Many thanks to Phil George NW7N (automator on EFnet) for taking the club station on the road! Check him out on the HHH Net and the 3905 CCN. Please QSL direct to NW7N.

If you're a ham radio operator and you use IRC, drop us a line! What's your call, and what IRC network(s) and channel(s) do you frequent?

Some channels mentioned in the list below contain the QRZ or W8IRC bot. A quick reference of bot commands can be found here. Some channels only have a subset of commands, and some may not be functional at the moment for various reasons.

Known ham radio related IRC channels with regular activity...

EFnet #HamRadio

The official channel of the W8IRC radio club. Active since 1991. Read a little about the channel's early history.

Includes the QRZ bot for detailed QRZ callsign lookups, a backup callbook, DX Summit spots, Q-signals, solar data, morse code translator, ham radio glossary, weather conditions and forecast, real time radio news, lookups, and a lot more.


Also shares the QRZ bot with #hamradio, and includes weather news articles from NOAA, live hurricane reports, and real-time weather warnings and watches from NOAA.

Freenode #hamradio A very active channel. Here is the Facebook page. The QRZ bot is also available in this channel, with the name "w8irc".

W8PIG - The Flying Pigs QRP Club, International

The QRZ bot is available in this channel, with the name "w8irc".


Centered around bots for detailed, real-time DX Summit Spots, WWV numbers, solar forecast, and solar flux.

ArcticIRC #CB&HamRadio The QRZ bot is available in this channel, with the name "w8irc", along with other bots for various services.

Weather alerts for the United States and Canada. #debian-hams

Debian Hamradio Maintainers

Team of people packaging and documenting amateur radio related software in Debian.

LostCarrier IRC #cq

WB5OD - BSOD Amateur Radio Club

Chat about digital/packet communications as well as SDR rx/tx technology. Many members are hams while others are either preparing for tests or just interested in the reception of interesting signals. Projects often launch from this channel, including the development of software for ham radio use.

ExodusIRC #hamradio Includes a bot for callsign lookups. #bcwireless Discussions about Community Wireless and Amateur Radio in British Columbia. Web based client available from
Undernet #hamradio

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