Welcome to the
West Allis Radio Amateur Club
A Non-Profit Educational Organization

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Officers and Board

  Feroz Ghouse, WU9N

Vice President
  Mike Johnson, WO9B

  Bill Dargis, KD9BJZ

  Bill Reed, N9KPH

  Pierre Porter, KD9SSY
  Tom Macon, K9BTQ

Newsletter Editor
  Frank Humpal, KA9FZR

  Tom Macon, K9BTQ

Affiliated with

American Radio Relay League



The West Allis Radio Amateur Club, Inc. (WARAC) was founded in 1954 by hams in West Allis, Wisconsin and the southwest suburban area of Milwaukee. Today, the club has active members from all parts of the Metropolitan Milwaukee area. From its beginning, the club has been dedicated to public service and to the training of new hams. WARAC has conducted entry level classes in Amateur Radio for most of it's existence. WARAC has long been affiliated with the American Radio Relay League (ARRL).

Regular meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month at 7:00 pm at New Berlin Community Center, 14750 W Cleveland Avenue (handicapped accessible - all on one level). Regular meetings consist of a program on a topic of interest and a short business meeting. This is followed by refreshments and comaraderie to round out the evening. Meeting announcements and club news are published monthly in HAMTRIX, the WARAC newsletter.

One WARAC David Knaus Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually in the amount of $1500. The scholarship is available to Wisconsin residents holding an Amateur Radio license and registered with a college, university or technical school in a course leading to an Associate or Bachelor degree. The David Knaus Memorial Scholarship is administered by the ARRL Foundation and application information is available on our Scholarship page.

The WARAC Scholarship Fund was established in 1988 and more than $66,000 has been awarded since then. Donations by the club and individuals allow the fund to continue providing scholarships. Donations to the WARAC Scholarship Fund are tax deductible under IRS Code Section 501(c)3.

The annual Wisconsin QSO Party has been sponsored by WARAC since 1979. WIQP is an on-the-air operating competition that focuses on Wisconsin and is popular not only in Wisconsin, but across the country and the world with over 300 logs submitted each year.

The objective for Wisconsin hams is to make contact with hams in as many Wisconsin counties and other states as possible. Amateurs in other states try to contact as many Wisconsin stations in as many counties as they can. Awards are given to high scoring entrants in several categories.

WARAC sponsors an award program, the Worked All Wisconsin Counties Award, available to any Amateur who can show evidence of having confirmed contacts with an Amateur in each of Wisconsin's 72 counties occurring during or after the 1995 Wisconsin QSO Party. This award is available to all Amateur Radio operators worldwide.


Each June, WARAC members take to the field and set up functioning stations with the goal of making as many contacts with other Amateur stations in the United States as possible in a 24 hour period. This event, sponsored by the ARRL, is an exercise in emergency preparedness as well as being an exciting operating activity. This picture, which appeared in the 1996-97 CQ Magazine Amateur Radio Calendar, shows Mike Falk, AA9RK and Jim Westover, KB9KBK operating at the 1995 WARAC Field Day site.

From time to time, WARAC members engage in other group activities. The club holds an annual dinner at which awards are presented to members who have earned distinction within the club.

Membership in WARAC is open to "all persons of good character with a genuine interest in Amateur Radio." Full membership is available to licensed Amateur Radio operators, with Associate membership available to non-licensed individuals. A filled-out WARAC application form may be presented at any meeting. Dues for membership are $20.00 for individual or family membership..

Sound interesting? For more information on Amateur Radio or the West Allis Radio Amateur Club, visit our website at www.warac.org/, email us, or you may write to us at the address at the top of the page. Also, anyone is welcome to attend our meetings on second Tuesdays

How To Contact Us

West Allis Radio Amateur Club, Inc.

  P O Box 511381
  New Berlin, WI   53151