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.


Due to a technical problem, the VHARA web page is currently being served from an alternate location. June 8, 2019

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:





VHARA Swap Meet 2019  Saturday September 14, Bobcageon Legion.   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)

more donations to come, to be updated soon.


Next VHARA meeting, Tuesday evening, September 24, 2019, 7:30 pm

Police Department Building, Community Services Room, in Lindsay, 6 Victoria Ave., K9V 4E5 pre meeting dinner location was not decided.  Check on the Thursday evening Net, on VE3LNZ or call out on VE3LNZ repeater the afternoon of the meeting, to see if anyone else wants to meet up for dinner.   Dinner start time is usually 5:45 pm!


Meeting Topic -   TBD

The AGM (Annual General Meeting) will take place after the monthly meeting and the election of the VHARA Executive will be held for the 2019/2020 year



VHARA June Meeting - Nominations were held for the Executive postions for the voting at the September Annual General Meeting.

Grant VA3GBJ is willing to continue as Secretary.

Bill VE3WAH is willing to serve as Treasurer (Tom VE3KZJ was looking to step down from the position)

Doug VE3ATP is willing to continue to serve as Vice President.

Jack VA3JFW is willing to serve as Member At Large

No one was nominated for the President's position.  Doug VA3DLJ is unable to continue to serve as President ( Doug was unable to attend the June meeting)



VHARA END OF SUMMER BBQ - Saturday Aug 24 -  It was great weather, excellent food and nice people to talk to, at the Grasshill repeater site.

Thanks Doug VE3ATP and Anne for hosting the bbq!




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.


Fox Hunt -   Len VE3VSR and Stephen VA3KXP  won the May Fox Hunt. Congratulations!

Next Fox Hunt -TBD



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 -



VHARA Christmas Dinner 2019    click this link for the flyer



Year 2018 Draw Prize Winners -

 RadioWorld Gift Cards, $50,  Yury, Toronto

RadioWorld Gift Cards, $50, John VA3NW, Peterborough

Gift Basket, Strang's Valu-mart Grocery, Bobcaygeon,  Glen VE3LIZ, Oshawa

50 pc Benchmark Screw Driver Set, Stephen VA3KXP


Year 2018 Door Prize Draws - free draws, with admission, see photos below.

Thank you very much to the following businesses for donating a prize to the VHARA Club Swap Meet Draws.

The Swap Meet helps raise funds for the VHARA Club, to help pay our insurance costs, etc.

RadioWorld, Toronto; Canadian Tire, Lindsay; Strang's Valu-mart, Bobcaygeon; Home Hardware, Lindsay; Swiss Chalet, Lindsay; Home Hardware, Bobcaygeon; Eggsmart, Bobcaygeon; Just For The Halibut, Bobcaygeon; The Full Cup Cafe, Bobcaygeon; Kawartha Computers, Bobcaygeon


 Year 2018 Swap Meet Contact person -  Bill VE3WAH,  email -



VHARA ARRL Field Day Contest, Saturday June 23-24, 2018 - A very successful Field day was achieved,  Lots of radio contacts were made and the BBQ and social time was well attended with 21 people attending this years event.

If anyone has photos of the Field day that they would like to share, please email them to me and I will put them here, on the vhara web page.  Bill VE3WAH



VHARA Bobcaygeon Legion Swap Meet 2018




BTW Electronics Lindsay

btw electronics

Draw Prizes - RadioWorld Gift Cards

radioworld gift cards

Free Door Prizes

door prizes



VHARA Christmas Dinner

From VHARA President, Doug VA3DLJ

“Special thanks to those involved in arranging the Christmas gatherings this year… Pat for Lindsay, plus Marlene and Lillian for Minden. Very enjoyable times to celebrate the season. Good times were had by all.

The photo is of the buffet at the Minden Christmas dinner at the Peppermill. Special thanks to Santa (Lillian SWL) ”


minden xmas dinner



VHARA ARRL Field Day, June 24-25 2018

photos to be posted


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

remote hf antenna4



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)