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  • 02/26/2020 5:00 PM | Editor AARC (Administrator)

    Location: Houston TranStar, 6922 Katy Road Houston, TX 77024
    Dates: 03/18/2020 - 03/19/2020
    Register at: https://www.preparingtexas.org/

    As of Wednesday, February 26 @ 17:00, there were 5 seats available.

    Prerequisites for attendance are:

    • Completion of IS-100.b, IS-200.b,  IS-700.a, and IS-800.b prior to the workshop (see website for more info)
    • An active FCC amateur radio license (Novice, Technician, General, Advanced and Extra)
    • Past experience in auxiliary communications
    • An Affiliation with a Public Safety Agency
    • A desire to work with COMLs in a NIMS/ICS environment

    Cost:  No tuition is charged.

    Offering Overview:

    This class is designed for auxiliary communicators and groups who volunteer to provide backup radio communications support to public safety agencies. Typically, this includes amateur radio and Radio Emergency Associated Communications Team (REACT) communicators and other types of volunteer communicators.

    Volunteer communications operators/groups, using amateur radio, have been providing backup communications to public safety for nearly 100 years. Event planners, public safety officials, and emergency managers at all levels of government utilize their services. Often, amateur radio services have been used when other forms of communications have failed or have been disrupted. Today, nearly all of the states/territories have incorporated some level of participation by amateur radio auxiliary communication operators into their TICPs and SCIPs.

    This course focuses on auxiliary communications interoperability, the relationship between the COML and the volunteer, emergency operations center (EOC) etiquette, on-the-air etiquette, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules and regulations, auxiliary communications training and planning, and emergency communications deployment. It is intended to supplement and standardize an operator’s experience and knowledge of emergency amateur radio communications in a public safety context.


  • 02/01/2020 12:00 AM | Editor AARC (Administrator)

    If you're looking for news about ham radio, look no further!  We've gathered some of the recent news tidbits and put them in the AARCOVER for February. Check out the news, Just For Fun, Calendar of Events, and more!

    Download the newsletter here!

  • 01/01/2020 12:00 AM | Editor AARC (Administrator)

    We hope you had a good year in 2019 and are looking forward to an even better one in 2020!  To get you started, wander on over to the Newsletter page and download the latest AARCOVER Newsletter for January, 2020! It has the usual Ham Exam results, Calendar of Events, Just for Fun page, and more!

  • 12/22/2019 6:00 PM | Editor AARC (Administrator)

    The ARRL/VEC Amateur Radio Exams (formerly held at Bethany Church) have moved to Hope Presbyterian Church in Northwest Austin, near Cedar Park. The address is 11512 Olson Dr, Austin, TX 78750 and is between US 183 and RR 620, just off Anderson Mill Road, across from Spicewood Elementary School. From Anderson Mill road, turn onto either Olson Drive or Spicewood Parkway.

    Parking lots (including handicap spaces) and on-street parking are available on both Olson Drive and Spicewood Parkway. Parking is also available across the street at Spicewood Elementary School.

    The ARRL/VEC Amateur Radio Exams are in West Building, Room #3 (W-3).

    Please visit http://www.austinsummerfest.org/VEC/ARRL_1st_Sat_Exams.html for more details, exam dates and locations.

  • 12/15/2019 7:30 PM | Editor AARC (Administrator)

    Austin Amateur Radio Club, Inc. (“AARC”) is proud to announce the availability of James Stephen Greenwood Memorial Scholarship Fund college scholarships to qualified applicants for the 2020-2021 academic year.

    The annual Greenwood Fund Scholarship application period will commence on January 1 in the year 2020 and close on March 1 of the 2020 calendar year.

    Read the complete announcement on the Scholarships page, and criteria details here

  • 11/28/2019 12:00 AM | Editor AARC (Administrator)

    You don't want to miss the AARC Christmas Party!  Lots of fun, friends, food. Raffle, QLF contest, and a special 100th Anniversary Presentation.
    And coming up soon... Paul Hargis, W5KA (SK) Birthday Celebration. 

    Read all the details and more in the December 2019 AARCOVER.

  • 11/05/2019 12:00 AM | Editor AARC (Administrator)

    In lieu of our regular membership meeting, the Austin Amateur Radio Club invites you to join us for our annual Christmas Party!

    When: Tuesday, December 3, 2019. 6:00pm (festivities and such to start about 7pm)

    Where:  Buffet King, 5451 N Interstate Hw 35, Austin TX 78723 (Capitol Plaza, just north of 51st Street)

    Attendees purchase their buffet meal as they enter. We'll have the large meeting room to the right after you enter. The staff can help direct you. Visit https://buffetkingaustintexas.com/

    Raffle tickets will be available for Door Prizes. A QLF CW contest will be held. Ham Of The Year award will be presented, along with the usual frivolity. A special 100th Year Anniversary presentation will be made by Joe Fisher, K5EJL. Family, Friends, Non-members are all welcome! For more information, contact Lori, KM5MQ@ARRL.net


  • 11/04/2019 12:00 PM | Editor AARC (Administrator)

    For those participating in the Fall 2019 SET (Simulated Emergency Test), download the required documents here.

  • 10/31/2019 12:00 AM | Editor AARC (Administrator)

    It's that time... besides Halloween Day.  It's AARCOVER Newsletter time!

    In this issue: Lots of ARRL news. Important to our area is the election of Director for West Gulf Division. See page 5 for more info and a link to interviews with the candidates. Also on page 5 & 6 is a reminder of the TCARES Fall SET on November 9 & 10. Can you participate? Christmas Party info is on the Calendar of Events page (6). And, of course, the usual Over the WWWaves and Just for Fun are included for your reading pleasure. 

  • 09/28/2019 12:00 AM | Editor AARC (Administrator)

    It's not spooky or scary, but there are a couple of Halloween events on-the-air around the country (see Action on the Airwaves, page 7).

    TCARES is organizing the 2019 Simulated Emergency Test (SET) and you find more info and a link to the September TCARES presentation in the newsletter.

    You'll also want to read the President's Corner, Just for Fun, Over the WWWaves, and more! Download the AARCOVER from the Newsletter page.

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