Header imageHeader imageHeader imageHeader imageHeader image

Welcome to the home of

The Western Illinois Amateur Radio Club





About Our Club  
Club News & Coming Events

Located on the banks of the mighty Mississippi River, Quincy, Illinois is known as the Gem City and is home to the WIARC. The club has over 75 members spread across the West Central Illinois and North Eastern Missouri area.

Goals and Interests

The WIARC is a general interest club chartered to extend the knowledge of amateur radio and the art of electronics; to bring together amateur radio operators; increase interest and activity in the hobby of electronics; promote the mutual interests of its members and the public in amateur or "ham" radio operation; and provide a system of emergency communication for civil defense and in time of disaster for the protection, assistance and welfare of the general public.

Our Activities and Commitments

Club activities include an annual August Swapfest, entry level training classes beginning in January each year, an Elmer program for new amateurs, a VE Team to provide local examination opportunities, participation in Field Day as well as other operating contests and on air activities.

The WIARC has established and supports several VHF and UHF repeaters in the Quincy area including D-Star digital audio repeaters on 2M and 70 cm and Fusion analog/digital audio repeaters on 2M and 70cm. All club repeaters are open for use by any licensed amateur operator.

In accordance with the Club's commitment to be prepared in case of a communications emergency, it has established a club station at the local American Red Cross Chapter house. The station includes 2 HF operating positions, a tri-band beam at 100 feet, a multi-band HF vertical, a multi-band remote tuned HF dipole, as well as VHF and UHF transceivers and dual band VHF/UHFantennas.

In addition to it's many other activities, beginning in 2006 the WIARC assumed the duties of sponsor and administrator of the annual Illinois QSO Party which for many years was sponsored by the Radio Amateur Megacycle Society (RAMS). Our sponsorship continues today. Details of the ILQP can be found on the ILQP Page which is linked at left. The ILQP takes place each October and involves amateur operators in all Illinois counties as well as operators across the USA and from many foreign countries.

The WIARC also takes great pride in its long standing commitment to the public service agencies and residents of Quincy and Adams County, Illinois. Over the years, WIARC has provided emergency communications services in times of local disasters such as the historic Mississippi River floods of 1973, 1993 and 2008 as well as several tornado related events in Adams County and surrounding area. Served agencies include the Quincy Police and Fire Departments, area Fire Protection Districts, the Adams County Sheriffs' Department, the Adams County Office of Emergency Management and the Adams County Chapter of the American Red Cross.

© Copyright 2019
Western Illinois Amateur Radio Club, Inc.


The Next Regularly Scheduled Meeting of the WIARC
Will Be On
Wednesday, December 4th

Meetings Start at 7:00PM
And Are Held In
Classroom 1 of the
Adams County
American Red Cross Building
3000 North 23rd Street, Quincy

The 2019 Illinois QSO Party
Was held on October 20th
Logs Are Due By Nov 21st

The Next
WIARC VE Test Session
Will Be Held On
Saturday, February 8th, 2020
Beginning At 1 PM
Testing Will Be At The
American Red Cross, Quincy, IL


Current Solar Conditions
And Propagation Forecast


QRZ callsign lookup:
Callsign lookups provided by qrz.com