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Coachella Valley Amateur Radio Clubs

The Coachella Valley is fortunate to have many dedicated amateur radio operators that comprise several valley amateur radio clubs/organizations (see below). On February 14, 2009, members of the local amateur clubs volunteered their time to provide radio communications for the 2009 Tour de Palm Springs Charity Bicycle Ride. With over 8,000 participants, the event provided local amateur radio operators an excellent opportunity to practice communications skills that will be needed in the event that a major emergency occurs within the Coachella Valley in the future.

Coachella Valley Amateur Radio Club - President—Luis Parker KA6BJO

Desert Amateur Radio Transmitting Society (Desert Rats)
President—Peter Reinzuch VE7REZ

Riverside County Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES)
Coachella Valley District Officer Ken Nelson W6NEL

For information on all of the Coachella Valley amateur radio organizations, view their joint newsletter, the Coachella Valley Repeater, on the Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Services (RACES) Web site at:

The Amateur Radio Relay League (ARRL)
The ARRL is a not-for-profit national membership organization for amateur radio operators. Today, with 156,000 members, it is reportedly the largest organization of radio amateurs in the nation — publishing the monthly journal QST, as well as newsletters and many publications covering all aspects of amateur radio.

One of the educational programs sponsored by ARRL is the 4-day Teachers Institute on Wireless Technology which this author had the pleasure of attending in June of 2008 in Tucson, AZ. It was a fabulous experience and I highly recommend it for educators.

The goal of the TI program is to equip teachers with foundational knowledge of wireless technology, and inspire them to continue to explore the field and adapt relevant content into their classroom instruction. The 4-day institute is absolutely FREE to participants and includes instruction in basic wireless technology literacy, electronics, and the science of radio; bringing space into the classroom; ham radio operation; introduction to micro controllers; and basic robotics.

Mark Spencer, WA8SME, is the instructor/coordinator for the program. Teachers interested in applying for the 2009 Institute can get more information and view the brochure at:

Other informational links:

Welcome to Ham Radio http://www.hello-radio.org/

Amateur Radio Informational Video

What is Ham Radio? (Sponsored by Amateur Radio Relay League)

Amateur Radio Relay League http://www.arrl.org/

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