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The Annual General Meeting of the Yellowknife Amateur Radio Society was held May 26, 2022.
- President - Chris Cameron (VE8WD))
- Vice President - Mikaël Turgeon (VE8MT)
- Secretary-Treasurer - Ian Rennie (VE8IR)*
- Technical Director -
* Accredited Examiners - These persons are delegated as examiners by our regulator, Industry Canada (i.e. the federal government of Canada), and allowed to invigilate the Basic, Advanced and Morse code examinations. We do not charge a fee for this.
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On 25 and 26 June 2022 the Yellowknife Amateur Radio Society (YARS) fielded an emergency amateur radio station operating on HF frequencies for 24 hours. This exercise is the primary summer emergency preparedness exercise for the amateur radio community in North America, dressed-up as a competition. YARS faced a number of challenges including a shortage of personnel, problems with equipment and terrible band conditions. Some of these were out of our control. Some were to be expected as this was the first exercise in the aftermath of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Overall a decent score was achieved and 7 QSOs were made. There is a reason why the VE8 callsign prefix is the second rarest in North America - and it is not just the small population. See photos...
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Our vision is to promote interest in the amateur radio service by
- providing education and training to add qualified and licensed individuals to the body of amateur radio operators in the amateur radio service;
- encouraging licensed individuals to keep interested in the amateur radio service through technical projects related to the amateur radio service;
- supporting civil authorities in emergency preparedness and emergency response to civil emergencies; and
- promoting the amateur radio service generally.
The Yellowknife Amateur Radio Society is a non-profit volunteer organization which designs, builds and operates amateur radio equipment and promotes science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. We aim to work in partnership with government, industry, educational institutions and fellow amateur radio societies. We encourage technical and scientific innovation and promote the training and development of skilled amateur radio designers and operators.