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 Amateur Radio Club of Augusta

 

The Amateur Radio Club of Augusta serves all amateur radio operators, and those interested in radio communication, in Augusta-Richmond County, and the CSRA, as a resource for education, information, and operating opportunities. We also volunteer our services as radio communicators to the community during public events, emergency situations, and instances of severe weather. The Amateur Radio Club of Augusta is recognized by the ARRL as a Special Service Club.

Each year, the club hosts a number of events which promote our hobby to the public and provide area amateur radio operators with opportunities to get on the air, acquire new skills, and learn new aspects of the hobby. We host the annual Augusta Hamfest, which is quite popular with regional amateurs. We also host an operating event for the annual ARRL Field Day, typically making several hundred contacts. The club also sponsors events each year to participate in several QSO parties, hosts two swap meets in addition to the hamfest, and has a regular meeting every month.

Our meetings are open to all members of the public, whether they are licensed operators or not. While we must conduct club business at each meeting, we also provide at least one presentation which may cover a variety of topics related to amateur radio, general electronics, computers, emergency services, or personal development.

The Amateur Radio Club of Augusta is organized as a nonprofit corporation in the State of Georgia (since 1957) and holds a 501(c)(3) public charity status with the United States IRS. Donations to the Amateur Radio Club of Augusta are tax-deductible and we are happy to provide documentation of your donation upon request.

Club News & Updates:

  • Field Day Update: May 25, 2020
    We are still monitoring the current public health situation and collecting information to help us decide whether we will conduct a Field Day operation this year.  You can help us make our decision by responding to this survey regarding Field Day: https://form.jotform.com/201398282278059 We will use your responses to help us decide, during the June Board Meeting,…
  • Board of Directors Opening – Secretary
    Because she will be relocating soon, Jennifer Ruby – KI7TEH, has stepped down as Secretary.  Jenn has served the club as Secretary and as a Director since 2017.  Additionally, she has been integral to the successful execution of many club events, including Field Day, our Hamfests, many operating events, and the solar eclipse event.  For…

The Professor’s Archive:

  • Fox Hunting AKA Direction Finding or DFing Antennas
    The ARCA held its first short range 2-meter fox hunt on the 23rd of July.  The great interest shown in conversations prior to the hunt, and also at the July club meeting, resulted in a poor attendance at the hunt.  For most people, it is simply a lack of DF equipment.  Here is a listing…
  • Radio Direction Finding
    There’s been talk lately about Club-sponsored “Fox Hunts,” or transmitter-hunts (T-hunts). I have no idea how many Club members have had experience with Radio-Direction-Finding (RDF), but it is a valuable skill. Besides the fun of an actual contest, T-hunting skills are helpful for finding a signal that is, say, jamming a repeater, or perhaps power…

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