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Monday April 6, 2020 (day 97/2020)
All in-person meetings are cancelled. The RARS officers are making alternate arrangements for virtual meetings. Please check this website often for updated information.

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
DAHO Dave Hostetler DABU Dave Buchanan III K4BMW Brian Shanahan
N7MQU Jim Hanks KO4BZA Tyler McGee KO4BZB Jean-Phillipe Sabin

Current News and Events
Updated April 04, 2020 12:43:15

RARS Meetings and Gatherings
Due to the current COVID-19 related mandates all RARS in-person gatherings are 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 montly dinners (2nd Tuesday of each month) are cancelled until further notice.
  • All RARS Board Meetings will be online (virtual) meetings until further notice.
  • The April 11th RARSfest and ARRL Roanoke Division Convention is cancelled.

The April 14th RARS meeting will be held on the 146.64 repeater at 8PM. The presentation will be “A tribute to the Golden Age of Radio: A RARS Variety Show” By Virginia NC4VA

The May 12th RARS meeting will be held using Zoom at 7:30PM. Zoom is a conferencing application that runs on computers, tablets and phones. The presentation will be “Radio and the Disappearance of Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan” By Brian Harrison, KN4R. More information will be in next month’s Exciter.

Refer any questions to the RARS president using the form on the officers and contacts page at

48th Annual RARSfest and ARRL NC State Convention CANCELED
We are sad to announce that the 48th annual RARSfest/Roanoke Division Convention, scheduled for April 11, 2020, has been canceled in accordance with our Local government mandate. The health and wellness of all involved are a priority to Raleigh Amateur Radio Society and, there are no plans to reschedule the event this year. In an attempt to reduce the inconvenience to our loyal attendees all paid pre-registration monies will be refunded. Paypal and Check payments will be returned through the proper channels and cash payment persons will be contacted by RARS. We apologize for inconvenience and look forward in having you join us next year on April 3, 2021.

Your understanding and patience will be greatly appreciated.

Kindest regards,

The 2020 RARSfest Committee, Tara Goodwin, W4TSW, Chairwoman
ARRL List of Canceled Hamfests and Conventions

New NC Section Manager
Marvin Hoffman, WA4NC, of Boone, North Carolina, will take the reins as of the North Carolina ARRL Field Organization on April 1, 2020. Hoffman was the sole nominee to succeed incumbent Section Manager Karl Bowman, W4CHX, of Raleigh, who decided not to run for a new term after serving since 2014. <more>

The Quarterly 10 Meter Net will be on April 18 after the 8:00 PM 2 meter net.

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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>

Your RARS Shirts can be ordered from Supreme T-Shirts and Apparel in Garner.
An order form is available on the RARS Members Only page.
Questions should be referred to Murray Merner, K4MHM.

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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