The Ozaukee Radio Club, Inc.
The Ozaukee Radio Club, Inc. (ORC) is a non-profit corporation and is registered with the Internal Revenue Service as a Sec. 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Donations are tax deductible. ORC qualifies as an ARRL Special Service Club. ORC draws its members from not only Ozaukee County but from all of the surrounding counties as well. The prime interest drawing the members together is Amateur Radio and community service. The diverse membership is comprised of all age groups as well as technical vocations. The Club operates radio repeaters on the 144, 220 and the 440 MHz bands. Family members are welcome and actively participate.
ORC publishes a monthly newsletter that is published on the Club website. (Members who desire a paper copy delivered by USPS may receive one for a nominal fee.) It contains information about the monthly meeting, what is happening in the amateur radio community and news about our members.
Amateur Radio Classes
Classes leading to an Amateur Radio license are held periodically by the Ozaukee Radio Club. Persons who complete the 6-week course and pass the FCC test will receive an Amateur Radio license allowing them to communicate with other "Hams" around the world. A Federal regulation established in 2008 deleted the Morse code requirement for ALL amateur licenses. Over 650,000 persons in the U.S. are licensed Radio Amateurs. They range in age from pre-teen to senior citizens. For information on future classes please contact Tom Ruhlmann.
ORC holds meetings on the second Wednesday of each month at the Grafton Multipurpose Senior Center in Grafton, WI. The doors open at 7:00 PM for meet and greet. Meetings start at 7:30 PM and non-members are always welcome. Map
A technical program is a usual part of the ORC monthly meeting. The subjects range from Ham Radio topics, to computers, to anything that would be of interest to the members. The presentations may be formal or informal and always generate lively discussions.
The Ozaukee Radio Club participates annually in the ARRL sponsored Field Day Weekend. The object of Field Day is to set up and operate amateur radio stations using emergency power and temporary antennas. An emphasis is placed on developing skills to meet the challenge of emergency preparedness. Operators try to contact as many other amateurs radio stations as possible during this period and at the same time having fun with their families in the outdoor camping atmosphere of Field Day. The location for the 2016 ORC Field Day event (held each year over the fourth weekend of June) is at Pleasant Valley Nature Park in the town of Cedarburg, WI. Map
The ORC provides communications for civic events and in emergencies. Communications for events such as Saukville Riverfest (cleanup), Port Washington Fish Day, and the Grafton Christmas Parade are handled annually by ORC members.
The ORC Scholarship Fund has been established with a goal of granting a $1,000 scholarship. Eligibility requirements for the ORC Scholarship are:
- Hold an Amateur Radio license of any class
- Be a resident of the State of Wisconsin
- Attend any school intending to achieve a baccalaureate degree in any course of study
The scholarship is administered by the Foundation for Amateur Radio (FAR).
ORC has two swapfests (amateur radio flea markets) each year. One is the Saturday before Mothers' Day and the Fall swapfest is generally the last Saturday of September. In addition to radios, antennas, books and other "bits and pieces" there is frequently computer hardware and software.
Annually, in late August, ORC has a Corn Roast a family affair for members and guests. We gather at a park for boiled corn (and yet we call it a corn roast) brats, hamburgers and beverages (furnished by the club) and yummy deserts and hors d overs that are brought by the members. Occasionally we've had a "Fox Hunt" (search for hidden transmitters) and children's activities.
Annual Awards Banquet (Formerly Post Everything Party)
Usually held each February, March or April, the ORC has a catered dinner for members and their significant others. Annual awards (Ham of the Year, Turkey of the Year, and others) are presented after dinner.