The Maple Valley Amateur Radio Club (MVARC), an ARRL Affiliate club, is a group of amateur radio enthusiasts in the greater Maple Valley area who meet and engage in activities to further the advancement of this hobby for the good of ourselves and the community. 

What is Amateur Radio?

Amateur Radio is a non-commercial radio communication service whose primary aims are public service, technical training and experimentation, and communication between private persons. Amateur Radio operators are commonly called hams. Hams generally communicate with each other recreationally but also provide communications for others at public events or in times of emergency or disaster. Hams are licensed to operate radio transmitters by the Federal Communications Commission, and are assigned call letters. The call letters KC7KEY are assigned to the Maple Valley Amateur Radio Club. Licensing involves taking a test demonstrating knowledge in radio theory and the rules and regulations that govern the use of radio spectrum.





















Event Sign Up

To sign-up to support local events as a Amateur radio operator, see the Event Sign-Up page.  MVARC participates in and supports many events in the Maple Valley area. This includes the Maple Valley Days, bike races, triathlons, and other community events. For more information, see the Events page.

Weekly Radio Net

MVARC holds a weekly social net on the Maple Valley Repeater and also on simplex. The net starts at 8 PM local time, Tuesday nights, on the repeater at 147.26+ (103.5). After the first round we switch to 146.54 simplex. This is an informal net and all are welcome to check in and tell us about your latest ham radio adventures. For more information contact Sean NK7N. If you're acting as Net Control for the week, the net preamble is available here


Monthly Meetings

Monthly meetings are held at 10 AM on the fourth Saturday of each month (except July-August and November-December) at Fire Station #81 near SR169 & SR18, 22225 SE 231st Street Maple Valley, WA 98038. All are welcome to come. Talk-In available on either the 147.26 repeater or 146.54 MHz simplex. Please see the Events page for more info.  

Club Merchandise

Maple Valley Amateur Radio Club merchandise is available for order with the MVARC logo. Download and print this order form and bring it to a club meeting, or send it along with payment to the address listed at the bottom of the form.

Maple Valley Repeaters

MVARC, working with the Maple Valley Emergency Repeater Association, sponsors two local repeaters using call sign KF7NPL:

2m - 147.26+ Analog & DStar
- Analog Voice FM (103.5Hz tone)
    with IRLP (Node 3615) and Echolink (KF7NPL-R)
- D-Star Digital Voice  (KF7NPL C)

70cm - 442.675+ D-Star (only)
- D-Star Digital Voice (KF7NPL B)

Contact Chris KA0ZRW or Sean NK7N for details and usage guidelines.


Emergency Communications

MVARC has an active role with King County OEM through the Maple Valley ARES team. See the ARES page for more details.



Education

MVARC is a source to find license classes and VE test sessions to help get people started in Amateur Radio. Please see the Education page for more info.


Join the Maple Valley Amateur Radio Club

More information about how to join is on the membership page.


Field Day

On the fourth weekend of June of each year, more than 35,000 radio amateurs gather with their clubs, groups 
or simply with friends to operate from remote locations, an event called Field DayMVARC participates in this event each year at Lake Wilderness Park in Maple Valley and uses the event as an opportunity to practice their emergency communication capabilities. All are welcome to join us and find out more about Amateur Radio and our club MVARC press release about Field Day