Christchurch Amateur Radio Club
Welcome to the Christchurch Amateur Radio Club
We are an enthusiastic club with around 150 members who enjoy the many facets of Amateur Radio. We are keen to advance our hobby through encouragement of new members to it, and see it grow through clubs like our own.
If you have come along to our activities in the past or not, we welcome you along. Details of our meetings, and other activities can be found on other parts of this web page.
We try to have a variety of interesting topices and we have most of the business reasonably stream-lined, so that there is a maximum time for chin-wagging.
We also have quite a lot of keen chaps who regularly undertake activities that benefit all the others, and we have found thhat those that are able to give a little time for activity to promote the hobby are the ones that become the most enthusiastic about it amd the Club.
You might be saying "But what's in it for me?" The following list may help :-
- The opportunity to meet others with a common interest.
- Put faces to the voices you might have been talking to or listening to on the Amateur Bands.
- To be kept abreast of what help is available in both technical and regulatory matters.
- To be able to put forward your views, to be discussed amoung your peer group, on all matters relating to our hobby, and if endorsed, to have them promoted through the system.
- To strengthen the broad cause of Amateur Radio by joining a very active Club, and hopefully the New Zealand Association of Radio Transmitters Inc.
Some of the service which the Club offers at present, and which we hope to expand with growth of membership are:-
- Monthly meeting nights, including in-house technical discussions.
- An annual "Equipment" (or "Boot") Sale of surplus equipment.
- Speakers from outside on matters of common and general interest.
- Provision of repeaters on 2m and 70cm, and a 2m digipeater. These are open to all Amateurs, but the long term viability and expansion rely on funds which flow from membership.
- Provision of a Club Station for H.F. and V.H.F. bands.
- Access to a growing technical and historical library.
- Joint participation in Club stations for Field Day, JOTA, and other contest and similar activities.
- A source of help from others who have experienced difficulties with R.F. interference problems.
- Morse classes for the newcomer, or those wishing to upgrade to a Full Call, or to polish the art.
- Fast Track Kitsets to assist the budding Amateur to pass their license.
- A full range of AREC activities, from Civil Defence and Search and Rescue communications, through supplying communications for sport and other public activities.
- Technical advice for the newcomer, for all aspects of the hobby.
- Social functions, including Dinners, Christmas Get-together, etc ..
- On a more sombre note, assistance in the handling of amateur radio aspects of deceased estates, specifically the disposal of equipment.
For more information see the Contacts page or for meeting details see the Meetings page.
Last updated 20-APR-2010