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 Medford Police Department Community Room, 219 S. Ivy St., Medford.
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Welcome!

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 Medford Police Department Community Room, 291 S. Ivy St., Medford, OR.   map    The September “meeting” is the Annual Swap Meet normally held the last Saturday of August (to avoid the Labor Day holiday weekend) from 10:00a to 2:00p.

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, please print and fill out the   application form    and either bring it to a meeting or mail it to the address on the form.

Many folks in the club are technically oriented, enjoy building equipment and antennas, operating radio contests, hiking and camping with Ham Radio, and operating in parks. The club has held occasional seminars on antenna modeling software, gnuradio, and other topics.

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