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September 2023 is online now

Today is Friday September 29, 2023 (day 272/2023)
The Raleigh Amateur Radio Society asks that any person who thinks that they might have COVID–19, or other contagious disease, refrain from attending any in-person RARS event 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.
Click here to join 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
KD0MXN Chance Callahan PJL4 Patrick Leonard KQ4LER Blaine Youngquist
PHSP Phil Spaulding KC1TWR Tim Rodgers K4LLZ Scott Smitelli

Current News and Events
Updated September 28, 2023 14:15:30

Help Introduce the Public to Amateur Radio
at the NC State Fair!

The NC Ham Radio Exhibit at the NC State Fair is in need of volunteers to answer questions about the hobby, share about our gear, show what typical rigs look like, and provide information on getting licensed and about different programs, such as Scouts, SkyWarn and ARES. Volunteers come from all over North Carolina, representing clubs across the state.

We had over 1,200 visitors last year who stopped by and asked lots of questions so it’s more than just handing out pamphlets. Lots of conversations about what we do and what it entails. We will also be operating on the Raleigh repeater and JARSCom will be there.

The NC State Fair runs from Thursday, October 12 through Sunday, October 22, 2023. The NC Ham Radio Exhibit will be open every day from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM. We still have slots open and desperately need radio amateurs and clubs to help out.

Please contact Rodney Warren KO4ZFO at or Travis Russell KN4WJL at if you have any questions or to sign up!

Next RARS Gathering
Tuesday, October 24, 2023
Ridge Road Baptist Church,
2011 Ridge Road, Raleigh

Part show-and-tell, part maker fair, part operating event, the monthly in-person RARS Gathering 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. 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 the RARS VE Chair.

Next Monthly RARS Dinner
Tuesday, October 3, 2023, 6:30 pm
IHOP, 7471 Six Forks Road, Raleigh

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

The restaurant is on the corner of Sawmill and Six Forks Roads. After entering the restaurant and lobby, move to the left to the glass window enclosed private room.

Upcoming Events
Sept 29-30W4DXCC DX and Contest ConventionPigeon Forge, TN
Oct 8Maysville Hamfest Maysville, NC
Oct 14W4NC FallFest Winston-Salem, NC
Nov 19JARSfestBenson, NC
Feb 9-12Orlando HamCationOrlando, FL
Feb 25NC QSO PartyNorth Carolina
April 6RARSfestRaleigh, NC

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Recent Changes to the RARS Website
  • The link to sign up for the RARS-L email reflector has been moved from the About page to the For Members Only page.
  • 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 now link to profiles
  • Back issues of the EXciter are now available on the “Wayback Machine”, in addition to the News & Exciter page
  • The Zoom link for the General Membership Meeting has been added to meeting announcement at the top of this 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

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