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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.



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.