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Amateur Radio Club

The Laguna Woods Amateur Radio Club is a non-profit organization of FCC licensed Amateur Radio Operators dedicated to serving the public and other Radio Amateurs by assisting in emergencies, disasters, handling radio traffic and facilitating world-wide contacts with other Radio Amateurs.  The Club is located in Orange County, California, in Grid DM13do.

Any resident of Laguna Woods Village with a current FCC issued Amateur Radio license and a willingness to contribute his or her efforts shall be eligible for membership. Associate membership is for non-licensed residents who are studying to get their amateur radio FCC license within 12 months after joining the club.

Message from the President (of the LWV Amateur Radio Club)

The LW Amateur Radio Club is anxious to return to normalcy but will follow the guidelines set forth by LWV.  We continue to practice our emergency radio net, R A C E S net and practice messaging every Thursday at 1930 on 147.615 (W6LY).

 We regretfully must cancel our participation in the annual International FIELD DAY this June.

  We hope to get back to our regular member and breakfast meetings soon.
In the meantime please stay healthy and safe.
Grace Stencel, President, Laguna Woods Amateur Radio Club
KM6JOS,  714-421-9019

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Laguna Woods Amateur Radio Club

2020 Club Officers:

  • President:  Grace Stencel, KM6JOS,, (714) 421-9019
  • Vice-President:  Mike Epstein, KA6VPG, email:
  • Treasurer:  Bob Matonti, KN6CVB,
  • Secretary:  James Riedel, K6EEE,

2020 Club Committee Chairs

  • Communication Committee - Don, K6IAA
  • Disaster Committee - Bruce, NH7WG
  • Liaison Committee - Grace S
  • Program Committee - Open
  • Social Commitee - Diane C.
  • Technical Committee - Don Hill, KE6BXT,, (714) 345-1114

Associated Activity of the Club:

  • City of Laguna Woods Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES): Bruce Bonbright, NH7WG,
  • Disaster Preparedness Task Force - club members provide radio communication and message handling support

Due to the current stay at home order because of the coronavirus (COVID-19)

all "In-Person" Laguna Woods Amateur Radio Club meetings are canceled until further notice.

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On October 1, 2020 at 10:30 AM the Laguna Woods Amateur Radio Club will have a Zoom Meeting!

Members, prospective members, visitors and guest are welcome!

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Weekly nets will still occur as planned.

Next Club Meet


      October 1, 2020, Thursday, 10:30 AM - (In-person meeting is Canceled)

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Club meetings are normally held on the first Thursday of the month at 10:30 AM in Clubhouse 1, Dining Room 3.

Meetings are open to Village Residents and their guests.

(No meeting in July or August due to many members being on vacation)  

Next Club Breakfast

October 8, 2020 at 19th Hole - (Canceled)


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Club NET

We conduct a weekly membership Club Net every Thursday evening at 1930 (7:30 PM) on our 2 meter repeater: 

147.615 MHz, -600 kHz offset with CTCSS* Tone 136.5 Hz   (*Continuous Tone Coded Squelch System).

On the first Thursday of the month we also do a simplex net on 146.580 MHz.  

On the other Thursdays we have a message handling net to practice sending and receiving messages. 

The purpose of this net is to inform club members of upcoming activities of the club where members can participate to learn, improve their club, verify their radio's operation and practice protocol of radio communication in support of the Village emergency response.  After announcements, we take club membership check-ins in alphabetical order.  Any licensed Amateur is invited to check-in as a visitor.


The Laguna Woods Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES) Net is held every Thursday evening immediately after the Laguna Woods Amateur Radio Club Net on our 2 meter repeater. 

The purpose of this net is to inform club members of upcoming emergency drill activities of the city where club RACES members can participate to learn, improve their skills, verify their radio's operation and practice protocol of radio communication in support of the Laguna Woods City emergency response.  

RACES members, perspective members and visitors are invited to check in.

Message Practice NET

Join us on the Message Practice Net, right after the RACES Net.  Practice your emergency message handling skills by sending and receiving practice messages.  We send the Captain’s Personal Injury and Building Damage Reports (sample fill in) and Captain’s Personal Injury and Building Damage Reports (blank forms) used by the Laguna Woods Village Disaster Preparedness Task Force as well as the ICS-213 Forms used by  Laguna Woods City.  We look forward to having you join us.

 Social NET

The Laguna Woods Village Social Net is held every Tuesday Evening at 1930 (7:30 PM) on our 2 meter repeater. The purpose of this net is to develop camaraderie among club members. Any licensed amateur is invited to call in.


Every Wednesday evening at 2000 (8:00 PM) the South Orange Amateur Radio Association (SOARA) conducts a D-STAR Net on it's K6SOA.C repeater 146.115 MHz, +600 kHz offset, Module C.  A number of Village hams, who are also SOARA members, are usually on the net, You need D-STAR equipment to access the net. Members  can use the Icom ID 880 transceiver in Clubhouse 1 Radio Room if they have no D-STAR equipment and want to get on the net. You can observe who is on the D-STAR net by using the D-STAR Monitor.

HELPFUL LINKS  (Click on the links below for useful information)

American Radio Relay League (ARRL)

Laguna Woods Village Emergency Operations Plan

City Of Laguna Woods

Orange County Radio Amateur Civil Emergency System (RACES)

South Orange Amateur Radio Association (SOARA) 

FCC Universal Licensing System - License Search

Laguna Woods Village Community Map

ARRL Frequency Band Chart

ARRL "The Doctor is In (SWR Simplified)" podcast

ARRL "So Now What?" podcast for new hams

HF Propagation Tools and Solar Data

Members only information

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