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Chattanooga Amateur Radio Club

"Discover the magic and camaraderie of amateur radio!"


2019 Calhoun Hamfest

The 2019 Calhoun Hamfest is this coming Saturday so head on down and support our ham radio family in Calhoun!  Click Here for all the details!

Last Night's Club Meeting

Our April 4th Club Meeting was interesting and stimulated thinking on many levels.  Mac Thomas’ (WT4BT) recent Curacao DX Trip reminded us of what we can do now to hone our operating skills and have a great time practicing our love of radio in places other than the home QTH.

Tom Morgan’s (K4VCM) presentation on “The Future of Communications…Where Does Amateur Radio Fit?” was definitely thought-provoking.  While we cannot and do not want to stop progress, we must be ready with many levels of technology to provide communications should “the latest and greatest” fail.  Multi-layered communications is the real backbone of preparedness.

Attendees were encouraged to review several FCC Rule Changes which are out for public comment now.

Several trips and facility tours are planned in the next couple of months for club members so renew your membership now.  If you not a ham and thinking about joining our fun hobby, join our club now…we can help you learn and have fun in ham radio!

Thank You Special Agent Dewey Woody!

Special Agent, Dewey Woody of the Tennessee Department of Safety & Homeland Security talks to our club and guests at our March meeting about what they can do to be safe during an Active Shooter Incident.  Hams were called upon to be more vigilant in detecting the tell-tell signs of those that seek to do harm.

Our club enjoyed a “keep you on the edge of your seat” presentation by Dewey with lots of behind the scenes truth of the how & why’s of such terrible events.  We appreciate his service and willingness to share and teach what we can do to keep ourselves, our families, and the public at large safe…another way that Amateur Radio operators extend their spirit of public service beyond just the world of radio.

Orlando's Hamcation Was Fun!

Multi-Club Winter Field Day Mixer

The Multi-Club Winter Field Day Mixer was very pleasant and well attended.

Winter Field Day 2019 got off to a good start with a combined effort of three clubs. The Cleveland Amateur Radio Club, the Chattanooga Amateur Radio Club, and the McMinn County Amateur Radio Club. We enjoyed a time of fellowship, followed by a lunch, and the start of Winter Field Day 2019.

Cleveland’s Clubhouse provided an excellent location for the gathering. WFD started at 2 PM.  CARC’s own Ronnie Buck is shown the in the photo below assisting in logging contacts. Club presidents, Gary Ownsby AK4ZX (Chattanooga), Steve Weber KA4ELN (Cleveland), and Gary Eiff W3GME (McMinn) discussed other opportunities for joint events and projects in the coming year.

Gary Ownsby, AK4ZX
President 2019

FEMA Third Wednesday Monthly Communications Exercise.

FEMA Region 10 will conduct monthly communications exercises (COMMEX) on the third Wednesday of each month, starting on January 16, 1730 – 1900 UTC. Amateur Radio operators are invited to take part. The intent of these exercises is to test and exercise interoperable communication (federal/state/local/tribal/Amateur Radio) during a major disaster in which the communication infrastructure is significantly damaged or destroyed. FEMA Region 10 will use the call sign WGY910.

Other stations associated with agencies and organizations that provide response support in accordance with the National Response Framework are encouraged to participate. The COMMEX will use these “dial” or “window” frequencies on 60 meters — including 5,330.5 kHz, 5,346.5 kHz, 5,357.0 kHz, 5,371.5 kHz, and 5,403.5 kHz — as part of the exercise. The area of operation is the continental US.


Scouting News Radio Merit Badge Training.

On Saturday, January 12, 2019, Scouts from Troops 172 & 20 took part today in earning the Radio Merit Badge and learning about Amateur Radio.  Extra thanks to CARC members Garland Eubanks, Robert Wilson, David Wilson, Bill Price, Chad McFarlin, and Robert Berman for their time and enthusiasm.  See photos below.

New Meeting Location.

As of November 1, 2018, our new meeting location is:

Parkridge Diagnostic Center 
First Floor Conference Room
2205 Oak Street
Chattanooga, TN 37404

This is next door to Parkridge Hospital.  Park in the lot in front of the Diagnostic Center then walk into the main entrance.  Turn right at the Security Desk and enter the room.  Remember this is at the Diagnostic Center not the hospital.

Quick Notes:

  • CARC Zello Channel.  Install the Zello App on your smartphone and get instant information via voice, text, images, etc.  Zello is a free app.  Learn more about it here.
  • Membership.
    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.”

Details on most events may be found on the club web calendar.

The President's Corner.

Each new day and every new year provides opportunities for each of us to learn more about our Amateur Radio hobby and to encourage others and ourselves in fun, learning, and community service.

Ham Radio is a lifelong adventure because with each new generation of hams, we re-invent the hobby using the latest technology and do things that would be science fiction to hams in the infancy of our hobby.  Digital radio, software-defined radios and such bring a new layer of enjoyment and learning. Yet our older communication modes have not been left behind and are still there for us to enjoy and use.

In more recent years, “radio sport” has been added to our vocabulary.  This is contesting at a higher level and several of our members enjoy this new level of activity in addition to the less frenzied contesting that has always been available to us.

In the ham radio world, there is a phrase that bears occasional repeating “another arrow in the quiver”.  Simply put, every new communications protocol, new mode, or “new-fangled” gear gives the Amateur Radio world more capabilities so I encourage you to not be so quick to discount or avoid new modes that come along but to pick your niche and get on the air.

This coming year, we plan to rekindle hands-on workshops, fun & learning outings, quick & simple “events” and more opportunities to get on the air and increase your comfort level with radio operation and use.  We also want to encourage you to take a more active role in our club and consider getting on-board the club management team.

Our club continues to support Scouting in various ways as we seek to introduce and help scouts of today learn more about Amateur Radio and achieve merit badges within the scouting world.

The YL Group associated with our club is continuing to grow and expand its presence and service within our area and elsewhere.  For the first time ever, this past year, our club encouraged and sponsored YL forums at Hamfest Chattanooga. Ham Radio has a place for all and especially you.

This year we also hope to encourage youth and more “young adults” to join our hobby by rejuvenating our Elmer Program.  Camaraderie and Amateur Radio go hand-in-hand and having more folks involved in helping each other is where we want to be.

Our relationship with the ARRL continues to be strong and we are honored to be host to the 2019 ARRL Delta Division Convention at our Hamfest Chattanooga in the fall.

So whatever your interest in Amateur Radio, come join us this year.  Amateur Radio can be fun-filled, full of personal achievement, and community service.  All we need is you!

Gary Ownsby, AK4ZX
President 2019

Gary Ownsby, CARC President 2019