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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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We need a New Editor for the QSO as soon as possible.  If you are interested in applying for this easy job, please get hold of both Val (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and Doris (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).  Due to 3 upcoming eye surgeries, I cannot carry on with the QSO for the time being.  


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There is a need for some changes to our Constitution.  Please go to the Constitution page to read what changes are to be voted on at the next AGM in 2016.

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We have a new Link on the Link's page, New Zealand Communications

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This is a very interesting article on Solar Flares and HF Propagation.  Click FDIM81 for PDF.

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Study Determines Top 5 Reasons for Attending Hamfests

By WBØRUR on the scene

NEWINGSTEAD, Vermont – The National Radio Retransmission Legion (NRRL) has results in-hand of a high-level study determining the primary reasons amateur radio operators attend swap meets, commonly called “hamfests.”

Commissioned in 2009 with a price tag of more than $85,000, the NRRL hopes to pinpoint the major reasons for attendance and share those motivators among member clubs. The goal is to provide club guidance and grow this facet of the hobby.

The famed Hoovingmeyer Institute of Rottsdam, Arizona, performed the 3-year-long analysis using the latest scientific methods.

“As you might suspect,” says Hoovingmeyer Institute Executive Director Michael F. Smithton, “the reasons for attending are as varied as the attendees themselves. However, our patented algorithms and pivot tables have determined 5 commonalities. We believe these will be helpful to the NRRL membership.”

Smithton says the top 5 reasons ham radio operators attend hamfests are (in rank order):

5) See if “that guy” is there again,
4) Purchase home-crafted jewelry, kitchen utensils and/or doilies,
3) Return the LED name badge purchased last year that has stopped working,
2) There’s doughnuts and strong, black coffee at the snack bar; and
1) Lunch at the ‘all you can eat’ buffet afterwards.

NRRL President Ray Fergie says the findings are “eye-openers” and will be integrated into the NRRL’s long-term strategy and membership campaigns. “We think these will be key elements to future club growth,” says Fergie, adding, “We might even encourage hamfest organizers to hold their own “all you can eat” events.

No word if bacon will be on the menu; but it should be.

Smithton says the NRRL will share the results with members after someone figures out how to use PowerPoint.

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

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SARL Membership Dues are DUE

Please remember that your 2015/2016 memberships are due August 31, 2015 

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

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

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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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"Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new."

Albert Einstein

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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 .

please don't re-size

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






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