CW practice will be held on Wednesdays at 21:00 EDT at 28.505 Mhz.


LARC June Meeting 

The meeting will be held at the 427 Wing, 2155B Crumlin Road North
London, Ontario (43.033766, -81.1589447). 

The meeting will be held on June 7th, 2018 at 7:30 pm.


A note from our President Dave McCarter, VE3GSO:

Brad, VE3BGW, will be attending our next meeting and he will have

available for sale a few RETEVIS RT82 DMR radios.  These radios are 5W

dual band analog and DMR radios with GPS included.  Brad will be

selling them for $150.99 +HST. Their list price is apparently $229.00

plus tax.  I found them on Amazon US for $139.00 which when converted

to CDN is currently $177.50, and that does not include tax, so a bit

more than what Brad is selling for.



At the Annual General Meeting held on Thursday, May 3, 2018 an  election  was held to select the seven new LARC Board members.

Those elected are:

Jim Morris VA3AHQ, Doug Elliott VA3DAE, Dave McCarter VE3GSO

Tom Pillon VE3HOR, Sam Gilbert VE3KOM, Norm Campbell VA3XCN and

Mike Cook VE3ZMC

The elected LARC members at the Annual General Meeting has decided that the following persons are to hold

these positions in the Executive and Board


Dave McCarter VE3GSO - President

Mike Cook VE3ZMC - Vice President

Mike Watts VE3ACW - Past President

Jim Morris VA3AHQ - Secretary

Tom Pillon VE3HOR - Treasurer

Norm Campbell VE3XCN - Director (Membership)

Doug Elliott VA3DAE - Director

Sam Gilbert VE3KOM - Director


 Follow up to our Robot Demonstration at the May Meeting

Doug Elliott  VA3DAE says:

After I got home last night, I figured out why the robot wouldn't come to life for the demo.

In order for the telemetry to work, the robot makes a connection to the Wifi network when it boots up, so it can be reached. The bot knows about my Wifi net, and Andrew's Wifi net, but it doesn't know the network name, or password for the Wing's Wifi net. So, it aborted the startup.

I'm going to make a change so it will come up anyway if it can't connect to a network, and will do a demo at the kit builders get together tomorrow that we can video for the website.

I've attached a PDF of the presentation for website purposes.


 2018 Field Day is coming 

2018 ARRL Field Day is June 23-24

Field Day is ham radio's open house. Every June, more than 40,000 hams throughout North America set up temporary transmitting stations in public places to demonstrate ham radio's science, skill and service to our communities and our nation. It combines public service, emergency preparedness, community outreach, and technical skills all in a single event. Field Day has been an annual event since 1933, and remains the most popular event in ham radio. More information is availalbe here.


 New Hams on the air



On Saturday April 7th afternoon Mike Watts, VE3ACW, introduced two newly minted hams, Philip, VA3PGJ, (left) and his son Tristan,VA3TGJ, (right) to the joys of SSB on 20m at the LARC club station VE3LON.  They both passed the Basic Exam with Honours just minutes before. Shortly after this photo was taken dad and son changed places so both had plenty of microphone time. Look for them on the local repeaters and perhaps soon on HF.

Congratulations to the both of you, we all look forward to hearing you on the air!



CW is alive and well in the London area.

 A great accomplishment: CW course completed at LARC. Special thanks goes to Mitch Powell, VE3OT, for encouraging club members to attempt the improbable.. getting their CW endorsements. Dave McCarter VE3GSO presenting Mitch with a certificate of appreciation. Photo of all course particpants.





Interesting Articles 

Article with Ham radio implications here.

Piecework at the nano assembly line article is here.

Dance of auroras: First direct observation of electron frolic, here.

Rotating dusty gaseous donut around an active supermassive black hole, here.

Physicists create new form of light, here.

System draws power from daily temperature swings, here.

Graphene on toast, anyone? -Scientists create patterned graphene onto food, paper, cloth, cardboard, here.

Can a cockroach teach a robot how to scurry across rugged terrain? -Bug research paves the way for search-and-rescue and exploration tasks, here.

Upcoming Events

May 5, 2018 General Meeting.

June 23-24, 2018 Fireld Day. 

 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). 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.


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.






Tuesday Morning Coffee, Hams are welcome to our Tuesday morning get together at Cherryhill Village Mall, 301 Oxford St W, London.

You will usually find us in the food court after 9:00 am.


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