Activities

Meetings

Our  monthly meetings are on the first Tuesday of each month. The  meetings  begin at 7:00 pm and last until about 9:00. The meetings are  located at  the Lake Arrowhead Presbyterian Church located just south of  Lake  Arrowhead Village at 351 Hwy 173, Lake Arrowhead, CA 92352. Phone  is  (909) 336-1502.   


Our  meetings are open to everyone,  licensed amateur radio or just  interested parties. The club is family  oriented and meant to be  educational and fun.   


Our  purpose is  to provide educational opportunities, mentoring, radio  communication  training, and providing radio communications for  community events.   


Each   meeting also has a technical presentation on some aspect of amateur   radio. For information about an upcoming meeting please go to the INFORMATION tab and send us an email.   

Near the end of each meeting is our monthly mentoring session called an Elmer session.

Weekly Nets

We conduct weekly nets as part of our training and educational program.  Anyone is welcome to check into our net which is held on Monday evenings  at 7:00 pm.

Ham Radio Classes and License Upgrades

We offer Technician license classes twice a year. The classes are  normally in the April and October time frame. Normally there are between  25 and 30 in each class. Over the past three years our club members  have taught and licensed over 200 members of the mountain communities as  well as a number from other areas of the county. Our licensing success  rate is very high.   


Besides the Technician license we also  offer assistance for upgrading to your General or Extra license. We now  have testing session at each of our meetings but please call or email  ahead.  


The club has over ten Volunteer Examiners, or VE's, to provide the testing so everything can be handled up on the mountain.  


For current class information download the current flyer.

Programing Radios

We  encourage everyone to learn how to program their own radio. We also  practice this in our Elmer sessions. However, if you need to have a  full  mask of the local radio repeaters and frequencies loaded we will  help  you do that. We have the programming software for most common  radios and  bring it to each meeting. We do recommend that you contact  us before  the meeting and let us know what radio you need to have  programmed to  make sure we have the correct software, cables and other  hardware to  accomplish the work. 

Special Events

Special events and activities are announced in our monthly club member email and on the Monday night nets.

Emergency Communications

MTARA is not an Emergency Communications club. However we do have a  large group of our members that are affiliated with the Amateur Radio  Emergency Services, ARES, within the ARRL Orange Section.  


If  you are interested in Emergency Communications in times of a disaster  consider our ARES group, CERT or ECS. 


If you have interest in working  with the County Fire Office of Emergency Services you should consider  attending the Central Mountain ECS meetings and see if that volunteer  organization is for you. ECS focuses on EmComm and provides in depth  training for emergency services. Information about ECS is available on  their website at www.bdcecs.org.