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 Fox River Radio League 

The Fox River Radio League, Inc., is a general interest amateur radio club serving the central Fox River Valley area. Records indicate the club has been in existence since at least 1924, and has functioned continuously ever since. We are an American Radio Relay League Special Service Club, an Illinois not-for-profit corporation, and a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization as specified in IRS Statutes. 

We sponsor training classes for new hams, license examination sessions, an annual hamfest (swap meet), and participate in numerous public service events in our communities. Our members have a wide variety of specialized amateur radio interests. 

The Fox River Radio League meets on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at Bethany Lutheran Church at 8 S. Lincoln St. in Batavia, IL. The meeting begins at 7:30 PM. After conducting business, coffee and snacks are served while we socialize. Following the break, a program of interest is presented. All persons interested in amateur radio are invited to attend, and families are always welcome. 

For more information about Amateur Radio and the Fox River Radio League please contact our Club President at: president "AT" frrl.org.

Amateur Radio

Amateur Radio is a friendly, high-tech hobby that has something for everyone! Anyone can become an Amateur Radio operator, no matter what their age, gender or physical condition. People from all walks of life pass their entry-level exam and earn their Amateur (ham) Radio license. They all share the diverse world of activities that are a part of ham radio. 

Ham radio operators are licensed by the Federal Communications Commission, and use two-way radio stations from their homes, cars, boats and outdoors to make hundreds of friends around town and around the world. They communicate with each other using voice, computers, and Morse code. Some hams bounce their signals off the upper regions of the atmosphere so they can talk with hams on the other side of the world. Other hams use satellites. Many use hand-held radios that fit in their pockets. 

Hams exchange pictures of each other using television. Some also like to work on electronic circuits, building their own radios and antennas. A few pioneers in Amateur Radio have contributed to advances in technology that we all enjoy today. There are even ham-astronauts who use radios on the International Space Station to thrill thousands of hams on earth with a call from space! 

Using even the simplest of radio setups and antennas, amateurs communicate with each other for fun, during emergencies, and even in contests. They handle messages for police and other public service organizations during all kinds of emergencies including hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes and floods.