The Volunteer Radio Group (VRG), also known as the Diefenbunker Amateur Radio Club (DARC), is a loose knit group of Diefenbunker volunteers with a common interest in radio. Our activities are not limited to radio-type work and volunteers are encouraged to get involved in other Museum activities.
Volunteer time at the Museum is Tuesdays during the day (9:30 AM to 4:00 PM), weather permitting. We try to have radio volunteers on-site during the core hours of 10-12. However, volunteers set their own schedule and are not obligated to be at the Museum every Tuesday.
As a volunteer, you have access to the Museum any time the Museum is open. Museum hours are Wednesday to Sunday, 10 AM to 4 PM.
While you need to be a licensed amateur operator to operate VE3CWM you don’t need a radio license to help on the various projects, both radio and non-radio.
If you are a licensed amateur radio operator (Ham), you are encouraged to get checked out on our equipment prior to operating the Museum’s station, VE3CWM.
While most of our operating is done during the Tuesday work sessions, licensed volunteers are encouraged to come to the Museum during visitor hours (10AM to 4PM, Wednesday to Sunday) to operate VE3CWM and chat with interested visitors.
Here is the current roster of the VRG/DARC in alphabetical order as of September 2020.
- Hunter Bagby VE3HVB
- Jamie Bastien VA3EEM
- Chris Bisaillion VE3CBK
- Robert Boyd VE3BE
- Thane Brown VA3TTM
- Ralph Cameron VE3BBM
- Fred Crowe VE3LAF
- Dave Green VE3TLY
- Reg Gilliford VE3AWN
- Gord Heath VE3IRC
- Brian Jeffrey VE3UU
- Jeremy Jones VA3ZTF
- Erhan Kum VA3KUM
- John McGowan VA3JYK
- Mark Schacter VE3BXG
- Nick Shepherd VE3OWV
- Arthur Smith VA3BIT
- Pat Stever VE3PZ
The VRG/DARC crew usually gets together for an eyeball QSO (and cookies) on Tuesdays where we maintain and operate the station as well as busy ourselves with other technical and non-technical projects.
The following VRG/DARC members will be pleased to offer whatever assistance they can. Do not hesitate to ask.