Events & Meeting Location

Monthly OCRA Membership Meeting
The Monthly Membership Meeting begins at 7:00 pm on the second Monday of each month [except December, when we have our annual holiday dinner, see “Special Events”] at the Orange County Emergency Services building, located in Hillsborough at 510 Meadowlands Drive.
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Monthly OCRA-Administered License Exams:
Through the authority of the ARRL VEC, the Orange County Radio Amateurs hold regularly scheduled license exam sessions every month.  The sessions alternate between Monday evenings during our Membership Meetings at 7:00 pm, and Saturday mornings at 10:00 am.  The license exams in January, March, May, July, September and November will be held on Monday evenings, and the license exam in February, April, June, August, October and December will be held on Saturday mornings.

All the testing is held at the Orange County Emergency Services building, located in Hillsborough at 510 Meadowlands Drive (see map).   Walk-ins are welcome, pre-registration is not required to take the exams.  You will need to bring photo identification, cash or check in the amount of $15 (exact change is appreciated), and a copy of your current Amateur Radio license, if any.

Join us for an informal “HAM” aka Have Another Meal breakfast get together each Saturday morning at one of now three locations starting around 8:15 AM.


Virlies Grill
58 Hillsboro Street
Pittsboro, NC


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The Egg & I
1101 Environ Way
Chapel Hill, NC


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BoJangles
330 S. Churton St
Hillsborough, NC


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Regularly Scheduled OCRA Nets:
THE WEEKLY 10 METER SOCIAL NET – The extremely popular 10 meter net, usually hosted by Bruce Meier, N1LN, begins at 2000L (8:00 pm) on Monday evenings [except for the second Monday of each month, when we have our Membership Meeting] on 28.450 MHz upper sideband.

Note that all licensed Amateurs, regardless of license class, are authorized to transmit phone between 28.300 and 28.500 MHz, so this enjoyable net is open to every ham.

 

THE WEEKLY ORANGE COUNTY ARES TRAINING NET – This net begins on Saturday mornings at 9:30 am on the W4UNC 442.150 MHz PL 131.8Hz repeater.

In addition to check-ins and announcements, a short over-the-air training session is often conducted by the Orange County ARES leadership team.

 

THE WEEKLY 6 METER INTEREST NET – This net begins on Friday evenings at 8:30 pm) over the W4UNC 53.45 MHz PL 107.2Hz  repeater, and is hosted by Bob Milback, K4WCV.

 

THE ANNUAL “SILENT KEYS” NET – This net begins at 8:00 pm on New Year’s Eve on the W4UNC 442.150 MHz repeater. Net Control is Woody K3VSA.

 

Special Events:
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The Orange County Radio Amateurs, Inc, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization (TIN# 58-2064632)