The Northeastern Indiana Amateur Radio Club meets on the second Saturday of each month in Auburn. The current meeting place is: Richard's Restaurant on Grandstaff Drive at 8:00 a.m.

Amateur radio is a hobby for all ages. The FCC has removed the Morse Code requirement, enabling nearly any citizen to qualify for the Technician Class of license with privileges on several popular radio frequency bands. "Ham" radio, as it is known, can be considered "the original social network." With ham radio, one has an opportunity to meet new people from all over the world, with just a modest investment in radio equipment.

Locally, some operators simply use handheld radios to communicate with friends in a range of 100 or so miles. These same radios can be pressed into service in the event of a serious emergency that causes power outages resulting in the disabling of other communication means. Law enforcement agencies rely on amateurs for portable backup communications in the event of serious natural disasters.

If you would like more information on the fascinating hobby of amateur radio, please visit: w9ou.org.