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World Amateur Radio Day 2018

Celebrating Amateur Radio’s contribution to society

 

The Saint Lucia Amateur Radio Club (SLARC) celebrated World Amateur Radio Day under the theme Celebrating Amateur Radio’s contribution to society. As part of this year’s celebration the SLARC decided to introduce amateur radio to a few of the secondary schools in the north and South of the island. The event was well received by both the faculty and students.

Students listened to an address from former director of ECTEL Mr. Embert Charles via the radio on this year’s theme “Celebrating Amateur Radio’s contribution to society “.  Students learned about the role amateur radio has played in the development of telecommunications and technology as a whole and also the importance of amateur radio in times of natural disasters when conventional means of communications are down.

The students also got the opportunity to ask questions and these ranged from, how one becomes an operator to questions on propagation of radio waves. The event was very successful and as a result the schools have asked that we repeat the sessions with the students. The St. Lucia Amateur Radio Club in order to continue this effort in bringing in fresh blood to the world of amateur radio will be conducting training sessions at the club’s headquarters with interested students eventually leading to a novice class license and the setup of amateur radio base stations at the schools.

The St. Lucia Amateur Radio Club would like to thank the National Emergency Management Organization, the administrators of the various secondary schools and the HAM operators for making this day possible.

Please see some pictures below of the day’s activities at the Participating schools: St. Mary’s College, St. Joseph’s Convent, Castries Comprehensive, Leon Hess Comprehensive, the Entrepot Secondary, Anse Ger Combined, and the Vieux Fort comprehensive.  

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Terry Goodman, J66BP,
Tot Henry, J69MV,
SLARC.

Canada funds J6 Repeater Project

The Government of Canada will provide more than $25,000 (CDN) to the Saint Lucia Amateur Radio Club to improve Amateur Radio coverage and communication in the small Caribbean island nation in the event of a disaster. The project will install two repeater systems including solar back-up power, train 90 radio operators, and increase coverage for all of Saint Lucia’s 18 districts.

“Rising sea levels, coastal erosion, and an escalation in the frequency and intensity of tropical storms and hurricanes threaten homes and businesses across the Caribbean. These situations can have a significant negative impact on sustainable economic growth and result in loss of life,” the Canadian Government said in announcing the grant.

According to the announcement, the Saint Lucia Amateur Radio Club repeater system will provide enhanced two-way communication during normal and disaster conditions, allowing for Amateur Radio coverage in all communities — and especially in known high-risk areas.

“The project will ensure that, in future hazard events, reliable and accurate information can be passed from communities to response teams, leading to more timely and effective assistance to those communities,” the announcement said.

The nearly year-old Saint Lucia Amateur Radio Club secured support for this project through the Canada Caribbean Disaster Risk Management Fund (CCDRM), part of Canada’s $600 million Caribbean Regional Program. The fund is designed to support Caribbean-based non-governmental organizations, community groups, and governmental agencies working at the community level to reduce risks from natural hazards and climate change. — Thanks to the Canadian High Commission, Bridgetown

(SLARC) Club celebrates ONE year

Hi all,

The Saint Lucia Amateur Radio Club is celebrating it’s first year of re-activation on 17 April 2014.

The World Amateur Radio day is on the 18th but being a holy-day we are doing a field day/exhibition on the 17th instead. We will have stations up on 2 meters and HF.

We will also have an active echolink up on 146.500  The Club will be on the front lawn of the Aquatic Centre in Rodney Bay right along the high way so very visible indeed.

There will be a short ceremony to commemorate the event and the first year of the Club. Last year we launched the Club on the 18th of April (ARD) at the Castries City Hall.

After which we will be active on air and also have all sorts of equipment on display.

We cordially invite all those interested to join us on the day for the event, and also listen for us on the air or otherwise link in to us via Echolink connect to j69ds-l

Come and learn about Amateur Radio and all the various facets of the hobby.

 

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Club Net on Sundays

Tomorrow Susnday 26th January at 8 Am, ( 12 UTC) the SLARC weekly 40 meter net will be on.

Net control is J69AK, Matthew. Come along and check in!

hear you there!

Club Net on

The weekly SLARC net on 7.200 Mhz with NC Matthew J69AK is on from 12:00 to 13:00 utc every sunday!

bachelor no more!

Congratulations go out to Ian Plummer, J66CD, and Ofelicia Headley on their marriage.
May your marriage be filled with all the right ingredients: a heap of love, a dash of humor, a touch of romance, and spoonful of Faith. May your joy last forever. Congratulations from the Saint Lucia Amateur Radio Club and all the Amateur operators.

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