World Dragon Boat Racing Championships

Niagara Peninsula Amateur Radio Club

The Niagara Peninsula Amateur Radio Club, Inc. will have a special event radio station at the World Dragon Boat Championships in Welland, Ontario at the International Flat Water Course. NPARC, Inc. members will be demonstrating amateur radio, answering questions and making contacts around the world to promote the World Dragon Boat Championships. The club has obtained the special event call sign of VE3WDBC. 'VE' stands for Canada, '3' means we are in Ontario and 'WDBC' stands for World Dragon Boat Championship. Four letter suffixes in amateur radio call-signs are very rare. This uniqueness should draw many amateurs from around the world to contact the dragon boat station. All amateurs that contact the station will receive a post card size document with a photo and contact information via email to confirm they were speaking to the World Dragon Boat Championship station. There are many collectors of 'QSL' post cards in the amateur radio hobby.

The Niagara Peninsula Amateur Radio Club, Inc. has been on the air since 1948 and was incorporated in 1979. Members and guests gather at the Royal Canadian Legion in Fonthill, Ontario the second Thursday of the month from September to June at 7 pm. Everyone is invited, whether or not you are an amateur. How else can you get more information about the hobby? Well you can also go to our website at or the Radio Amateurs of Canada website at

What is Ham Radio? Amateur Radio (ham radio) is a popular hobby and service that brings people, electronics and communication together. People use ham radio to talk across town, around the world, or even into space, all without the Internet or cell phones. It's fun, social, educational, and can be a lifeline during times of need.(from

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