ARRL Affiliated

The Rogue Valley Amateur Radio Club normally meets the first Thursday of each month (except July and August) from 7:00 to 9:00p at the Red Cross Building, 1050 Crater Lake Ave., Medford.
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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, 1050 Crater Lake Ave in Medford (map). The September “meeting” is the Annual Swap Meet usually on the Saturday preceding Labor Day (which actually the last weekend in August)  from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

Meetings start at 7:00pm and last until about 9:00pm. They begin with a short business meeting on Club plans and activities and sometimes an introductory “How-To” presentation. 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.

Application Form

  • 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.


21 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.

  • Claude

    Will someone please correct the year and date for the swap meet to be held this year.

    This is not 2015
    Since it takes place once a year I do not want to miss it.

    Thank You…

  • Pat Miles

    I am trying to get in contact with someone who might be interested in the Ham radio stuff that my late husband had. I don’t know what to do with it..

  • Michael Gibbs

    I would like the privilege to see what he has.
    Please contact me.

  • Guy kd5alg

    Looking for current info on I-5 fog/ice from Medford west. Son and his family in a rental moving truck and pickup headed for Portland. Understand conditions pretty foggy and some ice, especially at Sexton Summit. Any info appreciated. 73.

    • n5eg

      Hi Guy, one place to check is Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT)

      It has cameras, weather, conditions, etc. Beware that even if roads on the
      valley floor should be clear, mountainous roads can have considerable snow
      accumulation. Don’t just trust your mapping software.

  • John A Rickert

    Is there a ham club in Grants Pass?

  • n5eg

    Hi John – the Southern Oregon Amateur Radio Club (SOARC) meets the 3rd Tuesday of the month at the Fruitdale Grange.

    Their club webpage is: but it appears to not be working right now.

    You can contact their club newsletter editor John Stubbe at

  • Ray Pierce

    Hi folks my name is Ray and in the process of moving I found my father in laws ham radio he used to be quite active back in the day it’s been packed away several and forgotten. It’s packed in its original box with original manual and papers complete with power source.would like to find interested party that would put it back in service. It’s an Icom I C 728 with a AS 35A power source.looking to sell at fair market value if interested you can email me at thanks

  • Don n0tot

    Bud Larson has died.

  • Greg W6NRA

    Hello. My name is Greg (W6NRA) I will be on vacation the end of June camping at Farewell Bend Campground in the Pospect area. Are there any repeaters accessible from that area? Thank you.

  • Brian W6DWY

    Greetings all, Name is Brian (w6dwy) of Brookings, OR.
    Looking for anyone in the Valley that has access to Packet Radio that can perform a test. Would like to know if ke7byr-1 (KING) is operational and, if it can connect to k7ury-2 (BOSLEY)? Would appreciate very much. – Thank you

  • Just visited the site of Marconi’s 1902 Glace Bay station, Cape Breton, Canada. Fascinating history. AD7AF

  • Kevin smith

    Hi. I’m Kevin an live n Brookings on the coast ..I’m wondering If theres a place to look at and buy a 2 meter mobile car radio there.. KI7AVA. 73′s

  • jeff

    Is there a place locally to buy components, i.e. capacitors,resistors ect?