is Amateur Radio?
What is the Kaw Valley Amateur
Radio Club all about?
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.
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
|• Emergency Communications
||• Special event communication
|• Licensing & training
• International voice & data
|• Communication Contesting
||• Radio Direction Finding (RDF)
|• Short Wave Listening (SWL)
||• Low power transmission (QRP)
|• Amateur Television (ATV)
||• Digital communications by
|• Moon Bounce Communications
||• Radio project design and
|• Radio Repeaters
||• Remote radio control
(airplanes, boats, helicopters, etc.)
|• Radio astronomy
||• Scanners and frequency
|• Retransmission of Shuttle
||• Scientific Amateur Radio
|• Individual radio interests
||• Orbiting Satellites Carrying
Amateur Radio (OSCAR)
|• Antenna & radio station
||• Radio safety & operations
|When and where do you
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.
DUE TO COVID-19, THE CLUB MEETINGS FOR OCTOBER-DECEMBER WILL BE HELD AT THE KANSAS NATIONAL GUARD MUSEUM AT FORBES FIELD.
THIS MAY CONTINUE INTO 2021 DEPENDING ON TSCPL AVAILABILITY.
Paul Mills, AC0HY
Secretary - Susan Sims, KD0ODN
Treasurer - Brent Venis, K0SPN
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:
HERE for Membership Form
Kaw Valley Amateur Radio Club
PO Box 750016
Topeka, KS 66675-0016