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Tuesday, April 23 at 2011 Ridge Road, Raleigh
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April 2024 is online now

Today is Thursday, April 25, 2024 (day 116/2024)
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
KQ4RGV Amanda Hyder K4HYD Austin Hyder W9ELE Roger Freeman
KQ4RBH Jeremy DeWitt KQ4QXD Bob Johnson KQ4QZB Brandon Clark

Current News and Events
Updated April 21, 2024 10:52:44

Next RARS Gathering
Tuesday, May 28, 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, May 7, 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.

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

May 4 WCARA Chris Keen Memorial UnFestGoldsboro, NC
May 11 Armed Forces Day Crossband TestOn Air Event
May 17-19 HamventionXenia, OH
May 18 AB4OZ HamfestRaleigh, NC
Jun 1 Manassas TailgateManassas, VA
Jun 15 ARRL Kids DayOn Air Event
Jun 22-23 RARS Field DayRaleigh, NC
Jul 1-7 13 Original Colonies Special EventOn Air Event
Jul 13 Firecracker HamfestSalisbury, NC
Jul 20 Cary SwapfestCary, NC
Jul 20 WCARS HamfestWaynesville, NC
Aug 17-18 Huntsville HamfestHuntsville, AL
Aug 30 - Sep 1 Shelby (SARC) HamfestShelby, NC

Apr 24 - May 1 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
RARS-L Email Bounces
Our service provider has resolved the issue that caused excessive bouncing of emails from the RARS-L reflector to certain email domains. Please feel free to post to the reflector. If your email address is in one of the affected domains (principally,,,,,, **, or if you notice that your posts aren't going through or that you don't start receiving emails from the reflector in the next couple of days, it is possible that you were automatically unsubscribed for excessive bounces. In that case, you may resubscribe here. We appreciate your patience and apologize if you have missed any messages from RARS-L.
Recent Changes to the RARS Website
  • The Field Day page has been updated with our plans for 2024
  • A new page describes RARS's equipment loan program
  • 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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