Cass County Amateur Radio Club
Operating the W9VMW Repeaters - Logansport, Indiana

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Repeater Status:
147.180MHz OK
Link Receiver OK
WX Alert System OK
145.230 OK
145.350 OFF
443.650 OK

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Frequently Asked Questions

Who are Amateur Radio operators or Hams?
What Can I Do With Ham Radio?
Why Do I need A License?
What will this cost me?
When was Amateur Radio started?
I don't have a lot of time. Can I still enjoy the hobby?
I want to talk to a real, live ham. Who can I contact?
 

Who are Amateur Radio operators or Hams?

Anyone you know could be an Amateur Radio operator or "ham" --no matter what age, gender or physical ability. From ages 8 to 80, people in many countries of the world can have fun as radio amateurs. If you've had fun with CB radio or trying new things with your computer, wait till you see what you can do with ham radio!

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What Can I Do With Ham Radio?

You can communicate from the top of a mountain, your home or behind the wheel of your car. You can take radio wherever you go! In times of disaster, when regular communications channels fail, hams can swing into action assisting emergency communications efforts and working with public service agencies. At other times, you can talk to Shuttle astronauts or bounce signals off the moon. You can use telegraphy, voice, digital, even images in communication with other hams. Our club also has severe weather nets where we keep an eye on dangerous storms, report vital information to Net Control where it then gets relayed to the National Weather Service. Know any other hobby with so much to offer?

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Why Do I need A License?

Although the main purpose of the hobby is fun, it is called the "Amateur Radio Service" because it also has a serious face. The FCC created the "Service" to fill the need for a pool of experts who could provide backup emergency communications in times of need. In addition, the FCC acknowledged the ability of the hobby to advance communication and technical knowledge, and enhance international goodwill.

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What will this cost me?

A basic new handheld radio can cost about the same as an inexpensive 19-inch color TV. Flea market bargains can cost a lot less. A new tabletop multi-band unit for your home radio shack can cost about the same as the PC you're reading this on. Materials to get you started are relatively inexpensive, and the exam fee you'll pay when you're ready to test is nominal.

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When was Amateur Radio started?

Nobody knows when Amateur Radio operators were first called "hams", but we do know that Amateur Radio is as old as the history of radio itself. In 1912, Congress passed the first laws regulating radio transmissions in the US. By 1914, amateur experimenters were communicating nation-wide, and setting up a system to relay messages from coast to coast.

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I don't have a lot of time. Can I still enjoy the hobby?

You bet! The beauty of ham radio is it can fit the time, space, and budget that YOU decide is right for you. It's got that low stress, high fun ratio that many busy people seek in their off-hours. It can also be great family fun or a solitary pleasure.

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I want to talk to a real, live ham. Who can I contact?

Send us an email at ccarc@culcom.net or stop by one of our meetings on the third Saturday of every month in the Logansport EMA Building 1227 North State Road 17 at 9am. You do NOT have to be a member to attend, everyone is welcome!

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P.O. Box 1092 Logansport, Indiana 46947
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