About the Ak-Sar-Ben Amateur Radio Club

The Ak-Sar-Ben Amateur Radio Club, Inc. of Omaha, Nebraska as we know it today has been around since 1945 and has been affiliated with the ARRL since that time, but there is evidence of the existance of the club dating back to the 1920s.

Today, the Ak-Sar-Ben Amateur Radio Club, is a general interest club that makes a special effort to provide communications support to many public service events such as the MS Walk, the Nebraska State Track Meet, the Market-to-Market Relay Race, Omaha's Corporate Cup and the Omaha Marathon.   

The club operates the USA repeater on 146.940 MHz which is the primary repeater for the Douglas County Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES).   The repeater is located on the KETV broadcast tower.  After several years of having good locations for local communications, the move to KETV's tower in 2005, returned KØUSA to being a central SKYWARN reporting frequency for a large number of the counties served by the National Weather Service Office in Valley.  The move did reduce coverage to the northeast for Omaha, but the area is blessed with numerous repeaters that fill nicely for that area. 

The AARC encourages its members to be active in ARES, SATERN and with the Red Cross Diaster Services.  In 2017 AARC members have worked with OPPD to reduce powerline noise that was disrupting HF communications at the Salvation Army location and also restored communications to the Red Cross by rehanging the dipole for the station.  

The club also participates in Field Day every year and members often participate in other contests through out the year using the KØUSA callsign. The club has been working with the volunteer force at Omaha's Freedom Park and recently donated the necessary funds to obtain an original TBS-6 as part of the restoration of the radio room of  Museum Ship the USS Hazard.    The club participates in Museum Ships Weekend from the USS Hazard, a World War II Minesweeper that is permanantly berthed at Omaha's Freedom Park. 

During 2016, members of the club became active with the ARRL's National Parks on the Air by activating many of the sites around the Omaha Metro. The group also makes trips to operating from other sites in the event, multiple events Homestead National Monument of America, the Missouri National Recreation River, Niobrara River, and the Oregon and Pony Express Trails.     

During 2017, the club participated Winter Field Day for the first time.  Then in March the club took part in the NE150 QSO party, returning to Homestead National Monument to help celebrate on State Hood Day.   The club activated the USS Hazard for Museum Ships Weekend then returned there for Field Day.  2017 Field Day was the best attended in at leat 10 years.  And being setup on and around the WWII Minesweeper ham radio was also on display for the 200+ visitors to the ship that day.  The club operated, cooked and slept aboard the USS Hazard.  

As part of its mission, the club also teaches classes for those wishing to obtain their amateur radio license and sponsors regularly scheduled Volunteer Examiners as part of the ARRL VEC program.   Recently members of the club have taken the message about amateur radio to area science fiction conventions with a presentation of Communications in a Post-Apocolyptic World.    Members also participate in the local Maker Faires and the Nebraska Science Festival.

The Flea-esta Amateur Radio Flea Market is usually held each fall and is known for its pancake breakfast.  

The Ak-Sar-Ben Amateur Radio Club has a long history of community service and promotion of ham radio in the city, county and state that continues today and hopefully long into the future.