Welcome to the Kalamazoo Amateur Radio Club

The Kalamazoo Amateur Radio Club (KARC) is an amateur (“ham”) radio club affiliated with the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), the national association of ham radio operators. KARC is located within Kalamazoo County, Michigan.

Almost all KARC activities are open to the public and free to attend. Visitors are very welcome to our activities.

KARC meets monthly on the third Thursday of the month at the Southwest Michigan Red Cross Chapter. Meetings generally begin a 7 pm and last until 8:30 pm. The January meeting includes election of officers. The June meeting includes preparation for ARRL Field Day. The December “meeting” is our annual holiday “bring a dish to share” meal with spouses and friends. No business is conducted at the December meeting.

KARC regularly participates in ARRL Field Day (third weekend in June) and Winter Field Day (third weekend in January). Field Day activities include taking equipment away from your home and operating from the “field”; a space outdoors, under a tent or pavilion or within a trailer or hut. Winter Field day is normally operated from a rented, heated cabin.

KARC also regularly helps organize and run a local hamfest (Kalamazoo Hamfest) at the Kalamazoo Expo Center the third Sunday in October.

Most KARC members pay annual dues, see membership application form in the People menu. Newly licensed hams are given their first year of club membership free. If you want to join and are licensed within the year, let a club officer know. Retired members receive a membership discount. Families receive a substantial membership discount, with only one person paying the full membership cost.

Here are some benefits of membership in the Kalamazoo Amateur Radio Club

  • meeting and working amateur radio with new friends
  • learning and sharing your ham radio skills with others
  • finding help setting up or changing your radio shack (including antenna work)
  • getting discounts for club attire (typically with club logo, your name, and call sign)
  • receiving one free W8VY patch (option to purchase more), when you first join
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  • receiving an annual membership card (with local frequencies and repeaters listed)
  • getting a name tag for use at club meetings