Joe Addison, WØPKD Award for 2012 was awarded to Alvin Wiechman, WØME, at the December Meeting.
This is an award which is given annually to the member of the CKARC who by his (or her) service to the
club, the community or Amateur Radio, exemplifies what the public service aspect of
the hobby is all about.
To serve the Public Interest, convenience, and Necessity. and to be there when
needed, in times of local, state, or national emergency.
To Promote the enjoyment of Ham Radio by providing an environment which will
enhance the opportunities for individual growth in the hobby.
The CKARC, a group of dedicated Amateur Radio Operators, located in Salina
Kansas has been in operation for over 65 years.
We have been affiliated with the American Radio League (ARRL)
since June 3, 1949
Several of our members are presently active in Emergency Communications, by
way of the Amateur Radio Emergency Service. (ARES) We have an active Storm
Spotter group who works in conjunction with the Saline County Emergency
Management Office. Other members are active in trying to contact as many
foreign Amateur Radio Stations as they can. Several are involved in
contacting station around the world via several of the Amateur Radio satellites
that are currently orbiting the earth. There are too many facets to Amateur
Radio to describe on this site.
For more information about amateur radio, go to the ARRL web site:
The club sponsors the ARRL Kansas State convention.
The next Convention will be held on August 19th, 2013.
In the Camp Webster Conference Center.
See the State Convention link for information.
- VHF and UHF Repeaters
The CKARC owns and operates the 147.030 MHz. VHF repeater.
This machine is located in downtown Salina and covers most of Saline County. It
is equipped with emergency power in the event of a loss of commercial electricity.
Also located at the downtown site is the club's 443.900
Mhz. repeater. This machine is also connected to emergency power. Both of
the repeaters use positive offsets, and both use the club call sign; WØCY/R. Tone for both (Not Required
at this time) is 118.8 Hz (useful to block other repeaters on the same frequency during band openings)
The NØKSC Repeater, operating on 147.270+ with a
118.8 Hz. tone access , is the primary machine for use in the
Emergency Management and Storm Spotting activities in Salina and Saline County.
New to the area is NØKSC's 444.875+ Repeater, with a 118.8 Hz Tone access both Encode & Decode.
NØSLN Portable Repeater
The NØSLN Portable
Emergency Management Repeater is 443.0250+ with a
118.8 Hz. tone access and is on the air on an "as needed" basis. (like the Smoky Hill River Festival)
Other Area Repeaters
There are several other repeaters in use in the Salina area including the K-Link System. Please consult
the latest edition of the ARRL Repeater Directory for frequencies, capabilities
and other pertinent information. (Reminder: K-Link has changed their CTCSS Access tones!)
Volunteer Examiners (VE's)
The Central Kansas Amateur Radio club is committed
to serving the public in many ways. One of which is the administration of examinations
for those wishing to become Amateur Radio Operators, or to those who are already licensed
and wish to upgrade to a higher class of license. The CKARC uses the both the American Radio
Relay League and W5YI tests. Persons wishing to take a test for either a new license or an
upgrade should bring a photo ID (Driver's License or similar), and of their current license, if any, and any CSCE’s (Certificate of Successful
Completion of Examination) they may have. Exam info here
IF you wish to retain a copy of your CSCE, Please make a copy prior to your arrival.
The Original CSCE must be sent to the VEC for processing, they do NOT accept copies.
The FCC currently prefers to have your FRN Number instead of the Social
Security Number, so bring it along if it is not printed on your current License.
ARRL Testing fee will remain at $15.00 for 2013. W5YI fee for 2013 is still at $14.00.. Please NO bills larger than $20.00!
Calculators may be used during the exams, but all "programing" must be cleared prior to the test session.
Examinations are given on the second Wednesday of the month year round. The
location for these test sessions is the Saline County Sheriff's Department Training
room (251 North 10th Street) on the corner of 10th and Park Street in Salina. Time is 7:00 PM. Exam info here
Please contact Sid Ashen-Brenner, NØOBM
for further information.
Exams are also be given on a somewhat irregular as needed Basis as requested.
The Special Sessions are W5YI-VEC sessions. Persons wishing to take a
test for either a new license or an upgrade should bring a photo ID, and
of their current license, if any, and any CSCE’s they may have.
Contact Sid Ashen-Brenner, NØOBM for
Tests are also given at the Kansas State ARRL Convention in August.
Walk-ins are permitted. See the Convention Schedule for time and Location.
- Postal address
- CKARC, INC
- P O Box 2493
- Salina KS 67402-2493
- Electronic mail
- General Information:
- or Webmaster