We are a Club consisting of about 100 members mostly from the Summit and Portage County area. We range in age from about 10 to 80 years. We are students, business owners, retirees, housewives, teachers, tradespeople, technologists, etc. - all with a common interest in ham radio.

We hold meetings on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month at the Northampton Town Hall in Cuyahoga Falls. The first meeting of the month is generally a business meeting with an occasional short program following. The second meeting of the month is usually a very brief business meeting followed by a program of some sort. The program topics vary greatly, but tend to be ham radio or technology related.

We run two nets on Monday evenings. A 2 meter net starts at 8:30 PM preceded by Newsline starting at 8:01 PM. Check-ins, comments and announcements can be heard on the net held on the club repeater on 147.27 MHz. At 9:30 PM we also run an HF net on 10 meters, 28.360 (plus or minus a few KHz as needed) with a more laid back approach.

We sponsor an annual Hamfest get-together that has a large radio, electronics, and a computer flea market that provides a chance to buy, sell, or trade equipment. It's also an excellent chance to talk with other hams in person.

We participate in the annual Field Day exercise that provides practice in operating under emergency conditions and is an excellent introduction to contesting.

We own and operate a repeater station in Cuyahoga Falls that provides reliable communications over the greater Summit County area.

CFARC provides classes that will help new people to obtain amateur radio licenses and help current licensees to upgrade their licenses and gain greater operating flexibility.

We publish a monthly newsletter (The Chattering Relay) so that Club members keep in touch with club events.

In the summer months we have "Fox Hunts"-- hidden transmitter hunts.

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Committee Contacts
Melissa Baker- KE8CSQ

Newsletter Editor
David P Filing - K8DPF
330-923-3109 newslettereditor@cfarc.org

Larry Beane- K8PU

James E Grover - N8PZL

The Cuyahoga Falls Radio Club was founded in the Fall of 1955 as an offshoot of the Buckeye Shortwave Radio Association in Akron. The Club's purpose at the time was to provide communications for Civil Defense Zone C (Northern Summit County). The Federal Communications Commission granted the call letters W8VPV to the Club, for use during Club activities. Meetings were held at the city building in Cuyahoga Falls, which was also the location of Club's station. This early station consisted of a National HRO-60 receiver and a Collins 32V3 transmitter, purchased by the City of Cuyahoga Falls with federal matching funds for Civil Defense purposes.

Soon after the Club was founded, some members designed a small dual band transmitter/receiver that operated on the amateur 10 and 6 meter bands. Several of these units were built by Club members and were used on nets that were operated by the Club. About 1958, several more members built some units that were similar, but only operated on the 6 meter band.

In 1961 the Club moved its meeting location to the Civil Defense building on Water Street in Cuyahoga Falls. This location was not a good one for radio, as it was located next to a power substation. The Club moved in 1962 to the American Legion post on Front Street and remained there until 1967, when it was offered a meeting facility at the United Electronics Institute (Now NIT) on Orlen Avenue. In the early 1980's the Club moved its meeting place to the Bishop Scout Center behind the Church in Silver Lake. Here, it was able once again to establish a home station for W8VPV. In 2000 the Club moved to Hope Homes in Stow. In 2002 the Club was able to move back into Cuyahoga Falls and now meets at the Northampton Town Hall.

William Pat Morrow - N8OQP

Vice President
Ken Cormack - KE8DPF

Melissa Baker- KE8CSQ

Bill Roxbury - W8DIS

Radio Officer
Frank Tompkins - W8EZT

Bob McFadden - K8RJM
John Grazulis - WO3X
Anthony Luscre- K8ZT