The St. Cloud Amateur Radio Club will be hosting Amateur Radio License Testing on Saturday, August 4, 2018, at our Clubhouse.
Now is the time to start studying, pass your License Test, and become a Ham! Or, maybe it’s time to upgrade to General or Extra class.
The St. Cloud Amateur Radio Club fulfills the needs and goodwill of the general public in the field of communications in time of natural disasters, such as in tornadoes, floods, earthquakes, and at the time of any other emergency that may occur. We also help with various events around the area providing radio support and manpower. Being a Ham is an incredibly fun and rewarding hobby. When you pass your Technician Test, you will receive your first year’s membership in the Club. That way, we can get to know you and help you get started in the Hobby. Join us and start a new adventure in Fun, Fellowship, and Community.
Please feel free to Contact W0SV with any questions.
Where is the Clubhouse?
401 4th St North,
Waite Park, MN 56387
This year The Saint Cloud Amateur Radio Club will again provide support for the Tour Of Saints. Our Volunteers will be cruising the bike routes in trucks donated by Gilleland Chevrolet providing help when needed by the riders. Communication will be handled by Net Control based at The College of Saint Benedict, and all trucks and rest stops will communicate via the W0SV Emergency Services Repeater – 147.015.
We can provide transportation for the riders with mechanical problems, minor first aid, water, directions, or whatever they need. We will also man the Rest Stops handing out treats and refreshments at designated spots along the various bike routes.
It’s a way for our club to give back to the community, and have a fun day at the same time.
Great Things Are Happening at
The Tour of Saints & The Saint Cloud Amateur Radio Club!
Through the Operation Round Up® (ORU) program, Stearns Electric Association gives our member-owners the opportunity to give back to the community. The rounded-up funds (between 1¢ and 99¢) are placed in a trust fund that is administered by a trust board appointed by the Cooperative’s elected Board of Directors. Operation Round Up® funds are given to local civic organizations and worthy causes through an application and selection process. In March, the St. Cloud Amateur Radio Club was chosen as one of those recipients.
HAM radio is popular hobby where licensed individuals come together to operate radio electronics in order to communicate across town, around the world or even into space. HAM radio has been around for over a century. The St. Cloud Amateur Radio Club began as the Mic and Key Club in 1917 and is one of the top ten oldest clubs in the nation.
In 1922, the club affiliated itself with the American Radio Relay League and became the St. Cloud Amateur Radio Club (SCARC). Today, the club has nearly 100 members. Headquartered in their own clubhouse on Fourth Street North in Waite Park, club members range from teens to 80-year old’s, and include farmers, radio engineers and financial professionals, to name a few.
“We have two main focuses in the SCARC: public safety and community,” Charlie Chirhart, volunteer and member, said.
The SCARC houses the National Weather Service (NWS) SKYWARN Program for Benton and Stearns counties in Central Minnesota. SKYWARN is a program where trained volunteer weather spotters provide first-hand reports of severe and hazardous weather conditions. Spotters help meteorologists issue severe weather warnings, which are oftentimes life-saving. Despite the advanced Doppler Radar technology available to the NWS, weather spotters are necessary to help determine accurate and credible weather conditions in order to issue timely severe weather warnings.
How did the partnership begin between the NWS and St. Cloud Amateur Radio Club?