The late actor Andy Devine was often referred to as Red Eyed Rooster. His amateur radio callsign, WB6RER (yes, Andy was a "HAM"), is phonetically pronounced on the air as:
Whiskey Bravo Six Red Eyed Rooster!
In the 1960s, it was not unusual for an amateur radio operator to hear "This is WB6RER Red Eyed Rooster calling on 40 and standing by". Andy's raspy voice, the result of a childhood accident, was a trademark of sorts.
Andy liked the callsign, WB6RER, and had actually traveled to the coast to obtain it from another ham operator. The Hualapai Amateur Radio Club obtained Andy's callsign with the assistance of the late actor's family, after his passing in 1977. The family wrote to the FCC and asked that the call sign be transferred to the Hualapai Amateur Radio Club.
Andy called many places home in his life, including Kingman, where he is considered a 'native son". The City of Kingman puts on an annual event in his honor.
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The Hualapai Amateur Radio Club meets the first Wednesday every month at 6:00PM with the exception of December. Prior to Covid-19, our meetings were held at the Hualapai Valley Fire Department Station #1, located at 2485 Northern Avenue, Kingman, AZ. Since the start of the pandemic, meetings have been online or, more recently, at the EAA765 hanger at the Kingman airport. Things are a bit dynamic however, so look for special notices here and/or check the facebook page for the latest meeting location information.
Membership fee is $25 for an individual and $35 for a family, with or without children. Membership begins and dues are paid in January. For new members joining after January, dues are prorated at $2 per month for the current year.
The Hualapai Amateur Radio Club has been an ARRL affliated club since 1973. ARRL membership is not a requirement to join, nor is it required for continued membership in the Hualapai Amateur Radio Club. It is, however, something worth considering.
For those desiring to join HARC, a membership application can be downloaded by clicking here
While not manditory, ID badges are available for members who would like them. Badges are $8.00 each (not included with membership), are made locally and, if desired, may be paid for along with your membership dues.