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CAARC 50th Anniversary Annual Picnic and Hamfest 2022

CAARC 50th Anniversary Annual Picnic and Hamfest 2022

The 50th Anniversary Annual Red Deer Amateur Radio Picnic and HamfestIMG_0114IMG_0114

will be held on June 17, 18, and 19 , 2022.   


Radioworld Central has announced they will be attending the Picnic.

Be sure to come and have a QSO with their representative.

Click the blue Radioworld Central above to go to their site

The picnic and hamfest is sponsored by the

Central Alberta Amateur Radio Club

Location:  Shady Nook Hall

Directions from Red Deer:

Go west on highway # 11 Turn  south on RR 283. Take RR 283 south  to Township Road 380 and turn right (west)  to the hall just past the feed lot.   52*13.904′ N  -113* 56.823′ W


Click the blue more options on this map for a Google Maps view to get driving directions from your QTH>

Please click the following link to download a word document to present to businesses for possible door prizes for the picnic.

donor_letter_2022 in word format

click to download the picnic-poster-2022

Raffle tickets for the following draws.

First prize $500.00

Second prize $200.00

Get your raffle tickets from CAARC members for  just $5.00 a ticket, tickets also available at the picnic site. 

Planning on attending the CAARC Picnic in beautiful Central Alberta?
At the picnic there are plans for family activities, ladies crafts, childrens games and other entertaining ideas. Red Deer and area has many other interesting things to do for visitors. Red Deer has a beautiful walking or biking trail system and natural areas. There is lots of shopping and restaurants, we even have a craft beer tour! Many hotels, motels and campgrounds are available. Check out nearby Sylvan Lake, historic downtown Lacombe or even book a trip on a steam train in Stettler. Please go to or Travel Alberta for more info!

CAARC Picnic Tentative Schedule & Prices

June 17, 18 and 19, 2022

Please Note: We are unable to accept any credit or debit cards. Please use cash or cheques


Friday June 17

14:00 – 22:00 Registration and Special Events Station

19:00 – 22:00 Hospitality Hour – campfire, smokies and s’mores.

Saturday June 18

08:00 – 17:00 Registration and Operating SPECIAL EVENTS HF Station VE6QE

10:00 – 12:00 Ladies Coffee and Crafts

10:00 – Fox Hunt

10:30 – 12:00 Tail gate flea market, Vendor tables

11:30 – 12:00 

12:00 – 13:00 Lunch SARA dogs

13:00 – 14:00 SARA meeting

15:00 – Fox Hunt

14:00 – 15:00 ARES Meeting

16:30 – 18:00 Main hall closed for pot luck supper preparations.

18:00 – 20:00 Main hall pot luck Supper with BARON OF BEEF ROAST provided by the club

– Please bring your own dishes and cutlery, as well as pot luck dish: eg. – salad, side dish or dessert

20:00 – bedtime! Bonfire (Weather and fire restrictions permitting)

Sunday June 19

8:00 – 9:30 Pancake Breakfast. Please bring your own dishes.  (Cost – donation at the door)

10:00 -11:00 Kids Games and Egg Toss

11:00 – 12:00 Liars Contest, Raffle and Draw Prizes

Weekend Family pass  $40.00  Single $25.00

Day Family pass  $20.00  Single $10.00

Optional – Raffle tickets  $5.00

Wishing everyone a Happy New Year


Bob VE6BLD and Sarina VE6QEN 



  From Electronics Illustrated March 1968..

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Paul Mower, VA6MPM, treks across the Canadian Rockies.


Click this link for the podcast featuring VA6MPM Paul

Silent Key VE6BJK

On Monday September 6th, 2021, Louis (Lou) William Maga, loving husband, devoted father, passed away at age 83.


Louie was a very important member of the Central Alberta Amateur Radio Club (CARL originally) for many years. I remember helping him install his tower on the west side of the house and he always had a big smile and wonderful laugh. He was always helping with all club activities for many years. I was so glad I had an hour visit with him on his porch just a few weeks ago when I bought some new RV batteries. I know he will be sadly missed.

Please click this link for the obituary.

Pictures from CAARC social at VE6HPY’s QTH


CAARC Social – August 28

Hi Everyone, 

At the last club meeting way back in May, it was suggested that we have a late summer get together.  Saturday, August 28 seems to work for many people and John VE6HPY has offered to host it at his place.  
We are planning a low key event from 6 – 8 pm. Please bring your lawn chairs, a beverage of your choice and whatever snacks you may wish to bring.  We are planning a fire and John does have extra weenie sticks.  Because of Covid, the club executive felt it was best to keep things simple for this get together.   In the event of rain we could go into one of John’s sheds.  Please RSVP to either myself or to John to give us an idea of numbers.
 John’s cell is 403 304 3963 and his address is 39126 RR 280, HWY 11A, Red Deer County.  From Red Deer, go west on Hwy 11A and turn right at RR280, go north until you see a long lane lined with trees on the west side. 
This will give us all a chance to have a visit and enjoy an evening together.  Hope to see you there!
Sandy Jacobs,
CAARC Club President

Field Day Pictures 2021

Thanks to everyone who submitted these pictures. Be sure to check all four pages at the bottom of the first page for all the pictures. 

These are the field day results as submitted to ARRL (Thanks VA6SGL ) Great job everyone!

Provinces and states worked.

Provinces and states worked.




Field Day Update.

Thank you to all the hams  for your help and participation in  field day. The bands were wide open and operating conditions from the new site were excellent. We made just over 200 contacts.  Everyone worked together to make field day a success.  I will be adding a gallery of photos as soon as I receive them. If you have any photos please send them to me. We will be posting the total score submitted soon. Thanks again.

73 Bob VE6BLD