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February 2024 is online now

Today is Monday, February 26, 2024 (day 57/2024)
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 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.
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
KD4CMA Darrel Davis DOCL DJ Clayton Jr JIDW JD Dwidari
KN4DSZ Douglas Macklem W1DGS Dalton Southerland KQ4OKC Mark Lerch

Current News and Events
Updated February 25, 2024 18:01:52

The 50th Annual RARSfest
and ARRL Roanoke Division Convention

April 6, 2024 at the NC State Fairgrounds

Discounted tickets and tables are available online during the “Early Bird” period through March 30! Complimentary admission and other benefits for volunteers! See for details.

RARS Resumes Licensing Classes!
March 16, 23, and 30

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 in March 2024! The class will be taught on three Saturday mornings, starting on March 16th and leading up to the testing session at RARSfest on April 6. You don't need to be a RARS member to take the class! ...

Classes will run from 8:30 am to 12:35 pm on March 16th, 23rd, and 30th, at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 7000 Creedmoor Road, Raleigh, and cover all the material you need to know to pass the exam for the entry-level amateur radio license. Instruction will be based on 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.

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 whom you have been trying to get to join the hobby!

Next RARS Gathering and License Exam
Tuesday, February 27, 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, March 5, 2024, 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. For more information about the RARS Dinner, please contact Chuck Littlewood K4HF.

Upcoming Events
Mar 2AB4OZ HamfestRaleigh, NC
Mar 2Clingman Hamfest (Yes! 2x/year!)(Help me) Ronda, NC
Mar 8-9Charlotte HamfestConcord, NC
Mar 9Charleston Area HamfestCharleston, WV
Mar 10Vienna Wireless WinterfestAnnandale, VA
Mar 16, 23, 30RARS Technician License ClassRaleigh, NC
Apr 6RARSfestRaleigh, NC
Apr 13FARC SpringfestWinston-Salem, NC
Apr 13GVARC Thawfest IIRuckersville, VA
May 17-19HamventionXenia, OH
Jun 22-23RARS Field DayRaleigh Police Club, Knightdale

Catch this replay of the December 28, 2023 ARRL Roanoke Division Town Hall.

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RARS Website News


If you unexpectedly stopped receiving emails from the rars-l reflector, read on. ...

Every year shortly after the end of October, we run a little routine to remove non-RARS members from the members-only rars-l email reflector.

The routine works by matching email addresses subscribed to the reflector against email addresses in the database of paid-up RARS members. Addresses that don't match an address in the database are unsubscribed.

If you were unexpectedly unsubscribed, it could be either because your RARS membership lapsed and you didn't realize it, or because the email address in your RARS membership profile is different from the email address with which you subscribed to the rars-l reflector. Either way, the fix is easy.

If your membership lapsed, you can renew it here. Once you have done that, you can resubscribe to the rars-l reflector here. Be sure to use the email address that is in your RARS member profile.

If your membership is current, then check that you are using the same email address for both your RARS member profile and the rars-l reflector. If you aren't, you can either change the email address in your RARS member profile here, or you can resubscribe to the rars-l reflector using your membership email address here.

The other possibility is that you are subscribed to rars-l using an email address in the or email domains. For some unknown reason, we get a lot of bounces from rars-l emails to addresses in those domains. Email addresses that result in an excessively high number of bounces get automatically unsubscribed from the reflector. So, if you have an email address in either the or email domains and all of a sudden you stop receiving emails from the reflector, that might be why. There is nothing we can do about this at our end. The problem is with the recipient's email service.

Your best bet is to resubscribe with a different email address that is not in either of those domains. But if you do resubscribe with a different email address, and this is important, be sure to change the email address in your RARS member profile to the same address. If the email address in your RARS member profile doesn't match the email address you used to subscribe to rars-l, you will get unsubcribed when we run "the purge" as described above.

Recent Changes to the RARS Website
  • 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
  • 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
  • The Zoom link for the General Membership Meeting has been added to meeting announcement at the top of this 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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