The JPL Amateur Radio Club is open to employees and contractors working at all Jet Propulsion Laboratory facilities including the Deep Space Communications Complexes in Australia, Spain and Goldstone California. It operates several communications stations and repeaters in Southern California for the benefit of licensed radio amateurs and in support of emergency communications in the event of natural or other disasters.
The club was first formed in 1958 as the JPL Amateur Radio Society largely through the efforts of Dr. Henry L. Richter, W6VZA, with the intent of furthering interest in Amateur Radio at the Laboratory. Notable early activities included handling radio traffic during the flight of Explorer I, the JPL constructed artificial satellite first orbited by the United States that year.
A PDF copy of the club by-laws can be accessed here: Club By-Laws
Jet Propulsion Laboratory Amateur Radio Club
Updated April 11, 2013