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Date:          Tuesday 4th February 2020

Location:   Sharon Temple - Temperance Hall

Time:          7:30 PM

Program:    John VE3IPS - Fusion Repeaters // Brian VE3IBW - DMR APRS


This is our sixth meeting of 2019/2020.  We have programs planned but always welcome new speakers with a ham radio or scientific topic.  If you can make a presentation or know of someone who can please let us know.

This is also a great chance to join our club and get full value from the upcoming club year. Club Members get access to the members-only area.

Richmond Hill Repeater repairs


Our Richmond Hill repeater VE3YRC (UHF) is now back on the air and has been relinked to the VE3YRA system.


Our Richmond Hill repeater VE3YRC (6M) is currently off the air awaiting repairs to the controller. We will update the community once this repair is completed.

VE3YRC (VHF) in Aurora, our new Fusion repeater, is mixed analogue and digital mode is still in fine running order and linked to WIRES-X for worldwide communication and VE3YRA with its super-wide York Region and GTA coverage is still an excellent choice for communications.

Echolink repairs


Our IRLP Node 2920 is also under maintenance. We will update the community once this repair is completed.

Geoff "VA3GS" Silent Key

On behalf of the board of directors, I am deeply saddened to inform you of the sudden passing of Geoff Smith VA3GS / VE3KCE of natural causes in the early hours of Wednesday morning. Many of you, like me, had the opportunity to see him at last night's club meeting and I am glad he was able to spend some time in conversation with members of our club, to which he dedicated so much of his time and energy.

Geoff has been an active YRARC member for more than 40 years, winning the Harvey Bell award before many of us even had our licences. He's been the driving and organizing force behind our very successful hamfests, which have kept the club financially sound. He has also manned the prize table at club meetings for the last several years, always lent a hand at Field Day and has shared his valuable wisdom and counsel as a member of the board for as long as I can remember. Geoff was the club's first chairman of the board in 1978.

Last but not least, Geoff brought many new hams into the hobby and into the club through his ham radio classes and mentoring of students. His generous nature and considerable contributions to the club's success will be sorely missed.

Rest in peace, Geoff. 73 SK.

YRARC Board of Directors.