Why Should I Join?

Why become a Valdosta Amateur Radio Society member?

When it comes to joining any organization a reasonable person may ask a few questions to begin with like… “Why should a I join a radio club or group like the Valdosta ARS? What are the benefits of joining club? What do I personally have to offer the club?

The key benefit of joining VARS  is to meet and to bond with other people who have the same interests and have a good time exchanging information and experiences relating to amateur radio. And, not only amateur radio, but also meet others who might have similar interests in other related and non related interests or activities.

At typical meeting, there are usually hams from all license classes ranging from Technician to Extra class. There will be the usual 2M handheld and mobile radio enthusiasts. But in addition, there will be  HF operators, satellite, packet, tropo, repeater and other enthusiasts present too. Some present may enjoy building their own radios, feedline and antennas but there may be those who seemed to have bought just about every new radio on the market.

Among those present there may be teachers, RF and wireline communications technicians, doctors, executives, preachers, computer and networking specialists, business owners, members of the military, nurses, welders, nature enthusiasts, airline pilots, financial experts, university professors etc. Within the mix of such a group , it seems you can understand and solve almost any radio situation with the talent of the individuals present.

There are chances to try out and expand your radio horizons at various VARS gatherings. Field Day for example is an excellent time to pitch in and build an HF station from scratch in the field, where one must improvise and leverage every advantage from the terrain. Similarly, at our periodic outdoor gatherings, one might be able to see and operate a no-fuss HF, VHF and UHF station that’s powered by solar panels charging deep-cycle batteries.

There are other benefits, such as the website, repeater systems and frequent public service events that round out the offerings for members.

Keep in mind that the greatest benefit of joining the Valdosta Amateur Radio Society is a regular and ready mutual access to experienced technical information, references and learning experiences. The more you pursue and interact, the more you get out of your membership. And that translates to a chance to nurture and grow your knowledge and radio horizon — whether it’s amateur, commercial or personal.