What We Do
The main goal of VARC is to establish emergency communication networks during floods, hurricanes, fires, and other major disasters. We practice & improve our skills by participating in community events such as:
.Winter Field Day
We have club members authorized to test for the various Amateur Radio Licenses. Testing is held periodically according to the rules of the Federal Communications Commission, the U.S. Government Agency responsible for licensing amateur operators. Contact VARC to schedule a test.
The VARC was established on December 5, 1958. Amateur radio, also known as Ham radio, is a fun hobby & provides a variety of services to the community. Our goals are to:
· Educate the community about amateur radio
· Be active in community programs in time of emergency
· Assist the National Weather Service in gathering local weather information with the Skywarn Program
· Assist with communications in area events
· Communicate with more than 2 million operators by voice, teleprinting, telegraphy, fax, & television in all parts of the world & space
· Get others interested in becoming hams
· Share knowledge with other hams regarding radio techniques
· Have fun with amateur radio as a hobby
A membership drive occurs every January, but anyone can join at any time. Dues are $15 for an individual and $20 for a family.
Visitors are welcome to participate to learn more about the club.
FOR THE W5DSC 145.190 MHz and 443.800 MHz Repeaters
The Victoria Amateur Radio Club has established the W5DSC 145.190 MHz and 443.800 MHz Repeaters for emergency communications, to further the purpose of the amateur radio service, and for the general use and enjoyment of the Amateur Radio Community.
Operation through the 145.190 MHz and 443.800 MHz repeaters are open to all licensed amateur radio operators licensed for these frequencies.
Only the rules and guidelines of the Federal Communication Commission limit operation and any authorized communication, as defined by the FCC, is permitted.