See why YOU should be a RARS MemberNetwork 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
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.
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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Current News and Events
Updated May 11, 2020 21:48:44
COVID-19 Impact on 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.
Email notice was sent to all membbers on Sunday monring May 10th.
Refer any questions to the RARS president using the link on the RARS Contacts page.
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