​Interested in Joining our mail list?  Get information on club functions, events and up and coming public Service events.  Please click on the following link 


When it all began......40 Plus years ago.

Sturdy Memorial Hospital Amateur Radio Club (S.M.H.A.R.C.) was formed in the aftermath of the Blizzard of 1978. A group of ham radio operators teamed up to provide emergency communications to support local officials and to the Sturdy Memorial Hospital.  The club, already past its 40th year, has a fully equipped radio station and is capable of assisting in emergency communications operations support for the general Attleboro area should  the need arise.  Club members include technical experts in radio communications, emergency radio operations, radio technology, Information Technology and other associated areas relating to Amateur Radio. SMHARC is a member of the American Radio Relay League

(ARRL)  www.arrl.org

Sturdy-Memorial Hospital Amateur Radio Club

A.R.E.S Amateur Radio Emergency Service

Our ARES meetings are held on the 3rd Tuesday of every month at 7:00 P.M., just before the Business Meeting, in the Rice-Webb Auditorium loctaed at the Sturdy Memorial Hospital.


The purpose of the Sturdy Memorial Hospital Amateur Radio Club ARES Team is to develop an organization of capable and willing communications volunteers. Through a Roster of these trained and capable radio operators, they may be called upon to provide backup communications in the event of an emergency, disaster or a normal communications channel failure. We are also capable of providing radio communications for public service events such as road races, parades and walk-a-thons. Our team provides ongoing training programs, to hone our skills and develop new methods and technologies. We strive to develop and maintain a good working relationship with the agencies and people they serve.

What is A.R.E.S
Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES) The Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES) consists of licensed amateurs who have voluntarily registered their qualifications and equipment, with their local ARES leadership, for communications duty in the public service when disaster strikes.

What do Amateur Radio operators do during and after disasters?
Amateur Radio operators set up and operate organized communication networks locally for governmental and emergency officials, as well as non-commercial communication for private citizens affected by the disaster. Amateur Radio operators are most likely to be active after disasters that damage regular lines of communications due to power outages and destruction of telephone lines.

How do Amateur Radio operators help local officials?
Many radio amateurs are active as communications volunteers with local public safety organizations. In addition, in some disasters, radio frequencies are not coordinated among relief officials and Amateur Radio operators step in to coordinate communication when radio towers and other elements in the communications infrastructure are damaged.

A.R.E.S and Ham Radio

Why become a Ham? 
To begin with, the knowledge that you will gain as a licensed ham radio operator will allow you to listen to, and communicate with people throughout the world. With little power and a minimal amount of equipment, you will be able to communicate with other HAMS, even when cell towers and other forms of communication have failed. In an emergency situation, you will be able to stay informed on what’s going on locally, nationally, and worldwide. Even in today’s modern age of high tech gadgets, cell phones, and email, when the grid goes down it’s often HAM Radio operators who provide emergency communications until things return to normal. During Katrina, local officials relied heavily on Hams to coordinate rescues and organize search and rescue missions throughout the effected areas. Their ability to communicate when the grid goes down, is one of the major reasons that I advise you to look into HAM Radio.

Talk to us on 2 Meters:  S.M.H.A.R.C. 2 Meter Repeater K1SMH at 147.195 Mhz. + offset,  PL tone 127.3 Hz

                                                    To join our club, just fill out the application below.

Special Feature :  "The Story of Magic Beans"

The following is the story of Magic Beans, and how it came about. As written by Jim Duarte N1EIV.

Up Coming Events in the Next Few Months: 

Please Don't forget every Thursday night at 8:30 pm. Our ARES Team has it's WEEKLY Net meeting on 147.195 MHz on 2 Meter Radios.


ARES - in Eastern Massachusetts Website

The picture above is the Final Product. Magic Beans all assembled           and set up, ready to go into service when ever She's Needed

Information for the ARES Team, Manuals to be down loaded and good info to read over and

get to know so we may help our community in a better capacity. Click at right.

Want to join?   Need more information?  Who should you talk to at the Sturdy Radio Club?

                                                               CLUB OFFICERS

Gary Powers, President, KB1KA@cox.net

Ernie Klawitter, Vice President, Eklawitter@comcast.net

Ray Cord, Secretary/Treasurer,raycord@aol.com

North Attleboro's annual Santa Claus Parade will take place on Dec.1, 2019. All members wishing to volunteer, We will be meeting in St Mary's parking lot at 1:30 pm, with the Parade stepping off at 3 pm.

To join us on Facebook, just click on the tab to the Right !


A motion was brought to the floor of Octobers monthly meeting to raise annual dues for the clubs membership. As many of it members are on a fixed income, the increase of $5.00 per month to $20.00 for them. The others that are still employed will be increased by $10.00 to $25.00 for annual fees.

This will be voted on during the November 19, 2019 meeting. All members are encouraged to attend.

The motion was brought to a vote in the November meeting and was almost unanimously voted in favor in raising the membership dues, with only a couple abstentions. Starting January 2020 the dues for membership will be $25.00 for all working members otherwise it will be $20.00 for fixed income


Camping and ham radio-Interested in combining Camping and Ham Radio? Join the Narragansett Sams Camping Club www.narragansettsams.com
Narragansett Sams membership already includes several ham campers.  Here’s what you can do.  Enjoy camping while operating a portable transmitter/receiver radio (from a camper).  --DX chase (communicate with other hams around the world), join daily ham radio “nets” (over the air conversation groups).  Ham campers are always involved in  “tecky talk” about antennas, computers or a variety of other interesting topics.  Click on the Narragansett Sams logo for camping schedule or information about  joining Narragansett Sams.
Narragansett Sams is a great group of people who have a lot of fun camping and socializing.

As you can see above the concept that Jim has for Magic Beans. Below are the actual pieces of steel prior to being welded into the final product. Magic Beans has been serving the Sturdy Radio Club for years now. Dating back to 2005 or 2006, were not really sure of the exact year it built By Jim and Bill. But us members now in 2018 are sure glad they did it, back then.

Application to Join S.M.H.A.R.C.

Pictures of S.M.H.A.R.C.'s Field Day 2018 at WWII Memorial Park

SMHARC Radio Room

The SMHARC Radio Room is open for use to members who are appropriately licensed and have been qualified by the club officers to use the equipment. 

ARRL - American Radio Relay League website 

Like us on Facebook

   ​​ ​​For questions about this Website  contact  Webmaster:  Don Veale, KD0IHJ

Copyright © Sturdy Memorial Hospital Amateur Radio Club. All rights reserved.

Final drawings of Jim's idea of how Magic Beans should look.

Interesting Ham Radio

Need to Calculate Coax Loss.  Enter the appropriate characteristics such as type, length of the run, etc.

The calculator will do the work for you.  Click on the link  below:


Technician Class Preparation Classes to start soon in early 2020 at Sturdy Memorial Hospital.

More information to follow. It was announced at the November meeting that the Technician Class classes will begin at 7 pm on January 15,  2020. The third Wednesday of the month and will continue for 8 weeks.

Interested in  Joining our Club?  Just fill out the Application below or come to a Tuesday Night meeting (Third Tuesday of the Month) at Sturdy Memorial Hospital in the Rice / Webb Auditorium at 8:00 P.M.   

Celebrating 41 Years (1978 - 2019) of

   ​Service to our Local Communities


Regular business meetings are held the third Tuesday of every month (except July) at 8 PM in the Sturdy Memorial Hospital Rice/Webb Auditorium. 

Rag Chew informal meetings (literally Ham Radio talk or just chit-chat) are held the first Tuesday of every month at 7:30PM. 

Informal Breakfast gatherings  are held every Sunday at Bliss Dairy in Attleboro.                                  

                                   Join us.  All are welcome!