As part of my research into the club I discovered an article from 2010 that tells us a little about the history of our organization.
We have been:
1. An official club for 40 years
2. ARRL affiliated for 38 years
3. Incorporated for 23 years
Larry Filzen was quoted as saying “In 1973, Ted Jahn, K4YLX and myself, WB4CGD. We went to hamfests and city surplus auctions and bought repeater equipment and put it on the air. We hooked up an autopatch and charged local users$ 25.00 per year to pay for expenses. We were one of the first clubs to offer an autopatch. We wanted to keep costs down so we became a club with a bigger membership and started giving Ham Radio classes”.
Additionally in the article he was also quoted as saying “In 1975, with at least 51% ARRL members, we were recognized as an ARRL affiliate club”.
Congratulation’s OPARC this is a huge achievement we have reached. We are 40 years old.
The next item in the development of OPARC is to establish our mission statement which helps us guide our organization down the path we wish to follow.
Please review the statement and let us know what you think. Feed back can be given via the website contact form or at the upcoming club meeting.
Orange Park Amateur Radio Club exists to promote the diverse aspects of the amateur radio hobby and service projects throughout Orange Park and surrounding communities. This is achieved through education, encouragement and event opportunities for the individual operator, the organization and the community.
We would like to thank Joe Bassett W1WCN who helped us in the creation of our mission statement.
The event was very successful. We had 3 people that were interested in the club and one that wanted us to give a presentation concerning ham radio at their local organization. It was a beautiful day and we are planning on doing this again. We encourage everyone to show up and enjoy in the fellowship.
The Orange Park Amateur Radio Club, Clay County Amateur Radio Emergency Service and KB4SA Ham Radio Boy Scout Organization will be onsite Sunday 01/27/2013 from 11AM to 5PM for their 1st quarterly public event. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to come out and enjoy the market and check out the station at the event.
If you want to help out when you arrive let us know, we always need people to answer questions. We will have a Buckmaster OCF 7 band, 2 meter antenna and HF Digital on site.
Town Hall building
2042 Park Ave
Orange Park, Florida