New Website Launch

We welcome the much anticipated launch of our updated, world class website designed and engineered by Josh Harris (KI5JFX) and Bobby Stroud (KD5BS). The focus is to provide more informative information to existing users, to invite new users, and help advance the education of members new and old! The new site will provide new and exciting features including an on-line contact form, membership information, and membership application. There will be information about the Weekly Information and Technologies Net and other local nets. Find information and details about theOBARC repeaters. Another important addition is the new References tab in the menu. Many technologies are highlighted and detailed there.

New Fees for Applications

The FCC has recently approved new license fees for Amateur Radio and GMRS. According to the FCC (pending final approvals), Amateur Radio Application fees will now cost $35. This same fee will apply to new licenses, renewal licenses, and vanity call signs. No date has been announced for these fees to begin, but it is expected to become effective in June of 2021.

FCC Request Charge
New License $35.00
Special temporary authority $35.00
Rule Waiver $35.00
License Renewal $35.00
Vanity Call Sign (Amateur
Radio Service)

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Become an ARRL member

ARRL is the national association for Amateur Radio in the US. Founded in 1914 as The American Radio Relay League, ARRL is a noncommercial organization of radio amateurs. The 156,000 ARRL members are many of the active radio amateurs in the nation and has a proud history of achievement. ARRL focuses on five pillars: Public Service, Advocacy, Education, Technology, and Membership.

The Olive Branch Amateur Radio Club is an ARRL affiliated club and we encourage our members to join the ARRL to support the efforts of Amateur Radio and to continue to lobby for frequency allocations and the rights of our Amateur Radio operators. Please, consider becoming a member of the ARRL today!

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Olive Branch Amateur Radio Clob

Serving Olive Branch and East DeSoto county amateur radio operators since 2000


Weekly OBARC Net Every Thursday at 2030 pm CT

Join us on 147.255 MHz +600 Hz (79.7 CTCSS), 444.700 +5.0MHz (107.2 CTCSS), EchoLink Node #568763 or Wires-X Room #64620 on either repeater. These repeaters are linked providing FM bridging on both repeaters simultaneously. View details

Monthly Club Meeting Every third Tuesday at 19:00 CT

Meeting announcements will be sent out via the reflector every month. We have restated in-person, face-to-face meetings at the Fairhaven Fire Department again. Due to popular demand, video conferencing via Zoom will continue. Zoom meeting ID 234lij234lkj234.

ARRL Field Day June, 2022

Dates: June 25 and 26
Location: Olive Branch Park Pavilion
Time: June 25 - 1:00 pm start umtil June 26 1:00 pm stop

Get ready for the Summer Field Day. Come join us on the fourth weekend in June. This year the dates will be June 25-26. Join in for 24 hours (1pm Saturday-1pm Sunday) of fun making for a weekend of fellowship and learning. The Olive Branch Park Pavillion has been booked for both Saturday and Sunday. The park closes at 11pm so if you are willing to take a shift between 11pm and 7am, be prepared to stay overnight or leave your vehicle outside the park. The gates will be locked after 11pm! View details

Huntsville Hamfest August 20-21, 2022

Get ready for one of the few hamfest events in the past 18 months. For more information view hamfest details. Take advantage of this opportunity. Hotel reservations are already scarce! There is an organized bus trip to the hamfest sponsored by Delta Amateur Radio Club in Memphis on the 20th. Space is on a first come, first serve basis. Contact Joe Lowenthall [email protected]

Winter Field Day 2023

It won't be long before Winter Field Day 2023. Dates are not yet set. Stay tuned for more information on this event.

New website launched. It'll blow your mind.

We welcome the new launch of our updated website designed and engineered by Josh Harris (KI5JFX) and Bobby Stroud (KD5BS). The focus is to provide more informative information to existing users, to invite in new users, and help advance the education of members new and old! The site will provide enhanced contact forms, a membership application form and information about our Weekly Nets and Local Repeaters in the Area. We will provide links to interesting information to HAM operators and with some luck provide a location for New HAMS to get some of the basic start-up information they need to dive into their newly chosen hobby. More to come on this...

Josh and Bobby

Field Day 2022. Plan to participate!

Field Day is ham radio's open house. Every June, more than 40,000 hams throughout North America set up temporary transmitting stations in public places to demonstrate ham radio's science, skill and service to our communities and our nation. It combines public service, emergency preparedness, community outreach, and technical skills all in a single event. Field Day has been an annual event since 1933, and remains the most popular event in ham radio. Field Day is always a fun time to drag out the gear and operate away from the comfort of the Shack. This year, Field day will be on the fourth weekend in June, the 25th and 26th 2021 from 1pm on Saturdya to 1pm on Sunday. This is 24 hours of racking up the contacts across all bands and modes. You can participate on CW, SSB.FM and operate some Digital modes. Points are earned by the type of contact. Extra point awards are given for Digital modes and for operating outside of the normal street power we normally enjoy. Solar power, generator power and battery power all enjoy a multiplier for point awards. This 24-hour event requires coverage of all hours and is important to points accumulation. Set aside these dates and be prepared to help provide the round the clock coverage for this event.

Josh and Bobby

Interested in Emergency Services? How to get involved.

There are a number of organizations that can help provide the organization and training necessary to assist the community and Emergency Service Responders in a time of need. Consider joining one of the many groups in the Memphis Metro area including ARES/RACES, MedMERS SKYWARN and others. Send us a note via our Contact Us form if you need additional information...

Josh and Bobby