OMIK Amateur Radio Association, Inc.

About OMIK

An International Educational and Scientific Organization Founded in August of 1952
OMIK is a 501(c)7 Organization • The OMIK Scholarship is a 501(c)3 Organization

The OMIK Amateur Radio Association, Inc. was founded on August 17, 1952, as the OMIK Electronic Communications Association by Black HAMs from the states of Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, and Kentucky to deal with discrimination in the dominant culture and to assist Black travelers with information on places where they could eat and lodge. Because membership in many other ham organizations was denied, a Black HAM organization, with its own nets and other activities, was clearly needed.

The first meeting of the group that would become OMIK was held on the campus of Wilberforce College, now Central State University, near Dayton, Ohio.

Llewellyn Scearce, W8TKE, of Detroit, Michigan inspired the HAMs that he knew to take steps to form a regional association of black HAMs within the states of Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, and Kentucky. Lawrence D. Sallee, W8ZAW, promoted a meeting of eleven HAMsin the on-campus home of Henry Garcia, an instructor at Wilberforce College, Wilberforce, Ohio. Thus the first meeting of this Association was held. Lawrence Sallee, W8ZAW, became the first president; James A. Smith, W8CZD, the first secretary/treasurer; and Llewellyn Searce, W8TKE, the first net control coordinator. Many names were suggested to call the new organization, including Ohio Valley Radio Association, Amateur Radio for Defense, and United Radio Association. After much debate, they were all discarded and the first letter of each participating state was used to form a name sounding much like the electrical unit of resistance—ohm. OMIK (pronounced, “O-Mike”) Electronic Communications Association was born. It was later incorporated in the State of Michigan. This name was sustained until it was proposed and changed to OMIK Amateur Radio Association, Inc. in 2001.

OMIK has grown from a regional organization to a national and international association. OMIK is the largest predominately Black amateur radio association in the country. All licensed operators and others of good character are welcome to become members. OMIK is an affiliated club of the American Radio Relay League. Today, although still a predominantly African-American organization, OMIK is a multi-racial, multi-cultural organization with members from the United States as well as DX entities.

OMIK Seeks To

  • Promote fellowship while advancing the art of amateur radio

  • Expand and upgrade the ranks of amateur radio operators

  • Provide public service and further international goodwill

  • Coordinate OMIK-affiliated HAM radio clubs

  • Encourage and motivate youth to further their education beyond high school through scholarships and other financial assistance

KØMIK

The OMIK callsign, KØMIK, is used primarily for special events such as the annual club convention which operates a radio station from the convention venue. It is also used for OMIK related events, youth school days, or Field Day, and at times when the regional director, state coordinator, or other member approved by the OMIK President is one of the control operators.

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Please Welcome New OMIK Members!

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Members New to OMIK 2022:

Larry - KI5UXC

Joseph - KC1MTM

Jay- KA8YAW

Ted- NA7C

Abraham-KC3QBP

Don-KK4E

Hayward, XX6HMC

Reginald - KG4OCM

David - K5CDX

Yul - WA5YUL

John - K4GH

Jeffery - KI4IRS

Michael - KE8TYO

Kevin - KD9MNB

Doug - N6L TU

Marc - K9TOE

Michael - KE4LCT

Larry - AE4WJ

John - WD8LSM

Pamela - KM4WRN

Albert - KI5KHX

Robert "Roco" - K0ROC, Welcome back, Roco!
Tori - KC0EEP
Emmett - KG5YEL

Members New to OMIK 2021:

Brenda, KD2UCQ

Keith, KD2UCP

Vic, KN4FMN
Hector, N5YT

Rudolph, KC3SPL
Scott, K8SEA
Muriel, KE8QGK

Maurice, K2KWO
Irvin, KE8SNM
Dale, KD5UVV
Jon, K4CIH
Monte, W7FF
Darwyn,
KB3KOC
Arthur, VE4ACM
Alfred, K4VAO
Don, KK4E
Jeffrey, WE4B
Marissa, W4AQT
Stacey, KB5RUR
James, WA4JGM
Jenniffer,
KN6NQP
Henry, KC9OET

Members New to OMIK 2020:

Deniese, KE0ECQ
Andre, KD2USF
Cecelia, XX4CG
Michael, KN4VIK
Courtney, KD2SPJ
Kevin, KD9MNB
Janet, KG5QWK
John, KY2TTA
Authur, KN6ADB
Elbert, KO4FUZ
Ronald, W3YD
Chris, AK3B
Richard, K1CE
Marilyn, XX4MT
Mike, KE0WW
Lenn, KI5ELC
Spencer, W3SCJ
Byron, KO4EFL
Ria, N2RJ
Joshua, K2FTC
Spencer, KK6VEC
Preston, KB2IHX
Lawrence, KE6IKG
Gordon, KD8OCV
Richard, No Call
David, W2DJG
Mike, KB3ZCO
Michael, KD9MDO

Members New to OMIK in 2019:

Robert, WW8BOB
Doug, K0ZU
Harles, KJ7IJM
James, AJ3DI
Gary, N6PAW
David, WZ4SKY
John, KD2RKA
Maurice, KK6BXO
Steve, WV5D
Rose, N5RME
Selena, XX4SL
Joseph, KF5WUV
Larry, KZ4R
Jeffrey, KC8BTR
Albert, WV1Q
Larry, KE6ACO
Tom, N2LX

Members New to OMIK in 2018:

Robert, N7WBA
Richard, KC2EFA
Bette, KI5CFJ
Paul, No Call
Howard, WA7ERO
John, K7BIG
Brian, KM4UCV
Lynn, W8LAD
Jerome XX2JS
Tina XX4TD
Richard, KB3EMU
Kenneth, KD2IFW
Hubert, KN4JOC
Denise, No Call
Anthony, KE8IHP
Herman, N5BMD
Sloan, KN4GQB
Bruce, KG6FOS
Chris, KA2QWC
Jesse, KI7QDU
KD9JXJ, William
Quentae, KF6OLC
Donald, KM4VWT
Patricia, KE0QXD

Members New to OMIK in 2017:

John, KB7GL
Anthony, N4CNT
Kent, KK4FFF
Anthony, K4NDC
Kyle, KG5VNK
Bernard, ND4Q
Tyrone, WW4UW
Guy, N5YT
Edward, KF4RWA
Booker, KK4ZDR
James, KB9NIM
Harry, KN4EUP
Kenneth, W4KAP
Colin, N3UBI
Raymond, KD2HEA
Mike, KD4KLD
Ralph, W4WSI
Manuel, KV4EP
Jerome, NW3T
Harold, KC2BPP
Brandon, K5IIA
Alfred, KD8ACG
Carl, KK4UTS

Members New to OMIK in 2016:

James, N3KBF
James, KG5MRG
Bert, WA2SI
Samantha, W2SSC
Charles, WA2CJC
Robert, WB4RIY
Jim, WA4CWI
Ryan, KM6DNG
Eva, XX6ES
John, AG8V
Jeanne, XX8JS
Jimmy, WB5MET
John, WA8TON/VO1TON
John, KA4SSB
David, N4ASA
Alexander, W4ALX
Arthur, KG4EYG
Jeff, KM4TTV
Carl, K9AIG
Gus, KB0YH
Gregory, KG7VNZ
Byrone, KG5KVN
Sarah, KC5DFI

Members New to OMIK in 2015:

James, KB4PQO
Emmanuel, KD9FCW
Marc, WB9DBD
Stephen, W3DWJ
Forest, K4FTP
Jard, KE0GIP
Eddie, KD8NYA
Pam, No Call
Gloria, No Callsign
Donna, KB3ZCB
Dock, N4HYK
James, KG5EWK
Lester, N3HL
Chris, N7UTC
Gerald, KK6YO
Rudy, No Call
Steve, KC9UMO

OMIK Nets

KØMIK - OMIK Amateur Radio Association - Net Schedule
(NOTE: The UTC Clock above is provided by Time.is. During Daylight Savings Time net times move back 1 hour)

OMIK CW Net meets weekly on Wednesday evenings at 6 pm Central time (0000 UTC) on 7.037 MHz

OMIK Nets on Sundays

20 Meter Phone 14.295 MHz from 16:00 - 18:00 UTC
40 Meter Phone 7.185 MHz from 12:30 to 14:00 UTC
75 Meter Phone 3.920 MHz from 12:00 - 13:00 UTC

View 2022 OMIK CW Nets

Nets Meet Weekly on Wednesdays at 6 PM Central Time on 7.037 Mhz

Join Us On-Air or as a Listening Station by sending an Email or Text to W0SJS

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OMIK is a 501(c)7 Organization • The OMIK Scholarship is a 501(c)3 Organization

OMIK Scholarship Fund 501(c)3 Federal Tax Code: #31-1808545