Public Service

CMRA is pleased to serve our community in a number of ways.

License Testing

ARRL FCC VE testing for new amateur licenses and upgrades will be conducted each third Tuesday evening of the month. The exception to this will be the testing sessions for January through March 2022 which will be held on the third Wednesdays. From now through April 2022 testing will be at 6:30 PM at the Boone County Government Center, 801 E. Walnut, Columbia.

Note: The after-hours access is via the west door that opens onto the plaza between the County building and the courthouse, south of the intersection of Ash Street and 8th Street.  There is on-street paid parking (paid until 7 PM) on the north side of the building.  North of the building and across Ash Street are two parking lots for county employees that are open to the public after 5 PM.

Please contact N0OFJ, Jon to make testing arrangements.

A $15 testing fee is required. Bring a photo ID and a copy of your current license (to leave with us, if you have one).

From time to time we offer classes to help prospective hams get their license. Check the Instruction & Training link on this site for available classes.

Weather Spotting

In the event of severe weather, CMRA and BCARES (Boone County ARES) provide weather spotting service to local officials at Joint Communications and to the National Weather Service. Weather nets are heard on 146.610, PL 127.3.

Communications Services

CMRA has provided communications service for the Frozen Toes bike race conducted by the Columbia Bike Club each February.
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For several years CMRA provided communications services for the MS Bike Ride when it was held in the Columbia area each September by the Gateway Area Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society from St. Louis.

Contact us if we can be of service to your organization.