About RARC

The idea of forming an Amateur Radio Club in Richmond, British Columbia was conceived somewhere around the 1950s (date not verified). Meetings have been held at various locations over the years including several member’s homes, a barn loft, the East Richmond Community Centre, the Worker’s Compensation Board Building, and finally to the current location at the Steveston Community Centre.

RARC members are from all walks of life. The demographic stereotype of a 'typical ham' is eroding as new certified radio Amateurs (they are no longer licensed) are entering the hobby from non-traditional sectors of interest and occupations. Hardly any new RARC members that joined the club over the past five years are retired. Our members are business consultants, educators, programmers, a lawyer, chef, air traffic controller, as well as retired law enforcement officers and technician.s

INTERESTING NOTES ABOUT RARC MEMBERSHIP - Not all members reside in Richmond. Members are also involved with other Amateur radio clubs and emergency communication organizations in the Vancovuer area (e.g. Burnaby ARC, North Shore ARC, VECTOR, Coquitlam ARESS, East Richmond Digital Group, ORCA, BCFMCA). About one-fifth of our membership are women. One of our member is a descendant of the founding family of Steveston. A former member is the nephew of the brothers who founded the world-renown Richmond ship's wheel maker. A long-time member was a Morse code operator during WW2.


RARC and the Richmond Community

RARC has always been an integral part of the Richmond community. Many of it's members are also members of local community organizations such as Gulf of Georgia Cannery Society. The club radio station, VE7GOG, is on the Parks Canada Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site in Steveston Village. RARC has a MOU with the GOG Cannery Society for the station's occupancy on the federal property since 1992 and has partnered with the Cannery Museum's programming activities in 2016.

RARC is a long time supporter of the City of Richmond's Emergency Programs where many club members are actively involved with ESS (Emergency Social Services) and REPARS (Richmond Emergency Programs Amateur Radio Society). The club has been invited every year to the city's Public Works Open House to set up an info booth neighbouring the ESS and REPARS displays at the Emergency Programs area. RARC has a long relationship and history of support with the city's emergency program activities.

RARC members have anually participated in the Steveston Salmon Festival Canada Day Parade providing radio communications for the event. This year, members were involved as parade route marshalls assisting with the entire parade day process. The club also particpates in the annual CCM Safety & Secure Living Fair, which provides opportunities for outreach to otehr segments of the Richmond community.


Communications Assets

RARC members' radio communication capability is supported by the club's four key equipment assets:

VHF and UHF repeaters (VE7RMD) situated at the Richmond Public Works yard. Location of the repeater equipment on city property is at the pleasure and generousity of City of Richmond.

Radio station (VE7GOG) with VHF and HF capabilities (10m, 15m, 20m, 40m, 80m) situated on the Parks Canada Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site. Station is equipped with fuel, generator and water for self-sustaining operations.

Towable communications trailer equipped with radios for VHF, UHF, HF with VHF repeater. Trailer also has batteries and generator for operations under self-sustaining power.

Portable radio go-kit with VHF, UHF, HF and D-STAR capabilities, and battery for termporary independent operations. Radios have been used for instruction and demonstration at radio courses and public displays and Field Day.

The club's communications trailer and radio station (VE7GOG) have been activated to participate in SET (simulated emergency test) exercises with Richmond Emergency Programs and REPARS.


 
 
Club Operations

PRESIDENT - Urey Chan, VE7URE
VICE-PRESIDENT - Eric Scott, VE7KLZ
TREASURER - Allan Leong, VE7WXZ
SECRETARY - (vacant)
DIRECTOR - Ted Pater, VE7VIB
DIRECTOR - Peter Walsh, VE7XPW

NON-BOARD POSITIONS
Webmaster - Walter Harms, VE7HWA
Speaker Engagement - Carole Eng, VA7QCE
Public Relations - Urey Chan, VE7URE
 
Constitution & Bylaws
Historical Time Line
THIS IS A NEW THING. WE ARE TRYING TO CONSTRUCT A HISTORICAL TIME LINE FOR RARC BY REVIEWING EXISTING DOCUMENTS AND TALKING TO PRESENT AND FORMER CLUB MEMBERS. PLEASE CONTACT US IF YOU HAVE ANY KNOWLEDGE OF RARC'S PAST THAT MAYBE OF HISTORIC VALUE.
Apr. 8, 2017 - First swap meet ever hosted by RARC. Event also included station set up by SARC and BARC to contact TR100VIMY along with displays of emergency communication equipment by local Amateur radio groups.
Mar. 13, 2014 - RARC partners with Cambie Secondary School to contact International Space Station in ARISS program. Event was telecasted to the Rmd. School District (SD38) and covered by local and national media.
Oct.. 2010 - RARC receives Gaming Grant from Province of B.C. to acquire trailer and outfit it for emergency communications.
Sept. 2001 - RARC members responded request to support Richmond EOC in handling radio traffic to coordinate accommodations for unexpected arrival of US bound air passengers due to the '9/11 attack' on that morning..
1992 - GOG Amateur Radio Society received New Horizons grant to acquire truck trailer cab to build radio station, VE7GOG, which was later turned over to RARC. The station was a part of PEP in emergency communications.

1966 - RARC founded by a group of local Amateur radio enthusiasts that included the Powell brothers.


 
 

Updated Oct. 30, 2017 (BETA 2)