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Who We Are

The Central Texas Amateur Radio Club (CTARC) provides Amateur Radio support and service to a multi-county area in the Central Texas Region. Though we are based out of Bell County, our members consist of Amateur Radio Operators from Bell County and the surrounding counties. Our members participate in Emergency Communications, Skywarn Weather Nets, Storm Spotting and other Amateur Radio services ranging from assisting Bell County during emergency incidents as well as helping with communications for various events and last, but not least, just having fun with the hobby. We do provide testing for those who want to obtain their license. We have provided training and classes in the past, however there are currently no classes planned in the near future.  

 

Severe Weather Support & Spotter Activation

We also assist the National Weather Service (NWS) with monitoring current conditions during potential severe weather events.  The CTARC Weather Net serves the Central Texas area in cooperation with the NWS and various local agencies using the wide area N5ZXJ Repeater [145.130 MHz, (-) PL 123.0 Hz] located in Eddy, Texas. The repeater covers approximately a 70-mile radius, encompassing all or part of twenty Central Texas counties. 

The Fort Worth Office of the NWS has the capability to connect to the repeater via EchoLink.  This gives the NWS the ability to gather real time information from spotters on the ground and pass on to the public conditions that warrant issuing "Warnings", "Watches" or "Advisories".

 

Meetings: 

Club meets are typically held on the first Wednesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. at the Special Olympics Building, 902 Conder Street, Killeen, Texas.  This meeting time is subject to the availibiliy of the building and may need to be adjusted if there is a conflict.  Everyone is welcome to attend the meetings.  If you have any questions please email us for more information at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 

Mailing Address: 

Central Texas Amateur Radio Club
P.O. Box 307
Belton, Texas  76513-0307

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