History

The Chocolate Hills Amateur Radio League, Inc. was organized by a group of 33 amateurs in Bohol on January 31, 1986. A month later, on March 8, we became an affiliate member club of the Cebu Amateur Radio League, Inc. (CARL) – thus giving us instant recognition by the Philippine Amateur Radio Association (PARA) which is the umbrella organization of all Amateur Radio Clubs in the Philippines, and also by the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC). We were the first affiliate member club of CARL!

CHARL's 14th Anniversary, March 2000

The club’s first president was Dr. Margarito G. Lim (DU7RI, now 4F7RI), and our first office was located at 166 CPG North Avenue, Cogon, Tagbilaran City. It was moved to #1 H. Grupo Street in 1992 but was moved back to its original location in 1994.

In early 1987, our Articles of Incorporation and By-Laws were adopted. That same year, we were able to put up our own repeater system at Jandig, Maribojoc on frequency 145.000 MHz plus 600 KHz in the 2-meter band. We were then able to purchase a 40-meter HF transceiver which enabled us to communicate with other PARA-member clubs in the country and the rest of the world. The general calling frequency of PARA in the 40-meter band is 7.045 MHz.

District Hamvention, 2008

District Hamvention, 2008

On May 22, 1987, the club was registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) as a non-stock, non-profit organization and was accredited by the National Telecommunications Commission on October 21, 1987. We are Bohol’s first and only member club of the Philippine Amateur Radio Association, given the Certificate of Affiliation No. 0008-87 on July 18, 1987.

In late 1998, due to the efforts of Gerry Marmito (DU7BBY), we then moved our repeater’s receiver unit to Dauis town while strengthening our transmitter unit in Jandig, Maribojoc town, and installing a new transmitter system in Mayana, Jagna town, via repeater link. The link was finally complete with the addition of a receiver unit in Mayana during the turn of the new millennium. Hams from all over the province can now communicate via portable radio.

Bundles of Joy in Jandig, Maribojoc

Bundles of Joy in Jandig, Maribojoc

CHARL is aimed at improving the amateur radio service thru the development of the skill in the science & technology of radio communications thru experimentations, expeditions and others. CHARL members also provide free services to the public in the form of civic duties, assistance, rescue operations, etc., thru radio communications.

From a modest 33 charter members in 1986, the club now grew to about 200 members coming from all over the province.