Welcome to the Kalamazoo Amateur Radio Club
Welcome to the New Year 2018
The new year is bound to bring some changes, but we hope to keep up the good things we've done in the past. Join us for the January meeting of the Kalamazoo Amateur Radio Club at the Red Cross Chapter House on Thursday, January 18 at 7 p.m.
We are electing three candiates for the Board at the meeting. We'd also like to hear what you'd like to do in 2018. Got some ideas for kit builds? Want to learn some digital modes? Up to helping out the local community? DXing? Contesting? Any changes to Field Day? How about our Hamfest? Any suggestions for things to do (or not do)?
August Meeting Announcment
The Kalamazoo Amateur Radio Club will host it's regular meeting Thursday August 17, 2017 at the Red Cross Chapter House in Kalamazoo. Meeting Starts at 7pm and the doors open for gathering and social time at 6:30. Hope to see you there.
Repeater Listings Updated
The Repeaters page has been updated. Newly listed is the new 444.650 MHz Repeaater located in portage. Also, the 220 repeater located at the Red Cross Building in Oshtemo ws added. Finally, the PL tone information for the other 444.65 machine was corrected. Please find this information helpful and see you on the radio!
KARC Launches New Website
The Kalamazoo Amateur Radio Club recently launched a new website. The site has a new, fresh design and will have the same URL as the previous site: www.w8vy.org. Visitors to the site will be able to learn about club meetings, upcoming events, contacts, repeaters and more.
“Chip” Locke WB8ALW designed and maintained the previous w8vy.org site. The club would like to thank him for the many hours of service he provided to that endeavor and wish him well on his future undertakings. We are looking for additional volunteers to assist with providing content and support to the new website.
If you are interested in helping with the website, or if you have pictures stories or other information you think would be useful content for this website, you can e-mail email@example.com.
-- KARC Reports 2/24/2017
March Meeting Features Military History, First Swap Sale
The March meeting of the Kalamazoo Amateur Radio Club will be Thursday March 16, 2017 at the Greater Kalamazoo Red Cross . The Program will have to do with historical military radios. The Meeting starts at 7:00 P.M. and the doors open at 6:30.
Club Vice President, Charles Agosti, will present a movie Hallicrafters Goes to War and The Golden Age of Army MARS in Viet Nam. There will be a display of a Collins MARS radio from the 1965 era as well as early WWII radio equipment showing the advancement in portable transceivers before and after Pearl Harbor.
Starting with this meeting we will offer a “Junk in the Trunk” table top swap meet. This is an opportunity for members to bring ham radio equipment and related items they wish to sell and for other members to shop. As this is a table-top event and space is limited, consider bringing just one item. Expect this to become a regular part of future KARC Meetings.
-- Charles Agosti WD8AXA, KARC Reports 2/24/2017
2017 LoST Schedule
The LoST or Line of Sight Team Schedule for 2017 has been created. You can download it Here.
LoST is an event held on Wednesday evenings to practice portable and emergency communications techniques. Hams deploy to various locations throughout Kalamazoo County and use portable equipment to "check-in" to the Kalamazoo County Public Service Corps Net.
--Scott Lemmer KD8RCI.
April Meeting: Spies Like Us
April's club meeting is This Thursday April 20 2017. The theme of the meeting is "Spies Like Us." Doors open at 6:30 and the meeting Starts at 7pm at the American Red Cross Chapter House in Kalamazoo.
LISTEN: to recordings of short wave stations sending secret messages to spies.
SEE: Vintage radios used to receive spy transmissions.
TOUCH: code books, and one time pads
EAT: Chocolate cookies from Mindybear cookie company.
Take home your own instruction book on how to use one time pad encryption.
--Charles Agosti WD8AXA 4/14/2017.
18 Club Mtg-Elections
23 Board Mtg-Positions
27 VE Testing
27-28 Winter Field Day
15 Club Mtg
20 Board Mtg
15 Club Mtg
20 Board Mtg
24 VE Testing
19 Club Mtg
21-22 MI QSO Party
24 Board Mtg
17 Club Mtg
22 Board Mtg
26 VE Testing
21 Club Mtg
23-24 Field Day
26 Board Mtg
19 Club Mtg
21 VE Testing
24 Board Mtg
16 Club Mtg
21 Board Mtg
15 VE Testing
20 Club Mtg
25 Board Mtg
18 Club Mtg
23 Board Mtg
15 Club Mtg
17 VE Testing
20 Board Mtg
20 Club Gathering
(Holiday Open House)
Kalamazoo Area Repeaters
Whether you are just passing through or live and work in the Kalamazoo Area, we hope you find the following list of repeaters helpful.
Kalamazoo Amateur Radio Club Repeaters
|Portage (Main Site)||147.000||+||FM||94.8||Primary Skywarn|
|Red Cross Oshtemo||224.300||-||FM||None|
|Paw Paw||145.340||-||D-STAR||N/A||5th District|
|Paw Paw||444.075||+||D-STAR||N/A||5th District|
Other Kalamazoo Area Repeaters
|Oshtemo||51.720||- 500 kHz||FM||94.8||S.M.A.R.T.|
The early Days...
The Kalamazoo Amateur Radio Club was founded in Kalamazoo in 1924. That is less than 30 years after Maroni sent and received his first radio signals in Italy in 1895. It was also seven years prior to the first broadcast radio station – WKZO to transmit in Kalamazoo. WKZO is still on the air today.
In 1980, disaster struck Kalamazoo. The famous 1980 Tornado touched down just west of Kalamazoo on May 13, 1980 shortly after 4:00pm. It cut a swath through Downtown Kalamazoo and out to the eastern suburbs. It was an F3 tornado that cut an 11-mile-long path in approximately 20 minutes. Five deaths were attributed to the Tornado. The Hams of Kalamazoo not only sprang to action immediately following the tornado, but also worked to help the community be better prepared for a future disaster. The Kalamazoo Amateur Radio Club added receive links in Downtown Kalamazoo and Richland, Michigan to provide better two-meter repeater coverage to the county. Also a successful fundraising campaign allowed for the purchase of a NOAA Weather Radio Transmitter and placed weather alert receivers inside many schools and businesses to provide more advanced warning in the future.
The KARC has had a long-term relationship with the Greater Kalamazoo Chapter of the American Red Cross. A club station, call-sign W8VY, is located in the basement of the Red Cross Chapter House. Members of the Amateur Radio Community were instrumental in the design and implementation of the communications for not only the Ham Radio Station, but also the Red Cross’ communications needs.
Anyone with additional historical information about the KARC that should be included on this page are encouraged to e-mail the webmaster.
We invite you to join the Kalamazoo Amateur Radio Club today. Full membership is open to those holding a current Amateur Radio License. Those that are interested in Amateur Radio but not yet licensed may apply for an associate membership. Dues are $25 per year, and the fiscal year runs through October 31st each year. There are discounted memberships available for students, seniors and families.
By becoming a member of the KARC you are financially supporting the club programs including maintaining the repeaters, the W8VY station and community service projects. Thank you for your support!
To become a member or renew your membership, you can pay dues in person at a KARC meeting or mail your check or money order to KARC PO BOX 773, Portage, MI 49081-0773.
The Kalamazoo Amateur Radio Club is affiliated or partnered with the following organizations:
R.A.C.E.S. This stands for Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service. Kalamazoo County Races
operates under the Kalamazoo County Sherriff’s Office of Emergency Management.
A.R.E.S. This stands for Amateur Radio Emergency Service. While this sounds similar to R.A.C.E.S. their functions are specifically different. Visiting the A.R.E.S. Michigan website
provides more information.
The Kalamazoo Hamfest is an annual convention that is sponsored in a partnership with the Kalamazoo Amateur Radio Club and the Southwest Michigan Amateur Radio Team. It is normally the third weekend of October.
The Kalamazoo Amateur Radio Club works the the Southwest Michigan Chapter of the American Red Cross. The Red Cross provides a facility for the W8VY club station as well as a location for meetings and projects. The Radio Club assists the Red Cross with communication needs and provides annual financial support.
Getting Your Ham Radio License
There are three levels of Amateur or “Ham” Radio License: Technician, General and Amateur Extra. To gain each license, you must pass a test, and each license requires progressively more knowledge. Morse Code was once a requirement to be licensed. However, it is no longer required. (You can find Morse Code still in use today on many ham bands.)
The American Radio Relay League and the W5YI Group both publish books and other study materials to help prepare you to pass your license exam. You can start as a Technician and work your way up, or if you are able to pass multiple tests at the same time you can start as a General or Amateur Extra class licensee. Each class of license comes with more privileges of both frequencies and transmission types that are allowed.
The Kalamazoo Amateur Radio Club offers classes to help you prepare for the Technician and General class licenses. They are usually offered in the fall. Our volunteer instructors are willing to offer classes more often if there are at least five people that will attend.
The license exams are administrated by a team of volunteers that have been trained to provide the exams. Currently, test sessions, also known as Volunteer Examiner Sessions or VE Sessions , are offered in Kalamazoo in the odd months. January – May VE Sessions fall on the fourth Saturday, and July – November VE sessions fall on the third Saturday. Check the Calendar Page for specific dates and times.
VE Sessions are held that the Kalamazoo County Sherrif’s Department on Lake Street in Kalamazoo. John Tucker WB8ZVV organizes the sessions and should be contacted for specific directions if it is your first time testing in Kalamazoo. E-mail John at firstname.lastname@example.org.
VE Sessions can also be found at most "Hamfests" - local Ham Radio conventions and swap meets. An annual Hamfest is held in Kalamazoo in October.