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Welcome to the
West Allis Radio Amateur Club
A Non-Profit Educational Organization

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Officers and Board

President
  Tom Macon, K9BTQ

Vice President
  Steve Dryja, NO9B

Secretary
  Chuck Dellis, W9WLX

Treasurer
  Howard Smith, WA9AXQ

Directors
  Frank Humpal, KA9FZR
  Leroy Hass, KC9NST
  Erwin von der Ehe, WI9EV


Newsletter Editor
  Frank Humpal, KA9FZR

Webmaster
  Tom Macon, K9BTQ


Affiliated with

American Radio Relay League

AMSAT




About WARAC

HISTORY
The West Allis Radio Amateur Club, Inc. (WARAC) was founded in 1954 by hams in West Allis, Wisconsin and the southwest suburban areas of Milwaukee. Today, the club has active members from all parts of the Metropolitan Milwaukee area. From its beginning, the club has been dedicated to public service and to the training of new hams. WARAC has conducted entry level classes in Amateur Radio for most of it's existence. WARAC has long been affiliated with the American Radio Relay League (ARRL).

MEETINGS
Regular meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month at 7:00 pm at St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 7929 W. Lincoln Avenue, West Allis (handicap accessible - enter off alley). Regular meetings consist of a program on a topic of interest and a short business meeting. This is followed by refreshments and comaraderie to round out the evening. Meeting announcements and club news are published monthly in HAMTRIX, the WARAC newsletter.

SCHOLARSHIPS
One WARAC David Knaus Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually in the amount of $1500. The scholarship is available to Wisconsin residents holding an Amateur Radio license and registered with a college, university or technical school in a course leading to an Associate or Bachelor degree. The David Knaus Memorial Scholarship is administered by the ARRL Foundation and application information is available on our Scholarship page.

The WARAC Scholarship Fund was established in 1988 and more than $45,000 has been awarded since then. Donations by the club and individuals allow the fund to continue providing scholarships. Donations to the WARAC Scholarship Fund are tax deductible under IRS Code Section 501(c)3.

MIDWINTER SWAPFEST
The primary fund raising activity of the club is our Annual Midwinter Swapfest held each January since 1973. Filling three buildings of the Waukesha County Expo Center, this radio and electronics swapfest provides a place for hams, electronics and computer hobbyists from the area to sell and swap their excess gear and acquire new pieces of equipment.

The Midwinter Swapfest is known in Wisconsin and surrounding states as a well attended event. Profits from this event help support club activities including the WARAC Scholarship Fund and gifts to various Amateur Radio related causes. In addition to the Midwinter Swapfest, WARAC sponsored ARRL Central Division Conventions in 1976 and 1979.

WISCONSIN QSO PARTY
The Wisconsin QSO Party has been sponsored annually by WARAC since 1979. WIQP is a nationwide on-the-air operating competition that focuses on Wisconsin. It is popular among hams in Wisconsin and across the country with over 300 logs submitted in 2010. The objective for Wisconsin hams is to make contact with hams in as many Wisconsin counties and other states as possible. Amateurs in other states try to contact as many Wisconsin stations in as many counties as they can. Awards are given to high scoring entrants in several categories.

WORKED ALL WISCONSIN COUNTIES AWARD
WARAC sponsors an award program, the Worked All Wisconsin Counties Award, available to any Amateur who can show evidence of having confirmed contacts with an Amateur in each of Wisconsin's 72 counties occurring during or after the 1995 Wisconsin QSO Party. This award is available to all Amateur Radio operators worldwide.


FIELD DAY
Each June, WARAC members take to the field and set up functioning stations with the goal of making as many contacts with other Amateur stations in the United States as possible in a 24 hour period. This event, sponsored by the ARRL, is an exercise in emergency preparedness as well as being an exciting operating activity. This picture, which appeared in the 1996-97 CQ Magazine Amateur Radio Calendar, shows Mike Falk, AA9RK and Jim Westover, KB9KBK operating at the 1995 WARAC Field Day site.

SATELLITES
WARAC is a Life Member Society of the Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (AMSAT), having contributed thousands of dollars towards the development and construction of Orbiting Satellites Carrying Amateur Radio (OSCARs). Designed and built by hams, OSCARs have been orbiting the earth since the mid-1960's, providing hams worldwide with endless high-tech excitement in pursuit of their hobby.

OTHER ACTIVITIES
From time to time, WARAC members engage in other group activities. The club holds an annual dinner at which awards are presented to members who have earned distinction within the club.

MEMBERSHIP
Membership in WARAC is open to "all persons of good character with a genuine interest in Amateur Radio." Full membership is available to licensed Amateur Radio operators, with Associate membership available to non-licensed individuals. A filled-out WARAC application form may be presented at any meeting.

Dues for membership are $15.00 for Full members and $10.00 for Associate. In addition, there are special rates of $18.00 for families with two or more licensed hams in the household, and $10.00 for full time students and individuals who are retired or are living on a fixed income.

FURTHER INFORMATION
Sound interesting? For more information on Amateur Radio or the West Allis Radio Amateur Club, visit our website at www.warac.org/, email us, or you may write to us at the address below. Also, you are welcome to attend our meetings on second Tuesdays

West Allis Radio Amateur Club, Inc.
P. O. Box 1072
Milwaukee, WI 53201