Rodney Amateur Radio Club - NZART Branch 71

Welcome to R.A.R.C

Welcome to the Rodney Amateur Radio Club's website!

Our aim is to support those interested in Amateur Radio within the Rodney district and surrounding areas. We also would like to encourage others to become members and gain their amateur license.

Whilst RARC meets in Wellsford, our members are spread across the Rodney and Kaipara districts - some even further afield such as the Far North and Australia.

RARC started life as the Wellsford Radio Club in the 1950's by its founders, Eycke Zimmerman ZL1AGQ and Alan Dale ZL1ABL, Alan is still a member and attends all our meetings! Those initial meetings first took place in Eycke's basement but later moved to an almost derelect council building in School Road Wellsford - the same location was also the CD HQ for the area.

Whilst RARC today does not currently have Amatuer Radio classes to help and train budding operators, the Wellsford Radio Club did. It's first student was Bill Tester ZL1AHK and he became an operator for many years.

The Wellsford Radio Club evolved into the Rodney Amateur Radio Club in the mid 1970's and this was about the same time as the meeting location changed to the Scout Hall in Warkworth. Brian Nelson of Warkworth was a very active member doing repeater work.

Sixty years later we find ourselves meeting back in Wellsford again, where it all started!