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Thursday January 27, 2022 (day 27/2022)
COVID Update for RARS Meetings and Gatherings
The following RARS in-person gatherings are still suspended until further notice. Information will be published as the situation evolves.

Please utilize the RARS nightly net on the W4DW 146.64 repeater
and the RARS-L Email Reflector to stay in touch with fellow members.

  • All RARS Board Meetings will be online (virtual) meetings until further notice.
  • Membership Meetings are online - notices emailed to members each month.

Refer any questions to the RARS president using the link on the RARS Contacts page.

6:00 PM: New Ham / Elmer meeting.
7:00 PM: General Social/Gathering.
7:30 PM: Business meeting and program.

Welcome to our newest RARS members
LYAI MO Ainsworth KJ7LT Tony Bichler KN6KIE Greg Wallace
K8TO Jack Coneybeer N4KDD Roger Brower TIRO Tim Rowe-Golden

Current News and Events
Updated December 26, 2021 14:49:26

RARS monthly dinner gatherings are on the first Tuesday of each month at CHOW Pizza Bar 8311 Creedmoor Rd, Raleigh, NC.   CHOW is behind McDonalds at the intersection of Creedmoor Road and Brennan Drive. We go to the back left in the restaurant. Their private room holds 30-40 and the table layout is flexible.

All members and guests are welcome to the monthly (first Tuesday) RARS Supper.   Informal and Dutch, just bring your appetite and best rag to chew.

Feb 10-13Orlando Hamcation
Mar 11-12Charlotte Hamfest
April 16 RARSfest
May 20-22Hamvention

FCC Topics of interest
FCC to Require Email Addresses on Applications

Amateur radio licensees and candidates will have to provide the FCC with an email address on applications, effective sometime in mid-2021. If no email address is included, the FCC may dismiss the application as defective.     .......
Under new Section 97.23, each license will have to show the grantee's correct name, mailing address, and email address. "The email address must be an address where the grantee can receive electronic correspondence......Revocation of the station license or suspension of the operator license may result when correspondence from the FCC is returned as undeliverable because the grantee failed to provide the correct email address."
Ref: ARRL News

Note: To add or edit your email address to your FCC information log into the ULS License Manager at, select the license to be edited, and edit if needed using the the link in the "Work on this License" box found in the right column.
Updated Radio Frequency Exposure Rules Become Effective on May 3
The FCC has announced that rule changes detailed in a lengthy 2019 Report and Order governing RF exposure standards go into effect on May 3, 2021. The new rules do not change existing RF exposure (RFE) limits but do require that stations in all services, including amateur radio, be evaluated against existing limits, unless they are exempted.
Ref: ARRL News   (News article contains important information and useful references.)
Note:   Here are some links to RF Exposure information that may be of use:
ARRL RF Exposure ARRL's coverage of this subject.
RF Exposure and You ARRL Pdf by Ed Hare, W1RF, ARRL Lab Supervisor
RF Exposure Calculator v2.2 (2021-05-07) by Paul Evans, VP9KF , Hintlink Technology.
RF Exposure Calculator from Lake Wasington Ham Club
RF Exposure Calculator Spreadseet" From Ham Radio School
License Appplications now require FRN prior to submission
Amateur Radio Applications may no longer use your Social Security Number. As of May 20,2021 the application must include the applicants FRN number for submission. This means you must register with the FCC and get your FRN before your application can be submitted.
The FCC has provided a CORES Registration Vdeo describing the process of registering with the FCC and obtaining your FRN.
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Slides from the August Meeting Program:
New RF Safety Rules
Presented by Chuck Till, K4RGN

PDF of July Meeting Program:
Intro to HF Propagation
Presented by K9LA - Carl Luetzelschwab

Triangle Area Ham Radio License Classes
Franklin County ARC INFO

See why YOU should be a RARS Member
Network with 400+ Amateur Radio Operators
Access to experienced Amateur Radio Opera-tors (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
  • The RARS 2 meter net is held nightly on one of the 2 club repeaters.
  • The monthly RARS Dinner is on the first Tuesday of each month.
  • The RARS Membership Meeting is held on the second Tuesday of each month.
  • RARSfest, held each spring, is one of the laregest hamfests in the state, drawing commercial dealers and vendors from around the country.
  • The annual international operating event called "Field Day", an exercise in setting up emergtency communications sp where members show their ability to provide communications in an emergency or other adverse conditions.
Other RARS activities can often be found on the RARS Calendar or in our monthly newsletter, The "Exciter".
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.
Operating Events
Many RARS members participate in on-the-air events either as individuals or together such as:
  • Contests where points are scored for making a number of contacts, different locations, different types of stations, different operating modes, etc. Certificates are awarded to the high scores and bragging rights are always claimed.
  • RARS sponsors the NC QSO Party each year. A QSO party is an operating event "contest" where points are awarded for contacting ohter stations with special emphasis on contacts made with a specific state. Each state has an annual QSO party and RARS sponsors the one for North Carolina providing a plaque for the contest.
  • RARS also sponsors a "Sixty-four on Six-Four" award for confirming 64 contacts on the RARS 146.64 MHz repeater.
  • DXing is making contacts with foreign countries. The ARRL awards coveted certificates for confirming contact with 100 or more different countries. Higher level endorsements are also awarded for confirming contact with higher numbers of countries.
  • Special Event stations are often set up at historic sites or at special events and special call signs may be authorized by the FCC for use at these Special Event stations. Unique QSL cards are usually available for having made contact with a Special Event station.
  • Fox Hunts are an exercise in finding hidden transmitters. Transmissions will be made from an undisclosed location and hams compete to see who can find the transmitter first.
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:
  • A voice in club operation. Only RARS Members in good standing may vote on issues that are brought before the membership.
  • RARS Leadership. Only RARS Members may hold officer positions in RARS.
  • Access to the RARS Email-List reflector facilitating group discussions via email.
  • Access to the RARS Roster.
  • Ability to post items for sale in the online RARS Classified Ads.
  • Sell items on the RARS Table at RARSfest
  • Purchase RARS branded items: polo shirts, badges, etc.
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Order your T or Polo RARS Shirts directly from Supreme T-Shirts and Apparel in Garner.

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RARS and Scouting
Amateur radio has been a part of Scouting since 1918. RARS is working to develop contacts within the local Scouting community to foster and promote education, technical awareness, and achievement in Amateur Radio. If you are interested in helping the local Scouting youth programs, visit our Scouting page...

Have you heard of the RARS Sixty-Four on Six-Four Award ?
RARS has sponsored this award for years but many newer hams are unaware of it.
Read about it <HERE> and get some new "wall-paper" for your shack.
Download the application/logsheet <HERE>

Build A Multi-Band Off-Center Fed Dipole For Your Attic
Article by Daniel Marks, KW4TI
This antenna is a 20 to 25 foot long (6.0 m to 7.6 m) off-center fed dipole antenna for the 20 m and 40 m bands designed for those who need to conceal an antenna. It is small enough to fit inside the attic of many homes. It can also be set up as  ......<more>

YOU can promote RARS with these Brochures
RARS Members are encouraged to download the brochure and use it to promote RARS at hamfests and other events attended by those interested in Ham Radio.

Check out the new RARS Kudos page.
Dick Bitner Benevolent Fund
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