One of your first steps as a new ham will be to check out some of the general-purpose clubs in your area so that you can meet other hams and start to get familiar with all the hobby has to offer. Being active in a general purpose club or two may be all you need to satisfy your need to be connected to others who enjoy Ham Radio. However, there are other ham radio organizations and specific purpose clubs that you can check out depending on what area of the hobby you may like to focus.
Emergency Communications. A significant number of new hams get invovled in the hobby to pursue the many opportunities it provides to assist in times of local, regional, and national emergencies. There are several flavors of these organizations and it can be confusing. Some of the main Emergency Communications organizations are listed below. Click Here for links and a list of contacts for emergency communications organizations in the KC Metro.
If your interest is in Emergency Communications, you may want to plan on joining more than one EC Organization. Multiple memberships in these organizations is common and encouraged
Other Organizations. If Emergency Communications isn't your primary interest, or if you have other secondary interests, chances are good there is a specific-purpose club in the KC Metro that matches up with your interest. There are active clubs in the area for people interested thing like building antennas, amateur television, contesting, DX operation, and for blind operators. Click Here to see full list of clubs in the area and ask around when you go to club meetings. Whatever your interests, there are sure to be other hams in the area that share your passion.