The Halifax Amateur Radio Club (H.A.R.C.), VE1FQ, is gearing up for an exceptional celebration as they reach an impressive milestone – 90 years of dedicated community service. As one of North America’s oldest and continuously active clubs, HARC has been at the forefront of providing a platform for radio enthusiasts to exchange ideas and technical knowledge.
Founded in 1933, HARC has played a crucial role in promoting amateur radio communication in Canada. Not only does the club facilitate fellowship among radio enthusiasts, but it also serves as a vital means of communication during natural disasters and emergencies. In times of crisis, HARC steps up to aid government agencies, fulfilling the legislated mandate of amateur radio to provide public service communication.
The celebrations will kick off on Saturday, August 19th, with an exciting “Touch a Truck” event. Attendees will have the unique opportunity to explore and learn about various radio communication vehicles and equipment used by emergency services and public safety agencies, including the RCMP command vehicle, Nova Scotia Communications, and Halifax Police, among many others.
For those looking to get hands-on experience, a demo HAM radio setup will be available. Participants can experiment with various equipment and gain insights into the practical aspects of amateur radio operation. Plus, the club will be showcasing and displaying gear from our past.
The festivities continue Sunday, August 20th, with a special service to honour and appreciate the contributions of professional and amateur wireless operators and 911 dispatchers. Their dedication to public safety deserves utmost respect and gratitude. The service will take place at the Salvation Army Halifax West community church at 10:30, providing an opportunity for the community to come together and pay tribute to these unsung heroes.
“All members of the community are encouraged to participate in the event’s activities actively, as it presents an incredible opportunity to learn, network, and foster lasting connections within the emergency management community,” said Ritchie, Event Chair of the Halifax Amateur Radio Club.
To top it all off, the club invites the public to join them for a free BBQ from 1-3 PM on Sunday, August 20th. It will be a time to celebrate the club’s achievements and the spirit of camaraderie that has kept HARC alive and thriving for 90 remarkable years.
So, mark your calendars for August 19th and 20th and head to the Halifax Amateur Radio Club’s celebration. Whether you’re an amateur radio enthusiast, an emergency services professional, or a curious public member, this event promises to be an exciting and informative experience that will leave a lasting impression.
Let’s come together to celebrate 90 years of community service by the Halifax Amateur Radio Club and appreciate their vital role in ensuring communication and safety during challenging times.
*For more information and to join the celebrations, visit the Halifax Amateur Radio Club’s website for the full schedule of events.