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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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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.


14 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

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