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Chattanooga Amateur Radio Club

"Discover the magic and comraderie of amateur radio!"


Quick Notes:

  • Volunteers are needed for STEM School Fox Hunt, Ironman 70.3, and the Java Hut (at Ironman).
  • Our next club meeting is Thursday, June 2th 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.”

The President’s Corner

Welcome to the Chattanooga Amateur Radio Club (CARC).

Once again our club has a unique opportunity to help our community and help ourselves by supporting and participating in the upcoming Ironman 70.3 event.  The event period is Friday, May 20 through Sunday, May 22, 2016.  Last year, many hams from around the area served as communicators along the event route and provided timely information to network control.  Radio operators were steadfast in their duties and assisted by providing information on race progress, injured riders, those in need of medical assistance, and even making sure no one is left behind (taking a participant back to downtown).

Some club members and “pure” non-ham volunteers also assisted in a club fundraiser known affectionately as “The Java Hut”. A booth for selling coffee, cappuccino, and water in the heart of the Ironman Village area.  Those same dedicated workers also did their shift out on the course too.  Yes, it was a long day for several but an effort that we will do our best to do again this year!

In the course of being involved with The Java Hut and the race itself, hams had a prime opportunity to be in the public eye in a positive way by rendering service to those that needed it.  We had a chance to talk face-to-face with the public and let them see what the true “heart” of amateur radio is…SERVICE!  I can tell you first-hand that those that were there both from the public and the ham community appreciated everything that the local hams did.

In the end, the events (Ironman & The Java Hut) were successful and we raised much-needed funds to support club projects for our 501(c)(3) organization.  So I happily challenge you to get on-board, sign up for Ironman and earmark a little time to help in The Java Hut this year.  You’ll be glad you did.  Contact us at to help with The Java Hut and/or click here to sign up for course duty on Ironman 70.3.

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!


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

Club Phone:  423-308-3477