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 hams in 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


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.


Please Welcome New OMIK Members!

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Members New to OMIK 2023:

  • Bernard Moseby - KM4IRN

  • Marilyn Figueroa - KO4WYA

  • Dwayne Turner - W0DDT

  • Stephan Rogers - KC3ILL

  • Raul King - KI4ING


KØMIK - OMIK Amateur Radio Association - Net Schedule
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OMIK CW Net meets weekly on Wednesday evenings at 6 pm Central time (0000 UTC) on 7.037 MHz

OMIK Digital Net on Thursdays

OMIK Digital Net meets weekly on Thursday evenings at 8 pm Eastern/ 7 pm Central / 6 pm Mountain / 5 pm Pacific on XRF295A.

OMIK Echolink Net on Saturdays *New*

OMIK Echolink Net meets weekly on Saturdays at 1230 Eastern/0930 Pacific on the OMIK conference server (Node 996305)

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


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