Contact Us


If you have any questions or would like to learn more about amateur radio or the Peel Amateur Radio Club, please feel free to leave a message at the bottom of this page, or contact a member of the executive listed below.

Mailing Address

Peel Amateur Radio Club Inc.
PO Box 23532
Kingspoint Plaza RPO
Brampton, ON
L6V 4J4

Club Executive (click)

73 Responses to Contact Us

  1. Taylor Simpson says:

    Hi there

    I am in the process of getting my license and I am interested in joining the Brampton group I was wondering what I would have to do to join when I have my license


    • Peter Taylor says:

      We would love to see you at a club meeting. You don’t need to be a member to attend a meeting, and you don’t have to be licensed to join, anyone with an interest in amateur radio is welcome. Just come out to a meeting, you will be welcome. If you decide that our club is for you, pay your dues and you are a member!

  2. Greg Larocque says:

    Do you have pics of the interior layout of your trailer? Our club, GBARC is interested to set up trailers for field days. If you do, can you send them to me –

    Thank you;
    Greg VE3RQY

    • Peter Taylor says:

      I just noticed your message sitting in our inbox. Sorry that nobody has replied before now. If you are still interested in photos of the trailer I will do my best to get them for you.

  3. Good day, I am located in Orangeville and was wondering if your club provides courses and examinations for the amateur Ham rating? Do you still have course in the fall?

    • Peter Taylor says:

      Andrew, I just noticed your message in our inbox. I am sorry that no one has replied before now. We do have classes most fall. If you send me your email at I will have your name put on our contact list and we will send you details when the next round of classes is schedule.

  4. Matthew says:

    I am interested in getting my ham license how would I go about doing this

  5. matt says:

    Hi how would I go about acquiring infrequency like police fire and ambulance in Brampton thank you

  6. Dave Wilson VE3VAV says:

    How do i go about joining the club i cant makeeetings but was a member a long time ago. Just got back into the hobby and feel the need to belong to a club. Is their a way to fill out the form and get it to someone or mail it.

  7. Paul lima says:

    I like to get my lincse for ham radio and become part of the bramtpon team someone pls get back to me tks. 416 807 0596

    • Peter Taylor says:

      Paul–Sorry for not responding sooner. We don’t have anyone who regularly checks the comments. We have licencing classes in the Fall. I suggest that you come out to some meetings and meet the gang. The instructor usually attends meetings.

  8. Peter Wetton VA3PRW says:

    Hi all – I am an ex PARC member VA3PRW. I am getting out of Ham Radio for personal reasons and have some items for sale. Yaesu FT1000MP MkV, Rigblaster Pro, Kantronics KPC3 with max memory. Email if interested

    • Kenneth Strom says:

      What a shame of you Peter…I did the same getting out of the hobby only because I was working as a Chef 7 days a week. If you are selling your equipment, list it on the Toronto ARES website.
      Well, if you do sell everything, I noticed some friends running their iPhones (and Me Tablet) the way things are going, one day we will not need radios or antennas. Shame…
      And I still have to put up the Motorola 902 MHz Repeater up…one of these days.
      You should see my radio collection…Midland LMR is my thing.
      Good luck anyways selling everything.
      On a lighter note I could get you a Beofeng UV-5R in bulk from China for less than $15.00
      Speaker Mic and extra battery optional.

      Kenneth Strom VA3KRS

  9. digitnerd says:

    Hi, I am looking in to becoming a HAM. I am hoping to attend the meeting on June 3.

    • Richard Upfield says:

      Not sure if a reply was posted previously since our Club meetings are not held during the summer months. Our next meeting will be on Sept.2nd, and we meet at the South Fletcher’s Creek Sports Complex, N.E. corner of Ray Lawson Blvd & McLaughlin Rd in Brampton. We would like to see you there as we begin our new year of activities.

  10. Frank Roberts VE3FAO says:

    Hi Steve: Sorry for the delay in answering but it has been a very busy summer. I actually have a Pac-Comm Tiny-2 serial numbeer 003. It was built from a kit 25 years ago. I can certainly help if you still need info. 73, Frank VE3FAO

  11. Adam says:

    Good day, I am interested in getting my license I was wondering if you provide a course possibly.



  12. Glenn says:

    Very sad to relay information that George Van Ryssen VA3GVR has passed on today (SK), just a week after his wife Gail. George had been a member of PARC for many years and was always happy, and glad to meet up with his amateur friends. No other information is available at this time. George will be sadly missed by many.
    A moment of silence in memory of George at HAM-EX 2013 would be a very nice tribute.

  13. George Duffield says:

    Wynand, the best thing to do is to come out to the club meeting, which will be on January 8, 2013 at the Fletcher’s Creek Sportplex and Community Centre. It’s at the corner of Ray Lawson Blvd. and McLaughlin Road. Start time is 7.30. Welcome to Brampton.

  14. wynand Groen says:

    I am new to the Brampton area and like a contact to discuss my equipment that I still have My call sign is VA3XIT I come from London On

  15. George Duffield says:

    RAC Bulletin 2012-071E – Distracted Driving Update – Ontario Regulations Changed

    In light of the prorogation of the Ontario Legislature on October 15, 2012, the amateur radio community in Ontario has raised questions regarding the status of the 5-year extension to the amateur radio exemption in the Display Screens and Hand-Held Devices Regulations that was announced by Minister of Transportation Bob Chiarelli on September 24, 2012. Former RAC Honourary Legal Counsel, Steve Pengelly, VE3STV, has advised that prorogation would have had no effect on the announced extension because it was contained in a regulation passed by an order-in-council.

    To further address the concern, Radio Amateurs of Canada is pleased to inform Ontario hams that Ontario Regulation 253/12, which can be found
    has amended the amateur radio exemption sections of former Ontario Regulation 366/09. Specifically, the “January 1, 2013” portion of section 13(1) and the entirety of section 13(2) of Ontario Regulation
    366/09 were struck out and replaced with section 3(1) and 3(2) of Ontario Regulation 253/12, stating the new January 1, 2018 deadline.
    The actual amended Ontario Regulation 366/09 can be found at

    Radio Amateurs of Canada will continue to pursue a permanent exemption for Amateur Radio operators in Ontario. Similar exemptions already exist in many other provincial jurisdictions in Canada – thanks in part to the efforts of local amateurs and RAC’s national strategy to address distracted driving legislation.

    Radio Amateurs of Canada is Canada’s national voice for Amateur Radio.
    Our efforts not only promote the Amateur Radio Service but protect it from regulatory interference that may lead to less capability to provide emergency communications. Not already a RAC member? Why not join today at and find out about the many benefits our members enjoy across the country and the world beyond.

    It is recommended that you carry a copy of your certificate and a copy of the exemption in your vehicle.

  16. paul lima says:

    I like to get my lincse for ham radio and become part of the bramtpon team someone pls get back to me tks. 416 807 0596 OR email me tks again

  17. Ray Bielecki says:

    I would like to talk with Don McPhee…the “astroNuts kids space club” in Newmarket is having their annual “whats up in space “event
    May 2013 and we will be proposing a “telebridge” with the ISS…Maurice Vigneault of ARISS Ottawa strongly recommended contacting you. Please contact me
    our club is
    then click in menu at top “whats up in space event”
    thank you
    cell 416-996-8980
    home 905-898-7737

  18. Steve says:

    Repeater Coverage maps
    Hi, I’m with the York Region club and have been putting together RF coverage maps for our repeaters (mostly to determine DStar sites) and got to thinking that it may be nice to have a comprehensive coverage map of southern ontario.
    If this is of interest to you (as I would provide a jpeg or KML file) please let me know.


  19. Mike Rodgers says:

    Is the so-watt buildathon project available to buy? Seen it in Qrp Quarterly.

    Mike R. Cleburne,TX,USA

  20. Dianne Lightowler, John Lightowler deceased VE3 JSL says:

    Re John Lightowler radio equipment, please remove the ad. Everything has been sold. Thanks, Dianne

  21. va3og says:

    Check on the Ham-Ex site: It’s a couple of Km.

  22. va3og says:

    Doug, I don’t know the exact prices. The canteen is run by the facility, not by Ham-Ex. Their prices are quite reasonable, though. You can get things like bacon/egg sandwich, hot dogs, burgers, pop, coffee.

  23. George, VE3WKJ says:


    I don’t know if RAC has done so or not. But if it has, I say it’s about time. There are too many hams who want everything for nothing. The don’t join RAC, they don’t join clubs, yet they want to use all the facilities that RAC and clubs provide for amateur radio operators. If you want to use a RAC alias, for heaven sake support your national association by joining. Support your local club by joining. If you live in the Brampton/Caledon area, we’d like to see you at a meeting. If you live in Mississauga, the guys at MARC would like to see you at their meetings. But in the meantime, you have no right to complain. If you are not a member, you are supporting no one.

    George Duffield, VE3WKJ
    President, Peel ARC

  24. Aaron says:


    I’m interested in 1) Getting my license and 2) Joining a club. I was recommended to Peel by someone at Radioworld. Can I just show up on Tuesday?

    • va3og says:

      Aaron, you sure can! We’d be happy to have you come to our meetings. The next meeting is next week, Tuesday October 4, at 7:30 PM. Look under the Meetings tab for detailed directions, etc. Look forward to seeing you.

  25. Nitin says:


    Are any classes for beginners’ license exam in the works for Fall 2011?

    I’m definitely interested but could not find the class schedule on your website.


    • va3og says:

      Nitin, we do run Basic classes, but I don’t think that the schedule has been set yet. It depends on the availability of the instructor, as well as having enough people interested. But keep an eye on the web site. We will post an announcement once it is set.

  26. Dianne Lightowler, John Lightowler deceased VE3 JSL says:

    Hi. Dianne here. I have all of John’s ham radio equipment – Kenwood radio, outdoor antennas, noise bridge, wiring, Morse key, microphones. You name it I have it. I do not pretend to know anything about this but do not want it to go to waste or try to sell at a garage sale.

    Please feel free to call me at 905-790-7479 or visit (address available on serious calls). Thanks, have a great day, Dianne

  27. george says:

    where am i, i love radio construstion and am interested in am conmunication. my call sign is wb3jvj my interests are also homebrew vacuum boat anchors. ps i cant spell worth a damm

  28. Thomas Morrison VA3TJM says:

    I’m interested in joining PARC.

    • va3og says:

      That’s great, Thomas. We’d enjoy having you join us! We are kind of on a summer hiatus right now – at least as far as regular meetings go. During the summer a couple of our groups do continue, so you could possibly come and meet some of the guys. Our ARES group meets on the 3rd Monday of the month. And a bunch of us get together every Friday morning for breakfast at around 8:30 or so. Have a look at the “Meetings” tab to get locations, etc.
      73, Bryan VA3OG

  29. Gabriel says:

    Hello there to everyone, I’m a new member to the Club I enjoy very much the meetings, Homebrew Group and of course the quality of the members. I would like to bring to your attention to you all an organisation that it’s called ‘GLOBAL EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS” and it’s free to join and I believe will look good for the club or the team to sign up for more info you can go to this link

    Thank you so much

    • George, VE3WKJ says:


      It was a pleasure to meet you at the Club Meeting in May. I hope you continue to enjoy the meetings and that you will find ways to become even more involved in the club. It’s the involvement of members that makes the Peel club so great.
      Thanks also for your comments regarding GEM. We have been aware of this organization for some time and we applaud their efforts. In North America, the response to emergencies is placed in the hands of the ARES and RACES groups associated with RAC and the ARRL. The philosophy is based on the fact that most emergencies are locally based, thus the response needs to be local and/or regional. Should the emergency spread, mutual support agreements kick in and amateurs from a larger geographical area, provincial or state become involved. Seldom does an emergency expand beyond that level. So while GEM has its heart in the right place, its action plan may be somewhat misguided. A note to consider is that any communications plan based on the use of the internet is in jeopardy in any real emergency, since electric power and phone communication are usually compromised. But again, thanks for keeping us aware of what’s happening out there in radioland. The world is full of information and we are but a few.


  30. Adam says:

    When will the pictures from ham ex be posted 🙂 if anyone has any info on that

    • va3og says:

      I’ll get them up as soon as I find some time to arrange them. Thanks to Joe, VE3VDK, for taking them all!

      73 Bryan

  31. GregS says:

    I was at the Ham-Ex hamfest last month and was talking to one of your club members at the club display there about this session you’re having in late April (I think it was April 30) to build an electronic kit. I think he mentioned the session was called a build-a-thon. I am thinking of signing up for this but I don’t see any information about dates, location, or cost on your website. Can you post details?

    I’m not a member of the club but am willing to join if it’s a prerequisite for participating in this session.

    • George, VE3WKJ says:

      Hello Greg,

      Yes indeed there is a Build-athon coming up. Participation does require membership, so I am forwarding your comment to Richard Upfield, VA3RMU who is our Director of Education. As you might expect, the Build-athon projects are extremely popular and have limited access on a first come, first served basis. Richard will be able to tell you if there is space for you on this project, and what you have to do to join the class. If there is not, the Build-athon group undertakes a minimum of two projects a year, and as a group meets on the third Tuesday of each month to discuss, plan, and build other projects that are of interest to them. As a club member, you would be welcome to attend those meetings and to become involved.

      Thanks for you interest. You will hear from Richard in the near future.


      George Duffield, VE3WKJ

    • va3og says:

      If you look under “Latest News” you will see the post(s) regarding the Spring Buildathon. The contact person to register is Richard Upfield. His email address is in the postings.

      And, yes, the Buildathon projects are only open to Club members. Richard can give you the details.

    • Richard Upfield VA3RMU says:

      Hi Greg,
      Thanks for your interest in the upcoming Buildathon which is scheduled for April 30, 2011. The Buildathon Sessions is open to Club Members only, so if you wish to participate you will have to join the Club. The Club Membership is $25.00; and the cost of the Kit for the Buildathon is approximately $50.00. You can pay both amounts on the day of the session. If you would like to attend please get back to me as soon as you can so we can obtain a Kit for you.

      • GregS says:

        Thanks for the replies. Yes, I would like to participate in the build-a-thon so if there are any spots left, set one aside for me. I’ll pay for the session, and for a club membership, on the day of the session. My callsign is VE3LXL and you can email me details, like the location and time of the session, at

  32. Faizul Hamid says:

    Do you offer courses for newbies to become certified?

    • George, VE3WKJ says:

      Hello Faizul,

      Thanks for your question. Yes, we do indeed offer courses at all levels. The Basic course will permit you to become a licensed operator. This will in fact allow you to communicate around the world, using a system called the Internet Radio Linking Protocol, and even into space. Most if not all astronauts are licensed operators and there is a station on the International Space Station that can be contacted when the station is over this part of the world. It all begins with a Basic license.

      I have copied our Director of Education Richard Upfield VA3RMU on this e-mail. He will be able to give you further details.


      George Duffield, VE3WKJ

    • va3og says:

      We do, indeed, offer Basic Licence classes, as well as CW and Advanced courses. The dates for the next Basic class have not yet been established. Please contact Richard Upfield to register. His email address is available under the Club Director link.

    • Richard Upfield VA3RMU says:

      Hi Faizul,
      We do offer courses for you to obtain your Amateur Radio License; however, the next course will not be conducted until the Fall 2011. If you would like to get started on your study please feel free to attend the next meeting of our Radio Club on Tuesday May 3, 2011 at 7:30 PM at the Ray Lawson Sports Complex, Ray Lawson Blvd and MacClaughlin Road (NE Corner, I can give you the details then.

      Richard VA3RMU

  33. Kelly says:

    Hey there,

    I’m in TO and don’t have a car. Like some of your other inquiries I am interested in getting involved in the radio community. BUT, i need some advice on amateur/beginner equipment. I don’t know if you have the time to slide some advice on over here about a good sw for beginners. Do i sound like a beginner or what?


  34. Peter Wetton says:

    The Tuckers Market Place Dinner link takes you to the breakfast photo’s…

    • va3og says:

      Right you are! I see what happened – I named both files xmas2010, so the breakfast pics over-wrote the dinner ones. I’ll fix it soon. TNX!

  35. Robert says:

    i wanted to get into this, but dont know where to start… any help? please respond to e-mail.. thanks

    • George, VE3WKJ says:

      Hi Robert,
      Sorry it’s taken so long. I guess we all went on vacation for Christmas (early). If you get this posting in time, come on out to the next club meeting (Jan 4). We are planning an interesting presenation about what’s called a DXpedition and then debriefing the New Year’s eve activity for the city of Brampton. Hope to see you then.


  36. Ian says:

    Hi, I found this website through browsing around on the internet and I tried to attend one of your meetings this friday, (9:17 fri.) as we speak, and I went and asked the waitress if there was a radio club here today and she didn’t know what I was talking about and I didn’t want to go asking each table so I just left. I was wondering if there was a telephone number I can contact your group at in order to meet up for next friday. Thanks.

    • Bryan says:

      The guys just get together for breakfast on Friday mornings. It’s not an official meeting, just social. look for the crew in the back corner table. usually about 8 – 10 folks.

  37. Just wanted to say hello to VE3PRC! 🙂

    It’s been a few years but I’m still around, got the dust blown off some of the old gear and getting set up again.

    Cheers & 73!

    • Vic - VE3FOX says:

      It’s great to hear from you again Stephanie. You’re not the first of the former members that has reappeared recently. Hopefully the new web site and all the added activities have contributed to that. I look forward to seeing you at one of the club meetings.

    • Bryan says:

      Hi Steph!So nice to see you pop up on the site! If you can make it, why not come out to our AnnualChristmas/Holiday/Specialtime dinner? It’s be great to see you.
      Bryan, VA3OG

  38. Adam says:

    Hello sorry I did not know where I could ask this question but I have a grundig g4000a shortwave radio and the problem being is when I connect it to a computer to decode a fax or CW the signal fades away and I can not decode anything but as soon as i disconnect from the computer signal is restored.
    anyone got any ideas thanks 😀

    • va3og says:

      Adam, how are you connecting the radio to the computer? Are you just using an audio cable, or do you have an interface? Try plugging a microphone into the computer and set it beside the radio’s speaker to see it you can decode that way. You probably need some kind of isolation between the ‘puter & radio.

      • Adam says:

        Hey va3og thanks for the reply I am using just a audio cable no interface, what kind of interface should I use something that is cheap but better than using a microphone thanks
        73 de Adam

      • va3og says:

        The simplest interface would be to put a little audio transformer into the cable between the computer and the radio. That will isolate the two pieces of gear.
        Are you in the Brampton area? If so, why not come out to a club meeting? Next one is November 2.

  39. Pete VE3AD says:

    Is Richard Abbott VA3RHA still involved with the Peel club?
    Would like to get in touch with him. Thanks

  40. Nitin says:


    I am from bombay and holding A grade licence. At present I am in Brampton, Canada. I
    Want to visit and meet Ham family in brapmton
    nitin vhatkar

  41. Dianne Lightowler says:

    Hi. The late John Lightowler, VE3JSL, has left a few things and among them is his Kenwood TS-440S. Perhaps there other radio item I do not recognize.

    Do you have any interest in this Kenwood? I know it is old, however perhaps a new user or member can make use of this radio. There might even be an antenna in the house. Dianne

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