Amateur (or Ham) radio is a licensed and noncommercial system of communication and is as old as the medium of radio itself.

If you are interested in contributing during a disaster but do not belong to a recognized Emcomm group, click here to see how you can 'report what you see' and your information will be sent to the Clark County Emergency Managers via the Clark County Amateur Radio Club's "EYEWARN" net.

Domestically and internationally, hams are licensed by their respective government to communicate on a wide variety of radio frequency bands.
If you’ve ever wondered where the term ‘Ham’ came from…By 1901, the terms "ham" and "plug" were used by landline telegraphers to describe an operator "who lacks ability" or who had poor or "ham fisted" skill.    "Ham: a poor operator.  A Pig."

That's the definition of the word given in G. M. Dodge's 1901 book The Telegraph Instructor even before radio. The definition has never changed in wire telegraphy. The first wireless operators were landline telegraphers who left their offices to go to sea or to man the coastal stations. They brought with them their language and much of the tradition of their older profession.

[radio] Amateurs, possibly unfamiliar with the real meaning of the term, picked it up and applied it to themselves in true "Yankee Doodle" fashion and wore it with pride. As the years advanced, the original meaning has completely disappeared. The term "Pig" was replaced with "Lid" in the amateur radio domain.

Please take the time to explore this website page and learn more about the long and proud heritage and the many activities of the Clark County Amateur Radio Club.  For an informative brochure about the Clark County Amateur Radio Club, click here.

2023 Club Officers and Directors


President Marilyn Melhorn AF7MM 2023
Vice President David Snyder K7DES 2023
Secretary Tim Kuhlman KD7RUS 2023
Treasurer Gary Takis K7GJT 2023

Board of Directors

Records Jeff Hildebrand N7TCV 2023
Technical Jason Dinsmore K7BPM 2023
Liaison Jeff Langford KJ7VDP 2023
Community Relations & Club Services Rick Aragon NE7O 2023
General Ron Kahler KA7RON 2023
Operating Tim McLaren AF7TM 2023

President's Staff

Past President Dave Cherba WZ8T
Pubic Information Officer (PIO) Vacant
Membership Judith Ames N7SRS
EYEWARN James Newsome KE7ZAC
Leadership Working Group (LWG) Barbara Yasson AC7UH
Chaplin Ben Lee K7BLE
Advisor Wayne Schuler AI9Q
Emergency Response Coordinator Rick Aragon NE7O

CCARC Organizational Chart

Click here for a downloadable organizational chart.

CCARC Bylaws

Click here for a downloadable copy of the current CCARC Bylaws.

CCARC Purpose and Goals

Click here for a downloadable copy of the current CCARC Purpose and Goals.

CCARC Leadership Task Matrix

Click here for a downloadable copy of the current year Leadership Task Matrix.


Click here to open, fill-in and print the club reimbursement form.
To save the form, highlight the link above and right click to 'save as' to your computer.

Club Call Sign (W7AIA) Trustee

To see a copy of our current FCC-660 license, click here.

Tim Kuhlman, KD7RUS Dec 2014 - Present
Don Unruh, NX7J Jul 2004 - Dec 2014
Bill St John, NW7L Feb 2001 - Jul 2004
Robert J Groth, WA2PRB May 1997 - Feb 2001
Ken Weber, K7CLL Nov 1995 - May 1997
Murray Dow, AA7HT Dec 1991 - Nov 1995
Columbus U Matsler, N7ANP Nov 1985 - Dec 1991
James R Townsley, K7SUX Apr 1934 - ?

Club Meeting Location

American Legion - Smith-Reynolds Post 14
4607 NE St James Rd, Vancouver, WA 98663

Club Heritage

Vancouver Amateur Radio Club June 1930 - April 30, 1951
Clark County Amateur Radio Club May 1, 1951 - Present
ARRL Affiliation August 2, 1932
W7AIA Call Sign April 6, 1934
Articles of Incorporation August 28, 1956
CCARC Bylaws January 7, 2011
50 Year ARRL Affiliation August 2, 1982
75th Year Anniversary Celebration October 1, 2005
75 Year ARRL Affiliation August 2, 2007
ARRL Special Service Club (SSC) November, 1995

The CCARC is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, so your contributions are tax deductible.

Past Club Presidents

Click here for a downloadable copy of the past CCARC Presidents.

Life Membership

The following members have been selected to receive Life memberships by the CCARC Board of Directors because of their dedicated service. Some of the recipients are now Silent Keys. The collective contributions to this club by these individuals would take pages to list.
To see the criteria for Life Memberships, click here.
To see the recipients of Life Memberships, click here.

Year Recipient Call Sign
2022 Tom Barton
Bruce Bullis
Dan Melhorn
Marilyn Melhorn
Don Peter
2021 Rick Aragon NE7O
2020 Tim Kuhlman KD7RUS
2019 Paul Van Dyck
April Van Dyck
2018 No recipients
2017 Chris Frye
Phil Peterson
Gary Takis
2016 Rick Smith KT7G
2015 No recipients
2014 Dave Phemister
Delvin Bunton
Jim Fenstermaker
Shirley Fenstermaker
2013 No recipients
2012 No recipients
2011 No recipients
2010 Judith Ames
Ron Ames
Doris Barratt
Jack Barratt
Barbara Yasson
Phil Yasson
2009 No recipients
2008 No recipients
2007 No recipients
2006 No recipients
2005 Bob Goodale
Joyce Goodale
Marianna Kearney
Wayne Schuler
2004 Murray Dow
Dale Lyndes
George Milner
Harriett Milner
Richard Mudd
William St. John
2003 Jack Ellis
Charlotte Ellis
Dick Pooley
Carolyn Pooley

Club Logo Design

The current logo was designed by Marianna Kearney, W7WFO in 1996.
Marianna also created the 75th & 80th anniversary logos.
Greg Shuster, KI7DTS created the 90th anniversary logo.

Club Newsletter

Our monthly newsletter, W7AIA Rocking Chair Copy, contains many articles of interest to the membership.  The newsletter title of ‘W7AIA Rocking Chair Copy’ was created in 1966 from a contest won by Ty Kearney and son Alan.
Newsletter Editors:

The current club newsletter is sent directly to members in good standing.  For copies of past editions 2 years past their publication date, click here.

Wayne Schuler AI9Q Jan 2010 - Present
Bob Goodale K7YFJ Jun 1989 - Dec 2009
Edgar Smith N7CEY Mar 1987 - Jun 1989
Bill Dewar KA7YXE - Mar 1987
Howard Calderwood K7DYG Nov 1985 -
Lee Stewart KA7JTM Aug 1984 - Jun 1989
Wade Knight KA7HND May 1983 - Aug 1984
Carolyn Nelson WA7VBK Nov 1982 - May 1983
Carol Westby WA7YEC Apr 1978 - Jul 1982
Sandy Shaddinger WB7YNQ May 1975 - Apr 1978
Virginia East WA7SOW Jan 1974 - Nov 1974
Norma Bullock WA7QOA 1972 - Apr 1975
Russ Townsley K7SUX Apr 1970 - 1972

CCARC Silent Keys (SK)

For a list of Club members that are now remembered as Silent Keys (SK), click here.

CCARC Board of Directors Meeting Minutes

Our monthly Board of Director Meeting Minutes are published monthly in our “Rocking Chair Copy” newsletter.   Newsletters are made public 2 years following their publication. To view them, click here.

New Member Information

Welcome to the Clark County Amateur Radio Club!
Presented here is information you can view and download to help you become more knowledgeable and comfortable in the world of ham radio.

This is a comprehensive document covering a multitude of subjects starting with what is amateur radio and continuing up through the many varied aspects of amateur radio that might spark your interest.  Do take the time to download and read it!

This is a chart provided by the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) that visually depicts the many amateur radio frequency bands and their use.  A great visual aid to have handy at your station to ensure you stay within authorized frequency and mode boundaries setup for our use.

When you get involved with long distance communication to various parts of the world that bridges many time zones, this chart will help you keep track of what time it is at that distant location!

This is one of many ARRL operating awards that you can earn while operating on the HF bands.

Washington - Worked All Counties Award (WA-WAC)

For the Excel tracking form, click here.
For the PDF tracking form, click here.
To see a sample certificate, click here.
To see the past recipients, click here. 
For more information, contact us at

Work all 39 counties of Washington State after 1 Jan 1995 and receive a beautiful certificate.

Washington counties are: Adams, Asotin, Benton, Chelan, Clallam, Clark, Columbia, Cowlitz, Douglas, Ferry, Franklin, Garfield, Grant, Grays Harbor, Island, Jefferson, King, Kitsap, Kittitas, Klickitat, Lewis, Lincoln, Mason, Okanogan, Pacific, Pen Oreille, Pierce, San Juan, Skagit, Skamania, Snohomish, Spokane, Stevens, Thurston, Wahkiakum, Walla Walla, Whatcom, Whitman and Yakima.

Purpose: To acknowledge and recognize the achievement of contacting radio operators in each of Washington state’s 39 counties.
Rules: Any Amateur who confirms two-way QSO’s via CW, SSB, FM, RTTY or Satellite with stations in each of the 39 Counties in Washington may apply for this award. There are no endorsements for single band, single mode, or multiple distinct contacts at this time.  Cross Mode, Cross Band (except Satellite QSO’s) Repeaters, Echo Link, CQ100 and IRLP contacts do not count.
Submission:  There is no time limit on earning this certificate.  Send a completed copy of either tracking form below to either email wa-wac@w7aia.org or mail along with a $5.00 handling fee to CCARC WA-WAC ChairmanPO Box 1424, Vancouver, WA 98668.

Membership Information

Our membership year runs from January 1st  to December 31st.

Membership Fees

General Adult - $15 a year - or - 5 years for $70.00
Under 18 - or - over 60 for $12 a year
Family Group membership - $20 a year

Current Members

Check your current membership status by clicking here.

New Members

See above prices except during the following months:
June thru September - 1/2 price!
October thru December - Full price but you get the next year in addition!

Pay at any meeting or online or print and mail membership form and send payment to:
Clark County Amateur Radio Club
PO Box 1424
Vancouver, WA  98668
Please include a SASE if you wish to have a membership card or receipt mailed to you.

To pay online via or credit card, complete the information below and select the membership option from the drop-down box below.
Please note: You DO NOT have to have a PayPal account to use this service.

Club Membership Options

For any questions about joining our club or your current membership, click here to send an email.

Donation Information

You can donate to any specific area, or directly to the general fund via PayPal. Recommended areas and amounts are listed below, but you can choose to donate any amount as you see fit.

General Fund

$25, $50 or $100
The General Fund keeps our club operating with administrative costs such as web site hosting, office supplies, etc.

Scholarship Fund

You can choose a specific scholarship such as the "Jack Ellis Scholarship Fund", "Youth Amateur Radio Scholarships", or "ARRL NW Division STEM Scholarship".

Repeater Fund

$25, $50 or $100
Donations to the "Repeater Fund" help to pay for the maintenance, site leases, and other operational costs.

Pay at any meeting or here online

To pay online via or credit card, click on the Donate button below.

Please note that you DO NOT have to have a PayPal account to use this service.
Note: Please enter your name and call sign, if any, where PayPal says "add note to seller”.

For any questions about donating to our club, click here to send an email.

ARRL NW Division STEM Scholarship

The ARRL Foundation has announced a new scholarship, the Joel R. Miller (W7PDX) and Martha C. Miller STEM Scholarship. Endowed through the generosity of Joel R. Miller, W7PDX, and Martha C. Miller, this scholarship is intended to supplement the educational expenses of an Amateur Radio operator pursuing higher education. The ARRL Foundation will administer the scholarship, which is $1,000 annually to fund the costs of tuition, books, fees, and other educational expenses. The first scholarship from this endowment will be awarded in 2019. For more information, click here.

CCARC - Youth Amateur Radio Scholarships

For information on receiving a scholarship to attend a Technician Amateur Radio Licensing Class and the application, click here.
For information on receiving a scholarship to receive a first amateur Radio License and the application, click here.

The Jack Ellis Scholarship Fund

CCARC sponsors the Jack Ellis Scholarship Fund!
This scholarship is made available to amateur radio operators who are members of the Clark County Amateur Radio Club.
Scholarship Rules                   Application Form
You may either donate online here or by mail using the  Scholarship Donation Form
CCARC is a 501c3 non-profit organization. All donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by IRS law.

 Questions? Click here to send an email to the "Scholarship Committee".

Past "The Rocking Chair" Newsletters

The following underlined year links below will take you to our newsletter archive.
Dues current members received the newsletter monthly. Newsletters 2 years and older are presented here. To request copies within the last 2 years, contact us at newsletter@w7aia.org.
Just click on the decade you are interested in and it will take you to the list of years from which you can access the past newsletters. If you have copies of CCARC newsletters that are not captured here and you would like to see presented herein, please let us know at newsletter@w7aia.org and we'll arrange to get them added!

The following underlined year links below will take you to the pictures from the events recorded in that year. To save one or more pictures, if you are looking at the thumbnail view of all the pictures you can download them all in one big zip file by clicking the ‘Download” button on the top right.  If you just want one picture at a time, click on the first picture and the picture viewer will start from which you can download one at a time as you desire using the same “Download” button.
If you have pictures from past CCARC events that you would like to see presented herein,
please let us know at pictures@w7aia.org and we'll get them added!

Club Meetings. Awards Banquet, Field Day

Club Meetings. Awards Banquet, Field Day, Drive and Drop

Club Meetings, Field Day

Club Meetings. Awards Banquet, Field Day, Drive and Drop

Club Meetings, Awards Banquet, Open Tech Class, YL Tech Class, EYEWARN Meeting, MS Walk, Hazel Dell Parade, Field Day

Club Meetings, Awards Banquet, Digital Meetings, Hazel Dell Parade, Jun 24 Field Day, Annual Picnic, Veterans Day Parade, Walk and Knock, Christmas Party

Club Meetings, Field Day Planning Meeting, Award Banquet, Digital Group Meeting, Field Day, Thursday Breakfast Group, Hazel Dell Parade, Field Day, Ham Fair, Veteran's Day Parade, Walk & Knock

Club Meetings, Field Day Planning Meeting, Awards Banquet, Field Day, Ham Fest, National Parks on the Air (NPOTA) Activity, Gee Creek, Veteran's Day Parade, Christmas Party, Walk and Knock, Digital Group Meeting

Club Meetings, Field Day Planning Meetings, Annual Awards Banquet, Hazel Dell Parade, Field Day, Ham Fair Planning Meeting, Annual Picnic, Ham Fair, Veterans Day Parade, Christmas Party, Walk and Knock, Digital Group Meeting

Club Meetings, Awards Banquet, Field Day Planning Meeting, Ham Fair Planning Meeting, Digital Group Meeting, Felida School Science Fair, Hazel Dell Parade, Gee Creek, Field Day, Annual Picnic, Ham Fair, Veteran's Day Parade, Christmas Party, Walk and Knock, Digital Group Meeting

Hazel Dell Parade, Field Day

Club Meetings, MARAC Conference, Gardner Montessori School Demo, Boad of Directors Meeting, Awards Banquet, Digital Group HSMM-MESH meeting, Gee Creek, Hazel Dell Parade, Field Day, Grove Field Promotion, Annual Picnic, WePeeps Emergency Preparedness Fair, VE Testing, Veteran's Day Parade, Ham Basics, Walk and Knock, Christmas Party

Club meetings, Election Results, Awards Banquet, Field Day, Gee Creek, Fred Meyer Street Fair, Annual Picnic, Clark County Ham Fair, Diabetes Walk, Veteran's Day Parade, Christmas Party, Walk and Knock

Club Meetings, Mt St Helens Commemoration, Field Day, Fred Meyer Street Fair, Annual Picnic, K-Rod Run Support, Christmas Party

Club Meetings, Tek Eyeball QSO, Awards Banquet, Hazel Dell Parade, Field Day, Annual Picnic, Tailgate Sale, Gee Creek, Ham Basics Workshop, License Classes, Awards Banquet, Veteran's Day Parade, Christmas Party

Antenna Seminar, Field Day, Annual Picnic, JOTA

General License Class, Field Day, JOTA

Field Day

Awards Banquet, Gee Creek, SEA-PAC, Field Day, Field Day

Field Day, Walk and Knock

Field Day, Walk America

Annual Picnic, Field Day

Field Day, Gee Creek, Ham Fair

Field Day, Ham Fair, Hazel Dell Parade

Annual Banquet, Evergreen Airport Fly-in, Ham Fair, Walk and Knock

Annual Picnic, Christmas Party, VanMall Promotion, Walk and Knock

Lady Washington, Annual Picnic, Walk n' Knock

Gee Creek

Awards Banquet, Evergreen Fly-in

Field Day, River Walk

Field Day

Field Day

50th Aniversary, Ham Fair

Field Day, Ham Fair

Field Day

VA Hospital

Field Day

Field Day

Club Mailing Address

Clark County Amateur Radio Club
PO Box 1424
Vancouver, WA  98668

Message Hotline:

Email Address:

(360) 989-9268

If you are with the media (television, radio, newspaper or magazine) and are looking for information about or from this club, please contact our Public Information Officer (PIO) or President at this email address: publicaffairs@w7aia.org.

Club Email Addresses

Function Email Address
Vice Pres/Pres-Elect:
Director - Club General:
Director - Liaison:
Director - Operating:
Director - Records:
Director - Services:
Director - Technical:
ARES: (Clark County)
CCARC Challenge:
Club Information Officer (CIO):
Club Sales:
Digital Group:
Field Day:
Gee Creek:
Ham Basics:
Ham License Classes:
Ham Licensing Class (YL Only):
Hazel Dell Parade of Bands:
Function Email Address
License Testing (VE):
License Trustee:
MS Walk Vancouver:
Past Presidents:
Public Information Officer (PIO):
Roundtable Net:
Special Events:
Veteran's Day Parade:
VE Testing:
WA WAC Award:
Walk and Knock:
Young Ladies (YL) Program:

Website Information

The current W7AIA website was designed and developed by Jeff Langford/KJ7VDP, with assistance from Jason Dinsmore/K7BPM. It utilizes HTML 5 with Twitter Bootstrap, and is maintained by utilizing Bootstrap Studio.