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Chattanooga Amateur Radio Club

"Discover the magic and camaraderie of amateur radio!"


Quick Notes:

Election Results:
President:             James (Jim) Gifford, KM4MPF (new)
Vice President:    Barclay “Mac” Thomas, WT4BT (re-elected)
Secretary:             Robert Berman, W4SET (re-elected)
Treasurer:            Jim Knight, KD4EHN (re-elected)
Directors:             Tom Wolfe, K4CMY (re-elected); Wayne James, WB4IEJ (new)

  • Our next club meeting is Thursday, January 4 @ 7 PM (6 PM EDT for FCC Test Session) at the Red Cross Building on South Access Road near Chickamauga Dam.
  • 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.”

The President’s Corner

The Election results (see above) are in.  Join me in welcoming our re-elected and new officers & director.  I wish the best of luck (and fun) to our club’s officers in the coming year.

In finishing out my terms as your president, I want to express my deep appreciation to our membership and our Executive Board for the support and encouragement over the past three years.  My decision not to seek re-election was born out of a desire to get out of the heavy day-to-day operation and management of the club and move into other areas which are important to our club’s growth and place in the Amateur Radio Community and within our own community.

Much progress has been made in our relationship with the ARRL, served agencies, and local government over the past three years but more work remains.  To preserve that momentum and those relationships, the Executive Board has asked me to continue that role by becoming the Club’s Special Liaison to the ARRL, Government, & Served Agencies.  This adjustment of responsibilities will also help free up time for our new president to do all of the many, many things that presidents do every day for all of us.  Presidents often end up taking on additional duties to make sure things get done and it’s easy to get one’s time stretched far too thin.  So let’s all help Jim be successful by helping with the load of office whenever we can.  In my new role, I look forward to working with our friends at the ARRL, our local community & government.

Let’s celebrate the coming of the new year with hope, courage, and optimism that we will first be the kind of people WE need to be:  Respectful of others; careful to think & deliberate before comment; supportive of our club, its membership and management; and be ambassadors of goodwill and encouragement to all as we enjoy our hobby throughout the year.

My extra special thanks to Mac Thomas, Jim Knight, and Robert Berman for their steadfast support during my terms.  I could not have asked for a better group to work with and those I am honored to call my friends.


Gary Ownsby, CARC President 2016

Gary Ownsby, CARC President 2017


Gary S. Ownsby AK4ZX
President 2017
CARC Director 2017-2019
ARRL Life Member
Chattanooga Amateur Radio Club

Club Phone:  423-308-3477