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What is Amateur Radio?

Amateur Radio is very different from “C.B.” Amateur Radio operators must pass a Federal examination and be issued a Federal license, which grants them “operating privileges” - such as the right to use high power transmitters (over a thousand watts), different modes (such as voice, digital, Morse code, and even television), and thousands of frequencies. Furthermore, those Amateur Radio operators who are members of Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) are trained in emergency communications (and related skills) and are Registered Disaster Service Workers (DSWs). Members of ARES have very diverse backgrounds - but share the common goal of assisting when called upon by their communities.

What is the Kaw Valley Amateur Radio Club all about?

The Kaw Valley Amateur Radio Club (KVARC) provides a matrix of related services, technologies, people, skills, equipment, opportunities, and resources to those interested in, or desiring to benefit from, radio based communications technologies for educational, public service, emergency communications, and recreational purposes. Members of the club are available to guide newcomers, and enjoy sharing their knowledge about amateur radio.

Club members also support a wide variety of HF, VHF, and UHF communications modes for educational and recreational purposes as well as provide voluntary public service and emergency communications support to Shawnee County.

The KVARC is coordinated with the Kansas Alpha One ARES http://www.ksalpha1ares.com

The club station, W0CET, has been affiliated with the Amateur Radio Relay League (ARRL) http://www.arrl.com since 1926.

Some of the activities, interests, services, and service areas currently supported in the Kaw Valley Amateur Radio Club matrix include,

• Emergency Communications • Special event communication support
• Licensing & training classes

• International voice & data communications (HF)

• Communication Contesting • Radio Direction Finding (RDF)
• Short Wave Listening (SWL) • Low power transmission (QRP)
• Amateur Television (ATV) • Digital communications by radio (Packet)
• Moon Bounce Communications • Radio project design and construction
• Radio Repeaters • Remote radio control (airplanes, boats, helicopters, etc.)
• Radio astronomy • Scanners and frequency scanning
• Retransmission of Shuttle Audio • Scientific Amateur Radio EXperiment (SAREX)
• Individual radio interests and experiments • Orbiting Satellites Carrying Amateur Radio (OSCAR)
• Antenna & radio station design/installation • Radio safety & operations

When and where do you meet?

KVARC meets on the 1st Friday of each month at the Topeka Shawnee County Library in Topeka. Eyeball QSO starts at 19.00 with the meeting beginning at 19.30. Whether you're a prospective ham, a new ham, a seasoned ham, or just curious, you're welcome to stop in and check us out. We'll be pleased to see you.
Join Us!

The KVARC annual dues is $20. To join or renew your membership, come to a meeting, or fill out a membership form and mail it with your dues to:
Kaw Valley Amatuer Radio Club, Inc.
C/O American Red Cross
1221 W. 17th Street
Topeka, KS 66604
Click HERE for Membership Form
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