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Thanks for Visiting Your 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 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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Local Ham needs some assistance:  I have word that a ham in Hanley is is need of someone who is willing to climb a 48 foot tower to repair the beam to rotor mount.  For more information, please contact Larry VE5WX at:  1-306-544-2792

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Just a reminder to those who wish to put an article into the next QSO.  Your articles/pictures need to be sent to me no later than June 10/17.  Thanks everyone.  Val, VE5ACJ

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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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SARL:  2017 Hamfest


Date: Sat. August 12th, 2017
Place: Painted Hand Casino Parkland Room
Yorkton, Saskatchewan

Time: 9:00AM CST/03:00 UTC
Freq: 145.490 - MHz
         447.500 - MHz

For more Information on the hamfest please click here


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Sun Spots 


Sunspots are dark, irregularly shaped areas which can sometimes be observed on the surface of the sun. They appear dark because they are about 2000° C cooler than the surrounding sun's surface . Sunspots can be seen with the naked eye under favorable conditions and have been observed for thousands of years. Galileo was the first European that we know of to observe the sun using a telescope. He recorded observations of sunspots in the seventeenth century. 

Sunspots often appear in pairs in which one is like the north pole of a magnet and the other like the south pole of a magnet. The two poles (sunspots) are linked by loops of magnetic field which arch through the sun's corona. Their strong magnetic field inhibits convection of heat to the surface. 

Soon after the sunspot cycle was discovered, more than a century ago, a strong relationship was noted between the number of spots on the Sun and the number of auroras that were seen in the northern (and later the southern) skies. A similar relationship was soon established between the number of sunspots and the state of Earth's magnetic field: When the Sun showed more spots, Earth's magnetic field was more frequently disturbed by violent "magnetic storms."  

Sunspot activity goes up (from minimum to maximum) and down (from maximum to minimum) in an eleven year cycle. Communication systems on earth and satellites are affected by sunspot activity. In addition, it has been known for many years that the state of Earth's ionosphere - the ionized layer of the high atmosphere that makes possible long-distance radio communication - is affected very critically by solar activity, in step with the number of sunspots.  

It is not the spots themselves that bring about the terrestrial changes, but other, less frequent and more dynamic events such as solar flares and eruptions in the chromosphere and corona.

Flares are sudden brightenings of limited regions of the chromosphere. By almost every measure they are the Sun's most catastrophic and energetic events. They have special importance to man, for they are known to produce effects that race through millions of kilometers of inter-planetary space to rattle the upper atmosphere and magnetic field of Earth, altering the ionosphere and producing auroras and magnetic storms. Solar flares are now believed to result from the sudden conversion of magnetic energy to the energy of heat, light, and motion. Flares have little effect on the sunspots themselves. Because sunspots are the most easily observed of all solar features, they have traditionally served as the storm warnings of the solar system.   HISTORY

 Astronauts such as IZØUDF Samantha Cristoforetti, are able to see sun-spots better than most of us. I am indebted to the Italian Radio Amateurs Union (U.R.I.) monthly magazine QTC which featured this famous YL. Even if you dont understand Italian, its worth looking at the pictures. Thanks to our Italian Amateur sister IZ0EIK – Erica for sharing QTC a


Samantha Cristoforetti, IZØUDF QTC Anno 2° - N. 6 - Aprile 2017 Pag. 46 -49 (born April 26, 1977 in Milan, Italy) Samantha Cristoforetti is a European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut of Italian nationality. Between November 2014 and June 2015 she spent 199 days on board the International Space Station as a Flight Engineer for Expedition 42 and 43. During ASI's Futura Mission, Samantha conducted experiments in the Station's laboratories. Samantha is a Captain in the Italian Air Force. On 16 July 2015 she was awarded the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic, the highest ranking honour of the Republic. (ANSA) - Bolzano, January 3 - Italy's first female astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti gave birth to a daughter, Kelsey Amal in Cologne, Germany, at the end of November 2016. great site, lots of video clips:   ARTICLE 

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

RAC Info:   Bj Madson VE5FX Mid-West Director

As you may know, your membership expiry date appears on the label of your latest TCA magazine, right above your callsign. Please be sure to renew in time to avoid a lapse in membership.

Also, should you change your address, you are required to inform ISEC within 30 days. You can easily do this using the information in the box at the top of this Report.

One of the concerns which affect the availability of callsigns is the issue of Silent Keys. If ISEC is not informed by the receipt of either an obituary or a death certificate of the passing of an Amateur, they will keep that callsign registered to that individual until the age of 125 years! Please take the time to inform them of the passing of any of your licensed friends or relatives.

On another note I would like to bring to your attention the following according to Industry Canada, a call sign will be issued using a prefix based on where the applicant resides. An amateur who subsequently changes his residence from one call sign prefix area to another shall apply for a change of call sign with the prefix allocated for this new area of operation.

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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



all the very best that life can offer.




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