About Us:

Welcome to the Athens Radio Club Web Site, where we seek to educate members and others interested in Amateur Radio, as well as provide information about amateur radio activities in the Athens, Georgia and surrounding areas.

If you have any suggestions for improving this site, please email the Webmaster.

Rick Waters, WA4ERS President

Our Mission:

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rule Part 97.1, states:

"The rules and regulations in this Part are designed to provide an amateur radio service having a fundamental purpose as expressed in the following principles:
"(a) Recognition and enhancement of the value of the amateur service to the public as a voluntary noncommercial communication service, particularly with respect to providing emergency communications.
"(b) Continuation and extension of the amateur's proven ability to contribute to the advancement of the radio art.
"(c) Encouragement and improvement of the amateur service through rules which provide for advancing skills in both the communications and technical phases of the art.
"(d) Expansion of the existing reservoir within the amateur radio service of trained operators, technicians, and electronics experts.
"(e) Continuation and extension of the amateur's unique ability to enhance international goodwill."

To that end, the Athens Radio Club is a club for licensed Amateur (Ham) Radio operators and other interested individuals who desire to be involved in those principles listed above through mentoring, educating, encouraging one another in achieving those principles, and providing opportunities for public service.

The Athens Radio Club's governing documents include the Articles of Incorporation (Amended) as a Georgia non-profit corporation and the Bylaws adopted by the Club's membership.

  The club is affiliated with the American Radio Relay League (ARRL).  It holds full member status in the Southeastern Repeater Association (SERA). The ARRL has designated the Athens Radio Club as a Special Service Club. This status is awarded to clubs who have ambitious plans for serving the community with their amateur radio skills.

The club's membership is diverse in makeup and interests.

The club operates a repeater (KD4QHB) that is local in scope and is used for public service events as well as emergency traffic. Club members use the repeater to assist the National Weather Service in storm spotting under the SKYWARN program. 

During emergencies, when requested by a served agency, the Clarke County Amateur Radio Emergency Service assumes operational control to meet served agency communications needs.

The repeater, which is kept inside a rooftop facility on the 8th floor-level roof of St. Mary's Hospital, is shown below, alongside the antenna atop a 24' mast.

For additional information, contact us via e-mail.