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Chattanooga Amateur Radio Club

"Discover the magic and comraderie of amateur radio!"


Quick Notes:

  • Info from our ham friends in Collegedale:“The McDonald Road SDA Church will be offering an amateur radio class for the General Class License, beginning Wednesday evening, September 14 at 7:00 p.m. and running for five Wednesday evenings.  Please email me and let me know if you are interested so we can have an approximate head count.  For those of you who already have the Technician License, this is a wonderful opportunity to upgrade and receive even greater operating frequencies and privileges.  The textbook is available on Amazon in either printed or Kindle format.”Jim Hoffer, KW8T, Organizer
  • New Web Page:  DX News Calendar
  • Check out the Tennessee QSO Party Presentation.  Plan to participate…coming in September.
  • Our next club meeting is Thursday, September 1st 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).

Hello Members and Friends,

A Tough Year.
So far, 2016 has presented major challenges for me personally, particularly in the loss of my dad in late June. It seems as though there has been one crisis after another this year. I have not been alone in experiencing “life challenges” as Mac, our vice president, lost his sister-in-law, in a tragic motorcycle accident. I’m pleased that there is light at the end of the tunnel (and no, it’s not the train!). Many in our club rose to the occasion and helped make things happen so that some measure of normalcy remained. Thank you for your understanding and help during such trying times.

Field Day.
Preparations for Field Day went off without a hitch thanks to the efforts of several volunteers. Unfortunately, my dad was admitted to the hospital and then on into Intensive Care a few days before…so I was unable to participate in Field Day itself. Though plans and preparations for Field Day were well laid out, propagation and weather made the event extremely challenging. Karen Witt remarked that it was “hotter than the hinges on the gates of Hades.” She was right. Solar storms and flares made getting contacts all the more difficult and there were times that one couldn’t buy a contact if it were possible.

All of these factors made Field Day exactly what it’s supposed to be…an event to prove to ourselves that we can set up and operate successfully in spite of the conditions. Disasters give no quarter and when bad things happen, we must be able to do so in spite of conditions. Often there is perhaps an over-stated “fun” factor in Field Day but in the truest sense, Field Day is supposed to be challenging. So by most human factors standards, we had a very successful one.

By its very nature, Field Day is a mixture of things…contesting (the incentive), field operations (the method), and human factors (getting out there and operating).  It’s great practice for public service:

Multi-Mode Operations.
At Dayton Hamvention, the singular message that kept coming through was “multi-mode operations”. New equipment designs and operating modes continue to become available to enable many different modes of operation within a single radio or device. In the past, a device such as a repeater or handheld only supported one mode of operation…not any more! Analog & digital have come together to give you more technology for the buck than ever before. Of course you can still operate in your mode of choice but why not explore the new avenues of radio technology? Of course, I have heard that some people didn’t want to use automobiles when they first came out. Again, pick your favorite mode and get on the air.

ARRL Life Member LogoARRL.
The ARRL continues to be our voice in Washington and is our “ear to the ground” for things which may infringe upon amateur radio spectrum or our rights as radio operators. I’ve met and worked with many at the ARRL over the past few years and find them to be savvy, helpful, and willing to help as challenges come along. The next “fight” which may be coming our way is spectrum reassignment to accommodate the ever increasing use of wireless devices. Yes, we’re all loading up the airwaves with radio-based devices and now even appliances (like our refrigerator) which uses wifi for diagnostics and an information display that presents, recipes, weather, music, and the like while my XYL prepares meals.

So I remain highly supportive of the ARRL in every facet of its scope of service to amateur radio. I also support the ARRL in funding above the annual membership dues. Every dollar counts and no amount is too small. When we all kick in a little, it does add up. So find a niche that interests you and contribute to it as often as you can.

In furtherance of the ARRL mission, I am pleased to announce that I am now an ARRL Life Member. If you hope to live to a “ripe old age”, it’s a financially sound method of saving on dues and it shows your desire to support the ARRL over a lifetime of service, fun, & enjoyment of amateur radio.

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