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What is 'Ham' Radio?

Amateur, or “ham”, radio is a radio service licensed and protected by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The FCC has in place rules and regulations that govern the Amateur Radio Service. Amateur Radio is made up of primarily hobbyists, enthusiasts, and some who volunteer their radio communications skills to benefit the community in times of emergency or disaster.

In the past, ham radio has been very efficient in helping during disasters like the major hurricanes of 2005, wildfires in the west and midwest, the 2001 terrorist attacks, and many severe weather happenings around the world. During major disasters, normal lines of communication are often overcrowded or down. Emergency services like police, fire, and ambulance are often ill-equipped to handle large volumes of traffic. In steps ham radio. Providing hours upon hours of volunteer communications to area communities, they have the equipment and the networks in place to support the emergency communications needs.

It doesn’t take much to get involved. A little study from an inexpensive study book, pass a simple test, and you are on your way. The material is basic electronic and radio theory, and most people can learn it in less than a few weeks. Often, area clubs hold weekend classes to help those study for exams, which are also offered by area clubs. And, as of February 23, 2007, there is no Morse code requirement!

Once you pass your test, a low-cost transceiver can get you started. You can advance in your knowledge and upgrade your license also, thereby gaining more privileges. With a higher grade license, you can talk all over the world – all for free. Make new friends, join in radio contests, and communicate with other radio enthusiasts in all parts of the globe.

This list is updated quarterly Last updated 10/14/2021

Net Control Roster

 Our regular weekly Tuesday night net is on 146.940 Mhz at 9:00 PM. Please feel free to join our Net. If you live around Abilene you can use this repeater:

  KD5YCY 88.5 443.100+ Linked w/146.94 BWD  on Tuesdays

to get in. If you would like to be added to the Net Control Roster rotation message us on FaceBook or just get on the air and let someone know. Your request will find a way to the webmaster. (It’s communicating. It’s what we do.)
04/19       AC5AS          Bill
03/01        KI5ENR        Ken
03/08         W5KIX         Mike
03/15        WD9ARW     Rich
03/22         WO5R           Cotton
03/29        AG5YQ           Les
04/05         WB5OOD     Jay  
04/12         AC5AS         Bill
04/19        KI5ENR        Ken
04/26         W5KIX         Mike
05/03        WD9ARW     Rich
05/10         WO5R           Cotton
05/17        AG5YQ           Les
05/24         WB5OOD     Jay  
05/31         AC5AS         Bill

Come see what we are all about

Meeting Schedule

We meet every 3rd Monday of the month at 7:00 pm. Location varies, so check our Facebook page for the latest.

Contact Us

    Repeaters are: 146.940- MHz, 94.8 tone 444.700+ MHz, 94.8 tone

    Brownwood, TX