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WELCOME

We are an amateur radio club made up of members who seek only to further the advancement of the hobby through friendship, fraternity, education and advancement; the true hallmarks of ham radio. 

We are decentralized in that we are headquarted in no specific location. Some of our members formerly lived near each other and served as officers of several former and present amateur radio clubs, operated wide-area repeater systems, participated in numerous contests, taught amateur radio classes and conducted licensing examinations. 

Having scattered to various locations throughout the United States, our intent is to maintain old friendships and meet new friends through amateur radio. 

Any licensed radio amateur (worldwide) may apply for membership in this society. We charge no dues, have no bank account, and will not ask anyone for money or any commitment. Any information submitted to us through the Internet is confidential, although if you seek to join, your first name, callsign and location may be listed on our membership page. 

Thank you for visiting our website. Feel free to interact with us on Facebook or Brandmeister Talkgroups 3120900 and 3120897.

Welcome to the K1QA Amateur Radio Society website. If you're looking for amateur radio fun and a friendly group of people, feel free to join us on Brandmeister Talkgroups 3120900 and 3120897, as well as on Facebook. We believe in the future of amateur radio and we welcome you to join us.

We're the world's easiest amateur radio club: No politics, no bickering over money, no dues, and no nonsense. We're traditionalists that believe in the true spirit of amateur radio. We seek to promote the hobby, maintain old friendships, make new ones and have a lot of fun. Feel free to join us on the net, and on the air!


BRANDMEISTER TALKGROUPS
3120900 & 3120897
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NET NIGHT - THURSDAY

Our Thursday net is at 6:00 PM Pacific/7:00 PM Mountain/8:00 PM Central/9:00 PM Eastern on Brandmeister Talkgroup 3120900.

You do not need to be a member of this organization to check in. All licensed amateurs are welcome.

NET NIGHT - SUNDAY

Our Sunday net is at 6:00 PM Pacific/7:00 PM Mountain/8:00 PM Central/9:00 PM Eastern on Brandmeister Talkgroup 3120900.

You do not need to be a member of this organization to check in. All licensed amateurs are welcome.

K1QA Analog 2 Meter Repeater

145.15 MHz (-600 kHz Offset)

Magurrewock Mountain - Calais, Maine

Serving Washington County (Maine) and Charlotte County (New Brunswick)

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Club Officers

President: Scott, NØMRZ (Iowa)

Vice-President: Joe, NØLQT (Kansas)

Trustee: Charlie, WØAQ/VE9CQ (Maine)

Board Member: Mike, KØTQ (Indiana)

Board Member: Mike, ABØTX (Kansas)

Board Member: Bob, KBØHQI (Texas)

Use of Club Call

Established members may request use of the K1QA club callsign for special events and contests. If permission is granted, it will be in the form of writing by both the Club President and Trustee.

All operations must be in compliance with the regulations of the Federal Communications Commission and the policies of the K1QA Amateur Radio Society.

The submission of a log may be required for all uses of the callsign.

Membership Fees

There are no fees charged to be a member of this organization.

We have no bank account and own no equipment.

Our only stipulation for membership is that you are a licensed amateur radio operator and that you subscribe to our philosophy of friendship through amateur radio and the promotion and preservation of the hobby.



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DIGITAL MOBILE RADIO

We invite you to join us on Brandmeister talkgroups 3120900 and 3120897.

DMR Hotspots

We use DMR hotspots. More information is to come.

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CONTACT US OR JOIN OUR GROUP

We would love to hear from you, whether you want to ask a question or join. Please use this form to contact us.

There are no fees charged to join this amateur radio club.


WHO WAS THE FIRST K1QA?

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WERE WE THE FIRST?

Amateur radio callbooks are available on archive.org even prior to the inception of the present callsign system, in which the W and K prefixes were introduced. Calls were one number and two letters (as is the case here in 1925).

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1935

In 1925 (as seen to the left), Henry Barnacle of Massachusetts was 1QA. He would go on to become W1QA and be a staple of the callbook for many years to come (as seen above in 1935).

Mobirise

1950

By 1950 Mr. Barnacle was still going strong. There were no 1 X 2 callsigns beginning with K to be found in the first call district. There were a lot of new New England hams popping up around him though.

Mobirise

1965

We are unaware of the reason, but there appeared to be a lack of 1 X 2 callsigns issued in the first call district begining with the letter K, even when they were prominent in other districts. 1 X 2 calls all began with W.

Mobirise

1978

Mr. Barnacle remained licensed for well over 50 years, but there never appeared in any callbook, an amateur radio operator to which the F.C.C. assigned the callsign K1QA.

Mobirise

1997

By 1997, Mr. Barnacle was a silent key, and it was just before we received the K1QA callsign. There is still no evidence that anyone ever held the callsign prior to its issuance to us in the late 1990s.

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