Over the fall of 2019 the Rideau Lakes Amateur Radio Club finally had to find a new home for our repeater. The old site (formally a Town of Smiths Falls equipment maintenance facility purchased by a private company as a manufacturing facility) was still available to us, but it was clear that as the new owner expanded his business the repeater and tower were becoming an inconvenience that had to be worked around.
After an extensive search of many potential sites, we were able to conclude an agreement with the Railway Museum of Eastern Ontario to locate our repeater in their facilities. The site is an excellent location for a repeater site. Our tower does not look out of place due to the history of railway communications. This common history with Amateur Radio is the foundation upon we hope to build a long and mutually beneficial partnership.
We would like to thank the Town of Smiths Falls for their generous funding grant to help with the costs of constructing a location to house the repeater.
We also thank Mallory Day and "Inside Ottawa Valley" for her article about the club.