Welcome from the Head of School
Join the Weekly Net

The club net officially takes place on the first Tuesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. Often other Tuesdays are added as well. 

Brookline: 446.325- MHz PL146.2.
(IRLP 4942) (Echolink 4942, W1CLA-R)  
Brookline: 146.985- MHz PL 88.5.
Burlington: 447.025- MHz PL146.2.  
Natick: 449.125- MHz PL146.2.


 
 

Amateur Radio

Welcome to the Clay Center Amateur Radio Club (CC-ARC)

Have you ever listened to short-wave radio signals from a distant country, heard people talking, and wished you could talk with them? Come learn about this fascinating, life-long hobby enjoyed by millions around the world. We welcome those who would like to explore radio communications and even perhaps go for a Technician Class license from the FCC.  ​​

 

A STEM Activity for Youth 

Many children become interested in electronics-related sciences at an early age, particularly with all the “gadgets” they have access to these days. Radio electronics can be enjoyed outside the classroom as a “hobby” that can last a lifetime. Helping children learn amateur radio basics at an early age can help instill a lasting positive attitude toward science and math and keep their interest in later years when peer pressure and competing activities sometimes displace their science interests. Many older generation radio operators often talk about getting their ham radio license around age 12 or 13 and enjoying the hobby on and off for many years. Some students applying for college have mentioned amateur radio on their applications as a way to set themselves apart from the average student. For those students interested in studying engineering, computer science, or communications, amateur radio is a valuable asset. Amateur Radio is a blend of science, technology, engineering, and math, the basis of a true “STEM” subject.

In addition to several club shortwave radios for talking around the world, the Clay Center hosts amateur radio UHF and VHF repeaters. The W1CLA Repeater for the club, on UHF frequency 446.325 MHz (- duplex, PL 146.2), provides a safe, monitored frequency for newly licensed HAMs to start talking on the air. As an affiliate of the Minuteman Repeater Association (MMRA), the Clay Center hosts one of many linked MMRA repeaters providing communication all over eastern Massachusetts.
 

Amateur Radio Classes

There is no age limit to become a licensed Amateur Radio Operator. Students and parents can learn together. Attend classes, use the study guide, and learn at your own pace. Take the FCC test only when you are ready. You can find classes in your area through the ARRL (American Amateur Radio League).

Clay Center ham radio classes are offered for youth at the summer Sci-Tech Campand sometimes offered in the fall and spring through Brookline or Newton community education programs. Go to Brookline Adult & Community Education or Newton Community Education for more information and to register.

How many HAMs may use the Radio Room at a time?

The radio shack comfortably seats four operators at a time with standing room for observers. When we have group sessions, we can move the equipment into a larger space.

How do I find out more about Amateur Radio?

The best place to start is the Amateur Radio Relay League (ARRL). Their website is www.arrl.org. They have information for beginners to experts, and they sell training manuals and videos for self-study.

Do I have to be a current student or parent to join the CC-ARC?

No, we welcome anyone with an interest in learning about Amateur Radio and supporting the Club's mission. Several of our members started as campers at our summer science camp. Others are from the neighboring communities. Ten members are NASA astronauts.

Is there a membership fee to join the CC-ARC?

There is no membership fee at this time.

I am ready to take the FCC radio test. Now what?

You can visit the ARRL website to find an exam site in your area. The Clay Center Amateur Radio Club usually hosts an exam session once each school term. See current schedule on our exam prep webpage.

The Boston Amateur Radio Club holds monthly VE sessions on the second Monday of each month. Sessions are held at 7:00 p.m. at Brookline Police Headquarters, 350 Washington St in the Community Room across from information desk.

Testing is by reservation only. Please bring the following with you:

• Your current license and a photocopy for the ARRL, if you are upgrading
• Any CSCEs you are claiming, and a photocopy of them
• Valid ID (picture ID preferred)
• A pen and a calculator (if you want to)
• $15.00 (good for all the tests you take at that session, except for retests)

Note: Written tests can be taken sequentially at the same session for the same $15 fee. The needed FCC forms will be provided.

Contact Us

Phone: 617-522-5544

Email: info@dextersouthfield.org

20 Newton Street Brookline, Massachusetts 02445 Directions