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Chattanooga Amateur Radio Club

"Discover the magic and comraderie of amateur radio!"


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Quick Notes:

  • Our next club meeting is Thursday, August 4th at 7pm (6pm for FCC test session) at the Red Cross Building on South Access Road near Chickamauga Dam.
  • Even if you are not a member, we encourage you to join our mailing list to be automatically updated on amateur radio events and club meeting.  Join our mailing list at the bottom of this page.
  • The new membership & renewal form is available here.  We encourage you to join our club or renew your membership now.  We strongly encourage membership in the American Radio Relay League (ARRL).  They are the “voice of amateur radio.”

MMDVM on Fusion RepeaterThe President’s Corner

Welcome to the Chattanooga Amateur Radio Club (CARC).

Last night’s (June 2nd) club meeting was outstanding.  Lots of new technology as well as learning to use what we already have.

We saw a live demonstration of MMDVM (Multi-Mode Digital Voice Modem) which Emmett Perdue W4EDP & Tom Morgan K4VCM have brewed up.  D-STAR, C4FM, and DMR in the same repeater.

Getting out of the shack has been one of our themes for the past couple of months so Mac Thomas WT4BT and club Vice President, demonstrated use of various antenna analyzers for tuning those sometimes finicky antennas that we often use in the field.  Monitoring the performance of our antennas is a much needed and often overlooked task which is essential to proper operation as well as protecting the radios we use.

Frank Buie W4FHB, our club’s “Master MacGyver” Frank Buiebrought in his “Mother of All Spud Guns” for all to see.  It will make its field debut at Field Day 2016 later this month.

A new D-STAR reflector has been added to the area’s amateur radio technology infrastructure thanks to a collaborative effort between our club, the Chattanooga D-STAR User Group, and the Electric Power Board.  Reflector 77 became operational on May 18th.  Many of the area D-STAR repeaters have already been linked to it and form the beginnings of a statewide D-STAR network for routine amateur radio use as well as for emergency events.

All of these different ways of enjoying amateur radio gives each ham many niches to indulge their curiosity in a specific area of our hobby and be ready for the next technological advancement that comes along.

Gary Ownsby, CARC President 2016

Gary Ownsby, President 2016

So get in the boat, pick up a paddle and row. Front or back, doesn’t matter. We’re all in this together! Get out there and have fun.


Gary S. Ownsby, AK4ZX
President 2016 & Hamfest Chair 2016
Chattanooga Amateur Radio Club

Club Phone:  423-308-3477