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See why YOU should be a RARS Member
Network with 400+ Amateur Radio Operators
Access to experienced Amateur Radio Operators (Hams) who volunteer as mentors to enhance enjoyment of our popular hobby and service. With more than 400 members, RARS is able to offer a wide array of public service, education, and advocacy activities covering many aspects of the Amateur Radio experience.
Community Support through Public Service
Many RARS members members contribute their skills and equipment in support of community service organizations across the RTP area, providing communications to many worthwhile nonprofit and charitable organizations. Typically when organizations hold fundraising events such as bicycle rallys, walk/run marathons, and Special Olympics. For example, the National MS Society has several walks in the spring, and a major bike tour in the fall. These events are outdoors, spread over several miles (150 miles for the MS-150 Bike tour). Ham Radio and repeaters are ideal for providing both logistical and safety communications.
RARS members also provide a public service through participation in such organizations as ARES and Skywarn which provide Emergency Communications Services to Public Safety officials and Government Agencies.
Members Only Clssified Ads
The RARS website supports a very active classified add listing that anyone can see but only RARS Members have posting privledges. The classified ads are among the busiest pages of our website and the ads are a free service provided to all RARS members.
Membership Social Events
RARS members stay in touch in a lot of ways either in person or on-the-air
Education and License Exams
RARS conducts license classes for both initial licensing and advancement to higher class licenses. There are also frequent technical programs at our meetings as well as a weekly technical net on the club repeater. The RARS VE (Volunteer Examiner) team also conducts about half a dozen License Exam Sessions each year. For the newly licensed there is a NEW HAM meeting each month before the Membership Meeting. There is also a weekly Tech-Net on the club repeater.
Many RARS members participate in on-the-air events either as individuals or together such as:
Special RARS "Members Only" benefits
While some of the RARS benefits are available without actually becoming a paid member of RARS, there are some great benfits that are restricted to Members Only:
Updated October 07, 2020 19:49:29
On Aug 26 the FCC released a Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) seeking a $50 fee for Ham License Processing. The NPRM states that the fees "...derive from modifications to the Commission’s statutory application fee authority made by the RAY BAUM’S Act of 2018.1 The current application fee framework was established more than 30 years ago by Congress.”
Comments from ARRL NC Section Mgr Marvin Hoffman, WA4NC
Information from ARRL NEWS