June Meeting on Friday May 31

Our June meeting is traditionally held right after the IRA Potluck. This year that falls on May 31 and we are going to go with that instead of having it at our normal time in June.

To reiterate, our next meeting is on Friday May 31.

Any information regarding the IRA Potluck can be found on their flyer below.



A “Tune-Up In the Park” Fox Hunting exercise will be held on Saturday, April 27, 2024.  Whether you are just beginning to be interested in fox hunting or you are a seasoned veteran, plan on being at Douglas Walker Park from 9 am to 12 noon.  There will be at least five micro-transmitters hidden in the park for you to take your time locating, practicing your skills, and debugging your equipment.  At noon, the park activity will stop, and a live “fox” will go on the air, located within eight miles of the start.

There will be experienced fox hunters to help with your equipment and techniques.  If you have a fox box or a micro/mini fox and would like to bring it to the park to be used, please contact the event coordinator, Tom Bosscher, K8TB at .  

Douglas Walker Park is on 84th Street, 1.5 miles west of US-131 exit 74, Byron Center.

Please note that the park grounds are very wet from the winter snow, and rather sloppy. Use appropriate  footwear accordingly.

Grand Rapids Area Hamfest

It’s that time of year again! Our hamfest is happening soon, so get your tables reserved!

Saturday September 7, 2024 at 8am. Get there early!

Admission: $8, K-12 students free with student ID

The Home School Building, 5625 Burlingame, SW, Wyoming MI 49509 (map)

We will have license testing at 10pm!

Monthly Meeting

Our meetings are on the first Friday of the month at 7pm. Most people start showing up at 6:30am to socialize.

Our meeting are at the Life EMS Education Centre (1050 Fuller Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503). The meeting will be in the basement in classroom across from the stairs.

Hope to see you there!

Tower Climbing Part 3

If the weather holds, we will be climbing the tower this Saturday November 4th at 2pm. Come out and help us out. We need a good amount of ground crew and the work isn’t too hard.

Field Day

Field Day will be located on the GVSU Allendale Campus at the Ravine Center located Ravine Center, 4310 W Ravine Center Dr, Allendale, MI 49401 (map).

We’re going to have several stations for you to come and use. Come out and join us!

Saturday June 24th

8:30am– Breakfast at Murphy’s Family Restaurant 4963 Lake Michigan Dr, Allendale Charter Twp, MI 49401 (map)

10:00am– Setup begins at GVSU Ravine Center,  4310 W Ravine Center Dr, Allendale, MI 49401 (map)

2:00pm- Field day 2023 officially starts! 

6:00pm- Potluck dinner, GRARA is providing Hamburgers and Hotdogs, please bring a dish to pass

Sunday June 25th

12:00am- Second annual steak cookout! Bring a steak to cook at midnight! Leftovers from dinner will be available as sides. 

10:00am- Breakfast will be provided.

2:00pm- Field day 2023 officially ends

License Testing

We have license testing each second Friday of the month. Our license testing is in the basement at the Life EMS Education Centre in Classroom C (map).

Please see our License Testing page for everything you need to do before coming and taking the test.

Wednesday & Sunday Radio Room

Our Wednesday Radio Room is open from 4-7pm.

Our Sunday Radio Room is open from 1-4pm.

You can find it at 1050 Fuller Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503. There is a stairwell on the north side right next to our antenna tower, that is the entrance we use for the building.