VCARC is a registered 501(c)(3) in Ventura County, California. We appreciate any donations of amateur radio equipment that will assist our members (especially the newly-licensed ones) with increasing their knowledge and skills. We will send you a donation acknowledgement letter for any donations you make to our non-profit organization.
Please contact to donate your equipment.


A Special Thanks To Those Who Have Already Donated!!

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                           Ventura County Amateur Radio Club

                                Welcome to our Club Page

   Contact us:

             VCARC holds its meetings at The Dudley House, 197 N Ashwood Ave, Ventura, CA 93003
Driving directions: From Hwy 101, Take exit 66B for Main St, drive 0.4 mile. Use the right 2 lanes to keep right at the fork, follow signs for S Mills Rd/Main St W/U. C. S. B. and merge onto US-101 BUS/E Main St, drive 0.1 mile. Use the right 2 lanes to turn right onto S Mills Rd, drive 0.6 mile. Turn right onto Telegraph Rd, drive 0.5 mile Turn left onto N Ashwood Ave Destination will be on the left. The meeting room is in the basement. We usually monitor the 146.880 MHz - P/L 127.3 repeater for talk-ins before the meeting begins at 7:30 PM.

The latest information can always be found in the current Keyer newsletter above and on our Groups.io e-group for members.

Click-->  Here to see a map. The new location is the basement meeting room and more information can be found on

Our Club meeting is on the second Friday of each Month (except December) at The Dudley House at 7:30 PM. This meeting is open to the public and any interested persons may attend. The Board meeting is held at 7:00 PM before the General meeting and all members are invited. After the meeting, we have a break, followed by a presentation. After the meeting is adjourned, some members go to Toppers Pizza to socialize. Come by, join us and share your Ham radio interests. This location will make it easier to provide actual live radio communication demonstrations.

August 9th's Speaker  was W6RH - Topic - Emergency Preparedness and ACS/ARES

September 13th's Speakers - KI6BSQ - Topic - Vacuum Tubes and KM6RSS - Topic - Tube Testers

October 11th's Speaker - NS6X - ARRL

November 8th's Speaker - N6HV and WA6EJO - Topics - TBA and Club Officer Elections

December 13th's Activity - Decemberfest Dinner


Click--> Here to view the document, or--> Here to view our Articles of Incorporation.

We welcome new Hams, old Hams, and non-Hams who are interested in learning about radio communications and sharing the friendship and camaraderie of the local Ham community.  Local ARRL license exams can be located in our Keyer newsletter, usually around page 6 - Click on the moving S-Meter at the top of this page, or click here for a link to the ARRL "find and amateur radio license exam session". We are also planning activities such as:



 The 2019 Field Day began with set-up on Friday June 21. Operations began Saturday June 22 at 11AM and ended on Sunday June 23 11AM. We spent the next 4 hours taking down the antennas and masts and cleaning up. The location was beautiful and grassy Oxnard College near Parking Lot B and the Duck Pond, between S. Campus Rd and E. Bard Rd. off of Entrance Rd. We will be posting statistics as they are compiled and submitted to the ARRL.

Click--> Here to listen to the 6/20/19 K6MEP Field Day promotional  with FD co-chairman Stewart Stone, KG6BOV, Mark Thompson AE6GD and VCARC President Robert Shank KM6RSS on 1590 KVTA News/Talk Radio, hosted by Spence with  Rich, Tom and a special appearance by Andres from the Ventura Harbor Comedy Club who played with Mark's "bug" key

Click--> Here to view the location map

Click--> Here to view Field Day 2019 Photos

 The 2018 Field Day was held on Saturday JUNE 23 beginning at 11AM through Sunday JUNE 24 11 AM, 2018,  at Camarillo Airport RTC

                  Listen to the 06/22/18 KVTA 1590 AM Radio Interview with Board Member Stewart Stone KG6BOV and Vice President Robert Shank KM6RSS

 ====>   MP3 File

Field Day 2018 Photos are =====> Here!

We had a partially solar-powered Field Day and visitors were WELCOME. Seventeen people assisted with the Friday afternoon setup, nineteen visitors inspected the various solar panels and radio setups and spoke with the sixteen operators. It was a great opportunity to setup and practice emergency communications. The operators had a lot of fun making contacts around the country and the globe.


Our regular Net is each Monday night at 8:00 PM Pacific time (we won't hold the net on Christmas Eve/Day or New Year's Eve/Day if they fall on a Monday). We welcome all Ham operators so please check-in and join the roundtable discussion. The club has started a "who has checked-in the most" contest, that began with the March 4th net, and will end at the finish of the the December 9th net. The award is $50.00 to a member and if a non-member wins, they will receive a two-year club membership. Awards will be presented at the Decemberfest club dinner on December 13th. The net is on Two Meters on the WD6EBY Repeater of Oxnard on 145.200 MHz (-)(PL 127.3)
(Thanks to Paul, WD6EBY)


 Join/Renew  your membership in the Ventura County Amateur Radio Club; this year's dues are due beginning in October.

Spring/Fall BBQ Picnic & Swap

Our 2019 Spring BBQ-picnic & Swap DATE was held on Saturday May 4 from 10 AM to 4 PM at The Dudley House,  197 N Ashwood Ave, Ventura, CA 93003.
  Click to see photos of the picnic

 Our 2018 Fall BBQ Picnic & Swap was held on September 15th, at Chumash Park 750 S. Petit Ave Ventura, CA 93004. A little over a dozen members brought their extra equipment and Ham radio toys and money for the swap/sale table. Many brought their favorite items for cooking on the BBQ and an extra potluck item to share with the group. There was a few active radios set up for live radio fun (thanks Phil WA6BUZ  and Stewart KG6BOV). The public was invited to come and share the fun.
  2018's PHOTOS

DecemberFest Dinner Party

 Thirty-two of us got together to celebrate DecemberFest at Carrow's Ventura,  2401 Harbor Blvd Ventura, 93001, SW corner of Seaward and Harbor on Friday 12/14/2018.  
  Click to see photos of the party

K6MEP Links Page

This site contains some links and sources of information about our club in
Ventura County, California 

This is the link to photos of Past President Joe Krigbaum's Ventura Memorial Click--> 

Please send us your favorite links and suggestions on what you would like to see on the club page, and tell us how you would like to help us implement your suggestions.

For MESH Network topics, please visit the PVARC, Pleasant Valley ARC site and click on MESH Network to see photos and all the work that Paul Strauss WD6EBY and friends have put into this microwave technology that takes Ham Radio into the high speed digital arena!

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