IRG History

Formed in 1974, the IRG has grown and established respect among amateurs and served agencies throughout the coverage area.  Here is  a selection of archived articles outlining historic events, founders and milestones. 

History of the VE9WB Don Weeks Memorial Report

Submitted by admin on Tue, 2018/03/20 - 23:21
For years following the formation of the International Repeater Group in 1974, each Sunday on the regular IRG net, Don gathered information from various sources, mainly from the W5YI report and presented it on the net as the W5YI report. Keep in mind that in those years there was not any internet from which to gather information as there is today.

Melvin Ellis VE9KK (SK)

Submitted by admin on Fri, 2016/12/09 - 10:00

It is with great sorrow that the family of Arthur ‘Melvin’ Ellis announce his passing on December 7, 2016 at the Oromocto Public Hospital. Melvin was born February 27, 1939 in East Bideford, P.E.I. He was the son of the late Luther and Susan (Adams) Ellis.

Claude Bailey VE1HU - 1914-2015

Submitted by admin on Tue, 2015/03/03 - 10:00

Members of the International Repeater Group are mourning the passing of Claude Bailey, VE1HU, on March 26, 2015.

Claude was founding president of the IRG and was instrumental in building the network that we all benefit from today.   Our sympathies are extended to Claude's many friends and family .

Here is a link to the obituary notice, and you can read more about Claude and his contributions to the IRG and amateur radio in other articles on this site.

The year 2014 in review

Submitted by admin on Mon, 2015/01/05 - 11:34

The IRG celebrated it's 40th Anniversary in 2014. Members at the April meeting of the IRG heard stories of the formation of the International Repeater Group from some of the original members. We presented our first President, Claude Bailey VE1HU, with a new life membership card. Many members of the IRG and friends of Claude's gathered in July to celebrate Claude's 100th birthday, and mark his many years as an amateur.Cutting the cake at the 40th Anniversary celebration at the annual meeting. 

IRG Celebrates 40th Anniversary

Submitted by admin on Tue, 2014/04/29 - 10:00

The International Repeater Group (IRG) celebrated its 40th Anniversary at the annual meeting in Doaktown, NB on Sunday, April 27, 2014 and made plans for the year ahead.

Cutting the cake at the 40th Anniversary celebration at the annual meeting.  Shown above (l to r): Aubrey Urquhart, VE1OL, founding member; Claude Bailey, VE1HU, First IRG President; Al Thurber, VE1RG, Past President; and Yvon Hachey, VE1VON, President of the IRG.