Ham radio enthusiasts invited to join club

A local amateur radio club is inviting all Federal Communications licensed amateur radio operators, as well as those who would like to obtain a license, to join and enjoy the camaraderie of fellow operators and great programs about amateur radio (also known as ham radio) technologies, and the latest news about activities in the area. The Hamilton County Amateur Radio Emergency Services Club has programs each month to provide information and discussion about all areas of the rapidly-growing hobby.

HCARES meets the first Saturday of every month and features programs about various topics of ham radio interest in the area. While the thrust of the club is public service, its activities include virtually every facet of amateur radio, including occasional field trips.

There are more than 700 licensed radio amateurs in Hamilton County and the number increases daily. Today’s ham radio encompasses the latest microprocessor technologies in digital radio and satellite operations. Local hams are able to communicate “when all else fails,” enabling them to set up emergency communications when severe storms or other disasters knock out cell towers, commercial power and landline communications everyone depends on every day.

The Feb. 4 meeting at Noblesville Fire Station No. 6, 16800 Hazel Dell Rd, will include a presentation by Eric Eilers, K9ZX, about how to use a  random length of wire to serve as a great antenna for amateur radio communications.

The meeting will start at 10:00 a.m. and everyone is welcome. Whether or not you are licensed, the HCARES club offers a wide range of activities and programs, which include help in obtaining a license and actual exams by certified American Radio Relay League volunteer examiners.

“Ham radio is a hobby that includes virtually all ages, occupations and interests,” said Steve Quear, president of the club. “Our members include physicians, police and firefighters, housewives, CEOs, mechanics and virtually all occupations, including young students to retired engineers. You don’t have to be a scientist to enjoy ham radio, just an interest in electronics, public service and talking with folks around the world.”

For more information, contact Joe March, KJ9M, at 317-748-1926.