RAC President Glenn MacDonell, VE3XRA, on behalf of Radio Amateurs of Canada, extends sincere congratulations to the Winnipeg Amateur Radio Club as it celebrates its 100th Anniversary with a Hamfest and Conference tomorrow, Sunday, June 2, 2019.
As described below, the event will feature “notable speakers, plenty of junk, commercial sponsors and of course lots of Amateurs to meet and ragchew.”
To commemorate the special occasion, today’s issue of The Winnipeg Free Press (Saturday, June 1, 2019) includes a feature article by David Sanderson about the club:
Ham it up:
“As its 100th anniversary approaches, the Winnipeg Amateur Radio Club is showing why in an age of instant communication, there is still room to kick it old school. Ham radio has been around for over 100 years, and the Winnipeg Amateur Radio Club almost as long.”
The article provides an overview of Amateur Radio through the experiences of club members Cary Rubenfeld, VE4EA, Barry Malowanchuk, VE4MA, and Bill Fleury, VE4BEF, and touches on the Amateur Radio Emergency Services, Radiosport and their support of community events including the upcoming Manitoba Marathon on June 16.
The Winnipeg ARC’s website features a page entitled “A Brief History Of The Winnipeg Amateur Radio Club” which includes the following:
“The first Winnipeg Amateur Radio Club was apparently formed in 1919 but its history has been lost in the mists of time. The following historic milestones and events have been gleaned from scraps of minutes and other sources collated by Ed Henderson, VE4YU.