Kendall Amateur Radio Society


Introduction (from the ARRL Operating Manual, 11th Edition)

Amateur Radio is all about 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.  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) and are working hard to expand these 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 operation, most particularly Automatic Packet Reporting System (APRS) which we recently implemented.

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 have a number of members that will show you how.

Most of this is spoken to in the following pages of this website and in periodic presentations presented by various Club members and guests, at monthly meetings.  Regardless of the mode, and regardless of the activity, you will find an Amateur in KARS who likes to do this and will help you as needed.  All you need to do is ask.  You will find our members helpful, congenial and that we follow The Amateur's Code.

The Amateur’s Code

The Radio Amateur is:

  • Considerate…never knowing operates in such a way as to lessen the pleasure of others.

  • Loyal…offers 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.

  • Progressive…with knowledge abreast of science, a well-built and efficient station and operation above reproach.

  • Friendly…slow 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.

  • Balanced…radio is an avocation, never interfering with duties owed to family, job, school or community.

  • Patriotic…station and skill always ready for service to country and community.

Paul M. Segal, W9EAA (SK), 1928, The ARRL Operating Manual for Radio Amateurs, 11th Addition, Copyright 2016, ARRL, page v.