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Formed in 1974, the WIA ACT Division (now the Canberra Region Amateur Radio Club) is the principal amateur radio club in the ACT and has one of the highest rates of membership per licensed amateur of any State/Territory in Australia. In November 2004 the decision to change to a Club was formally passed and so the Canberra Region Amateur Radio Club was born.

The Club provides a number of services and activities as detailed below. Should you have any questions about the Club or the hobby of amateur radio, please do not hesitate to contact one of our committee members.

Through the WICEN (ACT) group, the Club is regularly involved in community events in providing emergency and logistical communications and support. One of the more visible events is the Rally of Canberra where WICEN and our local operators have consistently been rated as amongst the best in the world in providing reliable and timely safety communications.

Repeaters

Thanks to the skill and seemingly tireless energy of the Technical/Repeater group, the Canberra Area enjoys an excellent repeater network with coverage over a large portion of the ACT/NSW region. Visit the Services page for the full list.

General Meetings

General Meetings are held once a month on a Wednesday evening at 8pm at the "Mt Mugga" Scout Hall 17 Astrolabe St, Red Hill. Keep an eye on the "Events" page for exact details. Visitors are always welcome.

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The general format of meetings is a short period of official business, then move onto the meetings presentation or event. The meetings provide a good opportunity to meet fellow amateurs over a coffee after the evening's presentation is complete and provide a great forum for chatting about the hobby or learning about what others are up to. The coming events page provides further detail on upcoming meeting topics.

Parking at Mt Mugga Scout Hall.(opposite the Mt Mugga Scout Hall)

When attending Mt Mugga Scout Hall, please avoid parking in "critical vehicle bays" such as disable parking bays and the ambulance bay marked with a large X. The bays also fall within our property boundary hence, they are owned by Baptist Community Services.

Non authorised parking also affects visiting clinical staff such as doctors and nurses. (including visiting family) Now because of the lack of good street lighting and faded parking line markings, it can be difficult to see where you are parking even in daylight.

Please be sure that you have not parked in any of these "critical vehicle bays" when you do park to attend any CRARC meeting or function.

Attached is a Google Earth Map showing the Ambulance and Disabled parking areas to make it easier to know where they are. Please remember, this is a private road and even the Disabled parking spaces are not under ACT Govt Jurisdiction. So, please try NOT to park in these spots even if you do have an Australian Disability Parking Permit (ADPP) or similar.

  MT Mugga Parking

Other Events

The local news bulletin is NO LONGER on air, but rather an "Email Newsletter" is distributed to those people who wish to receive it. Please use the form on the mailing list website to subscribe to the list. There is a broadcast of WIANEWS on Sundays from VK1WIA 9.00 AM LOCAL on 146.950 MHz, 438.050 MHZ and from there to the Linked Repeater systems of Wagga, Goulburn, Wollongong & High Range. Callbacks are welcome on all frequencies after these transmissions.

Why not subscribe to the "VK1 Reflector" ?

The Club runs an email reflector to allow Amateurs of the area to keep abreast of local happenings, this is a closed list and requires registration.

To subscribe to the service, you need to complete the information on the VK1-Reflector page

Once you are subscribed, you can send messages to all subscribers by sending them to vk1-reflect@crarc.ampr.org but only members of the group can send messages.