radioThe Almonte Amateur Radio Club will be holding its annual Dinner on January 23rd at the Royal Canadian Legion in Almonte. Start time is 6.30pm with finger foods and beverages followed by the Dinner at 7.00pm. The menu is roast beef with all the trimmings, desert and coffee.

All local amateur radio enthusiasts are encouraged to come but if you not a “ham” you are also welcome to attend if you would like more information about this interesting hobby. Cost is $25 per head. If you would like to come, send Stan a message at stan@madore.ca.

Our 2016 objective is to recruit more members. One important service that we are deeply involved with is the provision of communications in the event of an emergency where all other forms of communication may be damaged or compromised due to the nature of the emergency. The AARC emergency group is part of the Mississippi Mills and Lanark County emergency planning and implementation organization and can be called upon to provide services to set up communications between various agencies as required, for example the Red Cross. So, if you are interested in becoming a member of this group please come to the dinner or send a message to info@almontearclub.ca.

It is easy to obtain an Amateur Radio Licence and one can get on the air quickly and with low cost radios now available it is not an expensive hobby. Computers are widely used for the emergency communication aspect as well as for many other modes of amateur radio operation.

Robin Webb (VE3UIX)

President, Almonte Amateur Radio Club