Club Spotlight: Moncton Area Amateur Radio Club

Moncton Area Amateur Radio Club

The Moncton Area Amateur Radio Club (MAARC) was founded in 1966 and traces its roots back to 1936 with its predecessor club the Moncton Amateur Radio Club. Today MAARC members participate in a wide variety of activities from Field Day, nets, training, contesting and more.  The club operates 6 repeaters, a packet radio node, Echolink node, APRS gateway and other technology.  If you are in the Moncton area or are just curious, check them out at

RAC Basic Qualification Amateur Radio Course: Fall 2023

Radio Amateurs of Canada is once again offering an online Amateur Radio course so that individuals from all across Canada can obtain their Amateur Radio Operator Certificate with Basic Qualification.

Visit the RAC website for details and to register:

Packet Radio Like it’s 1984

Mixing two hobbies today doing some packet radio with my TRS-80 Model 4 and my Tandy 1000 RL. The Model 4 is an 8-bit computer with just 64 kilobytes of RAM. The 1000 has a 16-bit 8086 CPU with a whopping 768 kilobytes of RAM. The average computer today has at least 8 gigabytes of RAM, or roughly 8 million kilobytes. How far we’ve come.

TRS-80 Model 4

TRS-80 Model 4 manufactured in 1984

Tandy 1000 RL

Tandy 1000 RL manufactured in 1988