About Us

EARS History

The Emerald Amateur Radio Society (EARS) was founded in 1960 to promote Amateur Radio and the Amateur Radio community in Lane County. To promote greater harmony in the family radio shack, EARS became the first club to admit women members. EARS first meeting was in the back room of an ice cream shop in Springfield, followed by meeting places at the Eugene Public Library, the Science Factory, and Springfield’s City Hall.  Currently we are meeting in the EOC room at the Springfield Justice Center, 230 4th Street, Springfield OR.

General meetings are held on the 3rd Tuesday of the month, unless falling on a holiday, in which case this website and email notices will post appropriate changes.  EARS is a state-charted non-profit corporation having its own officers and operating equipment. It is associated with the American Radio Relay League’s (ARRL) and EARS operates under the rules of the Federal Communications Commission as regards to the Amateur Radio Service.

During times of emergency, EARS operates under the auspices of Springfield’s Emergency Management structure.  The Springfield Police Department provides an Auxiliary Radio room housed in the Springfield Justice Center for EARS radio club call sign W7SFD.  The club also maintains a 2 meter repeater, WA7FQD, located in Springfield, found on 146.74 MHz on 2 meters.

EARS offers the general public information about Amateur radio, participates in community sponsored events providing ham radio communication, recommends current classes in Amateur Radio licensing when they are taught, and its role in emergencies. We also participate in simulated emergency tests (SETS) on a city, county and state basis.  If you already have an Amateur Radio license, EARS has many areas of interest ranging from DX ing to antenna building to digital communications, and more. In addition, training in Emergency Communications is offered monthly to anyone interested.

Club Member E-mails

After joining EARS as a club member, you may join our e-mail reflector. This list is open to club members only, as a way to stay in touch with last minute announcements and events:

  – To subscribe, click here: 

  – When one person sends a message, everyone on the list gets it
  – It’s a closed list: only members of the list can post
  – The list is managed, so there should be NO spam.


Dues are payable in advance for a calendar year, paid on or before the first January meeting of the new year, as follows:

Voting Membership — $20.00
Associate Membership — $20.00
Family Membership — $20.00 first member; $10.00 each additional member
Student Membership (K-12) — $2.00
Meritorious Members — No Dues
Life Members — No Dues

New members joining the Club after January 1st shall pay a pro rata portion of the annual dues, as follows:

January – March: $20.00
April – June $15.00
July – September $10.00
October – December $ 5.00

Club Constitution & By-laws

Club Constitution (10/15/19)
Club By-Laws (4/16/19)

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