History of International RV Service Net
The Amateur Radio Club of the Wally Byam Caravan Club International is the sponsoring organization of the “International RV Service Net System.”
The Amateur Radio Club was formed in 1963 by Earl Johnston W0ICV, as the “Airstream Net”. At that time its membership consisted of hams who owned Airstream travel trailers and were members of the trailer club which was formed by and named after Wally Byam, the originator of the Airstream travel trailer. The club has in recent years reorganized and expanded its operations in order to serve all amateurs interested in Recreational Vehicles and in travel.
The Amateur Radio Club of the WBCCI is chartered under the Wally Byam Caravan Club International, Inc., as an “intra club”. The parent organization exercises no control over our operations as a radio club except during periods in which we provide our services at their official functions. The ARC has been approved by the IRS as a non-profit organization.
The purposes of the club are: (1) service to the public, (2) furtherance of public welfare by relaying messages via ham radio in time of need and emergency, (3) promotion of education and interest in the sciences of amateur radio, and (4) promotion of fellowship and goodwill among all radio amateurs and the public.
Desiring to include any hams who are interested in travel and camping and in providing much needed emergency public services in amateur radio fields, our Constitution and By-laws provide for inclusion of non-WBCCI member hams as Net Members in the radio club membership.
It is not necessary to own an Airstream or any other type of RV to enjoy the benefits of being a Net Member or to join the ARC. However, those who are members of the WBCCI are classified as Members.
Because of the sponsoring organization’s (WBCCI’s) affiliation, we are limited in our Constitution to Members in the selection of club officers. Otherwise, all Members and Net Members share equally in meetings, Ham-A-Rallys, Nets, and in the control and operation of these activities.
rev 12 Jul 2010