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Chattanooga Amateur Radio Club

"Discover the magic and comraderie of amateur radio!"


Quick Notes:

  • New Web Page:  Peel & Stick PartyDX News Calendar
  • Our next club meeting is Thursday, November 3 at 7 pm (6 pm 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).

Hello Members and Friends,

I continue to be amazed at the scope of knowledge that our membership has and the varied interests each of each member…all within the bounds of our “love of radio”.  Roland & Karen Witt have always been interested in service to others and Roland’s recent trip to Louisiana during the disastrous flooding gave “rise” to his presentation about that event at our monthly meeting last week.  Looking at his photos should give pause to think “what if that happened to my family?”

Mark McDougal’s presentation on radio trunking technology was well-received and he fielded many questions about this sophisticated method of getting the most out of a few frequencies and improving inter-operability between groups and organizations.

On other topics…we often encourage others to advance their radio technical skills by obtaining higher license classes.  All too often, one hears “yeah, I need to do that someday” or deep down inside our self-talk may say “that is too hard”.  Well, let me tell you a quick story…

Last night (Sept. 4) I had a short QSO (amidst a pileup) with an Extra Class Operator named Hope Lea KM4IPF.  Hope and her family live in Florida.  I was amazed and impressed with Hope’s radio skills.  She was courteous, skilled, knew the lingo, worked through the pileup, and was only 10 years old!  We talked about Chattanooga as one of her grandmothers was originally from here.  We also talked about Rock City as Hope’s sister “likes rocks”.

As it turns out, her entire family of six are all hams.  Hope has two sisters (one is an Extra, the other is a Tech).  One brother is an Extra along with mom (Tech) and dad (Extra).  Hope’s dad, James Lea WX4TV is also Section Youth Coordinator for the ARRL’s North Florida Section.  What an achievement for Hope as well as the rest of her family.  Wow!

So don’t sit back and rest on your laurels and your current license class.  It’s not that hard so study up!  You have a great chance starting this week to go for your General at the McDonald Road SDA Church’s General Class Study Course.  See info above this article.  Here is a video of Hope’s first QSO (about a year ago).

So no excuses to upgrading.  Remember, there is “Hope” for you.  If she can, you can.

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
ARRL Life Member
Chattanooga Amateur Radio Club

Club Phone:  423-308-3477