Amateur Radio Testing Information
If you're interested in testing to earn or upgrade an amateur radio license please join us at our monthly meetings.
Test sessions begin at 1:30PM.
Advance registration at Hamstudy.org is encouraged but not required.
For questions: Contact Darin Dykes (KK5WA) or Loma Westmoreland (KU5J) at
For information about what to bring to the exam session, click here.
Club News and Notes
Next Club Meeting: Oct 10, 2021
- Pizza in the Park and Fox Hunt at Next meeting (Cabot Community Park)
- Darin Dykes is the new Repeater Trustee
- Still workin out hardware issues for the Echolink node
- Need volunteers for Net Control
Lonoke County-Emergency Communications
The S.T.A.R.S. Club has been discussing the possibility of helping the Lonoke County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) to incorporate amateur radio into their emergency plan. This will be a long-term project for the club that we will have to be absolutely sure to do correctly. Part of being responsible and helpful volunteers is being properly trained.
In order to participate in emergency communications, we will need to get ourselves trained to work within the National Incident Management System (NIMS). This training entails taking courses online and passing online examinations. You can find out more about NIMS training courses at the following links.
Have a look at these courses and think about whether you would like to complete them and take part in this volunteer effort. If you decide to take the courses, make sure to save and/or print the certificates. Be sure to never lose them! The better we know how to fit within the system, the more likely it is we will be able to be helpful participants when the community is in need.
If you have questions, see Darin Dykes, KK5WA or Shane, WX0X.
ARRL Membership Renewal
S.T.A.R.S. Club members are reminded that they should consider renewing their Amateur Radio Relay League memberships at each S.T.A.R.S. Club meeting. As an A.R.R.L. affiliated club, S.T.A.R.S. makes a $2 commission for each renewal, and a $15 commission for each new member when they signup or renew through the club. Let's not leave money on the table! See your S.T.A.R.S. Officer Team for details!