Events & Info
Thanks for visiting the New SARL website!
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
Please check out the New Help Wanted section under Operating.
ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS - Safety First!
by Cory Sickles, WA3UVV
Unlike solid-state electronics, which operate with lower voltages and relatively high currents, hollow-state electronics operate with high voltages and relatively low currents. In a CB rig, it is not uncommon to find voltages between 150 to 350 volts - perhaps more.
If you are going to put your fingers inside the cabinet, please do so when the set is off and unplugged. While the higher-voltage power supply should have a bleeder resistor to slowly discharge the electrolytic capacitors that filter such voltages, things happen when radios age - or others fool around with "golden screwdrivers" and that resistor may not be there , as designed.
NEVER put yourself in a position where a high-voltage to ground discharge can occur through your chest - commonly by placing one finger on a connection while the other hand is touching ground. That's effectively how a defibrillator works. While it's great to start a stopped heart, it can also stop one that's running - not good.
The best overall rule is to mkae sure you keep one hand behind your back or in your pocket. At the very least, keep it "out of range". Plus, stay aware of where the mains - voltage - connections are. You don't want to casually encounter one of those exposed points, either. Also, be aware that tubes get hot, not just warm. Bottom line, watch where you put your fingers.
The upside is that such radios are easy to work on, especially when compared to surface mount technology. The circuits are well-spaced, large component designs, that are easily traced and understood. Kids like me learned electronics by experimenting with circuits that were laid out point-to-point.
With all questions I used to ask the TV repairmen who showed up, I'm surprised they never charged my family for the "educational content" of their visits. Some were even kind enough to "share" some parts now and then, including the ham who let me have a pair of used chassis' for the foundation of my first amateur radio transmitter.
If you want your spouse to listen and pay strict attention to every word you say, talk in your sleep.
Ham-fest 2014 is now over, Murray VE5MC has finished doing the photo with names and call-signs. If you would like one mailed to you, please send me your info.
Hamfest 2014 picture
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Special Thanks to Murray Crandon VE5MC for doing the group photo.
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 October all the best.