SCARS History & Operation

The Sun City Amateur Radio Society (SCARS) was formed in March of 2002, chartered by the CA in July 2002 and became ARRL affiliated in September of 2008. The club welcomes all Sun City TX residents who are interested in amateur ("HAM") radio and radio in general (SWLs, CBers, electronic hobbyists). Many SCARS members are Federally Licensed Radio Operators, but you are not required to be a licensed operator to join SCARS and participate in club activities (except those where a license is required by law).

 

Because of Covid-19 the meetings and activities described below may be held

virtually, be canceled or rescheduled.  Check before leaving your home. 

 

Member Meetings; Board Meetings; Fox Hunts.

 

Our monthly business meeting is on the first Wednesday of the month in Activities Center located at 1 Texas Drive.  The is an informal get together from 6:30 - 7:00 p.m. The business meeting starts 7 p.m. At the conclusion of the business meeting there is a presentation on an item of interest.   Anyone interested in this exciting and fast changing area of communications is welcome to visit.

 

There is a monthly net that meets on the first Wednesday of the month at 11 a.m. on 7.260 mHz. 

 

There is a monthly net that meets on the second Monday of the month at 7 p.m. on the club 440 repeater.  The repeater is 441.625 mHz (+ offset, pl tone 103.5).

 

Board meetings are held at the discretion of the President or if requested by a majority of the Board, but no less than quarterly. 

 

Also join in the fun with our monthly Fox Hunts on the 3rd Saturday of each month. We start by meeting at the Activities Center parking lot to get organized at 8:45 a.m.  Then it's "catch me if you can" -- says the Fox.

 

Coffee/Breakfast/Lunch.

 

Monday – A group, including hams who don’t live in Sun City, who are interested in D-Star meets at 7:30 a.m. each week at the Whataburger on DB Woods Road behind the CVS to discuss D-Star and other topics.

 

Wednesday - The Robo Group, as they call themselves, meets at 8 a.m. each week at City Market in Sun City to discuss robotics, IOT programming, science, and if it's technical they probably talk about it.

 

Friday - We meet at the Whataburger on DB Woods Road behind the CVS at 7 a.m.

 

Last Wednesday of Month - The members and their guests meet for an informal lunch at 11:30 a.m. at Mulligan's. 

 

Ham Shack.

 

The club has a fully equipped ham shack with 2 HF rigs (digital and SDR), 2 VHF/UHF rig, and all of the necessary equipment, including external beam, vertical and dipole antennas for the HF rigs.  As required by law, you must have the proper FCC license to transmit. 

 

Club Repeaters.

 

The club sponsors two repeaters in Sun City.  The primary UHF FM repeater operates on frequency 441.625 MHz (+ offset, PL 103.5).  The second VHF FM repeater operates on frequency 145.270 MHz (- offset, PL 103.5).  If you are a licensed radio operator and you have a radio that operates on these frequencies, please let us hear from you.

 

For more information, club officers may be contacted using the Contact Form that is on the right side of the club home page, by sending an email to [email protected], or by using the individual contact information in the CA resident directory.