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Thanks for Visiting Your New SARL Website

At the very bottom of this page, just above the copyright you will see a + - reset. If you are having a problem reading the print on this website, click the + sign 2 or 3 times, and the print will become larger. If you forget how many times you clicked, just press the reset and it will go back to the original size. I had this put in as I know there are times when my eyes are not as good as they should be due to that thing they call "Aging". Hope this helps all those with eye problems not just us older hams.

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For change of address for IC/RAC/SARL, please go to the Membership Infomation page.

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For Membership renewals or to Join SARL, please go to the Forms page. You may still mail in a cheque or you can now use our pay on-line using PayPal.

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The purpose of this site is to help share knowledge about events, clubs and Amateur radio groups throughout Saskatchewan. We hope you will enjoy our new site, with a different look.

Here in Western Canada the vast open spaces make for some interesting challenges for Amateur Radio. We have a relatively small population compared to our land mass. Over the years Saskatchewan radio operators have tried to bridge the distance gap with a combination of different linking techniques. These are comprised of a radio and Internet based repeaters throughout the southern and northern areas.

There is also activity in the High Frequency radio bands with Nets to help those outside the reach of VHF & UHF repeaters. Please join with us here on the website where we try and bring areas of our province closer together by learning a little about different clubs, organizations and the events and activities they take part in.

SARL Directors & Executive.

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SARL Membership Dues are DUE

I have been going through the records and there are several members who have not paid for their 2014/2015 memberships.  Please check your membership card and if it has 2014 on it, then please send in your cheque asap.  

SARL has been growing by leaps and bounds and I am so happy that we have so many paid up members.

The next QSO comes  out hopefully by Nov. 7th.  If you have not paid by then, it will be your last issue.

If you go to the Forms Page, we now have On-line payments.  I hope folks try out this option.  

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Please check out the New  Help Wanted section under Operating.

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We now have a Swap'n'Shop section on the website.  If you have anything you want to sell, or need, please send your information to me, include your name, contact information, what it is you are selling, please include picture if possible (do not resize) and any other information that you think is required.  Please send everything to Val at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and I will get it posted for you. Thanks so much.

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Long Time Net Has No Check-Ins; NCS Undeterred

By WBØRUR, on the scene

PARSIPPANY, Pennsylvania — Rutherford County “ham radio” operator Thomas Von Funcktoven has served as net control station of the “Arizona AU-1 Transmitter Collector’s Net” since February of 1984. To date, he’s had no check-ins. Not a single one.

“We meet every other Saturday at 1300GMT on 14.287 MHz,” says the retired chicken farmer, stretching out his suspenders emblazoned with images of a Rhode Island Red.

“I’ve been on the air with that net since the winter of ’84, just like clockwork.”

Von Funcktoven’s net honors the memory of the Arizona AU-1 transmitter and the “Add-A-Piece” transmitter kit, which people didn’t understand back in 1937 and – three decades later – still don’t comprehend.

“The idea of the “Add-A Piece” program was to build your transmitter piece-by-piece. You bought this piece and then you bought that piece. Several times. Of course, it wouldn’t actually transmit until you bought the last piece, which could mean years and years of hording war ration coupons and saving your grocery change in your pocketbook.”

His HF net gives collectors of the obscure transmitter a chance to return the vintage vacuum tube radios to the air, swap stories about operating the units and share tips for renovation. The trouble is there are no other units left in existence except the one in Von Funcktoven’s shack.

“I didn’t think this thing through on the front end,” says the befuddled ham. “I just assumed there MUST be others out there. But I’m in too deep now. I’m committed. I can’t cancel the net after 30 years!”

Von Funcketoven says he held out hope for the first 10 years that another Arizona AU-1 would turn up in a barn or chicken coop or an old warehouse and be put back onto the air

“Oh, it’ll be grand!” he exclaims. “We’ll share terrific stories.”

So far, it hasn’t happened. Until then, net control keeps a stiff upper lip and dreams of the day he has a check-in. Just one.

If you are in the Parsippany area, feel free to stop by Von Funcketoven’s shack for a bottle of New Coke and a Caramello bar. Look for the Edsel in the driveway and ring the doorbell.

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"A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory."

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Ham-fest 2014 is now over,  special thanks to Murray VE5MC who not only took out group photo, he has finished doing the photo with names and call-signs.  If you would like one now mailed to you, please send me your info. 

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Anyone who took pictures at any of the ham-fests (even the older ones - pre 2005)

please send to Val VE5ACJ by snail mail or by email .

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Just want to wish all who have a Birthday , Anniversary or other special event in November all the best.  

 

 

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