The Norwood Amateur Radio Club (NARC) is an ARRL affiliated amateur radio club located in Norwood, Massachusetts, approximately 20 miles (32.2 km) southwest of Boston in Norfolk County.
NARC is somewhat unique in that we don’t purport to be everything to everyone, yet we still provide all the resources required to be a rewarding experience for all our members. We accomplish this by partnering with several special interest organizations that focus on some of the unique aspects of the hobby. For example, we utilize the expertise of the Eastern Mass Amateur Radio Group (EMARG) who’s sole focus is amateur radio licensing testing. We have partnered with another group who’s sole focus is community and public service communications, and another group that conducts amateur radio licensing classes for both new prospective hams, and for existing ham’s wishing to upgrade their licenses. Many of our existing members are also part of these organizations, but our goal as an organization is to focus on the aspects of amateur radio that is generally important to the majority of our members.
We have implemented numerous changes to the way we operate due to the Covid 19 pandemic. Some of these changes will be carried forward once we are able to return to normal. For example, our virtual meetings using Zoom enabled us to see some real benefits to us by allowing former members that moved out of the area to stay involved even though it would be impractical to attend meetings in person. This has resulted in our plans to hold hybrid meetings (face to face and virtual) once the restrictions are lifted.
NARC is a not for profit organization and is proud to be an ARRL affiliated amateur radio club. The club was established to conduct its programs and activities to advance the general interest and welfare of amateur radio in the community. Currently, our General meetings are typically held on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. via a Zoom virtual session. Due to holiday scheduling, our November and December General meetings are held on the third Tuesday of the month. All are welcome — experienced hams, new hams, and the general public.
NARC presently maintains a two meter repeater. The 147.210 (PL 100) Lou Schall memorial repeater located in Norwood Mass is accessible on RF as well as IRLP (node#4393) and EchoLink (W1JLI-R). The frequency pair was graciously donated to the club by Lou Schall, W1JLI (sk).
Our mailing address is: The Norwood Amateur Radio Club – PO Box 163, Norwood, MA 02062.