The Hamilton Amateur Radio Club Blog

The H.A.R.C. Monthly Breakfast Gathering

Hamilton ARC Monthly Breakfast Social When: Saturday, March 04, 2017 Where: The Symposium at 09:00 a.m. Location: 2247 Rymal Road East, Stoney Creek, Ontario. For Dec 2015 pics look “here” The H.A.R.C. breakfast meetings will at the “Symposium Cafe’, Restaurant Lounge”. Bring your appetite and see you there! Wear your VE3DC “T” shirt and you’ll be entered into a draw for a FREE breakfast, the following month! Don’t have a “T” shirt? We’d like to help out, wear your H.A.R.C. club badge and you qualify. Full service Breakfast/Brunch menu: Omelettes, Waffles, French Toast, Freshly squeezed juices – 2 Sep 2014

ARRL Field Day 2017

The Hamilton Amateur Radio Club Will Be at Valley Park, June 24-25, 2016. Each year Amateur Radio operators will work ’round the clock over the weekend to set up field radio communication stations, get on the air, and contact thousands of other operators in the US and Canada as part of participation in the American Radio Relay League’s annual Field Day. Field Day is the annual “shakedown run” for the ARRL’s National Field Organization. Field day is a way for Hams to get outdoors and have some fun demonstrating their skills’ and practice emergency communication skills. Stations are set up...

Christmas Party 2016

Tickets are available for the Hamilton Amateur Radio Club Christmas Party, 2016 edition. This is always a great time at a great price. Click on Santa for details.

Announcing the RAC Winter Contest 2016

Hello Ham Radio Contesters and would be Contesters, Don’t forget the RAC Winter Contest. It is a 24 hour contest that starts at 0:00 UTC to 23:59 UTC December 17, 2016 this year. That means that because of the time difference with the 5 hour difference now for the Winter months, this actually means that we start at 7 pm local time on Friday, December 16 and go till 6:59 local time on Saturday, December 17, 2016. This is another one of those fun contests where you get to see what the weather is like in British Columbia and Newfoundland as...

Hamilton ARC Hidden Transmitter Hunts 2016

Last Hunt of The Season, October 16 2016. All are welcome. If you have never hunted before come to the starting location and ride along with one of the more experienced hunters. There is some spare equipment available so ask one of the regular hunters if you may borrow some equipment to try fox hunting. First transmission will be as noted in the schedule below, and the hunt should be over within 150 minutes or less. There is at least one fox, but listen up there may be more. The fox can be anywhere with the following guidelines. Must be...

Education Classes Move to Thursday evenings Oct 06, 2016

The Hamilton Amateur Radio Club will be hosting  instructional  “Basic Certification” classes on Thursday evenings from 7-9pm, weekly in, Room 124.  Approximately 10 lessons will be held at Westdale Secondary School, 700 Main Street West, Hamilton and the final examination will be completed prior to December 16. To reserve your spot for this course or for a future course  contact  For more information on licensing and testing see the education link on the side bar menu or click here.

2014 HARC Flea market

HARC Hamfest 2016

Saturday October 1 Directions to location: Latitude 43° 11’ 25” N Longitude 80° 02’ 32” W Opening times: General Admission: Doors open at 9:00 a.m. Vendor access : After 7:00 a.m. Cost: General Admission: $7.00 per person Vendor Tables: $12.00 per table General Admission: $7.00 per person Vendor Tables: $12.00 per table Talk-in frequency: Talk-in 146.76 (-) with tone 131.8 VE3NCF Parking on site Description: An amateur radio, computer, and electronics flea market. This year we are at “The School Fair Bldg” same location as last year. Download your Hamfet Flyer here  

Announcing the International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend 2016 (ILLW)

Announcement: the International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend 2016(ILLW) will be on August 20th and 21st, 2016 this year and we will be at the same place on the Beach Strip.  This has been a great spot for us with lots of interest from the public.  We will be running VE3DC as usual on whatever bands we can. This year is the 158th Anniversary of the Burlington Main Lighthouse, established in 1858. We have been operating on adjacent property on the Beach Strip for the last 10 years. We will be looking for participants to help operate and set up temporary antennas...

The H.A.R.C. Summer BBQ

When: Sunday August 7th 2016 Where: Binbrook Conservation Area, Pavilion 1 What to bring: A side dish ie.Salad, or Desert. If you have dietary restrictions, let it be known. If you would like to bring something else to cook on the BBQ for yourself, that would be fine. Bring your favorite lawn chair if you like, park picnic tables are provided. What’s provided: H.A.R.C will provide Hamburgs and Hot dogs. Corn on the cob is on the menu. Coffee, water, cold drinks, friendships and conversation. Entrance fee:$4.00 PP Questions: email exec@hamiltonarc.ca        

Announcing the Canada Day Contest, on July 1st, 2016, the 149th Birthday of Canada

The Canada Day Contest will be here soon, after Field Day again this year. Field Day is on the Saturday and Sunday of June 25-26 this year with Canada Day starting at 00:00 UTC or 8 pm locally on the Thursday June 30th, 2016, 5 days after Field Day, and running till 23:59 UTC or 7:59 pm locally on Friday July 1st, 2015. This year it is on the Thursday and Friday so everyone will likely have the Friday off for the holiday……..no reason not to come out, run a station, or have fun operating one we have set up. You will have most of the week and...