Kauai Amateur Radio Club

PO Box 3614

              Lihue, HI 96766Become a fan on Facebook

Amateur Radio, also known as Ham Radio, offers one an exciting method of communicating with others, using easy to acquire equipment, and requiring no prior knowledge about radios to start. You won't need a lot of money to be an amateur radio operator either. Handheld radios can be purchased from $30.00 and are perfectly suitable to communicate with other amateur radio operators on Kauai.

Many take up the ham radio hobby to volunteer their time as public service communicators - helping organizations like the Kauai Emergency Management Agency, the American Red Cross, and CERT (Community Emergency Response Team).

Whenever a incident degrades the normal communication methods - cell phone, landline phones, or internet - amateur radio provides one of the first ways to communicate, like it did with Hurricane Iniki on Kauai, or Hurricane Katrina and communities ravaged by tornadoes on the mainland. Amateur radio is a great resource for folks wishing to contact friends and family off Kauai as well.

There are many other reasons to take up the hobby. Did you know you could speak to an astronaut on the International Space Station on ham radio? You can also talk to other amateur radio operators around the world, send email messages over amateur radio frequencies.

Becoming an amateur radio operator is easy. You'll need to take a multiple-choice exam consisting of 35 questions. The exam fee is $15.00. After passing the exam, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will issue your amateur radio license good for 10 years. There is no requirement for Morse Code. KARC offers quarterly exams and and will help you get your license or "Ticket". Joint the 300 other folks on Kauai who are hams and explore this wonderful and amazing hobby! Click here for info: Learn about Ham Radio