London Amateur Radio Club

March Club Meeting

Thursday, March 7th, 2019 

The meeting starts at 19:30 Zulu

The speaker is Mike Cook (VE3ZMC)

The Detection of Gravitational Waves: A Truly Astonishing Achievement


Location of meetings is LARC Club station, 427 (London) Wing

2155 Crumlin Road North London, Ontario (43.033766, -81.1589447) 


Winter Field Day 2019 is completed


Another challenging and fun outing for the LARC team.

Total CW - 6

Total Phone - 192

Band  CW  Phone

  80      0       24

  40      0      129

  20      6       39

Total Contacts by Operator

VA3XTM  66 - VE3TCO   53 - VE3HOR   21 - VE3KOM   18

VE3ACW   10 - VE3DVV    9 - VA3DAE    7

VE3ZMC   6 - VA3BVV    4 - VE3BHW   4




A few of the hardy souls who braved Winter Field Day 2019.

Several others came out during the event to operate or give moral support.



A few of the shelters used in WFD, some were warmer than others, but everyone had a good time,


 Information from Dave Roper, VE3DHR


There is another very active repeater in the area that is located in Shedden Ont which is operated by Mike Kosch, VE3MMX. Two frequencies, 147.225 rec 147.825 send and 443.750 rec 448.750 send.



As part of our on going relationship with the Signal Corp. from the Canadian Military, we will be involved with CFARS training. Those who are interested in this aspect of radio communications can speak with Mike Watts, VE3ACW for further details.

Information on CFARS can be seen here.


Our Annual Potluck and Award Event.

Once again a great time was had by all for our PotLuck.

There was no shortage of food or drink and it was a well attended event for everyone.

Photos of the event can be seen Here, Pages 23 and 24.



Ham of the Year Award goes to Richard Finn, VE3PNK, presented by Dave MCCarter VE3GSO


Awards of Recognition to club members for the year 2018

From Left to Right:

John Pederson, VE3MGR for all his exception work on the Tower and Antenna project.

Ansil Rock, VE3HDR for his advise and climbing the tower during installation of the Beam Antenna.

Ruth Dahl, VE3RBO for her exceptional efforts in organizing the HamFest.

John Visser jr VE3MSV for his efforts to implement APRS for the MS Bike Tour.

John Visser Sr VE3FDV for his advise and climbing the tower during installation of the Beam Antenna.



Richard Finn, VE3PNK, provided an overview of the next major project for LARC. We are going to be doing a group build of a HexBeam antenna. One antenna will be installed at the club station, and a number of Hams have signed up to be part of the project and make antennas for themselves. Details on  construction and background can be found here. Please contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are interesting in joining the group build.



CNPOTA 2019 logo 1


National Parks on the Air event is the premiar event for 2019. LARC will be particpating in a number of locations, such as Peele Island. If you are interested in particpating please contact any member of the executive with your ideas. You can see more details on this event here. For those who wish to operate at a national park, the list is here.


Congratulations to our New Ham Graduates!

Hope to hear you on the air soon.

Gerry Boyle VA3TLB
John Mencel VE3WEQ
John Campbell VE3YJC
Kyle Dwyer VA3KRW
Maureen Wilson VE3MWL
Mike Snake VA3MDN
Nathaniel Stasiuk VA3OLO
Randy Wilson VE3FRW
Rob Mehlenbacher VA3XCT
Robert Driscoll VE3ERD
Shel Joshi VA3SJJ
Susan Pickering VE3LSS
Tanner Edwards VE3TCO
Wayne Draper VE3WXD
W. Thornton VA3WCT


Great results on the Contesting Front for LARC. 

The club station has been very active in contest recently. There has been particpation in the CQ World Wide SSB contest. CQ World Wide CW contest, ARRL 10M contest and the RTTY ( FT-8) Round-up contest.  In the Round-up contest we were 1st in Ontario and 130th in World, results are here.  If you are interested in particpating in a contest in the future, please contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to arrange for you to particpate. 



Treat your LARC Membership Card to a fancy new LARC 1920-2020

Centennial Celebration Lanyard.

You have probably seen some of the members wearing them.

They include a high quality locking clip and breakaway safety catch.

You can have as many as you want for only $6.00 each.

Get them from Membership Chair Norm Campbell.



  Information on the Basic Amateur Radio Course for 2018 is here.

And if you wish to register for the course, please go here.



Interesting Articles 

Viruses communicating with each other & listening to bacteria: here.

Communicate via bluetooth to your stomach: here.

Bumblebees wearing radio backpacks: here.

Canadians with new practical large scale battery: here.

Past Interesting Articles are here.


Upcoming Events

All upcoming events can be viewed here.

 Club Meetings:

September through June, LARC meetings are held on the first Thursday of the month ( note this is a change from previous years, which were held on the Second Thursday of the month). The meetings start at 19:30. Location of meetings is LARC Club station, 427 Wing, 2155B Crumlin Road North London, Ontario (43.033766, -81.1589447) There are a variety of guest speakers, and you will have a chance to meet other hams to discuss your interests in amateur radio. All hams, SWL’s and interested individuals are welcome.

 Grid Square information can be viewed here.

 Club Station Tours:

The LARC Club station is located at, 427 Wing, 2155B Crumlin Road North London, Ontario (43.033766, -81.1589447) 

If an individual or group wish to have a tour of the club station, they can drop by any Saturday between 10am and 12:00 noon. Generally on Fridays members come to the club station around 11:00 and stay until 2:00. The 427 Wing has a lunch special every Friday at a nominal charge of $10.00.

It would be suggested that you email the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. in advance to make us aware of your interest in the tour.

Notes from our meetings

Presentations from our meetings will be posted here

Want to become part of this hobby!

How to become an Amateur Radio Operator( Ham), for more detail go here.

Do you need an examiner to provide a test for your license, a list can be found here.

Do you have a project you want funding for that will benefit the club!

 See the guidelines for LARC Projects here and submit to the president, for executive review.


Distracted Driving Legislation for Ontario

A suggestion is that you print out the legislation and have it available in your vehicle. 

The attached document makes it easy for hams to print and put it in their glove compartment, along with a copy of their ham license.

Documentation of the legislation is here.

On December 15, 2017, the Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) announced that the current two-way radio exemption for “Amateur Radio operators and specified commercial, public transit, and public function drivers will be extended for a further three-years, effective January 1, 2018 until January 1, 2021.”




Canadian Ham-Radio Callsign Database:  Search for the callsign information of Canadian Ham Radio operators (optimized for cell phones) 

Hams and Eggs Breakfast update

The location for the HAMs and Eggs Saturday breakfast is

Mary's Place Restaurant, 1494 Dundas St., London Ontario N5W 3B9.


The club's logging software and a contributor to our HAMFEST door prizes offerings is N3FJP.








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