W1CMS — The Claremont MakerSpace Amateur Radio Club

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The Claremont MakerSpace has an Amateur Radio club! Before makers, hackers, and DIY, there was Amateur Radio. 

Join us for our monthly meetings (usually every third Sunday) at 1 p.m. at the Claremont MakerSpace. You do not have to be a licensed ham to participate, just bring your curiosity and energy! Everyone is welcome!

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What is Amateur Radio?

Amateur Radio (often called ham radio) is a popular hobby and service that brings people, electronics, and communication together. People use Amateur Radio to talk across town, around the world, or even into space, all without the Internet or cell phones. It’s fun, social, educational, and can be a lifeline during times of need.

How is Amateur Radio used?

Amateur Radio is used for a variety of recreational and service-related activities. Amateur Radio operators, also called “hams,” use Amateur Radio equipment to engage in two-way personal communications with other hams, as well as:

  • Aid communication during public events, such as parades and road races
  • Act as a vital communications link during emergencies and disasters
  • Advance their technical skills and build their own radio components (ever wanted to talk to an astronaut in orbit?)
  • Participate in competitive events and earn awards in contests

Who can become a ham?

Anyone of any age who is not a representative of a foreign government can be an Amateur Radio operator in the US. Before you can get on the air, you’ll need to be licensed and know the rules to operate legally. In the US there are three license classes — Technician, General, and Amateur Extra. The Claremont MakerSpace has resources and support available to help you learn and prepare to take your exam. 

You can learn more about amateur radio here: arrl.org/what-is-ham-radio

Check out these other nearby Ham Radio Clubs

Upcoming Ham Radio Events in the Area (not affiliated with W1CMS)

  • June 29-30 – ARRL Field Day exercise (activities TBA)
  • August 22-25 – Northeast HamXposition, ARRL New England Division Convention: https://hamxposition.org/
  • October 11-12 – NEARfest: https://near-fest.com/

Seeking Ham Radio Volunteers (not affiliated with W1CMS)

Check out the W1CMS Claremont MakerSpace Amateur Radio Club Library

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