Factor Calculation

RBR-4 — Standards for the Operation of Radio Stations
in the Amateur Radio Service

Issue 2 - January, 2014 - These are the rules for amateur radio operation.

Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) has good information for the anyone interested in amateur radio:
Radio Amateurs of Canada's Amateur Radio FAQ page.

RAC Beginner Information

Here is a link to: RAC's ExHaminer study/testing software.

Visit the club on any Saturday morning and the friendly folks there will advise you.

Or you can email us:
ve1cr@qsl.net   ve1cr@qsl.net

For study materials for Basic and Advanced, why not visit:
  COAX PUBLICATIONS: Publications For the Radio Amateur


MARITIME AMATEUR - Ham Radio for Maritimers by Maritimers

NSARA - Nova Scotia Amateur Radio Association

Westcumb Amateur Radio Club page

Halifax Amateur Radio Club

Brit Fader Memorial QSL Bureau

Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC's new site)..... (old RAC site)

"CCC"   Calgary Communications Club

Claude Bouchard VE2BUB on QRZ.com

Video: The DXer and the Technician
- produced by Pascal, VA2PV.

Here is a very useful amateur radio site by Mark, VE3PZR: foxhollow.ca

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73, Sydney Amateur Radio Club