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Ham Clubs in Raleigh region 

The link on the left goes to club web-site. For each of these clubs you should visit the club web site to verify this information before committing to a drive.
Some of the clubs have email reflectors, others have monthly newsletters which are usually emailed. Some do VE exams. Some have their own repeaters. Information on the repeaters is here. Most have regular predictable meetings where visitors are welcomed.


RARS
Raleigh Amateur Radio Society
RARs monthly meetings are held in a church on the west side of downtown Raleigh just off i440 at Wade Avenue. RARs general meeting day starts at 6:00pm with VE exams and New Hams meeting. This is followed at 7pm by refreshments and social time. Most meeting attendees arrive between 7 and 7:30pm. At 7:30pm the general meeting starts and business occurs. This usually takes 15 to 20 minutes at which point the program or presentation starts. It is club policy to have a program. Once a year the club meeting is taken over by the Christmas pot-luck dinner. At another time during the year the program is an auction in which radio equipment is sold at astoundingly low prices.
The club has quarterly VE sessions at 6pm at the church.

TARPN Terrestrial Amateur Radio Packet Network Terrestrial Amateur Radio Packet Networking
TARPN does not have regular meetings. They do have a yahoo email group.
TARPN is a group building VHF/UHF packet radio networks. The idea is to be an off-the-grid text messaging system. The local contingent is led by KA2DEW and has about 12 stations active in a 50 mile wide packet radio network.

JARS
jars
Johnston county Amateur Radio Society
The monthly meeting is held in a community center just south of Garner on US50. Meetings start at 6pm with dinner cooked by club members. This can range from spaghetti to burgers, to lasagna, to steak. Every time I've eaten here it was really good. You pay just before dinner starts and place your orders for entres so they make enough. After dinner a general meeting takes place. You can arrive late and skip dinner. The meetings are noticeably tongue and cheek. Usually they have a program.

DFMA
dfma
Durham FM Association
DFMA general meetings are held at a BBQ restaurant on the west end of the city of Durham, near 147 x i85. Dining is not too expensive and is decent food, though entres tend to arrive asynchronously. The meeting starts sometimes while people are eating. Everybody always seem to order something though I don't know if that is required. One of the Officers of the club is responsible for finding programs and there usually is one, usually pretty interesting.

FCARC Franklin County ARC
The club meets monthly, first Monday of the month, at an decent Italian Restaurant in Wake Forest. If you show up after dinner, you don't have to eat. After dinner the officers call the business meeting. This usually lasts about 15 minutes and then social time begins. See web page for directions.

South Wake The South Wake ARC holds meetings on the first Monday of every month with a few exceptions for special holidays. Regular meetings are held at the Fuquay Varina American Legion - 6400 Johnson Pond Road - Fuquay Varina, NC 27526.

CARC
CCARC
Cary Amateur Radio Club
The Cary Amateur Radio Club meets the fourth Thursday of the month. November and December meetings are different. See the web site for more information.

OCRA
ocra
The Orange County Radio Amateurs
OCRA meets at the County EOC at 7pm for regular meetings, and at Mike's studio for board meetings. The EOC room is usually open before meetings but it closes immediately after the organized portion of the meeting is done. When the meeting is called to order, a poll of every attendee is taken with each person giving their name and callsign. An interesting feature of the meetings is that if there is no program, the entire room is polled for what ham project the person worked on in the past month. This is an opportunity for show and tell. If there is a program, they are often interesting.

PVRC
pvrc
Potomac Valley Radio Club
PVRC is a regional mid-Atlantic Amateur Radio club devoted to excellence in the competitive aspects of ham radio, particularly contesting.
Click on the web page for more info.
The East North Carolina chapter of the PVRC meets at 6pm, the first Thursday of the month, in northwest Raleigh at Manchester's 9 months of the year (sept thru may).
Also meet at the RARS hamfest in April.
Contact Nate N4YDU at his QRZ email address for local info:Nate N4YDU.

Swan Island DX Association
The Swan Island DX Association meets for dinner every third Wednesday of the month. Meets at 5:00 PM at O'Malley's Pub at 5228 Hollyridge Rd. Raleigh 27612. That is near Oak Park Shopping Center just off of Glenwood Ave.
Membership is open to any amateur radio operator who enjoys chasing DX

Knightlites QRP Association
The Knightlites QRP Association is a very informal group of non-incorporated individuals who specialize in low power, home brew, CW, HF operation. They build projects, socialize, have operating parties, do contests, teach and learn CW, create and sell kits, and eat.
They meet for dinner on the third Thursday of the month. This is the QRPigOut?
Click left for link to their web page. CW net is on Sunday evenings at 9pm near 3.574Mhz.

Smith Chart Smith Chart says they don't have regular meetings and membership is by nomination. See the web site.

TEARA Triangle East Amateur Radio Association meets quarterly or so for dinner. The dinner is open to all but you have to send them an email or run into them on the air to find out about it. The email address is on their web site. TEARA also does a VE exam 10 times a year and they accept walk-ins. The last time I looked they were doing testing in Smithfield at the Red Cross. Please check their web site for specific times, dates, location, contact phone numbers.

Club meeting list 

This is the schedule for regular meetings from all of the clubs I could find in nearby counties.

FLARC Falls Lake ARC Granville County1st Tuesday
RCARC Rockingham County ARC Rockingham County3rd Tuesday + 2nd Saturday
DFMA Durham FM Assoc Durham Countyfirst or 2nd Tuesday
TATV Triangle ATV Durham County3rd Wed in Jan,Apr,Jul,Oct
SwanIDA Swan Island DX Association Wake County3rd Wednesday
FCARC Franklyn County ARC Franklyn Countfirst Monday
JARS Johnston ARS Johnston County3rd Thursday
NC State North Carolina State UniversityWake Countyno scheduled meetings?
CARC Cary ARC Wake Countydon't know
RARS Raleigh Amateur Radio Society Wake County2nd Tuesday?
RARS RARS SWL SIG Wake County3rd Monday??
RARS RARS Board Wake County3rd Tuesday??
RARS RARS Dinner Wake County1st Tuesday?
TEARA Triangle East ARA Wake County4th Tuesday
SWARC South Wake Wake County1st Monday
CCART Central Carolina Amateur Radio TeamLee Countymay be defunct
PVRC Potomac Valley RC, east NC Wake County1st Thursday Sept-May
KLqrpA Knightlites QRP Assoc Wake County3rd Thursday

Calendar created with the above clubs 


1st Monday OCRAbod SWARC FCARC
1st Tuesday FLARC DFMAbod? RARSdinner
1st Wednesday
1st Thursday PVRCnc
1st Friday

2nd Monday OCRA
2nd Tuesday DFMA RARS
2nd Wednesday
2nd Thursday
2nd Friday

3rd Monday RARSswl
3rd Tuesday RCARC RARSbod
3rd Wednesday TATV swanIDA
3rd Thursday JARS KLqrpA
3rd Friday

4th Monday
4th Tuesday TEARA
4th Wednesday
4th Thursday CARC
4th Friday