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The Rogue Valley Amateur Radio Club meets the first Thursday of each month (except July and August) from 7:00 to 9:00p at the Red Cross Building, 60 Hawthorne Street, Medford.
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The September "meeting" is the Annual Swap Meet on the first Saturday after the first Thursday of the month from 10:00a to 3:00p.

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Amateur Radio, also known as Ham Radio, is a popular pursuit and service in which licensed participants operate (and often build) radio equipment with a deep appreciation of the radio art.

Amateur Radio is a mix of fun, public service, and convenience. Although “Hams” get involved for many reasons, they all have in common a basic knowledge of radio technology and operating principles, and they pass an examination for the FCC license to operate on radio frequencies known as the “Amateur Bands.”

Because amateur radio is a social and service activity, Hams usually join one or more clubs and associations–such as the American Radio Relay League (ARRL)–as well as locals groups. In the Medford/Jackson County region of Southern Oregon, one local group is the Rogue Valley Amateur Radio Club (RVARC). We are a local affiliate of the ARRL.

The RVARC meets the first Thursday of each month (October through June–except for the December Christmas party) at the Red Cross building, 60 Hawthorne Street in Medford (map). The September “meeting” is the Annual Swap Meet on the first Saturday after the first Thursday of the month from 10:00a to 3:00p.

Meetings start at 7:00pm and last until about 9:00pm. They begin with a short business meeting on Club plans and activities. This is followed by a break for coffee, cookies, and socializing. Often, members will bring home-built projects or other radio-related paraphernalia for display and discussion during the break.

A substantive presentation follows the break. These are often on specific technical topics, but also on such down-to-earth topics as rigging antennas in small spaces, operating procedures, and hands-on topics like using Arduinos or Raspberry Pi’s in Ham radio.

Come join us! We love newcomers–old-time Hams, Newbies, or anyone interested in pursuing Amateur radio–licensed yet or not.

If you would like to join RVARC, click this link, application form. Print the form, complete it and either bring it to a meeting or mail it to the address on the form.


9 comments to Welcome!

  • Eric Maxwell

    I am looking to get into ham radio for prepping purposes, what is a good radio for someone like myself that has never used a ham radio? Money is not a barrier, I would just like to get a radio that is good for novice and that will take me further once I am knowledgable.

    • Todd


      That’s a BIG question! There are a number of possibilities depending on your interests and on the class of license you have (Technician, General, or Extra Class). The easiest way of starting out would be to get a handheld VHF/UHF radio. These are sometimes called HT’s (Handy Talky). These can be operated directly between you and another station (“simplex”) or through the repeater system available almost any where in the world. Here’s a link to a few nice guide for beginners: and

  • Claude

    Do you hold sales on radio components?
    I need to to purchase 12AU7 or equivalent.

    • Tom McDermott

      The club holds a yearly swap meet. This year it’s Saturday, September 6th from 10AM to 3PM at the Red Cross building in Medford across from Hawthorne park. There’s a better than even chance you will find a number vacuum tubes there, and given how common the 12AU7 is, a fair chance of finding one.

  • Claude

    Unfortunately I was unable to make the yearly swap held in September due to illness.
    Would I have to wait till Sept the following year to obtain two 12AU7 tubes from the swap meet?

  • Bud Larson

    I have several used 12AU7 tubes, cheap. Bud 541 773 52144

  • Claude

    Thanks Bud
    Will call you if needed.

  • joe

    i have inherited 1000s of tubes and a hickoc 510x tube tester and don’t know what to do with them any help would be apriciated joe b 5413243464

    • Joe,

      Please contact either Lud or Bob–both are serious tube collectors and can help you ‘do something’ with those tubes. Emails given below

      Lud Sibley KB2EVN tubelore at jeffnet dot org

      Bob Deuel K2GLO k2glo at jkasystems dot com


      Allan K7GT

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