Our mission is to enable east Dallas and lake area neighborhoods to intercommunicate via ham radio in the event of an emergency.
We aspire to:
- have fun and meet other hams in the community
- assist our neighborhoods and neighborhood associations in emergency communications planning
- mentor new and prospective hams
- encourage more folks to join our fascinating hobby.
After the extended power outage of June 2019 in east Dallas, several Amateur Radio operators began planning an informal “White Rock Hams” group to exchange information and meet our neighbor hams.
A planning team that included Rich N5CSU and his XYL Leslie, Robinson KG5UVN, Randy (who was soon to be W5WXY) and Tony NT5TM met throughout the summer to flesh out the idea. The first White Rock Hams luncheon was held September 19, 2019 at Verona’s Restaurant, with six attendees from five lake area neighborhoods represented (Forest Hills, Little Forest Hills, Casa Linda, Casa Linda Forest and Lakewood).
With expanded interest from the surrounding neighborhoods, the group formed the White Rock Lake Amateur Radio Club in November 2019. The first officers elected were Rich N5CSU as president, Tony NT5TM as vice-president, and Randy W5WXY as secretary/treasurer. The FCC granted a club license, KI5HIH, the same month. Our vanity callsign WA5WRL was approved on December 28, 2019.
The group has since grown to 40 members representing 16 east Dallas and lake area neighborhoods. Members’ experience range from decades as a ham to new ham to folks interested in getting an amateur radio license. All are welcome.
An on-the-air net is held each Wednesday at 7 PM on the two meter ham band on 147.52 MHz, or what we call “White Rock Simplex.” We also encourage monitoring this frequency at any time. A club Echolink simplex node allows hams from around the world to connect with club members via phones, laptops, and other Echolink nodes.
Normally, the group meets for lunch the first Wednesday of each month at 11:30 AM and the third Wednesday at 7 PM for dinner at Verona’s Italian Restaurant on Garland Road. At each get together, there is a club topic, a readiness topic and a tech talk topic (making tech understandable). However, during the Dallas County COVID-19 “stay at home” period, all get togethers have been cancelled.
The club has also sponsored Field Day and Winter Field Day activities at White Rock Lake park. Browse our blog posts to see our past activities.
WRLARC members host on-the-air facilities:
- Lake Area WinLink node: W5PCA-10, 145.01 MHz
- Lake Area EchoLink Simplex Node: WA5WRL-L, 147.52 MHz Node 703396
White Rock Lake Area Simplex Frequencies
- Primary Frequency: 147.52 MHz “White Rock Simplex”
- Secondary Frequency VHF: 147.50 MHz “White Rock 2”
- Secondary Frequency UHF: 446.025 MHz “White Rock 3”
White Rock Simplex can be heard via the Internet on the Broadcastify web site (after a commercial)
The club has been named as an Ambassador in the National Weather Service Weather-Ready Nation program. The Ambassador program recognizes organizations that are improving the nation’s readiness against extreme weather, water, and climate events.
We actively support and encourage membership in the Dallas Amateur Radio Club, which maintains several Dallas repeaters and hosts numerous nets and activities benefiting our area. Most White Rock Hams are also members of DARC.
We also encourage membership in the ARRL, the national association for radio amateurs. The WRLARC was accepted as an ARRL Affiliated Club in May 2020.
The club was registered in Texas as a nonprofit corporation in December 2020. We will pursue federal non-profit status in 2022.
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The club also hosts a private email group on groups.io to share info and files. East Dallas and White Rock area residents that are either Amateur Radio licensees, or actively pursuing their ham license, are invited to apply to join this email group.