OCRA Mission Statement & Membership (excerpted from Articles of Incorporation)

This organization is exclusively for educational, scientific and charitable purposes within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, or corresponding sections of any future United States Internal Revenue Law.

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.

This organization shall not, except to an insubstantial degree, engage in any activities that are not in the furtherance of the purposes stated in this section.


  • 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.
  • The members of the Corporation shall have the power to assess themselves for membership dues, and to engage in other financial transactions as shall be consistent with the laws of North Carolina.
  • A regular annual assessment of twelve dollars ($12) per member for each calendar year is assessed in accordance with Article 10 of the Articles of Incorporation, for the purpose of providing funds for expenses.
  • The Board of Directors may propose changes in dues or additional assessments, which must then be approved by a majority of the membership present at a regular meeting, following due notice of the vote to the entire membership.
  • Non-payment of dues shall be the cause for suspension of membership.

Membership dues cover the cost of keeping the OCRA repeaters on the air, club insurance, OCRA web site registration & hosting, club provided equipment and additional insurance coverage for Field Day and similar club sanctioned member events.

Benefits of membership also include an online directory with dues status, member interests, needs for assistance, a Field Day role signup list and, articles & notifications of interest to the amateur radio community.

Each dues paying member receives a private access link to for keeping their membership profile current. Members can list specific ham radio interest areas and provides the basis for club meeting presentations, projects of interest and Field Day roles.

If you would like to update your contact information, interests, assistance needed or sign up for the next ARRL Field Day, use your provide access link and update your profile.

OCRA membership dues covers the costs of the above provided member benefits and per IRS regulations are not tax deductable.

However, any additional general donations of funds or equipment to Orange County Radio Amateurs Inc, a 501(c)3 organization, are tax deductable.

OCRA Officers:


Term Expires

David Snyder, President W4SAR January 2021
Lad Carrington, Vice-President W4ORD January 2021
Dan Eddleman, Treasurer KR4UB January 2021
Bill Bischoff, Secretary N8BR January 2021
Steve Ahlbom, ARES EC Position Open
Nick Szydiek, Chatham EOC Liason Officer KA1HPM January 2021

OCRA Board Members At Large:


Term Expires

Karen Snyder KD4YJZ January 2021
Dee Ramm KU4GC January 2021
Wilson Lamb W4BOH January 2021

Program Committee:


Term Expires

Wilson Lamb  W4BOH January 2021
Lad Carrington W4ORD January 2021


We operate several repeaters here in the area under our W4UNC callsign:
442.150 MHz +5 MHz offset, PL 131.8 Hz Operational
443.475 MHz +5 MHz offset, PL 131.8 Hz Operational, back on the air at a new location near Siler City in western Chatham County
53.450 MHz -1 MHz offset, PL 107.2 Hz Operational. Summertime ducting/propagation brings in a distant, unknown source signal on the repeater input frequency that times out the repeater for long periods of time
145.230 MHz -600 kHz offset, PL 107.2 Hz Back on the air at a temporary location in Pittsboro. To be relocated in 2021 upon completion of a new tower near the Moncure Fire Station in southern Chatham County
Contact us:
by E-mail – orange.county.radio.amateurs@gmail.com
by US mail – Orange County Radio Amateurs, P.O. Box 294, Carrboro NC 27510-0294
OCRA-DFMA Joint Email List – “https://groups.io/g/OCRA-DFMA/””


OCRA is proud to be affiliated with the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), the national organization for Amateur Radio™

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