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 DeSoto Amateur Radio Club!

The DeSoto Amateur Radio Club is a non-profit service organization offering information, fellowship and technical knowledge for Amateur Radio (Ham) enthusiasts and providing emergency communications for DeSoto County, Florida.

The DeSoto Amateur Radio Club is an ARRL Affiliated Club and is a part of the West Central Florida Section.  

Inside our web site,  you'll find general information pertaining to Amateur Radio and the DeSoto Amateur Radio Club. We hope you will add our site to your favorites and visit us often . 


Upcoming Events and Meetings

Best Little Hamfest in Florida!

2014 Hamfest in Arcadia

The DeSoto Amateur Radio Club

Invites everyone to attend our 18th annual 

Hamfest in Arcadia


January 25, 2014

 Located at the Turner Civic Center Exhibit Hall

2260 NE Roan Street  Arcadia, Fl 34266

Click Here for Map & Directions

Talk in will be on the 147.075+ W4MIN Repeater


Tailgating is FREE with paid admission

Gates will open at 6 A.M. Saturday Morning

Inside and outside commercial vendors!

Mouth watering Country Breakfast available at Hamfest

Coffee, Soda, Donuts and Hotdogs will also be available.  

Set up Friday night till 8 pm with plenty of overnight parking.

TAILGATE AREA OPENS AT ?.when light enough to see 


Hourly door prizes with the grand prize drawing at 1:00 p.m.

You do not need to be present to win the grand prize.  

Testing for ALL class license at 10:00 at the DeSoto County EOC

Commercial vender Please take note!

Inside tables will be $10.00 per table and $5.00 per table outside. Inside tables will be supplied and must be reserved by deposit. Vendor hall is heated and electricity is available at all tables. There is No Electricity outside.


Doug Christ, KN4YT at (863) 990-2507 or email at kn4yt@yahoo.com


Up Coming Hamfest's
Click Here for information on Hamfest's in our area.

ATTENTION! The time for the monthly meeting has changed from 7:00 pm to 6:30 pm

The DeSoto Amateur Radio Club meets the third Thursday of each month at 6:30pm in the DeSoto County EOC (Emergency Operations Center). The EOC is located at 2200 NE Roan Street in Arcadia, Fl.

For additional information about the club or other upcoming club event or meeting, contact Doug Christ at kn4yt@yahoo.com.




W4MIN Repeater System DeSoto Weather

The DeSoto Amateur Radio Club supports three repeaters within DeSoto County, Florida.

The frequencies are 147.075+ , 147.180+ and 444.200+ pl 100 Hz  is needed to access.

Please feel free to use them while your visiting Desoto County.

Here is the latest Weather Information from Live weather stations throughout DeSoto County Florida

The Key to Disaster Preparedness is
Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES)

DeSoto County ARES

It's not CODE that makes the Ham, It's the ELMER!

Become an ELMER!

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