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The Portable Operating Group

Who We Are

The Portable Operating Group is a relatively new Special Interest Group of the Raleigh Amateur Radio Society.

Created on February 15, 2022, for the purposes of demonstrating amateur radio in public and preparing radio amateurs to operate beyond the conveniences of their home stations, our goals include

  • Practicing the rapid deployment, assessment, and troubleshooting of equipment in the field
  • Providing opportunities for Technician and General class license holders to operate on HF bands in order to gain experience with General and Extra class license exam topics
  • Providing operating opportunities to hams without a home station
  • Practicing for handling pile-ups by activating POTA entities
  • Introducing the public to the amateur radio hobby in a positive way

What We Do

To fulfill our goals, the Portable Operating Group ventures into the field each month (more or less) with portable amateur radio equipment to operate for a few hours in public places. Often our activities will include activating a Parks on the Air (POTA) entity.

We supply all the equipment needed to get on the air - radios, antennas, cables, and power sources. Participants are also welcome to bring their own portable stations to demonstrate to other attendees, if they would like.

Our events are open to everyone. You do not need to be a member of RARS or any other club to attend. In fact, you don't even need to be a licensed amateur radio operator! Our events are ideal for newly licensed hams and for people who just want to find out what amateur radio is. We have experienced operators who will help you if you want to "Get on the Air."

Although we try to get out at least once a month, we don't operate on a fixed schedule. You will find a partial list of events below. We also announce events on the RARS homepage, on Brantley West's QRZed page and on various email reflectors for local amateur radio operators.

Since we often operate in large parks or other public spaces, we typically provide a "talk-in" on 146.52 MHz (the national two-meter simplex calling frequency) or the RARS W4DW 146.64 MHz repeater (-0.6 MHz offset, no tone) to help guide you to our actual location.

When and Where We Do It

This schedule was last revised on March 22, 2023. We will update it with changes to scheduled events and as new events are confirmed, so check back frequently!

January 28, 2023, 3:00 pmCrowder Park, ApexWinter Field Day and HF Demo
February 25, 2023, 3:00 pmUmstead State Park, US-70 entranceMock public service event, APRS demo
March 4, 2023Behind the Golden Corral at 3551 Grenelle Street, Raleigh, NC 27603 AB4OZ Hamfest
March 18, 2023, 2:00 pmJordan Lake State Education Forest POTA and QRP CW vs. 100W SSB showdown with the Knightlites
April 8, 2023NC State Fairgrounds, Jim Graham Building RARSfest Get On the Air (GOTA) Station
May 21, 2023,
Eno River State Park, 6101 Cole Mill Road, Durham, NC Amateur Radio Direction Finding with the Backwoods Orienteering Klub
June 24/25, 2023To Be Announced Get on the Air at RARS ARRL Field Day
Future Events to be Announced!


For more information, please contact Brantley West.
Dick Bitner Benevolent Fund
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