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Welcome to the Riverside County Amateur Radio Association

Our club (RCARA) has been serving the Riverside area since 1955.  In the wake of COVID19, like many other organizations we are learning to adapt to the strange times – Currently our meetings are being held on the air in what is called a MOTA (Meeting On The AIR) using the W6TJ Repeater.  To help support our members that are not licensed to participate on the repeater, we have added a Broadcastify audio feed from the repeater. Our meetings and club membership is open to anyone interested in Amateur Radio.

The club provides communications support during many Public Service Events throughout the year. A weekly Public Service Net is held to foster emergency preparedness every Monday evening at 7:00 PM on the W6TJ club repeater (146.88 MHz, -600 KHz offset with a PL of 146.2 Hz). This 2M Monday net provides bulletins of upcoming club activities and events. It is also possible to check into the Net via the W6CDF Box Springs Repeater (224.460 MHz, -1600 KHz offset with a PL of 110.9 Hz) which is linked to our 2M repeater.

RCARA also hosts a 10 Meter, Round Table Net on Tuesday evenings at 7:00 PM to let our members break out their HF gear and rag chew with other members.  As the 10 meter band opens up, we are occasionally joined by DX check ins which makes the night a little more interesting.

Our club’s repeater is located on the roof of the Riverside County Administrative Services Building in downtown Riverside which assures us of emergency power. The repeater is an open-access local-area repeater covering the city of Riverside and its surrounding communities. Members have access to a telephone autopatch allowing them to make telephone calls within the local area with just an HT.

RCARA is an affiliated club of the ARRL. As a national radio club the ARRL has been serving Amateur Radio since 1914. The ARRL publishes QST, a monthly magazine, filled with information of interest to Amateurs. The ARRL also has a Website where there is an abundance of current information at www.arrl.org.

Above all else, Amateur Radio is a service. Many Hams volunteer their expertise in providing communications for Public Service Events such as emergency service organizations, Scouting Events, walk-a-thons; races; community events. Ham operators generally pride themselves on their communication readiness for earthquakes, fires or floods and other emergency situations. When disasters occur, Hams are on the scene relaying radio traffic where it is often impossible to communicate by conventional means, i.e. telephone, cell phone, computer, etc.

Mail correspondence should be addressed to the Riverside County Amateur Radio Association, P.O. Box 21346 , Riverside, CA 92516.

We are eager to help you get started in the hobby, so why not just come to one of our meetings and meet a great group of folks. Everyone is welcome and you don’t need to be licensed or a member to pay us a visit.

Alan Serl – KM6KPW

RCARA 2021 President

Email: km6kpw @ scrnet.com

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