We welcome applications from anyone interested in amateur radio and emergency communications. We have members who are current and past NIH personnel, representatives from the local community, and others who have traveled to various DX zones. We do ask that children are accompanied by responsible adults, but other than that an interest in or curiosity about the many aspects of amateur radio will find a home here. To file a membership application, visit our Contact Us page.
NIHRAC members enjoy use of our Club’s facilities and resources, can participate in our meetings, projects and activities, and serve as the backbone of the NIH emergency communication system during scheduled outages and in case of an emergency event. Members' participation in mergency communications activities is not mandatory. After our regular meetings, we often have technical presentations and demonstrations about a variety of topics related to the hobby, and/or collaborate in technical projects of common interest. Club members can also volunteer during emergency communications drills at the NIH campus or vecinity a few times per year.
New members who have not yet received their amateur license from the FCC can be assisted by the club to go through the licensing process. The FCC licensing process is relatively painless. All levels of licensing require the completion of a multiple choice test, graded at the time of completion. The entry-level exam can be easily passed with a modicum of study, and the question pool can be found on the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) Website or the National Conference of Volunteer Examiner Coordinators (NCVEC) Website. Although we don't administer exams, there are several relatively-close organizations that do.
National Institutes of Health (NIH). The Club is responsible for supporting and maintaining communications within NIH and with other federal facilities in the event of an emergency.
The ECC facilities include:
About Us for directions. We also have a weekly net (on-air meeting) every Monday at 9:00 p.m. on our 2 meter repeater. We welcome check-ins from all stations over the air or via EchoLink (K3YGG-R).
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