The Mid-State Amateur Radio Club
“Serving Central Indiana Communities for Twenty-Six Years”
Frequently Asked Questions
Where does the Mid-State Amateur Radio Club hold its meetings?
The Mid-State Amateur Radio Club meets on the third Saturday of each month, at the Johnson County Emergency Operations Center, located at 1111 Hospital Road, in Franklin, Indiana. We meet at 8:00AM local time, and meetings generally last an hour. Opportunities for testing are provided after each meeting, for those who wish to get their ham radio license, or upgrade.
The below maps, provided by Yahoo Maps, show the location of our club meeting, in two different scales.
When was the club founded?
On February 18, 1984 at the House of Franklin at 0730 hours the Johnson County Radio Club ARES meeting was called to order by Paul Thomas KA9DTH, with eighteen members attending. The purpose of the meeting was to explore the creation of a new amateur radio club to serve the needs of local amateurs. At the March 17, 1984 meeting, it was agreed that the name of this new club should be The Mid-State Amateur Radio Club. The club historian, Paul Hice AA9GY has put together an excellent section of this website documenting the club history in detail. You can visit it here.
How many members does the club have?
The club currently has about forty members. You don't have to be a member to attend a meeting or participate in events!
In which events does the club participate?
The club participates in many events year round, including the Bargersville Street Fair, the Greenwood Marching Band Event, Goblin Patrol, White River Strawberry Festival, Greenwood Health and Safety Fair, and others. Activities give the club members a chance to hone their operating skills and help our community, as well as generate good amateur radio public relations.
I'm interested in getting an amateur radio license. Can someone from the club help?
Absolutely! If you have studied and are ready to test, we offer volunteer examination sessions after every club meeting. If you are just starting out, you might want to consider attending our annual class, which will teach you all you need to know to get your Technician Class license!
Do I have to be an amateur radio operator to join the Mid-State Amateur Radio Club?
Having an amateur radio license is not a requirement for membership, although you must have a license to vote or hold office.
How much does club membership cost?
Club membership dues are $18.00 per year, and cover mailing of the club newsletter, access to the club radio room, and special features on the club repeater.