Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 25, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta
2 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Tuesday, February STAN CHERVINSKI SIGNALS ON CITIZENS BAND Games radio back- up part of service in community for Lethbridge operators Becoming a Ham radio operator is costly and painstaking but joining the Lethbridge General Radio Service is simple and inexpensive. Ham 'operators may have more prestige than someone operating on a citizens band, but for some, a club like General Radio can be a stepp- ing stone to Ham radio operating. Stan Chervinski, Lethbridge, heads the 150 member Lethbridge General Radio Service, and says members of the club come from all walks of life, all ages and occupations. Though the majority of members are in the Lethbridge area, members also come from Coaldale, Stirling, Raymond, Fort Macleod, Pic- ture Butte, about every community in Southern Alberta. "It starts out as a hobby, then interest builds and you find yourself becoming involved in club and community Mr. Chervinski says. He says the equipment can be purchased for as little as That includes the transmitter receiver, cable, antenna and mast. The fee for a citizen's band licence is for three years. "We have the citizen's band, which is 27 megacycles and limited to 69 differend frequen- cies on the one says Mr. Chervinski. Hams, as a rule have much more expensive equipment and must go through tougher testing procedures to obtain a licence. Licence fee for the Ham is a year. Citizen's band operators fill out a form from the department of communication and send it in with the for a licence. Mr. Chervinski says that being a citizen's band operator and member of the Genera) Radio Ser- vice Club allows people to learn trie basics of radio operation and later go on to Ham operating. His house set up cost with most of-that going into his.transm'itter receiver. But he has mobile sets for his two cars, one valued at J149 and the other costing "The cost depends on the quality of equipment." With a citizen's band, the club members usual- ly send and receive messages within a 30 mile radius but with good weather the limit, set by. the department of communications, is 149.99 miles. Sending and receiving more than 149 miles is done by some, Mr. Chervinski says, but the club itself doesn't condone it. "It's called 'skipping' and some fellows have picked up messages as far away as New he says, "But we try to police ourselves. It's more or less on an honor system." Ham operators, on the other hand, have no such distance limitations and can transmit and receive anywhere. "That's one of the reasons why the testing for a Ham licence is tougher and more he says. The Lethbridge General Radio Service club meets the second Sunday of each month at the Bowman Art Centre. At the meetings club members discuss community projects and social functions. At one recent meeting 28 club members volunteered their services to the Winter Games. "We were mainly back up for ACT and set up a communications network at various venues transmitting into the main says Mr. Chervinski. The club becomes involved with the communi- ty in other ways ,as Well. When a blood donor clinic is held in the city, club members offer their vehicles to transport donors who don't have their own transportation. "We also do emergency Mr. Cher- vinski says. "During the storm just before Christmas we were out offering assistance to stranded motorists and people snowed in at their homes." At Halloween, club members assist the city police in patrolling the neighborhoods. "We're always looking for more and better ways to serve the community."