The Barrie Amateur Radio Club has reached around the world, provided critical communication during local emergencies and even connected with space.”
In the article, Barrie ARC President, Brant Smith, describes the club's connection to astronaut Chris Hadfield and its recent Field Day activities:
His uncle was the first person to contact him the first time he went up to the International Space Station," Smith said. "That contact was from Barrie and a few other guys were also able to get a hold of him, but as soon as the Americans heard that he was on there up goes the beams with the high power and boom, that was it.”
The article also describes the club's recent Field Day activities:
Ham radio operators in Barrie and over 1,600 stations across Canada and the US participated recently in a 24-hour Field Day, an opportunity to connect and test emergency preparedness.
Volunteers manned an emergency communication centre set up near the Southshore Centre throughout the night, with a goal of connecting with as many people and cities as possible. As the event drew to a close, a North American map showed dozens of contacts.”
Source: Robin MacLennan, "Around the world in 24 hours" in the July 5 issue of BarrieToday.com