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July 2024 is online now

Today is Friday, July 19, 2024 (day 201/2024)
The Raleigh Amateur Radio Society asks that any person who thinks that they might have any contagious disease refrain from attending any in-person RARS events until they are no longer contagious.

Members and non-members are welcome!

7:00 PM: General Social Period
7:30 PM: Business Meeting and Program
Have an idea for a meeting?
Email the RARS Vice President

The RARS General Membership Meeting is on-line only, through August.
Starting in September, the General Membership Meetings will be in-person and on-line.

Click here to join the Zoom call anytime after 7:00 pm
on the evening of the meeting.
Please add your call sign and location to your name in Zoom.
Please mute your microphone while others are speaking,
especially during the presentation.

We meet in-person for
The Gathering and the RARS Dinner.

See here for a list of presentations and
selected materials
from prior meetings
Welcome to our newest RARS members
KI4WIB Ed Barrows KQ4TLB Ryan Aamot WA4JC John Pate
W0VZ Bill Comfort KQ4TBN Chris Brown WA4MCS Bob McSwain

Current News and Events
Updated July 17, 2024 08:16:55

Next RARS Technician Licensing Class
August 31, September 7, and September 14

Have you always wanted to get your amateur radio license? Now is the time! RARS is pleased to announce that we will be offering a Technician licensing class on three consecutive Saturdays, starting on August 31! You do NOT need to be a member of RARS to take the class. ...

Classes will run from 8:30 am to 12:35 pm on August 31, September 7, and September 14, at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 7000 Creedmoor Road, Raleigh. There is no fee to take the class, but you will have to buy the ARRL Ham Radio License Manual, 5th Edition, available from the American Radio Relay League (you don't need to be a member to buy from the ARRL) and on Amazon. Be sure you get the 5th edition, which is for exams given from July 1, 2022 through June 30, 2026.

For more information or to reserve a seat in the class, please contact Denny Oestreich, the RARS Education Director, at telephone number 919-846-8163, or

And tell those friends and family whom you have been trying to get to join the hobby!

Next RARS Gathering
Tuesday, July 23, 2024
Ridge Road Baptist Church,
2011 Ridge Road, Raleigh

Part show-and-tell, part maker fair, part operating event, the in-person RARS Gathering on the fourth Tuesday of each month is the place to be if you want to find out about the local ham community, meet other ham radio operators, see hands on demos of old and new ham radio equipment, get on the air, and exchange ideas in a fun forum. Members and non-members are welcome. ...

The meeting starts at 7:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall, but we start setting up at 6:00 pm, and you are welcome to bring your own ham radio equipment and projects to demonstrate, show off, or just work on with other like-minded hams -- we have plenty of tables. You might also find sources of coax, connectors, zip cord, Powerpoles®, and whatnot. For more information about The Gathering, please contact Tadd Torborg KA2DEW.

The RARS Volunteer Examiner Team conducts license exams at The Gatherings in even-numbered months. You do not need to be a RARS member to test with us. Exams start promptly at 6:00 pm so applicants can attend The Gathering, afterwards. Please see our License Classes and Exams page for important information, including the exam requirements. Preregistration is preferred and may be done by submitting the registration form on this page (select the Ridge Rd location and date). For more information about RARS license exams, please contact Richard Hall K7RLH, the RARS VE Chair.

Next RARS Dinner
Tuesday, August 20, 2024, 6:30 pm
IHOP, 7471 Six Forks Road, Raleigh

All members and guests are welcome to attend the monthly RARS Dinner, now on the on the THIRD Tuesday of each month. Informal and Dutch, just bring your appetite and best rag to chew.

IHOP is on the corner of Sawmill and Six Forks Roads. After entering the restaurant, look for our folks in the dining room. For more information about the RARS Dinner, please contact Chuck Littlewood K4HF.

Upcoming Events

Jul 20 Cary Mid-Summer SwapfestCary, NC
Jul 20 WCARS HamfestWaynesville, NC
Aug 3 Roanoke Valley ARC HamfestVinton, VA
Aug 15 W4DXCC DX and Contest ConventionHuntsville, AL
Aug 17 AB4OZ HamfestRaleigh, NC
Aug 17-18 Huntsville HamfestHuntsville, AL
Aug 30 - Sep 1 Shelby (SARC) HamfestShelby, NC
Aug 31 - Sep 14 RARS Technician License ClassRaleigh, NC
Sep 14 Annual Vintage Radio MarketAsheville, NC
Sep 21 Clingman Hamfest (Yes! 2x/year!)(Help me) Ronda, NC
Oct 17-27 NC State FairRaleigh, NC
Nov 2-3 Stone Mountain HamfestStone Mountain, GA

Jul 18 - Jul 25 WA7BNM Contest Calendar

Catch this replay of the March 27, 2024 ARRL Roanoke Division Town Hall.

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RARS Has Worked All States!

Thanks to three years of Field Day logs, the 2024 NC QSO Party, and a final push by Tom N4TL, the Raleigh Amateur Radio Society has earned the ARRL “Worked All States” award in the “Mixed” category!

RARS Website News
Recent Changes to the RARS Website
  • A page with a link to join the RARS Discord Server has been added to the website. Discord is an instant messaging, voice-over-IP, and video platform, that allows conversations among members to take place in chat rooms and voice/video channels categorized by topic. No need to see reams of messages about topics you're not interested in!
  • The Field Day page has been updated with our plans for 2024
  • A new page describes RARS's equipment loan program
  • Links where we tell you to contact someone now open a RARS Communication Form addressed to that person, rather than directing you to the Club Contacts page.
  • Call signs in the membership roster and elsewhere on the website link to profiles
  • The Zoom link for the General Membership Meeting has been added to the meeting announcement at the top of this page.
  • For those interested in RARS's history, here is a list of RARS officers and EXciter editors going back to RARS's founding in 1969, and here is a list of RARS founding, charter, life, and honorary members, both of which are also linked from the About RARS page
  • The link to sign up for the RARS-L email reflector has been moved from the About page to the For Members Only page.
  • A new page with the list of Board nominations for 2024 has been added
  • Back issues of the EXciter are now available on the “Wayback Machine”, in addition to the News & Exciter page
  • Meeting presentations have moved to here and are linked from the RARS General Membership Meeting announcement at the top of this page
  • FCC Topics of Interest has moved to the News & Exciter page
  • Why You Should Be A RARS Member Today! has moved here and is linked from the Join/Renew Membership page
  • Looking for RARS Club polo shirts or brochures to promote the Club? Go to the bottom of the For Members Only page
  • The menu on the left side of each page has been reorganized into logical chunks with lines separating the chunks. The Home button is suppressed if you are on the home page.

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