Local club focuses on amateur radio hobby

March 29, 2019

The Watertown Amateur Radio Club UA, or WARC, invites individuals to attend one of its monthly meetings to learn more about the hobby of radio communications.

The club meets regularly on the first Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Watertown Municipal Building, 106 Jones St., in Room 041A on the lower level. The next meeting will be Thursday, April 4, at 7 p.m.

WARC was founded back in 1982 by a group of area amateur radio operators, or hams. Today it has approximately 30 members from all around the Watertown area, with some coming from as far as Pardeeville and Delafield.

A news release from the club said that although hams get involved in amateur radio for many reasons, they all have in common a basic knowledge of radio technology and operating principles, and pass an examination for the Federal Communications Commission to operate on radio frequencies known as amateur bands. These bands are radio frequencies allocated by the FCC for use by ham radio operators. Each ham is issued a dedicated call sign that they use when they communicate with their radios.

WARC’s website is www.warcwi.org. This website has additional information about WARC plus links to other amateur radio topics. Questions about the club may be directed to Dennis Berg, WB9MSM, at 920-262-0880.