Serving Henry,Knox,Stark,Rock Island, Mercer, Lee, Warren,Peoria,Bureau,Tazewell,Woodford,Marshall, Fulton, counties in Illinois and Scott county in Iowa.
The Area Amateur Radio Operators, (AARO) meet on the 3rd Monday of each month. In the Winter months we meet at the Blach Hawk College outreach center (just North of City Hall) in Kewanee, Illinois, and Summer Months at the Galva Park District Park Shelter, (just South of the Swimming Pool), at 7:PM.
AARO was founded in 1995 by some area hams that had a vision of providing communications in times of emergencies and putting a local repeater on the air. There was a hole in this area as far as far as repeater coverage and simplex communications were becoming more difficult because of a repeater input and output on 146.460 Mhz. After drafting, accepting, and adopting a Constitution and by-laws, our club was formed and incorporated.
We began a fundraiser for a repeater and after about a year, we finally had enough money to put a repeater on the air. (For more information on the repeater see below.) We had a site approved for several years for this repeater, but could never raise enough money to actually put it on the air until after the club was formed.
If you would like to attend a meeting or join our club, give a call on the club repeater 145.490 - 600 Hz, 225.7 PL, or 442.175, 225.7 PL and ask for information.