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An amateur radio club spanning the entire San Francisco Bay Area

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History and Mission

Radio operator photo The Cathay Amateur Radio Club started after WWII when a bunch of GIs that were trained in radio operating came back and figured that they had something in common. Some were already licensed HAMS prior to the war, but many were not. The military had trained them to be proficient in both electronics and Morse Code. Many of these veterans found jobs in the civilian market using their electronics skills they obtained from Uncle Sam. Of these it turned out that there was quite a group living in San Francisco's Chinatown, and that was how Cathay Amateur Radio Club was born.

The Club now welcomes hams and their spouses of all ethnic backgrounds to become members and participate in its activities. These included, but not limited to,

The Cathay Amateur Radio Club is primarily a social club consisting of licensed radio amateurs whose purpose is for social gatherings and also to provide radio communications in time of need.

This page last updated: 5 December 2006 8:23 PM

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