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Chattanooga Amateur Radio Club

"Discover the magic and camaraderie of amateur radio!"


Winter Field Day 2018 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)

  • News!  A Technician License Class is scheduled for early February.  The class will be presented in two parts:  Session 1, Saturday, Feb. 10th, 9-Noon (Eastern Time).  Session 2 will be the following Saturday, Feb. 17th, 9-2PM.  Session 2 builds upon what was taught in Session 1 so it is highly recommended that both sessions be attended.  An FCC test session will be held immediately following Session 2 for those that are ready to take the test.  Click here to register for the class.

  • Digital Update:  Starting Friday night, January 26, the Tennessee Digital Amateur Radio Group will be using Chattanooga’s own D-STAR Reflector 77 for their weekly net.  The net starts at 00:00 UTC and runs until 01:00 UTC.  D-STAR users may connect directly to Reflector 77 Module C using hotspot-type devices or via RF to W4pL Module C which is linked to Reflector 77 C.

  • Our next club meeting is Thursday, March 1 @ 7 PM (6 PM EST for FCC Test Session) at the Red Cross Building on South Access Road near Chickamauga Dam.

  • 2018 Special Olympics.  Gail Boots KC4ZAG is looking for volunteers.  Please contact her at, work 423-756-7117 or cell 423-902-1993 (before 9:00 AM please) to help with this event.  It’s a great event to support and it’ll warm your heart to see the Special Olympians do their best.

  • 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

Jim Gifford

Jim Gifford

Let me start by saying “Thank You” to everyone who has put faith in me for this position for the year 2018; let’s make it a great one.  As we look forward to a New Year and a personal view, I would like to ask that if anyone ever needs me, just reach out and ask.  We have a lot planned already for the year and it’s about to start with Winter Field Day at Chester Frost Park.  We have already had one of our Saturday training sessions on LOTW.  I did not get to make it, but I did hear it was a great event.  Let me know what you would like some of these training sessions to be on, and let’s see if we can make them happen.

In February, we will be welcoming the National Weather Service back for SKYWARN Training. This is always a super evening of learning.  Hamfest season is getting underway, with Orlando’s Hamcation, and Dalton, here closer to home. In our love for amateur radio, let’s always keep in mind that the club is nothing without our members. We pay to be a part of it and volunteer our time to make it great. I believe you have put together a great group to lead the club and I am honored to be one of them. Once again, please feel free to call me on the club phone or email me and let’s look forward to the year ahead. Until next time…

Jim Gifford / KM4MPF