About CHRC

Chandler HAM Radio Club – How We Got Started

CHRC President Gary Laatsch in his ham shack
CHRC President Gary Laatsch in his ham shack

The Chandler HAM Radio club officially formed on July 13th, 2019 when we held our inaugural club meeting at Barro’s Pizza in Chandler. 

A couple of us originally got together through another local HAM who was trying to start a club as part of the city’s volunteer CERT program. 

We were not so much interested in the CERT as we were in the fellowship side of the hobby.  We decided to start meeting separate from the original group for breakfast every other Saturday morning. 

As the breakfast group grew so did the interest in starting our own club.  It was surprising to most of us that as large as Chandler is and with as many licensed operators as there are in this city that there was no club.  We also realized there were no VEC teams for ham license testing in this area. 

As we moved forward, as I like to say, like a baby bird (“we must spread and develop our wings before we can soar with the eagles”) we started taking the steps toward forming the club. 

We talked to officers of other clubs (thanks MARA, Inc) on what to do and any experiences they can share with us.  They provided us with their club documents to use as a guideline to create our own

We also have several members who are or were associated with other clubs in the past and passed on their experiences as well. 

We needed a repeater and a member of the South Mountain User Group suggested using their repeater on South Mountain as an interim club repeater for our NETs. We asked other SMUG members and they approved our request. 

(UPDATE: Our Weekly Net has been moved to the MARCA repeater on South Mountain 443.050+ PL100, to allow the SMUG repeater to remain clear for Emergency Use! Thank you SMUG and MARCA!)

As the dominoes fell perfectly in place, we applied for a club callsign and it was granted by the FCC.  We then submitted for a vanity call sign of “N7CHN” which was also approved.

The Future of the Chandler HAM Radio Club

We already have plans to have a presence at the COPA Fest coming in October and also setting up for Winter Field Day in Jan of 2020. 

We currently have at least 3 Extra class VE’s in the club and plan to provide local area testing for Amateur Radio licensing. 

We are looking into scheduling events for technical speakers on various aspects of amateur radio. 

And one other very important fact, we make ourselves available for any sort of emergency communication needed to assist local authorities if an emergency or need arises. 

If you are interested in joining our amateur radio club, we meet on the second Saturday of every month at Barro’s Pizza at 9:00am, 1880 S Alma School Rd (NW corner of Alma School and Germann) in Chandler. 

Or come join us at one of our breakfasts, or nets (See our Calendar of Events here for dates and times).

73 de KI7PBR, Gary Laatsch
CHRC President