Notice: This year The Shearwater Spring Hobby Show will be on April 7th to 8th starting at 9am, for more information please check (Here)
Notice: The weather forecast for March 21st 2018 may have an impact on the HARC monthly meeting, Updates will be made here if the meeting will be cancelled

Halifax Amateur Radio Club

The Halifax Amateur Radio Club (H.A.R.C.), VE1FQ, has a long history dating back to its inception in 1933 and is one of the oldest amateur radio clubs in Canada.

HARC provides a forum for the exchange of ideas and information related to radio communications and technical experimentation. Ham radio provides an alternative means of communication during natural disasters and other emergencies.

HARC can provide communications facilities to aid government agencies in times of crisis. This fulfills amateur radio's legislated mandate to provide public service communication.

HARC allows people interested in amateur radio many opportunities for fellowship and projects of many types.

Monthly Meeting

HARC’s next monthly meeting will take place Wednesday, 21 March, 2018 in the Senior’s Room on the 1st floor of the St. Andrew’s Community Centre, 3380 Barnstead Lane, off of Bayers Rd. (outbound) just past Romans Ave., in Halifax.


6:30–7:00pm Social half hour with refreshments

7:00-8:00pm Presentation: Winter Social and Swap Shop

Presenter: HARC Executive

8:00-9:00pm March General Business Meeting

March meeting Agenda

November and past meeting Minutes


The March 2018 issue of the Reflector is the most current issue and is now available.

Front page of the Reflector Newsletter

Radio Propagation Conditions

Solar-Terrestrial Data

A special thanks to Paul (N0NBH) for giving permission to post these solar indices on the HARC website.

For more information on how to interpret the above data, visit, or download the following ARRL document on Understanding Solar Indices.

Add PropagationStats to your ham radio site.


NEW ........

The 6M repeater is installed and now has a tone on the transmit for those who want to use tone squelch.

It is the same tone as on the receiver for access - 151.4 Hz.

There have been a few small problems noted and one is some of the audio files have become corrupt and I will need to reload those.

The audio levels on the 6M repeater transmit are low with the transmitted tone being somewhat high.

Another site visit with the test gear will be required to set those up properly.

If you hear an explosion on the repeaters that is a freezing road warning when the outside temperature is between +2 and -3 degrees C.

This is a tail message currently running after every tail drop but I plan to change that to probably every 5 tail drops.

During the Take-15 net all 3 repeaters are linked (VHF, UHF and 6M) and have a unique courtesy tone.

The link up is automatic at about 2029 and will unlink after 2 minutes of no activity.

NEW ........

PLEASE NOTE: Work has almost now been completed on the VE1PSR repeater (147.270+). Bill (VE1MR) passes on the following information:

I managed to get up to the repeater site on the weekend and reinstated the tone on the TX of VE1PSR VHF repeater and adjusted the audio levels.

So folks can now use tone squelch to cut out the inter mod on the repeater in the city.

The 6M repeater was not installed but should be back in service soon - hopefully with the next site visit.

NEW ........

HALIFAX AUXILIARY TELECOMMUNICATIONS SERVICE (HATS). The first general membership meeting of the Halifax Auxiliary Telecommunications Service (HATS) was held on the evening of Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017.

.......More information on HATS.....

A copy of the 1959 edition of The Canadian Amateur was recently provided to HARC by Michel VE2TH; the whole of the edition was devoted to Amateur Radio in Nova Scotia. It is a big document so it has been posted in two read the documents --- follow this link.....

HARC honours Win Hartlin (VE1WIN) with a special 2016 Amateur of the Year Award .......for more information on this announcement ----follow this link.....

President's 2016 Annual Report - HARC President Brian Allen (VE1AZV) has presented his 2016 Annual Report. Click here to see the report.

HARC Establishes a "Wireless Room" exhibit at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic .......for more information on this announcement ----follow this link.....

How Hams like HARC's Brit Fader (VE1FQ) made communication possible with the Joint Arctic Weather Stations in the early days of amateur radio .......for more information on this announcement ----follow this link.....

RAC Revised 0 – 30 MHz Band Plan - The revised RAC 0-30 MHz Band Plan has been released with the effective date of December 1, 2015. This replaces the January 1, 2015 Band Plan version. It incorporates several updates to reflect feedback received on the earlier version. The Band Plan graphics have also been changed to improve readability and make it easier to determine which segments are recommended for which modes.

The RAC 0-30 MHz Band Plan is available on the RAC web site; down-load a copy or print one off for use in the "shack":

HARC members and former submariners donate two pair of dolphin to submarine museums.......for more information ----follow this link.....

HARC Repeater Use Policy

The HARC Repeater Use Policy is now being implemented. Click here for more info.

Upcoming Events


7-8 April: Shearwater Aviation Museum's 20th Annual - Spring Hobby Show

Club Meetings

21 March: Winter Social and Swap Shop
Presenter: HARC Executive

18 April: Primer on Weather and Canwarn
Presenter: Bob Robichaud, VE1MBR

16 May: Wireless MESH Networks for Ham Radio
Presenter: Steve Frost, VE9SF

20 June: Field Day Perspectives and Preparation
Presenter: Field Day Chair

18 July: Summer Pizza Social Gathering

15 August: Summer Pizza Social Gathering

19 September: September An Update on Modern DIY Ham Radio Projects
Presenter: Larry Hicks, VO1HL

17 October: DXing: Still an Exciting Challenge!
Presenter: TBD

21 November: November A Retrospective on 2018 and HARC AGM
Presenter: HARC Executive

19 December: HARC Christmas Party and Hartlen Amateur of the Year Award

VE1FQ QSL card

Brit Fader Memorial QSL Bureau

Brit Fader, VE1FQ, ran the VE1 and VE0 QSL bureau for over 49 years. He was Mr. QSL and Mr. Field Day for many of those years. The Brit Fader Memorial QSL Bureau, respectfully named in honour of VE1FQ, is operated by HARC.

BE ADVISED that cards on file for more than two (2) years will be purged. It is important that your account with the Bureau is current. Click here for more information.