The Victoria-Haliburton Amateur Radio Association serves the amateur radio needs of it's members and the City of Kawartha Lakes as well as Haliburton County.

The Association is open to all Amateur Radio operators and SWL's interested in promoting the Ham Radio hobby.


The Association owns and operates three 2 meter FM voice repeaters, VE3LNZ and VE3LNZ Fusion (located in Grasshill) and VA3MIN (located in Eagle Lake). In addition we offer a Packet Radio Node (VE3LNZ),  APRS Station (VE3LNZ-3)  and an IRLP Node. General meetings are held once a month on the last Tuesday of the month (excluding July and August) at the City of Kawartha Lakes  Police Department Building, Community Services Room, in Lindsay. Meetings start at 7:30 PM. Guests are always welcome so drop by for one of our meetings and see what we're all about!

Social events are held throughout the year including Field Day, Fox Hunts and picnics. In the past, some of our community service events have included Talk To Santa By Ham Radio Day (in the Lindsay Square Mall), participation in the Lindsay Santa Clause parade, JOTA (Boy Scouts Jamboree On The Air) and school presentations to all ages on the hobby of Amateur Radio.


Note!   Please use the official web page address,   , to type in the address bar of your web browser, to bring up the correct vhara web page.

Do not depend on using a bookmark/favourite from your browser, to get to the correct web page.

We host our own club web page and because of outages at the physical site, the vhara web page has to be served from an alternate site, until the outage at the main physical site has been restored.




VE3LNZ   ( 147.195 MHz + )    With optional Linked Access to the COARC system

VE3LNZ Fusion  ( 146.925 MHz - ), CTCSS Tone  156.7

VA3MIN   (145.210 MHz -)    With optional Linked Access to VE3LNZ


Packet Node:

VE3LNZ   (145.050 MHz S)    1200 BAUD User Port linked to 19.2 Kb Back-Bone


APRS Station:



IRLP Node:




VE3LNZ-R     Node 748673


Event Call Signs:





Next VHARA meeting CANCELLED, Tuesday evening, April 28, 2020, 7:30 pm

Due to the COVID-19 virus spreading, the April meeting has been cancelled. The police Community room booking, has been cancelled by the Lindsay Police Services.

We will try and have a Net on the VE3LNZ repeater, on that evening, at 7:30 pm


Meeting Topic -  none



VHARA Amateur Of The Year, 2019 - Tom VE3KZJ.  Congratulations Tom!   The voting was held at the Nov 2019 VHARA meeting and the result announced at the Jan 2020 VHARA Meeting.



Fox Hunt -   TBD

Fox Hunt winners for the October Hunt were Len VE3VSR and Stephen VE3PC (VA3KXP). Congratulations!


VHARA,  ARRL Field Day June 2020 - To be determined, depending on the Ontario COVID-19 emergency status being removed.

At the February VHARA meeting it was established that Field Day would again be held at the Grasshill repeater site. Planning will commence at the nest few VHARA monthly meetings.


There will not be a VHARA Swap Meet for 2020 - at the October VHARA meeting it was decided by those in attemdance, that the Club will not host a Swap Meet for 2020.  Due to lower number of Vendors present at the 2019 Swap Meet. Perhaps the Club will determine in the future, if  there might be enough interested Vendors, wanting to have a Swap Meet, at a future date.



VHARA Swap Meet 2019  Saturday September 14, Bobcageon Legion.  

A very successful Swap Meet was had on Saturday. We generated a good sum of money to help with the expenses in operating the VHARA Club.

Thanks very much to all the volunteers who helped with this years Swap Meet!

 click this link for the flyer.  Pat VE3PGN is the Swap Meet co-ordinator for this years Swap Meet.


Donations for the Swap Meet Draw prizes have been very generously provided from the following businesses:

RadioWorld, Toronto, ON -  gift cards, ball caps, special limited time discounts

Neabors Restaurant, Lindsay, ON (Lindsay Mall) -  gift certificate

Food Basics, Lindsay, ON - gift certificate

BTW Electronics, Lindsay, ON

Home Hardware, Lindsay - Solar Light set

Swiss Chalet, Lindsay - vouchers for meals

Canadian Tire, Lindsay - a lawn game for kids (a $40 item)

$100 Gift Certificate for Chiropractic services - courtesy Grant VE3GBJ

Numerous prizes for the Free Door prizes - courtesy Pat VE3PGN and Ross VE3RQN



2019 VHARA Swap Meet Photos


Indoor Vendors


indoor vendor


ross ve3rqn


Outdoor Tailgaters





Free Door Prizes

door prizes





Paid Draw Prizes

RadioWorld Gift Cards, Canadian Tire Lindsay, Home Hardware Lindsay

paid draw prizes

Food Basics Lindsay gift card, Neabors Restaurant Lindsay Mall meal certificate, Swiss Chalet Lindsay food cards, etc.

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ARRL Field Day, VHARA at the Grasshill Reapeter site - June 22-23

A very successful Field Day was had and the club operators made a record number of contacts as reported by Ron VE3ZNQ.  The club ran a 5 Alpha operation with a 20 and 40 and 80 Metre vertical antannas, plus a few other Bands and antennas. Phone and Digital modes were used.

The weather was great and the burgers & hot dogs (courtesy of Doug VE3ATP) and also salads and deserts from other VHARA members were gobbled up.

On Sunday, Lil  SWL  provided us with her very tasty spaghetti dinner!

Photos will be posted shortly.




New ARRL portal website for contests -



VHARA Radio Net every Thursday at 8 pm, on repeater VE3LNZ


School Boys Who Cracked The Soviet Secret - an excellent Nova episode, found on YouTube, that shows how, in the 1960's, a British science school teacher and another teacher who was an Amateur Radio operator and their students, found out the Soviet space satellites were spying on North America by taking satellite photos.

The teachers and students cobbled together, amateur radio receivers to listen in on the radio signals from the Soviet satellites. From the charcteristics of these radio signals, the group was able to deduce that the Soviet satellites were probably taking photos of the United States and also that the Soviets had begun using a new launch site for their satellites.


Copy and paste the following into your  computer browser, address bar, to see the video on YouTube -




Remote HF Vertical Antenna  -  A new remote hf vertical antennae has been installed at the Grasshill repeater site.

Thank you to Doug VE3ATP and Vic VE3JAR for providing the antenna and doing the install!!!

remote hf antenna

remote hf antenna2

remote hf antenna3

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VE3LNZ Antenna Change Out, Grasshill Repeater Site, Sept. 24, 2016 - Tower climbers, Martin VE3PWR and Doug VE3ATP.  Ground crew, Mark VE3LJQ and Bill VE3WAH


doug martin





 Nuts and Volts - website/magazine for the electronics hobbyist.  This is a terrific website/magazine



Link To VHARA Membership Registration


VHARA Contact Information:


Mailing Address:


54 Elgin st.

Lindsay, Ontario




Bill   VE3WAH

email (replace _at_, with @ )

photos, information, etc, for posting on the vhara webpage, are always welcome


RAC Region:

Ontario East (ONE)