A sad day, but a great day for the future. Our club station has left the building..... The Secrets of Radar Museum building. We have relocated the club station to the 427 Wing by the London airport. A large group of club members showed up and helped take down antennas, masts, cables etc. as well as pack up gear today. Almost everything was transported to our new location. We are looking forward to the new home of LARC, with new antennas and a variety of new activities. As they say, the closing of one door is followed by the opening of another. Everyone is very enthusiastic about the new location.
The London Amateur Radio Club has the privilege of being located at the Secrets of Radar Museum
The Secrets of Radar Museum is located on Western Counties Road, in the Westminster Ponds area behind Parkwood Hospital, in a beautiful, environmentally significant area of London, Ontario.
The Secrets of Radar Museum preserves their history through physical exhibits, a substantial research archive, and oral histories recounted by the veterans themselves. Their legacy informs the radar history of the Cold War, which we also explore in displays and online. Radar is a ubiquitous part of our modern lives, so pervasive that most of the time we aren't even aware of it. The Museum exists to remind you that regular men and women, just like you, affected not just the outcome of WWII, but the technological and scientific trajectory of the 20th century. The museum is the only one of this kind in Canada.
This photo was taken at the grand opening and dedication of the station, May 18, 2015.
Further pictures of the event are located HERE
At the ceremony a framed document outlining the origin of the Club Station was presented.
The information in the document is as follows:
In Memory of John Ohnmacht VE3JO
The HF and VHF/UHF equipment comprising this Amateur Radio Station was purchased with funds realized from a donation made by VE3JO.
The assembly and installation of the station was made possible with the help of John Pedersen, a long time friend of VE3JO, whose idea it was to put together a complete operating station for use by London Amateur Radio Club members that could serve the community in the event of an emergency.
An alliance between LARC and SORM has provided a permanent location for the station.
The call sign VE3LS is being used to commemorate VE3JO's dedication to ham radio for so many years and is the call sign assigned to the London Seniors' Amateur Radio Club and until recently in the custody of Roy Taylor VE3AHY who was one of the original Canadian Ham Radio operators who helped in the building and maintenance of radar installations in England during WW ll
May 18, 2015
The station is coordinated by Corbin Lippert VE3NIS and operated under the callsign of VE3LS
The station is a meeting place for current and future hams to learn and socialize. There is a complete HF and VHF/UHF station in place with future equipment being deployed as it becomes available. There are the capabilities to operate, SSB, CW and Digital. Donation of equipment or funds is always welcome to develop the club station.
Future classes for the those wanting to gain their amateur radio license will be taught at the club station location.