ARRL on the purpose of Amateur
For over 100
years amateur radio and ARRL — the National Association for Amateur
Radio® — have stood for the development of the science and art of
communications, public service, and the enhancement of international
goodwill. Amateur Radio’s long history and service to the public has
solidified the well-earned reputation that “Amateur Radio saves lives.”
Amateur Radio Operators, due to their history of public service, their
training, and the requirement that they be licensed by the FCC have
earned their status as a component of critical communications
infrastructure and as a reliable resource “when all else fails."
Amateur Radio is about development of communications and responsible
public service. The ARRL Operating Manual will tell you it
operating. All the technology and procedures in the world are no
substitute for hams getting on the air and making contact. That is
what the Kendall Amateur Radio Society (KARS) is about. You may have taken an interest in ham radio
because of your interest in public service, emergency communications or
interest in electronics. Or you want to experience the thrill of
working another amateur in a far-away land. KARS is involved in all of these
activities. As you become proficient in your chosen activity, you
will find so much more to learn and become engaged in; your Amateur
Radio license is your ticket to explore.
Although we operate three repeaters
(two VHF and one UHF) with multiple capabilities, we are not a repeater
club. We encourage our members put away their hand held and
explore the world of High Frequency operating, from Voice to Digital,
and for new Hams, to learn CW. Then there is the world of VHF and
UHF beyond FM and Repeaters. There are portable/mobile operations,
Automatic Packet Reporting System (APRS) and Wires-X which we recently implemented.
ARRL Field Day held the last full weekend in June is a club activity
where we try to provide operating experience to members new to HF.
At some point many Amateurs become
interested operating awards such as Worked All States (WAS). This
normally leads to chasing foreign countries and entities (DX) and related operating awards for HF.
Many enjoy chasing grid squares on 6 meters, or maybe just the thrill of contacting
another amateur in a far-away place. However, sooner or later you
will find the best way to collect states for WAS and countries for DXCC
is to operate in a contest. Hesitant to jump in? We give you
"how-to" ideas in this website and have a
number of members that will show you how.
Contesting, software, ideas for your
first radio and antenna are spoken to in the
following pages of this website and in periodic presentations presented
by various Club members and guests. Regardless of the mode, and
regardless of the activity, you will find an Amateur in KARS who likes
to do this and willing to help you
get started. All you need to do is ask. You will find our
members helpful, congenial and that we follow The Amateur's Code.
Radio Amateur is:
knowing operates in such a way as to lessen the pleasure of others.
loyalty, encouragement and support to other amateurs, local clubs,
and the American Radio Relay League, through which amateur Radio in
the United States is represented nationally and internationally.
knowledge abreast of science, a well-built and efficient station and
operation above reproach.
and patient operating when requested, friendly advice and counsel to
the beginner; kindly assistance, cooperation and consideration for
the interests of others. These
are the hallmarks of the amateur spirit.
is an avocation, never interfering with duties owed to family, job,
school or community.
and skill always ready for service to country and community.
Paul M. Segal,
W9EAA (SK), 1928, The ARRL Operating Manual for Radio Amateurs, 11th
Eddition, Copyright 2016, ARRL, page v.