In 1956 twelve amateur radio operators came together to form an amateur radio club in Wayne County, Ohio that quickly grew to 60 members by 1957. This club continued to grow over the years operating as W8WOO, a name derived from the county seat, Wooster. For many years the club operated as Wayne Amateur Radio Technical Society (WARTS) and later changed the name to Wayne Amateur Radio Club (WARC), which is the current name for this busy group.
Over the years, this club has enjoyed the camaraderie of fellow amateur radio operators as they taught classes to beginners, enjoyed air time together, set up temporary “ham shacks” in schools, conducted fox hunts, and shared technical training at meetings.
The club has always been active in the community. The club donated amateur radio books to the library, was part of the resource plan for Y2K, provided emergency communications for the local hospital when their phone system was down, provided communication for the Mohican 100 mile race, provided communication in the aftermath of twisters, provided communication and message handling during a blizzard, and strung the lights for Wooster’s town Christmas tree for many years.
Today the club members continue activities that were started many years ago, such as: conducting monthly meetings, participating in Field Day events, enjoying DXing, running 2-meter nets, participating in SKYWARN, and providing communication for foot races, bicycle races, and parades. Today, as well as historically, many members belong to ARRL and ARES, and the club members continue to ready themselves for communication needs in local emergencies.