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Are you Ready for Amateur (Ham) Radio?  Amateur Radio is ready for you!

Have you been considering adding Amateur Radio to your portfolio of readiness assets?  Then read the notification regarding upcoming free online training available soon.  This class will prepare you to take the entry level Technician license exam. 

A free, weekly, live, Amateur Radio Technician Class Licensing course on Zoom will begin on Thursday, Sept  8, and will run through Thursday, October  20  (7 sessions).    The three-hour sessions will start at 6:30 PM Eastern Time.  These are the classes that we have been holding for years sponsored by the National Electronics Museum.  Those wishing to sign up should email me at Thanks. 73, Rol Anders, K3RA


Renew, Obtain or Upgrade your Amateur Radio License Opportunity

The Jackson County Amateur Radio Association will provide testing for your Amateur Radio license on the 3rd Tuesday of each month starting at 6:00 PM.

Testing will be held at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Jackson County Campus, Career Technical Education Building, Room 26A, 2300 US-90, Gautier, MS 39553

GPS Coordinates     30.394521, -88.647288  /  30°23’40.3″N,  88°38’50.2″W


You will need the following items ready and available before testing …

  1. Your FRN number.  If you do not have an FRN number, register with the FCC and obtain an FRN.

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  1. Government issued ID card.
  2. Your Amateur Radio License if you are testing for General or Extra class license.  Not needed for Technician class license testing.
  3. Fee of $15.00, cash only.

For more information contact Charles Hardt at:



A few sights and sounds from JCARA / ARRL Field Day June 2022




Video compliments of WLOX TV

Click or tap the link below to view video.

Amateur Radio Operators tune in to vital network







JCARA’s First DIY Project is in the books or On The Air.

On the last Saturday of May, the 28th, several crafty operators met to build portable HF antennas beginning with the 9:1 Balun.  The goal is a functional End Fed random length wire antenna that could be deployed for ARRL Field Day or actual storm/emergency response radio communications.

Attendees included











We recognize and extend our special thanks to the following for facilitating the project.

  • Precision Manufacturing, Machining Instructor Jamie Wilkerson
  • N2PKW
  • W5DDX
  • The Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Jackson County Campus Administration


Scroll down to enjoy the picture record of the DIY event

The Basic Design and Construction.

Building a 9 to 1 balun / for a random length wire antenna.

Many Parts and Pieces

Christmas will arrive in the blink of the eye, so Santa’s Little Antenna Workshop is getting busy!

Workmanship like a machine!







CAUTION, Soldering Construction for the next 2 hours.  Traffic is down to one lane!

Happy are the workers.  Beats the alternative of watching the Weather Channel at home on the satellite.


See the Antenna simulated field operations test results below.


The results are noteworthy.  1.2:1 VSWR on 20 meters, something over 2:1 on other bands, but 1:1 with the tuner.  Voice contact with Costa Rica yielded a 57-signal report.  Additional tests resulted in contact with Japan on 20 meters, FT8.  Way to go Jim.


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