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This organization is exclusively for educational, scientific and charitable purposes within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code Specifically the OCRA mission is to:

  • Encourage the use of Amateur Radio for emergency and welfare communications for the public good.
  • Further the exchange of information on Amateur Radio among members, and between members and the general public.
  • Promote radio knowledge, fraternalism and individual Amateur Radio operating efficiency.
  • Conduct meetings, classes and other activities of general interest to Amateur Radio operators.

 New Memberships:

All persons interested in Amateur Radio communications shall be eligible for membership. Membership shall be by application and election as provided in the By-laws.

Not yet licensed? If you are interested in obtaining your amateur radio license, complete the information requested below and use “Unlicensed ” for the Call Sign Field. Your contact information will be used establish initial communicaitons with you about meetings, upcoming examination sessions.

How to Join:

By Online Submission:   Complete the form below and then click on the “Save & Verify” button at the bottom of the page. Your call sign, name and address information will be verified with the FCC license registry.

An email will be sent to the secure email address you list below with additional membership information and a private access link you can use to further describe your ham radio interests, need for assistance and make an online credit card dues payment via PayPal. Or, attend the next meeting to pay your dues to the club treasurer.

By Mail or at a Club Meeting: Supply the same information requested below by mail with dues payment to “Orange County Radio Amateurs, P.O. Box 294, Carrboro, NC 27510, or to the club treasurer at the next monthly membership meeting.

New member application forms received by online submission, by mail or at a club meeting, but whose 1st year’s dues have not yet been received will show on the membership listing with a “Pending” status.

Newly Licensed Hams: If you’re a newly licensed ham, you can claim a free year’s OCRA membership.  Use the same procedure above to create and print a completed membership application page and show your FCC license to the club treasurer at the next club meeting. Be sure to identify yourself as a new licensee during the member introductions at the beginning of the meeting..

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Interested in Ham PI Group?

Fellow hams,

At the fox hunt last weekend, one of the new hams, Nan (KN4GUM) asked if there were folks interested in radio + microcontrollers such as Raspberry Pi, BeagleBone (which Nan has experience with), and Arduino. I said I had done a little bit of non-radio work with Arduinos and was very interested in learning more about it and Raspberry Pi. I’ve also really enjoyed the virtual antenna build days we’ve had and would like to continue with something similar.

Would anyone else be interested in forming a “Ham Pi” group? We could meet virtually once a month on Saturday afternoons to spend about 30 minutes discussing our latest microcontroller projects and swap tips, and then work on projects with others for virtual company for about an hour. Once Covid is over, we could also start meeting in person, if desired. I am very interested in learning to make a Raspberry Pi based APRS igate, and Arduino-based beacons/foxes.

Let me know if you would be up for some Ham Pi!


Aurora (KN4VXB)

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