The Valley Radio Club of Oregon (formerly Valley Radio Club of Eugene), located in Eugene, Oregon, was chartered in 1932, and is one of the oldest, continuously operated club stations in the United States. It has been affiliated with the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) since 1932, and associated with the American Red Cross since 1951. If you are a newly licensed ham operator in our community, please come on by and meet other hams. Our membership is diverse, with ham radio experience ranging from several months to many decades!! Let us share our hamming experiences with you, and you’ll see what ham radio fun is all about!!
We’re becoming a 501(c)(3) Organization!
With the approval of our most recent amendments to our Constitution and By-laws at our on-the-air June meeting, we’re about done! We submitted our paperwork to the IRS in June and are waiting for approval. It will likely take many months since the IRS is backed up due to the COVID-19, but we’re on the way.
During COVID, we’re meeting the first Friday of the month at 7:00 pm on-the-air on our club repeater at 146.72 MHz. We used to meet in the Norkenzie Christian Church at 2530 Crescent Ave., Eugene, Oregon.
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Licensing Courses Available
- New: Online Technician license class December 19-20. 2020
- Spring: Entry-level (Technician) license: Thursdays 7-9 pm, April 2-May 21, 2020 (8 sessions)
- Spring: Intermediate (General) license: Tuesdays 7-9 pm, April 7-May 19, 2020 (7 sessions)
Newsletter: The Valley Voice
It’s nice to know that we are making it through this year with all that’s happened. The fires up the Makenzie with the big loss of property and some temporary loss of ham communication infrastructure and not being able to meet with one another with our usual meetings. The good thing is that all those responsible for repairing or replacing the equipment have been working together to make it happen. Where needed, temporary equipment has been put into service to restore communications
Other god news is that we have been able to have monthly VE testing thanks to Matt, W7ARD, at Norkenzie Christian Church for the last few months. We have had good response as we ae one of the few groups still testing. and there has been an up swing in demand due to folks wanting to get licensed. Thanks to all those who help at the test sessions too.
Finally, as many of you know we lost a very big friend to local ham radio with the passing of Jim Silke, K7TBL. Jim did so many things behind the scene for ham radio that so many hams didn’t realize. He was a pioneer in so many things and did them with a smile on his face and accepted a ‘thank you’ as payment. Jim will surely be missed by the ham community.
Thank you for being part of VRC.
As always…See you on the radio.