Congratulations on getting your new Amateur Radio License, and welcome to ham radio! You have started your journey into an amazing hobby where opportunities abound to explore the many aspects of amateur radio. Activities include rag chewing, experimenting, antenna building, moon bounce and satellite communications, DX hunting, contesting, emergency communications, and more. The list is limited only by your imagination.
Welcome, also, to the PAARA web site. PAARA, The Friendliest Ham Club Around, is a general interest club where almost every aspect of ham radio is practiced by someone in the club. We have over 200 members and are a very active club. Our monthly meetings held at the Cubberley Community Center in Palo Alto, CA. You don't have to be a member to attend; however, we will certainly invite you to join.
Our meetings consist of current news about ham radio, what's happening on the air, upcoming activities, and more. We then have a presentation about radio, electronics in general, DXpeditions, different aspects of ham radio, or other general interest talks such as The Life of Bees. PAARA also holds a raffle at every meeting where ham radio related prizes are won by lucky ticket holders. December is our big "Dream to Reality" meeting where the raffle prizes are even more exciting.
We have one or two field trips during the year as well as other operating events where we take our equipment, set up, and operate from the field. The biggest operating event we participate in is ARRL Field Day. Sponsored by the ARRL, Field Day is a national event held the last full weekend of June. Hams from all over the United States operate for 24 hours, working to make as many contacts with other hams as possible. Our club goes to a local park where we set up several stations which operate using only emergency power. It is an enjoyable event where we work together to set up, operate, take down, and leave the area as if nothing had been there. This event is great place to learn, do some hard work, make new friends and offers operators a chance to use some BIG antennas. As with all PAARA operating events and trips, there is always delicious food, too.
Now that you are at our web site, browse around a bit and see what our club has to offer. Learn a little more about us and, if you feel tempted, join us at one of our meetings. You will meet many fascinating and experienced people who are interested in helping others, along with answering questions you may have.
We are an open club welcoming new hams, old timers, aspiring hams, or just people curious about ham radio. We hope to see you at one of our PAARA meetings in the near future. If you do come to a meeting, be sure to seek me out and say hi.
73, and happy hamming,