Rio Amateur Radio Club (Rio ARC) K5RGV

Greetings from the heart of deep south Texas! Rio ARC proudly calls Harlingen, known as "The Tropical Playground of Texas," its home. Situated at the crossroads of I-2 and I-69E in Cameron County, we extend our warm welcome to the entire Rio Grande Valley, including McAllen, Brownsville, South Padre Island, Port Isabel, San Benito, Raymondville, and, of course, Harlingen. 

At Rio ARC, we embrace individuals with a passion for Ham radio communications, electronics, and computer theory, recognizing the pivotal role they play in the world of Amateur Radio. Yet, we understand that it's not solely about technology; it's also about the extraordinary sense of camaraderie and community that amateur radio enthusiasts experience.  We offer you the chance to establish enduring friendships with fellow Hams who share your enthusiasm. We orchestrate captivating club events and social gatherings, creating opportunities for connections, idea sharing, and the formation of cherished memories.

Join us for our informal breakfast meetups, held twice a week, where we unite over good food, outstanding company, and vibrant conversations spanning amateur radio and many other topics.


Shirt Sales

If you would like one of our stylish T-Shirts they are only $14 plus shipping or you can buy one or even more at one of our get togethers.


Club Meetings are scheduled on the 2nd Tuesday of each calendar month at 6:00 pm (18:00) local time. We meet in the Harlingen Irrigation District building . Members and non-members are welcome to attend.

Los Leones Breakfast

Join us for breakfast at Los Leones in La Feria every Wednesday morning at 8:00 am.

Rosita's Breakfast

Join us for breakfast at Rositas in West Harlingen every Saturday Morning at 8:00 am.


Barry's Corner
Barry A. Boothe, W9UCW

"Over the coming months on this venue, I plan to present a variety of technical pieces and stories from nearly 70 years as an active ham."

Local Ham Radio Links The Official website for the South Texas Amateur Repeater Society The Official Website for the South Texas Amateur Repeater Society

South Texas Amateur Radio Club The South Texas Amateur Radio Club is a Texas Incorporated non-profit organization created to render public service during impending storms or severe weather

Rio Grande Valley Amateur Radio Club Facebook Facebook Page

DMR Net The [authoritative] home for all things DMR in the State of Texas

Ham Radio Examination  Links

There are many websites that assist you in passing the Amateur Radio Examination. We have selected a few links, which are currently free to use, for your search and assist you in becoming a licensed amateur. This link explains ways to study for each test so you can obtain your license as quickly and easily as possible. This is a free website that assists you in the testing for all three license levels or classes including study materials, flashcards, practice exams, and the entire FCC question pools from each test. This is a free website link that took each of the three license levels or classes and removed the distractors from the question pools so that you can go through each question and only be presented with the correct answer. Practice exams are derived from the test pools for each level or class.

HAMSTUDY  This website has a section about the Ham Radio Hobby. How to get licensed and even study tips. It also has study exams for Technician Class, General, and Amateur Extra.

Practice Test Geeks This website contains study guides and practice tests.  

Ham Radio Interest Links

What is "Ham Radio"

The National Association for Amateur Radio (ARRL) ARRL is the national association for Amateur Radio in the US. Founded in 1914 by Hiram Percy Maxim

ARRL South Texas Section This website is an extension of the ARRL website to better serve the ARRL South Texas Section

QRZ Ham Operator information

eHam Ham Radio on the Net
RadioQTH Callsign Information

AMSAT (Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation) For those interested in satellite communications, AMSAT provides information on satellite tracking and operating guidelines.

RadioReference A comprehensive database of scanner frequencies and radio communications information, including amateur radio frequencies.

Emergency Use Links

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