The Maple Ridge Amateur Radio Club (MRARC) is located in Maple Ridge, British Columbia, 30 kilometres east of Vancouver, nestled along the Coastal Mountain Range on the north side of the Fraser River. (See Maple Ridge on Google Maps) The MRARC has just celebrated its 50th anniversary and continues to be an active and vibrant radio club. The club membership is involved in many aspects of Amateur Radio including HF, VHF, UHF, D-STAR, BCWARN, Winlink, digital HF and so on.
FIELD DAY – June 24 and 25 Albion Fair Grounds
Field Day 2017 will again be held at the Albion Fair Grounds Maple Ridge. Field Day activities will be held all across North America by individual Amateurs and Amateur Radio Clubs. The objective of Field Day is to prepare clubs and individuals to be ready to operateof grid in the event of an emergency. All radio activities from HF VHF UHF and DSTAR will be made from radios on battery or generators only. No AC power is used for this exercise. Maple Ridge Amateur Radio Club members will begin making contacts at 11:00 hrs June 24 and will finish June 25 at 11:00 hrs.
While this is an exercise of preparedness this is also a annual social event. Club members are encouraged to come by and operate for a while and the public is encouraged to stop by and see what we do as a hobby and what we do as an Emergency Preparedness partner with the City and the Province of BC EMBC.
Welcome the 2017 MRARC New Executive members
The Maple Ridge Amateur Radio Club is pleased to announce the new members of the 2017 club executive. The club is also thankful to the 2016 members who are passing the torch on. Thank you Wayne Scott VE7WS for your contributions as President. Thank you to Paul English VA7VX for your contributions as secretary. We are pleased and look forward to 2017 with Marty Hill VE7XX as President. Marty moves from the 2016 Vice President position to President. The Vice President for 2017 is John Mills VA7JPM. Russ Hamilton VE7RWX as accepted the position of Secretary. The club Treasure will continue to be Eric Wold VE7EW, who will continue to do an excellent job with the clubs finances. Thank you to all of the executive and past executive for stepping up and keeping the club active. We are all looking forward to 2017!
New! MRARC has purchased a new ICOM UHF DSTAR repeater and controller. Repeater VE7RMR B is at 440.800 Mhz +5.00.
Many Club Members are active with our community partners such as City of Maple Ridge and the City of Pitt Meadows. Activities involve community support in ESS (Emergency Social Services) Radio Operations for the EOC (Emergency Operations Centre) Pitt Meadows Day parade and other community events for both municipalities. The MRARC is best known for its bi-annual regional Ham Fest and Swap Meet which takes place May and November of each year.
Please have a look around and if you have any questions concerning the club, amateur radio as a hobby or would like to join the club please use the contact form and a club member will get back to you
Please check out our repeater information page and feel free to call out for a QSO. The MRARC has a weekly Net on the VHF repeater, please look for details on the net on the MRARC Repeater page. Monthly Club Meetings are open to anyone interested in the club, please feel free to stop by. Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month excluding July and August. Meetings are held at the Pitt Meadows Heritage Building located at 12460 Harris Rd Pitt Meadows BC. Club members also meet socially every Thursday evening around 18:45 to have coffee and chat about hobby related topics and much more, come by and say hello. Social get together is also at the Pitt Meadows Heritage building.
Club Twinning With Ipswich & District Radio Club
On the 5th of April, 2011, the Maple Ridge Amateur Radio Club and the Ipswich & District Radio Club agreed for the twinning of and a bilateral cooperation agreement. This was originally proposed during a conversation between Warren Heaton [VK4GT] and the then MRARC Vice President, Mike Stenner [VA7BZ]. Please visit Ipswich & District Radio Club web site for information on their club.
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