Save the date: Calgary Flea Market – Saturday November 10

A flea market will be held in Calgary on Saturday November 10th at the East Side City Church at the east end of Memorial Drive.  Details are being finalized and here is what I know thus far.  Doors open at 9am for shoppers and 8am for vendors.  To book a table contact Jerry Spring VE6TL fleamarket @ yycbuilders . org

Entry: $5, Table: $10

Watch this space for more information as it becomes available.

Silent Keys

September 25

It is with regret that we announce the passing of Richard Coleman VE6BY on September 25 2018. Richard was a longtime member of FARS and our Saturday Breakfast crew. He was a kind and gentle soul that was quiet and would willingly lend a hand if asked. Richard started working at CFCN in 1965 and retired as VP of Engineering in 2008. He was well respected by his peers across Canada and he was given the WABE Bob Lamp Award for Engineering Excellence in 2007. His funeral will be held on October 5 in High River, details and directions are here;

September 24

It is with regret that we announce the passing of Stan Balkham VE6SCB. Stan was an early member of FARS and had not been active on air for some time. Stan passed on September 9 2018. A copy of his obituary can be found here;


Pre-Field Day Work Session – June 17

Team, we will have a work session on Sunday June 17 to assemble feed line (install connectors, label, etc) as well as configure and test the logging computers and network, and other exciting activities.

We need those folks that have offered coax cables to come and help, including delivering their coax. FARS is providing the necessary connectors.

Email to express your availability. We’ll select the location and time based on general availability of volunteers.


Field Day is just around the corner

It won’t be long now, Field Day is coming – June 23 and 24 at the Okotoks Fire Station #1

We’ve sent a few emails looking for volunteers and various hardware.
We now have enough feed line for the antennas. We have radios and antennas, computers for logging.

We are still looking for volunteers to set up the stations, put up the antennas, run feed lines, and we really want you to come and be an on air operator.

We want a Safety Officer to ensure everyone’s safety while setting up and during the entire event.

There are lots of opportunities to get on the air. Don’t be shy.
Are you a new operator ? We’ll have lots coaches to help you ‘break the ice’. This is a great learning opportunity…

We will have a working session the weekend of June 16-17 to prepare and test a number of technologies and assemble cables and such. A number of coax cables being provided do not have connectors on them. We have the coax and supplies, we now need to assemble the ends. Can you help for a few hours ? Let the Committee know…

Contact the Field Day Committee by email to express interest, offer your time, and so on at fieldday at FARS dot ca

See for more details.

Next FARS Meeting – June 2018

The next meeting will be held on Tuesday June 19 2016 at 1930h.  We will discuss Field Day 2018 plans and will offer a basic radio checkup workshop.  For the workshop, bring along your handheld radio if you wish to have it tested and its performance analyzed.

Next FARS Meeting – May 2018

Our meeting for May 15, at 1930h, will be held at CTV Calgary where we will be touring through three Bell Media Radio stations: C-JAY 92.1 FM, Virgin Radio 98.5 FM and Funny 1060 AM.

They are moving from their current location on Center Street to the CTV building on June 2 2018. We will be shown through the finished physical construction of the control rooms, production rooms and offices which will have most of the equipment installed and will be in the final stages of testing.

CTV is located here;,-114.1727962,17z/data=!4m12!1m6!3m5!1s0x53716e6748b6b7b1:0x666e4144cb1dbbb!2sCTV+Calgary!8m2!3d51.0589089!4d-114.1706075!3m4!1s0x53716e6748b6b7b1:0x666e4144cb1dbbb!8m2!3d51.0589089!4d-114.1706075

Winter Field Day 2018

This year the club will be taking part in Winter Field Day 2018 over the weekend of the 27th & 28th January from 12:00 noon Saturday to 12:00 noon Sunday.
We will be operating from the home station of VE6ORM in East DeWinton and will have a number of additional stations setting up over the weekend.
Feel free to drop in and find out what Winter Field Day and Field day are all about and give support to the operators and even make a few contacts.

Location, 64238, 266th Ave East, DeWinton.

For those of you that came to Field Day last year we are about 10 minutes east of Heritage Pointe Fire Hall.