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Welcome to the Central Kansas Amateur Radio Club web site.
Next CKARC Meeting will be held on Friday
26th , 2016. at 7:30 PM Watermelon Feed!
The CKARC (normally) meets on the last Friday of every month at Kansas Wesleyan University's Peters Science Hall, Room 211. Some meetings have been held at other locations which will be announced. For Example, the August meeting is normally the club's annual watermelon feed. Location may vary from year to year. The December Christmas Dinner Meeting date depends on when & Where we can get a reservation. Keep this web site in your favorites for up to date information about club activities.
CKARC Silent Key List
Joe Addison, WØPKD Award for 2015 was
awarded to Kathy Kelly, at the December 2015
Meeting. This is an award which is given annually
to the member of the CKARC who by his (or her)
service to the club, the community or Amateur
Radio, exemplifies what the public service aspect
of the hobby is all about.
To serve the Public Interest, convenience, and Necessity. and to be there when needed, in times of local, state, or national emergency.
To Promote the enjoyment of Ham Radio by providing an environment which will enhance the opportunities for individual growth in the hobby.
The CKARC, a group of dedicated Amateur Radio Operators, located in Salina Kansas has been in operation for over 67 years.
We have been affiliated with the American Radio League (ARRL) since June 3, 1949
Several of our members are presently active in Emergency Communications, by way of the Amateur Radio Emergency Service. (ARES) We have an active Storm Spotter group who works in conjunction with the Saline County Emergency Management Office. Other members are active in trying to contact as many foreign Amateur Radio Stations as they can. Several are involved in contacting station around the world via several of the Amateur Radio satellites that are currently orbiting the earth. There are too many facets to Amateur Radio to describe on this site.
For more information about amateur radio, go to the ARRL web site: www.arrl.org
sponsors the ARRL Kansas State convention.
The next Convention will be held on August 21st, 2016. (we are staying with the 3rd Sunday in August) At the Webster Conference Center on Ohio Street, North of I-70, in Salina, Kansas
We will be accepting Credit Cards for Admission to the Convention again this year!
The CKARC owns and operates the 147.030 MHz. VHF repeater. This machine is located in downtown Salina and covers most of Saline County. It is equipped with emergency power in the event of a loss of commercial electricity. Also located at the downtown site is the club's 443.900 Mhz. repeater. This machine is also connected to emergency power. Both of the repeaters use positive offsets, and both use the club call sign; WØCY/R. Tone for both is 118.8 Hz (useful to block other repeaters on the same frequency during band openings) We have "recently" updated our repeaters to Yaesu Digital Fusion Repeaters, and now, Tone is Required for access! The GE MASTR II's are now History.
Volunteer Examiners (VE's)
The Central Kansas
Amateur Radio club is committed to serving
the public in many ways. One of
which is the administration of
examinations for those wishing to become
Amateur Radio Operators, or to those who
are already licensed and wish to upgrade
to a higher class of license. The CKARC
uses the both the American Radio Relay
League and W5YI tests. Persons wishing to
take a test for either a new license or an
upgrade should bring a photo ID
(Driver's License or similar), and of their
current license, if any, and any CSCE's
(Certificate of Successful Completion of
Examination) they may have. Exam info here
IF you wish to retain a copy of your CSCE, Please make a copy prior to your arrival. Less of an issue than in the past, as the FCC is now issuing licenses within a week - or two! The Original CSCE must be sent to the VEC for processing, they do NOT accept copies.
The FCC currently prefers to have your FRN Number instead of the Social Security Number. FRN number can be from Any Service, as the FCC only issues One FRN Number per person.
In April of 2015, the FCC stopped printing Licenses (unless specifically requested)
ARRL's 2016 Fee is still
$15.00, the W5YI Group
is still holding at
Please NO bills larger than $20.00!
We are NOW accepting Credit Cards for Testing
as of August 2015
Billing will be from S. Ashen-Brenner Photography
Calculators may be used during the exams, but all "programing" must be cleared prior to the test session.
given on the second Wednesday of the
month year round. The location for these
test sessions is the Saline County
Sheriff's Department Training room (251
North 10th Street) on the corner of 10th
and Park Street in Salina. Time is 7:00
PM. Exam info
Please contact Sid Ashen-Brenner, NØOBM for further information.
Exams are also be given on a somewhat irregular as needed Basis as requested. The Special Sessions are W5YI-VEC sessions. Persons wishing to take a test for either a new license or an upgrade should bring a photo ID, and of their current license, if any, and any CSCE's they may have. Contact Sid Ashen-Brenner, NØOBM for further details.
Tests are also given at the Kansas State ARRL Convention in August. Walk-ins are permitted. See the Convention Schedule for time and Location.
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