Modern Amateur Radio is a community‐aware, technology‐based and rewarding hobby. The purpose of Amateur Radio is largely self‐education and technical experimentation to advance skills in both the communication and technical phases of the radio art, but through the medium of radio communications many operators around the world form long‐term friendships thereby fostering international good will.

Amateur Radio is challenging. There are many popular contests for operators to hone their skills. For example: By making as many contacts as they can over a day or a weekend or by trying to contact certain countries or states. Amateur Radio has become an outdoor sport of sorts for many enthusiasts engaged in portable radio operation from mountain summits, national parks, museums, lighthouses and many more places.

Amateur radio also provides voluntary noncommercial communication service (particularly with respect to providing emergency communications). Amateur Radio clubs actively support local community activities and provide free communications for public events. On a more serious level, there are many groups like the Amateur Radio Emergency Service that are always ready to provide emergency communications in case of natural disaster.

Recently, there has been a resurgence in Amateur Radio participation due to simplified licencing conditions, the availability of low‐cost radio equipment and no minimum age requirement. This has provided a new opportunity for elementary school students, even as young as five, who have successfully obtained their own Amateur Radio licence.

Metcalf Amateur Radio Club, Spring 2019

Pictured from left to right are Eban, Devon, Amira and Cora.

Metcalf Amateur Radio Station

Thanks to a generous ARRL station grant and the generosity of several local hams, the Metcalf Amateur Radio Station includes:

Icom IC-7300 HF/6M Transceiver

80m OCF Dipole suspended 50' High

Kenwood TM-V71A 2m/70cm Transceiver

2m/70cm JPole

DMR Hotspot and TYT MD-380 UHF HT

Dell Laptop for Logging & Digital Modes

Metcalf Amateur Radio Club

In this after-school activity, students learn about amateur radio and the fundamentals of electronics. Students will have the opportunity to get on the air with equipment donated by the ARRL and local ham radio operators. We also plan many fun hands-on experiments and activities to help students learn about radio and related technologies.

Activities and Topics:

  • Radio in everyday life
  • Amateur Radio Call Signs
  • International Phonetic Alphabet
  • International Morse Code
  • Amateur Radio Q-codes and RST-codes
  • Amateur Radio Abbreviations and Jargon
  • Coordinated Universal Time
  • Amateur Radio Bands
  • Amateur Radio Logging
  • Amateur Radio Operating Procedures
  • VHF/UHF Amateur Communications
  • HF Amateur Radio Communications
  • Antennas and Wavelengths
  • RoIP (Echolink, DMR Linking, IRLP, AllStar)
  • APRS
  • Orbital Satellites Carrying Amateur Radio (OSCAR)
  • Amateur Radio aboard the International Space Station
  • Radio direction finding (foxhunting)

Look for us on the air or contact us for a sked.

We are looking for additional Amateur Radio Operators to serve as Control Operators and mentors. If you would like to volunteer, please Contact Us

Future Projects

  • Set up a club station at Metcalf Elementary School Complete Spring 2019
  • Set up a DMR Hotspot at Metcalf Elementary Complete Spring 2019
  • Set up a club station at EWG Jr/Sr High
  • Set up a station capable of AMSAT/ISS contacts
  • Host a Winlink Gateway for W1RIA
  • Host an AREDN Node
  • Host a local DMR Repeater
  • Host an AMPRNet VPN Server
  • Extend coverage of the NB1RI Network in our community


The Exeter-West Greenwich Amateur Radio Club is intended to promote an understanding of amateur radio communications and to foster education in the fields of communications, electronics, technology and engineering and their application to science and the arts through the use of amateur radio and other related disciplines.

We will strive to provide learning opportunities to teach necessary skills for obtaining various levels of FCC amateur radio operator’s licenses, to conduct activities and programs to advance the general interest and welfare of amateur radio in the Exeter-West Greenwich Regional School District community, to establish and maintain local resources and connections to amateur radio networks to provide electronic communications for regular amateur use and to be utilized in the event of disasters or other emergencies, and to promote enthusiasm for the radio arts, amateur radio experimentation, and the multitude of science, technology, and math-related fields directly and indirectly related to amateur radio.

We offer various levels of membership. Regular Members are licensed operators with a connection to EWG. Advisory Members are adult members that may not be licensed but have a desire to further our mission. Associate Members are licensed operators that don't have a connection to EWG but want to be part of the club. Student Members are working towards obtaining their license, and will become Regular or Associate members once licensed.

We have a commitment not to charge dues for students so that financial hardship will not limit participation. We plan to raise funds through fundraisers, sales, hosting ham-fests or auctions, through donations, or by applying for grants.