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Chattanooga Amateur Radio Club

"Discover the magic and comraderie of amateur radio!"


Quick Notes:

  • Bouvet Island DXpeditionOur next club meeting is Thursday, July 6 @ 7 PM (6 PM EDT for FCC Test Session) at the Red Cross Building on South Access Road near Chickamauga Dam.  A special guest speaker from the Bouvet Island DXpedition is scheduled to present our program.This dxpedition is the current BIG thing in Amateur Radio. So plan to come out and learn more about it. You can also help support the expedition by your contribution via their website.
  • Dipole Antenna Stabilizer.  A simple stabilizer “trick” suggested by Mr. Antenna (Phil Mullins W4PRE) solved my dipole antenna’s tendency to roll with in high winds.
  • Digital Chattanooga Workshop.
    This Saturday, June 10th from 9 AM – Noon EDT, a digital radio workshop will be conducted by Emmett Perdue W4EDP & Tom Morgan K4VCM at Memorial Hospital’s Main/Downtown Campus at 2525 de Sales Avenue, Chattanooga, TN 37404.  The workshop will be held in the Community Room which is directly across from the Cafeteria.
    This session is different than the previous digital radio lecture-type seminars which have been held over the past few months.  The purpose of this session is to provide a hands-on environment to learn to how to program various modes of digital amateur radio including D-STAR, DMR, and Yaesu Fusion.  Participants are encouraged to bring their own computers, programming software & data cables, and the digital amateur radio of their choice and learn how to program them.
    There will also be the most current hotspots for demo, to use, learn to program, etc.  These include the Shark Openspot, DHAP, DVMega, DVAP, DV Dongle, DV3k, BlueStack and more.
    This is a session to learn, it is open to all, current digital user or not.  Even if you’re on the fence, come down, play, learn, see what you’re missing.
    There is no fee to attend the workshop.  All hams or prospective hams with an interest in digital amateur radio are welcome to attend. Pre-registration is not required.  This is a great opportunity to get correct, firsthand information about programming their digital radio.
    This workshop will be presented again on Tuesday, June 20th at 6 PM at the same location.

  • 2017 Club Dues are due now.  Please download a membership application from this website and complete the form and sign.  You may email to Jim Knight or bring to the next meeting.
  • 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.”

CARC ARRL Special Service Club

The President’s Corner

ARRL Special Service Club Recognition.
I’m very pleased to announce that our club has been recognized by the ARRL as an ARRL Special Service Club (SSC). This honor is bestowed only upon clubs that embody the best of principles and practices to encourage the growth of Amateur Radio.  We genuinely appreciate the honor and the hard work of our membership to maintain and adhere to those high principles and putting their “love of radio” into action. Well done Club!

ARRL Field Day 2017 is just around the corner.  We’ve obtained a new venue this year which promises to be a wonderful site for the event. We’ll be at the new Picnic Pavilion near Camp Jordan Arena in East Ridge, Tennessee.  Click here to view photos.  Field Day is always a good “test of our mettle” to give us confidence in setting up working radio stations away from the comforts and conveniences of home.  Of course, this prelude to ensuring that we can do the same  if called upon during disasters and public events where our communications skills are needed quickly.

CARC Field Day 2017 Tee Shirts

CARC Field Day 2017 Tee Shirts

Jim Gifford KM4MPF is Field Day Manager and needs your help to make this event a success. Please contact Jim via email to provide on-site assistance as an operator, set-up/takedown crew, or other related duties.  Jim & Bill Crowell N4WBC have also designed some wonderful tee shirts for the event.  Sizes are available from Small to 5XL; price is only $15.00 so order yours now.

Field Day also provides an opportunity for camaraderie and food!  We’ll also have a picnic on Saturday and who knows may be even some chow for operators on Sunday morning too. Come on out, have fun, and practice your radio skills.

FCC and OSHA Release Communications Tower Best Practices Guide.
Many ham radio operators have communications towers for antennas, weather stations, data links, and other gear.  Tower selection, installation, ownership, use, and community/neighborhood relations often pose a challenging scenario for tower-owning hams.  Safety issues often come to the forefront when humans and towers mix or are in close proximity.  The FCC & OSHA have issued a new best practices guide for commercial tower owners, workers, and others.  Click here to review the guide.  While most of the guide deals with commercial towers, it has some great suggestions which can be helpful to hams as well.  I encourage you to read it.  Keep your tower safe for you, your family, and your neighbors.


Gary Ownsby, CARC President 2016

Gary Ownsby, CARC President 2017


Gary S. Ownsby AK4ZX
President 2017
CARC Director 2017-2019
ARRL Life Member
Chattanooga Amateur Radio Club

Club Phone:  423-308-3477