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What Is ARCA


The Amateur Radio Council of Arizona, Inc. (ARCA) is a statewide organization comprised of Amateur Radio Clubs from all parts of Arizona, working for the betterment of Amateur Radio statewide. ARCA affiliated clubs present a unified front and have a means to exchange ideas and activities in the spirit of fraternity for which Amateur Radio is so famous. The objectives of the Council are to combine opinions, ideas, and strengths of the various clubs; to assist the affiliated clubs in promoting the welfare of the Amateur Radio fraternity; and to encourage activities that will benefit the art of Amateur Radio. Each affiliated club is represented by a delegate or alternate at each of the Council meetings (currently 6 per year). These delegates nominate and elect the officers of the Council and exchange suggestions on ARCA activities. Implementation begins after a majority vote of the representatives present.

The officers of ARCA invite all Arizona Amateur Radio Clubs to consider becoming a member. One club (even two or three) might not have the resources to undertake some of the projects which are important to them, but working together gets the job done. What better reason for your club participating? We know that ARCA needs you, and hope that you will feel you need to be a part of ARCA.

Amateur Radio Council of Arizona activities include:

ARCA sponsors a number of hamfests and conventions held across Arizona throughout the year.  A master Hamfest Calendar is maintained to help avoid scheduling conflicts and help advertise Amateur Radio events.

Scholarships. ARCA awards scholarships to licensed amateurs who are enrolled in an institute of higher learning. Candidates are nominated by and are members of affiliated clubs.

Grants. Grants are given to affiliated clubs for purposes that benefit the Amateur Radio community and enhance the communications network in the state.

Frequency Coordinating Committee. Composed of repeater owners, this group voluntarily works out problems on frequency allocation, coverage, etc., publishes a semi-annual directory of repeaters in the state and provides this information to the ARRL Repeater Directory.

Ham of the Year Award (HOY). A handsome plaque is awarded to the person chosen based on outstanding service to the Ham community. Nominations are made by affiliated clubs and voting is done by previous HOY recipients.

Young Ham of the Year Award (YHOY). One deserving young individual under the age of 18 years is honored as the ARCA Young Ham of the Year. Nominations are made by affiliated clubs. Voting is done by previous HOY recipients.

Causes for the general benefit of Amateur Radio. ARCA is ARRL affiliated and supports their work for the benefit of Amateur Radio and the protection of Amateur's rights and frequencies. ARCA is also active in state and local issues affecting Amateur Radio, such as tower ordinances, auto license plates, etc.

Public Relations is one of ARCA's most important functions.

Voluntary coordination of VEC exams throughout the state.

2021 - 2022 Officers:
        Chairperson - Steve Miller, W6SDM
        1st Vice-Chairperson - Douglas Mitchell, W7ADD
        2nd Vice-Chairperson - Charlie Zurenko, N2TFS 
        Secretary - Gary Keck, KE7DX
        Past Chairperson - Bob Howard, W8RH
        Treasurer - Christine Kesauer, N7PVL

Please remember, ARCA is an entirely volunteer organization and returning phone calls, responding to inquiries, and so forth, sometimes takes a little time.  Rest assured that if you call the ARCA Voice Line, your call WILL be returned.  If you send an email, either through this site or otherwise, we WILL respond.

Amateur Radio Council of Arizona                    16845 N. 29th Avenue, #312                    Phoenix, AZ  85053-3041                    Voice Mail - 602-881-2722