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W0VFW Amateur Radio Club became a reality in September of 2007 with the issuance of the club call. W0VFW is the only Amateur Radio Club in the world that is sponsored by a VFW Post. Thru fund raisers and donations to the club, we have been able to install a 40' Universal self supporting tower. On the tower we have a Crushcraft X-7 beam, vertical and horizontal polarized 2 meter beam and a 2m/440 Comet9 vertical. On a 50' telephone pole is a Comet GP-9 for use with our 443.325mhz repeater and a 2 meter folded dipole for our 145.27mhz repeater. There is also a echo link connection to the 2meter repeater which is used by amateurs from all around the world and by the National Weather Service while tracking severe weather.

The reason for starting the W0VFW Amateur club was to encourage people to become amateur radio operators and tap the unlimited resources of military trained radio operators. There is a multitude of Amateur radio operators that are Veterans and we try to encourage them all to get active in a Veterans organization in order to help protect the rights and benefits of all U.S. Veterans current and future.

The Club participates in many Amateur activities such as Field day, Pearl Harbor Day, Veterans Day, Military Appreciation Day to mention just a few.

The Club also has a core of ARRL Volunteer Examiners. We have held classes to help people get their license and hold a testing every 5th Saturday of the year.

The following is a brief history of our Post.

The Wichita Memorial Veterans of Foreign Wars, (VFW), Post 3115 was officially chartered by the VFW headquarters in Kansas City on November 26, 1974. At that time; Our Department Commander, Robert (Bob) Howell, was a member of the Derby VFW Post. During the late sixties, after his return from Phan Rang Air Force Base, Vietnam, Bob had retired as a Major from active service from the United States Air Force.

Following Bob’s retirement, he was employed as a Personnel Specialist (Trainee) for the Civilian Personnel Office at McConnell AFB, Kansas. During the next few years he was working his way up through the numerous VFW positions until he became the Kansas Department Commander in 1974. His long time dream of forming a new VFW Post - primarily to recruit Vietnam Veterans - was slowly becoming a reality. The new Post was finally dedicated in late 1974 and was housed in a building at West Street and Douglas Street. A couple of years later the Post was moved to the 500 block of North Anna Street. From there the Post moved to its’ current location at 4801 West Douglas Ave.

Our Mission Statement

To preserve and strengthen camaraderie among VFW members; to perpetuate the honor, memory, and history of our dead, and to assist their widows, widowers and orphans; to maintain true allegiance to the government of the United States of America and fidelity to its Constitution and laws; to foster true patriotism to maintain and extend the institutions of American freedom; and to preserve and defend the United States from all her enemies, whomever and wherever they may be.

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