About the Club

Welcome to Rideau Lakes Amateur Radio Club

RAC Affiliated Club

RAC Affiliated Club

Club Meetings

As part of the community response to the COVID 19 pandemic we have suspended in-person club meetings. The club will convene a weekly net Thursdays at 7:30 PM Eastern Time to discuss issues of importance or interest on our VHF repeater. Details below.

The club will also start holding regular meetings on Zoom the third Thursday of the month at 7:30 PM. In the normal course of events we welcome guests who have an interest in Amateur Radio. We may, on a rare occasion restrict guests if there is something for the club to discuss privately. If you are not a member and would like to join us send an email to the club email address to request an invitation: ve3rlr@gmail.com

Voice Repeater VE3RLR

The club operates and maintains voice Repeater VE3RLR, which covers Highways 15, 29 and 43 in the region of Smiths Falls and Perth, and the central Rideau Canal System and local lakes, popular with recreational boaters and cottagers. The Repeater is on 147.210 MHz (input + : 147.810 MHz).

In 2009 the club had to relocate the repeater due to the closure of its previous home for over 25 years, the Rideau Regional Centre. Fortunately with the help of the Town of Smiths Falls, a new home was found in the Works Department Garage.

In July 2010, a rigger was hired to climb the tower and add two more antennas as well as check some existing connectors.

In March 2011, a new repeater was placed on line replacing the old repeater that had been in service for more than 30 years. The new equipment is a Motorola MSR2000 system. Hopefully this will provide more reliable service.

As of (February 2012) a NHRC 3+ Controller was installed and is now providing regular control capability such as ID and courtesy tone.

During the summer of 2013 failures occurred with the MSR2000 due to high temperature at the repeater site. The system ran on the standby repeater for several months until replacement parts could be provided in September 2013.

New Fusion Repeater

Over the months of December and January the Rideau Lakes Amateur Radio club was pleased to introduce a new technology to our repeater complex. We purchased a Yaesu Fusion repeater system and a number of mobile and handheld Fusion radios to equip our membership. We would like to thank Radio World for their superb support in fulfilling this order and are looking forward to welcoming them to our Flea Market this year.

Update. This fall we upgraded our VHF repeater to DR-2X Fusion II and moved our DR-1X equipment to UHF providing automatic mode (digital or analog)  support on both repeater frequencies.

The Fusion repeater has finished tests and familiarization for our club members and is now installed as our VHF repeater:

VE3RLR 147.210 + PL 151.4Hz AMS IN/OUT
VE3RLR 442.750 + PL 151.4Hz AMS IN/OUT

The AMS IN/OUT means that the repeater will automatically adapt to the mode used on the input frequency. If you call the repeater using FM it will transmit using FM. If you call the repeater using C4FM (The Fusion digital mode) it will transmit using C4FM.


APRS Digipeater

The club operates an APRS digipeater, VA3RLR, on 144.390 MHz

Club Membership Dues

Club Membership Dues of $10 Annually, for RAC members, $20 for those who are not members of RAC; are due by the November meeting and must be paid by then if wish to attend the Club's Annual Christmas Dinner in December.

Interested in joining?  Please contact:  Rideau Lakes ARC

Email List Server

The Club maintains an email list server on google groups. If you would like to be added to the list
send an email to ve3rlr@gmail.com requesting access.

Membership is normally reserved for members, but we will accept anyone who has the best interests of amateur radio and the club at heart.

Members Google Group