LCRC Club Information
The Lewis & Clark Radio Club is a group of Radio amateurs (Hams) who have come together for fellowship, promotion of the amateur radio hobby, and for public service. Anyone interested in amateur radio may become a member - although most members have obtained their amateur radio license from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The club has members from to 80 years old and meets monthly at the
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The club has a number of regular activities that provide a public service and make the hobby more enjoyable for the club members. First of all, the club provides classes for people interested in obtaining their ham radio licenses. Although anyone may listen to amateur radio, a license must be obtained from the Federal Communications Commission to transmit an amateur radio signal. The club regularly sponsors "Technician" license classes to introduce people to the hobby and help them learn the Morse code and the electronic theory required to pass their license exam. Also, the club has a team of certified license examiners who give license exams for higher level FCC licenses, so that area hams have a convenient way to advance in their hobby (obtaining higher level licenses allows greater operating privileges).
The club also provides communication services for public events and stands ready to provide emergency communications services in times of disaster. For example, you will see LCRC members with their radios in the annual
Another important function of the club is our participation with the National Weather Service during severe weather. Several members of the club participate in a SKYWARN communications network of severe weather spotters. The National Weather Service relies on amateur radio and its network of trained weather observers to alert them of weather conditions and to confirm the presence of severe storms they observe on Doppler RADAR.
Of course, any club likes to have social functions. Each year, the club sponsors a Hamfest. This annual event draws hams from hundreds of miles away, who come to enjoy the events and electronic flea market. Lots of hams use events like this to trade and sell their radio equipment, to see demonstrations of the latest techniques in ham radio, and to meet and visit with other hams who they know over the radio, but seldom see in person. Tickets are sold and raffle prizes are given away too! Lots of fun for everyone!
Ham radio is a hobby with lots of interesting things to do. Of course many of our club members enjoy chatting with their friends on the radio. But there can be more than just talking! Some hams enjoy building their own equipment, or work hard at assembling a top quality radio station. Some hams specialize in certain types of communications, such as transmitting through orbiting satellites, or packet radio (using computer equipment to send typed messages), or DXing (trying to contact as many different places in the world as they can). Some transmit using Morse code, while others transmit television pictures. The club has members who do all these things and more!
Are you interested in joining the Lewis & Clark Radio Club? Sure, why not?! We have our monthly meeting on the campus of the
Lewis & Clark Radio Club, Inc.
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The State of Illinois Proclaims that 16-23 June 2013 is Amateur Radio Week
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