The Orange Amateur Radio Club is celebrating their 75th Anniversary of ARRL Affiliation, which began January 27th 1948. The public is invited to visit and learn more about HAM and Shortwave radio at the event, Jan. 27 8am-8pm at Claiborne Park.
ARRL Special Event Name:
W5ND 75th Anniversary
Special Event Station Call Sign- W5ND
Event Station Location- Claiborne West Park @ Shelter #2, 14810 IH10, Vidor, TX 77662
Hours of operation – January 27th, 2023, 8 AM-8 PM
Primary operating frequencies –
20M – 14.225 – 14.350 MHz
40M – 7.175 – 7.300 MHz
15M – 21.275 – 21.450 MHz
10M – 28.300 – 28.800 MHz
operating on the General class frequencies.
Operating modes- Voice, CW, PSK31
Request QSL by mail to (SASE required)-
Orange Amateur Radio Club 75yrs
P.O. Box 232
Orange, Texas 77631-0232 USA
Contact us – Event Contact: Rocky Wilson, N5MTX, Pres. OARC
Orange Amateur Radio Club website:
OARC is a 501(3)c organization
OARC Beginnings – The Orange Amateur Radio Club was established during WWII under the call sign W5OGP, but the Government restricted amateur radio operation until after the war. Charter members of the OARC included well-known civic leaders in the Orange area such as Davis Cooper, Martin K. Thomen, Thad Decker, and Edgar Brown, III.
Affiliation with ARRL – The OARC affiliated with the American Radio Relay League on January 27, 1948, and it is a part of the STX Section of ARRL. The ARRL is the national membership association for Amateur Radio operators. The League represents Amateur Radio interests to regulatory bodies and provides technical support to Amateur Radio enthusiasts. January 27 of this year will mark the 75th year of OARC affiliation with the ARRL.
In memoriam to an early club member, William Chester Campbell, the Club call sign was changed to
W5ND on December 19, 1957, as it remains to this day.
Service to the Community OARC supports Orange and surrounding communities by providing Emergency Communications to organizations such as the American Red Cross, Salvation Army, CERT, NWS, Department of HS, local fire and police departments, OCOEM and other agencies.
Hamfest and Repeaters – Other club services include sponsorship of the annual Orange Hamfest, radio operator license testing, and operation of open 2M and 70cm radio repeaters. The club will soon activate new 2M and 70cm repeaters with antennas at about 450ft elevation on a new tower near Vidor, Texas.
To access the W5ND C4FM 2M repeater set your radio to the following: receive frequency
147.180MHz, tone frequency 103.5kHz, + offset. The repeater has automatic detection of FM analog or C4FM Digital.