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.


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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!

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DSTAR Registration

In order to use all of the benefits of DSTAR you will need to register your call sign.  Follow the link bellow to register.  You may see some errors regarding trusted website but it is a safe website to use.



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D-Star Live Internet Presentation

Here are some DSTAR Live video presentations from the DSTAR Live event in March 2017.  Some real good information for all levels of the DSTAR user.





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DSTAR Resources

If you are interested in getting more information on DSTAR there are many web sites and usergroups that you can explore.  A few of the ones I like and are good places to start are;

For those who are interested in DSTAR radios other than ICOM Kenwood has released a new tri-band DSTAR radio.  See the link bellow for details.

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Distracted Driving Rules – Update Amateur Radio Users

The Government of BC has finally released a document that details how the distracted driving laws will impact amateur radio users.  Please follow the link bellow for all the details.

Use of Electronic Devices While Driving

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DSTAR Repeater VE7RMR Now Live

Great news the trial DSTAR repeater VE7RMR is up and running as a local and gateway repeater.  VE7RMR is accessed with any DSTAR radio at 440.800 Mhz with a +5.00 offset.

The repeater and controller are on the Grant Hill tower and the ircddbgateway application is all running on a raspberry Pi 3.  I have tested the system and have had QSOs on several reflectors and have made contacts with several DSTAR users throughout the world.

If you you have any questions about the repeater and DSTAR system please contact me through the Contact MRARC tab.

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New UHF Antenna is Up!

Big thanks to the guys at Ridge Tower Services for installing the new UHF antenna and feed line on the Grant Hill tower.  One step closer to adding to our existing repeaters and offering greater emergency capability and preparedness for the City’s of Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows and all their citizens.


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Silent Key – Terry Goodwin VE7TAG

It is with a sad heart that the Maple Ridge Amateur Radio Club members announce the passing of a long time member Terry Goodwin VE7TAG.  A memorial service for Terry will be on the 25th of March at St. John the Divine Anglican Church at 21299 River Road in Maple Ridge.

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RAC Night – Hosted by North Shore Amateur Radio Club

Please circulate this invitation to the executive and members
of your amateur radio club. RSVP requested.

To: Amateur Radio Clubs in Lower Mainland

Bernie Leaker VE7BR, President of theNorth Shore Amateur Radio Club, cordially invites you to attend “RAC NIGHT”, on Thursday March 2 at 7:30 PM.

Guests of honour will be:

Glenn MacDonell VE3XRA of Ottawa, President of Radio Amateurs of Canada, who will address the meeting on amateur radio issues in Canada, and Bill Gipps VE7XS of Langley, past-Director of RAC, who will receive a plaque of appreciation from NSARC for his years of service to amateur radio, and report on Distracted Driving Legislation, and Allan Munnik VA7MP of Surrey, current Director of RAC for BC and Yukon.

LOCATION:​Meeting room of North Shore Emergency Management,
​2nd floor, 147 East 14th Street, North Vancouver.

PARKING: Limited free street parking is available on East 14th and surrounding streets, or ​-​North Vanc City Employees parking lot on West 14th Street; enter off Chesterfield Ave.

Free parking after 5 PM.

-​North Vanc City Library underground parking at 120 West 14th Street; $1/hour, CAUTION: Elevator and stairs on east side will be locked at 10 PM on March 2nd only. (Doors are normally locked at 9:30pm)

​-​Lions Gate Hospital Public Parking off E. 15th St., $6 for evening, 5pm-6am


RSVP: If you plan to attend, please notify Ed Frazer VE7EF by Feb. 28th

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