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ARCA is an amateur radio club located in Alameda, California affiliated with the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), and serving the East Bay. Our meetings are held on the 4th Friday of each month at 431 Stardust Place, Alameda, CA 94501. (Please do not use this address as a mailing address, as the Post Office does not deliver mail to this address. Click the link "Join ARCA" on the left for contact information.)

Amateur Radio encompasses a wide variety of activities from emergency communications to radio contests and outdoor events, and ARCA is engaged in a wide variety of them.

ARCA is very active in emergency communications in association with Alameda CERT teams, the Red Cross and the Alameda Fire Department. The club holds a weekly communications net each Thursday evening to develop and practice skills in emergency communications, an important aspect of disaster preparedness.

Periodically ARCA members participate in radio contests that are both fun and useful in practical ways. ARCA participates in the annual ARRL Field day in addition to other contests. This fun social activity provides the opportunity to quickly set up antennas and portable stations and try new ideas. ARCA typically operates field day as QRP stations running entirely on battery or solar power.

Ham radio operators have a justly earned reputation for helping new comers and old timers alike. A unique aspect of the club are shop nights which are held on the first Monday of each month. These generally informal meetings provide opportunities to build projects, set up systems and share ideas.

Amateur radio is regulated in the United States by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The FCC has provided three levels of license that offer different privilege levels. ARCA participates in collaboration with other radio clubs and associations in the East Bay in providing free training classes to assist students in getting their first license, or upgrading to more advanced levels.

The club is dedicated to providing assistance with learning from entry level (Technician) to the Extra class FCC licenses.

ARCA is club providing technical, practical and social events to any and all who are interested in the fascinating hobby of amateur radio. Please drop by and check us out.