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Camping and ham radio-Interested in combining Camping and Ham Radio? Join the Narragansett Sams Camping Club
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.

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

Gary Powers, President,

John Benson, Vice President,

Ray Cord, Secretary/Treasurer,

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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. 

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.

Breaking News Update!!!   Sturdy Radio Club is planning to offer Technician Class and possibly General Class Amateur Radio License Instruction !!!  Classes Start January soon.  Stay tuned for the next class in coming in January 2018!

How about obtaining your  Ham Radio License?  Ever thought about it?  Here's your chance!

The Sturdy Radio Club will be offering Technician Class and possibly General Class ham radio license instruction starting January 2018.  Our expert instruction almost insures that a motivated student will successfully pass the FCC Technician Class License exam.  Just attend the classes, add a dash of interest, just the right amount of motivation and be excited about learning.   We'll guide you through the process.   There are no pre-class requirements for Technician Class.

The General Class license will require a Technician Class license.

The class meets over roughly a 10  week time frame.  Classes are held one night per week and are usually for about 2 hours.  This pace allows time to grasp Technician Class License radio rules, fundamentals, concepts and communications procedures.  All the material will be reviewed in the last class.  Upon passing the exam you will receive your Technician Class ham radio license and  "call sign". Note-The FCC assigns all call signs.  If you are not successful in passing the FCC test, you can take the test again and do not have to retake the course.  The cost of the course is limited to the cost of the training manual which is $30.00.   Instructors donate their time.  The instructor will go over the class schedule during the first session.  The classes are held in a Sturdy Memorial Hospital Conference Room (actual conference room to be announced) located on the main floor of the hospital just past the Emergency Room area.  Please register in advance by sending an email with your name, address, home telephone number and cell phone number.  Email SMHARC President  Gary Powers at   Gary can also be reached at 401-793-6322.

Your contact information is needed in case rescheduling a class becomes necessary.  Also, an accurate count of the number of students is needed in order to have sufficient supplies available for all students.

When it all began......

Sturdy Memorial Hospital Amateur Radio Club (SMHARC) was formed in the aftermath of the Blizzard of 1978. A group of ham radio operators teamed up to provide emergency communications support to local officials and to the Sturdy Memorial Hospital.  The club, already past its 35th 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 club of the American Radio Relay League


Sturdy-Memorial Hospital Amateur Radio Club

ARRL Field Day held at WWI Memorial Park in North Attleboro:   SMHARC members setting up and getting ready to operate on 40 meters, 20 meters, 15 Meters and 6 Meters.   

Talk to us on 2 Meters:  SMHARC 2 Meter Repeater K1SMH at 147.195 Mhz, + offset,  PL tone 127.3 Hz


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!