PARC was founded in 1936. (Volunteer needed to write the rest of this history!)
As of March 2012, PARC has 274 members, mostly in San Diego county, concentrated in north county where the repeater coverage is best. All radio amateurs are invited to join the club.
The first Wednesday of every month at the Carlsbad Safety Center in Carlsbad. The location can change from time to time, so watch the web site or Scope and listen to 146.730 MHz for the latest. Show up around 7:00PM for chat. The meeting starts at 7:30PM. We keep the "business" to an absolute minimum, to leave more time for the scheduled program, and we try to be done by 9:00PM.
There's always coffee, goodies to eat (bring something for the goodies table if you can), and a "for sale" table. You can join or renew and buy club name badges at the meeting.
Talk-in on the 146.73 MHz repeater. Some club members get together for dinner before the meeting.
To receive an email reminder about each meeting, subscribe to the Meeting-Remind mailing list.
Show and Tell
PARC welcomes members to bring items to the meetings for a "show and tell". These items could be projects in progress or completed old and/or restored equipment, short items of interest, or unusual items, and happens 5-10 minutes prior to the evening's presentation. Let the Vice President know (in advance, if possible) so your item can be fit into the meeting schedule.
Monthly Board of Directors meeting
Club members are welcome to attend the Board meeting, usually on the second Wednesday at a Board member's home. See the Scope for schedule and location.
Traditional Annual Activities
- Picnic at a local park in August or September
- Auction at the October or November meeting
- Holiday Party at the December meeting
- ARRL Field Day
- BSA Venture Crew 733 chartered by the club (inactive)
- Young Hams Net (inactive)
Vacuum Tube Bank
Club Members ONLY!
PARC has a tube bank that includes many 6 & 12 volt receiving tubes (and some transmitting types) for use by club members to repair their own personal equipment. Not for commercial use or resale. If we have your requests, we will pre-check the tubes and deliver them to you at the next club meeting. Contact John WB6IQS.
Equipment for Loan
Club Members ONLY!
The club has the following equipment available for loan to members:
- HP 8640 signal generator
- Diamond SX-600 SWR meter
- Texscan CATV spectrum analyzer 50-400 MHz
- MFJ 269B RF analyzer
- MFJ 300W dummy load
- IFR 1100 communication monitor
- HP Z3801A GPS receiver and frequency standard
Contact Art KC6UQH, or by phone (760) 758-6062 evenings 7:00pm to 10:00pm or weekends 9:00am to 10:00pm.
License Exams & Classes
Classes are held occasionally but not on any regular schedule. Watch the calendar on the main page for specific announcements.
The club's monthly newsletter, Scope, is available online or by email, and is printed on old-fashioned paper and mailed to members who don't opt for electronic delivery. See the Scope page for more.
Do you have a story about a recent exciting contact? Contest? Special event station worked? Funny story? Know of a San Diego area amateur radio group that is worth mentioning? Send it in to the SCOPE!
Download the current club flyer (PDF, 150K). This is intended to be printed on both sides of a single sheet of letter-size paper, and tri-folded to make a nice handout. Revised 8/2003 by W6MBM, membership dues changed 1/2008.
- ARRL (national)
- SANDARC (San Diego County Amateur Radio Council)
PARC usually fields a major effort for ARRL Field Day, the fourth full weekend of June each year. Food, fun, and a chance to Get On The Air for new or inactive hams!
When work needs to be done, usually at the repeater site on Palomar Mountain, volunteers are recruited to get the job done.
See the photos page for photos and video reports on recent work parties.
Other Radio Clubs
Check out these great local radio clubs on the web.
- Fallbrook Amateur Radio Club
- San Diego DX Club
- Escondido Amateur Radio Society
- Ramona Outback Amateur Radio Society
- Amateur Radio Club of El Cajon
- San Diego Six Shooters Amateur Radio Club
- Convair / 220 Amateur Radio Club (no web site currently)
- North Shores Amateur Radio Club
- San Diego Metropolitan Amateur Radio Club
- San Diego Repeater Association
- South Bay Amateur Radio Society