The Central Oregon Coast Amateur Radio Club (COCARC) was incorporated in Oregon on March 7, 1985. The club was established to foster emergency preparedness in our communities and to promote and advocate amateur radio through education, mentoring, and fellowship.
The club supports repeater facilities on Herman Peak, located north of Florence. Amateur radio communications are relayed up and down the coast and into the Willamette valley from this location. The club also has an EchoLink node at the site. We have established emergency communication centers at Peace Harbor Hospital, Florence Justice Center, Siuslaw Valley Fire Dept. and Dunes City Hall. The cost of equipment, maintenance and repairs at these sites are paid for by the club and the effort to sustain them in working order is donated by club members.
We have over 90 members in our club. On Wednesdays, members meet at 8:00 AM at Clausen's Wheelhouse restaurant for coffee/breakfast and discussion on just about anything. Also, every Wednesday night at 7 PM, club members hold a 2 meter net on 146.800. Net control calls each member to check in and share current club social and business events, items for sale or wanted and other club news. Ham operators visiting up and down the coast and in the Willamette Valley may also check in.
On the 3rd weekend in August, the club sets up a Special Event Radio Station at Heceta Head Lighthouse. This event commemorates the International Lighthouse/Lightship Weekend. Members take turns attempting to contact people from all over the world. We also provide traffic control for their annual Christmas Open House event in December. We participate in other activities in our community from time to time, to enrich our club through the practice of station set-up, emergency communications, and to attract prospective new “Hams.”
The club holds an annual picnic in September. We have raffle prizes and a table to sell or buy previously owned equipment. It’s always a fun, sociable afternoon.
Club dues are $25.00 per year. The first calendar year dues are waived for those who have attended that year’s amateur radio class for a technician license. There are no extra dues for a spouse who is also a licensed ham. Licensed hams in high school or lower grades are exempt from dues.
Your membership application is certainly welcome. Please complete the attached form and return to: COCARC, PO Box 254, Florence, OR. 97439, or a club member.